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Former Oakland Mills wrestler Peter Petties continues mixed martial arts rise

Former Oakland Mills wrestler Peter Petties continues mixed martial arts rise

It started with a left kick to the body. Then another. And another.

Over and over again for more than a round and a half on August 23, 2014, Peter Petties battered Jeff Melvin with brutal kicks. And then it happened.

The numerous blows to the body made Melvin sick, and with about two minutes remaining in the second of three rounds, the bout was over.

“Usually we call it a poker face, like we act like it didn’t hurt,” he said, “but this guy made a weird face and I didn’t know what was going on. But once I started seeing things gush out of his mouth that’s when I ran out of the way.”

Petties won the amateur fight via...

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