The Arnett Band set for another take on Clearwater Combat


Nov. 4 – Mixed Martial Arts will return to Clearwater River Casino and Lodge at 7 p.m. Saturday when Austin Arnett presents another edition of Clearwater Combat.

Homegrown fighter Jerrod Fisher will take on Johnnie Burlington in the main event on a card that features 11 fights, including a title fight and three pro contests.

This is the first meeting between the two heavyweights, but Fisher has faced Burlington’s uncle before.

“My second fight as an amateur was against Paco Mora,” Fisher said. “Come and find out that it’s his nephew I’m fighting now.”

Fisher is undefeated in five fights, but is 1-0 as a pro after a first-round TKO against Hunter Orgill in April at the previous Clearwater Fight.

“Fisher looks great. Just an athletic freak,” Arnett said. “Nobody wants to fight him. He’s a real heavyweight. He’s our version of Brock Lesnar.”

Burlington hasn’t had a professional fight since a 2019 loss to Tylor Sijohn.

“(This is) Johnnie’s second pro fight (but) he’s been around a long time,” Arnett said. “(He has) more fights than Jerrod. I think it will be a good game.”

Fisher said he’s been looking forward to getting back in the cage for months.

“On paper, I just find my skills (are) much better,” he said. “But I never underestimate anyone because at heavyweight it only takes one shot.”

The co-main event will feature Clarkston High School track coach Brian McElroy, who is making his professional debut, against veteran Chris Ensley in a middleweight contest.

“(Ensley) has been around for a while,” McElroy said. “(I’ve) had two opponent changes in recent weeks, but I’m just a big person who focuses on what you can control.”

Ensley is 6-44 with a 16-game losing streak. His last victory dates back to May 30, 2014.

“I have to see some of the things he’s done,” McElroy said. “It’s going to be a leap in competition for me, no doubt. I’m not taking this fight lightly.”

The third pro fight will be contested by two fighters making their professional debuts. Aaron Iriarte, a graduate of Lewiston High School, will face Bryce Wyatt.

Headlining the eight amateur fights is a lightweight title fight between Owen Robinett and Joey Walker.

Walker enters the fight with a 5-1 record, losing to Seth Baugher on September 24 in the fifth round to a guillotine choke.

Robinett (4-4) enters on a three-game skid, all by unanimous decision.

“Joey Walker, his coach (Carson Frei) was actually coached by our coach,” Fisher said. “That Walker kid is a stallion.”

Demitri Morales (2-2) returns to the cage to try to avenge a first-round loss at the April event. Morales had dropped several different opponents before Michael Barrett (1-4) locked himself up.

Fight promotions always put “card subject to change” for a reason, and this event was no different.

“At this level, when you’re building and gaining experience, you should never train for an opponent,” Arnett said. “Even at the UFC level, the cards are changed all the time.”

In other fights, Conner White (1-0) looks to build on his third round TKO win over Tyler Hescock in the April event when he takes on Zach Trombetta. First-time fighter Drake Randall — who wrestled in Lewiston and was a NAIA All-American in eastern Oregon — will fight Johnny James who is also making his cage debut.

“(Drake is) a freak of nature, one of the most talented fighters to walk through my gym,” Arnett said. “His level of talent is something a lot of people haven’t seen before.”

After only six months of training, Blain Thomas will make his debut in the cage with a fight against Levi Roa (0-1).

“Blain started training six months ago just to get in shape,” Arnett said. “I kind of want to fight. More than a to-do list for him.”

Ticket prices are $30 for general admission, $40 for reserved seats and $60 for front row seats if sold out. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Isbelle can be reached at [email protected], (208) 848-2268 or on Twitter @RandyIsbelle.

Clearwater Combat Map

Professional fights

Bryce Wyatt vs. Aaron Iriarte

Brian McElroy vs. Chris Ensley

Jerrod Fisher vs Johnnie Burlington

Amateur fights

Levi Fehrenkamp vs. Nate Langase

Conner White vs. Zach Trombetta

Blaine Thomas vs. Levi Roa

Demitri Morales vs. Michael Barrett

Tyler Hescock vs. Kenny Madruga

Drake Randall vs. Johnny James

Lightweight Title – Owen Robinett vs. Joey Walker


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