The Minneapolis-based Mixed Martial Arts event, “Riot at the Hyatt” was a packed house by the end of the show. There were, however, two stand out performances of the night that many fans who showed up late may have missed.
The first was an amateur bout between Nick Jessen and Andre “The Diva” Tieva. The fight went the distance with Tieva getting the win via unanimous decision.
The amateur bout had an exciting pace that never slowed. Tieva showcased impressive striking, take downs, and an ability to work off his back.
It was Tieva’s second fight to go the distance, leaving him with an undefeated amateur record at 5-0.
Tieva plans to go pro in early 2012 and currently trains with UFC veterans like Jacob Volkman, Nik Lentz, and Greg Nelson at the Academy in Minneapolis.
The second fight that stood out was between Chris Lane and Michael “The Marine” Richman. At 1:43 of the first round Richman walked away with a TKO victory due to corner stoppage.
While Richman did receive a broken nose, his stand up was very impressive. He looked eager to push the pace and dropped Lane with a couple of great body shots.
Once his opponent was on the ground, Richman laid into him with some vicious ground and pound before Lane’s corner threw in the towel.
Richman also trains out of the Academy in Minneapolis and has earned a record of 10-1, which includes his victory over Lane.
Both of these Midwestern warriors showed lots of promise, great skill, and an ability to dictate the pace of their fight. Be sure to keep your eye on them as they evolve through the sport.