Sunday, December 16, 2012

NAAFS Night of Champions Report





December 15th was NAAFS Night of Champions. In the few years I have been covering fights, this was from top to bottom the best card I have covered. Not a single boring fight. Night of Champions is where the amateurs who have battled all year get a chance to fight for amateur titles and prove they were the best this year. Among the highlights were Dominic Mazzotta making a huge statement with a win over Wes Hanson, Jerrell Hodge and Shane Valko put on a grappling clinic and Fadi Shuman proved me right when after his first amateur fight I said that this title was his. On the pro side, Torrance Taylor had another impressive stoppage and Isaiah Chapman and Dustin Kempf stole the show with what is easily the fight of the year with both fighters showing immense heart and skill.


1. Amateur Middleweight
Irvine Jones (1-0 Bonafyde MMA)vs J.T. Miller (2-0 Strong Style Fight Team)



RD 1: They come out trading punches. Clinch and takedown by Miller into guard. Punch to the head by Miller and another. Miller moves to half guard and then mount. Head shots by Miller. More head shots from Miller. Miller moves him to the cage and lands more head shots. Miller gets an arm triangle and gets the tap.


Result: J.T. Miller by Tapout (Arm Triangle) at 2:04 of Round 1

2. Amateur Featherweight
Eric Gifford (4-3 Brickhouse MMA) vs R.J. Buck (8-4 Strong Style Fight Team)



RD 1: Leg kick by Gifford. Body kick by Gifford. Slam by Buck into guard. Buck moves to side control. Gifford works his way up. Leg kick by Buck. They clinch and drop down with Gifford looking for a guillotine. Buck pulls his head out and lands head shots. Hammer fists by Buck. Buck moves to half guard. Body shots by Buck. Buck stands and drops down punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Buck



RD 2: They clinch and takedown by Buck. Buck lands head shots. Now body shots by Buck. Gifford tries to stand but Buck pulls him back down. Buck gets side control. They both land body shots. Gifford pulls guard. Gifford is defending well. The ref stands them. Jab to the body by Buck. Buck shoots in but Gifford sprawls and lands head shots.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Buck


RD 3: Buck shoots in and gets a takedown against the cage. Head shots from the bottom by Gifford. Body shots by Buck. They trade body shots. Head shots from the bottom by Gifford. The ref stands them. Hook by Gifford. Leg kick by Buck. Buck shoots but nice sprawl by Gifford and he lands head shots. Buck finally finishes the takedown into guard. Body shots by Buck. Head shots from the bottom by Gifford. Buck lets him up. Body kick by Buck.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Buck
My score card: 30-27 Buck


Result: R.J. Buck by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

3. Amateur Light Heavyweight Title
Dan Stevenson (5-0 Demolition Fight Team) vs Wayne Lanum (8-0 Buckeye Training Academy)


RD 1: Hook by Lanum. Hook by Stevenson. They clinch and takedown by Stevenson into guard. Head shots by Stevenson. Stevenson pushes him to the cage. Lanum is warned for grabbing the fence. Punch to the body by Stevenson and another. Punch to the head by Stevenson. Stevenson starts landing hard head shots and forces Lanum to tap.



Result: Dan Stevenson by Tapout (Strikes) at 2:01 of Round 1

4. Amateur Middleweight Title
Stephen Schlater (5-0 Walker Muay-Thai/Prodigy MMA) vs Nick Halkides (3-1 Evolve MMA)


RD 1: Body kick by Schlater. Hook by Halkides. They trade hard punches. Takedown by Schlater into guard. Body shots by Schlater. Punch to the head from the bottom by Halkides. Body shots by Schlater. Halkides goes for an armbar but can't get it. Schlater gets side control. Head shots by Schlater. Halkides tries for an arm but can't get it. Halkides pulls guard. Head shots from the bottom by Halkides. Head shots by Schlater.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Schlater


RD 2: Leg kick by Schlater and another. Punches to the head by Halkides. Leg kick by Halkides. They trade punches. Schlater goes for a takedown but eats punches. They trade leg kicks. Cross by Schlater. Leg kick by Halkides and another. Body kick by Halkides. They trade jabs. Hard hook by Halkides. Takedown by Schlater into guard. Body shots by Schlater. Halkides is defending well. Head shots from the bottom by Halkides. Schlater lets him up and they trade punches.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Halkides


RD 3: Leg kick by Schlater. They trade punches. Push kick by Schlater. Hook by Halkides. Leg kick by Schlater. Schlater gets a takedown into half guard. Punch to the body by Schlater. Halkides gets full guard. Punch to the head by Schlater and another. Body shots by Schlater. Schlater tries for a triangle but the rounds ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Schlater
My score card: 29-28 Schlater


Result: Stephen Schlater by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/29-28)

5. Amateur Lightweight Title
Fadi Shuman (3-0 Mad Dog Fight Team) vs Nick Browne (4-0 Uniontown Fight Club)

RD 1: Browne lands punches and they clinch on the cage. Two knees to the leg by Browne. Punch to the body by Browne. Knee to the leg by Shuman. They separate. Jab by Shuman. Clinch on the cage and quickly separate. Leg kick by Browne. Cross by Browne. They clinch and quickly separate. Browne hurts him with punches. They clinch and move to the cage. Browne takes him down and lands punches to the head. Now hard head shots by Browne. Shuman stands but Browne still has his back. Shuman is bleeding. Takedown by Browne into half guard. Punch to the head by Browne.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Browne


RD 2: They trade punches. They clinch against the cage. Knees to the body by Shuman. Takedown by Browne. Browne stands and drops down punches and gets back in guard. Shuman tries for a triangle and then an armbar. Now Browne tries for a triangle. Browne stands and lets him up. They trade punches. Clinch on the cage and takedown by Browne.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Shuman


RD 3: Takedown by Browne against the cage. Not much action here. Shuman tries to sweep and gets his back. Head shots by Shuman. Body shots by Shuman. Shuman goes for a rear naked. More head shots by Shuman. Shuman goes for an arm. Head shots by Shuman. Shuman has an armbar but the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Shuman
My score card: 29-28 Shuman



Result: Fadi Shuman by Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28)

6. Amateur 115LB Title
Rachel Sazoff (4-2 Team Almeida) vs Rebecca Heintzman (4-0 Power of One MMA)


RD 1: Body kick by Sazoff. They clinch in the center. Knee to the body by Heintzman. They separate. Sazoff catches a kick and they clinch against the cage. Knee to the leg by Sazoff. They separate. They trade leg kicks. They clinch in the center but quickly separate. Hook by Heintzman. Leg kick by Heintzman. Heintzman catches a kick and they clinch. Knee to the leg by Heintzman. They drop down with Sazoff on top in guard. Body shots by Sazoff.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Heintzman


RD 2: Jab by Sazoff. Leg kick by Heintzman. Heintzman lands punches and they clinch in the center. They separate and trade hard shots. They clinch and Heintzman gets a takedown. Head shots by Heintzman.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Heintzman


RD 3: Sazoff catches a kick and takes her down. Sazoff stands and drops down punches and then gets in guard. Heintzman goes for a triangle but can't get it, but she does get on top in mount. Head shots by Heintzman. Sazoff rolls and gets on top in guard. Heintzman tries for a triangle but can't get it. Head shots by Sazoff.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Sazoff
My score card: 29-28 Heintzman


Result: Rebecca Heintzman by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

7. Amateur Lightweight
Corey Dulaney (2-0 Scrap House) vs Dustin Passalacqua (1-0 Strong Style Fight Team)


RD 1: They trade punches and clinch on the cage. Nice throw by Dulaney but Passalacqua is right back up still clinched against the cage. Head shots by Passalacqua. Passalacqua lands a knee low stopping the action. They resume and come out trading hard shots. Takedown by Dulaney and he gets his back and looks for a rear naked. Passalacqua tries to hang in there and defends it well. He escapes he choke and Dulaney lands head shots and tries for the choke again. Dulaney lands a punch to the back of the head but the ref misses it.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Dulaney



RD 2: Leg kick by Dulaney. They trade punches and clinch on the cage. Body shots by Passalacqua. Knee to the leg by Passalacqua. Takedown against the cage by Passalacqua. Short head shots by Passalacqua. They stand and trade hard punches. They clinch in the center and Passalacqua gets a takedown into guard. Head shots by Passalacqua. Passalacqua moves to half guard and lands punches. Passalacqua gets side control and lands head shots. Punch to the body by Passalacqua.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Passalacqua



RD 3: Hard cross by Passalacqua. Leg kick by Passalacqua. Takedown by Dulaney into half guard. Head shots by Dulaney. Passalacqua works his way up. Throw by Dulaney and he gets his back. Passalacqua moves to the cage and tries to stand. Body shots by Passalacqua. Head shots by Passalacqua. Passalacqua works his way up still clinched. The ref separates them. Cross by Passalacqua. They clinch and Dulaney gets a takedown but they are right back up still clinched. Knees to the body by Passalacqua. Takedown by Passalacqua.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Passalacqua


Result: Corey Dulaney by Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28)

8. Amateur Bantamweight Title
Shane Valko (6-0 The Mat Factory) vs Jerrell Hodge (5-1 Brickhouse MMA)


RD 1: Valko shoots and they clinch and drop down but are up quick. Valko shoots in and gets a takedown. Body shots from the bottom by Hodge. Valko stands but Hodge is going for an ankle. Valko escapes but Hodge goes for it again. Lots of really good grappling and changing positions. Valko gets his back and goes for a rear naked. Head shots by Valko.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Valko


RD 2: Leg kick by Valko. Valko shoots and gets a takedown into half guard. Hodge gets full guard. Hodge goes for an arm. Head shots by Valko. Valko gets mount and then his back. Head shots by Valko. Valko goes for a rear naked. Knees to the body by Valko. Hodge goes for an arm. The ref stands them. Hard punches by Hodge hurts him.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Valko



RD 3: Leg kick by Valko. Hook by Valko. Valko shoots in but Hodge sprawls. Hodge gets his back and they stand still clinched. Valko drags him down looking for a guillotine. Hodge escapes and is in half guard and then side control. Hodge gets mount and lands head shots. Hodge goes for an arm but Valko escapes and stands. As Hodge goes to stand Valko lands a hard punch and they go down with Hodge in side control.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Hodge
My score card: 29-28 Valko


Result: Jerrell Hodge by Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28)

9. Amateur Featherweight Title
Dominic Mazzotta (6-1 Ed Vincent MMA/Cho's Tae-Kwon-Do) vs Wes Hanson (7-0 Dawghouse Gym)


RD 1: They trade punches and then clinch and move to the cage. Punch to the head by Hanson. Mazzotta is working for a takedown. Knee to the leg by Mazzotta. They separate. Hook by Hanson. They clinch and move to the cage and quickly separate. They trade punches. Clinch and quickly separate. Takedown by Mazzotta but they are up quick.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Mazzotta



RD 2: Cross by Mazzotta. Hanson lands punches and they clinch on the cage. Takedown by Mazzotta against the cage. Mazzotta stands and drops a punch. Mazzotta punches his legs. Mazzotta lets him up and slams him right back down. Body shots from the bottom by Hanson. Hanson pulls guard. Head shots by Mazzotta. Mazzotta gets mount and lands punches. Mazzotta gets his back and looks for the rear naked. Head shots by Mazzotta.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Mazzotta



RD 3: Leg kick by Mazzotta. Hard punches by Hanson. Hard hook by Mazzotta. They clinch on the cage. Head shots by Hanson. Takedown by Mazzotta but they are up quick still clinched. They separate and Hanson lands a hook. Takedown by Mazzotta and he gets his back. Mazzotta looks for a rear naked and then goes for an armbar but Hanson escapes it and is on top. Hanson looks for a choke but cant get it.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Mazzotta
My score card: 30-27 Mazzotta



Result: Dominic Mazzotta by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

10. Pro Lightweight
Gino DiGiulio (8-1 G2 MMA) vs Torrance Taylor (11-7-1 Rising Dragon)


RD 1: Leg kick by Taylor. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by DiGiulio. Knee to the leg by Taylor. Knee to the body by Taylor. They drop down and DiGiulio gets his back. Body shots by DiGiulio. Taylor defends well. DiGiulio gets mount and lands head shots. Taylor scrambles and they stand. Taylor gets a takedown . Taylor stands and kicks at his legs. Taylor lets him up. Clinch against the cage. Takedown by DiGiulio. Body shots by DiGiulio. Taylor stands but DiGiulio drags him back down.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 DiGiulio


RD 2: They trade punches. They clinch in the center. Head shots by Taylor. Knee to the body by Taylor. They move to the cage. DiGiulio gets a takedown but Taylor is back up quick still clinched. DiGiulio is trying hard for a takedown and gets it but Taylor is up quick and drops down on top in side control. Elbows to the head by Taylor. More elbows by Taylor. DiGiulio gets half guard. More elbows to the head by Taylor till the ref stops it.


Result: Torrance Taylor by TKO at 4:02 of Round 2

11. Pro Bantamweight
Isaiah Chapman (15-1 Rock Hard MMA) vs Dustin Kempf (15-7 Instigator Fight Team)



RD 1: Cross by Chapman. Body kick by Chapman. Jab by Kempf. They trade hooks. Leg kick by Kempf. Cross by Chapman. Chapman catches a kick and takes him down. They are up quick still clinched. Chapman is looking for an arm triangle. It looks tight but Kempf says he is fine. Kempf escapes it. Takedown by Chapman but Kempf looks for a guillotine. They stand and he is still trying for the guillotine. Slam by Chapman into guard. Elbows to the body by Chapman. Chapman now is in half guard and then gets his back. They stand. Head kick by Chapman. Push kick by Chapman. Chapman shoots in and they clinch on the cage but separate quick. Flying knee by Kempf.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Chapman



RD 2: Chapman lands punches and elbows against the cage. Knees to the body by Chapman. Knees to the head by Chapman. Chapman drops down and gets a takedown and pushes him to the cage. The ref stands them. Chapman is bleeding from the nose. They trade jabs. Leg kick by Chapman. Jab by Kempf. Leg kick by Kempf. Cross by Kempf. Hard hook by Kempf. Chapman shoots and they clinch on the cage. Kempf looks for a guillotine and drops down with it. Now he goes for a triangle. It looks tight but Chapman is hanging in and escapes it. Chapman has a bad cut and is bleeding really bad. They stand. Jab by Kempf. Hook by Chapman. They clinch and Chapman hurts him with a knee to the head. Chapman gets a guillotine and gets the tap.



Result: Isaiah Chapman by Tapout (Guillotine) at 4:56 of Round 2


Submission of the Night: Isaiah Chapman

KO of the Night: Torrance Taylor

Fight of the Night: Isaiah Chapman vs Dustin Kempf