Coming to you tonight from Chi-town! Yeah baby we are at the Congress Theater and the venue feels so "hard" to me. I don't know if it's the cement floor from the removed stadium seats. The damp real feel of the theater with its High dome with art work from centuries gone by. I almost feel like the opening scene in Rocky where he is fighting in a church against Spider Rico.
I can't be more amped for fights tonight. Hoping you can come back and look at the play by plays. Fights start at 8:00 pm (ish).
Darrel Edmonson (Team No Comment) vs Chris Bergeron (Emerald Smoke)
Edmondson comes out right away and takes center of the ring. He is the first to throw a big right hand and Bergeron goes down. He is not down long and comes back to the center of the ring. Now Bergeron takes center and Edmondson taking his aim now and now Bergeron on the attack and then a big right hand again from Edmondson sends Bergeron to the canvas again. Edmondson now striking from the top and Bergeron desperately trying get up. Bergeron does and bangs his chest and wants more. Bergeron throws a kick and gets caught again and Edmondson is on the attack. Now Bergeron from the bottom and Edmondson working from inside the guard of Bergeron just throwing strikes and the bloodies Bergeron and at the ten second mark Bergeron Attempts an armbar.
Center of the ring and Bergeron attempts a takedown from a distance and almost scores. Edmendson back on his feet and now Bergeron scores a right hand and then another. This has turned into a standup brawl and both fighters throwing single right hands. Another right hand lands for Edmendson and Bergeron continues to press forward now pawing jabs. a kick lands for Bergeron. and Edmonedson lands antoher Right. Both fighters tired now. Beferon throws another right leg kick and Edmonson continues to respond by catching the leg and throwing the right.
A one and two from Edmondson. Bergeron tagged again and he keeps coming. Tagged again with a one two and now Bergeron shoots in and scores a takedonw. Now working from the guard of Edmondson. Edmonson trying to get head or wrist control, but the blood from ?Bergeron is all over his glove. now a wrestlers sweep attempt by Bergeron and Edmendson Defends. Edmendson wall walks the cage and now he is on top of Bergeron. Now a sweep from bErgeron and he is stuck in half guard.
We are going to the score cards.
After three rounds of one of the best first fights I have seen in a while Darrell Edmonson wins over Chris Bergeron by unanimous decision.
Andrew Potapenko (Counterstrike) vs Bobby Kpa
Touch gloves and Potapenko takes center of the ring. He is ther first to get off and Kpa wants to go to ther ground and is stuffed. Potapenko is bacnk and cotrolling the stand-up. Kpa on the ground and Potopenko sprawls out a leg kick doesn't phase Potapenko and the crowd booing not sure what. Kpa continues to get tagged but runs away. The leg kicks from Potapenko have Kpa thinking and now Potapenko puts Kpa on the cage and Kpa grabs a guillotine and holds Potapenko. Now leg strikes from Potapenko and then the buzzer.
A huge exchange from Kpa and Pot and then Kpa backing away from the strikes an Potopenko coming forward. A clinch by both fightersends on the cage. Kpa with a headkick blocked with a right hand. some one two s from Kpa and then a spoing backkick. Potpenko just picking his shots and Now I think looking for a tooth. applause from the crowd when he finds it.
Justin Mora (Duneland Vale Tudo) vs JT Whalen (Emerald Smoke)
Whalen takes center and Mora comes in and strikes then a huge double and takedonw and now he mounts Whalend and stargs striking from the top and as Whalend comvers up he attempts to take his back. Whalen escapes and Mora again with a double and a slam. Mora putting pressure fr omteh guard and Whalen starging to work from the guard. every time he releases the head of Mora Mora answers with a strike fr omthe top. More strikes from the top and the punches may not hurt, but will they count in the judges eyes.
Mora comes after Whalen and scores a single looking for a wrestlers pass and he gets to side control. now mount and Mora again striking from the top and Whalen covering up. Mora way to high in the moutn and Whalen escapes and now Whalen coming at Mora with strikes. Blood now feomr the nose of Mora. A clinch and Whalen with a Knee to the body and now Whalen putting pressure on Mora. More strikes from Whalen. Jabs are scoring and now Mora comes back and puts Whalen on the cage. He sits back and throws a hard right and then a knee and Whalen still standing comes back in the last seconds of the round.
Mora just scores a takedown and lands a right on the way down. Now working from the guard and Whalen trying to maintain hand control. Mora continues to work and Whalen is feeling those body punches now. Mora backs Whalens head against the cage and begins to land from the guard. body Head from Mora and the ref stands them up and now antohter double from Mora and he takes Whalens back in the mean time.
After three rounds the judges score a unanimous decision for Justin Mora over TJ Whalen
Matt Giancarlo (Gilbert Grappling) vs Jason Crose (New Beginnings MMA)
Matt takes the center and Crose attempts a kick and is taken down by Giancarlo. Giancarlo working from side control and Crose holding his head tight. Giancarlo forces his head down and continues to strike fr omth e top. Giancarlo takes his back and punches from the back Crose grabs his arm and somehow throws Giancarlo off of him. Giancarlo steps right back in and grabs his neck with a modified rear naked choke from off from the side of Crose and Crose is forced to tap.
At 1:44 of the first round Matt Giancarlo defeats Jason Crose by rear naked choke.
Brea Gilbert (Gilbert Grappling) vs Michelle Profit (Independent)
Breaa comes out with a kick and profit start with some punches and Breaa with a big right hand. some one twos from Breaa and now Brea pushes Proit to the cage. Breaa keeping teh pressure and Profig shovers her off. Gilbert stalking profit and leaving her no where to go. Profit starting to run as she eats a right hand. Gilbert gets a taked down and Profit holds tight. Now Gilbert in the mount and the referee stop the for a back of the head call. Profit wants out and the ref calls the fight.
Breea Gilbert wins by verbal tapout at 2:19 of the first round over Michelle Profit
Zach Sesko (MMA Underground) vs Aaron Brooks (Carlson Gracie)
Nice takedonw from Sesko and now his is scrabling on top. Brooks working from the bottom and tring to work a armbar and Sexko lifts and drops him. Sesko doesnlt let go of the arm and tries again. Sesko is in trouble as Brooks works into side control and now his arm is free. Brooks keeping prssure on Sesko and goes to knee on belly. Now a knee from brooks and antoher. Sesko attempt to use the cage to get up but cant get through. At the end of the round Sesko comes up on top. We have got a match here folks. some great jiu jitsu shown by both fighters.
Both guys fighte stand up in the center of the ring and Brooks bringing the fight to Sesko. SEsko catches a leg and then a leg kick. Brooks clinches and then gets a double and ends up in half guard. Brooks trying hard to pass and now does gets mount. but switches to side control looking for a shoulder choke. now back to mount and Sesko holding on now and keeping head control. a very powerful sweep from Sesko and once again he ends up on top at the end of the round.
Back to the center of the ring and Brooks throwing head kicks and as he goes in for a teakedown Sesko scores a right hand. A clinch on the cage and Sesko grabs a guillotine and Brooks grabs a double and drops him to the canvas. Now a leg lock attempt from Sesko and Brooks posturing forward and punching his way into a scramble and now as Sesko sweeps Brooks puts him in an armbar and this one works out for Brooks.
At 2:51 of round 3 by tapout via armbar Aaron Brooks defeats Zach Sesko. Great fight by both young fighters...expecting more from both in the future
Patrick Murphy (Counterstrike MMA) vs Aaron Hammons
Mruphy stuffs a takedown and Hammons is in trouble as Murphy begins to take his back and just starts droppping bombs on him. Now hooks in and Murphy not giving an inch and the ref has seen enough.
Patrick Murphy wins by referee stoppage tonight 1:01 of the first round over Aaron Hammons
Audrey Pang (Team Colon/Carlson Gracie) vs Faith Profit (Indy)
Touch gloves and Profit comes out swinging . Pang looking for a takedown nd Profit stuffs twci now and now pang in side control. and on top with strike to the head. Pang working from mount. Brings her to the corne and then a barage of strikes from the top like a piston and the ref has seen enough.
Audrey Pang wins early in the first round over Faith Profit by referee stoppage due to strikes.
Bill Jessie (Team Immortal) vs Mike Zahn (Independent)
Co-Main Event #1
Bantamweight Tourney Quarterfinal 1
Sean Gee (Glen Hudson Academy) vs Jerald Williams (Team No Ego)
Williams stalking Gee and then a takedown from Williams puts Gee on the cage. Williams pressing him up on the cage and striking as Gee attempts to walk the cage. Williams keeping the pressure and Gee cant' seem to sweep. Willliams puts him n the cage head furst and then a seep fro mgee and we are on aur feet. Williams goes to teh ground and Gee now kicks fro mthe top. the ref stands him up and the left hand of Gee makes contact and as the ten second mark is announced Gee goes in for a takedown.
Gee comes out and starts taking the center of the ring. now williams wiht a takedown. Gee grabs a guillotine and the n lets it go and hits him with a left . Willimas with a guillotine as Gee rushhes froward and Gee slams him to the ground and breakds the hold. ref lets them up again. Gee stalking now. and The left hand of Gee coming close, but Williams grab for and scores a takedown. Gee holding and controlling the head and Williams pushing forward. Gee remaining composed and listening to his corner. Williams lets up for a minut and Gee shoots up and lands another left. Gee grabs for a guillotine and comes right to the end of the round.
Gee thorwing some faints and presses Williams to the fence. Knees from Gee and Williams goes down. Ref sees a low blow and gives him time.
a body shot from williams nad then a clinch and Gee scores another left hand. Williams gets a takedwon and pushes Gee to the fence and Gee starts to wall walk Williams scores another takedown. Gee still trying to climb and Williams now with another takedown. Williams continues from the top and it looked like Gee had a guillotine and someone in his corner called him (Williams) out. Gee lets the guillotine go and now we go to the score cards.
The winner by split decision and moving on in the tournament is Gerald Williams over Sean Gee.
Co-Main Event #2
Bantamweight Tourney Quarterfinal 2
Manny Camacho (Full Mount MMA) vs Anthony Guerrero (Team Tomchek)
Guerero comes out with some hed kics that miss and then some clean strikes. A clinch and Camoacho with some dirty boxing. a big right on the escape and now camacho has guerrero on the cage. Guerroe tries a takedown and Camacho sprawls. Guerrero grabbing at the shorts and now Stands up. Camacho prsses Guerrero on the cage and the nan explosive knee from Camacho. Geurrero grabs the cage and a point was taken away. We are back inth e center of tehring and Guerrereo owning the center this time and striking at Camacho. The round ends with Camacho forcing a clinch on the cage.
Guerrero comes out striking again and Camabcho comes back with a big right hadn. A nice takedwon by Camacho
and he walks his way into mount and starts to strike from the top. As Guerero gives his back, Camacho Strikes from the top and Guerrero scrambles back out and Camacho remains on top. Camacho keeps Guerrero down and some how Guerrero gets back up nad tries a switch. Camacho lands back in mount and again keeping control from the top. Again Guerroro chooses to give up his back and the ref watches closely. Camacho continues to fight from the top, but Guerroer scramble out the back door.
Guerrero circles the outside. Camacho takes center of the cage nad Guerrero start to fight for mthe outside and a right hand from Guerrero Now guerrero presses camacho to the cage. and as he tries to sink for a takedown, Camacho takes his head for a guillotine. Guerrero spins and Camacho now presses him to the cage. Camacho scores a takedown and Guerrero attempts to pull an alma plata, But Camacho pushes through or Guerrero was missing the arm. Camacho remains on top as the final seconds tikc away and this is going to be a close one.
Manny Camacho wins over Anthony Guerrero by Majority decision and moves on in the bantamweight tournament
John Reid (LA Fitness) vs Bill Jessie (LA Boxing/Team Immortal)
Jessie comes out and kicks first and fakes a right and somehow Riid walks away. A big right from Jessie stuns Reid and this fight is over as Reid wants out.
Bill Jessie wins by TKO/ref stoppage at just over :30? and defeats John Reid
Muay Thai match
Mike Reid (Carlson Gracie) vs Andrew Ballenger (Contemporary Martial Arts)
Leg kicks from Ballenger and then Reid returns. now a clinch. and a knee to the leg from Ballenger. a spinning backfist that misses from reid and now reid brings the pace. Ballenger attempts a clinch and the ref breaks them a kick from Ballenger caught by ried. Reid goes low and hen hight more spinning from reid and an adjust and now a spinning back fist lands. dirty bosing from Ballenger and Reid presses him Reids
Reid takes center of the ring. and Ballenger comes with the clinch and the knees. now Reid on the top of the clinch and the knees. a teep from Ballenger doesn't affect Reid as he comes frorwad and Reid lands a heavy leg kick as Ballenger spins. body pucnes from Reid and he has Ballenger on the cage and the knee from Reid are too much and Ballenger goes down. Now back to teh bdy anwith puches and knees and Ballenger goes down a second time. Reid again back to the body and and now up to the head and another knee and it is possible that at the end of the round the Reid has put Ballenger out.
Reid comes in and knees and then a head kcik and and Ballenger goes down.