Tonawanda News — “I just started doing this stuff 13 months ago,” he said. “When I started I weighed 174, I was smoking a carton of cigarettes every week, drinking pop and eating chinese everyday. I was fat.
“When I came here I lost 40 pounds. I won the jujitsu grappling tournament, I went 2-0 in MMA, I won the golden glove tournament the first time ever I tried. … I wanted to stand with him because I knew he thought I had no standup. … I beat him at his game and then I wrestled.”
Victory’s Sam Cappy (1-1), from Kenmore, came up on the short end of a split decision, losing to Tyler Thigpen in his debut appearance.
Cappy had his moments in the fight, hitting a knee to the head in the clinch, a superman punch and an overhand right, but when the judges rendered their decision the 20-year-old didn’t do enough to win the fight.
Victory MMA head trainer Erik Herbert, who called Cappy a “prodigy,” hopes the young fighter can learn from the loss and come back stronger.
“It’s absolutely a learning experience,” Herbert said. “He’s 19 years old and he’s never wrestled before, he’s never done anything; he came here and lifted weights. So he didn’t have a background to go off of.”
It was a tough night for Lockport and Niagara Falls, as Mike Lawton (Lockport) and the Falls’ Awad Dubashi and Gabreal Hooks both suffered defeats.Contact Tonawanda News Sports Editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.