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Local Martial Artists Compete in Louisiana


In May, three martial artists from Mena’s Southern Impact Gym fought at Ascend Combat’s Mayhem 6 event.

At this event Larry Erickson, in the 170 lb. weight class, won his fight via submission (arm bar) at 2:17 in the second round. Jeremiah Hexamer had his debut fight in the 155 lb weight class. He lost via judge’s decision after a close three rounds.  Ryan Erickson won via knock out (head kick) at 0:34 in the third round.

In August, two Southern Impact martial artists returned to Louisiana to compete at Ascend Combat’s Chaos 6 event.

Jeremiah Hexamer, in the 155 lb. weight class, won his fight via unanimous decision after three rounds. Ryan Erickson won his 185 lb title fight via technical knock out at 1:39 in the first round.

This is the third Mixed Martial Arts title that Southern Impact has brought back to Mena.

Southern Impact is an MMA gym that has been teaching and competing in MMA for 20 years. They are located at 1105 11th St. in Mena, AR (next to Paisano’s Italian) and can be reached at 479-216-0602.

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