Something to fight for

by Abby Lynn Harvey of the Review staff


Crowd favorite Jimmy “The Daywalker” Zidek goes for a kick (left) during his coheadlining match against Brian Learn. Zidek (bottom left), who won the match by technical knock out in the third round, was one of several local fighters at this year's “Fight for a Cause” event. Alex Brockway (bottom right) celebrates between rounds while his team cheers him on. Brockway defeated Adam Merrill via submission in early in the second round of the 135-pound weight class match. This year’s event, held again in the hangar at Final Approach Restaurant in Sheboygan Falls was well attended. Portions of the funds collected at the event were donated to “Vet’s Journey Home,” an organization which supports veterans dealing with the emotional affects that military service can bring. Crowd favorite Jimmy “The Daywalker” Zidek goes for a kick (left) during his coheadlining match against Brian Learn. Zidek (bottom left), who won the match by technical knock out in the third round, was one of several local fighters at this year's “Fight for a Cause” event. Alex Brockway (bottom right) celebrates between rounds while his team cheers him on. Brockway defeated Adam Merrill via submission in early in the second round of the 135-pound weight class match. This year’s event, held again in the hangar at Final Approach Restaurant in Sheboygan Falls was well attended. Portions of the funds collected at the event were donated to “Vet’s Journey Home,” an organization which supports veterans dealing with the emotional affects that military service can bring. SHEBOYGAN FALLS - A large crowd took to the hangar at Final Approach Restaurant in Sheboygan Falls on Saturday evening for the second Mixed Martial Arts “Fight For a Cause.”


Review photosby Abby Lynn Harvey Review photosby Abby Lynn Harvey The event was started last year by Keith Kesick in hopes of showcasing the positive impact that MMA can have on a community. To do this, the event was transformed into a fundraiser in hopes that adding a charitable aspect to the event would show the community a different side of MMA. Last year the event worked to raise money for the All Animal Rescue Center and Military Families Connect.

This year the organization selected to benefit from the event was Vet’s Journey Home, an organization that strives to help veterans deal with the emotional issues that often result from time spend in the military. Much focus is given to PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), emotional guilt and other forms of trauma.

Because the organization is run by other veterans, it is a place where those experiencing difficulties transitioning into civilian life can find understanding.


Finn, of Sharkbite MMA, was also in the headlining event, challenging last year’s champion “Captain” Morgan Sickinger, of Unified Martial Arts. Sickinger held his title defeating Finn via submission 2:11 into round one of the fight. The championship match came on the heels of a much anticipated rematch of a 2010 bout Finn, of Sharkbite MMA, was also in the headlining event, challenging last year’s champion “Captain” Morgan Sickinger, of Unified Martial Arts. Sickinger held his title defeating Finn via submission 2:11 into round one of the fight. The championship match came on the heels of a much anticipated rematch of a 2010 bout This year, Kesick joined forces with Bill “The Shark” Finn of Edgerton to host the event which was dubbed “The Sharkbite Fighting Championships Fight for a Cause.” between Jimmy “The Daywalker” Zidek and Brian Learn.

Zidek, of Addicted Industries, had overwhelming crowd support during the match, which was one of only a few to go into the third round. After landing several damaging blows, Zidek came out the victor, delivering the only Technical Knock Out of the evening 3:15 into the third round.


Brittney Updike gets some last minute coaching from Bill “The Shark” Finn before her kickboxing match against Terri Worley. Updike won the match by unanimous decision by the judges. — Review photos by Abby Lynn Harvey Brittney Updike gets some last minute coaching from Bill “The Shark” Finn before her kickboxing match against Terri Worley. Updike won the match by unanimous decision by the judges. — Review photos by Abby Lynn Harvey Amateur bouts of the nights scored as follows.

In the 155-pound weight class, Devon Seitz of Sharkbite MMA defeated Sean Greenway via submission 2:39 into round one.

In the 125-pound weight class, Keith Burks defeated Alex Cooney (Unified Martial Arts) via unanimous decision by the judges.

In the 140-pound weight class, Raven Welsh defeated James Heise (Sharkbite MMA) via submission 46 seconds into round one.

In the 135-pound weight class, Alex Brockway (Unified Martial Arts) defeated Adam Merrill (Sixel’s Fight Club) via submission 47 seconds into round two.

In the 145-pound weight class, Nick Gonzales (Unified Martial Arts) defeated Eddie Neron (Sharkbite MMA) via submission 2:45 into round one.


Bill “The Shark” Finn (top) gets ready to take on the “Fight for a Cause” reigning champion “Captain” Morgan Sickinger. Sickinger defended his title, defeating Finn via submission in the first round of the match. Alex Cooney (bottom) tries to pin Keith Burks during their match. Burks came out victorious, defeating Cooney via unanimous decision. Bill “The Shark” Finn (top) gets ready to take on the “Fight for a Cause” reigning champion “Captain” Morgan Sickinger. Sickinger defended his title, defeating Finn via submission in the first round of the match. Alex Cooney (bottom) tries to pin Keith Burks during their match. Burks came out victorious, defeating Cooney via unanimous decision. In the 140-pound weight class, Mike Steger defeated Francois Xavier Brandon Marin via submission 29 seconds into round one.

In the 165-pound weight class, Frank Schuman defeated Kevin Tadder (Sharkbite MMA) via submission 1:03 into round one.

In the 170-pound weight class Dave Santiago (Gracie Barra Veneration) defeated Josh Hoff (Sharkbite MMA) via submission 57 seconds into round one.

In the evening’s only Pankration bout Suleiman Abu Qdari defeated A.J. Hardenburg (Highland Fight Systems) via submission at 1:20 into round one.

Women’s kickboxing kicked off the evening with a match between Brittney Updike of Sharkbite MMA and Terri Worley of Fearless MMA. Updike won the bout by unanimous decision of the judges.

Kesick hopes to host more events in collaboration with Sharkbite MMA. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.sharkbiteMMA.com or find them on facebook.

For more information on Vets Journey Home, call 414-531- 7575, 920-980-5544 or visit www.vetsjourneyhome.org.


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