Connelly defends title, Tuani captures crown at CageSport 54

TACOMA, Wash. – One champion successfully defended, while another fell at CageSport 54. 

Tristan Connelly made the first defense of his CageSport Lightweight championship and Sua Tuani claimed the CageSport Heavyweight crown via a vicious knockout Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. 

Connelly, fighting out of Victoria, British Columbia, defeated challenger Tyrone Henderson after Henderson, who brought a three-fight winning streak into the contest, was unable to continue following the end of the first round. 

Tuani overcame an early accidental low blow and connected with a devastating right hand which floored defending champion Foster 46 seconds into the second round of their scheduled five-round bout. 

Tuani’s blow immediately sent Foster, who held a 45-pound weight advantage over his challenger, crashing to the canvas out cold, leading to the title change. 

On the undercard, West Coast Fight Team 145-pound teammates Talon Hammons and Tim Lewis both scored victories to remain undefeated. 

Hammons improved to 4-0 with a win over Kevin Boehm by second-round (3:59) verbal tap out. 

Lewis increased his record to a perfect 3-0 with a second-round (1:56) victory over Josh Wright via arm triangle. 

Justin Milani opened the card by defeating Joe Levasseur by second-round (4:17) rear naked choke in a 205-pound bout. 

Jesse Tafoya notched his first victory as a pro, putting away highly touted 125-pounder Taylan Yuasa in the first round (1:04) with an armbar. 

The undercard also saw Brandon Cromartie defeat Tigran Bagdasaryan by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27) and Charon Spain notch career win No. 16 after he put away Armando Best by first-round (2:17) guillotine choke. Both fights were in the 145-pound division. 

CageSport 54 was brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions and CageSport MMA. For more information, please visit the CageSport MMA Facebook page and  www.halquistproductions.com

CageSport 54– Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Wash.

CageSport Heavyweight Championship – 5 Rounds 

Sua Tuani (3-1) d. Richard Foster (5-4), KO (2nd Round, 46 seconds) 

CageSport Lightweight championship – 5 Rounds 

Tristan Connelly (11-6) d. Tyrone Henderson (8-5-1), fighter retirement (1st Round, 5:00) 

Undercard – 3 Round Bouts

145 pounds: Talon Hammons (4-0) d. Kevin Boehm (4-3), verbal tap out (2nd Round, 3:59) 

125 pounds: Jesse Tafoya (1-1) d. Taylan Yuasa (1-1), arm bar (1st Round, 1:04)

145 pounds: Charon Spain (16-29) d. Armando Best (3-9), guillotine choke (1st Round, 2:14) 

145 pounds: Tim Lewis (3-0) d. Josh Wright (4-2), arm triangle (2nd Round, 1:56)

145 pounds: Brandon Cromartie (1-2) d. Tigran Bagdasaryan (1-2), split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

205 pounds: Justin Milani (4-11) d. Joe Levasseur (2-4), Rear Naked Choke (2nd Round, 4:17) 

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