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|Dave Mirra and Brian Deegan at the weigh-in for EllisMania 8 on Friday.|
Metal Mulisha creator and FMX pro Brian Deegan defeated BMX legend Dave Mirra in the title match at round eight of EllisMania in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday.
"Victory tonight at EllisMania," said Deegan via Twitter. "Mirra put up a great fight but Metal Mulisha pulled through," he continued.
Mirra and Deegan went three rounds, before going into a fourth Sudden Death round. According to fellow BMX pro Anthony Napolitan, the crowd started chanting "Mirra" during sudden death, as both athletes fought to the end.
Following the fourth round, Deegan was awarded the win by decision. "The fight seriously could've been a tie all around. Both dudes stood their ground really well," said Napolitan.
"So bummed Mirra lost by decision. I know he is too. Mirra doesn't know how to lose, so I can't imagine he's 100% stoked. He wanted a knock out," added longtime riding partner Ryan Nyquist, who has practiced and competed alongside Mirra for over a decade.
Both Deegan and Mirra agreed to donate proceeds from the fight to charity, with Deegan fighting for the Loma Linda Children's Foundation, and Mirra fighting for the Meningitis Foundation of America.
"Deegan and I have agreed to donate a grand to each other's charities. There is much more coming out this than just a fight. There'll be several winners," said Mirra earlier this week.
Presented by radio star, skateboarder and pro fighter Jason Ellis, Ellismania combines star-studded fights and goofball antics in ringed off fights. Past fights at Ellismania have included Benji Madden of the band Good Charlotte squaring off against former host of MTV's 'Headbanger's Ball' Riki Rachtman, as well as Ellis himself taking on the likes of Canadian emo bands, along with robot boxing teams and more.
A five-part episode series documenting the fight will air on FUEL TV in November.