Edwards/Jensen and Helsel/Davis top Raging Wolf 5 in Niagara Falls Saturday

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(PHOTO: Yves Edwards on left)

Sanctioning MMA in New York has been one of the hottest topics behind thescenes this year but as covered in the archives the New York legislature failedto cut through the red tape this year. That doesn’t affect sovereign nations (known to most Americans as“American Indian land”) such as the Seneca Nation of Indians which hosts RagingWolf 5 “Mayhem in the Mist” on Saturday, October 10th at the Seneca NiagaraCasino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, NY.

The fight card itself is a mix of amateur and pro headlined by Yves Edwards vs.Kyle Jensen and Molly Helsel vs. Alexis Davis. As of this writing the full card is not available.

UFC/Pride vet Yves Edwards has been covered extensively in the archives, mostrecently for his win in Shine Fights over James Warfield just one monthago.  Yves has long been known for hisstandup style but since joining American Top Team around two years ago his gamehas been much more complete as evidenced in said Warfield fight.  Kyle Jensen since his WEC loss to CarlosCondit almost three years ago has gone on a 9-0-1 streak, most recentlydefeating UFC vet Rich Clementi by TKO at UCFC in June.  Both have extensive records and both aregoing to be hungry for a win so look for this fight to be explosive but notquickly over.

Also in the archives is coverage of Molly Helsel’s career in Bodog andHOOKnSHOOT.  Helsel has been off forabout a year since her rear naked choke win over Amber Tackett but consideringher training partners in the San Diego area that doesn’t mean Helsel has beentaking it easy at all.  Helsel’s opponentthis night will be Alexis Davis who was on a six-fight win streak before topfighter Tara LaRosa defeated her by TKO in January.  This fight will be for the first ever RagingWolf title belt, especially notable since they will be fighting fivefive-minute rounds, a hot topic with the women who have largely outsideStrikeforce been relegated to three-minute rounds or three-round title fights.

Although at this time the show is not expected to be filmed definitely look forthis show to have a long-term impact on the New York sanctioning drive as wellas the records of these standout fighters.

PIC: Molly Helsel on top