Team LA scores impressive win over Seattle at SFL America: Team Challenge


Team LA scores impressive win over Seattle at SFL America: Team Challenge


SFL America Sea LATeam LA scores impressive win over Seattle at SFL America: Team Challenge




TACOMA, Wash. – The Southern California squad may have been the visitors, but they certainly looked right at home in the Emerald Queen Casino.


Seattle’s Brent Knopp won the main event, while teammate Anthony Zender took the opening contest.


In between it was all LA.


Team Los Angeles, which had former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett in its corner, won four out six bouts, including three by TKO, to defeat Team Seattle, 15-6, at SFL America: Team ChallengeSaturday in Tacoma, Wash.


Seattle won the inaugural SFL America: Team Challenge on May 7 with a thrilling 17-13 victory over Portland.


This one wasn’t nearly as close.


Los Angeles built a commanding 15-3 advantage before Knopp won by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 49-46) over Adam DeHart in the 195-pound main event.


As expected the two heavy hitters elected to stand and trade punches throughout the fight. DeHart was able to open up a cut under Knopp’s right eye midway through the first round, but the blood did little to slow Knopp as he became the aggressor soon after, connecting on several solid shots from the second round on.


Knopp, fighting for the first time since suffering his first career loss, improved to 7-1 with the victory. DeHart’s record evened at 6-6.


The 8-bout card featured two opening fights and six team battles.


Points were awarded to the winner of each contest with teams earning 6 points for a KO, 5 points for a submission victory, 4 points for a TKO, 3 points for a decision and 1 points for a draw with the winning team scoring the most combined points for all six bouts.


Los Angeles had the team victory already wrapped up before the main event even rolled around. Thomas Hoeper (5-2) saw to that by handing Seattle’s Dylan Potter (4-1) his first career setback.


Hoeper, fighting for LA, controlled the 205-pound bout from the opening bell, taking advantage of his superior reach before the referee stepped in to stop the action in the second round (4:27). The TKO win padded LA’s lead to 15-3, sealing the team victory for the visitors.


The one bright spot for Team Seattle on the undercard came in the first Team Challenge bout.


Unlike last time when Seattle fell behind 13-0 against Portland before rallying late, Zender (135 pounds) gave the home team an early 3-0 lead after defeating Brandon Frunk (2-2) by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29). It marked the fifth consecutive victory for Zender after opening his professional career with eight straight defeats.


Seattle’s advantage was short-lived, however, as LA’s A.J. Bryant (1-1) made quick work of Armando Best (0-2) in the next bout, defeating his 145-pound counterpart by TKO at the 2:14 mark of the first round to give Team Los Angeles a 4-3 lead.


It marked the first of four consecutive triumphs for Los Angeles.


Shohei Yamamoto (3-1) beat Seattle’s Bobby McIntrye (4-3) by TKO (second round, :46), while LA’s Sarah D’Alelio (9-7) won by unanimous decision over Jenny Liou (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) in a 125-pound female showdown, pushing the Los Angeles lead to a comfortable 11-3 cushion.


Undefeated Nathan Stolen needed a little more than 90 seconds to put away Jeremie Montgomery (2-2) in a match-up of 145 pounders. Stolen (2-0) won impressively by first-round KO (1:34) in the second of two non-Team Challenge opening contests.


In the opening bout, Austin Anderson (3-2) knocked off Ryan Schecterson, winning the 185-pound bout by second round triangle choke (4:33).


The matches were called by the broadcast team of Bob Stelton (710 ESPN Seattle) and former NFL All-Pro safety Tony Parrish, and will be available on Super Fight League’s official YouTube channel,.


Results for SFL America: Team Challenge – Seattle vs. Los Angeles follows:


SFL America Team Challenge: Seattle vs. Los Angeles

Saturday, July 23, 2016 – Emerald Queen Casino


Final Team Score: Los Angeles 15, Seattle 6


195-Brent Knopp (Seattle) d. Adam DeHart (Los Angeles), unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 49-46)

205- Thomas Hoeper (Los Angeles) d. Dylan Potter (Seattle), TKO, second round (4:22)

155-Shohei Yamamoto (Los Angeles) d. Bobby McIntyre (Seattle), TKO, second round (:46)

125 female-Sarah D’Alelio (Los Angeles) d. Jenny Liou (Seattle), unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

145-A.J. Bryant (Los Angeles) d. Armando Best (Seattle), TKO, first round (2:14)

135- Anthony Zender (Seattle) d. Brandon Frunk (Los Angeles), split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)


Opening Bouts

145-Nathan Stolen d. Jeremie Montgomery, KO, first round (1:34)

185- Austin Anderson d. Ryan Schecterson, triangle choke, second round (4:33)


SFL America: Team Challenge – Seattle vs. LA was brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions and Super Fight League. For more information, please visit  and 






Super Fight League (SFL), a platform to promote one of the world’s most favourite combat sport - Mixed Martial Art, was founded by British Business magnate, Mr. Bill Dosanjh and British Pro Boxer Amir Khan. The event was first launched in India in 2012 and then travelled to America. Official Website: 

In the past four years, SFL has been arranging fight nights for select audiences through invitation-based events in India, USA, Canada and UAE. The matches are also broadcasted on their official YouTube channel .




Brian Halquist Productions is the Northwest premiere fight promotion company creator of the famed "Battle at the Boat" boxing series promoting more than 19 years and over 100 fights at the Emerald Queen Casino. BHP has also built the largest professional MMA series on the USA’s west coast with “Cage Sport MMA” nearing more than 50 fights. Brian Halquist Productions has promoted events for ESPN, ShowTime and HBO and featured on Showtime's historic boxing event in St Lucia, West Indies. Brian Halquist Productions has been promoting fights and concerts for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest.


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