Lifelong Alaskan Sam "The Hebrew Hope" Dunham got his start in martial arts at the age of 5, taking karate lessons.
He rediscovered martial arts in college, enrolling in UAA's tae kwon do class, in which he now holds a black belt.
Eventually he sought to better round out his skill set and has been training MMA at Greatland Martial Arts since.
He has won matches at the Alaska Fighting Championship and also at Thursday Night at the Fights. He teaches kids at Tae Kwon Do USA, and makes his living as a substitute teacher for the Anchorage School District.
He can probably beat you up, but luckily he doesn't want to.
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Posted: October 26, 2010 - 4:36 pm
The Alaska Fighting Championships will host their third event in the Mat-Su Valley on Wednesday, October 27, at the Menard Sports Complex.
Scheduled to appear are veterans Gary D'Hue and Craig Reishus, as well as the usual assortment of debut valley fighters. Doors open at 6:30, fights go down at 7:00pm.
Posted: October 24, 2010 - 11:53 pm
Revealed October 20, Cordova born lightweight Cody McKenzie notched a victory in The Ultimate Fighter, a reality show pitting hopeful cagefighters against each other for a six figure UFC contract.
Posted: October 15, 2010 - 9:07 pm
I walked into AFC 76 expecting an explosive main event and a thoroughly underwhelming undercard. While the championship fight delivered in spades, the rest of the card was surprisingly competitive and entertaining.
In addition to the entertaining fight card, several storylines emerged to fill the next few months of cards.
HENRY'S OPINION UNCHANGED
Posted: October 15, 2010 - 6:51 am
After a 24 hour delay, we've got your results!
Stay tuned for awards, storylines, more photo's, and the Final Word.
Don't forget to check out the ADN's photo gallery of AFC 76 by clicking here .
'Naptime' Nic Herron-Webb def. Josh 'The Ghost' Henry
Rd. 4, submission (kneebar)
Posted: October 13, 2010 - 1:26 am
Jamie "Cold Hard" Cash has pulled out of his welterweight tilt with former titlist Mike Madrid, citing injured ribs. The anticipated fight was scheduled for the undercard of today's AFC 76: Ghost Busters
Stepping up to replace Cash is Soldotna brawler Lucas Murray. Murray had approximately 48 hours notice before the fight, giving him only 24 hours to cut down to the required 170 lbs, a number he hit at weigh-ins last night.
This will be Murray's promotional debut. He has amassed a 4-4 record at Kenai Penninsula's Cage Rage.
Posted: October 11, 2010 - 3:24 pm
If there's something strange,
when your in the cage,
Who you gonna call?
And when your gym's called out,
And you need to rage,
Who you gonna call?
AFC 76: Ghostbuster!
(*cue awesome 80's keyboard solo*)
Posted: October 9, 2010 - 1:51 am
The locker rooms at the Sullivan Arena make for lousy sound quality, but here's an interesting interview with Mike Swick from his brief visit at the last AFC. He talks about the purpose of regional promotions, how fighters can get noticed, as well as his thoughts on The Ultimate Fighter and a possible weight class move.
Posted: October 1, 2010 - 9:34 pm
A two and a half hour drive, a converted ice rink, and a litany of fighters with more heart (or balls) than training: such is the recipe for Kenai Peninsula's Cage Rage, the MMA event hosted in Soldotna every few months, which through a combination of ritual, community, and raw fury has become an gem of a fighting organization in the Last Frontier. But the best part: you never know just what will happen.
Posted: September 25, 2010 - 9:41 pm
Julio Paulino, the only Alaskan currently in the UFC, dropped a judges decision to Canadian grappler TJ Grant tonight.
Grant effectively neutralized Paulino for the duration of the fight, grounding the Alaskan en rout to a unanimous decision victory. All three judges scored the bout 30-27 for the Canadian.
Although he did not win, by surviving all three rounds Paulino kept alive his interesting statistic of never being stopped, that is, losing to a submission or knock out.
Posted: September 23, 2010 - 1:14 am
It's been a shitty week for me, as many of you have no doubt guessed. 'The Saga of Joe Murphy' has led me down some bizarre twists and turns I will never let you fight freaks fully know about, but the past week has involved off-the-record conversations, demands for anonymity, frantic e-mails, being woken up at 3:30am by a call from Julio Paulino, and more than a few slights to my personal character. In the process I've wallowed in self-pity while desperately trying to do the right thing, but I think I've come out happier on the other side.
Posted: September 22, 2010 - 1:00 am
Joe Murphy denied the rumor that he was far more experienced than the AFC presented in his bout with Brandon 'Juiceboxx' Hanlin at AFC 75.
Hanlin, who I can verify had exactly one fight under his belt at the time of the match with Murphy, was dominated by Murphy and submitted in the first round. Murphy was announced as a rookie to the octagon.
"I've never fought before that night," he said, adding that his combat sport experience consisted of two amateur boxing matches at Thursday Night at the Fights at least two years ago.
Posted: September 21, 2010 - 1:03 am
The popular, eclectic promotion Kenai Peninsula's Cage Rage will return to the Soldotna Sports Complex on Friday, September 24. Fights start at 7:30pm.
Posted: September 17, 2010 - 7:44 pm
Ah, sweet violence; captured in film and distilled into a single frame of elegant, fistic artistry.
To see the Anchorage Daily News photo gallery for AFC 75, click here
Posted: September 16, 2010 - 2:50 am
The Alaska Fighting Championship capped a week of excellent local MMA action by minting a new lightweight champion, as well as giving other fighters the chance to shine in a slick, professional event. Mike Swick was on hand for pictures and autographs (look for my interview with him to be posted later this week). Be sure to check back tomorrow for pictures, awards, and the final word.
There will be a gallery of pics up at this site very soon. Be sure to check out the grisly photos when they are posted. For right now, here are the results and fight recaps of tonight's event.
Posted: September 14, 2010 - 6:06 pm
Posted: September 13, 2010 - 11:21 pm
There is so much to talk about following Friday's super-exciting MMA event, I'm almost not up for it. There was easily enough important/interesting/awesome stuff that happened to fill half a dozen articles. Because I respect your intelligence and your time, I will condense it into one article, and let you sort out the bits that fascinate you.
Posted: September 11, 2010 - 3:22 am
Tag-Team MMA 2 delivered a high-intensity, incredibly entertaining card tonight. Breathless hyperbole would never do the spectacle proper justice. Suffice to say it was, quite simply, one of the most exciting nights of fights anywhere, ever.
Posted: September 8, 2010 - 1:55 am
This week, the Alaska MMA fight scene has more to choose from than Tim Sylvia has embarrassing upset losses. The following week is absolutely packed with exciting local cagefighting events. Like Virgil, I'm here to guide you through the inferno.
Friday, Sept. 10
Tag Team MMA 2: Fight for Freedom
Posted: September 4, 2010 - 3:44 pm
Jason Hutchings, the man who brought Anchorage a gimmick-filled, yet ultimately successful night of mixed martial arts action back in May, is promoting another event next week. Tag Team MMA III will take place on September 10th at the AT&T Center, the large multi-use dome off of Old Seward near O'Mally Road.
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