2022 was a great year for MMA in Montana. Sean O'Malley from Helena became the #1 ranked fighter of the bantamweight division in the UFC and we've had more MMA events than I can ever remember us having, including Mountain Force's show in Helena last Saturday. The entire card was stacked with action but what stands out to me about that night are the first-round victories by 2 brothers fighting out of Dog Pound Fight Team in Missoula.

First 19-year-old Holden Kettenring had the ultimate MMA debut, finishing his opponent by rear-naked choke. Then a few fights later Holden's 21-year-old brother Hudson won his fight by guillotine choke. It's unusual for fighters to celebrate a win without at least a couple bumps and bruises, but neither sustained any actual damage from what I could tell. Hudson did say his toe was a little sore from kicking with it, a small price to pay for an epic win.

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Holden said having a brother who has competed in MMA eased his nerves before making his debut. "It helped a ton because I've cornered him before in his previous fights so I've been able to walk out, I've been able to visualize myself in his spot. It absolutely helps, tremendously."

On the subject of training with his brother, Hudson said "It's a blessing, honestly. Getting to go to war with him, it makes it easer. Having not just a team mate but your blood brother... training with him is a gift." Both brothers say they'll keep competing, I look forward to seeing their next fights.

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