Gladius Fights hosted two events in the same night while the AFO held the Summer Brawl in Boxboro. Also, Luis Felix has just come off of a busy few weeks…
Rhode Island’s “RockStar” Felix recently participated in an MMA tournament style format down in Mexico. The “RockStar” went 2-1 in that tournament, losing to the eventual tournament winner by decision. “RockStar” explains, “We split the first two rounds and in the third he was able to sweep me and take me across the cage and gain the top position for the final twenty seconds. I had nothing left and I couldn’t sweep him back.” Felix continued “Man, I was that close to $100,000…”
Felix, upon returning home, took a fight up in Canada this past weekend. He told me that he lost a decision up there and, in the process, suffered a broken orbital.
At Gladius VI in Berlin, NH, Ultimate Fighter veteran Marc Stevens, of Jiu-Jitsu Nation in Watertown, NY, found himself back on the winning side of the MMA fence when he scored a Unanimous Decision win over previously undefeated Lewis Corapi. Stevens controlled the fight against the Sityodtong striker by keeping things fast and keeping the fight on the ground. Marc improves his record to 15-7 while Lewis takes his first loss
Local Featherweight Taylor Trahan (Team Link North) grinded out a Jon Fitch-like three round win over Bombsquad striker Amran Aliyev. Trahan, much like Marc Stevens, won with superior takedowns and top control. Aliyev falls to 3-2 while Trahan stays undefeated at 2-0. After the fight, the young Trahan invited his girlfriend into the cage and changed levels for a marriage proposal. This was a great night for Trahan!
NH local Kevin Haley (Team Anubis) stayed undefeated when he won via a very controversial 3rd round DQ over Tri-Force Light Heavyweight Steve Skrzat. The first two rounds were split one apiece, and the third seemed to be coming right down to the final horn. Skrzat was called for an illegal elbow to the back of the head of Haley with just over a minute to go in the fight, and Haley was not able to continue. This was a disappointing ending to the Fight of the Night…
Team Triumph Featherweight Vovka “KGB” Clay took a TKO win from Anthony Jerome with just two seconds left in the first round of their Amateur 145lb fight. Jerome controlled the first round and seemed to be on his way to a one round to none lead when Vovka clipped the Bombsquad fighter with a quick punch. The ref stopped the fight before Clay could land any more strikes.
At the AFO Summer Brawl in Boxboro, MA, Darren Mima extended his win streak to three when he dropped Billy Giovanella for a TKO win. MIMA (TNT) improves to 3-1 with this win while Billy (Connors) falls to 4-2.
Eric Bedard snapped a two fight losing streak when he beat Robbie Roberts with a 15 second knock out. Roberts, who has fought virtually every top Middleweight and Light Heavy over the years, moved up to Heavyweight for this fight. The win improves Bedard (Gillette’s) to 5-3 overall.
Joe Cloutier moves to 3-0 with a win first round submission win over Ralph Johnson. Cloutier (Doomsday) was one of the region’s top Welterweights during his Amateur career, and he is off to a fast start as a Pro.
Chad “Machine Gun” Kelly (Fighting Arts Academy) won his Pro debut by beating previously undefeated Jared Sarno (SSSF) with a first round triangle choke. Machine Gun left behind a 5-2 Amateur record, a four fight win streak, a top five regional ranking, and an Amateur Title or two to face Sarno, who came in undefeated at 2-0. Keep an eye on Chad Kelly…
In Rochester, NY Gladius V took place at the Main Street Armory. Sixteen Amateur fights took place at New York’s most popular venue.
Highlights from the evening include Genero de Jesus’ decision win over NorthEast 4th ranked Amateur Featherweight Quentin Gaskins; the will improves Genero to 9-3. Lightweight Josh Mayville remained undefeated with a split decision win over Dylan Friedman; the win leaves Josh at 5-0 in his Amateur career. Pete San Antonio looks to be enjoying his new camp as the recently displaced Welterweight won by first round submission; good job Pete.
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