Noland wins MMA debut at charity event

Leading a Central Coast sweep, Casey Noland finally made her professional mixed martial arts debut, soundly defeating Jenny Trujillo by unanimous decision in a charity event supporting the Cal State Bakersfield wrestling program.

Grover Beach resident Cruz Gomez, Cal Poly student Mike Gahan and San Luis Obispo’s Scott Lighty each won by TKO at Fight for Wrestling Bakersfield on Saturday night at the Icardo Center in Bakersfield.

Noland, who first started kickboxing training with UFC legend Chuck Liddell in the mid-1990s, has had a string of MMA fights called off in recent years, including a scheduled bout with Trujillo at the first Fight for Wrestling at Cal Poly in May.

Gomez, a Santa Margarita native and Atascadero High alum, stopped Taft’s Doug Hunt at 3:27 in the first round. Gahan dominated Sacramento’s Jonny Goh thoroughly enough to warrant a stoppage between the second and third rounds. And Lighty hit Shawn Frye with a knockout punch in the second round.