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Mississippi’s #1 MMA promotion hit a homerun on GFL as AFC presented “Atlas Fighting Championship 21″ emanating from the Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. This event featured 8 finishes in 10 bouts showcasing the top up and combing prospects from the Gulf Coast. AFC is the premier MMA organization in the Magnolia State and now fans across the globe can see these Southern gladiators compete in the cage.
In the main event, in the welterweight division, William Kuhn (12-10) defeated Cody Senseny (7-1) via unanimous decision. Kuhn used dominant wrestling and top control to win the fight. Kuhn had several takedowns as well as scored from the top while Senseny looked for armbars from the bottom. Kuhn defended the submission attempts by Senseny and continued to grind away from on top. It was a one sided win for Kuhn who only had to rely on his wrestling to stifle the attacks of Senseny who found himself on the bottom for the majority of the fight.
In the lightweight division, DeMarques Jackson (3-0) defeated Josh Davila (3-2) via unanimous decision. This was fight of the night as both Jackson and Davila gave everything they had, but Jackson had just a little more. Jackson scored with punches and kicks in the standup that busted Davila up a bit, but Davila was happy to exchange as he landed strikes of his own. Both fighters found themselves on top while on the ground, but Jackson was able to do damage from the position and the punishment Davila started to absorb began to slow him down late in the fight. Jackson continued to push the pace and score with an assortment of punches and kicks and even mixed up some takedowns in the final round on his way to a solid victory over a very game opponent.
Frank Tate (6-1) defeated Patrick Partridge (2-3) via KO in the second round in a heavyweight tilt. This fight had tons of big punches as Partridge dropped Tate in the first round, with a haymaker and tried to finish the fight on the ground. Tate survived into the second round where it was his turn to land huge bombs. In the second, Tate connected with a nice overhand right that dropped Partridge and Tate followed up with a huge looping punch on the ground that ended the fight in devastating fashion.
Corey Wilson (12-3-1) defeated Chris Falasca (4-4-1) via TKO in the third round. Wilson and Falasca put on a tremendous fight as they went to battle from the opening bell. Wilson and Falasca traded punches and fought with a furious pace while on the ground going for submissions. In the end, Wilson showed an iron chin and put Falasca away with a nice combo in the final round. Wilson’s win was as much about his striking as his cardio conditioning as he was able to land the crisper punches.
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In a time when women’s mixed martial arts continues to grow at a breakneck place, Nordic Coliseum Women’s Boxing (NCWB) took a step forward and said “hey we can put on great events too.” And they put on quite a show, especially in their main event as fomer WBC Super Fantamweight champion and Canada’s own Olivia “The Predator” Gerula – who took the fight on four weeks notice – defeated IBFA Super Bantamweight champion Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West.
West scored a knockdown on Gerula five seconds into the first round, though The Predator quickly bounced back. The match was pretty close with Gerula pushing forward and West throwing her own shots. It was a match that went all eight rounds. It was a good way to cap off NWCB’s first event.
Besides the main event, there were several notable bouts on the card.
In the co-main event, Lita Mae Button defeated the debuting Maureen Riordon via decision in what was both fighters’ professional debut.
In what many could consider the “Fight of the Night,” Jennifer Santiago kept her undefeated record – she’s now 4-0 – intact after a close scrap with Sherine “Rosie” Thomas. Both fighters were aggressive and trading leather – as well as headbutts – all the way until the final bell.
Brenda Gonzalez defeated Luicia Osequeda’s via majority decision in what a display of good technical striking. She snapped Osequeda’s undefeated record.
Besides Button and Riordon, the undercard also featured some action-packed bouts with several fighters making their professional debut.. Golden Gloves winner Alicia Napoleon stopped veteran Monique “The Animal” Duval in the first round.
Muay Thai champion Ashley Nichols scored a decision victory over MMA veteran Amanda “The Glitch” Lovato after an action-packed war.
Judy Pereia picked up a decision win over Eloise Picard in the first bout of the night.
The idea behind NWCB’s card was to take fighters who are adept in different disciplines and put them in the ring to see if they want to try boxing. Some of those of those fighters, you’d think they have been in the ring several times.
All in all this was a historic night for women’s boxing and I’ll be interested to see what NCWB does next for their next card.
DiBella Entertainment put on another invigorating show at the famed BB King Blues Club and Grill in New York City.
DiBella Entertainment put on another invigorating show at the famed BB King Blues Club and Grill in New York City last night.
In the main event, former WBC Featherweight champion Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KO’s) returned to the ring after a two and a half year layoff, and soundly defeated Robert Osiobe (14-10-4, 6 KO’s) by an eight-round unanimous decision. Rojas won via scores of 80-71 twice and 79-72.
Rojas, 31, landed numerous lead right hands while fiercely battling Osiobe’s rough tactics throughout the entire match-up. During round five, referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. deducted one point from Osiobe for excessive holding. Osiobe, 36, showed great difficulty dealing with Rojas’ adept hand speed and lateral movement.
The bout took place at junior welterweight.
Junior lightweight Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz (12-0, 6 KO’s) captured a six-round majority decision victory over tough Jose Morales (7-6, 2 KO’s) in the co-main event. The final tallies were 57-57, 60-54 and 59-55.
Both fighters exchanged blow-for-blow in close quarters for the full eighteen minutes to please the sellout crowd. The fight appeared much closer than the official scorecards indicated.
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130 Catchweight Brandon Davis vs. Lizandro Zhan
Round 1: Davis opens the bout with two heavy takedowns and is able to hold them for the most part. Zhan attempted an armbar after the second takedown, but Davis scores side control to close the round. In my opinion, round 1 goes to Davis. Round 2: Fighters feel each other out as Davis secures the early takedown again. Davis stands as both fighters paw with jabs. Zhan attempts to come in with heavy strikes but is met by another double leg. Not much action on the ground as they stand. With seconds left in the round, Davis comes forward again with the takedown landing in side control to end the round. My opinion – Davis is up 2-0 Round 3: Zhan, looking desperate, comes out early with heavy strikes but is taken down into side control yet again. The action stalls and the referees stands them up. Davis again attempts the takedown from outside, but Zhan fends it off. A brief tie up in the clinch is all Davis needs to secure a heavy slam to end the round and bout.
Brandon Davis wins via unanimous decision.
130 Catchweight Justin Flaharty vs. Izzy Encarnacion
Round 1: Both fighters come storming forward with vicious shots, but Flaharty lands the better of the combinations. Encarnacion weathers the storm and starts unleashing. During a the midst of a heavy exchange, Encarnacion accidentally landed a low blow sending Flaharty to the canvas for a few. Upon restarting, Flaharty charged forward with vicious combinations, and Encarnacion weathered the storm, yet again. The round closed with Flaharty breathing heavy, and Encarnacion calm and collected, unleashing a few kicks to the midsection. Round 2: Flaharty again presses forward, but Encarnacion scores an early takedown and works his ground and pound. During a scramble Encarnacion gains full mount and unleashes from on top to finish the stanza. Round 3: Flaharty opens the round with punch combos landing at will. Encarnacion finally gets his arms wrapped around Flaharty and takes him down as Encarnacion lands with a guillotine. Flaharty escapes, and Encarnacion ends the fight in half guard.
Izzy Encarnacion wins via split decision.
Featherweight (145): Gospel Uche vs. Eugene Aubrey
Round 1: Both fighters come out pawing shots with nothing significant landing. Aubrey was the first to commit coming forward with a combo and pushing Uche against the cage. Upon scrambling Uche tripped Aubrey to land in side control. Both fighters scrambled to their feet as Uche catches Aubrey in a standing guillotine to end the round. Round 2: Both fighters charged with aggressive punch combos and Aubrey followed with heavy kicks. Aubrey pressed Uche against the cage again seeking the takedown and scoots Uche’s legs out for the dump as the round expires. Round 3: Fighters exchange heavy leather to open the round. In the scuffle, both fighters would clinch and circle for the trip. Most of the time, Uche would land on top but Aubrey made it to his feet easily. Aubrey caught Uche later in the round and closed it by heavy ground and pound that the ref paid close attention to and looked as if he was going to stop the contest. However, in the end it was Gospel Uche by unanimous decision as the crowd erupts in boos.
Gospel Uche wins via unanimous decision.
Featherweight (145) John Brennan vs. James Moise
Round 1: Brennan comes forward looking to get the contest to the ground early as Moise fends the takedown. Moise clips Brennan with a combo that sent Brennan down. Moise follows him down looking to finish the job with strikes. Brennan recovers as Moise seeks a guillotine in a scramble with no success. Round 2: Brennan opens the round throwing heavy leather which has Moise back peddling. In a clinch, Brennan gets the takedown and works for positioning. The round closed all for Brennan as he was searching for submission attempts and riding Moise for the remainder of the round Round 3: Brennan comes forward with the accurate strike combos and it’s now Moise looks for and secures the takedown. Brennan is able to get the reversal and land on top. Moise gives up his back as Brennan seeks the RNC. The round closes with Brennan on top searching for submissions.
John Brennan win via unanimous decision.
Andrew Richardson vs Shawn Jones
Round 1: Both fighters have an equal scramble trading shots, but Richardson looks sharper and quicker from the gate. Richardson is circling as Jones comes in and Richardson circles in a scramble to Jones’ back and gets both hooks in and seeks the rear naked choke. Jones hits the ground as Richardson secures the choke for his debut win at 1:29 of the opening bell.
Andrew Richardson wins via RNC at 1:29 in the first round.
Lightweight Amateur Championship (155): Ed Shupe vs. Jon Forster
Round 1: Action is quick from the start. Shupe comes throwing power shots as Forster immediately dove in for the takedown and searched for an early guillotine. Forster escaped and in a scramble, Shupe gained full mount raining ground and pound and randomly searching for an arm for the submission. The round closed with Shupe attempting an unsuccessful armbar Round 2: Forster gets the early takedown, but Shupe finds it easy to reverse only for Forster to sweep into side control and rain heavy bombs to Shupe to close the round. Shupe is slow to get to his stool, and the doctor enters the cage to check on Shupe and allows the action to continue. Round 3: Shupe still looks hurt and shoots for a lazy takedown but is stuffed as Forster tees off on Shupe with heavy ground and pound. The referee sees enough and stops the contest declaring Jon Forster the new champion only 12 seconds into the 3rd round
Jeff Brown vs. Bill Green was cut from the card as Green didn’t show.
Welterweight (170): Travis Funk vs. Nick Willey
Round 1: Willey opens the contest with a low arc styling stance as he paws his jab looking to pepper in for the takedown. He presses Funk against the cage and gets the takedown. The fighters scramble to their feet as Funk attempts the standing guillotine, but Willey weathers the attempt and takes Funk down again landing in full guard. Willey stands momentarily to size up a heavy strike to Funk who is still grounded. Although Willey misses, he lands in side control. Funk regains half guard but Willey postures up and begins landing heavy elbows from the top. Funk scrambles giving his back up as Willey closes the round with strikes from behind. Round 2: Willey follows suit with the first round by pawing his jab followed by an overhand right to the takedown landing in side control. Willey peppers some ground and pound looking to advance positioning. Funk scrambles on the ground as Willey is able to ride him until he finds his opening to rain heavy punches from behind. The referee watched closely until Funk stopped defending himself and the ref stopped the contest. Nick Willey wins his pro debut at 4:11 into the second round via TKO.
Lightweight (155): Trevor Suter vs. Jim Dewar
Round 1: Both fighters begin aggressively with Suter scoring the early takedown. Dewar shows heart and determination scrambling to his feet. Suter followed up with a punch combo and yet another driving shot as he scoops Dewar up for a pulverizing slam that had Dewar hurt. Suter didn’t waste any time as he lands in side control and starts landing hammer fists at will. Dewar stops answering and the referee stops it. Suter wins by brutal knockout at 1:15 of the opening round.
Lightweight (155): Shelby Graham vs. Jon Delbrugge
Round 1: Graham wants to stand and trade early in the contest, but Delbrugge immediately gets him down. Graham attempts the reversal but Delbrugge’s grappling prowess is too much as he easily controls the fight as it hit the floor. As Graham scrambles, Delbrugge transitions from side control to full mount while peppering strikes. Graham gives his back up and that’s all it took for Delbrugge to get a body triangle locked. Graham battled it, but Delbrugge secured a rear naked choke ending the contest at 1:56 in the opening stanza.
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Cage Fury Fighting Championships returned to GFL.tv with championship level MMA from the Borgata Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, New Jersey with “CFFC 38″. Pro MMA fighters from around the East Coast competed on this stacked card that featured 3 title fights and 9 stoppages. The action was fast and furious as these gladiators stepped into the cage and went to battle from the opening bell. CFFC has expanded its stranglehold on Northeast MMA as they continue to pump out one blockbuster show after another.
In the main event, for the CFFC Lightweight Title, Champion Paul Felder (8-0) defeated Craig Johnson (6-3) via KO in the second round to retain his title. The first round was mostly standup as Felder landed strikes from a distance and up close. Johnson tried to get the fight to the mat but his takedown was stuffed and when he was clinched up trying to rip Felder’s legs out from underneath him, Felder landed some nasty elbows that split Johnson open on the top of the head. Johnson was also busted up from stiff strikes from Felder. In the second, Felder picked up right where he left off landing a head kick and straight punch. Johnson got a takedown but Felder was right back up and landing elbows from close up as Johnson continued to try for a single leg against the cage. Felder landed an assortment of strikes after that including an uppercut, knee to the ribcage that doubled over Johnson and more combos. Johnson continued to show great heart throughout the round, but Felder was determined to finish the fight. Felder landed a picture perfect spinning heel kick that sent Johnson down and out. It was a great showing for Felder who dominated the fight from start to finish.
In the co-main event, for the vacant CFFC Welterweight Title, Jonavin Webb (7-0) defeated Dan Stittgen (9-4) via TKO in round three to win the championship. In the first, both Webb and Stittgen traded strikes, with the bigger Stittgen having a slight advantage. Webb wanted to get the fight to the ground and he did just that as he took the back of Stittgen and went for a RNC as Stittgen looked to isolate a leg of Webb. Webb finished the round strong as he was pummeling Stittgen with punches as Stittgen defended while on his belly. The second was mostly grappling which Webb won again. Webb landed strikes from multiple positions while Stittgen looked to catch Webb’s leg in a kneebar that did not pan out. In the third round, Webb got a takedown and was relentless on top landing punches as both men were already past the point of exhaustion. Webb was able to push through the fatigue and he was quicker in transitions and got the back of Stittgen once again where he continued to control the pace of the fight on the mat. Webb went for a guillotine but lost the positioning and Stittgen again went for a kneebar but Webb postured up and defended the move. Webb connected with a huge right hand from the top that hurt Stittgen. After that, Stittgen covered up and Webb continued to score with punches and with Stittgen not fighting back, the ref stopped the fight.
A new CFFC Featherweight Champion was crowned as Alexandre Bezerra (17-3) defeated Levan Makashvili (8-1) via majority decision. This fight was razor close and both men put on great performances. Throughout the fight, Bezerra landed some brutal leg kicks that slowed the attack of Makashvili. Makashvili wanted to fight on the ground, but with his leg damaged from the low kicks, it was hard for him to explode and get Bezerra down. Makashvili got the fight to the ground in the third round but Bezerra was able to get to his feet as Makashvili just couldn’t use his legs to full capacity and get into the right position to pose a threat to Bezerra on the mat. Bezerra was able to land several combos throughout the fight and seemed to have the advantage in the standup on most exchanges. This was crucial as the fight was predominantly fought on the feet and all of Makashvili’s grappling skills were stymied. In the end, Bezerra showed off a great striking game as he was able to give Makashvili the first loss of his career in a barnburner.
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ShoFIGHT returned to GFL with “Supremacy” from the Radisson Hotel & Convention Center in Branson, Missouri. ShoFIGHT has made its mark with MMA fans as being a launching point for tons of fighters and top prospects in the Mid-South and this event raised the bar. The 8-bout card was highlighted by multiple title fights and featured stoppages in all 8 fights!
In the main event, for the ShoFIGHT Light Heavyweight Title, Seth Golay (5-0) defeated Kyle Noblitt (4-1) via rear naked choke in the first round to win the title. The compact Golay immediately shot for a takedown as the fight started which was temporarily stuffed by Noblitt before Golay powered through and got the fight to the mat and put Noblitt on his back. Noblitt had a great transition as he reversed the positioning and got Golay’s back. The fighters returned to their feet and Golay connected with a nice knee to the midsection of Noblitt followed by a right hook that landed flush. Golay shot again for a takedown that Noblitt stuffed and sprawled getting side control. Golay reversed the position this time and got the back of Noblitt and sunk in the fight ending RNC to become new champion. This was a top notch grappling/wrestling match as both men had solid ground work, highlighted by the finish from Golay.
In the co-main event, ShoFIGHT Welterweight Champion Ross Campbell (9-1) defeated former Champ Mike Heckert (5-3) via TKO in the first round to retain his title in impressive fashion. Heckert tried to keep his distance with leg kicks, but Campbell closed the distance and got a takedown shortly into the first round. Campbell landed some solid punches from the top as Heckert tried to go for a kneebar from the bottom. Campbell moved to side control where he landed a knee to the ribs then more jackhammer punches to the face of Heckert. The ref had seen enough and stopped the fight after that. It was a dominant win by Campbell who continues to roll in the 170 lb division.
Zane Schmeekle (2-0) defeated Joshua Terrill (0-1) in quick order as Schmeekle was able to get the taekwondo expert Terrill onto the mat early in the fight. Schmeekle used his grappling advantage to get the takedown and land punches from the mount. Terrill moved to his belly to avoid the punches and that’s when Schmeekle locked in the fight ending submission.
In other action, Dylan Wilson (6-0) defeated Garren Lorenz (5-4) via kneebar in the first round with the ShoFIGHT Bantamweight title on the line. Wilson tried to shoot in for a takedown but after a quick reversal by Lorenz, Wilson found himself on the bottom working a high guard. After a nice scramble by both, Wilson grabbed a kneebar and wrenched at it for some time. Lorenz did a great job of defending for a while, but then Wilson found the right angle to really add pressure and hyperextend the knee and Lorenz tapped out immediately before any further damage could occur to his knee.
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Arizona’s rising MMA promotion returned to GFL.tv as Crank It Up Promotions presented “Duel for Domination 9″ that emanated from the Arizona Event Center in Mesa, Arizona. MMA fans, this stacked 10-bout card had 5 stoppages and featured the top up and coming prospects inside the Grand Canyon State and around the Southwest. “Duel for Domination 9″ delivered another night of action packed fights as all of these warriors made a name for themselves not only in their home territory but to a worldwide audience on GFL. Tune in for some of the Southwest’s Best.
In the main event, Augusto Mendes (2-0) defeated Omar Castro (1-1) via armbar in the second round. Mendes was just too tough on the ground as he dominated the fight from that position. Mendes got several takedowns throughout the fight and his top position was solid. Castro tried to break free and get distance to strike, but Mendes relied on his wrestling and grappling to close the distance, get the fight on the ground and land strikes from the top and go for submission after submission. Finally, in the second round, with Mendes controlling the ground game, Mendes pulled off a straight armbar from the mount and Castro was finally forced to tapout after defending 7 submissions.
In the co-main event, Preston Harris (2-2) defeated Eddie Rincon (2-6) via unanimous decision after three tough rounds. Both fighters threw down from the opening bell in the first until the final bell in the third. The first and third were close round and could have gone either way as both men seemed to trade strikes like a classic heavyweight prize fight from years past. Rincon seemed to control the second round with his wrestling. Harris showed resilience, toughness and grit and he always pushed the pace while Rincon matched him in that department. It was a close fight and both men showed big hearts in the cage.
In other action, in a rematch from June, John McCarthy (3-3) defeated David Contreras (4-3) via split decision. This fight picked up right where they left off with the first fight with both men coming forward and trading strikes and going for broke. Both McCarthy and Contreras proved that above all else, they are two evenly matched fighters who bring out the best in one another. With each man having a victory against the other, will there be a rubber match in the future?
Julio Cisneros, Ernesto Fuentes and Alejandro Arredondo all picked up TKO victories showing off their heavy hands under the hot desert sky as they all climbed up the ladder in their respective weight divisions and put themselves in line for a title shot in the not too distant future.
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Off the Chain (OTC) returned on GFL with “August Apocalypse” from the Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Arkansas. This event brought together all of the top fighters in Arkansas and the surrounding area as OTC put on another stacked pro/am card with 20 fights featuring 14 finishes!
In the main event, Dawond Pickney (5-2) defeated Jimmy Van Horn (10-12) via TKO in the first round. After a brief feeling out period, Pickney landed a barrage of punches that sent Van Horn back against the cage. Van Horn dropped to his back as Pickney followed. Van Horn went for an armbar from the bottom, but Pickney pulled out and got back to his feet. They resumed striking on their feet shortly after and Pickney connected with a brutal body shot and uppercut combo. Van Horn covered up as Pickney launched more punches in his direction. Van Horn dropped to the canvas where Pickney scored with more punches on the ground and the ref waved the fight off just over a minute into the first round.
In the co main event, Anthony Jones defeated Aldir Junior via decision. Jones won the first two rounds convincingly by controlling the striking and landing the harder shots. Jones backed Junior down several times and hurt Junior with body shots and over hand rights over and over again. Junior did his best work in the third round as he got a takedown and tried for submission after submission, but the black belt couldn’t get the tapout as Jones defended well and event had to defend a RNC attempt by Junior with less than 20 seconds left in the fight.
In other action, Lemarcus Tucker (3-0) defeated Carlton Little (3-3) via unanimous decision and remains undefeated. Tucker continued to press the action and come forward and land shots throughout the entire fight. Little countered with left hands and takedowns in spots but Tucker controlled the pace of the fight and landed more overall total strikes and was the busier fighter.
Jeremiah Cullum (1-1) defeated Shane Bridges (0-3) via RNC in the first round. It was constant action and once the fight got to the mat, both fighters were looking for submissions left and right. Bridges went for a triangle that Cullum defended and immediately went into attacking the back of Bridges where Cullum sunk in the rear naked choke getting the tapout.
John Chitwood (2-3) defeated Trevor Ollison (3-7) via TKO in the second round. Both men fought with their hearts on their sleeve and neither would take a step backwards. It was a barnburner from start to finish. In the second, Chitwood hurt Ollison with left hooks that sent Ollison down. On the ground, Chitwood went for a D’arce choke and anaconda choke, but Ollison defended and locked in a modified guillotine choke that Chitwood defended. Chitwood resumed positional dominance and started landing punches inside the guard of Ollison. Ollision rolled over but Chitwood was right there to dish out more punishment and the ref finally called a halt to the fight.
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The old saying goes “styles make fights”. That was definitely the case in the main event Saturday night at Triple A MMA VIII’s Rivals card inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The match-up pinned the two best MMA camps in New Mexico. This must be why Albuquerque fighters Conrad Padilla of Jackson’s MMA and Isaiah Reyes of FIT NHB came out extremely anxious for their bout.
The first clean connection would come from Reyes who would land a thudding left kick to Padilla’s stomach causing the sound to resonate around the ballroom (one of those kick would leave an imprint on the side of Padilla’s torso even after the fight).
Reyes would follow suit with a low kick that would help create some distance for the rest of the round.
Unable to pentetate Reyes’ defense of out-stretched arms and busy hands, Padilla would resort to periodic leg kicks none more impactful than a sweeping right kick that knocked Reyes off balance.
The second round showed some exchanges looking more like a mitt sessions as Reyes would block several of Padilla’s punches with the palm of his hand.
The Jackson’s MMA fighter would change his gameplan and target the body which would open up over the top hooks that would keep coming closer and closer to their target.
A solid right would finally land for Padilla which would later be followed up with a kick to the torso. The success in the round would continue as he would land a big left hook toward the back of Reyes’ head.
After a big Padilla miss, Reyes would momentarily take Padilla down. Blood could also be seen dripping from the left side of each man’s face.
A Reyes low blow would halt the action and finish out the round.
The third stanza would be ushered in with an eruption from the fans.
Even though he had the advantage circling around the cage picking shots Reyes chose to stay in the middle of it in this round. He would block consecutive hooks from Padilla and respond with a stinging jab.
Padilla would look to feint a punch low to set up another over the top hook but Reyes would refuse to bite.
Each fighter’s endurance looked amazing despite being drenched in sweat inside the small ballroom that at times felt like a sauna due to the enclosed setting and the brightness of the production lights.
Chants of “Reyes! Reyes!” filled the ballroom but it would be Padilla who responded to the yells after missing an uppercut would then work a shot to the body.
Reyes would begin changing levels with his punches but during the process would eat a strong right. He would then use his legs to move in and out of danger landing short shots but would get caught once he would position himself.
He would then revert back to his original approach and move on the outside and be very strategic and effective with shots from the exterior.
A huge over the top right hook for Padilla would force Reyes to change stances. Padilla would earn takedown off what appeared to be a Reyes slip.
The men would embrace as the bout came to an end.
There was no question that no matter whom the bout was awarded to, each corner would feel slighted by the decision as both put an extraordinary amount of work into the entertaining bout.
Despite not having landed powerful blows, most of the media cageside felt that it would be Reyes’ elusiveness and tactical striking that would earn him the decision. The judges however would give the nod to the pressure and power of Padilla.
The judges decision would read: 29-28 Padilla, 30-27 Reyes; to the shock of the Padilla’s corner, and 29-28 Padilla, awarding the 35-year-old his first victory in over a year and a half.
Due to a couple of fights falling out, Jose Cueto and Hunter tower found themselves as the co-main event of the evening… and sure fought like it.
In the performance of the night it took everything from Jose Cueto to come back from the storm Hunter Tower hailed on him early in their bout.
Demonstrating impressive athleticism, Tower was able to overwhelm Cueto with a great display of kickboxing, helping set up a takedown and more than one rear-naked choke attempt.
Unable to secure a finish, Tower would waste a large amount energy, allowing Cueto to take control of the fight with ground and pound and standing striking.
Cueto would sneak in a powerful spinning backfist after a failed checked kick by Tower. Cueto would take the fight to the ground up against the cage where he would deliver at least 20 strikes, mixing in right elbows and punches.
The referee, late with the stoppage, would call the contest at 01:30 of the second round.
Halfway through out the card a pair of amateur fighters making their debuts put a performance worth note.
From the onset it appeared that Lovato MMA’s Marquis Smith’s boxing and hand speed would lead to an early victory over Luttrell MMA’s Slade Ring.
Smith was able to drop Ring twice in a round and no one thought Ring would be able to recover from the shots.
Feeling comfortable with the lead in the first round, Smith would become more relaxed in the second giving Ring the opportunity to gain his confidence by being able to implement significant kicks.
The round was made close because of Smith’s power punching.
A chessmatch made up the final round as Smith forced the action to turn back into a boxing match by keeping his distance and only engaging when he found it convenient.
Ring chasing Smith for much of the round made him the aggressor but was unable to have the success he had in the second.
The judges would render a unanimous decision victory for Smith.
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The brand new Tuesday Night Fights Pro-Am boxing series kicked off at the 2300 Arena in South Philly Tuesday night, and North Philly middleweight Fred Jenkins closed the show with a second round KO over Baltimore’s Jeremy Trussell in their scheduled 6-round bout.
A total of three professional and six amateur bouts were contested.
Jenkins looked sharp, winning the first round against his bigger opponent, before unleashing a vicious left hook in round two that decked Trussell flat on his back. Trussell made it to his feet, but Jenkins immediately jumped on him the moment referee Hurley McCall waved him back in. Not usually known for his punch, Jenkins turned killer and let loose a flurry of hard punches that put Trussell on the canvas again. The wounded fighter struggled to get up, but failed to beat the count. Referee McCall signaled the end at 2:52 of round two.
Jenkins improved to 8-1-1, 3 KOs, while Trussell fell to 8-2-1, 6 KOs.
Middleweight Keith Downs posted his third win without a loss by beating southpaw Robert Sweeney by majority 4-round decision. Sweeney, of Sicklerville, NJ, landed a tremendous right hook in the first round, and took that frame on the scorecards.
However, Downs, of Willingboro, NJ, rebounded well. He landed heavily in round two and kept throwing until the final bell, using his significant size advantage to control the rest of the action.
After four full rounds, Judge Lynn Carter saw the fight a 38-38 draw, but she was overruled by John Poturaj and David Braslow who both scored it 39-37 in favor of Downs. The win raised Downs’ record to 3-0, 1 KO; Sweeney lost for the first time, 2-1.
Philly lightweight Avery Sparrow made a successful pro debut against Antoine Knight, of Chicago, in the first of the professional contests. Sparrow, 1-0, landed just about everything he threw in round one, and repeated the feat most of the way in the following three rounds. He punctuated his performance with a big left hook just before the final bell.
All three judges, Lynn Carter, John Poturaj and David Braslow scored the fight a 40-36 shutout for Sparrow. Knight slipped to 3-9, 1 KO.
There were also six amateur bouts on the show, all of which were decided by 3-round decision:
Christian Carto, Philadelphia, defeated Demetrious Young, Washington, DC (110 lbs.).
Nahir Albright, Philadelphia, topped Brian Walton, Camden, NJ (141 lbs.).
Johnathon Padilla, Reading, PA beat Jesse Morell, Philadelphia (123 lbs.).
Jackie McTamney, Philadelphia, decisioned Kayla Hracho, Reading, PA (125 lbs.).
Ray Ford, Sicklerville, NJ, defeated Adonis Camacho, Reading, PA (112 lbs.).
Zahir Owens, Philadelphia, won over Raul Serrano, Philadelphia (120 lbs.).
The next edition of the Pro-Am series, promoted by Joe Hand Promotions and D&D Management, is scheduled for September 16th at the same venue.