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Heden takes main event at No Mercy VIII

Frazee's Brian Heden (31-16) tapped out Kevin Asplund (18-12) with an Americana at 1:58 of the second round to defend his Driller Heavyweight title at No Mercy VIII Saturday in Mahnomen. Submitted photo

Driller Promotions brought No Mercy VIII to the and once again was a resounding success.

Over 1,100 fans packed into the Event Center at Shooting Star Casino Saturday, May 19 in Mahnomen to see Frazee’s Brian Heden thrill the local fans with a victory in the main event.

Heden (31-16) tapped out Kevin Asplund (18-12) with an Americana at 1:58 of the second round to defend his Driller Heavyweight title and is in negotiations for a potential three-fight deal in Russia.

ERIC KEMPER, JESSE WANNEMACHER

Fergus Falls’ Jesse Wannemacher (3-2) won a three-round, unanimous decision over Eric Kemper (2-4). Scores read 29-28 29-28 29-28.

The battle of Grand Forks was won by Butch Hajicek (17-16) who stopped Ben Wicks (4-16) by TKO (corner stoppage) at 2:35 of the first round.

Dustin Klapperick (5-1) won a three-round, unanimous decision over Casey Goulet (4-1). Scores read 29-28 29-27 29-27 in a No. 1 Lightweight Contender fight.

Scott Writz (1-0) won by second round TKO over Starr Roberts (3-16) after the referee stopped the fight at 2:53 of round one to win his pro debut.

Red Lake’s James Norris (1-1) stopped Nick Joramo (2-4) by TKO after Joramo could not answer the bell for round three.

Kyle Zimick (3-0)  submitted Andrew Yatskis (1-2) by arm triangle choke at 1:03 of round two.

Aitkin’s Noah Landrus (4-0) won a three-round, unanimous decision over Arkady Pichurin (2-2) to show once again why he’s one of Minnesota’s best prospects. Scores read 30-27 30-27 30-26.

Bemidji’s Keefer Bender (3-0) won a three-round, split decision over Andrew Case-Allan (1-1). Scores read 30-27 30-27 28-29. Keefer took the fight on two days notice and had a 120-pound weight disadvantage.

Driller is back with No Mercy IX Saturday, October 20 and tickets will be available soon at www.starcasino.com.