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Exclusive Photos and Recap: Butterbean Outlasts Deon West at LFC 43 in Indianapolis

Butterbean Eric Esch MMA photos LFC Deon West

Butterbean Eric Esch MMA photos LFC Deon West Butterbean Eric Esch MMA photos LFC Deon West Butterbean Eric Esch MMA photos LFC Deon West

Our photographer friend Jason Wright was in attendance at Friday’s LFC 43: Wild Thang show at the 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis, and provided us with some exclusive shots from the main event — Eric "Butterbean" Esch vs. Deon West — as well as a rundown of the fight. More photos after the jump. Enjoy.

Deon West is introduced as an MMA fighter specializing in "Twinkie boxing" and "Little Debbie wrestling". No kidding. The announcer is barely able to keep a straight face. West has a pro record of 2-2.

These guys have a combined weight of just over 800 lbs. I’m standing on a little shooting perch attached to the side of the cage and all I can think about is how big of a jolt I’m going to get if these guys go hard into the fence. I really don’t want to fall off my little platform. Maybe Butterbean will land one of those big haymakers I watched him land so many times back in his boxing days so I can avoid the embarrassment of being launched from my platform.

The horn sounds and it takes less than 30 seconds for West to push Butterbean hard into the fence across the cage from me. I was right, the whole thing shook like an 8.3 earthquake just rocked the joint. It was a good thing I was anticipating it. West picks up the big ‘Bean and slams him hard. That was an impressive lift! Bean lands on his back in half guard and covers up. Bean spends the remainder of the round on his back getting pounded on by West, who gets side control and even takes the Bean’s back at one point. It looks like it might get stopped, but Bean does enough defending and throwing the occasional strike or knee to keep the ref at bay. That was a very one-sided beating. 10-9 or even 10-8 West.


Butterbean Eric Esch MMA photos LFC Deon West

West is totally gassed and tries to quit between rounds, but his corner won’t let him. He keeps shaking his head ‘no’ and it looks like the ref is going to stop it before the bell, but he reluctantly answers the bell and the fight continues.

Round 2 starts and Bean sees that West wants to quit. He swings for the fences, but never connects enough to do any real damage. Every time Bean comes in wildly swinging, West ties him up and bullies him into the fence for some lazy clinching. Damn, someone needs to spackle West’s crack before he gets confused with a plumber.

Bean throws some knees while he’s pressed up against the cage, but they don’t appear to have much on them, probably due to the resistance his legs encounter from his own gelatinous body. The ref finally separates them. Rinse and repeat for the remainder of the round — Bean comes forward swinging wildly, West ties him up and puts him into the cage, the ref separates them. The crowd boos.

Butterbean 5

Round 2 ends. West is totally gassed and determined to quit before the 3rd round starts, even though he may have this one in the bag. This time West is persistent. He overrules his corner and quits due to exhaustion, even though he was never even close to hurt. (I guess that’s what you get when you train at the Hostess gym.) Christmas comes early for Butterbean, as he is given the gift of an unearned "W", improving his MMA record to 16-8-1.

Earlier in the evening, Butterbean’s son Caleb "Baby Bean" Esch brought his 1-2 record into the LFC cage against 0-2 local Danny Surface. Unfortunately for the Esch family, "Baby Bean" got manhandled and tapped out due to strikes just over a minute into the very first round, leaving his pro MMA record at a dismal 1-3.

Caleb Baby Bean Esch MMA LFC photos Danny Surface

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CAP10- December 14, 2010 at 5:22 am
Who would have ever thought that superior cardio would get Butterbean a win.
J-Dog- December 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm
@ihateemo
Hahaha! "Quality fights like this one". That was almost as funny as danomite's comment!
ihateemo- December 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm
Just think, you guys. If the UFC had a super-heavyweight division we'd all be enjoying quality fights like this one on a regular basis. Make it happen, Dana!!
MoTropolis- December 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm
Jebus J Dog, what kind of wide angle lens did you have to invest in to capture both those behemoths in the same frame?
Sudos KFC- December 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm
that was not an undeserved win. He had the guts to keep coming out when his opponet wouldnt. He earned that w the only way he can...all work and no skill, and that is impressive to me for a 400 lb blob

Also, if you tap from strikes your a pussy and/or a bitch. Also apparently being said pussy/bitch runs on the male side of the family bc its obvious whoever had sex with bean has NO quit in them at all!
O Chan- December 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm
Butterbean/West... Who wins? I don't know, but America loses.
Elentius- December 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm
@KidDinomite

Let him in the door? I'm surprised he fit through the door. He was cool in the old days before he hit 4 bills.
Anhonestmoose- December 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm
@ Viva
lol.
KidDinomite- December 13, 2010 at 2:26 pm
I'm surprised that a gym like American Top Team would even let Butterbean in the door let alone spend their time training him. Seriously, I wouldn't want a 400 pound out of shape fat man representing my gym, especially since it's arguably the best training camp next to Greg Jackson's.
El Guapo- December 13, 2010 at 2:17 pm
Butterbean's phat! With a "Ph". No doubt. Fockers
Smitty- December 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm
@ danomite
You my man, have just said the funniest thing I have ever read on this site.
Viva Hate- December 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm
"Twinkie boxing?" Shit, do people not learn from the whole Rogan/Rios debacle! Plus, using language like that will get things classified as a hate crime.
Fried Taco- December 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm
Damn! I knew I felt an earthquake Friday!!
glassjawsh- December 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm
that top photo makes me proud because im from indiana

except replace "proud" with "contemplate suicide"
danomite- December 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm
are you telling me some woman was able to find Butterbean's penis?
GrimJack- December 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm
Good Shooting, nice to shoot over the top and not thru the damn cage!!!
TheGreenBlurr- December 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm
Good god.
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