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Ron Adair brought a sour end to Carbondale’s Craig Sjoerdsma’s mixed martial arts professional fighting debut on Saturday.

Sjoerdsma ” an Eagle County sheriff’s deputy ” made a mistake that caught him in an armbar and forced him to tap out in the second round of a Gladiator Challenge-circuit event called Global War, held in Farmington, N.M.

“I felt no shame in the loss,” said Sjoerdsma, whose originally scheduled opponent ” Jeremy Madrid ” dropped out at the last moment for unknown reasons. “The fight went good for me in the first round. I took him down and pounded him pretty good. The second round was more of the same until I made a mistake … “



After the fight, there was no bad blood between the fighters.

“I felt incredible respect for my opponent and admired him the more we spoke after the fight,” Sjoerdsma said. “One great thing about (mixed martial arts) is the amount of respect you share for other fighters when the war is over. The handshakes, the hugs, the conversations afterward are heartfelt and gentlemanly.”



Sjoerdsma, who is trained by Patrick Carmichael, who owns Art of Defense mixed martial arts studio in Glenwood Springs, hopes to fight again by August or September.

Said Sjoerdsma: “Although I am so sore that speaking even hurts right now, I am looking forward to my next battle in the cage.”

After a time trial and one stage, Glenwood Springs High School graduate and pro cyclist Bobby Julich sat 11 seconds behind leader Bradley Wiggins, of England, on Monday in the Criterium du Dauphine Libere.

Julich shared 29th place with two other riders heading into Stage 2 of the annual road race, held in the Dauphine region of France and considered an important warm-up race for the Tour de France.


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