Locals prevailed in mixed martial arts matches held at the Nespelem Community Center Saturday night in an event billed as “Rez Cage Wars”.
The event featured six adult MMA matches and one youth grappling (no boxing) match.
The night’s headliner provided suspense as Nespelem’s Ricky Gabriel, a Colville Business Council member, took the title against Kevin James by decision 29-28 in three rounds.
Gabriel said after the fight that he, along with Community Center Coordinator Dan Nanamkin, started the Colville Combatants MMA club at the center to provide a positive direction for local youth.
“We’ve had problems with drugs and gangs, but they will put all that aside to do this,” Gabriel said.
Lyle Floyd, of Grand Coulee, won his match in the second round when opponent Mark Vallee didn’t answer the bell. Floyd, owner of the Body by Dam gym, said he’s only been in two fights in his life, but he got started by helping out at the community center with cardiovascular training.
“You know I had to test it,” he said.
The event had several more matches scheduled, but some opponents did not show.
• Matthew Pakootas (Nespelem) defeated Brady Harvey (Okanogan) in grappling with two submission taps.
• Curtis Flett (Inchelium) d. Jose Eriza(Spokane) with a TKO at 1:42 in round 2.
• Lyle Floyd (Grand Coulee) d. Mark Vallee (Usk) in round 2.
• Jessie Hartman (Spokane) d. Donavan Smith (Inchelium) with a TKO at 1:40 in round 2.
• Tyson Heath (Nespelem) d. Shonto Pete (Arlee, Mont.) with a standing guillotine at 0:34 in round 2.
• Logan Bowman (Coulee Dam) d. Josh Chappa (Okanogan) with a TKO at 1:44 in round 1.
• Ricky Gabriel (Nespelem) d. Kevin James (Bonners Ferry, Idaho) by decision 29-28.