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Ashland fighter Stockman earns first pro MMA win

Ashland fighter and former Southern Oregon University wrestler Scottie Stockman earned his first professional mixed martial arts victory Saturday in a bout in Miami.

Stockman, a featherweight out of the Spartan Boxing gym in Medford, won by technical knockout over Joseph Y’Shua, of Hollywood, Florida, at 3 minutes, 24 seconds of the second round to square his professional record at 1-1.

The fight was part of the Global Legion FC 17 card at the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon hotel.

Stockman finished Y’Shua (1-1) with a heavy right hand that caught the Florida kickboxing specialist square on the left side of his head and sent him to the canvas. Stockman went to ground-and-pound mode and landed several strikes before the fight was called.

The strategy, said Jojo Guillaume, Stockman’s coach, in an email, was to get Y’Shua to the mat in the first round and tire him out, then “let (Stockman’s) hands go,” and it worked as intended.

Yshua got free midway through the first round and traded blows with Stockman, but in the second, the former was caught with his hands down and paid the price as Stockman loaded up with a powerful blow.

In his pro debut in July, Stockman was defeated when he got caught in an arm bar in the first round, losing to Geraldo Almonte, of Miami, on another Global Legion FC card.

Stockman was 4-1 as an amateur.

Scottie Stockman, left, and coach Jojo Guillaume