Last night in Joliet some of the hottest new talent came out to put their mma gloves in the cage at Supreme Promotions “Brawl @ The Hall 3”. Plenty of tough gyms came out and put their reputations on the line and that was followed up with two title bouts.
As I sat cage side, I watched the place fill up. Supreme Promotions puts on a great show, but sometimes you can’t help what happens in the cage. With eleven fights the night seemed to just fly by. I always appreciate when a promotion doesn’t take to many intermissions. I was very happy with what I was seeing tonight and so was the crowd. There were so many good fights, but I am going to give you some of our stand outs.
First up was Moses Dixon (Rebels of Destruction) vs. Alex Henry (PacMMA) both fighters had the honor to be the first fight. Both of these guys were determined to put on a show and put on an excellent performance to start it off right. There was plenty of back and forth striking and both fighters took turns controlling top position. At the end of three rounds the judges score the fight a unanimous decision for Alex Henry.
Another fight that was interesting to me was at the 155lb weight class where two fighters were making their debut. Brian Ohara (Midwest Judo) vs. Justin Vazquez (Lecuyer Martial Arts). The fight didn’t last very long so to be honest I am going off the two minutes that I had. Vazquez probably had some of the best ground control and transitions that I had seen for a new comer to the cage. Vazquez swarmed Ohara from the first seconds of the round and I could hardly keep up with the transitions during my play by plays. At 2:05 of the first round Vazquez sinks in a rear naked choke. If this was his first you can expect great things from this guy in the ammy’s.
Keith McNeely (Impact MMA) and Mike Hilbert (PAC MMA) was a very exciting match-up. These two guys did a fantastic job of putting the pressure on each other. Either on their feet or on the ground both fighters continued to work and neither wanted to give. McNeely’s striking had Hilbert looking for counters throughout the fight and Hilbert’s takedowns were crisp. At the end of three rounds Mike Hilbert came away with the decision and I would have to say that it was Hilbert’s takedowns that were the deciding factor.
Fight of the night for me Dennis Fisher (Boneyard MMA) and Johnny Torres (PAC MMA). This was a back and forth fight. Both fighters were explosive strikers that could have ended the fight early if the other wasn’t an equally good striker. The first round was fairly equal as we had gone into the second Torres began to win the rounds with a takedown and some very effective leg kicks. As the third round opened up Fisher came up the middle landing strikes that put Torres on the canvas. Torres shoots up and as Fisher tries to capitalize, Torres scores another takedown. It’s here in the third round that Torres takes Fisher’s back and sinks in the choke at 1:22 and wins the fight.
Dennis Sherman (Independent) took on Camryn Bilyard (Nuthouse MMA) for the 155lb title fight. Bilyard put on a great show tonight and won the belt. He showed great composure through a very tight guillotine within the first seconds of the round. He also showed great ring control by lifting Sherman from the canvas and taking him to his corner for instructions. He finishes the fight via TKO by ground and pound from the guard of Sherman. Let me also note that Sherman took the fight on two days notice. I have been watching this guy fight for a long time and if I said that I have a fight in my basement at two this afternoon, he would be there and wouldn’t even ask who he is fighting. Good show for both guys and I am looking forward to more fights from both fighters.
At 185lbs Bill Ward (Nuthouse MMA)7-0 vs. Matt Paul (Dau MMA)11-0 was probably the most anticipated fight for me. I was very excited to see Bill Ward who has been tearing up the competition at 185 being put to the test by Matt Paul who has been equally dominant. Tonight these two guys put on a show where someone’s “O” must go. Ward looked like the larger of the two. It didn’t take long for the two to engage. Paul didn’t waste time in throwing a few strikes and leg kicks and Ward countered with his hands. A clinch from Paul put Ward on the cage and the two came with dirty boxing and small strikes from the clinch. Ward turns Paul to the cage, but is unable to hold him there. As the two come across the cage Paul is able to push Ward to the cage and as Ward comes forward Paul gets a bear hug takedown right into mount. A scramble from Ward and Paul immediately puts his hooks in and takes his back. Paul works the guillotine, but takes his time and as Ward tries to re-adjust the choke sinks. At 2:55 of the first round Matt Paul defeats Bill Ward. There are a ton of great 185lb fighters out there, but I need to ask the question. Who is going to be able to defeat “The Monster” Matt Paul.
Overall, it was a great night of fights and my compliments go out to Michael Aguirre the match maker for Supreme Promotions. These were some very well thought out fights and I can appreciate growing new talent.
We will see you at the fights,
Alex Henry wins over Moses Dixon - unanimous decision
Bobby Kpa wins over Ron Prindle - unanimous decision
Justin Vazquez wins over Brian Ohara - rear naked choke 1st round
Mike Hilbert wins over Kieth McNeely - unanimous decision
Ramsey Beard wins over Grundy Polk - rear naked choke 1st round
Brandon Grach wins over Mike Busby - rear naked choke/strikes 2nd round
Johnny Torres wins over Dennis Fisher - rear naked choke 3rd round
Pierre Williams wins over Josh Streaker - unanimous decision
155lb Title - Camryn Bilyard wins over Dennis Sherman -1st round TKO
185lb Title - Matt Paul wins over Bill Ward - rear nake choke 1st round