Curr sparks up epic battle
It took a supermarket man and a sparky to ignite the crowd at the Kodiak Cage Wars 3 mixed martial arts (MMA) event at the SBS Events Centre on Saturday night.
On a night where South Canterbury fighters would win three of the six fights, supermarket man Wayne Knight and electrician Chris Curr stole the show and ensured the home town supporters went home happy.
Knight had plenty of support in the 400-strong crowd and he delivered a first round technical knockout victory against Dunedin's Terry Perkins, thanks to a superior ground game which saw him end the contest with his superior striking ability.
However, it was Curr who stole the show.
The Timaru Freestyle Martial Arts fighter engaged in a great battle with Christchurch's Willie Ko.
Ko had the superior stand-up game thanks to a height and reach advantage, but when Curr was able to take things to mat, he gained the ascendancy.
After three five-minute rounds, the three judges called it a draw, with both fighters earning one 29-28 win and the third judge scoring it 29-29.
The duo entered the first ever five-minute winner takes all extension round in the event's history.
Curr was rocked by some good punches early, but was able to earn a take-down to the canvas which saw him gain his opponent's back and it allowed him to easily take the round by unanimous points decision.
Curr's contest was the only one to go past the opening round, which meant with the six-fight card, the night had a drawn-out feel to it.
Former Timaru fighter Kyle Noble was knocked out in the first round by Dunedin's Matt Eden.
The result meant the Christchurch fighter lost his South Canterbury novice middleweight title belt that he won at the event 12 months ago.
Timaru's best MMA exponent Scott MacGregor warmed up for his New Zealand supremacy featherweight title fight in November with a first round referee stoppage win over Dunedin's Mike Pasko in the main event. MacGregor's excellent ground-attack proved too much for the bigger Pasko.
Timaru's's other two fighters Ryan Maginness and Johnny Aldworth both lost in the opening round of their fights with Aldworth donating plenty of his own blood to the cause as he stained the canvas.
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