SportFight 15 "Tribute"
Recap \ Gallery
Photos and Story by Greg Peterson \ Greg's Photography Inc.
April 8, 2006
- Special Thanks go out to Mr. Matt Lindland & Mr. Greg Peterson for the following recap & photographs:
It's been said that Randy Couture is one of the greatest fighters of all time. Saturday night in Portland,
Oregon his fans came by the thousands to show their support of him and his incredible career. SportFight 15
was titled "Tribute" and highlighted Randy's many life accomplishments during a special presentation. As the
big screen showed footage from previous fights and many opponents, the fans continually acknowledged that
he is their favorite! Randy himself seemed a little shocked by so many different opponents. Matt Lindland
presented him with some tokens of appreciation in the ring that included a trip to Mexico. The respect
between these teammates is enormous and that's why they can co-promote a high quality event like
As a fighter, when the night has been titled "Tribute" and your fighting in front of Randy Couture, do you bring
it? Of course you do and that is just what the fighters did. The first fight of the night placed Grey Manard
from Las Vegas, representing Team Couture, against Eugene, Oregon's Evan D.. Manard pushed the fight
with takedowns and strikes, forcing Evan to mostly defend himself through the first two rounds. In the third
round Evan landed some knees but according to the judges decision Manard, with Team Couture, won the
Fight number two was a Team Quest win with John Krohn over Xience Training fighter Chris Trammel.
Both fighters continued to push the action but the judges awarded Krohn with the unanimous decision.
Former SportFight Champion, Dennis "The Piranha" Davis, demonstrated his refined skills against Dave
Padilla from Hawaii. Davis immediately shot for the takedown and started working through the guard of
Padilla. Padilla tried to reverse the action, but The Piranha fought back and cinched a guillotine choke in
just 27 seconds of the first round.
UFC fighter Jeremy Horn was in the corner for the Elite Performance fighter, Brandon "The Murderer"
Melendez from Salt Lake City, Utah. Pat "The Bat" Healy didn't seem to care about Melendez's corner
power and came out ready to fight. The two fighters exchanged knees and strikes throughout the first round.
Healy managed to secure a rear naked choke forcing Melendez to tap-out at 2:56 of round two.
The co-main event faced Team Quest Ryan "The Lion" Shultz against Dave Cochran from Decatur,
Illinois. Shultz landed some serious leg kicks and strikes. Cochran responded with some kicks too but
Shultz continued to control the fight. Shultz pushed the fight to the corner, did some Randy Couture
Ground-n-Pound, and then cinched a very tight rear naked choke, leaving Cochran with no choice but to
tap-out at 3:42 of round one. Shultz once again secures a Team Quest Victory!
The most anticipated fight of the night was Loveland vs. Wilson. This main event would end with a new
SportFight Featherweight Champion. Both fighters were hungry for the belt and have fought in several
previous SportFights. The fans have been talking about this match-up for a long time. Once the action got
underway, everyone knew this was the fight of the night. These two exchanged punches, kicks, and
takedowns, with Loveland landing a high knee to the head. Wilson continued to work and almost secured an
arm bar on Loveland. These two constantly pushed the action with several submission attempts throughout
round one. Both fighters continued to fight hard but, round two ended with a rear naked choke at 2:57 and
crowned Enoch Wilson as the new Sportfight Featherweight Champion. This Tigard, Oregon OJJ student now
has a 11-4 record and a shiny belt to prove he is the Champ. During his interview, Wilson went on to praise
Matt Lindland and Randy Couture for giving him this opportunity.
Now with SportFight 15 in the books, what's next? Saturday June 24, 2006 Lindland & Couture take their
production to the Wild Horse Casino in Pendleton, Oregon for SportFight 16 "High Stakes". Two weeks later
they bring it all back home to the Rose Garden Arena for a July 8th Sportfight 17 "Independence". As always
Krohn vs. Trammel
Davis vs. Padilla
Healy vs. Melendez
Reality Show Ultimate Fighter
Matt Lindland & Randy Couture
Schultz vs. Cochran
Loveland vs. Wilson
Loveland vs. Wilson
- Photographs and Review courtesy of Mr. Matt Lindland (SportFight) \ Greg Peterson (Greg's Photography)