VALPARAISO | It wasn't the result most of the crowd was expecting, and a fracas in the stands between some fans right after the bout lasted longer than the main event.
Chris Haney didn't do anything close to his game plan, but he left Hoosier Fight Club 17 with a win over Matt Hemry in just 30 seconds on Saturday night at Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso.
Hemry (3-1) came forward early, then shot in for a takedown against Haney (4-5). But as he barreled forward, Haney grabbed his neck and wouldn't let go until Hemry was out cold.
Haney had the guillotine choke in deep up against the fence not far from his corner. Hemry appeared close to being able to pop his head out, but it never happened and the referee waved the fight off when Hemry's arm went limp. He never tapped.
"The game plan was, he's a great wrestler with great submissions," Haney said after the fight. "I wanted to stand and bang, but I'm a great wrestler, too. I'm confident in my submissions. But yeah, the game plan was to stand and bang."
So much for that plan. Haney hardly had to break a sweat to get back in the win column after four straight losses in his first fight since June 2012. Hemry, a Duneland Vale Tudo fighter who was an all-state wrestler at Portage, lost for the first time in his MMA career.
In the co-main event, James Fritz stayed heavy on top against Adam Meredith in a grinding unanimous decision win, taking 29-28 scores on all three judges' scorecards.
Duneland Vale Tudo's Dustin Pape slugged it out with Jay Jackson on his way to a unanimous decision win in a fight that featured one of the night's biggest ovations from the crowd as the two spent 15 seconds trading wild punches back and forth along the fence with neither fighter going down.
"I thought I won the first two rounds, and I ran out of gas in the third," Pape said. "I thought he would gas, too, but he just kept coming. He has a huge heart. He gave me a lot more than I expected."
In the first fight on the pro card, Vladimir Cerbadji, a training partner of upcoming UFC interim bantamweight title challenger Eddie Wineland at New Breed in Chicago, picked up a win in his HFC debut. He struggled throughout the fight with Rich Stafford keeping him down. But late in the second, he latched onto Stafford's leg and forced him to tap from a heel hook.
On the amateur card, a new local star may have been born in Anne "The Animal" Malinoff. The Team Colon MMA product got a big cheer from the crowd when she walked out to "Animal" by Pearl Jam, then a bigger one when she stood and traded punches with Sheena Brandenburg for a full minute, then took her back on the feet, somersaulted her over and latched in a rear-naked choke at the same time. Brandenburg tapped 66 seconds into the fight.