OREM — "Super" Steven Siler has never fought an opponent like Enoch "the Animal" Wilson.
Not only did Wilson (15-2) escape from all of Siler's signature moves, he gave the featherweight champion just about all he could handle in the 25-minute, five-round bout.
"I've never done that before," said Siler, an Ogden native who won the fight in an unanimous decision. "I've never gone five rounds before."
In addition to offering the thousands of fans who packed the McKay Events Center on Friday night for the Throwdown Showdown V one of the most thrilling and competitive fights of the night, the duo showed some serious sportsmanship. They high-fived, smiled and chatted between rounds.
"We just got to know each other the last couple of days," said Siler, noting that behavior was a little unusual. "He's a tough guy."
Wilson was gracious in defeat, even putting the championship belt on Siler.
"This kid is a stud," said Wilson bowing to Siler and the audience.
For the first time at a Throwdown event, two women battled it out in the cage.
Tandi "Tandilion" Schaeffer, of Throwdown in Orem, earned a technical knockout against Britney Schmid, of Foley's in Ogden, at 2:50 in the third round of the undercard bout.
Schaeffer, who teaches classes at the Throwdown Elite Gym, said she's been trying to find a woman to fight for two years.
"It was better," she said of whether or not the fight lived up to her expectations. "She's tough. My lungs are burning, so that's good."
Schaeffer's strategy was to do what she trains other fighters to do everyday.
"I am a Thai fighter," she said with a grin. "I live to punch. I love elbows; I love knees, so that's what I threw."
She said the toughest aspect of her first bout was applying her training to a constantly changing real fight situation.
"The hardest thing was being clear-minded," she said. "Feeling when I could do certain things, when I was safe. ... I have never thrown elbows; I have never thrown knees, so to be able to remember to do that or counter what she did — that was hard."
Moments after the official called the fight and pulled Schmid onto her back so medical personnel could check her out, Schaeffer leaned over and hugged her opponent.
"It's a game," she said of why she showed her appreciation that way. "It's a sport. It's a sport for her too. She did everything she could and she didn't quit at all."
Fan favorite Jordan "They Call Me Mister" Smith used plenty of Jujitsu and stayed undefeated by earning a win with the triangle strangle-hold against his opponent, Bristol Marunde.
Smith said he wasn't planning to use so much Jujitsu.
"It's hard for me to switch from punching, but he slammed me so many times, I said, 'Alright then, it's time for Jujitsu,' " said Smith, who is a seventh-grade science teacher in the Davis School District. "He usually stays standing until he gets in trouble. ... Usually I want to fight standing up. I want to knock people out."
In the night's other fights:
In the first undercard fight, Eduardo Rivera defeated Sean Whalen by knocking him out at 2:34 in the first round.
Ramsey Nijem defeated Logan Hancock by unanimous decision. Dangerous Dave Allred defeated Jamie "Boogie" Anton with a rear-naked choke hold with 40 seconds left in the first round. He announced his retirement right after the fight.
"I am a stock broker during the day," he said. "You have to respect the sport. ... I think it would be really conceited of me to think I could train part time and compete with these guys who train full-time. I may have talent, but they have the talent, the ambition and the time."
Cameron Pacheco defeated Eddie Pelczynski with the same move in the first round of their fight.
Brock "The Machine" Jardine defeated Dave Terrel by unanimous decision. The men were pitted against each other at the last minute after each of their opponents dropped out of Friday's event.
West Jordan's Rad Martinez was able to hang onto his lightweight championship belt by reverting to the same skills that earned him a college scholarship. Martinez improved his record to 6-1 with a dominating ground performance against Steven "Razor" Sharp. Martinez won the five-round, 25-five minute bout by unanimous decision.
"I worked my butt off," said Martinez, who said he tried to stay on his feet against Sharp. "I decided if I stay on my feet, he's going to take me out so I had to go back to my wrestling."
The night's headline fight ended in the first round when Josh "The People's Warrior" Burkman knocked out Brandon "The Murder" Melendez at 4:14 with a vicious right punch that sent Melendez to his back.
"I think I proved I'm back," said Burkman, a former UFC athlete who improved to 23-7 with the win. Melendez is also a former UFC fighter, and both were applauded for what they've done to promote and grow the sport in Utah.
e-mail: [email protected]