USHS grad Raymond wins heavyweight title

An action-packed night of fighting at the Seneca County Fairgrounds ended with Upper Sandusky’s Kaleb Raymond posing in the cage with a championship belt around his waist.

At the Fullbore Xtreme Cagefighting show, Raymond controlled the majority of his FXC heavyweight championship fight against Tiffin’s Bobby Alford with numerous heavy strikes, but to score the win and take home the title, the 2011 Upper Sandusky grad turned to his ground game, making Alford submit to an armbar 2:16 into the second round.

Raymond’s win was the main event of the eight-fight show. He was one of three winners from Upper Sandusky. Aaron Webster, in his first career fight, made Findlay’s Ben Thomas submit to an armbar 1:48 into the opening round. Also, Felix Salinas made Carey’s Anthony Diaz submit to a rear naked choke 1:30 in the first round.

The night’s co-main event was the only one that had to be decided by the judges. After three nearly even rounds, Nathan Fought of Fremont was awarded a split decision victory over Curtis Doner of Celina, and the 155-pound interim title belt.

A pair of Fremont cousins had a successful night. Tony Binder dominated Nick Gable of Celina before finally putting him away in the third round with a TKO due to strikes. His cousin John topped Upper Sandusky’s Kohl Johnson by a rear naked choke submission 2:43 into the first round.

Also, Milo Roberts of Findlay made Tim Martin of Bowling Green tap out 32 seconds into the second round and Brandon Weber of Port Clinton rallied from nearly being knocked out in the first round to score a second round TKO against Tiffin’s Alan Huffman due to strikes.

A complete recap of the night’s action will be in tomorrow’s Advertiser-Tribune.