Schmidt, Tribolet capture SNMMA titles
Former Arizona high school wrestler Jamie "The Headhunter" Schmidt (8-2-0) captured the first SNMMA featherweight title, submitting Yaotzin Meza (11-5-0) in the opening round Saturday night in the SNMMA "Extreme Beatdown" main event at Apache Gold Casino in San Carlos, Ariz.
Schmidt, now fighting out of Loveland, Colorado representing Infinite MMA, went right to the ground and locked Meza, another former Arizona high school wrestler, into a bone-crunching armbar that resulted in a tap-out at 1:59 of the first round.
Despite an 84--pound weight disadvantage, late replacement Beau Tribolet (2-1-0) won the first SNMMA super heavyweight (266-pounds+) title in the co-feature, using a rear naked choke to submit the 335-pound New Zealand-native Brice Ritani-Coe (2-1-0) at 4:02 of the opening round.
"Jaime is a very good fighter," SNMMA president Pat Packineau said. "He trained very hard for this fight. He's a master technician who stuck to his game plan and dominated a very good opponent, Yaotzin Meza. We're very pleased he won the SNMMA title and I'm looking for big things from him. Tribolet took the fight on only two days notice. He came in and put on a great show, proving that perseverance and staying in top shape can lead to an opportunity like this to win a world title."
In a classic match-up between a striker, former 2-time world boxing champion Elena "Baby Doll" Reid (3-0-0), and karate kicker, Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson (7-3-0), Reid's heavy hands prevailed in an exciting special female 112-pound catchweight attraction fight. Reid remained unbeaten in MMA action by second-round technical knockout, after dropping the game Waterson for the sixth time via clean strikes, immediately followed by several well-placed punches on her fallen opponent.
UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was a special guest at "Extreme Beatdown" to support his friend and Minnesota Martial Arts Academy workout partner Chris Tuchscherer (17-1-0), the first and reigning SNMMA heavyweight champion. The former 2-time NCAA Division II All-America wrestler, Tuchscherer, defeated previously unbeaten Jamie Klair (7-1-0) by first-round TKO in a non-title fight. Tuchscherer used a power drive to bring Klair to the mat and then unloaded a barrage of unanswered punches until the referee halted the action at 1:50.
• Jamie Schmidt def. Yaotzina Meza by Submission (Armbar) at 1:59, R1