|By Staff Sgt. Kevin Gorzek, 88th Regional Support
Command Public Affairs Office
Two fighters, one in black shorts, the other in
red-white- and-blue, circle each other in the ring at Ho-Chunk Casino in
Wisconsin Dells, Wis., July 10.
Sgt. 1st Class Shane M. Hinton
(left), an instructor with RTC-Central at Fort McCoy, fights in
an Extreme Cage-Fighting Organization bout at Ho-Chunk Casino.
In a ballroom packed with hundreds of fans, a buzzer sounds to start
the action. The fighters touch gloves and snap into action.
The black-shorted fighter launches a series of kicks, barely missing the
other fighter’s head. Someone in the crowd yells “hit him in the face!”
Sgt. 1st Class Shane M. Hinton, in the red-white-and-blue, connects with
a low kick, then quickly grapples and subdues his opponent with a flurry
of grabs, arm bars, punches and knees to the face and body of his
Hinton, originally from Ripon, Wis., is a fighter with Extreme
Cage-Fighting Organization (ECO). He also is a combatives instructor
with the Regional Training Center-Central (RTC-Central) at Fort McCoy,
He said he became interested in cage fighting while he was at the Modern
Army Combatives Program (MACP) course in 2002.
Another Soldier, Staff Sgt. Todd L. Raymond, already was fighting with
the ECO and instructing MACP at RTC-Central. He was scheduled to fight
at Ho-Chunk Casino Aug. 21.
Hinton said he talked with Raymond about it, and fell into fighting with
ECO through his hand-to-hand combat training.
“Basically, I train a lot of boxing and kickboxing,” Hinton said. “We
implement takedown drills and utilize a lot of MACP training, and it’s a
great program. Once I feel that the technical side is getting up to par
then I try to focus hard on my conditioning. I do this through a lot of
running, biking and sparring round after round after grueling round.”
Hinton does most of his fight preparation at Fort McCoy with fellow Army
“The toughness we train with tends to deter many from entering and
returning,” he said. “A big reason I do this is to become a better
combatives instructor for the Army.”
He said by fighting in the ring, he gains experience in as close to a
real combat situation as possible. Hinton brings that experience to the
classroom, where he teaches other Soldiers hand-to-hand combat
techniques and tactics.
“Sweat more in training, bleed less in battle,” he said.
He has been instructing combatives for about three years and teaching
other courses since becoming a drill sergeant in 2002. With all of his
training, Hinton has only one loss, to Matthew Thompson, another ECO
“We had fought each other back in January,” he said. “I was at a very
confident point in my fight career at that time, and it made my training
suffer because I was cocky.”
He said he lost to Thompson when he was put in a rear naked choke hold
two minutes into the second round of the fight.
The fight in July was not only a rematch against Thompson; it was
Hinton’s professional debut.
He said the main difference between amateur and professional fights is
the fighters are open to new techniques.
He now is able to use elbows, knee bars and ankle locks against his
Hinton’s record is four wins and one loss on the amateur ECO circuit.
On the professional circuit, his record is one win and zero losses.
In the winner’s circle, the announcer asked if there would be a rubber
match to break the tie. Both fighters said they would fight again down