Valor Fights 21 Review
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Lightweight (155): Justin Granville (156) vs George Arellano (155)
Round 1 A lean Granville stands across from a shredded Arellano. They meet for the referees instructions, then split. Arellano tries for the touch, but Granville refuses. Granville attempts a spinning backkick that just misses home. Arellano steps in and trips up Granville, falling into Granville’s guard. Arellano throws punches, when he can, but Granville sets a deep triangle. Arellano stands and slams Granville, but doesn’t break the hold. On the second slam, however, Granville loses the triangle hold, and scrambles. Granville tries coming out the back, but Arellano goes belly-to-back, while standing, and sets an anaconda choke. While still standing, Arellano spins, taking Granville to the mat, steps around, and locks in the anaconda choke, sealing the victory, moving to 4-1.
WIN: George Arellano wins in round 1 by submission choke due to Anaconda.
Bantamweight (135): David Lewis (137) vs Marquis Johnson (133)
Round 1 This bantamweight fight will be for the 135 Valor Championship Belt. With that being the case, both fighters, and their teams, are eager to bring the belt back to their gym. Both fighters are hungry for the championship status, but only one will have his fill. Johnson, being from Ohio, still received a warm welcome from the fans hear. A quick touch of the gloves, and we’re off. Johnson lands an early hook that connects, but Lewis weathers the blow. A big kick from Johnson misses high, and Lewis takes him down, landing in guard. While in guard, Lewis headbutts the shoulder of Johnson, forcing the ref to stand them up. (Strange move in an MMA fight). Once the action resumes, Lewis throws a headkick that connects, and immediately shoots in, pushing Johnson to the cage. Lewis manages the takedown, and lands in half guard, before making his way to mount. Johnson manages to break free and scramble, but Lewis sets in an Omoplata. Lewis hooks the back leg of Johnson and tries to sit up. Johnson has other plans, and muscles his way out of the hold, picking Lewis up and taking him behind his back. Johnson tries to get back to his feet, but Lewis is too quick, and stands up in between the legs of Johnson. Lewis throws his left leg over the right leg of Johnson, and falls back, looking for a heel hook. Johnson slips the lock, but Lewis reaches up and locks in a wicked straight ankle lock, and Johnson immediately taps, thus reclaiming his belt.
WIN: David Lewis wins in an eventful round 1 by submission due to straight ankle lock.
Pro Heavyweight (265): Terrance Hodges (265) vs Kem Oti (259)
Round 1 Our first pro fight of the night starts with a quick touch, and Hodges, making his debut, starts off with two massive leg kicks that echo throughout the arena. A hook from Hodges lands clean, and puts Oti on the mat. Hodges pounces on the downed Oti, and looks to finish, but is unable to, but deals plenty of damage. Oti escapes to his fet, and Hodges lands another leg kick. Using the leg kicks for his set up, Hodges throws a superman punch, that just misses. Oti throws a few punches of his own, but not make much impact. They clinch, and Oti begins throwing elbows over the top. Hodges covers and counters with a few punches of his own. They clinch against the cage, reverse, and split. Oti tries for a foot sweep, while stepping backwards, gets the takedown, but lands on his back. Hodges is in half guard, throwing when he can. His corner is calling for his to maintain halfguard, and strike. Throwing elbows from the top, Hodges is dealing damage. Hodges stands in the guard of Oti, throws a few elbows over the top, and falls back into half guard. Oti manages to scramble enought to escape, and they are on their feet as the ten second warning sounds. Hodges throws a one-two, but Oti connects with a huge head kick, that drops Hodges. Oti pounches, but is unable to finish before the round ends. We’re going into round 2.
Round 2 Round 2 begins with both of these heavyweights slowly circling, both respecting the strikes of the other. Both throw feeler combos, but Oti follows up with a nice combo that is answered by a counter uppercut from Hodges. They clinch, with Oti’s back against the cage, and Hodges driving, looking for the ankle pick. Oti reverses, and in side turtle, throws at least 10 punches that connect before Hodges can stand, albeit still against the cage. Oti continues to drive, and Hodges corner calls for him to reverse. Hodges follows the order, and gets the reversal. With his back to the cage, Oti manages to create enough space to slip in a nice uppercut, before reversing position. Hodges reverses again, and pushes Oti towards the center of the cage, then towards his own corner. The ref splits them, and they’re back in the middle of the cage. Hodges showing low leg kicks. As Oti tries one of his own, Hodges lands another that puts Oti on the mat. Hodges jumps on his downed opponent, looking to finish with elbows, but Oti deflects the blows. The crowd is loving this fight! Hodges is in half guard, and his corner calls for him to pass. Oti has the leg of Hodges locked, preventing him to pass. As the round comes to an end, Hodges is throwing punches from his dominate position.
Round 3 The fighters touch gloves and exchange smiles, as we start out final round. Hodges throws a one-two that lands solid. Oti throws a combo of his own. Hodges throws a one-two uppercut, followed by another one-two. Oti throws a combo of his own, and the fighers circle. Oti throws again, landing solid, and rocking Hodges. Hodges nose is bleeding like a faucet, and Oti grabs the back of his neck, and delivers one uppercut, after another. 3, 4, 5 uppercuts, Hodges staggers, Oti charges. Hodges is running on pure adrenaline, and looks for a takedown, but gets swept by Oti, and taken down. Oti lands in mount, and delivers vicious blows to the downed Hodges. Hodges is doing his best to avoid damage. Hodges rolls, and Oti takes his back, looking for the RNC. Hodges escapes, but Oti is still on his back. Oti sits up, and sinks the choke again, but is once again, unsuccessful. Hodges manages to break free, getting Oti of his back. Hodges spins and looks for revenge. Too tired to quickly get to his feet, Oti is caught by Hodges with a vicious one two. Hodges falls on top of Oti, and delivers more blows, followed by more blows, looking, both, for revenge, and the victory. Ten seconds to go, and Hodges is throwing. Five seconds, and Oti is covering. The horn sounds, the crowd jumps to their feet, anxiously awaiting the judges decision.
WIN: 29-28, Oti. 29-28, Hodges. And, 29-28, for your winner, for Kem Oti.
Pro Lightweight (155): Zach Cook (157) vs Tim Boyle (155)
Round 1 Our second pro fight starts with a quick touch and a lead leg kick from Boyle. Boyle tries for a head kick, but misses, as Cook counters and Boyle falls (slips?) to the mat. Cook tries to capitalize, but Boyle goes for an Omoplata, and Cook stands to get to his feet. From here, Cook lands several huge blows that rattle Boyle. More combos from Cook. Both, over the top, and below. Boyle’s legs buckle, and he instinctively tries to shoot. Cook sprawls and Boyle ends up laying on the mat, with Cook in half guard. Cook delivers a vicious melee of elbows and hammerfists from here. Cook slips through half guard, and is on his knees, next to Boyle, delivering a brutal beatdown of elbows, punches and double hammerfists. The ref is calling for Boyle to cover. The assault from Cook continues. Boyle’s arms are dropping. Double hammerfists from Cook. Cook smells blood and is looking for the finish. He relentlessly continues his assault of hammerfists, and the ref steps in to call an end to this bout.
WIN: Zach Cook wins in round 1 by TKO due to Strikes.
Pro Featherweight (145): Pedro Gomes (145) vs Jorge Medina (148)
Round 1 This is our co-main event of the evening! Both men are determined to walk out of here with the winners purse. Out fight starts with a quick touch, and the fighters feeling each other out. Gomes is looking to find his range. A straight right from Gomes, followed by an inside leg kick that lands flush, buckling the leg of Medina, though only temporarily. Gomes is looking to weaken the lead leg of Medina with leg kicks, but Medina counts with a body kick of his own. another straight right from Gomes. Medina with a combo of his own. A kick from Medina. A one-two from Gomes. The men are circling, as Gomes goes for a one-two-hook that results in a brief clinch. Both fighters swing, but miss, on the break. Medina is anticipating the kicks, and either checks them or slips them, and counters with one of his own. Gomes goes for another kick, and Medina counters with a one-two. Gomes lands a nice combo that rattles Medina. Gomes kicks the leg of Medina again, and Medina reflexively picks it up, clearly in pain. Medina switches stances, now, to avoid further damage. Medina attempts a spinning back kick, but doesn’t connect solid. Another combo from each fighter, and the clinch, pushing into the cage. One with double-over, the other with double-unders. The reverse, then reverse again, looking for knees as they present themselves. The round ends, with the fighters still clinched.
Round 2 No touch this time, as Medina comes out in the southpaw stance, but, seeing Gomes looking for the inside leg kick, switches back to Orthodox. a few missed kicks from Gomes. Gomes goes for the takedown, off of a feint punch, and is successful, landing in the guard of Medina. From the position, he puts his head into the chest of Medina, and strikes as he can, being sure to keep the action going, to keep from being stood up. Body shot from Gomes, then a head shot. Gomes is trying to stack Medina, but Medina has the hands of Gomes pinned to his chest. Medina pulls his legs up, looking to lock down Gomes, but Gomes quickly escapes. Gomes lands a few more punches, then Medina sprawls and gets to his feet. They clinch, and Gomes puts his hand to the mat, establishing 3 points of contact. Medina cannot see this, and thows a knee to the top of the Gomes, causing the ref to call a timeout, to have Gomes looked at by the doctor. The doc clears Gomes to continue, and the action resumes. Gomes comes out with a vicious leg kick that visibly hurts Medina. Gomes sees the pain, and delivers another brutal leg kick to the left leg of Medina, sending him falling back onto the mat, grabbing his knee in agony. Gomes advances, looking to finish, but is called off by the ref.
WIN: Pedro Gomez wins in round 2 by TKO due to injury.
Pro 180 Catchweight Main Event: Jesse Grun (179) vs Sid Wheeler (182)
It’s now time for out Main Event! Although not the originally scheduled fight, this is still going to be a battle of two hometown guys. It’s obvious that both fighters are local, as it was difficult to distinguish who had the loudest cheers. A mutual respect for both fighters was shown from this Chattanooga crowd. This is going to be one helluva fight.
Round 1 A touch of the gloves and the fighters back up, feeling each other out. Grun tries for a high teep kick, but it is caught by Wheeler, and Grun bounces off of the mat, but gets quickly to his feet. Grun pushes forward with a lead leg kick, and Wheeler answers with one of his own. Grun charges and and pushes Wheeler to the cage. As Wheeler bounces off of the cage, he throws a loud, thunderous body kick that connects to the gut of Grun. Grun fights through it, and pushes forward. They split, and Wheelter throws a teep kick the gut of Grun. Gruns body is hurt, and Wheeler knows it. Grun counters a punch from Wheeler, but but gets caught with a follow up from Wheeler. This is a slugfest! Grun pushes Wheeler to the cage, and tries, several times, unsuccessfuly for the takedown. Wheeler pushes him away and lands knees on the split. Wheeler connects with a head kick and tries to advance. Grun avoids the takedown, but eats several big punches from Wheeler, that staggers Grun. Grun regains his composure, but is breathing hard. Grun is pushing the pace, but Wheeler is countering everything Grun throws. The round comes to a close with a step behind head kick from Wheeler, that just misses its mark.
Round 2 Leg kick from Wheeler. Grun comes in with a combo, then backs off. Grun comes in again, and Wheeler connects with a body kick, that temporarily drops Grun. Grun gets to his feet and pushes into Wheeler, clinching him against the cage. Knees from Grun. Knees to the leg. Knees to the body. Wheeler is trying to escape, and eventually does, delivering yet another thrust kick to the gut of Grun. Grun again advancing with combos, thrust kick from Wheeler. Grun throwing, Wheeler countering. The crowd is going crazy!!!! Wheeler getting the better of the exchanges, but Grun not backing down. Grun pushes forward, and looks for a single leg, misses it, then a double, and misses it, too. A missed head kick from Grun on the split. Two unanswered leg kicks from Wheeler. Grun pushes forward, and Wheeler sets a standing guillotine, but Grun escapes. Wheeler strikes on the break, landing solid. Another straight right from Wheeler and now he’s taunting Grun by dropping his hands. Grun pushes forward with punches, but Wheeler again counters. Grun clinches, and looks for the takedown. After a great effort, he is successful. Grun tries to deal damage, but is unable to do so, before Wheeler gets back to his feet. The crowd is going insane! Wheeler with a head kick that misses. Combos from Grun, The crowd screaming as loud as the can. Back and forth. Back and forth. The ten seconds sounds. Wheeler is looking for a big shot, but never gets it. We’re going into the 3rd round.
A quick touch of the gloves, and we’re off. Leg kick from Wheeler. Punches from Grun, that are countered by Wheeler. Grun tries shooting, but settles for the clinch. Knees from Wheeler. They split. Leg kick from Wheeler. Grun is circling. Wheeler throws an axe kick that lands, but not forcefully. Punches from Wheeler. A brief pause in the action, as Wheelers gloves come undone. Strikes as sson as the action resumes. Grun lands an elbow that splits the left eye of Wheeler. Leg kick from Wheeler. Grun tries to strike, but Wheeler continuously counters. Grun shoots in for the single leg, scoops Wheeler, but is unable to finish the slam, as Wheeler lands on his feet. Wheeler is relentless and he throws successful blows to the head of Grun. If you’re not here, you missed out on a great fight!!! Wheeler is continuing to counter. Grun looks dazed on his feet. Wheeler is picking and choosing, and landing with any stike he chooses. Grun cannot connect with anything, and Wheeler is connecting with everything! Grun tries again to push Wheeler into the cage, but Wheeler pushes him back off of him, at will. A thrust kick from Wheeler connects up high. Grun is out on his feet, but refusing to go down. Wheeler is taunting Grun, again, and delivers kicks wherever he chooses. Grun with some weak punches, but Wheeler counters. The warning sounds, Wheeler throws, Grun eats it. This fight comes to an end!
WIN: All three judges score this bout 30-27 for Sid Wheeler!