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: December 5, 2010 - 2:32 pm
Cordova native Cody McKenzie won his UFC debut last night, submitting fellow TUF cast member Aaron Wilkinson in the first round of the show's finale. McKenzie earned Submission of the Night honors by using his trademark 'McKenzietine' choke.
Posted: December 3, 2010 - 11:14 pm
With the time for giving thanks past, it's time to be greedy and think about what we want for Christmas! Hopefully the Santa or the Chanukah Zombie will bring me some of these rather modest requests to share with you all, and feel free to share your own MMA wishlist in the comments. Chave a chappy Chanukah!
A RESURGENT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION
Posted: November 21, 2010 - 4:52 pm
Rough House Promotions presented a split boxing/mma card on Friday in the state's capital. Several of the fighters hailed from small, southeast communities. Here are the results:
Craig Reishus defeats Tyson Duckworth Rd. 3 (decision)
Charlie Gallant defeats Kelly Ferguson Jr. Rd. 2 (submission)
Aaron "The Red Barron" Tucker defeats Eduardo "Devil Dog" Rivera Rd 3 (submission)
Noah Mayo defeats Lyle Coutlee Rd. 3 (decision)
The next MMA fights Juneau will be on December 10th. Stay tuned here for results!
Posted: November 19, 2010 - 11:51 am
Bob Haag, AFC judge and self-described 'old-school boxing promoter' will host a boxing/MMA hybrid show tonite in Juneau. The event will showcase a split card of boxing matches and MMA bouts.
Haag described MMA as usurping boxings position as preminent combat sport in America, both at the national and local levels.
"Years ago it was 'you stand up and fight like a man;' now that's all history," Haag said. "Don King, Bob Arum, they're getting eaten alive by MMA, and the folks down in Juneau are want [MMA], too."
Posted: November 18, 2010 - 3:32 am
The AFC presented one of their bloodiest cards in recent memory on Wednesday, scoring points with fans for long, involved fights. AFC 77 supplied only two fight that ended in the first round, while comebacks, controversy, and history were in ample supply.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for awards and the Final Word!
Andy 'Tank Mode' Enz def. Tyler Milner
Rd. 5, Decision (split)
Posted: November 15, 2010 - 5:05 pm
Alright! It's that time of the month again! "Time for our shower?" I hear you ask. I'm afraid not my filthy readers; it's time for the Alaska Fighting Championship. About time, too; I was going through violence withdrawal.
AFC 77: Hardcore Harvest is set to crown a new middleweight champion, and no matter who wins, it's one of the most significant fights of the year.
Posted: November 10, 2010 - 10:49 pm
Alaskan expatriate Cody McKenzie lost his quarterfinal match on the popular reality series The Ultimate Fighter, this weeks episode revealed. McKenzie lost to heavily favored veteran Nam Phan.
Posted: October 28, 2010 - 1:13 am
The AFC completed their third foray into the fertile soil of the Mat-Su region tonight. Brief but solid fights anchored the short card, impressive considering that half of the bouts involved a last minute replacement fighter.
Unfortunately, no replacement was found for the scheduled main event. Billy 'Badass' Hunt disappeared the night of weigh-ins, and no suitable fill-in was found for Craig Reishus. Ring announcer Bob 'Kid Fox' Lester repeated Hunt's name several times to the audience when notifying them of the fight cancellation.
Posted: October 27, 2010 - 1:30 pm
AFC 145 lbs champion Douglas Evans defeated Canadian mixed martial artist Tristan Johnson at Warrior-1 in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Saturday, Oct. 23. Evans, one of the handful of Alaskans to fight in the UFC, secured the victory by rear naked choke in the third round.
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.
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