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JSU makes space for MMA

Contestants grapple at coliseum in first-ever event for university


Shawn Winland pins Damien Holmes during the Alabama Fighting Championship mixed martial arts event at Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews Coliseum on Saturday night.

JACKSONVILLE — Cole Wells, 21, waited in an outer wing of Pete Mathews Coliseum as fight music filled the main arena. The music swelled and he began his descent closer to the fighting cage.

Although the two men were comparably matched, his opponent, Mark Squires, was no easy target in the Saturday night event. Both men fought hard to claim the win, but ultimately Wells would come out on top; he was one of several winners at the Alabama Fighting Championship, the first-ever mixed martial arts event at Jacksonville State University.

Contact Staff Writer Ashley Morrison at amorrison@annistonstar.comOn Twitter @AshMorrison1105.