Medders, a resident of Cleveland, and Purifoy locked up in a true test of wills in the cage. The match went a full three rounds, and it was ruled a draw. It was the first fight that Medders, at 5-0-1, didn’t win. Even though he didn’t win, he still remains unbeaten.
Medders started the fight as the aggressor in the first round. He came out and nailed Purifoy in the head with a kick. He took him down and kept him down on the ground with some hard punches. He also put him in a arm lock called Americana, which had Purifoy in danger, but he was able to survive and make it to the second round .
“The dude was really, really tough. I’ll give him that,” Medders said. “I had him in a few bad spots a couple of times. That’s pretty much how the whole first round went.”
In the second round, Medders tried to be aggressive again but Purifoy was able to put him into a guillotine choke hold, which he held on Medders for a couple of minutes. The hold had Medders in a very compromising position for most of the second round. Medders was able to get out of the hold and get back on top of him. Both fighters battled it out to end the round. While the first round belonged to Medders, the second round belonged to Purifoy. Medders was able to survive the round and advance to round No. 3.
“He was choking me, and I thought I went out two times,” Medders said. “I just woke up back up in the guillotine. It seemed like the good Lord woke me back up in there. He had me real tight. I thought I was going to sleep and that took a lot out of me for the third round.”
When round three began, Medders was exhausted but determined to win. Both fighters battled it out in the third round but neither man was able to put the other away. When the fight ended, the decision came down to the three judges. One judge ruled in favor of Purifoy, another judge ruled that Medders won while the final judge determined it was a draw there making the final decision a draw.
The Medders-Purifoy fight, along with the fight between Hunter Joffree and Chance Wilson, received “Fight of the Night” honors.
“That was probably the best fight I’ve had as far as a learning experience,” Medders said. “The other fights were pretty quick. I didn’t really learn too much, but this fight taught me a whole lot. I know what I need to go back and work on. I know I need to get my cardio up. I learned a lot about myself as far as how far I can push myself and what I can take. I was thinking about all my family and friends, and I couldn’t give up in front of them.”
Medders said he is thankful for the support he has gotten from his fan base known as the Wolfpak. He is grateful for the support he has gotten from his family and friends including the people he trains with and all of his sponsors.
According to Medders, his next fight is scheduled for April with a possible rematch against Purifoy.