Xcessive Force Fighting Championship 6 Review

March 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Michael Hill vs. Bristol Marunde

Round 1: Marunde sticks a stiff jab right in the face of Hill and presses him against the cage. The two exchange chipping shots to the body and knees to the thighs. Marunde content to hold Hill against the cage and lands the occasional shot. Referee Kyle Cardinal finally separates and restarts, Marunde shoots in but gets caught in a guillotine but he’s able to pull his head free and get to side control. Hill tries to scramble out but Marunde stays on top. Marunde doing nothing more than the occasional punch as he maintains top position and rides out the round. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 Marunde

Round 2: They both land solid rights and Hill follows up with a leg kick. Marunde presses forward and drops to his knees briefly before getting top position. Not sure if Hill landed or Marunde slipped. Hill works back to his feet and they trade against the cage. Marunde with a knee to the body. They battle for position and Marunde lands shots with Hill responding. Cardinal breaks them up and they restart and wing big shots at one another. Marunde again puts him against the cage and chips away. They separate and Hill connects but Marunde gets the trip takedown and moves to the back. Hill to the feet and Marunde just missing with a spinning elbow. Marunde looking for a double and but abandons it and knees the thighs. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 Marunde

Round 3: Marunde presses forward and again holds Hill against the cage before completing the takedwon and looking to get the back. Hill gets back to his feet and gets off the cage. They trade big shots and Marunde with a knee uo the middle. Marunde working for the takedown and gets it but Hill is able to get back to his feet with no damage. Hill gets the clinch and unload a barrage of uppercuts before stepping away and landing again. Hill is bloodied but not out of the fight and Marunde slows the pace and pressed him into the cage again. Hill gets spearation again and lands a pair of leg kicks and follows up with an uppercut. Marunde with the takedown and Hill works for a guillotine but Marunde pulls his head free and lands a few more shots as time expires. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 Marunde

Bristol Marunde defeats Michael Hill by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 20-27, 20-27)

Spencer Jebb vs. Cody Krahn

Round 1: Krahn with a hard leg kick opens the offense. Krahn lands a 1-2 and follows up with another right. They come together with a hard exchange and more big leg kicks from Krahn. Jebb gets the takedwon and cautiously looks to drop into guard with a right. Krahn lands an upkick and stands back up. Krahn with a front kick to the body and defends a Jebb takedown attempt. Krahn with a nice combo and a knee. Krahn continues to work his kicking game with one to the body and another to the leg. Jebb with a body shot and a takedown against the cage. Jebb lands a barrage of punches and Krahn is able to weather the storm and get back to his feet where he connects with a right. Krahn with another leg kick and Jebb responds in kind. One more solid leg kick before time expires for Krahn. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 Krahn

Round 2: Both men smiling and having a good time in there. Krahn with a shot to the body and they exchange punches. Jebb works a takedwon against the cage and gets to full guard. Jebb stands and lands shots as Krahn tries to stand. Jebb is able to keep him down and lands elbows. Krahn comes back with some elbows of his own from the bottom. Jebb has the back and lands shots as they joke with each other. Jebb still landing shots and holding Krahn down. Jebb with a trio of lefts and Krahn still trying to get back up and does only to get taken right back down. Krahn gives his back and Jebb lands before looking to get top position again. Krahn again gives the back and Jebb pounds away. Krahn joking with the crowd now and is able to get back to his feet and they jockey for position against the cage. Jebb looking for a single and Krahn lands an elbow which is deemed to the back of the head by referee Tom Collins. The two men slug it out as time runs down. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 Jebb

Round 3: A hug to start the third and Krahn snaps a leg kick followed by another. Jebb with a body shot and a leg kick. Krahn with a body shot of his own and a leg kick shortly thereafter followed by a thudding kick to the body. Jebb gets the single to half guard and drives him against the cage. Krahn gives his back again and Jebb connects with shots. Krahn tries to work back to his feet but Jebb keeps him on the mat. Jebb continues to control him on the mat and land punches while Krahn unsuccessfully trues to get back to his feet. Krahn finally makes it back up and they meet in the centre of the cage and Krahn defends a double. Jebb connects with the biggest right of the night and Krahn comes back with a last ditch flurry but it’s too late. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 Jebb

Spencer Jebb defeats Cody Krahn by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Corey Atkinson vs. Connor Derry

Round 1: Atkinson opens with a leg kick and they trade shots. Derry with a front kick to the mid-section and Atkinson responds with a leg kick. Atkinson connects with a combo and shoots for a takedown but Derry ends up on the back. Atkinson is able to spin out and briefly takes the back himself. Derry back on top in half guard and elbows the body. Atkinson again reverses the position and works for a kimura but Derry is holding his own shorts to defend. Atkinson continues to work for the kimura and Atkinson is having trouble finding the space to fully extend the arm but finally gets away from the cage and gets the finish.

Corey Atkinson submits Connor Derry by Kimura in Round 1, 3:26

William Carriere vs. Shawn Pauliuk

Round 1: They exchange a few shots and Pauliuk shoots in against the cage. Carriere locks in a guillotine choke and forces the quick tap.

William Carriere submits Shawn Pauliuk by Guillotine Choke in Round 1, 0:12

Jessica Maruszczak vs. Chaleur Jones

Round 1: Maruszczak opens with a leg kick and Jones responds with a thudding kick to the body. Maruszczak comes back with a body kick of her own and Jones gets the takedown to side control. Jones gets full mount before Maruszczak gives up her back. Jones works for the rear naked choke and Maruszczak elbows the thigh. Maruszczak defending the choke but Jones is able to sink it in and force the tap.

Chaleur Jones submits Jessica Maruszczak by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 2:12

Travis Hodges vs. Pat Gionette

Round 1: Gionette opens up with a wild flurry and they tumble to the mat with Gionette in side control. Gionette gets full mount and lands shots. Gionette grinds his elbow into the face of Hodges and postures up and rains down shots until referee Tom Collins has seen enough. Pat Gionette defeats Travis Hodges by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 1:34

Tom O’Connor vs. Randy Mahon

Round 1: O’Connor lands a leg kick and they exchange hard shots. O’Connor gets the takedown and goes straight to mount. Mahon gives his back and O’Connor works for the rear naked choke. Mahon escapes the choke but O’Connor still on his back throwing punches and elbows. O’Connor with another choke attempt and Mahon defending well. O’Connor releases and but Mahin slips out the back and up to his feet. O’Connor with the trip takedown but Mahon rolls through and ends up in guard. Mahon drops a right and settles into the guard. Mahon to half guard and O’Connor back to his feet and lands a shot. Solid leg kick lands from O’Connor and they trade before O’Connor gets another takedown and passes to full mount. O’Connor lands a few more punches from the back as time runs out. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 O’Connor

Round 2: O’Connor with a solid kick to the body and connects with a couple rights. O’Connor tees off on him against the cage and Mahon shoots for a single. O’Connor defends but Mahon lands a solid elbow and a big combo before O’Connor works off the cage. Flying knee from O’Connor falls short and they tie up against the cage. O’Connor takes the back and drags him to the mat sinking the rear naked choke and forcing the tap.

Tom O’Connor defeats Randy Mahon by Rear Naked Choke in Round 2, 2:55

Keegan Oliver vs. Joel Morin

Round 1: Oliver with a leg kick and a quick takedown passes to side control. Oliver gets full mount and begins to land solid shots. Morin gives his back and Oliver continues to fire away until referee Kyle Cardinal stops the fight.

Keegan Oliver defeats Joel Morin by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 1:13

Jordan Roberts vs. Kolton Menzak

Round 1: They trade wild shots right off the opening bell before Menzak gets the takedown to half guard. Menzak postures up and drops a barrage of vicious elbows before Roberts is able to tie up his arms and slow down the onslaught. Menzak works to get his arms free and Roberts is busted open. Menzak unleashes more more hard elbows forcing referee Thomas Collins to call a halt to this bout.

Kolton Menzak defeats Jordan Roberts by TKO (Elbows) in Round 1, 1:47

Hard Knocks Fighting Championship 42 Review

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Courtesy of Scott Fisher, Calgary Sun Jason Fischer doesn’t like to even see a judge’s card.

After all, they don’t call the Detroit-based MMA fighter ‘The Finisher’ for nothing.

But, under the circumstances, Fischer will take Friday’s unanimous decision over Toronto’s Ryan Dickson in the main event of Hard Knocks 42 at Century Casino.

Fischer suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the final round, but he wasn’t about to call it a night.

“I heard someone say ‘two-and-a-half minutes’ when it popped,” Fischer said. “It popped twice and I knew it was in trouble.

“It felt like it dislocated but if I would have tapped then, I still would have been injured.

“I wasn’t going to give up. I had to fight through it. That was the worst two-and-a-half minutes I’ve ever had in a fight.”

Fischer won the lightweight title belt and improved to 8-3.

The 30-year-old, who had lost two of his previous three bouts, said he was determined to hear the final bell.

“It was adrenaline,” he said. “Willpower. I wasn’t going to give up. I wasn’t going to tap.”

Meanwhile, Calgaryâ??s Jesse Arnett earned a TKO victory over Detroit’s Vince Murdock.

Most of the fight was a stand-up cat-and-mouse game with a couple of big shots landed.

But then it went to the mat and it was over.

Arnett sunk in a rear naked choke and forced the tap-out.

“I’m a wrestler and grappler,” Arnett said. “I’m new to striking.

“I couldn’t get him down early. I tried a couple of times.

“But I got him down and it was a quick rear naked choke. I didn’t even think about it. I even finished it with my wrong arm.”

Levi ‘The Oak’ Armstrong’s supporters drove all day to watch him fight.

The least he could do was entertain them during a lengthy bout at Hard Knocks 42.

Or… he could end things in the blink of an eye.

The Calgary MMA fighter decided on Plan B.

And judging by the big roar from his vocal supporters, they were just fine with it.

“People came from six or seven hours away,” Armstrong said. “A couple guys came from 12 hours away just to watch.”

“I can’t thank them enough.”

Armstrong dropped Jared Tordoff (Yellowknife) to the canvas with a devastating kick just seven seconds into Round 2.

“My coach told me what to do,” Armstrong said. “He dropped his hand, I kicked him and down he went.”

Armstrong recorded the TKO win in his MMA debut.

And he can’t wait to get back in the cage.

“These guys put me through hard training,” Armstrong said of his trainers at Tilt MMA.

“It was good. I love it. I’ll definitely be back. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

A spinning back kick can be a risky move. It can also pay big dividends.

Calgary product Riley Pequin utilized the technique to perfection Friday night at Century Casino.

But he said it wasn’t part of a specific gameplan that resulted in an impressive KO win over Yellowknife’s Devon Tordoff.

“We train in all aspects of MMA,” Pequin said of his Provincial Martial Arts Karate & Kickboxing gym.

“We have a ton of tools so whatever’s open, you take it. You just stay on your feet and use what you’ve got.”

After losing by armbar to Brent Auger in his last bout, it was clear Pequin wanted to stand and trade shots.

He said he would have been fine if the scrap went to the ground, but that wasn’t necessary.

“I felt like I could control him on the ground,” Pequin said. “It’s just that with these big gloves, it’s hard to grab onto stuff and stay anchored So I wanted to stay on my feet.”

It was a tough night for the local professionals. Todd ‘The Black Hulk’ Stoute, shook off a pair of losses to beat Calgary’s Anton Tokarchuk. The Toronto fighter improved to 6-3 with a flurry of right hands that ended the bout at 4:43 of the opening round… Spokane scrapper Adam Smith moved to 9-3 with a TKO victory over Chris Mattock. Micah Brakefield (Delta, B.C.) beat Calgarian Josh Griffin with a first-round TKO. Brad Robinson (Burnaby, B.C.) also scored an opening-round win over Dusty Kramps.

Charlotte’s Night of Champions – Roy Jones Jr.

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Roy Jones Jr. (60-8, 43 KO) easily defeated journeyman cruiserweight Willie Williams (14-9-2) by second-round TKO on Friday night in Cabarrus, North Carolina. The 46-year-old future Hall of Famer clearly wasn’t tested by his 36-year-old foe.

The nasty left hook started the problems for Williams and the body-head combinations sent him home for the evening. The bout marked the first time Jones has fought in the United States since he won a unanimous decision over Max Alexander in 2011. Over much of the last four years, Jones has been building his cruiserweight resume against lesser-known boxers from all around the world.

Jones knows he can’t fight forever, but he is hoping to get a shot at another world title. In an interview with ESPN.com’s Brian Campbell, Jones said before the fight with Williams: “I’m looking at doing this and seeing how I feel. If I feel well, I will be going after Marco Huck. He agreed to fight me this year if everything goes well.”

Things definitely went well on Friday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Jones is ready for Huck.

The current champion has held his title for just under six years. He’s also only 30 years old. There’s no question he’d be a huge favorite over Jones if they were to meet in the ring.

Jones is likely inspired by the recent success of former rival Bernard Hopkins. The latter just relinquished the WBA and IBF light heavyweight titles at the age of 49. Jones doesn’t compete in a weight class that is as competitive as the 175-pound division. Still, capturing what would be a title in his fifth division would be an epic accomplishment for Jones.

Because Williams wasn’t able to extend Jones deep into the fight, it’s possible Jones could have one more tune-up before he challenges Huck. That would likely be against another fighter on the same level as Williams.

While his night was short, Williams did at least land what was likely his largest payday. Long after the swelling goes down on his face, Williams will probably look back on Friday’s bout proudly. He was stopped in the second round, but he shared the ring with a living legend.

Tuff-n-Uff: Mayhem in Mesquite VI Review

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Tuff-N-Uff returned to GFL as it presented “Mayhem in Mesquite VI” from the Casablanca Resort Hotel Casino in Mesquite, Nevada. Tuff N-Uff is one of the premier proving grounds for amateur MMA and always has stacked cards featuring the rising stars from the most famous gyms around the West. This event raised the bar of top level amateur MMA. Tune in to see the stars of tomorrow compete today.

In the main event, Derrick Brown (11-6) defeated Caleb Contreras (4-2) via split decision. Brown won the fight largely to his wrestling and top control and finishing strong in the third round. Contreras was solid on the bottom and went for numerous submissions from that position. Brown and Contreras mixed it up in the first two rounds in the striking as both men got off some solid punches and connected with hard shots. In the end, it came down to the final round for the judges, and the wrestling and control of Brown came out ahead of the submission attempts from Contreras.

In the co-main event, in a light heavyweight bout, Brandon Schneider (3-3) defeated Milorad Nelica (1-1) via KO in the first round. Schneider connected with a huge uppercut from the clinch that put Nelica down and out in seconds. Nelica dropped to the ground and Schneider followed up with more punches on the ground as the ref stepped in to stop the fight.

In other action, Brieta “Tank Girl” Carpenter (5-1) defeated Kaytlin Neil (3-2) via TKO in the first round. Carpenter came out very aggressive throwing head kicks, leg kicks and numerous other kicks and stalking down Neil. Neil followed back with a nice one-two combo, but Carpenter continued with her aggressive kicks that were already paying dividends. Carpenter dropped Neil with a punch that landed right behind the ear of Neil. Neil went down and the fight was over. It was a great showing by Carpenter who had a great performance.

Don’t miss this stacked card featuring The Future Stars of MMA fighting today and representing themselves and some of the top gyms around at Tuff-N-Uff’s “Mayhem in Mesquite VI”. Watch all of these fights anytime on video on demand only at GFL.tv!

American Muay Thai League Review

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American Muay Thai League returned on GFL.tv with “American Muay Thai League” from the Thurgood Marshall Center in Washington, DC with 8 high octane Muay Thai bouts that showed off the top strikers in the North East and Mid-Atlantic regions.

In the main event, in a 165lb bout, Chase Walden (15-3) from Grindstone Muay Thai defeated Remi Singh of Militia Muay Thai NY (10-3) via unanimous decision. Walden used his height advantage, standing at 6’3”, to score from a distance, but Sigh was also able to score from the outside and Walden had trouble in spots because Singh was a much taller opponent, standing 6’1”, than what Walden was used to. Singh had a strong defense, as he raised up one leg to create a barrier for Walden to fight through. But Walden just went over the top and scored with lead left hooks or straight right hands throughout the fight. There was some clinch work in which both men scored knees to their opponents midsection’s but the fight was won for Walden on the outside as he was able to score with enough single shots and combos that got him the nod with the judges.

In the co-main event, in a 150lb bout, Omar Estevez of Sitan Gym New York defeated Rolando Valdez of UFC Gym Maryland via decision. Estevez controlled the majority of the fight and was relentless on the attack, scoring with leg kicks, body shots and combos to the face of Valdez. Valdez was put on the defensive early on and tried to counter strike with one punch or one kick but Estevez just continued to come forward and apply pressure with an assortment of strikes. It was a great showing for Estevez who looked tremendous against a very durable opponent in Valdez.

If you love the art of striking, there is no better iPPV for you to order than the “American Muay Thai League”. American Muay Thai League always puts on great shows and this event was another home run as the top strikers on the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic went to battle.

Bounded Fist 11 Review

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Bounded Fist returned on GFL and delivered another great night of Muay Thai action with “Bounded Fist 11″ from the Arizona Event Center in Mesa, Arizona. The stacked mega card featured 8 highly contested bouts with 2 finishes, including the main event. Bounded Fist is famous for producing the top pro/am stars in the region and every fight on the card lived up to the hype, especially the main event.

In the main event, for the USMTA Super Lightweight Title, Champion Jason Davis defeated Thomas Aguirre with an impressive TKO victory in the second round to retain his title. Davis came out like a bat out of hell in the first and threw everything but the kitchen sink at Aguirre. Davis scored with elbows, spinning elbows, leg kicks and was fierce in the clinch. It was a one-sided round for Davis. In the second, Davis did not rest on his laurels and started striking with bad intentions from the opening bell. Davis scored with numerous elbows and busted up Aguirre including possibly breaking Aguirre’s nose in after several pinpoint strikes. Aguirre proved what a durable fighter he is by absorbing so much punishment as the striking speed of Davis was on a different level and it was hard for Aguirre to get his strikes off. Davis was able to get a trip takedown from the clinch and then when action resumed landed with some more hard shots that finally dropped Aguirre for good. It was an impressive win for Davis who continues to roll in the Super Lightweight division.

In other action, Erald Faja defeated JT Lopez via decision. Lopez came forward throughout the fight, but Faja showed off great counter punching and kicking to offset Lopez’s attacks. Faja seemed to also score with more combos as he got busier as the fight wore on. Lopez landed some hard shots but not to the level of volume striking of Faja which was probably the difference in the judges’ score cards. Both men showed a ton of heart as they fought hard for the entire fight and never let their foot off the gas.

Ralph Pacheco defeated Ronne Deizion via decision. Both of these young gladiators showed a tremendous amount of heart as they connected with spinning back fists, head kicks and nice combos with their fists. Pacheco displayed a huge amount of volume punching as he was always on the attack. Deizion delivered some terrific counter strikes too. Both fighters showed a solid chin as neither man went down in the fight from a strike. In the end, Pacheco was a little more polished and won the day, but both of these warriors can hold their heads up high after their performances.

Don’t miss this awesome card. Order now to see the science of the eight limbs as “Bounded Fist 11″ brought down the house in the sweltering Arizona night. Watch anytime on video on demand and own this high octane card for life only on GFL.tv.

Roy Jones Jr Presents Battle of the Belts Results

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Last night, 50-year old WBC #16 heavyweight contender, “Bronco” Billy Wright (47-4, 38 KOs), annihilated Gilberto Matheus Domingos (22-3, 20 KOs), stopping the Brazilian with a devastating body blow at the 1:15 mark of round one.

The 10-round main event took place on the RJJ Boxing Promotions at the We Ko Pa Casino in Fort McDowell, Arizona.

With the victory, “Bronco” Billy retained his WBC Latin American and Fecarbox titles while extending his winning streak to 18, 14 of which came via knockout in consecutive bouts.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to defend my WBC belts here in the United States as it’s been a long time since I fought here,” said Wright. “Mauricio Sulaiman has been a man of his word, moving me up the rankings as I continue to win fights.

“Right now I’m at #16, looking to crack the top 15 with this victory. Against Domingos, I wanted to make a statement and end the fight early with a knockout. The plan was to go in and land as many powerful body shots as possible.

“It worked and I came out on top. I’m going to keep marching up the WBC rankings with the goal getting a big fight against any of top contenders. The problem is, none of these guys want to fight me. I’m ready to take on all comers ahead of me.”

With the brutal stoppage of Domingos, Wright recorded his 29th first round knockout. One of his goal is to break the heavyweight record for first round knockouts held by Shannon Briggs, which stands at 35.

Hex Fight Series 2 Review

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In what was the first event in the cage in Victoria since the cage ban was lifted, local fighter Nick Patterson sent his fans home happy by edging out former UFC fighter Ben Wall by a majority decision.

The bout headlined Hex Fight Series 2, which took place tonight at the Melbourne Pavilion in Victoria, Australia.

Wall’s intentions were clear early as he would look for the takedown attempt. Wall would press the action against the cage where he would look to take the back standing. Patterson defended well and landed short knees against the cage. Late in the round Patterson would separate and with his hands on his waist, landed a short right that connected on Wall.

It was much the same in the second-round as is the game-plan for Wall, he immediately looked for the takedown, before pressuring his opponent against the cage. Patterson attempted to free himself by looking for a standing kimura, however Wall immediately pounced, this time locking up his hands and securing the takedown. Patterson momentarily shocked Wall with a triangle attempt however the Queensland fighter was able to escape as he straight away looked for the armbar. Patterson remained calm to escape.

Sweat played a factor in the third as Patterson was able to slip his leg out of the takedown attempts. Patterson went on the front foot with strikes but made the mistake of clinching with Wall, which allowed the former UFC fighter to press the fight against the cage. There he again secured the double leg as he moved from side control to mount. Patterson did not allow Wall to do anything though as he quickly regained guard and got back to his feet. When he separated, Patterson landed a body shot followed by a jumping knee that landed on Wall’s chin. Patterson failed to capitalise before the fight came to an end.

The judges scored the fight 29-29, 30-27 and 29-28 to Nick Patterson who did have the better striking exchanges. However the case could be made for Wall winning the fight with superior cage control and effective grappling. This Fight News Australia reporter scored it 29-28 to Wall.

Patterson, who failed to make weight the night before was gracious in victory and acknowledged it was a battle of two styles. The Victorian offered Wall a rematch

With the win, Patterson secures his fifth straight win and his second against a former UFC fighter after previously defeating Bernardo “Trekko” Magalhaes back in February 2014. Patterson moves to 16-4-1. Wall 8-3-1 has now dropped three on the trot, which includes a spell in the UFC.

In the semi-main event, Western Australian fighter Steven Kennedy extended his win streak to seven fights with a first-round submission win over Callan Potter. Potter, peppered Kennedy’s legs early with hard leg-kicks. Kennedy increased his tempo midway through the first-round and on the inside, landed a short left that dropped his opponent. Kennedy immediately followed up with further strikes, before securing the back. There he put Potter to sleep with a rear-naked choke.

Kennedy moves to 17-7 with the win. His last loss came to Jesse Taylor back in 2012. Since then he has secured wins against the likes of Cole Davids, Manuel Rodriguez and Daniel Way. Potter drops his record to 8-4.

Also on the card, Australian based Brazilian fighter Rodolfo Marques edged out a split-points decision against Californian fighter Gabriel Solorio, while Charlie Alaniz secured a TKO win over late replacement Matthew George.

Nick Patterson def Ben Wall via Decision (Majority)
Steven Kennedy def Callan Potter via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd 1, 3:15
Rodolfo Marques def Gabriel Solorio via Decision (Split)
Charlie Alaniz def Matthew George via TKO (Punches & Elbows), Rd 1, 3:17
Raphael Berthet def Jeshua McPhail via TKO (Punches), Rd 3, 3:52
Mitch O’Dowd def Tim Byrne via Submission (Armbar), Rd 1, 1:39
Sean Gauci def Andrew Jacobs via TKO (Towel Thrown In), Rd 2, 3:03
Byron Cowell def Anthony Cowley via KO (Head-Kick), Rd 1, 2:12
Luke Catubig def Jason Preece via TKO (Punches), Rd 1, 3:25
Issey Buangala def Jarod Barke via Submission (Standing Guillotine), Rd 1, 2:24
David Meak def Orhan Nuredin via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Rd 1, 4:20
Ryan Barry def Troy Resic via TKO (Punches), Rd 2, 4:32

McMayhem in Midtown Review

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New York, NY (3/14/15) – On Saturday night, highly touted Irish Featherweight contender Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland, of Dublin, headlined an exciting 11-bout pro-am card held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, titled “McMayhem in Midtown”. The evening was promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Ring of Fire Promotions and Murphys Boxing, and sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group and Everlast.

Facing southpaw Manuel De Los Reyes Herrera, 128, of Planeta Rica, Colombia, Hyland, 127, kept pumping his jab forcing his foe on the back-foot for the entire first round. Whenever in close, Hyland would unleash swift, crackling combinations to the head and body. In round two, with Hyland pinning Herrera to the ropes, the pair stood toe-to-toe trading power shots to the delight of the crowd. Setting up stinging straight rights that snapped Herrera’s head back in the third, Hyland was visibly breaking down the Colombian. A pulverizing right uppercut to the midsection brought Herrera to his knees for a full count at 1:04 of round four. With the victory, Hyland, now 30-1 (14 KOs), moved another step closer toward title contention. Herrera’s record dropped to 21-16-1 (15 KOs).

Ozone Park, New York’s popular Light Heavyweight contender-turned-firefighter Will “Power” Rosinsky, 174, ended a two-year-plus ring absence, impressively halting Paul Gonsalves, 173, at 2:59 of the opening round. Looking very sharp, Rosinsky, a four-time New York Golden Gloves champion, scored four knockdowns overall. The first came halfway through the frame when Rosinsky landed a left hook to the body. After Gonsalves got to his feet, Rosinsky, now 18-2 (10 KOs), was determined to finish him off, scoring the final three knockdowns with dynamite straight right hands to the head. Gonsalves, from Harwich, Mass., is now 7-6-1 (3 KOs).

Promoted by Murphys Boxing, which is fronted by Ken Casey of the Celtic rock band Dropkick Murphys, Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, 164, of Cork, Ireland, took on the tough Milton Nunez, 165, of Barranquilla, Colombia, in a scheduled eight-round Super Middleweight contest. From the opening bell, O’Sullivan applied pressure, often trapping Nunez against the ropes and pounding away at the body with powerful hooks.

O’Sullivan was particularly effective when following up with his overhand rights upstairs. Nunez tried to counter O’Sullivan’s aggression, but none of what he landed had any effect on the Irishman. In round three, a combination finally put the tiring Nunez on the canvas. When he arose, O’Sullivan stalked him around the ring, rarely missing a punch, until a sweeping left hook to the chin staggered Nunez once again, leading to the referee’s stoppage at 2:20 of the frame. O’Sullivan upped his record to 20-1 (13 KOs), while Nunez fell to 28-13-1 (25 KOs).

The amateur portion of the card featured the tie-breaking third meeting between the FDNY’s Bravest Boxing team and the Garda Siochana Boxing team of the Irish National Police Force. Winning seven of the eight matches, the FDNY earned the 2015 Transatlantic Championship.

Apex Fights 5 Review

March 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Lightweight (155): Daniel Reed (151.2) vs. Gary Burke (154)

Round 1 – Burke comes out aggressive throwing hands until Reed clinches up with him. Reed trying some dirty boxing with a headlock on Burke, and Burke slams him on a big takedown and lands in side control. Reed has Burke’s head and throwing some knees to the ribs from bottom. Burke answering with some knees and elbows to the body of his own. Another series of knees by Burke, and the first one echoed. Reed gives up his back and Burke quickly tries for the RNC. Reed escapes, surrenders his back again and Burke sinks the RNC. Reed taps almost immediately.

WIN: Gary Burke by submission (1:40, R1) via RNC

140 Catchweight: Jordie Brown (138.2) vs. Chris GeFellers (141)

Round 1 – Gefellers avoids the glove touch and immediately shoots for the takedown. He hoists Brown for a big double leg slam and lands in Brown’s open guard. Brown closes the guard. Gefellers landing shots to the body and Brown just hanging on to Gefellers’ head. Brown trying to separate and deliver some strikes to the head. Referee giving warning he’s going to stand them up if Gefellers doesn’t get more active. Brown lands a few big sweeping punches and couple hammer fists. Gefelllers separates and stands. Brown almost hoosk an arm but Gefellers evades it, now we’re back where we’ve spent the majority of the round. A few body shots by Gefellers and the referee stands them at the 10 second clapper. Brown lands a nice uppercut and uses his reach advantage to get some nice punches in to the head before the round ends.

Round 2 – Gefellers eats a 1-2 to the head, and an uppercut. He shoots for the single leg and is on all fours on the mat traking more shots and basically drags Brown to the mat. Gefellers has a bloody nose. Brown secures top position on Gefellers and is working to mount. Gefellers in a bad spot now and Brown landing unanswered punches. Gefellers covers up, and the ref stops it.

WIN: Jordie Brown by TKO (0:53, R2) due to ground and pound

165 Catchweight: Anthony Holsclaw (154.8) vs. Joey DeSanto (164.8)

Round 1 — HUGE overhand right immediately drops Holsclaw. A few follow up shots and this fight is over. Positively vicious first strike by DeSanto. Three second fight. Enigma’s two fights thus far tonight have been two victories, in 21 seconds combined.

WIN: Joey DeSanto by TKO (0:03, R1) due to strikes

172 Catchweight: Sam Garrison (173.4) vs. Cameron Cornett (Weighing Saturday)

Round 1 – Garrison tries to strike but Cornett clinches up and bulls him against the cage. He gets the takedown after a brief struggle against the fence. Garrison has Cornett in an open guard and trying to hook his head for a guillotine but he doesn’t have it. Cornett pops his head free after a protracted battle, postures up and starts landing shots, Garrison covers up, and that’ll do it.

WIN: Cameron Cornett by TKO (1:44, R1) due to strikes

Cornett earns a shot at the Valor Lightweight Title with that victory.

165 Catchweight: Jeremy Goins (166) vs. Dalton Callahan (155)

Callahan rocking some quality Ninja Turtle shorts. Raphael, to be precise.

Round 1 – Both fighters looking for their shot early. Callahan feints a strike then slides in and scores a takedown. Goins works the rubber guard trying for a sub, Callahan stacks and slams him, then lands some punches. Now Callahan working to side control. Callahan shifts positions and Goins swings his legs up and hooks an inverted triangle. Nice. Callahan throwing some knees to the body but hasn’t escaped the hold yet. Goins sitting up, still has Callahan’s head hooked. Two more knees by Callahan and he’s free. He lands some strikes and hammer fists. Goins still on his back, and throws an upkick. Callahan eats one, sidesteps the second, lands in side control and quickly works to mount. Rather than go for ground and pound he goes for an armbar. He doesn’t have it, Goins gets free and now he’s on top of Callahan landing strikes. Very entertaining round so far. Ten second clapper. Goins postures up and lands a flurry of punches before the round ends. Tough round to score but I think Callahan gets it 10-9 based on control.

Round 2 – Round 2 starts the same way the first did, with both guys looking for a shot on the feet. Some big stuff getting thrown but not much landing. Now they clinch up against the cage Callahan takes Goins’ back standing, Goins flips him over to the mat but as they tumble to the ground Callahan lands working for side control. Goins has Callahan’s right arm hooked from the bottom, and Callahan taps. Fun fight.

WIN: Jeremy Goins by submission (1:29, R2) via armbar

Bantamweight (135): Rodrigo Gonzalez (136.8) vs. Cody Jordan (weighing Saturday)

Round 1 – Gonzalez throws a high body kick, Jordan catches it and sweeps Gonzalez down to the mat. Brief scramble on the mat but Jordan wastes little time working to an armbar. It’s deep and Gonzalez fights it for several seconds but utlimately taps.

WIN: Cody Jordan by submission (0:24, R1) via armbar

150 Catchweight: Jon Smith (149.8) vs. Nick Baker (155.2)

Round 1 – Baker comes in throwing hands and a body kick. Only the latter lands and they clinch up. Baker pushes Smith against the fence and gets the takedown. Smith has Baker’s head hooked. Smith maintaining the half guard, and Baker not working a lot on top. Smith trying to sweep, and he’s close to getting there. Smith completes the sweep and Baker immediately pulls guard. Smith landing some body shots and head shots. Baker has Smith’s left arm from the bottom as Smith continues to kand body shots with the right. Baker now seated against the cage and hitting wraparound punches to the side of smith’s head, right on the ear. Ten seconds. Smith postures up and unloads with a big combo to the head, then stands just before the round concludes.

Round 2 – Baker throwing some wild strikes as the round starts. Smith answers with two nasty sounding leg kicks. Baker throws a head kick, and Smith responds with a big double leg takedown slam. Baker has open guard. Smith landing some shots from the top and now Baker trying to hook a submission from the bottom. Smith defends. Hard to tell from this position, but Baker has his legs up for a possible triangle, but he doesn’t have it hooked. The battle on the mat continues, and Smith scores another takedown in the final 10 seconds.

Round 3 – Smith with an early Superman punch and gets rocked on the counter punch by Baker, who claims a low blow. The referee didn’t see it, though, and the action continues. Baker starting to brawl and bloodies Smith’s lip or nose, but Smith with the big double leg takedown. They trade shots from Baker’s open guard, then back to standing. Smith evades a big 1-2 combo by Baker, and hits another double leg. Baker trying for an armbar during the final 10 seconds but doesn’t get it.

WIN: Jon Smith by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

160 Catchweight: Billy Combs (165.8) vs. Daris Reynolds (158.4)

Round 1 – Handshake as the fight begins and then the action starts. Combs throws a high kick and Reynolds peppering Combs with punches before he clinches up and shoves Reynolds against the fence. Reynolds has Combs’ head hooked and lands a knee to the body. Combs separates and delivers a couple uppercuts then takes it back to center. Reynolds checks a leg kick and then Combs with the big takedown slam. Combs trying for side control but Reynolds has his head. Now each man has the other’s head hooked. They separate and stand. Reynolds uncorks a WILD leaping spin kick. It doesn’t land but it looks cool. Now the slugfest, starting with a straight punch from Combs that bloodies Reynolds’ nose. Both fighters throwing hands wild, and now Reynolds pushes Combs back to the cage, struggle against the fence until the final 10 seconds when both fighters EXPLODE into action. Combs rocks Reynolds as part of a big combo of punches in the final seconds. Fun round.

Round 2 – Each fighter rocked the other with a nasty punch early in the round. Combs loses his mouthguard and it looks like he takes an inadvertent knee to the chin while they’re clinched up against the cage. More wild and brutal exchanges until Reynolds takes an inadvertent low blow, and we have a pause in the action. Combs throws a high kick as the action resumes, Reynolds checks it and with an uppercut. Combs swinging for the fences on these strikes. Reynolds pushes off the cage with a superman punch but it doesn’t land and they go down with Reynolds on top. Combs sweeps. More ground game than we’ve ever seen from Combs thus far in this fight. Reynolds has full guard, but Combs lanfing strikes and hammer fists from the top. Reynolds with a triangle. Combs leans forward trying to get out of it, Reynolds keeps the hold and Combs taps. Very fun fight.

WIN: Daris Reynolds by submission (1:38, R2) via triangle choke

Middleweight (185): Dalton Morrell (184) vs. Bodie Price

Nice reaction for Morrell.

Round 1 – Price with the single leg and hoists Morrell for a big slam. One of many so far tonight. Morrell gives up his back to Price. Rather than go for the sub, he starts to pound on Price. Morrell reverses. Price trying an armbar from the bottom and Morrell lifts him and slams him. Price stll has Morrell’s arm hooked. Price tries to transition to a triangle and Morrell backs up. Price landing a couple nice counter punches and tries for the single leg. Morrell looks a little bit fazed by going against a veteran amateur in Price. Price now has position as Morrell pulls guard. Price trying to posture up and pound on Morrell, who hooks Price’s head. Now Price with the armbar. Morrell pushes off the cage with his feet, trying to get out of it but Price maintains the submission. Morrell taps.

WIN: Bodie Price by submission (2:14, R1) via armbar

VALOR Light Heavyweight Championship (205): Troy Rutledge (203.6) vs. Doug Williams (206)

Round 1 – Both guys come out throwing hands. Rutledge doing a good job countering Williams’ superior height and reach early, and Williams starts throwing knees to the body one of his preferred tactics. Williams pushes Rutledge back against the cage, and lands another solid knee. Rutledge takes a nasty low shot, and the fight is paused. Unintentional low blow and the referee warns Williams for throwing the low knee. Action resumes and right away Rutledge gets drilled with a kick on another low blow. Rutledge collapses in agony, and Williams gets docked one point. Got a look at the video replay, and it looks like the kick was not in fact a low blow. Rutledge says he cannot continue after the five minute recovery time, and the fight ends in a no contest.

WIN: No Contest

Tennessee State Light Heavyweight Championship (205): Shane Wicks (202.4) vs. Tyrone Jackson (207)

Round 1 – Huge strike by Jackson right out of the gate. Wicks comes charging back across the cage as Jackson backpedals and they work back to center. Jackson lands a big leg kick, and Wicks whigfs on a spinning head kick. Wicks shoots for a double leg and Jackson stuffs it. Both fighters standing and Jackson has Wicks hooked under the arms and takes him down on his knees. Wicks belly down on all fours and Jackson firing away with hammer fists and punches. Jackson is relentless with ground and pound and Wicks trying to weather the storm but he’s also stll defending to some extent. Now Jackson has Wicks’ back. Wicks is on all fours covered up as Jackson pounds the head and body. Wicks has the head well protected but he’s not moving or doing a lot. Jackson looking at the referee as if wondering why this hasn’t been stopped. More strikes to the head and body and this fight has been stopped.

WIN: Tyrone Jackson (2:08, R1) by TKO due to strikes

Pro Lightweight (155): Dalton Fox (154.4) vs. Dustin Walden (156.2)

Round 1 — Walden catches Fox with a head kick right out of the gate, and that looks like it rattled Fox. Fox catches a couple body kicks by Walden, and lands some punches after the second. Now Fox with a nice counter punching combo and that one puts Walden back against the fence for a second. Walden goes for some leaping kick and may have grazed Fox on a low blow. Either way we have a pause after the incidental contact. Back at it in the time it took me to type all that. Fight’s been all standing so far. Walden throwing some solid leg kicks. Now both fighters tarding punches. Walden throws a body kick and Fox goes down claiming low blow, but the referee says he didn’t see it land low. Superman punch by Walden, and a couple more leg kicks. Fox looks very tentative right now. Kick by Walden lands square, and Fox is waving him off even before he hits the deck. Fight is over.

Hold on, fight fans.

It’s being ruled that that last kick by Walden landed to Fox’s throat, and since he’d already indicated he was unable to continue, this fight is officially a NO CONTEST. Fans are not happy with this decision.

WIN: No Contest (2:09, R1)

Pro Lightweight (155): Randy Stamey (155.2) vs. Steven New (155.6)

Round 1 – New immediately shoots for the takedown. Stamey blocks it and they stand in the clinch briefly. New slams Stamey. Scramble on the mat. New landing a couple shots from the top and a big knee to the ribs. Now New landing a few elbows. Stamey on his side in a half guard, as New delivers an elbow to Stamey’s near ribcage. New lands a couple lefts to the head, New trying to posture up, still landing shots. New continues with the ground and pound but Stamey defending from the bottom. New has been in total control on the ground so far. Now New has mount and firing away with punches, Stamey gives up his back. New with some more ground and pound, Stamey rolls, New with the RNC but no tap. Stamey gives up his back again. New pounding the body and now the head as Stamey tries to stand with New still draped across his back. New trying to hook an arm. Stamey pops his head free and is behind New, but New trying for the armbar, now a triangle, now hooks an armbar from the triangle and Stamey quickly taps. Dominant performance by New.

WIN: Steven New by submission (4:45, R1) via armbar

Pro Middleweight (185): Steve Bell (180) vs. Stoney Hale (185.4)

Round 1 – Bell evades the first attack by Hale, then lands a body kick. Hale shoots in and scores the double leg takedown but Bell hooks his head on the way down. Hale landing a few punches to the body, and Bell is trying for an early guillotine. He gets his head free, though. Now Hale has Bell’s head hooked from the top. He postures up and quickly explodes with an elbow to the head. Bell gives up his back and Hale delivers a few shots of ground and pound, and now hooks the RNC. Bell taps. A victorious return to action for Hale.

WIN: Stoney Hale by submission (1:55, R1) via RNC

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