Crystal Starkey Defends Her 125 Blackout Championship Belt
Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Crystal Starkey Goes 5-0
SVSU Hosts SOLD OUT Blackout Cage Fighting Promotions Halloween Beatdown
November 6, 2011
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By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor
(Follow up coverage on Previous article feature on Crystal Starkey
Crystal Starkey was 4-0 as she entered the cage with her opponent Shandra Engel of Grand Rapids with a record of 8-4.
Starkey defended her title belt against Engel on Friday, October 28, 2011 at SVSU. In the second round, Starkey ended the match with a choke hold.
Charlie Cosens, said of Crystals fight, "I felt the fight went as planned. First round, she was able to defend the take-down for most of the first round. She listened well to instructions between rounds and was able to keep her back off the fence for the second round."
Charlie continued, "I felt like that was the turning point of the fight. If Shandra couldn't control her I knew it wouldn't last long. All in all, a good fight for Crystal."
This brings Starkey's record to 5-0. Starkey will continue with her training and defending her belt. Starkey said, "I am passionate about the sport but am saddened by the barbaric reputation it has unfortunately earned."
This was the first time Blackout Cage Fighting Promotions held their event at SVSU's Cardinal Gym in Saginaw. Blackout Fight Promoter, Chris Cosens, said, "We maxed out at about 800 tickets with over 250 students."
Chris continued, "The night was a huge success. It was a huge step forward getting mixed martial arts onto a college campus. The sportsmanship and respect of the fighters from Friday night was absolutely astounding."
"We would definitely be interested in coming back again. I thought the Cardinal Gym was a perfect venue. The only downfall was that we had to turn away around 100 people due to reaching fire code capacity."
There were twenty-seven bouts on the fight card. Ring Announcer Quinn Bartlett said, "This is a great family production that I have been a part of for 2 years." Bartlett continued, "Cosens put on a complete show, it is a positive MMA experience for everyone!"
According to SVSU spokesperson, "A lot of the MMA fighters attend the University, that is how the idea of having it here came up. I think it was a wonderful turnout with many of the students showing interest in the event.
(Above) Halloween Beatdown II (Blackout Promotions) was held at the Cardinal Gym at SVSU. According to Blackout Fight Promoter, Chris Cosens, 800 attended with over 250 students.
(Above) Starkey's Trainer Charlie Cosens prepares Starkey for fights.
(Above) Chandra Engel - All business as she heads into the cage.
(Above) Starkey makes her way through crowd to the cage. Starkey said, "It's gonna be a war."
(Above) Engel, Starkey, Round 1
(Above) Engel, Starkey Round 2 (Referee, Chris Gonzales)
(Above) Blackout Promoters, Mark and Chris Cosens, (Blackout Cage Fighting Promotions.)
(Above) Saginaw Valley Board Members
(Above) The SVSU Hip Hop Dance Group performed at intermission
(Above) Cosens Apparel display
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Halloween Beatdown 2 Results
Isaac Babinski (3-2)
VS Delmar Harrison (1-1)
170 Isaac Babinski via submission due to strikes in round 1.
Jeff Kozak (1-0)
VS James Stoor (5-3)
Jeff Kozak via unanimous decision.
Tim Esctruth (3-4)
VS Hector Varges (2-0)
Tim Esctruth via rear naked choke in third round.
Jesse Bashor (1-2)
Justin Helton (0-0)
E43 Combat Club
Jesse Bachor via TKO in round 1.
Austin Kimmel (0-0)
VS Ernan Paredes (0-0)
Austin Kimmel via rear naked choke in round 2.
Nathan Awad (4-1)
VS Nick Thirlby
Nathan Awad via TKO to due to strikes in round 1.
Ryan Lamme (0-0)
VS Larry Beek (1-2)
Larry Beek TKO due to strikes in round 2.
David Brigham (3-3)
VS Dan Athey (2-4)
David Brigham via rear naked choke in round 1.
Jack Harp (0-0)
VS RJ Heinlein (0-0)
RJ Heinlein via rear naked choke in round 1.
Boone Revette (0-0)
VS Ramone Dalton (2-0)
Ramone Dalton via triangle choke in round 1.
Torvell Hillman (0-0)
VS Josh Clark (2-0)
Josh Clark via rear naked choke in round 1.
James Allen (0-1)
Timmy Long (2-3)
E43 Combat Club
James Allen via unanimous decision.
Crystal Starkey (4-0)
VS Chandra Engel
Crystal Starkey via rear naked choke in round 2.
Jake Bialobrzeski (0-0)
VS Mike Thigpen (0-1)
Jake Bialobrzeski via TKO due to strikes in round 1.
Shane Dunning (0-0)
VS Christopher Rice (0-0)
Shane Dunning via TKO due to strikes in round 2.
Kyle Alexander (1-0)
VS Mike Charo (1-1)
Kyle Alexaner via submission by rear naked choke in round 1.
James Bashor (4-1)
VS Keyton Turmull (3-2)
James Bashor via TKO due to strikes in round 1.
Nicholas Harajli (0-0)
VS Brandon Woodcock (1-0)
Brandon Woodcock via TKO due to strikes at 0:10 of round 1.
Ben Bryant (2-0)
VS James Wheaton
Ben Bryant via submission due to strikes in round 1.
EJ Bashor (0-0)
VS Michael Adame (0-0)
EJ Bashor via TKO due to stirkes in round 1.
Taylor Kimmel (0-0)
VS Nano Smith (1-0)
Draw after a 3 round WAR.
Mike Martinez (6-4)
VS Colten Bowen (4-1)
Mike Martinez via rear naked choke in round 1.
Wes Dinan (6-3)
VS Giani Squires (4-5)
Wes Dinan via TKO due to strikes (knees) in round 1.
Ed Kirby (4-0)
VS Jasper Joyner (0-1)
Jasper Joyner via TKO due to strikes in round 3.
Deland Davis (11-7)
VS Steve Walters (4-3)
205 Steve Walters via Triangle Choke in round 3.
Devin Garrett (14-13)
VS Mike Cruz (13-3)
Mike Cruz via Traingle Choke in round 1.
VS Richard Marcotte
Richard Marcotte via rear naked choke in round 1.
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