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Sky Ute gets kicking

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Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 11:02 AM
Seen glancing a kick off the face of opponent Jay'Action' Jackson, Sidiah Parker was a 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 unanimous-decision winner of the King of the Cage Saturday at Sky Ute Casino.
Hoisting her country's colors behind her, Panamanian Joselyne 'La Pantera' Edwards Laboriel poses for media after winning King of the Cage's vacant Women's World Flyweight Championship belt Saturday night.
Hoisting her country's colors behind her, Panamanian Joselyne 'La Pantera' Edwards Laboriel poses for media after winning King of the Cage's vacant Women's World Flyweight Championship belt Saturday night.

Sidiah Parker was a 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 unanimous-decision winner of the King of the Cage: Aggressive Lifestyle card's co-main event Saturday night, Sept. 1, inside Sky Ute Casino Resort Events Center in Ignacio.

From Bay City, Mich., Jay "Action" Jackson dropped to 3-11 while Parker-the current KOTC World MiddleweightChampion-improved to 19-6 after winning the catchweight bout. The duo contested over three five-minute rounds at 175 pounds.

"I hit him with some good shots; the guy's got a chin, obviously," Parker said. "Most of those shots would have taken any fighter out. But.if I got the knockout, or I didn't, it's fine; I'm happy with the result." He added, "This fight was just to test the waters, see if I can make 170-which I know I can now. So I'm going to be dropping to that weight class and hopefully soon I'll get another fight. I'm looking forward to that; 2018-2019's going to be a big year for me." Parker is fighting out of Albuquerque but originally from Blanding, Utah.

Also winning during the 11-bout card's proportion were Colorado Springs' Joseph Galaviz (29-28, 30-27, 30-27 at 160 pounds over San Francisco's Nikko Nathan, and Brazilian Luiz Gavinho (knockout by punch, 0:14 of Round 1 at 145 pounds over Belen, New Mexico's Derek Perez).

Panamanian Joselyne 'La Pantera' Edwards Laboriel clashed with Moriarty, New Mexico's Brenda 'Boom Boom' Gonzales-Means. Edwards Laboriel won 2 minutes, 53 seconds into the second round (three five-minute rounds had been scheduled) at 140 pounds by armbar submission. She improved to 8-1 as a professional while Gonzales-Means dipped to 8-4 after the loss.

"The altitude was messing with me," Edwards Laboriel said, through translator/coach/promoter BrianGreen. "I felt that I was starting to get tired, and I knew that I had to finish the fight so I did it. I fought against a very tough opponent, a very strong girl. Brenda's super-strong." She added, "Thank you King of the Cage for the opportunity to fight for your championship; it's such a big organization." Eleven bouts in all were on the card, with the title fight the fourth and last pro pairing.

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