Submission Fighting Open 1: September 6, 1997 in Griffin, GA – This was the finals of a four man middleweight tournament. Broughman had won his first round matchup against Austin Long by keylocking him (watch fight). Sean Brockmole won his matchup vs. Douglas Dedge by an armbar (watch fight). Only open hand strikes on the feet were allowed.
Broughman cruises to a pretty easy decision in this fight. Broughman won the stand-up by landing the majority of open handed strikes and leg kicks. He took down Brockmole repeatedly throughout the fight. On the ground was no different either. Brockmole was mounted a few times, and at the end of the fight, he was almost finished with a keylock.
Steve Broughman wins the middleweight tournament.