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Humboldt’s pair of professional MMA fighters will return home undefeated after sweeping their opponents at Bellator 226 last night in San Jose.

Arcata’s Cass Bell beat Isaiah “Big Brother” Rocha in stunning fashion with a barbaric guillotine choke hold, 1 minute and 21 seconds into the first round.

Bell initially dazed Rocha with a series of lefts-handed jabs to the face before mounting him and locking in the submission. Due to either Bell’s quickness and efficiency, or Rocha’s inexperience and refusal to quit, Rocha did not tap out. As a result, he was choked to the point of unconsciousness, slumping face-first onto the canvas after referee Mike Beltran stopped the fight.

The victory became one of the most celebrated moments of the night, especially after the main event between Ryan Bader and Cheick Kongo ended with an unremarkable “no contest” decision due to an accidental eye poke.

Bell’s crowd-pleasing submission was featured on both Bellator and ESPN social media pages, earning him heaps of exposure and praise.

“Unconsciousness crept up quickly on this choke by @CassBellMMA,” ESPN wrote on Twitter.

It was Bell’s second professional win by guillotine choke hold. He now has a perfect 4-0 record.

Eureka’s Tyson Miller, meanwhile, fought in a post-card matchup for the first professional fight of his career and didn’t see action until after 11 p.m.

Miller defeated his opponent Albert Gonzales in bizarre fashion when Gonzales shattered his right leg while attempting a standard leg kick in the first round.

Miller initially celebrated in reaction to winning his first pro fight. However, his demeanor quickly turned somber after the gruesomeness of his opponent’s injury presumably sank in.

“No fighters want to win like that,” Miller said addressing the ring camera. “It’s bitter sweet.”


WARNING: The Video of Miller’s victory (below) contains graphic content that may be hard to watch for some viewers.