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: 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.
Posted: September 2, 2010 - 6:03 pm
Jon Fitch was on hand at the State Fair last weekend, and was kind enough to answer some questions. Listen to his thoughts on GSP-Koscheck, Couture-Toney, and the role of local promotions in the larger MMA picture.
Posted: August 31, 2010 - 8:46 pm
AFC 145 lb champion and UFC veteran Doug Evans' next fight will stream live, for free, on Sept. 11th.
Shark Fights, a Texas based promotion for which Evans is also the 145 lb champion, will air some of the nights fights via pay-per-view; but some fights, including Evans title defense against British challenger Ronnie Mann, will stream live at Sherdog.com.
Posted: August 19, 2010 - 6:57 pm
On August 28th, Alaskans will have the chance to rub elbows with UFC star Jon Fitch. Fitch will be on hand at the Alaska State Fair, at the AFC booth, signing autographs and meeting with fans.
Then, on Sept. 15th, at AFC 75, Fitch's teammate at American Kickboxing Academy Mike 'Quick' Swick will appear at the Sullivan Arena, to meet with fans and take pictures.
Posted: August 18, 2010 - 6:06 pm
Alaskan expatriate Scott Jorgensen, who currently trains out of Boise, Idaho won a unanimous decision tonight against red-hot prospect Brad Pickett at WEC 50. The fight lasted for three thrilling rounds, where both fighters pushed the action with sharp strikes. It was ultimately Jorgensen's late takedowns which won him the bout.
Posted: August 13, 2010 - 2:01 pm
Call it changing the guard or passing the torch. The young overcame the old on August 11, as one of Alaska MMA's brightest rising stars defeated one of its elder statesmen.
Posted: August 12, 2010 - 2:47 am
AFC 74 provided an exercise in extremes, showcasing both beautifully executed submissions and sloppy barroom brawling. For every textbook armbar or sharp punching combination there was an equally frustrating failed choke or missed technique. The crowd enjoyed some of the most exciting and most boring action the AFC has ever provided. Even when the fighters were less then masterful, they still proved competitive...for the most part.
MAIN EVENT - WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT:
Posted: August 11, 2010 - 2:21 am
Tonight, at the Sullivan Arena, Nic Herron-Webb will challenge David Knight for the welterweight championship of the AFC. However, as the two weighed in at Rumrunners' last night, Aug. 10, they looked very close to starting their brawl 24 hours early.
Posted: July 31, 2010 - 12:44 am
Julio Paulno’s face is not shaped like you’d imagine a fighter’s face should be. No missing teeth, no visible scar tissue, nose facing the right direction. If you accompanied him swimming at the YMCA or jogging along 5th avenue you would be hard pressed to guess that you were joining the only professional Alaskan cagefighter for a fraction of his daily exercise regimen.
Posted: July 26, 2010 - 12:10 am
Kenai Peninsula's Cage Rage pulled off another successful show Friday.
UFC veteran Spencer 'The King' Fisher was on hand as a special guest judge, but also ended up refereeing two and entertaining the crowd with his wife between bouts.
Posted: July 23, 2010 - 1:52 pm
A bit of late-breaking news: Kenai Peninsula Cage Rage will host a K-1 style striking tournament tonight, July 23rd.
In an unannounced twist, UFC veteran Spencer 'King' Fisher will serve as a guest judge, along with his wife and boxing coach.
The eight men in the tournament will have to get by on strikes only, no grappling or wrestling, with the winner receiving a cool $2,000 and three-foot trophy. Second place will receive $500.
"Everyone else just gets a bruised ego and a black eye," said Cullin Yoder, the event's promoter.
Posted: July 19, 2010 - 7:09 pm
AFC veteran Ricky "Ice Cold" Shivers will put his Xtreme Kombat League light-heavyweight belt on the line against former UFC heavyweight titlist Ricco Rodriguez in November, the Gracie Barra fighter has announced. If the fight happens as scheduled it will be one of the biggest fights an Alaskan fighter has ever been involved in.
Posted: July 14, 2010 - 4:11 pm
Alaskans spurned fishing and hiking on Wednesday to pack into the Sullivan Arena. More people attended this event (including one Chuck Liddell) than this humble blogger has ever witnessed at an AFC card. They were not disappointed, as the fighters churned out a stellar night of pugilistic mayhem. Here are the results. Be sure to check back tomorrow for awards, pictures, and the Final Word!
Posted: July 14, 2010 - 12:29 am
Cody 'Pelligro' Rice and Scott Thometz were scheduled to fight on the AFC 73 card tomorrow evening. On the line, a title shot against 'Nasty' Nate Hannah for the vacant lightweight belt.
It was set to go off without a hitch, until the fighters weighed-in tonight. Thometz met the 155 pound weight limit. Rice came in three pounds over.
Posted: July 12, 2010 - 7:12 pm
On Wednesday, July 14th, the AFC will celebrate their sixth anniversary.
If the idea of championship bouts on both extreme ends of the weight scale and several blue chip prospects fighting isn't enough to get you to go, remember that UFC legend Chuck 'The Iceman' Liddell will also be the signing autographs.
QUESTIONS FOR AFC 73:
Can Hildrebrand get Ryan to the ground? Will it even matter?