Sunday, July 15, 2012
On July 14th, NAAFS put on Combat Challenge 21. A really good card with some great amateur fighters. The event featured a lot of really impressive first round stoppages and two knock-out of the year candidates by Kenny Jackson and Dustin Wolf. There was a packed house due to a majority of the top local gyms all being represented and the vocal crowd really added to the excitement of the event.
1. Amateur Light Heavyweight
Nate Jones (0-1 Empire Academy/10th Planet) vs Vincent Qurazzo (1-1 Wrestling Factory Cleveland)
RD 1: Jab by Qurrazo. Nice combo from Jones. Hard hook lands for Jones. Qurazzo shoots in but eats a punch. Jones lands hard shots against the cage. Qurazzo drops down for a takedown but Jones gets his back and lands punches. Jones lets him up. Jab by Jones. They trade jabs. Hard hook to the body by Jones. Qurazzo drops down but Jones gets his back and lands hammer fists. Now body shots by Jones. Jones gets an arm triangle and Qurazzo taps.
Result: Nate Jones by Tapout (Arm Triangle) at 2:40 of Round 1
2. Amateur Featherweight
Derek Wright (1-0 Dragon's Den) vs Josh Perkins (0-0 Rock Hard MMA)
RD 1: Leg kick by Perkins. Wright shoots in and gets a takedown. Wright gets mount and lands punches. Wright has an arm triangle but Perkins survives nicely. Wright gets back to mount and ands punches. Perkins tries to sweep but Wright hooks a triangle and gets the tap.
Result: Derek Wright by Tapout (Triangle) at 2:16 of Round 1
3. Amateur Featherweight
Brandon Odom (3-7 All Out Assault) vs Kegan O'Neil (3-2 Dungeon MMA)
RD 1: They trade jabs. Push kick by O'Neil. Leg kick by Odom lands low stopping the action. They resume and O'Neil lands a jab. Hook and leg kick by Odom. O'Neil catches a kick and takes him down. O'Neil lands punches and works to get his back. Odom reverses and gets on top. Nice sweep by O'Neil to get on top. Punch from the bottom by Odom. O'Neil gets north south position and then goes for a leg. O'Neil gets mount and lands punches till the ref stops it.
Result: Kegan O'Neil by TKO at 2:20 of Round 1
4. Amateur Bantamweight
Matt Campbell (2-2 Team Pedro Sauer) vs Josh Burr (1-3 Team ATA)
RD 1: Hook to the body by Burr. They drop down with Burr on top in guard. Campbell gets a triangle and Burr taps.
Result: Matt Campbell by Tapout (Triangle) at :47 of Round 1
5. Amateur Bantamweight
Roosevelt Archie (3-4 PA Brawlers) vs Jordan Baldwin (2-1 Evolve MMA)
RD 1: They trade hard shots. Baldwin takes him down and gets mount. Head shots by Baldwin. Now body shots by Baldwin. Archie gets half guard. Baldwin lands more body shots. Baldwin moves to mount and lands punches till the ref stops it.
Result: Jordan Baldwin by TKO at 2:01 of Round 1
6. Amateur Welterweight
Devontai Moore (2-4 Independent) vs Nate Davies (1-1 Instigator Fight Team)
RD 1: Nice leg kick by Moore. Body kick by Moore. Leg kick by Moore. Body kick by Davies. Takedown by Davies. Moore gets up and lands knees to the body before they separate. Moore catches a kick and lands three punches before taking him down. Moore is in guard landing punches. Davies tries for a triangle. Moore picks him up and slams him but Davies hangs on to the triangle. Now he has a mounted triangle and lands several hard punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Davies
RD 2: Hook by Davies. Hook by Moore. Leg kick by Davies. Leg kick by Moore. Hook by Moore. They trade leg kicks. Hook by Davies. Jab by Davies. Hard hook lands for Davies. Davies lands a leg kick. They trade jabs. Another jab by Davies. Davies lands a nice jab and hook. Leg kick by Moore drops him and he lands a kick to the head while Davies is still on the ground and gets warned by the ref. Leg kick by Davies.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Davies
RD 3: They trade hooks. Leg kick by Davies. Hook by Davies. Body kick by Davies. They clinch but quickly separate. Leg kick by Davies. Hook to the body by Davies. Leg kick by Davies. Jab by Moore. Leg kick by Moore. Davies tries for a takedown but can't get it. Hook by Davies. Jab by Davies. Hook to the body by Davies. Cross by Davies. Leg kick by Davies.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Davies
My score card: 30-27 Davies
Result: Nate Davies by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)
7. Amateur 125LBS
Lorraine Williams (0-0 Rock Hard MMA) vs Meghan Joyce (1-0 Independent)
RD 1: Jab by Williams. Takedown by Joyce. Body shots from Joyce. Joyce gets mount and lands punches. Now Joyce lands hard punches. Williams rolls and gets half guard. Joyce lands more punches and moves back to mount. Williams holds her close. Joyce postures up and lands more shots. Williams rolls and is on top in guard. Two punches by Williams.
I scored RD 1: 10-8 Joyce
RD 2: Body kick by Williams. Leg kick by Williams. Leg kick and jab by Joyce. They trade shots and Joyce gets a takedown up against the cage. Williams is doing good to avoid damage. Joyce gets mount and lands punches. Joyce postures up and lands several hard shots and the ref stops it.
Result: Meghan Joyce by TKO at 2:39 of Round 2
8. Amateur Featherweight
Russ Brletrick (7-5 Independent Crew) vs Eric Gifford (4-1 Brickhouse MMA)
RD 1: Leg kick by Gifford. Clinch and they move to the cage. Punches by Gifford. Body shots by Gifford. Now Gifford lands shots to the head. Knee to the leg by Brletrick. They ref separates them. Hook by Brletrick. They clinch and move to the cage with Brletrick looking for a guillotine. Gifford pulls his head out. They are still clinched on the cage with both landing short punches. Knee to the leg by Brletrick. Head shots by Gifford. They separate and Gifford lands a hook.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Gifford
RD 2: Leg kick by Brletrick. They clinch against the cage. Both fighters land knees. Brletrick tring hard for a takedown but can't get it. Knee to the leg by Brletrick. They separate and trade shots. Clinch and Gifford lands body shots. Knee to the leg by Brletrick. They separate and Gifford lands a hook. They again clinch against the cage and Brletrick looks for a guillotine and lands knees to the leg. Gifford gets his head out. The ref separates them. The clinch and trade punches. They separate and Brletrick lands a leg kick. They clinch as the round ends.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Brletrick
RD 3: Hook by Gifford. Jab by Gifford. They clinch and move to the cage. Takedown by Brletrick into side control. Gifford gets half guard. Body shots from the bottom by Gifford. Knees to the body by Brletrick. The ref stands them and Gifford lands a leg kick and another. They clinch and move to the cage. Body shots by Gifford.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Gifford
My score card: 29-28 Gifford
Result: Russ Brletrick by Split Decision (29-28/28-29/30-27)
9. Amateur Lightweight
Chris Hahn (0-1 Brickhouse MMA) vs Dustin Passalacqua (0-0 Strong Style Fight Team)
RD 1: They trade jabs. Leg kick by Passalacqua. They trade shots. Hard hook by Passalacqua. They trade hard shots and clinch on the cage. Knee to the leg by Passalacqua. Hahn looks for a guillotine and they drop down. Hahn still looking for the guillotine. Passalacqua pulls his head out and is on top in half guard. Head shots by Passalacqua. Now he lands to the body. Passalacqua gets side control and lands punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Passalacqua
RD 2: Jab by Passalacqua. Passalacqua ducks a punch and takes him down into side control. Two knees to the body by Passalacqua. More knees to the body. Two punches to the head by Passalacqua. Now more head shots. Hard knee to the body by Passalacqua. Passalacqua lands hard shots to the head and gets mount and then his back. Passalacqua gets a rear naked and gets the tap.
Result: Dustin Passalacqua by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:53 of Round 2
10. Amateur Lightweight
Kenny Jackson (8-5 Evolve MMA) vs A.J. Bosley (5-2 Uniontown Fight Club)
RD 1: Hard hook by Jackson. Jackson hurts him with a hook and they drop down, but are up quick. Jackson looks for a guillotine and they separate. Bosley lands a kick low stopping the action. They resume and Jackson lands a hook. Nice uppercut by Jackson. Bosley shoots in but Jackson sprawls.Jab by Jackson. Jackson drops him with an uppercut to end it.
Result: Kenny Jackson by Knock-out at 1:58 of Round 1
11. Amateur 130LBS
Allanna Jones (3-2 Independent) vs Ashley Hawkins (3-1 Independent)
RD 1: Leg kick by Hawkins. Hook by Hawkins. Leg kick by Jones. They trade hooks. Leg kick by Hawkins. Jab by Jones. Hard hook lands for Jones. They clinch against the cage. Knee to the leg by Jones. Hawkins gets poked in the eye stopping action. They resume and Hawkins lands a hook and leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Hook by Jones. They trade hard shots. Two jabs by Hawkins. Leg kick by Hawkins
I scored RD 1: 10-10 Even
RD 2: Leg kick by Jones. Leg and body kicks by Hawkins. Leg kick by Hawkins. Leg kick by Jones. Hard leg kick by Hawkins. Push kick by Hawkins. Leg kick by Hawkins. Hard hook to the body by Jones. Hook by Jones. Leg kick by Hawkins and another. Hard hook by Hawkins. They clinch and move to the cage. They separate and Jones lands a cross. Hard hook by Jones. Leg kick by Hawkins. Two nice hooks by Jones.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Jones
RD 3: Leg kick by Hawkins. Leg kick by Jones. Push kick by Hawkins. Hard hook by Hawkins. Front kick by Jones. Jones shoots in and they clinch against the cage. Knee to the leg by Jones. They trade knees to the leg.More knees by Hawkins. Takedown by Hawkins but Jones is up quick. Hawkins works hard and takes her back down.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Hawkins
My score card: 28-28 Even
Result: Allanna Jones by Unanimous Decision (29-28/30-27/30-27)
12. Amateur Welterweight
Nick Olei (3-0 Dungeon MMA) vs Dustin Wolf (3-0 Strong Style Fight Team)
RD 1: Leg kick by Wolf. Hook by Olei. Wolf lands several shots against the cage and they clinch. Knees to the leg by Wolf. Foot stomps by Wolf. More knees to the leg by Wolf. The ref separates them. Hard hook by Olei. Wolf puts him out cold with a hook.
Result: Dustin Wolf by Knock-out at 2:16 of Round 1
Submission of the Night: Dustin Passalacqua
Knock-out of the Night: Dustin Wolf
Fight of the Night: Lorraine Williams vs Meghan Joyce
Monday, July 9, 2012
Photo Credit: Hex Linc Photos
Roosevelt Archie brings a deceiving 3-4 record into his Combat Challenge 21 fight on July 14th. Deceiving because Archie has been improving with each fight, most recently a decision win over Nick Espinosa. He will be opposing Jordan Baldwin, himself a talented fighter. This could be a show stealer between these two.
Q: Can you talk about how you got started in the sport?
A: I started going to some tough man boxing fights and one of my buddies let me know about the MMA game. One of the guys down the street had a gym in his garage and asked if I wanted to join, and I'm here now.
Q: How long did you train before you first fought?
A: I trained for about a year before I first fought. The guys figured I wasn't ready yet, so I took the time till they thought I was ready and then I hopped in the cage.
Q: A lot of people fight to soon, looking back, has it helped you that you waited?
A: Yes, it was a good idea to wait for sure. The level of MMA today, it is hard to transition from being just a street fighter or anything like that into the MMA game.
Q: Your last fight you won a split decision over Nick Espinosa, how did you feel about your performance?
A: I felt I could have done better. My knee was hurting so I didn't get to perform as well as I could, but you guys will be exited for this next one.
Q: What impressed me is your ground game seems to be really improving, is that something you have been working on?
A: I have been working on my ground game more than anything. That is where I lack the most. MY ground game has come a very long way.
Q: You have Jordan Baldwin coming up, what do you know about him?
A: I don't know much about him. I know he is from Evolve so he will be coming to fight. They are a pretty well-rounded team there and have a lot of good guys there. I know he is coming to fight so I am bringing my best and we'll see what happens.
Q: You are tall for your weight, how big of an advantage does your reach give you?
A: My reach gets me a long way. I am between 6'1" and 6'2", even guys taller than me don't have a reach like me. My reach is seventy-nine and a half inches, so it definitely gives me an advantage.
Q: When someone comes out in the first round and your reach catches them off guard can it throw off their whole game plan?
A: Yeah it can throw off their game-plan a lot. As long as I can stay running and use my reach and they cant touch me, it will throw off their whole game-plan in general.
Q: Evolve has a lot of supporters, especially in this venue, are you o.k. with kind of being the bad guy?
A: Yeah I am usually the under-dog. Not too many people know me, so I am just getting my name out there. I don't mind being the under-dog.
Q: What's the key to winning this fight for you?
A: Just use my reach. Try and keep it standing.
Q: Do you have a prediction?
A: No prediction, I have a game-plan.
Q: You have fought a lot for NAAFS, is there a reason you like to fight for them?
A: NAAFS definitely puts on the best shows and has the best competition. Nichole (Long) is an awesome person to work for, she is willing to work with you.
Q: Does part of you wish you could occasionally fight at home?
A: Yes I do. It would be easier to get people to come watch me fight. Coming to Ohio is a two hour drive and no one wants to really drive two hours and then drive two hours home. But I get as much support as I can.
Q: Your gym is very supportive of each other when someone fights, how much does that help?
A: It helps a lot. We are getting our name out there. We are putting on some good fights and people are finding out who we are. All in all we are getting our name out there. People are respecting us and I respect the sport. It feels good to have people on your side.
Q: PA Brawlers has been putting on some exciting fights, does that make it easier to get fights knowing you guys will put on those exciting fights and entertaining the crowd?
A: Yes, it is pushing people to put on better fights. It helps when people want you to fight for them. NAAFS has the best to offer, so I am staying there, it's my home.
Q: Assuming you win this, any idea what you want next, or just thinking about this one?
A: Right now, just thinking about this fight. Within a few fights I would like to go pro. This is my eight fight. I would like to go pro and show people what I have.
Q: With pro rules, what part do you think would most benefit you?
A: My elbows. My elbows are fierce. And I can throw a lot of knees. Me being tall at 135, most guys are short, guys need to watch out for knees to the face.
Q: As I pro, will you stay at 135?
A: Yes I would.
Q: Anyone you want to thank?
A: I wanna thank my team, PA Brawlers. My sponsors, Loos Toof Fight Gear and Rev Gear. The NAAFS, my friends and family who support me, and last but not least, my boy Jason Adams.