Archive for May, 2013

We are going to stream the results round by round live from Commerce Casino

First Prelim:

Reshan Sabaratnam (0-1) v Tommy Gavin (0-0) 145 lbs (Featherweight)

Rd1: Herb Dean calling the action. Gavin lands a big right hand and immediately drops reshan who falls into Gavins gaurd. Reshan now in side control, with Gavin looking to bridge out. He now switches to a crucifix from side control. Gavin right arm trapped. Gavin rolls, and momentarily gets back to his feet, before Reshan brings him back too the mat. Another take down as the round ends. Clearly a 10-9 round for Reshan Sabarantnam.

Rd2: Big left hand from Reshan rops Gavin, who lands against the fence. Reshan follows him to the mat, and lands inside Gavins guard. Now in side control, Reshan is looking to posture, then mounts. And then switches to side control, before taking Gavins back. Gavin able to reverse, momentarily before being rolled to his back. Reshan transitions to the mount again, and now again takes Gavins back. Reshan with some ground and pound, Herb Dean looks in, and stops the fight. Winner Reshan Sabaratnam via TKO Rd 2 (2:51).

Chris Costello (1-2) v Matt Bahngte (2-2) 155 lbs Lightweight

Rd1: Referee Mike Beltran calling the action. Bahngte starts off with his jab, but Costello looks game landing leg kicks on both sides. Costello again landing a 1 2 combination. Bahngte much busier now, but has small welling already under his eye. Big knee from Costello. And a leg kick right hand follows. Big Knee by Bahngte countered well with a big right hand by Costello. The two engage in the clinch as the round comes to a close. 10-9 for Costello.

Rd2: Much better start from Bahngte as he is clearly the busier fighter. Left right lands for Bahngte, as Costello stalks. Costello loses his mouth piece prompted time from Beltran. Nice left for Bahngte lands, as Cosello goes back to the leg kicks. Costello again instigates the clinch and lands a big right hand. Bahngte flails for a shot, but has to pull guard as Costello sprawls effectively. Round comes to an end with Costello on top, and Bahngte is cut badly. 10-9 Costello

rd 3: Bahngte starts again as the aggressor, and scores a take down, as Costello scoots back to his feet, only to be slammed again to the mat. Bahngte transitions to the back, but cant sink in his hooks. Costello manages to get back to his feet and lands a heavy right to the head, followed by a vicious elbow. Now Costello seems to be pressing the action as Bahngte shoots again, but is stifled. Both fighters trading shots, and end up against the cage as the fight ends. We have Costello again 10-9 We have him winning all 3 rounds. Winner (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Chris Costello via Split decision

Luis Iniguez (2-4-1) v Nick Jordan (1-1) 145 lbs (Featherweight)

Rd 1: Referee Mike Bell in charge of the action. Over hand left from Jordan to start is partially blocked. Deep shot from Jordan finds him landing the take down into mount. He then transitions to the back, and starts softening Iniguez up with hammer fists. But Iniguez wont let him sink in the choke. Jordan now reigning down heavy blows from back mount. Round comes to a close, with Jordan clearly winning, possibly 10-8 but probably 10-9.

Rd 2: Early take down for Jordan scores, and he lands inside Iniquez’s closed guard. Good posturing by Jordan as Iniques looks to throw the triangle, Jordan gets free, but his relentless pressure wont allow Iniquez to his feet. Jordan again landing, ans he has Iniguez smooshed up against the fence. Now Jordan transitions to the back, but Iniguez turtles up in defense, as the round comes to a close, its all Jordan. 10-9

Rd 3: Iniguez starts out with a jab, but is again taken to the ground by Jordan who lands in guard. Again Jordan moves the scramble to the fence, where he begins the ground assault once again. Iniguez can only play defense at this point, as he finds himself in a sort of North-South position.  Iniguez again cannot get any room, as the fight ends Jordan again in dominant position. 10-9 Jordan. Winner via unanimous decision Nick Jordan

Terrion ‘The Flash’ Ware (5-2) v Bobby Sanchez (13-22) 130 lbs

Rd 1: Long feeling out process to start the bout. Ware lands a huge knee as Sanchez shot lands on his chin, and Ware swarms with a barrage of hammer fists that end the fight.¬†Winner: Terrion ‘The Flash’ Ware via TKO rd 1(:41)

Marvin Madariaga (2-1) v Eric ‘E-Money’

Rd1:Winston Big rght hand by Madariaga lands immediately as Winston scrambles to grab an ankle, heel hook by Winston looks tight, but Madariaga grabs the fence to get away prompting a warning from Herb Dean. Winston instigates the clinch and looks for a takedown but Madariaga escapes. Left and right from Madariaga as he presses the action. Elbows to the side of Winstons head land for Madariaga, but Winston completes the take down. Winston now in side control, landinf short elbows. Madariaga hip escapes back to his feet, but can’t escape the clench. Toss from Winston at the bell. ¬†10 -9 for Winston

Rd2: Madariaga grabs a neck, as Winston shot, but the guilotine is not tight enough. Winston escapes and rolls into an arm bar belly down. Beautiful roll completes the move, as Madariaga is forced to tap. Winner Winston via rd 2 submission Arm bar (1:15)

Main Card:

Sevak Magakian (12-4-1) v Eric Brown (3-3) 155 Lbs (Lightweight)

Rd 1: Sevak with a high kick that touches the face of Brown. Then Sevak catches a Brown kick and brings the fight to the mat. Sevak maneuvers for a heel hook, but Brown some how counters with a heel hook of his own, and Sevak taps! Winner Eric Brown Submission Heel Hook (:57) Rd 1.

Scott ‘K.O.’ Catlin ¬†(8-7) v Gabe ‘Godzilla’ Ruediger (17-8) 160 lbs (Catch weight)

Rd 1: Mike Bell calling the action. Catlin lands a left, but Ruediger gets a single leg and takes the fight to the mat. Ruediger has Catlin up agaisnt the cagek but Catlin reverses pressing Ruediger. Catlin then escapes a take down and prefers to stand. Left right by Catlin lands flush. Catlin now landing with more frequency, as Ruediger keeps dropping his hands. Catlin being very efficient with his strikes, but Ruediger keeps moving forward. Ruediger having a hard time landing anything, and Catlin seems content to pick his shots. Knee from Ruediger lands, and so does a right from Catlin that was clearly after the bell. 10-9 Catlin

Rd 2: More single punches from Catlin find there mark , but Ruediger is able to secure the take down. Now Ruediger lands a series of hammer fists. Ruediger seems poised to finish, but Catlin is still alive. Noe Ruediger looks for an armbar, and get it. Catlin taps. Winner Ruediger via Armbar rd 2 (2:13) With an Assist to Sean Kanan  (who inspired the win)

Justin ‘The Mortal Sinn’ Linn (3-0) v Chris ‘The Urban Legend’ Culley (16-10) 150 lbs (Catch weight) Unfortunately the internet crashed. And Streaming results will start at round 3.

Rd 3: Front kick from Culley lands. Followed by a kick to the body of Linn. Culley now looking to counter, as he times Linn with a pawing jab. Linn moving forward landing abig left hand, but Culley shrugs it off. Culley starts a flurry with 3 right hands and several knees in the clinch, but Linn is able to survive. he round comes to an end with Culley landing again with the right. We score the fight for Chris Culley.  Winner Chris Culley via Unanimous Decision

Ernest ‘EJ’ Chavez (6-0) Jorge ‘The Envy’ Valdez (6-2) 155 lbs (Lightweight ¬†Title 5×5 rounds)

Rd 1: Mike Beltran calling in charge of the action. Both fighters throwing with reckless abandon, as Valdez goes for the flying arm bar, but Chavez breaks free and lands a few bombs, before again being tied up in a potential arm bar, but again he escapes. Now in Chavez’s in the guard of Valdez landing big shots on the ground. Valdez trying to be offensive from his back, but can’t land much. Chavez lands 3 hammer fists to the face of Valdez, and remains stuck in his guard. And that is where the round ends. 10-9 Chavez

Rd 2: Valdez¬†actively using his legs, but Chavez again takes the leg and parlays it into another take down. Again in Chavez’s guard. Valdez briefly gets to his feet only to be taken down again. Chavez doing his best to land ground strikes, but Valdez is very active from his back. Chavez still working in Valdez’s guard, but can’t seem to control the posture. Valdez looking for an omaplata but Chavez gets out as the round comes to an end. Another round for Chavez10-9

Rd 3: Big left hand from Chavez rocks Valdez and again the fight finds its way in the guard of Vadez. Chavez stands and wants Valdez to do the same. Both fighters now standing, and immediately Valdez utilizes the clinch against the cage. He then transers back to the ground, where Chavez looks for a triangle. Chavez breaks the hold, and moves back into the guard of Valdez. Big hematoma on the forehead of Valdez, as Chavez lands more ground strikes. Valdez is able to close the half guard, But Chavez stands. Chavez lands a flurry on the ground and is looking for the finish, Mike Beltran looks in and stops the action. Winner via TKO Chavez (4:00) New BAMMA USA Lightweight Champion

Ronald Lebreton Jr. (8-7) v Mikey Gomez (14-9) 185 lbs (Middleweight)

Rd 1: Lebreton pushes Gomez against the cage and starts with knees to the thigh of Gomez. Now Gomez reverses, and takes Lebreton down. Gomez working in side control, but Lebreton throws the switch and sweeps. Gomez grabs a hold of Lebreton’s arm from a strange angle and is able to secure an arm lock, as Lebreton taps furiously in agony!¬†Winner Gomez via arm bar Rd 1 (1:37)

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MAIN CARD 

Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons

Donald ‘The Cowboy’ Cerrone fighting style is no secret, he stalks his opponents with vicious muay thai kicks, and can transition to a submission from¬†virtually¬†any¬†position. KJ Noons is making his debut for the UFC, after coming over from the defunct Strikeforce promotion. Noons is also known for his tough, brawling style. This fight has the makings for either Fight of the Night, or a Sub of the Night for Cerrone.

Winner: Cerrone via submission rd 2

T.J. Grant vs. Gray Maynard (#1 Contender spot)

T.J. Grant has quietly earned this fight, riding a 4 fight win with his last being an impressive TKO over Matt Wiman. He has improved with each fight, and will be looking to capture a title shot with a win. Maynard is best known for his trilogy of fights with former champion Frankie Edgar. Twice, Maynard appeared to be just seconds away from the title, only to be thwarted by the heart of Edgar. The winner of this fight, has been guaranteed the next shot at champion Benson Henderson

Winner: Grant via unanimous decision

James Te Huna vs. Glover Teixeira

James Te Huna is one of the most talented fighters in the light heavyweight division. His only problem has been the fact that he is coincidentally making his rise with two of the most heralded light heavyweight prospect in recent history Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira.  Te Huna lost his second fight in the UFC to Gustafsson. Since that loss, Te Huna has rattled off 4 impressive wins including his last over Ryan Jimmo. Glover Texieira started his career at 2-2, since then he has won 18 consecutive fights. Now at 20-2, Texieira was last seen handing Rampage Jackson his walking papers via unanimous decision. An impressive win over Te Huna could set up a #1 contenders fight with Alexander Gustafsson.

Winner: Teixeira via Submission rd 2 (strikes set up a choke)

Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt

dos Santos is making his return to the Octagon for the first time since losing the title to Velasquez in December. Even though he lost the fight, his striking is still the best in the division. He will need to keep his opponent at the end of his jab, to effectively set up his power punches. Mark Hunt may be tailor-made to beat dos Santos, if his last fight against Stefan Struve is an indicator. Hunt was very effective at closing the distance, and neutralizing a sizable reach disadvantage, and eventually ended the fight with a spectacular knockout.  However, recent visa issues for Hunt (New Zealand) left the bout in limbo up until last week. This leaves Hunt only a small amount of time to acclimate to the environment, and that could be the intagible that gives dos Santos an advantage.

Winner: dos Santos via TKO rd 2

Main Event  Cain Velasquez vs Antonio Silva Рfor Heavyweight Title

The last time these two faced off in 2012, Velasquez dominated ‘Big Foot’ Silva for 3:36 and left the challenger busted and bloodied. Velasquez then went on to regain the heavyweight title. However, ‘Big Foot’ proved in his last fight, that the illusive creature was still a threat in the division when he destroyed the¬†heavily¬†favored Alistair Overeem in just over 2 rounds. Since rejoining American Top Team, Silva has shown tremendous improvement, and will present a threat on his feet or on the ground. Cain Velasquez is an absolute monster inside the cage. In his last fight he proved he could learn from defeat, and executed a game plan that gave his opponent virtually no chance at winning. After being¬†dismantled¬†by dos Santos, Velasquez came back and returned the favor by pummeling him for 5 rounds. Velasquez will probably¬†utilize¬†a very similar game plan in this fight, to counter the reach of Silva. The key for Silva, is to ride the “Rocky-like” momentum that thrust him in this position to begin with. His hunger to win, will be his best asset.

Winner: Velasquez via TKO rd 3

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By Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Karisa Winett (video) and John Walsh (photos)

UPC Unlimited returned to Fresno for an outdoor MMA event that left the fans extremely entertained in the hot dessert air. UPC 15 featured a unique blend of  amateur talent and young professionals trying to make a name for themselves in the blood and bruise business.

The hot air seemed to cool once the fighters took to the cage, as if the humidity itself was a spectator. After a few entertaining amateur fights, the pro fighters began their gladiator march to the steel circle.

Dethrone Base Camp was represented heavily and Geroge Zuniga (0-0) started the evening off with a dominating three round decision over Mike Ryan (0-0).  Zuniga utilized relentless pressure and  instigated the clinch often where he landed vicious knees in succession.

Continuing the Dethrone domination, Nick Bustamante made a successful pro debut, defeating Augy Garcia (1-4) via submission in round two. Bustamante was clearly the crisper fighter and was able to control the pace from the start.  He and fellow Dethrone Base Camp teammate Chris Honeycutt are two of the sports best young fighters.

Honeycutt (1-0) continued to raise the teams stock as he defeated Richard Blake (11-22) in the first round, via rear naked choke. Honeycutt was able to walk through a few kicks from Blake, landing a heavy superman punch before reverting to his pedigree and wrestling Blake to the mat. Once grounded, Blake was at the will of Honeycutt’s lightning fast¬†transitions¬† and after a few rolls, and a failed arm-bar, Honeycutt secured the choke midway through the first round.

With the win Honeycutt has earned a UPC title shot in July at the next UPC event at the Agua Caliente casino.

The co-main event featured Tim Eastom (1-0) vs Tony Rios (3-2). The heavily favored Eastom started the fight in control and seemed to be cruising until an IQ-changing knee from Rios seemed to put Eastom on dream street. Once he realized Eastom was rocked, Rios transitioned to the back, where he secured a standing choke. Eastom valiantly resisted but eventually fell backwards as the choke took his air.

Although the loss is a setback, the knee that landed would have knocked out a polar bear.  You can be sure Eastom will be back stronger than ever.

The Main Event was as advertised. Two very talented, savvy veterans beat the living hell out of each other for three rounds. Billy Evangelista (11-2) took on a very game Zac Bucia (10-4) as both fighters made very loud statements about their fighting futures. Evangelista utilized superior movement and angled his striking well to counter the aggressive Bucia, who seemed hell bent on bringing the fight to the ground.  However it was the striking of Evangelista that won the debate, at least in the eyes of the cage side judges, as the score was unanimous for Evangelista.

UPC Unlimited seems to be growing exponentially, and for one very simple reason. They put a high value on the entertainment of the fight itself. Many regional promotions pretend to be the UFC or Bellator or worse yet, the second coming of Pride. Promoter Jason Weiner has ignored that failed model, and instead created a simple yet effective promotion that delivers big name fighters and big fights on a consistent basis.

For information on their next event go to: http://www.upcunlimited.com/

 

 

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By: The Clinch Report

Make sure you mark your calenders and order your tickets before they are gone! Amateur MMA at its finest. ¬†AVMMA has teamed with Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Center in Valencia, and they have organized one hell of an event.

Champions are not born, they are made. Come out and support your local fighters.  For tickets, go to this link:
http://www.avmma.com/live_mma_tickets.html

 

Bjorn Rebney bellator Owner and CEO

Bjorn Rebney bellator Owner and CEO

By Jonathan M King The Clinch Report

Last week Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney came out and said that talks between the company and the former champion had broken down, and seemed less than hopeful that a resolution would be made. In fact the Bellator Chairman seemed content to allow the courts to settle the issue.

“I had hope a month ago there was a door opening,” Rebney said. “But that door isn’t open at this point. So I don’t know. The court system is slow and methodical, and we’re just going through the process. I don’t have any projections of it getting settled at this point because we’re not talking”, Rebney said.

“The essence of it is, the promoter is never going to get everything he wants and the fighter is never going to get everything he wants. We have a position that we did everything right legally, and the court has supported us. I thought we were headed down a road (to resolution), and then everything went real dark.” (From an interview with http://www.MMAJUNKIE.com)

Yesterday, Eddie Alvarez used twitter to rattle of a few of his contentions. First of all he claimed that the issue was more with Viacom and SpikeTv, and went further to claim that Bjorn had little to do with the situation at all. “Bjorns a Grunt in this . It’s Viacom and Spike and a group of idiots a money who don’t know shit about Mma” Alvarez tweeted.

Then Alvarez went further, claiming he is not the only fighter being mistreated. “I have nothing to complain about I get paid we’ll enough to keep bills paid but to bully guyslike @ZachFunSize(Zach Macovsky) n @CosmoAlexandre (Cosmo Alexandre)is a sin.” Alvarez tweeted.


Alexandre jokingly tweeted about spending his last four dollars and gas, with the hashtag “ThanksBjorn”. Alvarez is not in that dire of straights, but he is in the prime of his career, and should be fighting. No one can say for sure how this drama will unfold, but as for now one of the best fighters in the world is relegated to the shelf, at least for the foreseeable future.

Eddie Alvarez will be n the MMA HOUR with Ariel Helwani on Monday. However saty tuned to his twitter feed, because he teased that he might not be able to wait! “I might just dump just real shit tonight until I get a call from someone to stop. Soooo much to talk about,now that the gloves are off” Alvarez tweeted.

Follow Eddie Alvarez on twitter here: @Ealvarezfight

By Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Champions are made, they are not born. It takes years of work, unyielding dedication, daily sacrifices, and even a little luck to get to the top of the mountain. In the world of MMA, that mountain is made up of the souls you’ve defeated. Each victory brings with it a target, which beams brighter and looms larger, with each win.

There is a “Ying and Yang”, to be recognized in a sport early on in your career. Pedigree can open doors for you and exposure can add zeroes to paychecks, however the learning curve is steep and unforgiving. For every Peyton Manning, there is a Ryan Leaf.

So although those doors may be unlocked with your name, your performance ultimately is what keeps the doors open. For some this ‘target’ can be an uncomfortable burden, for others it can be their ultimate motivation. For Chris Honeycutt (1-0 MMA), the latter is true! “I’m used to having a target on my back!”, Honeycutt said. “That target on my back is a positive thing, it means I am doing the right thing!”

For many this ‘target’ carries with it extraordinary pressure to perform. Often times the anxiety to perform stifles the performance. This is not the case with Honeycutt. “If you don’t feel pressure you are not doing something right!” the affable young fighter said. “It motivates me, I don’t plan on being average, I plan on being the best.” Honeycutt said.


To ensure his success Honeycutt has surrounded himself with a top notch team of advisers, managers and trainers. Training primarily in Fresno CA, the east coast native has found a home at Dethrone Base Camp where he trains with owner and MMA legend Josh Koscheck (Fellow Edinboro College Alumni). Now training full-time under the watchful eye of John Salter and ‘Kos’ Honeycutt focuses on every aspect of the game.

Methodically he began to transition from the power wrestler, into a well rounded and disciplined martial artist. As rapid as his growth has been, each day at the gym serves as a reminder that there is still much to learn. “I have a hard time keeping up with these guys!” Honeycutt said. “It’s not easy working with Lavar(Johnson), Koscheck and Salter, but each week I’m getting more fluid, and more confident.” Honeycutt said.

When his future calls, Honeycutt will rely on the wisdom of his team. “DeWayne Zinkin and Bob Cook have been in business a long time, they guide my path.” Honeycutt said. For now, “It’s my job to get better and to train hard.”

Last year Honeycutt made his successful debut with the UPC Unlimited Promotion winning with impressively with his trademark ground and pound. With the win and a few more months on training under his belt, for Honeycutt the skies the limit!

His next fight will be May 11th in Fresno CA at the Sierra Athletic Club (For tickets http://upcunlimited.vbotickets.com/event/upc_15/3032) for the UPC UNLIMITED Promotion, and will also be featured on there June card at the Agua Caliente Casino.

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

The State of California has more mixed martial arts events than anywhere else in the country. So, very often the product becomes watered down. Many promotions have been in business for so long, that the display of exciting fights becomes secondary to running a business. This is why it is¬†refreshing¬†to see a fairly young promotion breaking through the model of ‘regional’ mixed martial arts promotions. ¬†UPC Unlimited based out of Fresno Ca, has created an exciting environment for some of the sports best prospects!


Going to a regional event becomes that much more exciting when you see fighters that are destined for Bellator or the UFC. Much like the minor leagues in other sports, these regional promotions can and have developed some of the sports most recognizable names. Creating an environment for young fighters to grow while also allowing veterans to re-tool their games is the goal for every promotion. Consistently achieving this goal, is what separates UPC Unlimited from the rest of the pack.

The roster of fighters is quite an impressive mix of young stars, and savvy veterans including: Poppies Martinez, Steve Stryker, Steve Swanson, Billy Evangalista, Zac Bucia, Tim Eastom, and several fighters that are featured on NUVO TV’s Fight Factory including Ron Kessler, Chris Honeycutt, Gabriel Carrasco, and many other great fighters. The impressive and extensive roster allows the promotion and matchmakers the flexibility to stack several exciting cards in succession, that leave each fighter hungry, and each spectator enthralled.

UPC 15 is scheduled to take place May 11th in Fresno at The Sierra Sport & Racquet Club. For tickets go to http://upcunlimited.vbotickets.com/event/upc_15/3032.
If you are a fan of Mixed Martial Arts, this is a show you can not miss!