Robert Dean (left) faces BJ Bland during the fight night at
the Caledonian gymnasium on Saturday. Photo by Josh
A Dunedin fighter put on a calm display while two North
Islanders showed their class at a fight night on Saturday.
Three mixed martial arts titles were on the line at
Hammerhead Productions' event at the Caledonian gymnasium.
Dunedin's Robert Dean used good composure to overpower
Napier's BJ Bland with a second-round stoppage to win the
International Sport Karate Association New Zealand
professional middleweight title.
The 22-year-old freezing worker stayed focused as he avoided
Bland's attempts to take the fight to the ground. He
controlled the first round, landing punches and knees on
In the second round, with his back against the cage and Bland
clinging to his waist, Dean delivered several fierce elbows
and punches to the side of Bland's head, resulting in a
The win takes Dean's record to eight wins and two losses.
Dean's Hammerhead team-mate Brogan Anderson was not so
fortunate in his Iska New Zealand amateur title fight.
Anderson (22) had no answer to a strong and ferocious Arthur
As they entered the cage it looked like it would be a war of
attrition between two well-conditioned men.
Lasike, fighting out of Auckland's Shuriken gym, overpowered
Anderson with a first-round win, improving his record to six
wins and three losses. He tagged Anderson with crisp left
hook early in the round, and when both men went to the ground
Lasike stayed in a dominant position and unleashed some
vicious punches and elbows.
At one point Anderson attempted his trade-mark arm-bar
submission, but Lasike fought it off.
With 30sec remaining, several elbows to Anderson's head
convinced referee Terry Hill stop the fight, silencing the
near capacity crowd of 800.
Auckland's Ev Ting (23) and Timaru's Scott Macgregor (27) put
on a masterful performance of grappling in their SFC
featherweight title fight.
For almost two rounds Macgregor controlled the fight, but
Ting defended his submission attempts and he ended the fight
by putting Macgregor to sleep with a rear-naked-choke and
improving his record to eight wins and two losses.
Ting said to win a title was "the greatest feeling in the
world". He had fought all around the country and the Dunedin
crowd was "by far the most enthusiastic".
Earlier in the night, Dunedin woman Kat Moghadassi (20) made
an impressive debut in her kickboxing bout. She punched,
kicked and kneed her way to a second-round knockout win over
Invercargill's Dana Templeton.
Moghadassi said she loved the challenge and was keen to get
back in the cage as soon as possible.
Promoter Matt Toa was thrilled with the fight night and was
looking forward to future collaborations with Hammerhead,
Iska, ten8 media, Strikeforce gym and SFC.
Referee Terry Hill officiated all the fights. Other Dunedin
winners were Hammerhead's Ricky Welsford and Ronnie Parkes.
Saturday's show will air on Sky Television in December.