Pride Gym wins two more titles at Proving Ground


Trail’s Pride Gym continued to build on its heritage of excellence in mixed martial arts this weekend.

Pride fighters Tyler Harry of Trail and Keanan “Porrada” Patershuk of Rossland won two more titles Friday, July 29 at the Proving Ground Mixed Martial Arts bouts in Liberty Lake, Wa.

Patershuk, 28, entered the ring for the main event of the night to defend his MMA Light Heavyweight title.

Patershuk won the title in a first-round knockout of Christopher Gamby on May 20 and put it up for grabs against Coeur d’Alene’s Cody “Blue Belt Strangler” Porter on Friday.

At six-foot-two, Porter held a distinct height and advantage over the five-foot-11 Patershuk, and also has a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown belt and is a North American No Gi BJJ champion.

Porter struck first, netting a takedown, while staying clear of Patershuk’s power strikes. Keanan withstood the initial onslaught, fighting his back, then backtracking and getting back to his feet.

Patershuk followed that up with several heavy punches and knocked Porter back when he landed a devastating overhand right that sent Porter crashing to the mat for the knockout.

With the win, Patershuk moved to 4-0 and retained the Proving Ground Light Heavyweight title.

In a previous fight, Harry faced Spokane freestyle wrestling star Chandler “the Blanket” Axtell in a Fly Weight title match for the 125-pound belt.

“Tyler kept his cool as he pushed back the relentless takedowns and frustrated Axtell’s game plan,” said Pride Gym owner/operator Glen Kalesniko.

Harry caught Axtell with a triangle choke and forced him into submission early in the second round for the big win and the Proving Ground Fly Weight belt.

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