On Friday, Oct. 18, Prize Fighting Championship hosted its fourth event, dubbed “‘Thrillers” from the Magness Arena on the University of Denver campus in Denver.

The event was headlined by PFC lightweight champion Tony Sims who looked to defend his 155-pound title against Ultimate Fighter: Live veteran Drew Dober. Sims entered the contest riding an eight-fight winning streak. The Elevation Fight Team product captured the title in January with knockout win over another TUF: Live alum, Chase Hackett. Meanwhile, Nebraska’s Dober stepped in the cage on a four-fight winning streak of his own, most recently submitting UFC veteran T.J. O’Brien by rear-naked choke in July.

In the night’s co-main event, the promotion’s welterweight strap was up for grabs between Strikeforce veteran Tyler Stinson and Team Wildman-product Chino Montoya. Stinson had gone 2-0 since the demise of Strikeforce, most recently finishing UFC veteran Rob Kimmons in under a minute in June. Montoya, a submission ace, carried a six-fight winning streak into the cage.

The 12-fight event–which consisted of eight professional fights and four amateur bouts–was streamed live via online pay-per-view.

Dober survives early onslaught, outworks Sims to claim lightweight belt

Ultimate Fighter veteran Drew Dober survived three knockdowns in the opening frame and fought back to take a narrow decision win over Tony Sims. The win earned Dober the PFC lightweight title.

Sims landed a huge right hand that dropped Dober just thirty seconds in the bout. Dober was able to recover and get back to his feet. Sims easily stuffed a takedown attempt from Dober and pressed him against the cage. Another big punch from Sims wobbled Dober again. Sims pounced and delivered another big right hand that sent Dober to the mat. Sims latched onto a guillotine choke and pulled guard, but Dober was able to escape. From his back, Sims attacked with a deep triangle choke, but Dober was able to escape and survive the round.

Dober backed Sims against the fence to start round two, but Sims was able to circle out. Dober again shot for a takedown, but Sims kept the fight upright. Dober began to open up with his hands and land. Another stuffed takedown led to Dober clinching with Sims along the cage, delivering short knees in the process. Sims showed great balance to keep the fight standing as Dober worked hard for a takedown that never came. The round ended with a big exchange and a takedown from Sims.

The third stanza opened much like the second, as Dober continued to march forward. Sims connected with a big uppercut that slowed Dober briefly, but he soon returned fire. Sims landed a big takedown just a minute into the round. Dober worked back to his feet, but only briefly as Sims planted him on his back once more at the midpoint of the frame. Dober used the cage to return the fight to the feet, but only long enough for Sims to put him on the canvas again. Dober scrambled well, taking Sims’ back in the final minute and attacking an arm. Dober went hard for the armbar, but Sims made it to the final bell.

Stinson knocks out Montoya, claims welterweight title

Strikeforce veteran Tyler Stinson showcased a patient striking attack en route to a first-round knockout win over Chino Montoya.

Stinson opened the fight with leg kicks, trying to find his range. Montoya landed an accidental blow to the groin that cause a break in the action. Both fighters looked to land with their hands, but neither found much success early in the fight. Stinson continued to assault Montoya’s lead leg with kicks as the round progressed. An accidental eye poke from Stinson again halted the bout temporarily, but Montoya recovered. Late in the frame, Montoya rushed forward and ate a huge counter left hand that sent him stumbling to the mat. Stinson smelled blood and delivered a series of punches that put Montoya out for good.

FULL RESULTS
Drew Dober def. Tony Sims by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) – for lightweight title
Tyler Stinson def. Chino Montoya by knockout (punches). Round 1, 3:38 – for welterweight title
Josh Cavan def. Ryan Braun by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 1:31
Josh Goldberger def. Aaron Romero by submission (americana). Round 1, 2:08
Jason Lee def. Vern Earwood by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:50
Joey Banks def. Alfredo Corona by technical submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 0:59
Jeremiah Talley def. T.J. Nunnaley by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 3:25
Jeremy Hastings def. Justin Moss by submission (triangle choke-armbar). Round 1, 2:10
Chris Morgan def. Kevin Fenty by knockout (punch). Round 1, 0:10 (a)
Tyler Spurlin def. Chris Lucia by submission (armbar). Round 2, 1:44 (a)
John Zabala def. Diego Alvarez by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 1:55 (a)
James Flemming def. Cody Moore by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)  (a)

(a) – designates amateur contest

Photo: Drew Dober (Isaac Hinds/Sherdog)