CFFC 40 Review

August 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Cage Fury Fighting Championships returned to with championship level MMA with “CFFC 40″ from the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Pro and amateur MMA fighters from around the East Coast threw down on this 10-bout card that featured several of the top ranked and up and coming athletes in the region including a title fight. CFFC has expanded its stranglehold on Northeast MMA as they continue to pump out one blockbuster show after another.

In the main event, Darrell “The Saint” Horcher (10-1) defeated Alessandro Ricci (8-3) via unanimous decision. The southpaw Horcher was too much over the course of the fight as he connected with nice combos in the first and second round especially. Horcher continued to come forward throughout the fight and landed heavy punches and kicks while Ricci fought from a defensive standpoint and couldn’t seem to slow down Horcher’s approach. In the third, Horcher took the fight to the ground with an ankle pick and controlled the fight from the top position landing punches. Horcher got the back of Ricci on the mat and looked for a RNC but Ricci defended well and got to his feet with a few second left in the bout. It was a solid win by Horcher who continues to rise up the ranks in the lightweight division.

In the co-main event, Nick Honstein (16-6) defeated Darren Mima (5-2) via omoplata in the first round. Mima caught Honstein with a nice short right that buckled him. Honstein immediately got in very deep on a single leg and got a takedown before Mima popped back up. Honstein got another takedown but ended up on the bottom after a nice transitions by Mima. Honstein isolated the left arm of Mima and after a nice transition to get to the side, locked on an omoplata. Honstein cranked away on the lock leveraging even more pressure on the shoulder of Mima who was forced to tapout. It was a great win for Honstein who continues to improve every fight.

In other action, Dave Roberts (1-0) defeated Blaine Shutt (1-1) via unanimous decision in Roberts’ pro debut. Roberts used a great wrestling game and striking from a distance to control the fight and take Shutt out of his rhythm. Shutt wrestled in college and it shows the level of wrestling of Roberts who was able to win most of the exchanges on the ground and in the clinch. Roberts also landed some solid leg kicks that put Shutt on his heels and helped with the takedowns. At the end of the fight, Shutt had slowed down quite a bit because of the pace of Roberts and the damage inflicted by the leg kicks. Roberts looked very impressive in his debut and awaits his next opponent.

In the amateur ranks, Brian Jones (3-0) scored a quick KO over Paul Simms (3-1) in the first round in a middleweight scrap. Both fighters were exchanging as soon as the bell rung and Jones landed a short right hook that caught Simms flush on the jaw and sent him down and out. It was a lightning fast KO and showed the punching power of Jones.

Be there to witness who climbs up the ladder and who is hurled off it as “CFFC 40″ throws down the gauntlet on once again! Watch the next generations of superstar in the sport of MMA as CFFC has become the top regional organization in North America.

Huge Upset: Mike Jones defeated by Jaime Herrera in comeback fight

August 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Saturday night at Ballys Atlantic City, New Jersey, welterweight Jamie Herrera (12-2, 7 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to outwill the formerly ranked IBF #2 contender Mike “Machine Gun” Jones (26-2, 19 KOs) en-route to a seventh round TKO victory. Jones, who has always been known for his powerful hooks and hand speed, was in control in the early going as he had Jamie Herrera backing up and badly hurt in the second. Herrera tried fight back but got caught with a big left hook and was sent to the canvas just as the bell sounded. Herrera rose to his feet and was on unsteady legs as referee Earl Brown almost stopped it.

Jones looked to finish the show in the third and went for it with a multiple punch combination that had Herrera again touching the canvas. This time though Jaime Herrera was in better shape and fought back hard. Both fighter clashed heads during an exchange that opened a cut on the left eye of Jones who fought carefully and tentatively in the closing moments of the round.

Herrera seemed to gain confidence and began to apply the pressure as the rounds progressed. By round six Jones was game and fading. Herrera’s flurries were doing their damage and his right hands had nearly closed Jones left eye. Jones was hurt several times and fading quickly. Herrera seized the opportunity and continued to batter Jones throughout the seventh round. Jones looked beaten and his left eye was closed as the bell sounded to end the round. The ringside Physician took a look in the corner at Jones and had the referee wave the fight off giving Jaime Herrera the well-deserved upset victory at the three minute mark of the seventh round.

In the co-feature of the evening, Tommy “Cornflake” LaManna (15-0, 7 KOs) captured his biggest victory as a professional with an impressive eight round unanimous decision victory over dangerous veteran Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (14-12-1, 6 KOs).

Davis, who had tested the likes of some of the best including world title challenger Gabriel Rosado and former WBO junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman, came out strong timing the single jabs of LaManna to get inside to work the body of LaManna. The undefeated LaManna calmed down and began to work well from in rounds three through five. LaManna’s seemed to be getting strong as the fight progressed and began to set down on multiple punch combination and wobbled Davis in the fifth. LaManna seemed in control in the seventh but fighting well while stepping in and out of the pocket. Davis was tired, but his will and spirit made the final two rounds exciting. In the last twenty seconds of the fight, both fighters went toe-to-toe as the crowd cheered vociferously for the efforts of both fighters. Neither would land the big blow, sending the fight to the scorecards. All three judges saw the fight in favor of Thomas “Cornflake LaManna by scores of 79-73, 78-74 and 78-73 for the impressive eight round unanimous decision victory.

Junior lightweight Grashino Yancy (1-0) used heavy bodywork in rounds two and three to will his way to a four round split decision victory over fellow debutant Carlos Rosario (0-1) Rosario was the better boxer on the outside and captured one scorecard (39-37). However, the heavy bodywork of Yancy made the difference on the other two officials who both saw it 39-37 the bout his favor for the four round split decision victory.

A pair of South Jersey junior middleweights put on a heated battle for local bragging right with Vineland’s Ismael “Tito” Garcia (7-0-1, 3 KOs) pulling out the hard fought six round unanimous decision victory over Camden’s Gilbert Alex Sanchez(4-4-1, 2 KOs). Garcia took control right from the opening bell as he rocked Sanchez twice and dropped him just before the bell sounded to end the round. The power of Garcia was evident and he had Gilbert Alex Sanchez wobbly in the second and the third. Garcia could not get him out and he eventually tired. Garcia was forced to fight in spurts, while on the bicycle. Sanchez put on the pressure throughout the final three rounds, but Garcia landed the cleaner shots. All three officials saw it in favor of Ismael Garcia by scores of 59-54 x 2 and 58-55 for the six round unanimous decision victory.

Heavyweight prospect Joey Cusumano (8-1, 6 KOs) opened the show in dramatic fashion, by dropping Randy Easton (2-4-1, 2 KOs) twice, en-route to a one sided second round knockout. Cusumano took control early in the second with a big right hand which forced Easton to cover. With Easton fighting tentatively, Cusumano landed a right hand up top, but Easton tripped and fell into the ropes. Referee Henry Grant ruled it a knockdown. Easton was not hurt, but it wouldn’t matter as Cusumano sent him the canvas for the ten count at 2:36 from a devastating left hook underneath to finish the show.

Junior lightweight Grashino Yancy (1-0) used heavy bodywork in rounds two and three to will his way to a four round split decision victory over fellow debutant Carlos Rosario (0-1) Rosario was the better boxer on the outside and captured one scorecard (39-37). However, the heavy bodywork of Yancy made the difference on the other two officials who both saw it 39-37 the bout his favor for the four round split decision decision victory.

Debuting lightweights Omar Curry and Marvin Johnson fought a spirited four round slugfest but when all the smoke cleared the bout was declared a majority draw. Johnson was the sharper and more active fighter and appeared to capture the final two rounds and take the fight, which was shown on the one scorecard that read 39-37 in his favor as did Fightnews. However, the other two officials saw the fight 38-38 for the majority draw.

Undefeated super bantamweight Anthony Caramanno (2-0) had to survive a second round flash knockdown to pull a razor thin four round unanimous decision over Marquise Pierce (1-4) by scores of 38-37 across the board. The knockdown came from a hard right hand, but Caramanno was the fighter with the better defense and tighter combinations to pull out the rounds three and four on his way to the unanimous decision victory.

WSOF Central America Review

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World Series Of Fighting (WSOF) returned to with “World Series of Fighting – Central America”. The event featured a stacked card showcasing many of Central America’s top MMA fighters including a title fight in the bantamweight divisino. Every fighter stepped into the cage ready to battle in front of their home crowd and those watching around the world live and the majority of the fights ended in KO or submission.

The grappling strategy of Rene “Level” Martinez (6-1-1) won against the striking of Sergio “Checo” Ortiz (5-3) in the main event of WSOF Central America held in Managua as Martinez grinded his way to a unanimous decision win in the fast and furious bout. Both fighters had a common opponent as they both had MMA victories over boxing legend Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga. Martinez dominated the first and third rounds by getting Ortiz down to the ground and controlling the fight from there, looking for submissions. Ortiz had his best round in the second as he connected with a few hard shots on the feet, but not enough to put Martinez down or out. In the end, Martinez displayed a more well-rounded game and won convincingly when the fight hit the mat because of several takedowns by Martinez as his wrestling was superior.

“I felt good. Thank Jesus Christ for giving me the strength to win. (Ortiz) was more difficult than I thought, he’s a good fighter,” said Martinez.

In the co-main event Jose Rivera (7-2-1) defeated Oscar Rivera (4-2-1) via KO in the first round to win the WSOF Central America Bantamweight Title. This fight was a barnburner from the very beginning and Jose Rivera finally landed an overhand right that caught Oscar Rivera flush on the jaw and put him out. It was a spectacular ending to a fight that was back and forth and resembled a boxing match with both fighters throwing haymakers from the opening bell.

In other action, US-Venezuelan Aquiles ORAA (8-2-0) won by submission over Nicaraguan Jurguen Gonzales (7-4), while Oscar Pinolero Bojorge (4-2-0) won via submission against the Darren Aponte (0-1) in the second round.

Yasser Castillo (4-1-0) defeated Wilmer Garcia (2-1-0) via submission in the second round and Marcial Flores (7-1-0) submitted Norvin Miranda (3-2-0) in the first.

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WFC 26 Review

August 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Hard hitting boxing returned as WFC presented “WFC 26” from the Belle of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on the GFL Combat Sports Network. WFC events are the premier boxing shows in the Gulf Coast as they are the proving grounds for tomorrow’s future stars and established veterans looking to mix it up. These expert pugilists threw down from the opening bell, providing a great night of fights for the fans.

In the main event, in a light middleweight bout, Travis Scott (17-0) and K Lon Spencer (4-1) fought to a no contest after an accidental head butt opened up a cut above Spencer’s right eye. Both Scott and Spencer were throwing haymakers from the opening bell, but in the second, when both fighters were firing off punches at a close range, Scott ducked his head to avoid a punch and it collided with Spencer’s head, opening the cut above the eye. Spencer still wanted to continue to fight, but the doctor put fighter safety first and stopped the fight. Hopefully Scott and Spencer can do it again as it was shaping up to be a fun fight.

In the super middleweight division, Justin Thomas (8-0) defeated Martin Verdin (20-17-2) via unanimous decision after 6 rounds of action. Thomas executed a perfect game plan as he kept his distance and landed left hands and straight rights as he racked up points throughout the fight. Verdin tried to close the distance but couldn’t put as many combos together as Thomas who was also elusive with his defense. It was a strong win for Thomas who defeated a battle-tested fighter in Verdin to remain undefeated. Expect Thomas to continue to rise up the ranks.

Demond Brock (7-2) defeated Gary Bergeron (12-9) via unanimous decision in a light welterweight title. Brock was fast and furious as he scored with right crosses, uppercuts, and hooks while Bergeron retaliated with jabs and overhands. Brock and Bergeron engaged in several great exchanges, but in the end, Brock landed a greater volume of punches and also connected with hard shots which helped him in the scorecards.

The only stoppage of the night came at the hands of Arthur Thomas (1-0) who defeated John Revish (10-11-2) via TKO in the third round. Thomas quickly established the jab and worked Revish over pretty well until finishing the bout with a nice combo that sent Revish down for good. It was a strong debut fight for Thomas who looks to get back into the ring as soon as possible.

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AFC 10 Review

August 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Australian Fighting Championship presented “AFC 10″ from the Melbourne Pavilion in Melbourne, Australia. The thrilling event featured 9 bouts with 8 finishes featuring some of the best of the best from the country of Australia including two title fights that highlighted a stacked card.

In the main event, Bernardo Magalhaes (8-4) defeated Kieran Joblin (6-2) via majority decision to win the vacant AFC Lightweight Title. This fight was primarily contested in the standup with each fighter scoring with heavy shots. Joblin pulled ahead early with his boxing skills as he landed punches from various angles that had Magalhaes on his heels. Joblin also did a great job of cutting off the ring early in the fight. Magalhaes was strong on the ground and he was able to get the fight to the mat throughout the fight and as much as Joblin pushed the pace in the standup, Magalhaes dominated on the mat. Joblin did a great job of avoiding submissions, but as the fight wore on, Magalhaes was able to negate the striking advantage of Joblin by landing multiple takedowns and controlling the action with his grappling, transitions and top control. Magalhaes also managed to inflict some punishment from the ground as he scored with ground and pound. If these fighters fought 10 times, each of them would most likely win 5 each. On this night, it was the wrestling and grappling of Magalhaes that won the day.
In the co-main event, Talgat Ilyasov defeated Amin Yaqubi via arm triangle in the second round. Ilyasov negated the height advantage of Yaqubi by getting the fight down to the ground early in the first round after a great scrap to start the fight. In the second, Ilyasov got another takedown where he found himself in mount position. Before Yaqubi could do anything about it, Ilyasov had slapped on an arm triangle and put Yaqubi to sleep. It was a dominant win for Ilyasov who had a very specific game plan, and executed it with precision.

Daniel Way defeated Joe Muir via TKO in the third round of a slugfest. This was a barnburner as both men were bloodied, battered and bruised. The end came after Way had scored with tons of knees from the clinch and Muir, never willing to give up, got a takedown off of one of the knee attempts. The fighters got tangled up in the ropes and when the ref tried to restart them in the middle of the ring, the doctor took a look at Muir and waved the fight off. It was an epic end to a fantastic fight. Both fighters battled with their hearts on their sleeves and gave the fans the fight of the night.

Peter Davenport, Mitch O’Dowd, and Alex Anthony all won via submission while Nick Davis, Luke Catubig and Dan Ginnane won with strikes.

Australian Fighting Championship proved once again why they are Australia’s premier MMA organization. AFC always plays to a packed in house crowd and now fight fans across the globe are in luck as this blockbuster event is available live to a worldwide audience on the GFL Combat Sports Network at Order now and own it for life!

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CFFC 39 Review

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Cage Fury Fighting Championships returned to with championship level MMA with “CFFC 39″ from the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Pro MMA fighters from around the East Coast descended on this 9-bout card that featured 4 stoppages highlighting several of the top ranked athletes in the region. CFFC has expanded its stranglehold on Northeast MMA as they continue to pump out one blockbuster show after another.

In the main event, Scott “The Animal” Heckman (18-5) defeated Troy Gerhart (6-3) via D’arce choke in the third round in an impressive fight. The first round was mostly the two fighters trying to find their distance and throwing punches and kicks from a far and not committing too much. In the second, the southpaw Gerhart started to open up more with strikes becoming more offensive while Heckman remained collected and tried to counter punch as well as go for takedowns that Gerhart defended extremely well. Gerhart landed some solid body kicks as he got on the inside a few times, but for the most part, both fighters were still picking their spots with neither willing to overcommit as they both respected the other’s ability to end the fight at any moment. In the final round, both fighters traded strikes until Heckman landed a power jab that knocked Gerhart down for a split second. Heckman immediately went to the ground and locked on a guillotine choke before transitioning to a D’arce choke as he wrapped Gerhart up with his legs as well making it impossible for Gerhart to escape. Finally, Gerhart tapped out and ended what was a very technical, high level MMA fight that could have been contested on any card with any organization as these two displayed top level MMA.

In the co-main event, Nate Vantassell (3-2) shocked the crowd with a first round RNC of Bellator veteran Brett Martinez (6-2) in a lightweight showdown. Vantassell was the much bigger fighter and after a brief skirmish in the clinch, Vantassell landed a straight right hand that dropped Martinez. Martinez got a breather as time was called for an illegal knee on the ground by Vantassell. When action resumed, Martinez went for a takedown but Vantassell ended up in full mount where he reigned down punches. Martinez flipped over to his stomach to avoid the strikes and that’s where Vantassell locked in the rear naked choke and got the tapout. This was the biggest win of Vantassell’s career and he showed that he is ready to take that next step up in competition.

Mike Pope (3-1) defeated Thad Frick (1-1) via unanimous decision. Pope used wrestling 101 to control the fight from the beginning until the end. He got multiple takedowns and shut down any offense from Frick who was fighting from his back or just fighting to get up for most of the fight. It was a dominant win by Pope who showed that his wrestling and grappling is a tough matchup for anyone in CFFC.

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Atlas Fighting Championship 21 Review

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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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Nordic Coliseum Women’s Boxing 1 Review

August 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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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.

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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.

Despite sustaining a hematoma on the right side of his forehead, Derrick Findley (21-13-1, 13 KO’s) shocked Lamar Russ (14-2, 7 KO’s), winning an eight-round unanimous decision via scores of 77-72, 76-73 and 75-74.
Although Russ exhibited a clear height and reach advantage, Findley popped him early in round one with consecutive right crosses.
Findley continued to counter Russ effectively in the second round, connecting with a hard right uppercut to the body.
In the opening moments of round four, Findley unleashed a left hook that instantaneously floored Russ. Shortly thereafter, Findley developed a large hematoma on his forehead. It was unclear from ringside if a punch, elbow or headbutt caused the massive swelling. Next, Russ briefly abandoned his jab and threw wild, looping  shots. After examining Findley when the round ended, the ringside physician allowed him to continue fighting.
Referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. deducted one point from Russ in the seventh round for holding. Then, Findley threw and connected with a colossal right hand shot that sent Russ crashing onto the canvas. Surprisingly, Russ recovered and made it to the eighth and final round.
During the final minute of action, Russ peppered Findley with three straight right crosses to the head. After that, Findley landed a crushing left hook on Russ’ jaw. From that moment on, both combatants traded fiercely until the final bell.
Brooklyn featherweight Rafael Vazquez (12-1, 10 KO’s) scored a TKO victory at 1:20 of round five against Derrick Wilson (10-7-2, 3 KO’s) in the most exciting fight of the night.
Wilson, 25, worked well behind his left jab in the first round and used lots of lateral movement to stifle the offense of Vazquez.
Wilson continued to outwork Vazquez in round two, but Vazquez tagged him early with an accurate left hook-right cross-left hook combination.
Just as Wilson appeared to find his range in the third round, Vazquez, 36, dropped him with a lightning-quick left hook to the face.
Vazquez nailed Wilson with a right cross-left hook combination to begin round four. Then, a right uppercut followed by a swift left hook from Wilson dropped Vazquez. Moments later, Vazquez staggered Wilson with a right cross-left hook combination.
Wilson desperately tried to clinch after getting struck with a well-placed right hand shot from Vazquez in the fifth round. Subsequently, Vazquez fearlessly assaulted Wilson with right crosses until the bout was stopped.
Light heavyweight Junior Younan (6-0, 5 KO’s) blitzed right through Marlon Farr (4-7) in :26 of the 1st round.
After trapping Farr in a neutral corner, Younan, 18, knocked Farr unconscious with a series of brutal right crosses and left hooks. Referee David Fields was a few seconds late on the stoppage, causing Farr to absorb approximately three unnecessary blows to the head.
Louis Cruz (9-0, 4 KO’s) stayed undefeated, scoring a six-round unanimous decision versus Cameron Krael (5-6-2) by scores of 60-54 twice and 58-56.
Cruz, a junior welterweight, used his proficient foot speed to outbox his foe. Yet, Krael was relentless, and attacked Cruz with crisp, clean body shots for the duration of the fight. When Cruz had trouble containing Krael, he released sudden lead right hand shots. Cruz sustained minor swelling underneath his right eye during the fifth round. The judges’ official scorecards were not reflective of the competitiveness put on display by Krael.
In cruiserweight action, Travis Peterkin (11-0, 5 KO’s) outpointed Lamont Williams (5-5-1, 2 KO’s) in a six-round bout via scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice. Peterkin, a southpaw, pressed the action throughout the fight, but threw too many wide punches. As a result, he lacked the delivery to finish Williams.
Junior welterweight Jonathan Alonso made a successful pro debut, stopping Jose Gomez (3-8) at 1:52 of round three. Born in the Dominican Republic, but now residing in Spain, the 23-year-old prospect displayed a definitive advantage of hand speed and natural power. While Gomez possessed a sturdy chin, he consumed a multitude of grueling shots with each passing round.
A fast right uppercut to the body and then to the head from Alonso left Gomez crouching in the corner, and the fight was immediately stopped.

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XFE 45 Review

August 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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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.

Main Event

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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