Colorado’s Fight to Win promotion returned to the Paramount Theater in Downtown Denver for Paramount Prize Fighting 2013 on Friday, Jan. 25.

The event featured two title fights, as UFC veteran Drew McFedries battled Colorado product Jeremy Kimball for the middleweight strap in the headlining bout, while lightweight champion Chase Hackett battled Tony Sims in the co-main event.

Also on the card, the promotion’s middleweight and featherweight amateur belts were on the line on the undercard.

In all, 12 bouts graced the card, evenly split between six professional and six amateur contests.

Kimball bests McFedries

The night’s main event was not the firefight that many expected, as Team Wildman’s Jeremy Kimball simply outworked UFC vet Drew McFedries for the entire 15 minutes.

Kimball’s unorthodox striking kept the usually aggressive McFedires off his game from the opening bell. Kimball scored repeatedly with kicks throughout the three-round affair, all the while, mixing in his hands. McFedries was forced to retreat and never was able to mount any offense.

The slow, yet effective attack of Kimball earned him a lopsided 30-27 on all of the scorecards. Kimball retained his Fight to Win middleweight championship.

Sims stops Hackett

Lightweight Tony Sims scored a big win, finishing off Ultimate Fighter alum Chase Hackett with a first-round knockout.

Hackett scored early with his jab and a right hand that popped the head of Sims, but that would be all the offense Hackett could put together. Sims found a home for his right hand and dropped Hackett midway through the round. Hackett survived the ensuing onslaught and got back to his feet long enough to eat another big shot and drop again. The Factory X product somehow recovered once more, but was visibly hurt from the shots. Despite the display of heart from Hackett, Sims connected with yet another right hand that sent Hackett crashing to the ground and Sims was awarded the knockout victory.

With the win, Sims is now the Fight to Win lightweight champion.

Holland batters Lee

Without question, the fight of the night belonged to a middleweight bout between Chris Holland and Jason Lee.

After Holland peppered Lee with his jab early and often in the opening round, a right hand from Lee dropped the Factory X product. Lee flurried and looked for the finish, but Holland survived the barrage and returned to this feet. Once there, Holland returned fire, dropping Lee along the cage. Only the bell saved Lee from being finished.

Lee’s luck ran out in the opening minute of the second round as Holland again unloaded along the fence. Lee crashed to the canvas and absorbed shot after shot until the fight was waived off.

Holland moves to 6-4 with the TKO win.

Mercado submits Johnson

In a battle of old guard versus the new guard, Jarred Mercado kept his perfect record intact with a second-round Americana submission over 41-year-old Rocky Johnson.

Johnson looked to catch the young wrestler early with a Peruvian necktie, but gave up position in the process. Mercado escaped and controlled the remainder of the opening frame while raining punches and elbows from inside Johnson’s guard.

The second round was a repeat performance as Johnson’s failed sub attempt led to Mercado gaining side control. He quickly moved to the crucifix and delivered a flurry of elbows to Johnson’s face. After softening up the veteran, Mercado transitioned to the Americana and coerced the tap.

Mumma dominates Parker

Colorado’s Cody Mumma proved to be too much for Wyoming’s Dwight Parker, scoring a dominant, first-round TKO win.

Mumma slammed Parker to the mat early in the first round, moving to side control and then Parker’s back. He rained punches from the dominant position, then knees. Parker covered up from the punishment, forcing referee Tom Johnson to intervene.

Martinez sends Williamson into retirement

In the first pro fight of the night, welterweight Santana Martinez overcame a slow first round to stop opponent Chris Williamson with strikes in the second stanza.

Williamson dominated the opening frame with his wrestling, controlling Martinez from the bell. He took Martinez’s back, but was unable to secure a fight-finishing rear-naked choke. Williamson ended the round in the mount, but Martinez survived.

The second round started similarly, with Williamson taking the fight to the ground. However, Martinez used a straight armbar attempt from his back to sweep into the top position. From there, he rained punches until referee Eric Heinz had seen enough.

Williamson retired from fighting following the loss.

Amateur Undercard

It took only a minute for middleweight Andrew Lipp to finish off Don Westman and claim the 185-pound amateur belt. Lipp opened the fight aggressively, pushing Westman against the cage and unleashing a head kick and onslaught of punches to halt the bout.

Featherweight Allen Washington outworked former title holder Long Lo to capture the amateur title. Washington scored frequently with a lead, right hook and mixed in takedowns throughout. Lo was active off his back, threatening with triangle and armbar attempts, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Washington’s top control.

Welterweights Justin Moss and Peter Straub put on a very competitive war, but it was Moss that walked away with the decision win. Straub scored early with his takedowns and his grappling, but Moss fought back with heavy hands to pick up the win.

In a back-and-forth  battle, lightweight Jonathan Wyderko did just enough to edge Sam Fernandez on the scorecards. Both fighters had their moments, scoring with strikes and takedowns, but in the end, Wyderko come out with the victory.

Middleweight Jeremiah Talley used his height and reach advantage to overwhelm Garth Heth and coax a second-round tap from a deep guillotine choke along the fence.

Jon Vigil scored a comeback win with a second-round TKO over Michael Martinez. Martinez controlled the first round and the first half of the second frame with his wrestling, but after a referee standup, Vigil landed a vicious head kick that forced the referee to waive off the contest.

FULL RESULTS
Jeremy Kimball def. Drew McFedries by unanimous decision (30-27 x3) – middleweight championship
Tony Sims def. Chase Hackett by knockout (strikes). Round 1, 3:01 – lightweight championship
Chris Holland def. Jason Lee by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 0:49 #MMA
Jarred Mercado def. Rocky Johnson by submission (Americana). Round 2, 3:19
Cody Mumma def. Dwight Parker by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:06
Santana Martinez def. Chris Williamson by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 2:03
Andrew Lipp def. Don Westman by TKO (head kick and punches). Round 1, 1:03 – amateur middleweight championship
Allen Washington def. Long Lo by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) (a) – amateur featherweight championship
Justin Moss def. Peter Straub  by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) (a)
Jonathan Wyderko def. Sam Fernandez by unanimous decision (a)
Jeremiah Talley def. Garth Heth by submission (guillotine choke). Round 2, 1:14 (a)
Jon Vigil def. Michael Martinez by TKO (head kick). Round 2, 2:05 (a)

Photo: Jeremy Kimball (L) (Paul Kincaid/Sanskrit Photography)