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Atlantic City, N.J. – Team Quester Tyson Jeffries may be damn good at Muay Thai, but it was his ability to scramble out of trouble – and fire off submission attempts even when rocked – that won him top honors in the middleweight finals of M-1 Global’s “Selection” tournament.
Taking on Division I wrestler and perennial grinder Mike Geurin at Bally’s Casino Hotel, Jeffries chose his strikes wisely in the first two rounds, walking into a few hard punches but dishing out more than he absorbed.
Round 3, however, was another story entirely.
Geurin, turning up the heat, began mixing takedowns in with his boxing, and Jeffries was retreating on wobbly legs in what looked to be the bout’s final moments. And a tight triangle – thrown up by the always-dangerous Jeffries – ensured that it was. If M-1 Global’s mission is to cultivate up-and-coming talent, the organization succeeded with middleweight tournament winner Jeffries.
The other tournament winners had a much easier time of it. Hometown hero Tom Gallicchio steamrolled over an overmatched Len Bentley in their bout, first by neutralizing Bentley’s heavy hands with a takedown, then dropping leather, and slipping on a rear naked choke for the tap. Now the rest of the world knows what the Northeast already did: as welterweights go, Gallicchio is one of the best.
Kenny Garner had little trouble with Pat Bennett in the heavyweight finals, punishing Bennett’s body then going north and pounding Bennett’s face for the TKO win.
Byron Byrd survived a high-amplitude slam to submit Daniel Viscaya with a triangle in the light-heavyweight finals. Ana all it took for Jose Figeuroa to make George Sheppard to quit in the lightweight finals was two solid kicks to the groin. Curiously, Figeuroa was losing the striking battle in Round 1 when the fouls occurred, but 34 seconds into Round 2 Sheppard waived the bout off, citing problems down below.
M-1 Global “Selection” Tournament Finals Results:
-Tom Gallicchio def. Len Bentley by Rear Naked Choke at 4:38, R1
-Jose Figeuroa def. George Sheppard by verbal submission at :34, R2
-Kenny Garner def. Pat Bennett by TKO (punches) at 2:31, R1
-Tyson Jeffries def. Mike Geurin by Triangle Choke at 3:43, R3
-Mike Winters def. Jose Rodriguez by Unanimous Decision
-Luigi Fioravanti def. Woody Weatherby by TKO (punches) at 2:51, R1
-Byron Byrd def. Daniel Viscaya by Triangle Choke at 2:43, R1
-Bristole Marunde def. Shane Primm by Unanimous Decision
-Josh Thorpe def. Brendan Weafer by Unanimous Decision