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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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Alaska Cage Fighting crowned it's first female champion, as Anchorage's Lauren 'The Pirate' Taylor defeated Fairbanks' Julia Griffin by second round strikes.

Taylor now holds the belt in both the ACF and in the Alaska Fighting Championship, giving her the distinction of being the first fighter to unify belts between the two promotions. She says she'll keep keep trying to collect championship belts.

"Maybe someday I'll win one that matches my shoes," she said.

Taylor praised her opponent's grappling skills, and said she had to fend off several submission attempts to secure the victory. She also praised ACF promoter Wayne Swanson.

The card also featured the return of former AFC lightweight champion Schon 'The Wolverine' Ellis. Ellis, fans will recall, won the belt three years ago, defended it once a year later, and then abdicated. This touched off the incomprehensible quagmire the lightweight title picture has suffered over the last two years, and continues to heave and jerk its way out of. Ellis, if returning to fighting, further complicates the picture, but such a talent would still be a welcome addition to the landscape. He won his first match in two years via first round strikes.

The next ACF event is scheduled for November 26th, in Fairbanks. Full results below, courtesy of Wayne Swanson (all weight classes not provided).

Alaska Cage Fighting
Results for October 28th 2011
Goldstar Arena, Fairbanks Alaska

Referee: Shorty Williams

Under 18 Lightweight Championship

Sam "The Abraham Slam" Zimmerman def. Damarae Waldon
Round 5, Submission (armbar)

:::Adult Amateur MMA:::

Giovani Pegues def. Andrew Rovan
Round 1, Submission, (rear naked choke)

Rohan "The Guinness Car Bomb" Johnson def. Thomas Byrd
Round 3, Submission (Verbal)

Kyle Alcantare def. Larry "Lights Out" Alley
Round 1, Submission (rear naked choke)

:::Adult Pro MMA:::

Paul "Anaconda" Hougard def. Peter "Da Island Boy" Hocog
Round 1, TKO (Strikes)

Jared "The Killa Gorrilla" Connonier def. Matt "Tiny" Herringshaw
Round 1, Submission (Strikes)

Denali "Dirty Sanchez" Acevedo def. Michael "Bad Country" Whitfield
Round 1, Submission (Guillotine Choke)

Kyle George def. Eli Mayne
Round 1, Submission (rear naked choke)

Schon "The Wolverine" Ellis def. Joshua Renteria
Round 1, TKO (Strikes)

Womens ACF Middleweight (145 lbs.) Championship

Lauren "The Pirate" Taylor def. Julia Griffin
Round 2, TKO (Strikes)

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