IKF Gold On Our Walls
With so much IKF Gold on their walls, Mike Hess' Team MikiDo of Alexandria, Virginia, USA has also made a BIG SPLASH into the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) through the IKF's sister sanctioning organization for MMA, the ISCF - International Sport Combat Federation.Hess' Team has been competing on ISCF Events in Virginia for the last year in preparation for the Largest Amateur MMA Tournament in the World, the 2008 ISCF MMA World Classic at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This past weekend, Hess' son, Brent and team-mate, Umaer Haq took home the TOP ISCF "OPEN" Division titles at the Tournament. This was the second year of the ISCF World Classic that grew from 58 contenders last year to 81 this year. These fighters fought their way through 8 Novice Divisions and 7 Open Divisions to win the ISCF Gold, and Gold it is! The Open division title Belts that Brent and Umaer won are valued at around $1,500.00 each.
Umaer Haq (A/MMA: 5-2, A/KB: 7-1) had to fight through 3 opponents to win his title. He won his first bout by forfeit when his opponent did not show up before his fight. In his second bout he defeated an undefeated (3-0) Tyrice Davis by armbar tapout at :50 seconds into round 1. In his title bout he met Lloyd Carter (5-3) of Indiana and stopped him by tapout at 1:58 of round 2 to win the ISCF Open Bantamweight Title (125.1-135 lbs).
Brent Hess first faced Idaho State Champion Michael Wells (5-3) and defeated him by unanimous decision, 30-27 on all three judges cards. In his second bout he defeated Lance Surma (4-1) of Indiana by tapout at :32 seconds of round 2. In his title bout, he faced Multi time ISCF Champion William Joplin of Missouri. Hess defeated Joplin by unanimous decision, 30-27 on all three judges cards to win the ISCF OPEN Division Featherweight Title. (135.1 - 145 lbs)