With a busy weekend of MMA behind us, it’s time for the re-cap. Grant Tremelling reported on a good fight card at CES Friday night at Twin Rivers Casino. Jeff Haddad covered for us on Saturday night at Reality Fighting Mohegan Sun. (Jeff was working the show as the ring card girl supervisor; it’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it!) Jason Porter sent in the results from the Art of Combat event in Elmira , NY .
Per usual, the Reality Fighting crew delivered a fantastic show. The show ran smoothly, the crowd was engaged, and the fights were great. Some of the local favorites were around such as Matt Bessette, Nick Newell, and Nate LaMotte. Personally, I believe the two best fights were Fernanda Araujo vs Dar’ya Hamilton and Roger Zapata vs Chip Moraza-Pollard. Araujo vs Hamilton was incredible! Araujo showed her striking skills while Hamilton showed her heart and determination. There’s no question both of the girls are going to be around for a while. As for Zapata vs Pollard…wow. Two great fighters showed why they are some of the best in the area. They both looked very refined, in shape, and aggressive. However, Zapata is who truly stole the show between the two; Fantastic performance! Tyler Rose looked big and had a great pro debut, Nicholas Giulietti is a name to keep an eye out for, Johnny Lopez made it clear he is ready to compete against some of the top guys in NE, and Kurt Chase-Patrick is an animal!
Theo Desjardin defeats Mico De Los Reyes via tapout to rear naked choke at 2:10 in Rd 2.
Manny Millan defeats Manny Torres via doctor stoppage due to a cut over eye at 2:36 in Rd 3.
Nicholas Giulietti defeats Jeremiah Soto via unanimous decision.
Kurt Chase-Patrick defeats Thiago Carfi via tapout to arm triangle at 1:52 in Rd 1.
Rob Brown defeats Joe Leonard via ref stoppage to strikes at 2:06 in Rd 1.
Fernanda Araujo defeats Dar’ya Hamilton via unanimous decision.
Tyler Rose defeats David Porter via tapout to straight armbar at 1:11 in Rd 2.
Johnny Lopez defeats Jon Marcheterre via tapout to guillotine at 1:25 in Rd 1.
Joey Gomez defeats Miguel Santos via ref stoppage to strikes at 4:36 in Rd 1.
Jason Ward defeats Domenic Gagliardi via ref stoppage to strikes at 2:11 in Rd 1.
Dirlei Broenstrup defeats Walter Howard via unanimous decision.
Roger Zapata defeats Chip Moraza-Pollard via unanimous decision.
Everyone have a wonderful week! Train hard, eat healthy, and be happy!
Over in Rhode Island , CES New Blood featured some of the top fighters in the region. Wai Kru’s John Howard continued his undefeated run since leaving the UFC, beating Journeyman Chris Woodall in the first round by ground and pound. “Doomsday” then got on the mike and announced that he would fight for free on the Boston UFC Card this August. If Dooms doesn’t get to fight on that card, and he’s still looking to work for free, I am painting my house in August…
“Big” Ralph Johnson climbed out of his 1983 black Chevy van and showed that he is as dangerous as anyone for one minute when he clipped Chuck O’Neil with a beautiful straight right just twenty seconds into the first round. Chuck brought the fight right back to Ralph and won by submission a minute later to improve to 11-5. Thanks to “Big Ralph” for taking the fight on a few hours notice.
Andre Soukhamthath moved his record to 5-1 with a unanimous decision win over a tough Blair Tugman. Andre’s takedown defense and striking were on display, as we witnessed the next level of one of the best Bantamweights in the region.
Andre’s Tri-Force Teammate Nate “The Snake” Andrews looked absolutely scary in his destruction of CandyMan Anderson. The Snake dominated every second of the fight, complete with striking, takedowns, and G&P. The Snake finished it with a RNC just 2:13 into the first. The powerful performance improves The Snake to 5-0, all by finish!
Former top Amateur Bantamweight Soap Am, from Team Redline, battled for nearly three rounds with Carlos Hernandez before submitting the Sityodtong fighter at 2:25 of the third round in his Pro debut. Former top Ammy 170 pounder Brian Sparrow (Team Pro-Elite) won his Pro debut as well, submitting tough Rhode Islander Ruben Ortiz (Balletto’s) early in the third.
Team Bombsquad Lightweight Ahsan Abdullah also took a fight on a few days’ notice, beating RI local from Integrated Martial Arts Shaun Marmas with a second round TKO. This was the Ahsan’s second win in six days. Two fight purses and two win bonuses in six days; nice work if you can get it…
Jason Porter just sent the results from the Art of Combat event that was held in Elmira , NY . This was an Amateur event.
Andrew Canale – PO1 Five Element Fight Team vs Dillion Yarka – Fifth Round MMA
(Dillon Yarka by Submission)
155# Derak Heyman – PO1 Five Element Fight Team vs Dom “The Arsenal” Estrafaa – Buffalo MMA (Heyman by Decision)
Shawn Boice – TNT MMA vs Bobby Alyward – Team Asylum
(Alyward by submission)
Josh Conklin PO1 Five Element Fight Team vs Justin Walker – Independent
( Walker by Decision)
Tyler Bayer – PO1 Five Element Fight Team vs Ray Kuntz – Pelotin BJJ/Future Boxing
(Bayer by TKO)
Randy Sisenstein – PO1 Five Element Fight Team vs Johnny “Showstopper” O’Brien – Superior Karate
(Sisenstein by TKO)
Mike Bennett – PO1 Five Element Fight Team vs Joey Banker – Pelotin BJJ/Future Boxing (Bennett by Submission)
Tammy Worrick – PO1 Five Element Fight Team vs Che Martino – Fifth Round MMA
(Worrick by TKO)
Tom Connolly – PO1 Five Element Fight Team vs Joshua Murchison – Independent
Josh Robello – PO1 Fve Element Fight Team vs Michael Gallese – Independent
(Robello by TKO)
Chris Caughey – PO1 Five Element Fight Team vs Doug Butters – Independent
(Butters by TKO)
Tom Finch – TNT MMA vs Ben Dixon – Independent
(Finch by Submission)
Phil Gordon – PO1 Five Element Fight Team vs Bryan Guth – Independent (Gordon by KO)
Marcus Ellis – PO1 Five Element Fight Team vs Kyle Gillette – Pridelands MMA
(Gillette By decision)
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