The Fierce Fighting Championship’s Grand Prix Final featured a pair of Tooele-based fighters on its 10-bout card Saturday at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City, and each made quite an impression by knocking out their opponent in the first round.
Jocelyn Kaufman won the first fight of her amateur career, scoring a TKO over Shandra Sisneros at the 2:06 mark of their flyweight bout. Kaufman sent Sisneros to the canvas with a devastating right hook after landing several kicks to her opponent’s midsection earlier in the round.
A couple hours later, Andrew “Boomer” Arellano made it 2-for-2 for the Tooele Martial Arts Academy, winning the FFC’s 125-pound amateur championship belt with a TKO victory over Brandon Rease. Arellano had Rease backed up against the cage early on before an inadvertent low blow by Arellano briefly paused the bout, but once action resumed, his onslaught continued. With less than 30 seconds left in the opening round, Arellano delivered a straight right that sent Rease stumbling backward and brought the fight to a close. The victory improved Arellano’s record to 3-0 in his amateur career.
Both Kaufman and Arellano train under Keith Azbury at the Tooele Martial Arts Academy.