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Kaua‘i Knockout Championship II — named “Mortal Kombat” — was held Friday at the War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e and featured a full slate of matches, including the main event of Kaua‘i’s Tyson Hawelu taking on Colin Mackenzie for the 145-pound championship, as well as the Mixed Martial Arts debut of North Shore pro surfer Dustin Barca.
Hawelu capped off the night with a knockout victory over Mackenzie, 1:36 into the first round, to secure the title.
Barca picked up a victory over the much more experienced Micah Ige in his first MMA showing, via a rear naked chokehold in the first round.
Kaua‘i competitors went 4-4 in the night’s additional contests.
Aliki Pelekipi lost a decision to Josh Olsen in a 160-pound kickboxing contest.
Dominic Barretto notched a second-round knockout victory over Tyron Lee in a 145-pound MMA battle.
Jonah Rapozo lost a unanimous decision to Austan Jacobson in a 145-pound kickboxing match.
Kawehi Linkee was a knockout winner at 165 pounds in an MMA fight against Lawrence Hinajosa, ending the match in the first round.
Chris Ma‘e lost at 145 pounds to Travis Wallace, via a first-round arm bar.
Kado Strom lost his 200-pound kickboxing contest when Tasi Edwards scored a first-round knockout.
Justin Perreira knocked out Matt Myers in the first round of their 175-pound MMA match.
Sergio Hurtado improved his record to 4-1 with a unanimous decision victory over Ryan Tampon to secure the 125-pound MMA belt.
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