My name is Tony G. I have been blogging about local Mixed Martial Arts for over three years now. I don't like to judge, but the truth is that sometimes my opinions come out. Here's my disclaimer. "Fighters you know how you fought. Matchmakers you know what you put together. To my fellow fans, I just call it the way I see it."
On March 9th the XFC will be coming to the Chicagoland area to hold open tryouts for a contract with their show. What does that mean for amateur and pro fighters here in Chicago? For some that means a chance to do what they have been training for. It means an opportunity to start a career as a fighter.
XFC has the invited men and women fighters in all divisions to show what they are made of. This will definitely not be a tough man contest and prospects should be prepared to put their ego and records aside. I had a Facebook conversation with Bob Stewart (Full Mount MMA) who recently had his fighter Danny Vizcaya win a contract at an XFC tryouts in Springfield MA. With so many fighters here in Chicago that would want to throw their gloves in the ring, I needed to ask what his best advice would be for entering this contest. Stewart said “John Prisco is looking for well rounded and exciting fighters to put on live TV. You have months to get ready for this thing, so if you aren't well rounded yet, GET THERE.” For many fighters that might mean adding different classes to an already tight practice schedule. The tryouts will have you work through intense cardio, followed by muay thai, wrestling, take-downs, boxing/striking and more. The end of the evening will feature the top prospects in a sparring session. Stewart mentioned that this opportunity turns out to be a long day, so you have to be mentally prepared as well. “I saw guys breaking down mentally when they didn't do well at something, and it showed on the next phase that they were still bothered by the last phase. It could have cost them a TV contract because they weren't mentally tough.”
XFC will be awarding one fighter a 5 fight television contract with the XFC and gain American Knockout Wear as their clothing sponsor! Other select fighters could earn 1 fight contracts to fight on an XFC event. So what does that really mean? We caught up with Gabe Salinas-Jones, a Strikeforce veteran and someone who has recently fought on the XFC 18: Music City Mayhem card. I asked Gabe about what he felt about the XFC as a promotion and this is what he had to say. “They are awesome. The production value is nice, it is on TV and Schiavello is a play by play animal. From the standpoint of an up and coming fighter, I think it is a great organization. I really do.” In regards to the tryouts, he also had some advice. Gabe says, “On the flip side, and even John Prisco and I had this conversation, DON"T be a moron. If you get a contract, you have not made it. Not even close. Don't quit your job, don't become homeless, don't 'sacrifice everything', etc. A contract means you have an opportunity to take a step in the right direction. It does not mean in two fights you'll make "Anderson Silva money".” That is some sound advice from someone is still working his way through the pro ranks while still managing his own business (OA Athletics). Gabe is recovering from a broken shin and expects to be healthy in 2013 and we look forward to his return to the cage.
If you haven’t put it all together yet, now is the time to make those real decisions. How bad do you really want this? What is it going to take for me to make it to the next level? With four amateur MMA events last week alone, there were more fighters performing this week than showed up at the tryouts event in MA. So how can you set yourself apart if they all show up on March 9th?
For full details and registration click here->XFC TRYOUTS 2013
How does one describe a night with six amateur title fights and twenty three undercards featured fights. You can imagine that for an ammy event there was going to be a ton of mismatches and a fair amount of long and unexciting matches. There were a couple, but for the most part the team at APFC kept up the hype of their event. I was equally impressed with how they were able to start on time, keep the fights moving along and took care of their fighters and the media and guests.
I am going to shoot out our views on the fights and I am going to apologize in advance that I will not have all of the fights covered here. However, you can view our play by plays here and if you care to see some photos of the event click here.
The main event was Oliver Vazquez defending his belt against Kevin Thomas. I was looking for a drag out fight as Vazquez is normally a machine going to work on his opponents. For this fight Thomas was able to use some very tight Jiu Jitsu to slow the pace of Vazquez and not allow for striking room. It was obvious that during the brief exchanges that Vazquez had to make contact, his connections were solid and he looked great there. Thomas did a nice job of not putting himself in too much danger. He just didn’t really have an offense that Vazquez needed to worry about. Oliver Vazquez was able to retain his belt after three rounds with the judges scoring it.
The co-main event was Shawn Gee defending his belt against Jose Torres for the 135lb Title. I am not gonna lie. This is the fight I wanted to see on the main card. I was curious to see what Torres was going to be able to do against Gee. Gee is a true juggernaut who uses his power and strength to win fights. For me Torres a well rounded MMA fighter who uses his wrestling background to his advantage. Both of these fighters did exactly how I saw this play out. Gee came forward using power punches and kick and using great takedown defense to keep Torres at bay. That didn’t last long as Torres who looked like he was a weight class smaller than Gee was able to score a takedown late in the first. Over three rounds of back and forth action where Gee had some incredible strikes and at least one solid takedown. It just wan’t going to be enough tonight as Jose “Shorty” Torres was able to win the judges favor and take the Championship from Shawn “The Beast of War” Gee.
Stephan Von Aulock and Egidijus Lialko fought for the Welterweight title. This event turned into a stand-up challenge the battle between Karate and Muay Thai. Von Aulock was using side kicks and spinning back kicks and made some contact, but it seemed like he was just out of range the entire fight. His contact was there, just not enough power to stop Lialko. Lialko on the other hand was doing marching forward on Von Aulock and trying to cut off the cage. Lialko used solid leg kicks and a lead left hook to score on Von Aulock. At the end of round two a left hook had Von Aulock in trouble briefly and Lialko followed him down to the canvas, but Von Aulock was able to recover. After, three rounds the judges scored the fight in favor of Egidijus Lialko over Stephan Von Aulock to become the new APFC Welterweight Champion.
The APFC Light Heavyweight title was vacant and Pat O’Connor and Jason Belyew both wanted their shot at it. In the first round we saw Belyews improved striking again. You can see him thinking on his feet and making decision, like not looking for a trip when he caught a kick for O’Connor. O’Connor midway through the first started to look more than comfortable as he took a couple of Belyews strikes and just smiles and comes forward. Towards the end of the round during a clinch, it looked like Belyew was having a hard time with his mouth piece as he kept it out and in the corner of his mouth, maybe making space to breathe. O’Connor found his opportunity to take the fight to the ground and seconds before the bell, Belyew almost scores an armbar. In round two, O’Connor looked like he knew his game plan. He literally walked in and forced the clinch, used his height to find the standing guillotine. Belyew started to push his head up and out of danger, but O’Connor re-adjusted and cranked on Belyew until he was forced to tap. Pat O’Connor wins the 205lb title over Jason Belyew.
The vacant APFC Featherweight title fight was between Chad Mashinter and Emilius Jaskevicius. As I had predicted in this fight, Mashinter would have been content on taking this fight to the ground and looking for a finish. There is clearly something to be said about the grappling of Mashinter. His escapes and counters were on point. At one point in the second round, Jaskevicius had a deep standing guillotine and not only did Mashinter find space he jumped into a better position to break the hold. Jaskevicius on the other hand had some serious takedown defense and scored often with dirty boxing and knees from inside the clinch. At the end of three rounds the judges scored this fight in favor of Emilius Jaskevicius over Chad Mashinter.
The first championship fight presented to us that night was for the APFC Middleweight Championship featuring Luis Arriaga and John James. Arriaga came out with some strong defense as James through a kick and set up a takedown. Arriaga was able to stuff and take the back of James, but James was able to reverse the position leaving Arriaga in his guard. As James worked high guard he found the opportunity to perform the Gogoplata, where he turns his leg around the shoulder of Arriaga and places his shin under the chin. Here he was able to pull Arriaga’s head down and choke him with his shin. I high level Jiu Jitsu move that won him the championship belt. As John “Roadhouse” James wins at :57 seconds of the first round to tapout.
And that’s just six fights. There were so many great fights on this card. I would be a fool not to mention some of my highlights. These are ammy fights and there were too many great up and coming fighters on this card. So in no real order and just how I can remember them.
Let’s start with the Giants. Daniel James put on a show with Enviar Momadine. This man is a giant that has good hands and good foot movement. He defeated Momadine at 1:35 of the first round tap out due to strikes. Also fighting on the card is one of my favorite Superheavies and that is Angel Cabral who took on Dakota Stanton. Once again, Cabral used his solid wrestling (moves like a much lighter fighter) he also made quick work of his opponent, but his win came by rear naked choke. I feel a Super Heavyweight Title fight coming!
What about fight of the night winners Rob Mesce and Anthony Gasso. I just got tired thinking about this fight. Gasso is clearly the pace setter. Most of his fights are rapid fire from start to finish and on this night he ran into Mesce who was going to run with that pace. Both of these fighters were extremely good at what they do and I have been a fan of both. Mesce is just an all around great fighter and has a good top game as well as a solid ground game. Gasso sets the pace and has great wrestling and solid striking. In this fight Gasso was just so fast with his hands and his power had Mesce in trouble a couple times. Mesce settled for taking the fight to the ground when he was in trouble and in round 1 took mount and had Gasso in trouble. Gasso did enough to keep the ref away as he blocked the strikes of Mesce as the round came to an end. In round 2 Gasso again making the stand-up game work for him and Mesce felt it. Mesce went in for a clinch and Gasso found an arm for an armbar. Mesce steps over and as Gasso turns to get a different position Mesce finds his back and sinks in a rear naked choke at 1:46 of round 2. This was a great example of mixed martial arts and I would definitely watch this one again.
I am not sure if it was just my side and all the crazy fans, but when Cimmurasti walked out for his debut fight at APFC I couldn’t here anything but cheers. He took on Giovanni Tarrago and he stayed in control from the moment the bell ran to when the ref had to push him off Tarrago. Tarrago was tagged in the first few seconds and really had a hard time recovering as Cimmurasti mounted and went back and forth from trying submissions to striking. Ultimately a big right hand from mount helped Cimmurasti win this debut fight in 1:39 seconds of round 1.
I don’t want to call this next fight a changing of the guard, but it is certainly a fight that I need to recognize. Johnny Marino vs Otis Brumfield was in (in my opinion) one of the most interesting match-ups. Brumfield has been around for a long time and has fought a ton of amateur fighters. Marino has had a few great matches, this would be his biggest test so far. As the fight started it was clearly going to be striker vs wrestler and Brumfield was never really in any position to give Marino some solid strikes. Normally, Brumfield has been able to reverse and get back to his feet and in some fights give back enough wrestling to take advantage of his opponents. Marino was just too good with his wrestling and he overwhelmed Brumfield with better positioning and strikes from the top. Marino ends up winning the unanimous decision. I wouldn’t say that Brumfield took Marino into deep water for this fight. I will say that Marino is on the cusp of making some big moves if he continues with his MMA training.
Donnie Simpson may not have had a long fight against Justin Gary. I don’t know what sticks with me more. The fact that Simpson looked around all WWE style before he slammed Gary on his head (while he was holding Simpson’s arm for an armbar) or Gary doing pushes after being KO’d from the slam and then trying to walk and almost KO’ing himself on the cage as he stumbled still dizzy. Either way. Nice fight for Simpson who won in 1:05 of round 1.
This was just such a great night with a ton of great fights. There are guys that had fights that where just too short to really talk about, but guys like Jose Mariscal, Tim Phinny, Danny Ortiz (nice to see you back), Nick Boulhanis (30 seconds, really. I couldn’t even type you came across the ring in play by plays), Al Corona, Jonathan King, Liz Roig (how bout more than a fight every other year).
We want to thank American Predator Fighting Championship for having us out and putting on another great show. We also need to thank the most important people and that’s the fighters that came out and clearly had put the time into training and put forth the best performance you could Saturday.
Constantine Denev over Ralph Howard unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27, 29-28
Kyle Starks over Justin Moore by Rear Naked Choke 2:05 of round 1
Chris Conway over Fernando Fuentes unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Nick Cimmurasti over Giovanny Tarrago by TKO 1:39 of round 1
Tim Phinny over Mike Krause by TKO :42 of round 1
Danny Ortiz over Jake Strazzanti by guillotine 1:26 of round 1
Dalton Box over Steven Smith by Rear Naked Choke 2:38 of round 1
Dan Almario over Rick Gonzalas by TKO 2:08 of round 1
Al Corona over Jerry Freeman by Von Flue Choke 2:24 of round 1
Manny Vazquez over Andrew Gates by Armbar 1:25 of round 3
Khuseyn Kurbanov over Nate Walker unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
Donnie Simpson over Justin Gray by KO 1:05 of round 1
Jonathan King over Gerard Mills by Tapout to Strikes 0:43 of round 1
Karomatov Azaz and Dinisio Gilbert Draw 28-28
Liz Roig over Rachelle Bacon by TKO at 1:32 of round 1
Rob Mesce over Anthony Gasso by Rear Naked Choke 1:46 of round 2
Angel Cabral over Dakota Stanton by Rear Naked Choke at 0:55 of round 1
Dustin Stusse over Kevin Tadder by TKO 2:00 of round 2
John Marino over Otis Brumfield unanimous decision 29-28 all three judges
Daniel James over Envia Momadine by TKO (taps due to strikes) 1:35 of round 1
Jose Mariscal over Jermy Rone by Armbar 1:51 of round 1
Nick Boulahanis over John Massy by TKO at 0:30 of round 1
Jimmy Moreno over Mike O’Connor by unanimous decision 30-27 all three judges
John James over Luis Arriaga by Gogoplata at 1:34 of round 1 **Middleweight Title**
Emilis Jaskevicius over Chad Mashinter by unanimous decision 30-27, 29-28, 30-27 **Featherweight Title**
Pat O’Connor defeated Jason Belyew by standing guillotine at of round two **Light Heavyweight Title**
Egidijus Lialko defeated Stephan Von Aulock by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 **Welterweight Title**
Jose Torres defeated Shawn Gee by unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-29 **Bantamweight Title**
Oliver Vazquez defeated Kevin Thomas by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27**Lightweight Title**
Once again Joe Goytia and the Total Fight Challenge provided the crowds with some exciting fights and some great match-ups, upsets and even an engagement (Sorry Joe, I can't really give you credit for that). It should be noted that there was some serious talent out last night and I can see some amateur stars about ready to break out.
Let's start away from the championship fights. Fight number four was Omar Jasso and Jean Pierre Rodriguez. They put on a great show last night. Normally, a three round fight from relative newcomers doesn't really mean you're about to see a great deal of technique. These two guys really did a nice job, and showed us how hard they trained for this fight. Thank you both for a very nice match.
By the way, you know that I am a striking fan and I have to give recognition to Isaac Lenero for his Muay Thai game last night. His leg kicks were really adding up last night. I am not sure why he abandoned the attack on Truhlar's leg in round 3. We got to see a brief amount of his ground game and if he continues to work on both we will be looking to see this guy as a future champion in mma. I think I'd like to see him come down to 135 though.
Jorge Ignacio is going to be the new Iron Man. I am going to apologize in advance, because I can only tell you what I see. Either Michael Hammel needs to just stay in grappling matches or Ignacio is swing concrete in his MMA gloves. Two right hands and both moved Hammel across the cage floor like he was hit by a linebacker. I am looking forward to your next fight Ignacio, please make sure we know about it.
Last night featured a ladies kickboxing match and it was absolutely not a girl fight. Jessica Heuer was a shark looking to take a bite out of Nichole Glazick. Glazick on the other hand was composed and used counters and technique. I would absolutely say that this was one of the split decisions that could have gone either way. I believe it was Heuers aggressive style that won her this match. Great fight ladies.
Nick Spataro! That is all. Crowd loves him and as he proved last night, you are never truly ready to take on the terror that is Spataro.
Fitzgerald vs Weinert was a spectacle. What most people wouldn't know is how technical of a grappler Weinert really is. The first round Weinert really did work his ground game well. I don't know if he was over confident coming in the second round that got him caught by a powerful right hand, but he definitely got caught. Fitzgerald had one of the most spectacular jump to positions I have seen ... and I am hesitating....but probably ever in an amateur match. It was unexpected and certainly effective. Looking forward to a re-match for this fight.
Chicago Fight Team had a full squad out last night and their new 155lb Champ really was on fire last night. Looking like a 170lber, Miguel Luis went after Trevor Adzeko right from the opening bell. An early takedown and a right hand from the top had Adzeko looking to get back to is feet, but Luis grabbed an arm and secured an armbar while stepping over the back of Adzeko. It was a quick fight and I would like to see more from the champ soon.
In the Main event, we saw Martyn Jimenez against Rob Caufield and before the event there was mixed reviews and it seemed that Caufield was the odds on favorite. Jimenez had a different plan. He showed us why hew wasn't just the 155lb Champion, but a deserving 170lb champ as well. Within :41 of round 1, he was able to stuff a takedown, take Caufield's back, and then secure an armbar.
Caufield may have lost the main event, but immediately following he asked his girlfriend to come to the cage. He asked his girlfriend to be his wife and he won the engagement. Congrats to the soon to be Caufield's.
Once again, a great night of fights. Below you will see the play by play for all of the fights last night. Enjoy and until next time, we will see you at the fights!
Mike Killeen (Southside Knockout) vs Ricky Alanis (Team Mota) 135lbs
Killeen first to make contact and scores a trip takedown. He begins to score from the top position and now stands up. After he comes back after Alanis and he sticks his head in to a guillotine right off the cage and that's the end as Killeen taps at :46 of round 1 due to guillotine.
Ricky Alanis defeats Mike Killeen by Guillotine at :46 of round 1
Horacio Gutierrez (Chicago Fight Team) vs Stonewall McCuiston (Team Genisis)145lbs
First out and barely a touch gloves as Stonewall tries a takedown and Gutierrez immediately makes him think twice. Gutierrez showing some real composure in his grappling game and immediately takes his back. Now working hard to get the rear naked choke and Stonewall's eye is swollen from a strike somewhere and as Gutierrez hits the body triangle he scores the rear naked choke.
At 1:13 of the first round Haracio Gutierrez defeats Stonewall McCuiston
Ike Miner(BMA) vs Donald Johnson (Fearless Fighters)135lbs
Touch gloves and Johnson is a huge 135er and he is coming forward with lots of power strikes and he is overwhelming Miner and finally the blood is starting to flow just as Miner is coming back with kicks. The ref is now stopping the fight.
At :50 of round 1 Donald Johnson wins by ref Stoppage due to strikes over Ike Miner
Omar Jasso (Dau MMA) vs Jean Pierre Rodriguez () 145
Jasso first to strike and Rodriguez has some good movement. Both fighters working the strike game and now Rodriguez locks up and scores a takedown. Jasso controlling the posture. Rodriguez not really working form the top. Now after a bit of time Rodriguez is starting some strikes, but no one is advancing. No real advancement and thats the end of the round.
Rodriguez takes center and Jasso is on the receiving end of the strikes and Rodriguez scores a double and ends up in Jasso's guard. Jasso looking for a triangle and Rodriguez escapes and now Jasso striking form the top and he motions to take it back to their feet. Rodriguez back on the prowl from the center of the ring and now a big takedown from Jasso and as Rodriguez tries an armbar Jasso lifts him in the air for a big slam to the canvas. Jasso continues to work from the top and Rodriguez controls his posture.
No one wants center ring now. Jasso works his way in the space as they both strike Rodriguez looks for a takedown and Jasso defends. Now Jasso with a takedown and Rodrigez in a position for a triangle. once again a slam and Jasso puts himself in tighter. Rodriguez turns it over and somehow Rodriguez comes loose. Now its Jasso in full mount. and he is striking from the top not powerful enough to stop this fight, but he is trying to put it to Rodriguez out. Rodriguez is in a bad spot with only ten seconds left and we go to the score cards. Nice fight.
After three rounds the judges score the fight in favor of Omar Jasso over Jean Pierre Rodriguez
Jeremiah Truhlar () vs Issac Lenero (Suda) 145lbs
Touch gloves and nice kicks from Lenero. He is looking to take the legs of Truhlar. Looking for another from Truhlar and giving him leg kick after leg kick. Marching him down and then a high kick to the face with the foot and he slaps the face of Truhlar. Now a left misses and Truhlar takes advantage and takes his back immediately and he is working the neck of Lenero. Lenero working the arm and now he turns Truhlar to the cage and he starts kneeing the thighs and starts to punch the body. Truhlar pushes him away and Lenero back on the prowl.
Lenero looks for a high kick right away and Truhlar is coming forward and he gets caught with a spinning back fist. Truhlar is turning it into a brawl and has Lenero up on the cage now. Now Truhlar is coming back with his own kicks. Lenero going back with leg kicks and stalking and maybe a finger in the eye as Truhlar comes forward. Truhlar is just allowing himself to get kicked and now Truhlar comes back with a counter punch and Lenero stunned briefly. Truhlar looks like the fresher fighter, but he just has no answer for the leg kicks.
Touch gloves and Truhlar forces the clinch and now looks for a takedown and Lenero strikes from the top and rips Truhlar off of him. Knee strikes from Lenero as Truhlar comes in and Truhlar is waiting for strikes. Now Truhlar catches and arm and now looks again for the takedown and Truhlar almost gets his takedown. Now Truhlar scores a takedown and it's Lenoro that starts to work from the bottom. looking for a triangle, but settles for strikes from the bottom.
After 3 rounds the judges score the bought in favor of Issac Lenero over Jeremiah Truhlar
Jorge Ignacio (Southside Knockout) vs Michael Hammel(No Fear) 185lb
Hammel comes forward and is the first to strike. Ignacio comes back and its starting to look like a slug fest and Ignacio hits Hammel with a big right that puts him across the cage. and now Ignacio catches a kick and trips Hanmel to the ground and once gain they stand up and the power of Ignacios right hand puts Hamel on the floor again. Ignacio controlling top position and unloading punches and Hammel taps to strikes as the power of Ignacio is overwhelming.
2:14 in round 1 tapout due to strikes Jorge Ignacio over Machael Hammel
Ivory Blackwell (10th Planet) vs Jim Kernats (Elite Performance) 185
Blackwell takes center of the ring and his confidence after 9 fights is showing Kernats tries to shoot a single and Blackwell stuffs and now working from the top. Blackwell trying to cut the corner and Blackwell lets him up and once again Kernats shoots and is stuffed and someone is bleeding it looks like Kernats is cut. Now a punch to the ribs of Kernats and neither fighter doing much as the round comes to an end.
Kernats starting with the jabs and Blackwell returning and Kernats fakes a shot. Blackwell hits him with a right hand and Kernats is dizzy and Blackwell follows him down and now Blackwell from the top striking at Kernats. Kernats on his knees covering up. I think he wants out the ref is calling to him and that's it.
1:30 of the second round Ivory Blackwell wins by referee stoppage due to strikes over Jim Kernats
Fight 8 (Kickboxing)
Nichole Glazik (Komel Kickboxing) vs Jessica Heuer (No Comment) 145
Heuer comes out first and leg kicks and both exchange leg kick and a solid right for Glazick. Now Heuer coming back with some strikes of her own. Now the pace slows and inside leg kick from Glazick. Glazick working the jab and as Heuer comes forward Glazick defends now a clinch from Glazick and both ladies working knees at the break its Glazick that got the best of break with a right hand.
Heuer comes out first and Glazick defending and now straight punches from Glazick are scoring. Heuer is definitely looking to finish as she comes forward. Heuer is listening to Glazicks corner and starts with a jab leg kick. Glazick forces a clinch and the Heuer comes back with a right hand.
An inside leg kick from Glazick and Heuer is not going away. Heuer with a big leg kick and Glazick looking to counter and an inside from Heuer made Glazick wobbily and now a jab form Galzick. Both fighters throwing and Glazick again forces a clinch but its Heuer that comes back lots of activity from both fighters now. Glazick almost catches a leg and Heuer is coming at her non stop now. We are going to the judges.
After three rounds the judges score the fight in favor for Jessica Heuer over Nichole Glazick by split decision
Fight 9 (Kickboxing)
Adam Czachor ()vs Jason Fehil (fear none)
Touch gloves and Czachor comes in low with a body shot and now he is coming after and forces Fehil to the cage and starts with body shots. Fehil working the clinch and knees off the cage. Czachor keeping the clinch and striking with body shots as Fehil returns with knees. both scoring points but no one really making headway yet. Now Czachor with a knee and Fehil breaks off the cage and that's round 1
Fehil takes center ring. A big kick and a miss. Now a leg kick form Fehil and some nice footwork as Czachor comes forward and we are back on the cage again and Czachor is pressing him to the cage. The ref breaks that up. Now Fehil coming forward with inside leg kicks and Czachor comes back with hands. more inside leg kicks from Fehil and he is stalking now. Czachor forcing the clinch to the cage again at the end of the round. we are going to 3
More pressure immediately from Czachor and the ref is not letting him press up against the cage. Fehil trying hard to keep this in the middles but once again Czachor pushes him to the cage. good head movement from Fehil and a big right hand puts Czachor on the canvas and we have our first knockout of the night.
Jason Fehil KO's Adam Czachor at 1:27 of round 3
Donny Lee Lewis vs Nick Spataro (Elite Performance) 125lbs
Touch gloves. and Spataro looking to close the distance and then a double from no where and he is pounding at Lewis and Lewis survives a barrage of strikes and tries to recompose and then Spataro back at rapid strikes from the top and that is it. The ref has seen enough and Lewis is dizzy getting up.
Nick Spataro defeats Donny Lee Lewis early in the first round by ref stoppage due to strikes
Nicasio Sanchez (Chicago Fight Team) vs Brendon Toler (Team Genisis) 185lbs
Both collide center of the ring and as Toler tries a takedown Sanchez takes his back . Toler turns and Sanchez tries to lock up a triangle and now Toler tries to slam and Sanchez not affected and both fighters working hard at the ground game and Toler lifts and pumps Sanchez to the ground three times as he tries to lock an arm and now Toler ends up in the guard of Sanchez. Another arm attempt and as Sanchez gets up Toler kicks him in the face. The ref stops as he sees that it might have been a downed opponent. a point taken away is all. back to the action. Sanchez comes back going forward and Toler looks for a takedown. Toler now locks in an arm in guillotine and as the round comes to an end Sanchez pops his head out and mounts.
Now Sanchez forces the action and Toler gets the guillotine and that's it. Sanchez has to tap.
Brendon Toler defeats Nicasio Sanchez at :24 of the second round
Josh Maestro(Chicago Fight Team) vs Dave Cowell (Suda) 125
Touch gloves and both clinch. Its Cowell that presses the action and shoves Maestro to the cage. Some knees from Cowell and Maestro now turns Cowell to the cage and Cowell tries to jump guard. Cowell looks to sink a guillotine now and Maestro holds a single and now Maesto draws his head out and is working from the guard of Cowell. and no activity has them stand up by the ref that ends the round,
A solid right from Maestro, but no affect on Cowell and now Cowell clinches and forces Maestro to the cage. Maestro turns him and now he looks for the takedown. Cowell now stands tall and pulls a gullotine on Maestro and Maestro tries to fight it, but is forced to tap and slumps to the floor.
Dave Cowell defeats Josh Maestro at 1:11 of round 2 by Guillotine choke.
Kameron Fitzgareld (ATT Warhawks) vs John Weinert (EPT)
No touch gloves for Fitzgerald and lots of movement and a body kick missed by Fitzgerald and Weinert gets a takedown and then stands. Now tries to strike and then comes back down and Fitzgerald holds his position and then Weinert is back up and Weinert immediately comes around to side mount from a standing position. Weinert tries to mount and Fitz controls the position. Weinert tries to jump an kick his way in and then tries to spin and punch in and he ends up in top position and Fitzgerald wrestles his way out berching his way in. this is a tough grappling match and Weinert has an arm and starts to punch his way in from mount and that ends the round.
Weinert takes center and begins to play a little and Fitzgerald clips him and jumps in to guard from front and then takes his back while Weinert is standing. an amazing move. And that is it! Weinert taps.
Kameron Fitzgerald wins at :38 of the second round by rear naked choke and becomes the new Bantamweight Champ
Miguel Luis(Chicago Fight Team) vs Trevor Bop Adzeko (Team Top Notch)
Touch gloves and an inside leg kick from Luis and a takedown after Luis forces the clinch. Adzeko re-composes and Luis postures up and lands a right hand. Luis crawls over the top of Adzeko as he turns his back and looks to grab his arm. Luis steps over and secures an arm upside down and Adzeko taps and thats it
In round 1 at :51 tapout due to armbar and Miguel Luis wins over Trevor Adzeko to become the new 155lb Champion.
Martyn Jimenez (Hammond Indiana) vs Rob Caufield (Gilbert Grappling)
No touch gloves for Caufield and Jimenez is forcing the action right away Caufield looking for a takedown. Jimenez looking and does take his back and Jimenez immediately looks for an arm and he scores it and that is it. Wow.
At :41 of the first round Martyn Jimenez becomes the new TFC ammy Welterweight Champion
Here are the results from last nights Brawl @Bourbon street. Bravo vs Hughes pics up the Chi-town fight of the night as Hughes was giving Bravo the business up until Bravo delivered a kicked that started a barrage of ground and pound strikes late in the first. Recognition also goes out to Matt Brown who's striking has moved to a new level and ultimately earned him the win over Miguel Garza. Also, mentioned last night that Mike Davis and Dan Lardy will be creating a co-op event pitting some of their favorite fighters from their respective events. Date and name of the event to follow soon!
(Thanks to More Mma for the assist). Pictures will be up soon!
Brian Peters def Jason Crose via strikes in 0:54 of Round 1
Mike Kosur def Lawrence Sieber vis Americana in 0:45 of Round 1
Bob Gacki def Chris Lozano via Rear Naked Choke in 2:18 of Round 3
Tavares Green def Brendon Ferguson via Unanimous Decision