Mixed Martial Arts: Former UW-L wrestler in main event of title fight on Onalaska MMA card | Sports


JAMES KRAUSE La Crosse Tribune

ONALASKA – The return of the 3 Rivers Throwdown mixed martial arts promotion Saturday at the Omni Center in Onalaska will feature the return of a former UW-La Crosse wrestler.

The main event is expected to feature Lloyd “Albie” McKinney — a UW-La Crosse assistant wrestling coach and three-time NCAA Division III All-American with a 14-8 record in MMA — competing for the vacant 3RT Flyweight Championship. in a five-round bout against Nate “Teddy Bear” Williams of Des Moines, Iowa.

Promotion owner and matchmaker Eric Anderson knows McKinney very well, helping bring the former national finalist to MMA through the Iron Works training facility in Holmen that Anderson operates.

“(McKinney) started with MMA and joined our gym when we opened 11 years ago,” Anderson said. “He’s one of our top guys we have here.”

McKinney has been an assistant trainer at Iron Works since 2011, but hasn’t fought in a 3RT event since 2018. “Albie” has already won four fights in the promotion while earning a submission victory with Bellator.

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It’s not just the matchmaker that McKinney has a history with. He once faced his opponent Williams when they were both wrestling in college. McKinney was a three-time WIAC 125-pound champion and national runner-up in 2011.

Anderson said the fight went long and highlights a card full of the most consistent fights he can make.

“Lloyd and Nate faced off in college years ago,” Anderson said. “I think that fight went to overtime, so they know each other a little bit…I’m trying to get the most even fights possible from amateurs to pros. They are all quite close. The main event is a five-round fight and should be fireworks.

Williams – a 14-year veteran of MMA – has won three of his last four fights. “Teddy Bear” also fought with Bellator.

The co-main event features Guatemalan Felipe Martinez – a 4-1 pro who went undefeated in eight amateur bouts – taking on Brazilian ju-jitsu specialist Matias Nader. Anderson said Martinez “always draws a crowd” as Nader will fight outside his native Ecuador for the first time in his professional career.

The third pro fight on the card will feature rookie fighters Garrett Carlson and Jeffery Wright. Ten amateur fights are scheduled for the preliminaries.

The fights take place at the Omni Center in Onalaska. General admission tickets are $30 and are available at nitrotickets.com. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the first fight scheduled for 6 p.m. The map is subject to change.

James Krause can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @jkrausepro.


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