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Press photo by Sheri Bayne Tim Kunkle of Northampton won a recent MMA fight at the Sands. Press photo by Sheri Bayne Tim Kunkle of Northampton won a recent MMA fight at the Sands.

Kunkle wins, improves to 2-1

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by JOE ZEMBA Special to the Press in Sports

Tim Kunkel of Northampton is fighting for Team Tiger Schulmann Bethlehem MMA. He recently took part entertaining Mixed Martial Arts fans, who filled the stands for the PA Cage Combat Valley VII Fight Series.

He took part in the eighth fight of the night, and the first one that was broadcast by Service Electric TV, before a full house at the Bethlehem Sands Event Center. The fight was promoted by former Liberty wrestler, football player and actor Duke Valenti.

Kunkel took on Ryan Holmes from Easton, who was fighting for American Top Team of Bethlehem. Holmes left his hands fly, but surprisingly the Northampton resident proved to be the better striker. After an exchange, Kunkel pushed him Greco Roman style across the cage.

The Konkrete Kid escaped while standing against cage. The 155-pounder then got off a knee to the solar plexus, then stepped up his striking game with five lefts to the ribs. That was followed next by ten knees. For good measure, Kunkel finished off the round with a hammer strike. Holmes missed with a haymaker as the round came to an end.

In the second round Kunkel pushed Holmes head down heavily. Kunkel then took his back. A tap out followed on "The Lion Kill" with 43 seconds left in the second round.

Kunkel said, "I was looking for the rear naked choke the whole time."

Kunkel is now 2-1 as an amateur had a close loss after showing a lot of heart in Valley Fight Series VI, going a full three rounds with Kyle Alworthy.

Kunkel TKO'd Mike Weber from High Voltage Gym at the end of July at the Hamburg Field House.

The Northampton K-Kid threw jiujitsu, wrestling and beat Holmes at his own game - boxing.