PORTLAND, Maine — Marcus Davis’ first mixed martial arts fight in his home state Friday night was brief but successful.
The Bangor resident, also known as “The Irish Hand Grenade,” defeated Travis “Iron Chin” Coyle via a choke hold submission in the first round to highlight the 17-bout Global Fight League 13 card held before an estimated 2,600 fans at the Portland Expo.
Coyle, from Denver, Colo., entered the welterweight (170-pound) match with eight wins in his last nine fights, including seven by submission, but the 38-year-old Davis finished the match in just 1 minute, 21 seconds of the 5-minute first round.
The win improves Davis to 20-8 in mixed martial arts competition heading into an Oct. 15 date in Miami, Fla., against fellow veteran Chuck O’Neil. That bout is slated to be televised by Fox Sports Net.
Coyle drops to 10-6.
Davis was one of several Bangor-area fighters to compete on the Expo card. Ryan Sanders of Bangor Young’s MMA defeated Vincent Silvestre via a third-round submission guillotine hold.
Ray Wood, also of Bangor Young’s MMA, also earned a third-round submission victory, using an arm bar to gain his win over Elias Leland.
Scott Lavoie of Bangor Team Irish also used an arm bar to gain a first-round submission victory over Shaun Head, while Team Irish stablemate Jon Lemke scored a second-round technical knockout over Zach Labbay.
Steve Desjardins of Bangor Team Irish lost via guillotine submission in the first round to Ernesto Ornelas, while Daniel Meuse defeated Joel Adams of Bangor Team Irish by a first-round arm bar submission and Ken Kersch scored a unanimous decision over Bangor Team Irish’s Caleb Costello.
In other bouts, John Johnston earned a second-round technical knockout over Shaun Durfee, Josh Watson scored a first-round knockout of Carlos Lovato, Eloy Kaminski scored a first-round choke-hold submission victory over Nate Ainsworth, Trevor Kell won a split decision over Ted Washburn, Buck Pineau won by rear naked choke submission over Paul Sokolowski in the second round, and Tom Balzano had a split decision over Cecil Haney.
The card also featured two women’s bouts, with Jill Valenzuela winning a decision over Sarah McLeod and Maria Rios scoring a second-round technical knockout over Heather Lambert.