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April 12, 2013

Dalton gym doubles down on titles

Morgan, Slaughter win belts at 3FC event

Jarrett Slaughter was the reason Jeremiah Morgan started training at the North Georgia Hayastan MMA Academy, so having each mixed martial artist win his first championship at the same event was a nice bonus.

Slaughter and Morgan, both LaFayette residents who train at the Dalton gym, won the 3 Fighting Championship heavyweight title and middleweight title, respectively, this past Saturday at the 3FC 16 event titled “Gladiators.” It was held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Slaughter, nicknamed “Bear,” defeated Michael “Bedrock” Snapp via split decision to earn the belt. Slaughter won the first and third rounds while Snapp, who was 4-1 entering the fight, won the second.

“I knew the guy was going to be tough,” said Slaughter, who now holds a 3-1 record. “I knew he was coming to brawl because he was heavy-handed. I knew I had to get my cardio up because he was a big guy.

“There were actually one or two times in the match when I thought the ref would stop it because he was pounding my head in pretty good.”

Immediately after his win, Slaughter watched Morgan’s fight. Slaughter has been training at North Georgia Hayastan for four years and convinced Morgan to join him there two years ago.

“I walked out with him and helped corner him in his fight,” Slaughter said. “It’s even better. It’s like double the victory.”

Morgan defeated Timmy Eisenbraun via unanimous decision and is 2-0 in his MMA career.

“With (Slaughter) training for a fight and me training for a fight, we kind of pushed one another a little harder in the gym,” Morgan said. “I want to defend the belt maybe two or three times and become (an MMA instructor) and help other people.”

Morgan said winning titles is an accomplishment for him and the gym.

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