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KOTC 10.31-14

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

The Bellator MMA promotion once again returns to The Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula CA. The main card will be headlined by two of the promotions top featherweight contenders. Coming off a loss to Pat Curran in which he lost his title, Daniel Straus is looking to return to his winning ways at the expense of Justin Wilcox. Wilcox flirted with the tournament championship when he lost in the finals last year to Patricio Pitbull, who is now the current strap hanger. After the loss, Wilcox rebounded with a win over Jason Fischer. Whoever wins this fight will certainly be flirting with Scott Coker as the next date for champion Patricio Pitbull.

Also fighting on the undercard are some of Southern California’s favorite sons. Johnny ‘The Tattooed Terror’ Cisneros will be taking on Rickey Rainey, and making his promotional debut is David Duran. Duran will be facing a very tough Shawn Bunch in the evening first preliminary bout. Cisneros made a name for himself fighting for the King of The Cage promotion, while Duran cut his teeth in the amateur circuit, before turning pro with the regional powerhouse that is BAMMA USA.

Make sure to tune in Live on Spike TV for the main card, and you can watch the preliminary fights on http://www.Bellator.com

The Main Card:
Featherweight Feature Fight: Daniel Straus (145.6) vs. Justin Wilcox (145.7)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Fernando Gonzalez (172.3) vs. Karo Parisyan (169.1) ^4
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Rafael Silva (137.6) vs. Rob Emerson (134.9) ^3
Middleweight Feature Fight: Kendall Grove (186) vs. Christian M’Pumbu (184.6)

Preliminary Card:

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (205) vs. Malik Merad (203.6)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Justin Baesman (171) vs. John Mercurio (170.7)
Catchweight (177) Feature Fight: Johnny Cisneros (176.8) vs. Ricky Rainey (177)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Sergio Rios (155.6) vs. Saad Awad (156.3) ^2
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Nick Moghaddam (205.8) vs. Ray Sloan (202.4)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Keith Berry (185.8) vs. Joe Pacheco (186.2) ^1
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Shawn Bunch (135.7) vs. David Duran (135.3)

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Duran inspires a leak!

Duran inspires a leak!

 

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Bamma USA has gained a reputation in the Mixed Martial Arts community for being one of the best promotions around. There are numerous reasons to bestow such praise for Brett Roberts and his crew, however the simplest reason is also the most important. They put on exciting fights. There are no free rides.  “Match ups, make fights!” In Bamma USA, the matchmaking is what makes the difference.

Badbeat 11 continued that trend, despite major issues that would have folded a lesser promotion. After loosing 1/2 of the main event, the promotion unlike most was able to find a extremely suitable competitor on short notice. Mehdi Baghdad (8-3) stepped in for E. Chavez who had to pull out of the fight due to injury, leaving Dionisio Ramirez (7-4) out of a title fight, and with a very dangerous opponent on short notice.

Both fighters gave an outstanding effort, that had the crowd standing at several points.  The first round found both fighters landing big, with neither giving any ground. After a very entertaining five minutes, both fighters emerged for the second round with neither staking a convincing claim to the first frame.

In the second though, Baghdad began to find his range, and after dropping Ramirez with strikes, he quickly transitioned to the back, securing the choke and the win at 1:53 of the second round.

Earlier in the evening John Hackleman Jr (son of famed striking coach of the same name) made his pro MMA debut, winning via TKO in the very first round. Hackleman jr, utilized his superior Muay Thai strikes, and dominate range to level a very tough Edward Hyman (0-1) at 1:07 of the very first round.

David Duran (2-1) was able to secure his second consecutive ‘Be First Clothing’ KO of the night bonus, edging out Aaron Wetherspoon (9-4), Chris Costello (3-2), and Jack May (6-0) who all won impressively either by KO, or TKO.

Mayhem Miller and Uriah Hall Incident:

Unfortunately and through no fault of the promoters the evening was marred with a black eye, because of one disgusting incident that has made headlines. Apparently Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller and Uriah Hall had words over a female(that may or may not be the same female who had filed assault charges against Miller earlier this year). When Hall try to calm things down, Miller began taunting him.

As this was happening, several reporters and security began to separate the fighters. It was at that point, a few racial slurs were uttered, and a right hand from Hall was issued in response. At that point Hall, who although upset, conducted himself with dignity the whole time, began seeking a way out of the arena.

Hall was escorted by security to the parking lot, not because he was being removed, Or because he was seeking out Miller, but because he simply wanted to go home. Security was there to ensure Miller didn’t return. Which to his credit, he did not!

Commentary: 

Much has been written already about the incident, most by people who weren’t even there. Debates have started, both defending and attacking Miller. Emotions were high, horrible things were said, and a punch was thrown. Is that enough for you to pass judgement on someone? Maybe it is; maybe this incident added to a few others is enough for some to feel comfortable passing judgement. However, sometimes good people do stupid things, when they are in pain or personal turmoil. It is no excuse for bad behavior, nor is it a ‘get out of jail free card’, but maybe it is a cry for help.

Hopefully, Hall doesn’t receive any punishment, and Miller gets the help he needs (only of course, if he feel if he is in need!) I for one, would love to see the resurrection and redemption of a very talented fighter named Jason Miller, not this angry Tyler Durden version of one of the most charismatic fighters in MMA history!

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David Duran is quickly gaining a reputation for ending fights quickly! Utilizing a mixture of strikes and kicks, Duran was able to secure the TKO over Rick Rojo at the :20 mark of the very first round. With the TKO, Duran secured his second consecutive “Be First Clothing” KO of the Night bonus.

Currently 2-1 as a professional, with his only loss coming via decision, Duran could be someone to keep an eye on. His strong jujitsu back-round, coupled with his recent power surge make him a capable foe. It will be interesting to watch his progress, as he is matched up against opponents with more experience.

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