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: April 10, 2012 - 10:58 pm
Fairbanks' premier promotion held another event last Saturday, April 7th. There were several familiar fighters in the cage, and plenty of gold on the line with multiple title fights. Congratulations to the winners!
Schon "Wolverine" Ellis Def. Thomas "The Potbelly Assassin" Ide
Round 1, Submission (Strikes)
Josh Clark Def. Kyle "Furious" George
Round 3, Submission (rear naked choke)
WEIGHT CLASS UNSPECIFIED
Posted: April 6, 2012 - 8:52 am
Alaska Cage Fighting, the most prolific promotion centered in Fairbanks, has overcome some snags with their event and is good to go with a massive 15 fight card. There will be both MMA and kickboxing fights.
Posted: March 27, 2012 - 6:36 pm
The AFC will hold a second eight-man, single-night tournament on April 11th. A broad 170-205 limit bigger fighters will get their chance to shine. Even better, the field boasts an all-star lineup of the Alaska's most accomplished mixed martial artists, including two current champions and a UFC veteran. Let's take a look at the vital stats for some of the competitors:
Julio 'The Dominican Demon' Paulino
Height: 6' 0"
Base: Kung Fu/Boxing
Posted: March 20, 2012 - 10:48 pm
[CORRECTION: INITIALLY I SAID MR. YUNDT WAS CONCERNED ABOUT GUARANTEED PAYMENT. THIS PHRASING WAS CONFUSING AND COULD BE INTERPRETED AS IF THE WINNER OF THE TOURNAMENT MIGHT NOT GET PAID. THIS HAS BEEN CORRECTED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT MR. YUNDT'S STATEMENTS.]
Posted: March 14, 2012 - 4:20 pm
This won't be an ordinary post-event analysis. Rather than give out awards and play amateur matchmaker, I just want to tell you a story. It's got it's twists and turns, falls and redemptions, high stakes and sympathetic characters, and a gripping plot leading to a nail-biting climax. It's the story of the Great North Grand Prix, which transpired last Wednesday, March 7th.
Posted: March 8, 2012 - 2:43 am
In a night of non-stop surprises, when Murphy's Law dug deep into its bag of tricks, the AFC managed to succeed in one of the most difficult tasks a promotion can attempt: a single night tournament full of top notch talent. And not only did they succeed, but they were wildly successful. A full write up of the event will come along this weekend, with pictures and quotes. For right now enjoy the fighter results and recaps.
Posted: March 5, 2012 - 8:13 pm
The Alaska Fighting Championship is set to present a huge event this week. One fighter will walk out with a cool five grand, another will walk out with an belt, and everyone will walk out with bruises.
Not content to let the NCAA have all the fun, the AFC institutes it's own version of March Madness this Wednesday with the Great North Grand Prix, a single-night, eight-man, winner-take-all throwdown. In addition, headlining the event is a featherweight tilt for the interim-championship belt.
Posted: February 19, 2012 - 1:43 pm
The ACF put on what sounds like a rousing show in Fairbanks on Friday, February 17, at the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks. There were a plethora of different kinds of submissions, Tommy 'The Pot-Bellied Assassin' Ide and Jason 'Showtime' Coomes bounced back from their AFC losses two days previous, and Pat Lumba defended his heavyweight strap from Tommy 'T-Gunz' McMichael. Full results follow, courtesy of promoter Wayne Swanson.
ACF Results 2/17/12
Goldstar Arena, Fairbanks, AK
Posted: February 19, 2012 - 2:46 am
Expectations doth make fools of us all. Or at least all Hebrew MMA journalists over 6'5".
Without a lot of elite fighters on the card, I had very low hopes for AFC 89. Of course, what makes the sport of MMA so great is that anything can, and often does, happen. Just when I'm sure a card will be a snoozer, it delivers a solid night of bloody satisfaction.
Posted: February 16, 2012 - 12:19 am
AFC 89: Date Night turned in a packed night of 11 fights. While the night featured very little in the way of elite talent, it instead showcased a plethora of mid-level fighters fighting to move up to the next level of competition. No fan can say they didn't get their money's worth, as the long event provided four solid hours of fisticuffs. Fight results and recaps follow below. Make sure to check back in this weekend for photo's, awards, quotes, and the Final Word.
Posted: February 14, 2012 - 12:07 am
The Alaska MMA landscape is crowded this week, with three events scheduled in the space of four days.
Wednesday, February 15, the Alaska Fighting Championship returns to the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. Headlining the show is a middleweight title eliminator between Tyler 'Working Man' Milner and Thomas 'The Pot-Bellied Assassin' Ide.
Posted: February 13, 2012 - 7:52 pm
Wayne Swanson, owner of Fairbanks-based MMA promotion Alaska Cage Fighting, announced that the company is seeking prospective female fighters for an all-women tournament to benefit breast cancer detection. A "decent" purse will also be awarded to the winner.
Those interested should contact Wayne Swanson at 907-456-2231, or via Facebook.
Posted: February 12, 2012 - 4:56 am
The AFC returns this Wednesday, February 15. While the bulk of the card feels like filler as we eagerly await the monumental tournaments slotted for March and April, the Main Event nonetheless has important title implications. Let's see how the competitors match up.
MAIN EVENT: Middleweight #1 Contender Bout, Tyler Milner vs. Thomas "The Potbellied Assassin" Ide
Posted: February 8, 2012 - 12:29 am
AFC promoter Sarah Lorimer recently announced via Facebook and the AFC website that the AFC would host two single-night MMA tournaments during their regularly scheduled events in March and April.
March's AFC 90 will feature a tournament with a 170 pound weight cap, while the next month's tourney will be open for fighters between 170 and 205 pounds.
The grand prize for both events is a hefty $5,000 for the winner, with the other participants making due with gift baskets courtesy of the AFC's sponsors.
Posted: January 31, 2012 - 5:12 pm
The Alaska Fighting Championship overcame last minute replacements and bitter, bitter cold to host another successful event in the Mat-Su Valley. While the night came up short on competitive match-ups, there were no shortage of memorable moments.
Posted: January 29, 2012 - 3:05 am
The AFC returned the the Mat-Su valley tonight. Check out the fight results and recaps below, and be sure to check back in here in the next few days for pictures, analysis, awards, and the Final Word!
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT
Stephen 'The Incredible Hulk' Waalkes def. Tommie 'The Tornado' Matthews
Round 1, KO (body punch)
Posted: January 28, 2012 - 4:18 pm
Former AFC champion Chris 'The Hot Seat' Davis emerged victorious in the main event at Pure MMA: The Beginning last Sunday, catching UFC veteran Johnny Rees in his trademark triangle choke midway through the second round.
Davis is currently focusing on educational and career goals, and said he does not expect to make a run at the highest level yet.
Posted: January 28, 2012 - 4:28 am
Please don't let the late nature of this post fool you. Sometimes it's gets so hard holding down two jobs while going back to school and nursing injured puppies back to health that a dapper and swinging man-about-town can hardly keep up with his regional MMA blog.
Posted: January 23, 2012 - 11:56 pm
The Alaska Fighting Championship kicked off 2012 with a title eliminator on Wednesday, January 18. Although the card was plagued by absent fighters, injuries, and mismatches, there were some sweet morsels of MMA to mine from the milieu.
Now that my metaphors are thoroughly mixed, let's get to the final word!
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Mike 'The Cannon' Fannon and Tommie 'The Tornado' Matthews
Posted: January 19, 2012 - 12:01 am
The AFC kicked off 2012 Wednesday night. Headlining the event was two veterans slugging it out for the chance to challenge Brian Ryan for the heavyweight belt. Check out the results and recaps below, and make sure to check back in this weekend for pictures, awards, analysis, and the Final Word.
HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDERSHIP BOUT
Mike 'The Cannon' Fannon vs. Tommie 'The Tornado' Matthews
Rd. 1, Submission (north-south choke)
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