Newark, Delaware – Ed Hsu’s Combat in the Cage returned to the Boys & Girls Club in Newark, Delaware with a 13-bout amateur card on Saturday night.
While attendance figures are not available, the show was packed and the boisterous crowd was enthusiastic for all the fights. In attendance were several pro fighters including Eddie Alvarez, James “Binky” Jones, Aaron Miesner, and BodogFIGHT women’s champion Tara LaRosa.
This had to have been the best amateur fight card I’ve seen with a lot of good matches. Most of the fights were standup encounters that featured several momentum changes and early finishes.
The show also provided a few unusual moments that you don’t see everyday at an MMA show.
In a moment that is begging for the YouTube Hall of Fame, referee Stephen Haigh, of Fight Factory fame, found himself in a position where he was on the receiving end of an extended assault from a fighter.
While we’ve seen flash knockouts before where the knocked out combatant comes to and attacks the first thing near him (usually the ref) this incident was so strange because the fighter appeared to be almost fully conscious and the attack lasted so long. The actual fight lasted 14 seconds but the post-fight altercation between Haigh and Brian Hartkoph seemingly lasted twice as long.