Sunday, July 17, 2011

NAAFS Proving Grounds 9 Report


On July 16th NAAFS put on Proving Grounds 9. I believe it was the best Proving Grounds card yet. Some really good match-ups that really delivered. I saw several fighters on this card who have potential to be really good in the near future.

1. Amateur Featherweight
Derek Schultz (0-1 Ohio BJJC) vs Zach Forrester (0-1 PA Brawlers)

RD 1: Jab and uppercut by Forrester. Forrester lands another jab followed by a nice uppercut and kick. Forrester lands a knee to the body. Both land nice jabs. Hard leg kick by Forrester. Both land hard punches. Schultz gets a takedown and lands punches to the body. Forrester does good avoiding damage. Schultz now starts landing punches. The ref stands them up. Leg kick by Forrester who then lands a few punches. Forrester drops him with a hook.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Forrester

RD 2: Two punch combo by Forrester. Jab by Schultz. Forrester lands an uppercut. Schultz gets a takedown. Forrester avoids much damage. Schultz lands some shots to the body. The ref stands them and Forrester lands a two punch combo. Schultz misses a punch and Forrester tries for a guillotine as the round ends.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Forrester

RD 3: Uppercut by Forrester. Takedown by Schultz. Forrester again does a good job avoiding damage. Forrester pushes him off but Schultz gets back on top. Schultz stands and Forrester lands a great punch from the ground. Schultz gets on top in mount. Schultz looks for a choke and then gets side control, then goes back to mount and lands shots to the head. Schultz gets a sweep as the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Schultz
My score card: 29-28 Schultz

Result: Zach Forrester by Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28)

2. Amateur Heavyweight
Alex Schultz (1-1 USA Martial Arts) vs Andi Iftiu (0-1 Brickhouse MMA)

RD 1: Leg kick by Schultz and answered by Iftiu with a leg kick of his own. Schultz shoots and gets stuffed. Iftiu lands punches in north south position. They stand and clinch on the cage. Knee by Schultz. Schultz gets a takedown and mount. Now gets his back and an armbar for the tap.

Result: Alex Schultz by Tapout (Armbar) at 1:49 pf Round 1

3. Amateur Welterweight
Matt Holland (2-1 Demolition Fight Team) vs John Whitten (5-6 CMA)

RD 1: Cross by Holland. hey clinch against the cage and Whitten goes for a guillotine. Holland escapes and Whitten gets a takedown. Holland has guard and holds him close. Holland gets a sweep to get on top and is in half guard. Holland lands body shots and then gets mount. He goes for the guillotine and gets it for the tap.

Result: Matt Holland by Tapout (Guillotine) at 2:04 of Round 1

4. Amateur Welterweight
Emmanuel Kangah (0-0 Shaolin Kung Fu) vs Will Johnson (0-0 Brickhouse MMA)

RD 1: Jab by Johnson. Leg kick by Kangah who then lands a hard leg kick. Both land leg kicks and hard punches. Kangah misses a back fist and Johnson gets a takedown. Kangah lands a leg kick. Johnson gets a takedown and gets mount and lands punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Johnson

RD 2: Leg kick by Kangah. Kangah tries for a takedown but can't get it. Two jabs by Johnson. Kangah lands a cross. Kangah hurts him with punches but Johnson gets a beautiful takedown and gets mount. He lands hard punches then moves to side control. He tries for an arm but cant get it. They stand but drop back down. Johnson gets mount but the round ends.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Johnson

RD 3: Johnson ducks a punch and gets a takedown into side control. Now in half guard he lands punches. Kangah gets up. Two hard jabs by Johnson and they clinch on the cage. Johnson is trying to get a takedown and finally gets it. The ref stands them. Kangah looks real tired. Johnson lands shots as Kangah moves away. Johnson shoots and gets a takedown to close the round.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Johnson
My score card: 30-27 Johnson

Result: Will Johnson by Split Decision (30-27/28-29/29-28)

5. Amateur Lightweight
Danny Doverspike (1-0 Evolve MMA) vs John Rodriguez (1-2 Fight Fit)

RD 1: Rodriguez lands punches and Doverspike clinches. Rodriguez takes it down and looks for a choke. Doverspike escapes and gets mount. Rodriguez lands from the bottom. Doverspike lands a nice punch from the top to end the round.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Rodriguez

RD 2: Takedown by Doverspike. Doverspike lands body shots, but Rodriguez defends well. Not much action here. The ref stands them. Leg kick by Doverspike followed by a real nice second leg kick. Rodriguez lands two kicks and Doverspike lands a nice cross.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Doverspike

RD 3: Spinning back fist by Rodriguez and Doverspike takes him down. Doverspike gets side control and then mount. He lands punches to the head and then the body. He continues landing even more to the head, then more to the body. He takes a second and then lands more head shots. He goes for an arm as the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Doverspike
My score card: 29-28 Doverspike

Result: Danny Doverspike by Unanimous Decision(30-27/30-27/30-27)

6. Amateur Bantamweight

Jordan Espinosa (3-0 Demolition Fight Team) vs Aaron Aravantis (2-0 USA Martial Arts)

RD 1: Aravantis charges in and Espinosa throws him down and lands punches. He gets up and Espinosa lands more punches. Leg kick by Aravantis. Two punches by Espinosa. They clinch against the cage and Espinosa lands punches in the clinch. Espinosa lands a knee and takes it down, but lets him up. Both land kicks. Espinosa lands a jab. Both land leg kicks and a jab by Espinosa. Body kick by Espinosaa. Espinosa lands a nice push kick.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Espinosa

RD 2: Two leg kicks by Aravantis. Nice cross by Espinosa. Leg kick by Espinosa. Jab by Aravantis. Front kick by Espinosa answered by Aravantis with a hook. Espinosa lands a kick low stopping action. They resume and Espinosa lands a jab answered by Aravantis with a cross. Aravantis lands a leg kick. Leg kick by Espinosa. Nice two kick combo by Espinosa. Another leg kick by Espinosa followed by a jab. Aravantis tries for a takedown but Espinosa gets on top and lands punches.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Espinosa

RD 3: Jab by Espinosa. Leg kick by Espinosa. Two more leg kicks by Espinosa. Espinosa lands a jab and Aravantis lands a kick low stopping the action. They resume and and Espinosa lands a jab and uppercut. Espinosa lands a knee to the body and then a hook. Body kick by Espinosa. Two punch combo by Espinosa.
I scored RD 3:1-9 Espinosa
My score card: 30-27 Espinosa

Result: Jordan Espinosa by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

7. Amateur 140 Pound
Emily Easton (0-1 Independent) vs Ashley Hawkins (1-1 Team Bundy)

RD 1: Both land punches. Easton takes it down. Hawkins pulls guard. Hawkins does a great job avoiding any damage. Hawkins lands punches from the bottom. Easton lands shots to the body. Hawkins gets up and then gets on top. Easton holds her close. Hawkins lands body shots. Hawkins stands and throws kicks. Hawkins gets back on top and lands body shots. Hawkins postures up and lands more shots.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Hawkins

RD 2: Leg kick by Hawkins. They clinch on the cage. Nice uppercut by Hawkins. Knee to the body by Hawkins. Easton gets a takedown and side control. Easton not active from top while Hawkins works hard for a sweep. Easton lands a hard punch but Hawkins lands more from bottom.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Hawkins

RD 3: Cross by Hawkins. Body kick by Hawkins. Hawkins hurts her with punches. Easton shoots by nice sprawl by Hawkins. Hawkins gets side control and lands punches and knees to the body. Hawkins tries for the mount but gets blocked. Hawkins lands more shots. The ref stands them. Leg kick by Hawkins to end the round.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Hawkins
My score card: 30-27 Hawkins

Result: Ashley Hawkins by Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28)

8. Amateur Light Heavyweight
O.J. Vickers (5-10 AMS) vs Ryan Walls (5-3 Central Block MMA)

RD 1: They clinch and Walls gets a takedown. Vickers gets on top. Great grappling and battling for position here. Walls goes for and gets the rear naked choke forcing Vickers to tap.

Result: Ryan Walls by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:59 of Round 1

9. Amateur Featherweight
Russ Brletrick (5-4 Independent Crew) vs Mike Velasquez (3-0 USA Martial Arts)

RD 1: Two jabs by Brletrick. They clinch on the cage and Brletrick gets a takedown. Velasquez goes for a heel hook but Brletrick pulls out. They stand and clinch and quickly separate. Leg kick by Brletrick followed by a knee to the body. They clinch and both land knees. They separate and Velazquez lands a jab. They clinch against the cage and Velasquez lands a knee. They separate and Velasquez lands a jab and leg kick.. Brletrick lands two punches and gets a takedown and gets his back as round ends.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Brletrick

RD 2: They clinch against the cage and quickly separate. Brletrick lands two punches and Velasquez gets a takedown. Brletrick gets up and lands a leg kick. Brletrick lands a nice cross. Brletrick throws him down and lands kicks to the leg. He lets him up. Velasquez is cut under the eye. More punches by Brletrick and then a leg kick. Brletrick lands a jab and two more punches. They clinch on the cage and Brletrick lands punches.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Brletrick

RD 3: Cross by Brletrick. Velasquez shoots but gets stuffed. Uppercut by Velasquez. They clinch on the cage and quickly separate. Two punch combo by Velasquez. Leg kick by Velasquez. Brletrick hurts him with a punch. Brletrick lands a jab and Velasquez a hook. Brletrick lands an uppercut and gets a takedown. He lets him up. Velasquez drops him with a punch. Brletrick gets up and shoots and takes it down.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Velasquez
My score card: 29-28 Brletrick

Result: Russ Brletrick by Unanimous Decision (29-28/30-27/30-27)

10. Amateur Bantamweight
Jordan Baldwin (1-0 Evolve MMA) vs Jerrell Hodge (1-0 Brickhouse MMA)

RD 1: Hodge drops him with a cross. Baldwin gets up quick. The clinch and Hodge takes him down. Good grappling here. Baldwin avoids damage. Hodge stands and they clinch on the cage. Hodge trying for a single leg and gets it. Hodge is in side control. Baldwin pulls guard. Baldwin tries for a triangle and Hodge lands punches to the body.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Hodge

RD 2: Baldwin drops him with a leg kick. Hodge gets up and lands a leg kick and cross. Baldwin is bleeding from the nose. Baldwin hurts him with punches. They clinch against the cage and Baldwin lands a knee to the body. Hodge drops him with a hook and gets his back and the rear naked for the tap.

Result: Jerrell Hodge by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:51 of Round 2

11. Amateur Bantamweight
Brett Gruber (4-3 Ohio BJJC) vs Nate Mango (12-6 Independent)

RD 1: Body kick by Mango. Jab by Mango. Gruber shoots in but eats two punches, Body kick by Gruber. Gruber tries to get his back but gets taken down. They stand back up. Body kick by Mango and Gruber answers with one of his own. Leg kick by Gruber. Gruber takes him down will a guillotine for the tap.

Result: Brett Gruber by Tapout (Guillotine) at 1:23 of Round 1

12. Amateur 120 Pound
Rachel Sazoff (1-1 Ricardo Almeida) vs Rebecca Gruitza (1-1 Team Bundy)

RD 1: Leg kick by Gruitza. Sazoff clinches on the cage. Knee to the leg by Sazoff and Gruitza lands one of her own.Gruitza lands punches. They separate and clinch again. Knee to the leg by Gruitza. The ref separates them. Both land leg kicks. Jab by Gruitza. Leg kick by Gruitza and then one to the body. Sazoff lands a cross and gets a takedown. Gruitza defending well. Sazoff postures up and lands a punch.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Gruitza

RD 2: Jab by Gruitza. Cross by Sazoff and then a body kick. Gruitza lands several punches. Gruitza lands a jab and Sazoff charges in but misses. Leg kick by Gruitza. Both land leg kicks. Gruitza lands a jab and Sazoff lands a cross. Sazoff clinches and Gruitza lands good punches. They separate and Gruitza lands a jab. Sazoff clinches and Gruitza lands a kick to push her away. Sazoff lands a jab. Gruitza hurts her with punches to close the round.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Gruitza

RD 3: Leg kick by Gruitza. Two punches by Gruitza. Body kick by Sazoff and then a leg kick. Gruitza lands a jab and body kick. Sazoff lands a body kick. Gruitza lands two kicks to the body and then several hard punches. Both are now landing hard shots. Sazoff with a nice jab to the body. Gruitza lands to leg kicks. Sazoff with a kick to the body and Gruitza answers with a kick to the body. Both trade hard shots and they clinch on the cage.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Gruitza
My score card: 30-27 Gruitza

Result: Rebecca Gruitza by Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28)

13. Amateur Lightweight
Bob Tipinski (5-5 Independent Crew) vs Dave Graf (3-3 Brickhouse MMA)

RD 1: Lots of feints by both. Both land a cross. Slam by Graf. Graf lands punches from the top. Tipinski looks for a triangle but Graf pulls out and lands a punch. Graf tries for mount but can't get it. More punches from Graf. Tipinski gets up and drops a couple punches. Graf lands an up kick to the head and pokes him in the eye.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Graf
Tipinski says he can't continue, so since it was ruled from an illegal blow, it is called a no contest.

Result: No Contest

14. Amateur Welterweight
Zac Gobel (6-3 Dragons Den MMA) vs Nick Kilian (6-2 Relson Gracie Cleveland)

RD 1: Leg kick by Gobel. Gobel gets a takedown. He looks for a choke but Kilian defending well. Kilian gets up and takes Gobel down. Kilian drops hard punches. He then lands more hard shots. Gobel looks for a triangle but Kilian moves to side control. Kilian lands punches and moves to mount and lands more punches. Kilian gets his back and the rear naked for the tap.

Result: Nick Kilian by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:33 of Round 1

Submission of the Night: Brett Gruber

Knockout of the Night: No knockouts

Fight of the Night: Emmanuel Kangah vs Will Johnson

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