Lemoore, Calif. – Flamboyant UFC Veteran and self-proclaimed “New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni was far from home in California’s Central Valley Saturday night taking on WEC and PRIDE veteran Olaf Alfonso in the main event of the Palace Fighting Championship’s 10th installment “Explosive.”
The fight, which had been building buzz ever since the PFC’s last event which had Baroni and Alfonso nose to crooked nose in the center of the ring locked in a five-minute stare down.
Baroni, ever the showman, did his part to keep the fans on edge for this bout by informing them he would add a broken jaw to compliment Olaf’s famously broken nose. Judging from the pre-fight hype the two combatants were creating, fight fans were not going to be in for a let down.
Or were they?
The obvious dislike between Olaf and Baroni was no secret. From the pre-fight banter up to point the fighters met in the center of the ring to receive their instructions “Touch gloves and come out fighting” Baroni dropped his gloves so hard on top of Olaf’s outstretched hands that the impact was audible causing an unison “oooh” from the crowd.
Unfortunately the pre-fight antics were more entertaining then the fight, Baroni would win unanimously after pressing the unorthodox Alfonso the entire fight. Olaf’s fruitless attempts at spinning back fists and wild haymakers that would miss wildly didn’t help his case in the eyes of the judges either.
In a few other notable fights, the bout between flyweights David Suarez and David “Bubby” Mitchell would end with one of the stranger knock out’s of the evening, one that saw Mitchell fully engaged in a rear naked choke on the back of a standing Suarez. Suarez would then drop on to his back slamming Mitchell’s head against the canvas knocking him out.
After being lead to the ring by the Chuck Liddell and John Hackleman, Antonio Banuelos of the famous Pit Fight Crew scored a convincing second round knock out with a sweeping overhand right to the temple of Bryan Goldsby.
In what had to be considered the fight of the night, Bryan Travers defeated Jeremiah Metcalf in a 5 round slugfest for the vacant PFC Welterweight title.
* Omar Sandoval def. Mike Craddock via Unanimous Decision
* Joey Cabesas def. Billy Terry via KO (Knee) – Round 1, .54 Sec.
* Chris Botelho def. Anthony Bivins via Split Decision
* Xavier Foupa-Pokam def. Richard Montoya via Submission (Arm Bar) – Round 1, 1:13 sec.
* David Suarez def. David “Bubby” Mitchell via KO (Slam) – Round 1, 1:15 sec.
* Lavar Johnson def. Vince Lucero via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 1:16 sec.
* Poppies Martinez def. Sergio Cortez via Unanimous Decision
* Luis “Speedy” Gonzalez def. Elbert Randle via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 2:24 sec.
* Chad Mendes def. Geovanny Encarnacion via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 1, 2:24 sec.
* Dustin Akbari def. Bill Theofanopoulos via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 1:35 sec.
* Antonio Banuelos def. Bryan Goldsby via KO (Strikes) – Round 2, .59 sec
* Bryan Travers def. Jeremiah Metcalf via Majority Decision
* Joe Soto def. Brandon Jinnies via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, .59 sec.
* Brian Cobb def. David Gardner via Unanimous Decision
* Shawn Klarcyk def. Brandon Miller via Submission (Arm Bar) – Round 2, 2:19 sec.
* Phil Baroni def. Olaf Alfonso via Unanimous Decision