Throne MMA a Knockout at Northern Lights Casino

WALKER, Minnesota – Saturday, mma throne staged a 7-fight event to a sold-out crowd at the Northern Lights Casino on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. The event promoters had originally planned an 11-fight event on Saturday, February 5, but were postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Everyone in the crowd delivered, for sure,” Throne MMA founder and co-owner Dean Lamb said. Indigenous News Online.

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Throne MMA is an Indigenous owned and operated fight promoter based in Alexandria, Minnesota. Lamb is a citizen of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and co-owner David Amitrano is a citizen of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. Together they host and organize a variety of fights throughout the region. Saturday’s event is Throne MMA’s second event; their first was at Northern Lights Casino in December 2021.

The event’s original main event – Sam Cleveland vs. Jay Feiock – was canceled after Feiock failed to show up at the weigh-in on Friday, but was replaced by Daven Staples vs. Christopher Clark, both Indigenous fighters.

Clark, a White Earth Ojibwe citizen, defeated Daven Staples, of Leech Lake Ojibwe, by technical knockout (TKO) at 1:52 in the second round. Each fight consisted of three rounds.

The Ojibwe Mille Lacs Band Department Athletic Regulatory Commission regulated the event with several experienced combat inspectors unable to attend.

“Our team of inspectors makes me so proud,” Department of Sporting Regulations Executive Director Matt Roberson told Indigenous News Online. “We had several of our most experienced inspectors on vacation for spring break and our team rose to the challenge.

“Overall, our operations have not lacked pace. Our team takes our training seriously – they work hard and trust each other,” said Roberson of the Mille Lac Sporting Regulatory Commission.

Throne MMA said this summer there will be several fundraising events in the Twin Cities featuring retired professional fighters aimed at raising awareness and funding for organizations that serve American Indians and their families.

Terry Goodsky, a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe, opened the evening with a prayer and song in the Ojibwe language.

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Darren Thompson (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) is a freelance journalist based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, where he also contributes to Unicorn Riot, an alternative media publication. Thompson has reported on political unrest, tribal sovereignty and Indigenous issues for the Indigenous Peoples Television Network, Indian Country Today, Native News Online, and Unicorn Riot. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Voice of America on various Indigenous issues in the international conversation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and legal studies from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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