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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: Richard De La Cruz – Raw 35

CXF 14: Boiling Point took place on August 25th in Studio City CA, and it didn’t take long for temperatures to peak as advertised. Heavy handed Marcus Sims (1-1 MMA) needed only :25 seconds and one hellacious combination to walk away with a victory in his CXF debut. Stalking from the opening bell Sims had his opponent Mackenzie Tucker (0-1) in all sorts of trouble as soon as as he touched him. After Tucker hit the deck early, Sims swarmed with volume on the ground prompting the referee to mercifully step in awarding Sims with the impressive TKO victory.

Winner: Marcus Sims (1-1 MMA) via TKO (:25 Rd 1).

The second bout of the evening featured a hotly contested back and forth welterweight war between Andreu Mendoza (1-0) and Cory Hall (1-2 MMA). Mendoza seemed to have the edge in with regards to the score cards early on in the three round affair but appeared to fade as the Hall began to charge late in the fight. In the end two of the judges saw fight for Mendoza awarding him with the split decision victory.

Winner: Andrew Mendoza (1-0 MMA) via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28).

 The year-long layoff certainly didn’t leave any oxidation, as Arnold Jimenez (3-2 MMA) showed little rust dominating his opponent Mark Alvidrez (1-4 MMA) from stem to stern in their violent three round tango. Jimenez dominated the standup action, but seemed content to control Alvidrez on the mat as the fight wore on. Alvidrez proved quite swift in defense, avoiding many submission setups, but in the end the judges saw a dominant one-sided affair for Jimenez awarding him with the unanimous decision. .

Winner: Arnold Jimenez (3-2 MMA) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27).

 Former Ukrainian national wrestler Mykola Aivazian (1-0 MMA) showcased that dominant grinding pedigree as he took Eric Rios (0-5 MMA) to the mat with the very first takedown attempt of the fight. Once on the mat, Aivazian showed a veterans’ patience as he maintained a dominant position without allowing Rios to transition. Rios did his best to keep the lights on, but eventually Aivazian was able to thread the choke in forcing the tap at 3:52 of the very first round.

Winner: Mykola Aivazian (1-0 MMA) via submission (rear naked choke 3:52 Rd 1).

Utilizing a variety of techniques Devon Brock (2-1 MMA) controlled Christian Bizzaretty (2-7 MMA) from the opening bell of their three round lightweight showdown. Utilizing his superior footwork, Brock kept moving in and landing effectively before exiting out of his longer opponents range without paying any rent. Bizzaretty did his best to stay in Brock’s face but his best moments were usually punctuated in counter by Brock who cruised to the unanimous decision victory.

Winner: Devon Brock (2-1 MMA) via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-27).

 In just his second bout in five years, grappling ace Cooper Gibson (9-2 MMA) outlasted ‘tough as nails’ nor-cal native Samuel Alvarez (3-3 MMA) in a rather close three round lightweight war. Gibson came out on fire early and controlled Alvarez for most of the first round. The dominant ground attack continued in the second frame as well. However, after getting top position in the late in the frame, Gibson seemed to tire as Alvarez came to life. Working off his back Alvarez peppered Gibson with elbows and back fists. Although the accumulation of punches added up on the scorecards, they did little to capitalize on the tiring Gibson’s disposition. Alvarez had perhaps his best round in the third but it wasn’t enough to sway the judges as Gibson escaped with the close decision victory.

Winner: Cooper Gibson (9-2 MMA) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

No matter how the yard is, eventually the two biggest dogs are going to find each other and when they do, all hell is going to break loose. Perhaps that is the best way to describe what happened when Richard Leroy (7-1 MMA) and Gabriel Green (8-2 MMA) squared off inside the CXF cage. The entire Sportsmen’s Lodge crowd was on their feet from the opening bell as Green and Leroy went back and forth, toe to toe, in what could only be described in any of your favorite fight clichés. Early on the volume of Green seemed to affect the shorter Leroy’s timing, but when Leroy found his range, his power was evident as Green would immediately retreat from each power shot that landed. After a very close opening round the brawl only intensify in the second. As the round wore on Green started to find success with more frequency as Leroy seemed to tire. With about a minute to go Green uncorked a combination that rocked Leroy up against the cage. As he turned to escape, Green again battered him with vicious right hand dropping Leroy to the canvas. As Leroy covered up, Green continued his assault with heavy punches. Just when it appeared the referee was going to stop the fight, Leroy somehow made it back to his feet. However unfortunately for Leroy, the reward for his courage a nasty combination from Green that once again saw the fight on the mat. Sensing blood in the water Green swarmed, and this time referee Mike Beltran had seen enough, calling a halt to the action in a very memorable fight at  4:52 mark of the second round.

Winner New CXF Champion: Gabriel Green (9-2 MMA) via TKO (4:52 Rd 2).

 Fan favorite, IMSA GT Champion David Roberts (3-0 MMA) continued his undefeated rise through the middleweight rankings this time taking out veteran grappler Daniel McWilliams (18-39 MMA). McWilliams did his best to bring the fight to the mat, but Roberts was able to stuff both of McWilliams attempts before dropping the veteran with a nasty knee to the head. As McWilliams tried to recover, Roberts went to work dropping massive left and right hands to the side of his opponent’s head. With McWilliams clearly rocked and covering up the referee quickly stepped in preventing any further damage awarding Roberts his third victory in as many chances.

Winner: David Roberts via TKO (:45 Rd 1).

In the final bout of the evening The ‘Lil Badger’ Jacob Rosales (8-4 MMA) made quick work of big fight veteran Ivan Castillo (16-10 MMA). Rosales came out aggressive in the opening seconds and seemed to catch Castillo off guard with his speed. Rosales quickly established his striking and it didn’t take long for his punches to pay dividends. He dropped Castillo with nasty combination and immediately jumped on his neck. The choke was so deep and so vicious, the veteran Castillo had no choice but to submit.

Winner: Jacob Rosales (8-4 MMA) via submission (guillotine choke :29 Rd 1).

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UofMMA-13

 

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

 

Every fighter has one trait in common. Weather you are the best in the world, or cutting your teeth as an amateur in your first bout; every fighter shares the fear and hatred of losing. At the amateur level these losses hurt the most. A devastating loss at this level can crush dreams, and expose confidence as a fraud.

The ‘U of MMA’, offers a unique stage to showcase that raw talent with a professional feel. With the Club Nokia as the backdrop, some of southern California’s finest gyms were represented. Teams like 10th Planet Van Nuys, 10th Planet Costa Mesa, PKG Westwood, Lighting MMA, Glendale Fighting Club, Systems Training Center, Xtreme Couture, Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym, CSW, and NZT Pankration, all had fighters on the card, ready to make a name for themselves.

Juan Orta was one fighter that made sure he left an impression. Using his superior foot work and hand speed, Orta landed a starching right hand that removed his opponent from his senses long enough for the referee to save him from a further beating. Fighting out of Lighting MMA, Orta was making his amateur debut and certainly gained some notoriety with that short right hand finish.

Also remaining perfect with an amateur record of 4-0 was Team PKG’s Flavian Pilgrim. Pilgrim was able to pace himself and outlasted a very tough Jarett Conner (4-2). Conner seemed too be looking to bring the fight to the mat. However, Pilgrim utilized his athleticism to keep on his feet for most of the fight, and used his counter punching to cruise to a hard fought unanimous decision win.

CSW fighter Shohei Yamamoto also improved to 4-0 as an amateur with a highlight reel KO over Dean Bo Moskowitz. Yamamoto landed a huge right hand that caught Mokowitz on the temple, dropping him to the canvas where he was unable to defend himself. The knockout seemed to be the highlight of the evening, however there was more to come.

NZT Pankration fighter Ozzy Diaz came in to his first amateur title fight with a record of 3-1, and apparently he didn’t feel like wasting any time earning that title. Diaz barely broke a sweat when he dropped Xtreme Couture’s Jerell Cephas like a sack of potatoes with one shot. The KO was blistering, and immediately fired up the pro Diaz crowd. Diaz improved to 4-1, as an amateur and earned the inaugural “U of MMA” Light Heavyweight Title.

Also earning a “U of MMA” title was CSW featherweight Jacob Rosales. Rosales was able to do enough on the scorecards in the first and second rounds and was able to survive a late onslaught from a very tough Ryan Lilley. Early on, Rosales repeatedly slammed Lilley with consecutive suplexes, building up a clear lead in the judges minds.  With the win, Rosales remained perfect as an amateur with a stellar 5-0 record.

Events like the ‘U of MMA’ are crucial for the future of the sport of MMA. The difficult and even match-ups play a vital role by separating the wheat from the chafe. At this level records can often be bloated, but promotions like the ‘U of MMA’ serve as protectors and ambassadors by forcing the competitors to earn their bravado.

 

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Fight #1: Eric Castodio (2-0) v Jacob Rosales (3-0) 145 lbs  3×2 min Rounds.

Rd1: Referee Miylan Ayers calling the action. Both fighters start with heavy punches and kicks, Rosales with he take down, and now looking for the choke. Castodio fighting the hands, and now gets ahold of Rosales’s neck momentarily. Rosales now back on top. Castodio controlling the posture well and lands a up kick on the break., Castodio again looks for the choke, but Rosales gets free and lands in the guard as the round comes to a close.

Rd2: Nice right hand from Rosales rocks Castodio, but he is able to instigate the clinch. Rosales again with heavy hands. Castodio with a nice leg kick but then eats some more punches from Rosales. Rosales now working in the closed guard.Rosales back to his feet for a moment before attempting to take the back. Castodio reverses position and finishes the round in top position.

Rd3: Rosales starts busy, landing with both hands, but Castodio still has plenty left. Rosales with a nice knee from the clinch, and lands with the right hand follow. Nice judo throw from Rosales has Castodio on the ground for a moment, but he bounces up and throws a nice leg kick that finds a home. Rosales plods forward with the jab, and finishes the round with a nice flurry.

Winner: 30-27 via Unanimous Decision Jacob Rosales 

Fight #2 Mario Lopez (0-1) v Carlos Chavez (0-0) 170 lbs 3×2 Min Rds

Rd1: Referee Larry Landless in charge of the action. Chavez with a nice leg kick, but Lopez counters with a push kick. Nice counter right hand from Lopez. Chavez with a lead left hook that finds a home, then a leg kick. Big right hand from Chavez drops Lopez, Chavez unable to capitalize, but then achieves mount. Now looking for the back, but the round comes to a close.

Rd2: Lopez flirts with the lead left, but eats a counter from Chavez. Lopez moving backwards, as Chavez looks for the big shot. Lopez pushes back the advancing Chavez with a push kick. Both fighters exchange counters. Low blow by Lopez prompts a stoppage. On the restart, both fighters exchange right hands, but then Chavez lands with a nice left that backs up Lopez. Nice body kick from Lopez as the round comes to a close.

Rd3: Lopez looks to be the busier fighter as the final frame begins. Nice side kick from Lopez. Chavez with a chopping leg kick. Lopez keeps switching stances, but eats a short left from Chavez. Nice right hand from Chavez, but Lopez answers with one of his own, followed by a leg kick. Both fighters going for it, Lopez eats a huge right and goes down right before the round ends.

Winner: 29-28 30-27 30-27 Carlos Chavez via UD

Fight #3: Jesse Fox (0-1) v Bryce Zarraga (0-0) 3×2 min Rds 155 lbs

Rd1: Both fighters touch gloves and we are underway. Fox moving well, but Zarraga able to land with the jab. Long feeling out process, but a huge left from Fox drops Zarraga. Fox now working in the closed guard. He postures up and lands some big ground and pound as the round comes to a close.

Rd2: Zarraga shoots for a take down, but Fox sprawls away. Zarraga relentlessly attacking the single leg, but Fox is able to defend. Nice knee to the body by Fox, as both fighters clinch. Nice leg kick from Fox. Zarraga ducks under a left and again shoots to no avail. Fox defending well against the take down but un able to provide any offense.

Rd3: Nice kick to the body by Fox, and now its Fox pressing Zarraga against the cage. Fox working in Zarraga’s guard. Zarraga looks to hit a switch, but Fox is able to take the neck. Front chancery from Fox, as he drags Zarraga to the mat. Fox looking for an arm, decides to finish the fight landing ground and pound.

Winner: Jesse Fox via UD 

Fight #4: Angel Gonzalez (1-0) v Tanner Grant (1-0) 3×2 min Rds 145 lbs

Rd1: The third man in the cage is again Larry Landless. Grant starts out snapping the jab. Grant able to get the back of Gonzalez, but unable to get in his hooks. Now he has both hooks in, but Gonzalez defends the choke well. Great job hand fighting from Gonzalez but he is still in trouble. Gonzalez is able to survive the round.

Rd2: Big kick from Gonzalez lands but Grant with a nice take down. Both fighters scramble on the mat, but Grant able to get top position. Grant in the half guard looking to mount. Gonzalez holding on, as Grant tries to posture up. Shoulder shrugs from Grant. Nice right hand on the ground from Grant. Both fighters too their feet as the round ends.

Rd3: Grant comes out strong again, and quickly gets to the back of Gonzalez. Gonzalez again defends the choke well. Big ground and pound from Grant breaks up the search for a submission. Both hooks in for Grant, as more right hands find the side of Gonzalez’s head. Round comes to a close.

Winner: Grant via UD

Fight #5: Dominick Reyes (1-0) v Tywone Cotton (0-0) 3×2 Min Rounds 205lbs

Rd1: Milan Ayers will call the action. Both fighters start and land with low kicks, Reyes using the legs to establish the distance, then closes with a multiple punch combination. Leg Kick from reyes. Reyes pumping the jab, cotton is in trouble and he goes down. That is it.

Winner: Reyes via TKO Rd 1

Fight #6 Henry Mendez (1-2) v Antonio Vazquez (1-1) 3×2 min Rounds 145 lbs

Rd1: Larry Landless the third man in the cage. Vazquez looks for a take down and gets it. Mendez closes the guard, as Vazquez looks to land. Referee stands them up. Vazquez again gets the take down. Mendez looks for a triangle, and has it deep, but Vazquez escapes. Now back in Mendez Guard, Vazquez looking to posture up as the round comes to a close.

Rd2: Vazquez again gets the take down, but the ref stands them up after no action. Vazquez again brings the fight to the mat, however Mendez reverses position.  Vazquez controls the posture as Mendez looks to start with the ground and pound but the round comes to an end.

Rd3: Mendez looks for another take down, but Vazquez able to defend. Only to be taken down a moment later. Vazquez able to tie up Mendez forcing the stand up. Mendez again with another take down. Vazquez closes the guard and looks for an arm before the round and the fight come to an end.

Winner: Vazquez via UD

Fight #7 Kevin Widdoes (1-0) v Jose Antonio Ahumada (0-0)

Rd1: Widdoes starts out pressing the action. Nice leg kick lands before the fight goes to the mat. Widdoes looking to mount from the 1/2 guard and he gets it. Big ground and pound from Widdoes, as the Ref looks in and that is it!

Winner: Kevin Widdoes via TKO rd 1

Fight #8 Derrick Martinez (0-2) v Lionel Mathews (0-0) 265 lbs 3x 2 min Rounds

Winner: Martinez via KO :22 Rd 1