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By: Jonathan M King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Once again the sights and sounds of Bellator MMA did not disappoint. Local fighters such as David Duran, Saad Awad, Keith Berry, Ray Sloan, and Fernando Gonzalez were all victorious while other fighters Karo Parisyan and Johnny Cisneros came up short on the Bellator 127 card.

Lesson 1.) In case anyone thought Daniel Straus was a pretender, they learned a valuable lesson! Straus solidified himself as the promotions #1 contender when he blitzed through Justin Wilcox as if he was standing still. The American Top Team product needed only :50 seconds to obliterate Wilcox, who at least on paper seemed like a good match up! The win catapults Straus into a showdown with current champion Patricio Pitbull.

Lesson 2.) Keith Berry showcased superior technique in his win over Joe Pacheco, however the bout was declared a split decision in what should have been a clear victory for Berry. Pacheco may have landed the heavier shots, but they were few and far between. Berry relentlessly pressured Pacheco and peppered him with his jab, sometime tripling up with success. Once again the judges who already screwed up one fight almost screwed up this one as well! (Note of interest Berry was 10 strikes away from the Bellator Record for strikes landed!)

Lesson 3.) Building off of lesson #2: I wonder how many more years have to pass before the CSAC realizes that one of their judging cures is right in front of their faces! Head inspector Chris Crail is probably one of the most qualified people in the entire state to judge a fight, however in CSAC’s infinite wisdom they have decided he would be better suited as a glorified valet. Maybe the inspector position should be reserved for people who can’t score a fight, lord knows there are plenty of them, some of them call themselves judges!

Lesson 4.) Stephan Bonnar and Tito Ortiz do not like each other. In case you were wondering. And just in case you forgot, Bonnar is a really charismatic guy who can work a stick almost as well as Chael Sonnen. Tito however, cannot! He can however shoot a double and pound out the best in the world. Hopefully the fight  cashes the checks these two are writing. Even if you think the hype is completely ridiculous you have to at least be slightly intrigued by this fight.

Lesson 5.) Rafael Silva is a beast, that eventually a champion will have to contend with.

Lesson 6.)  Shawn Bunch ( See lesson #5, same lesson)

Lesson 7.) Since Scott Coker has taken over the look and feel of the events have improved tremendously. Gone are the delays, and in their place a smooth machine that operates efficiently and fires on all cylinders. Coker and his team are building an incredible roster of talent that fuses the well known veterans, to the little known up and comers with pedigree, solidifying the future while entertaining the hell out of the present.

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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)

Joshua 'El Rey' Aveles is awarded the victory! with Mike Beltran.

Joshua ‘El Rey’ Aveles is awarded the victory! with Mike Beltran.

by: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

All photos: by John Walsh The Clinch  Report

Most mixed martial arts fans outside of California have never heard of Joshua Aveles (15-10-1 MMA). He has never fought in the UFC or in Bellator MMA, even though guys he has beaten have, and as a drifter he doesn’t have an actual weight class. Instead he puts people to sleep in three different divisions. His record at first glance is lackluster at best. Especially in a world full of bloated undefeated win loss stat sheets. However if you look closely, and watch the fights, your eyes begin to open.

Aveles started his pro MMA career in April 2008, and was off to a very rough start. Most fighters with a 2-7-1 record would only look to continue fighting as a hobby. How many fighters can make a career as an earning fighter with a start like that? Instead Aveles decided to rededicate himself to his training and slowly things began to turn around.

Since becoming serious about life as a fighter, Aveles has amassed an eye opening record of 13-3. He has won belts in two weight classes and defended his title at welterweight twice. In that time he has also avenged 2 of the three losses with KO wins over both Bellator MMA Fighter David Gomez, and TUF hopeful Kito Andrews; both of whom dwarf Aveles in size.

Although Aveles fights at 185,170, and 160 lbs currently, he walks around at 175 lbs, which is a walk-weight more suitable to a small lightweight (155 lbs). So basically, he is beating up bigger stronger guys. And the fights seem to end the same way, with a lightning quick strike!

The fact that some of these guys have moved on to larger promotions hasn’t soured the humble Aveles. “I’m glad for them, really I am, cause I’m not a hater!” Aveles said. “I hope those guys do really well, and I am glad to see them fighting in big organizations weather its The UFC or Bellator!” Aveles said. “I know my time will come.”

Currently signed to the King of The Cage, Aveles is set to defend his 160 lbs title against  grappler Joe Condon (11-6 MMA) June 5th live on MavTV and streaming on PPV as well.

Condon, is a very tough ground specialist fighting out of Joe Stevenson’s Cobra Kai and on paper should prove to be a very tough opponent. “I know he is tough, but he is coming after my title!” Aveles said. Preparing for a well rounded grappler is not something lost on the predominant striker. “I train with guys like Frank Romero for jujitsu, and Danny Hernandez for wrestling… and if you can get Danny off of you, then you should be prepared!” Aveles said.

If Aveles is able to put together another highlight real win, it would be hard for the UFC or Bellator to ignore this knockout specialist any longer. All you have to do is watch him fight once, and you will fall in love with his style and heart. He is a homerun hitter, a true diamond in the rough.

 

Joshua ‘El Rey’ Aveles

Fighting out of:Team Diamond in Upland CA.

Aveles is sponsored by: TEAM DIAMOND, Adriana’s Insurance, Lucas Oil, Magic Sweat, Killer Tattoo, Never Quit, and as always he fights with his brother Steven’s name on his shorts, in honor of his late brother who passed away in 2007.

 

Aveles is currently the King of The Cage welterweight (170 lbs) and jr welterweight (160 lbs) champions . With notable wins over David Gomez, Sam Liera, Johnny Cisneros, Kris Armbrister, and Kito Andrews.

Sherdog Profile: http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Joshua-Aveles-31362

Team Diamond Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Diamond/113364138697989

 

The middle

The middle

We are streaming the results for King of The Cage ‘Terrified’ Live from the San Manuel Indian Casino in Highland, CA.

The main event will feature current 170lbs champion Joshua ‘El Rey’ Aveles vs Kris Armbrister for the vacant 160lbs King of the Cage title. Also featured as the co main event is Jerod Spoon vs. Henry Corrales at 145 lbs.

Preliminary Bouts:

Fight #1 Bobby ‘The Kid’ Sanchez v Keith ‘Danger’ Carson 135 lbs 3 X 5

Rd1: Big John McCarthy is the third man in the cage. Carson starts with the jab, and Sanchez looks for the take down, then pulls guard. Sanchez holding on to the single leg, as Carson presses him against the cage. Nice knee to the body from Carson. Sanchez back to his feet, again looking for the single leg. Sanchez seems hurt, Carson landing hammer fists to the head, three unanswered and Big John stops the fight.

Winner: Via TKO Rd 1 Keith ‘Danger’ Carson (2:38)

Fight#2 David Evans v David Mitchell 170 lbs 3 X 5

Rd1: Referee Mike Beltran is in charge of the action. Big right hand from Evans prompts the shot from Mitchell. Evans pressing the action as he has Mitchell against the cage. Mitchell looks for a single leg, but Evans able to defend momentarily before being dragged to the mat. Mitchell landing soft rights from Evans closed guard. Beltran calling for action, looking to stand them up. Mitchell starts to work, only to be tied back up promptly. Evans controlling the posture well, as Mitchell cant seem to do any damage. Ref stands them up, and Mitchell immediately looks for the take down again, and has it. Nice right hand lands for Mitchell. Not alot lading bu enough action to keep the stand up away. Nice flurry from Mitchell, rights and lefts reign down. Again Beltran stands them up. Round comes to a close. 10-9 Mitchell.

Rd2: Big front kick from Evans lands, and Mitchell immediately draws tight.  Big shots from Evans, as Mitchell is hurt. Mitchell back to his feet, looks for the take down only to be reversed. More punches from Evans, Mitchell is leaking. Mitchell finally gets the take down, and the momentum back. Now in mount, Mitchell looking to posture up, and he slips off. Both fighters back on their feet. Nice knee from Evans, Mitchell again down. But again back up! It is all about the take down for Mitchell. Even though he is telegraphing it, it is still working. Evans controlling the posture well. Nice ground strikes from Mitchell, are scoring bu not doing much damage. Mitchell looks for a leg, but Evans stands only to be slammed back to the mat. round comes to a close with Mitchell again in top position. 10-9 Mitchell with the late control and take downs.

Rd3: Mitchell quickly achieves another take down,Evans throws a sweep and is now in top position. Mitchell able to get the body lock, and return to his feet. Evans sprawls away from another attempt at his legs, and lands a nice elbow. Mitchell throws a switch and achieves top again, big right hands find there mark, but Evans pulls Mitchell near again. Mitchell slips again looking for the back, and Evans ends up in his guard. Short elbows from Evans grind away at Mitchell. Both fighters are completely gassed. Referee Mike Beltran stands them up. Nice knee to the body from Evans, and another that lands a little south of the border. Beltran calls time. Mitchell will have up to 5 minutes to recover. Mitchell is ready. Another take down attempt by Mitchell is left unsatisfied as the fight comes to a close. 10-9 we have him winning 30-27

Winner: Via Split Decision (29-28 Evans, 29-28 Mitchell, 29-28 Evans) David Evans 

Fight #3 Terrion ‘Flash’ Ware v Kevin Michel 135 lbs 3 X 5

Rd1: Referee Mike Beltran is again the third man in the cage. Michel looking to establish the jab. Ware countering over the top with the right hand. Ware doubling up on the jab. Michel lands a leg kick. and a nice counter right hand. Ware pumping that jab, and Michel is already bruising up. Nice leg kick from Michel. Knees from the clinch land for Ware, and now upper cuts. Michel can’t escape Ware’s thai clinch. Knees to the body now for Ware find a home. Michel leaking as more knees find a home. Ware now looking for the back, but Michel holds a single leg. Hammer fists from Ware find there mark. Michel momentarily gets the trip, but Ware quickly gets back up.  Ware throws up his legs, and sets up the triangle, it looks deep, but Michel alive for now. Ware adjusts the hold, and sinks it deeper. Michel taps.

Winner: Terrion ‘The Flash’ Ware via submission (triangle choke) Rd 1 (4:26)

Fight#4  Eric Moon v Vince Alaalatoa 170 lbs 3 X 5

Rd 1: Big John McCarthy in charge of the action. Alaalatoa with a sizable reach advantage. Nice jab lands on the face of moon. Nice take down from Moon, but Vince gets back to his feet promptly. Both fighters trade lefts, with Moon getting the worse of the two. Nice body shot from Moon., as he changes levels and looks for the single leg.  Finally he gets it, but Alaaltoa quickly stands and takes Moon down. Vince looking to transition to the back is softening up moon with punches. Both hooks in, as he tries to flatten him out. Lefts from Vince, find Moon’s temple. Vince looks like he might have injured his knee, but he is still game to trade punches. Now Moon has Alaalatoa’s back and the choke looks deep, it is and Vince is forced to tap.

Winner:  Eric Moon Via Submission RNC (Short choke) 

Fight #5 Melvin Costa v Johnny Cisneros  185 3 X 5

Rd 1: Mike Beltran in charge of the action. Nice left hook from Cisneros finds its mark, but Costa presses Cisneros against the cage, before he circle off. Nice take down off the leg kick for Cisneros, and he is looking to mount. Big left hands from the back, have Costa in trouble against the cage. Halfway between mounts, Cisneros lands big punches.  Both fighters now trading shots, Costa is a bloody mess already.  Big power double leg from Cisneros drives Costa back into the cage, on on his back.  Costa kicks Cisneros away, but Cisneros throws the legs to the side before landing a big hammer fist. Now in side control, Cisneros trapping an arm, begins to reign down again. Costa back to his feet, but Cisneros puts him back on the mat. Round comes to a close. 10-9 Cisneros.

Rd 2: Costa starts out backing up Cisneros, feigning the jab.  Cisneros again takes the fight to the ground. Right hands from Cisneros land to the temple of Costa as he struggles to get back to his feet. Cisneros again back in control on the ground, but he allows Costa to his feet before he again slams him to the mat. Cisneros working from side control. Now in back mount, with both hooks in Cisneros looking for the choke. Costa rolls to his back, before Cisneros stands. Working in Costa’s guard Cisneros looking to posture up. Rude elbows from Cisneros make their introduction to Costa’s face. Left to the body, and right elbows bring the round to a close. Cisneros in charge 10-9.

Rd 3: Costa able to stuff Cisneros’s first take down attempt, only to be dropped with the second. Cisneros is relentless with the ground assault.  Now in side control, Cisneros uses some shoulder shrugs and short elbows to stay busy. Cisneros fighting for mount, but Costa doing well enough to prevent the transition. Now Costa sweeps, and ends up on top momentarily.  Cisneros again scores with the take down. Big Hammer fist echoes from Cisneros, as Costa thought about the triangle. SO far this fight is all Cisneros. Referee Mike Beltran stands them up, but Cisneros finishes the fight and the round with another take down. 10-9 CIsneros

Winner: Johnny Cisneros via UD

Fight #6 Joseph Condon v Sam Liera 170 lbs 3 X 5

Rd 1: Condon counter the attacks of Liera well. Liera stalking, is moving Condon around the cage. Nice counter from Liera finds a home. Both fighters still feeling out the other. Liera attacking the legs well. Nice change of levels by Liera as he starts with the body shot, and exits on the right up stairs. Big right hand from Liera starches Condon, who is on his bicycle. Liera now on Condon’s back, and the choke is in deep. Condon is forced to tap.

Winner: Sam Liera via Submission RNC Rd 1 (3:39)

Fight #7 Jared Spoon v Henry Corrales for the Bantamweight Title 145 lbs 5 X 5

Rd 1: Both fighters take the center of the cage. Spoon looking to establish his range, but Corrales quickly lifts him and slams him to the mat. Spoon, may have a guillotine, but Corrales escapes. Nice right hand from Spoon, backs up Corrales. Corrales returns fire with jabs and leg kicks, that back up Spoon. Both fighters trade on the exit of a quick clinch. Spoon’s mid section showing signs of bruising. Corrales lands low with a kick, that stops time. Spoon will have up to 5 minutes to recover. After a short break, the fight resumes. Corrales with a nicely timed counter right hand, sends Spoon backwards. Another low kick from Corrales drops Spoon, and again time is called by veteran referee Big John McCarthy, who takes a point for the second infraction. Both fighters are ready, Spoon gets the momentary take down, but Corrales gets back to his feet, only to go for a ride again. Both fighters back up and in the center of the cage. Spoon bleeding from the nose. Nice leg kick from Spoon. Round comes to a close. 10-8 Spoon because of the deduction.

Rd 2: Nice leg kick from Corrales starts the second frame. Both fighters eating jabs. Corrales lands a nice one two, and Spoon appears staggered, but he is not. Corrales now backing up Spoon. Spoon ducks under a jab, takes Corrales leg and gets the take down. Corrales quickly back to his feet. Corrales throws a leg kick, and Spoon takes him down. Corrales reverses and gets back to his feet. Spoon can’t seem to keep Corrales down for very long. Spoon breathing heavy from his mouth, as Corrales looks to counter. Big exchange with Corrales landing the better shots. Spoon is able to secure a single leg, but Corrales is able to pull free. Spoon again with the single leg take down as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Corrales.

Rd 3: Corrales starts the third frame clearly as the aggressor, and drops Spoon with a leg kick.  Both fighters trade hooks. Once again Spoon works for the single leg take down, but Corrales again back to his feet in a flash. Low kick from Spoon this time prompts the stoppage from Big John. Corrales seems ready. Nice leg kick from Spoon buckles Corrales, who responds with a three punch combination. Nice combination from Corrales as he changes levels and delivers to the body first, then the head. Left hand catches Spoon but he says it didn’t hurt with a head shake. Corrales gets sloppy with his hands, and Spoon capitalizes and again brings the fight to the floor. Now in mount, Spoon looking to land ground strikes, but the round comes to a close. 10-9 Spoon in a round that could go either way.

Rd 4: Again Spoon looks for the take down, but Corrales avoids nicely. Chopping leg kick from Corrales, and then again. Spoon marching behind the jab, but unable to land clean. Corrales counter punching well. Spoon seems content to throw one strike at a time. Now he starts to open up with the hands, but Corrales is waiting with the counter right hand. Corrales cutting off the cage well. Nice left hand from Corrales stops the take down attempt. It works a second time as well. Nice one two from Corrales. Spoon is able to duck under though and again is able to slow the fight down. Working in half guard, Spoon looks to transition, but Corrales shrugs him off before returning to his feet. Round comes to an end. 10-9 Corrales.

Rd 5: Big right hand shows some urgency by Spoon, but it misses its mark. Both fighters being very cautious. Neither wants to commit to a combination. Leaping lead right hand from Spoon, is partially blocked. Corrales beginning to find a home with the jab. Nice counter right hand from Corrales answers a Spoon left. Nice jab from Spoon snaps Corrales head back. Corrales ducks under a jab, returns with the right, and looks for the take down. Spoon circles away. Spoon’ mouth wide open as he takes a deep breath. Push kick from Corrales presses Spoon back, but he immediately shoots in and gets the take down at the end of the round. 10-9 Spoon

Winner: Via Split Decision Henry Corrales (Crowd very disappointed in the decision) And New KOTC Bantamweight Champion of the World

Min Event:

Joshua ‘El Rey; Aveles v Kris Armbrister for vacant KOTC 160 lbs World Title. 5 X 5

Rd 1: Leg kicks from Armbrister, but a short right hand from Aveles drops him. Aveles swarms with elbows to the body. Mike Beltran has seen enough.

Winner: Joshua Aveles via TKO rd 1 (0:20) And New KOTC Jr Welterweight Champion of the World.

 

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Story By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

 

Once again all hell broke loose at The San Manuel Indian Casino(follow @SanManuelCasino on Twitter), during The King if The Cage Restitution event. The fighters performances shadowed a late minute main event cancellation that threatened to put a damper on the evening. Nick Rossborough injured his back in training and was unable to compete against heavyweight champion Tony Lopez. Unable to find a replacement, the bout was scraped leaving the fight card one title fight short.

However once the show started and the fighters took control, the performances produced a virtual highlight reel of fight footage. In the opener Marcelo Mafra utilized his dominating wrestling and ground game to control a very game Joshua Miranda who was on the defensive and his back for most of the fight. The effort earned Mafra a unanimous decision victory.

Daniel Hernandez needed only 1:20 to secure a guillotine choke submission victory over Kenny Ento. After an aggressive take down by Hernandez, Ento exposed his neck allowing Hernandez to pull a chancery position that he parlayed into the choke. Hernandez has looked dominant in past few fights. His dominant wrestling and heavy hands have to be drawing some stares from fellow 185lbs contenders.

The third fight was over in a heartbeat. Carlos Ortega landed a huge left hand that immediately staggered Charles Lee. Lee on his bicycle, tried to create space to regain his composure but Ortega swarmed. A heavy right hand from the stalking Ortega dropped the wobbled Lee, forcing the referee to interrupt some rather academic ground and pound.

After a few quick KO’s, Vince Alaalatoa and Manny Murillo change the dynamic by treating the audience to a tightly contested battle that left both combatants bruised, bloodied, and swollen. In the end, Murillo utilized his clinch game, and dirty boxing to secure a tightly scored split decision. Alaalatoa valiantly rallied late in the third round, with a flurry of straight lefts and rights, that staggered Murillo who seemed to be on the balance beam when the final bell rang.

After that grueling fight things returned to form as Alejandro Garcia needed only 3:54 to knockout heavily favored veteran Roberto Vargas. Garcia frustrated Vargas from the opening bell, and snapped cracking leg kicks one after the other keep Vargas out of range. After a right hand, leg kick combination Garcia reset, and unleashed a devastating leg kick to Vargas’s front leg that swept him off his feet. Garcia pounced on the downed Vargas, and took his back. Once he flattened Vargas out he began to pummel the sides of his head with left and right hooks, from the back mount. A big right hand sapped Vargas, and the referee stepped in stopping the fight. A huge win for Garcia, and a tough loss for the journeyman Vargas.

In the co-main event, Joshua Aveles survived and early take down from welter weight champion Sam Liera, by quickly popping back up to his feet. Liera still with his back, unsuccessfully attempted to suplex Aveles back to the mat, however Aveles broke free and returned to his Muay Thai foundation. Surviving another clinch, and brief take down Aveles stood and landed a huge left hand on the exit that had Liera out on his feet. The right hand that followed ended all doubt as Liera fell prone to the canvas clearly unconscious.  The win earns Joshua Aveles the KOTC Welterweight Title, and adds to his impressive highlight knockout reel.

Sean Strickland maybe The King of The Cage’s pound for pound champion. Coming off his first title defense, Strickland was set to face off with veteran striker Bill Albrecht. Both fighters appeared wary of the other. Neither was willing to commit to any sort of combination. Strickland pushed the pace landing a jab, right hand combination that he followed with a take down. Albrecht tried to defend against the mount, but Strickland swiftly transitioned to the mount and began landing powerful strikes that forced Albrecht to cover up. The referee stepped in stopping the fight at 2:41 of the very first round. Strickland continues his undefeated streak, and remains the KOTC top prospect, and Middleweight champion.

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Liera secures the take down

Liera secures the take down

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December 20, 2012

San Manuel Casino and Bingo

KING OF THE CAGE: VIGILANTE

by: Jonathan King  Photos by John Walsh The Clinch Report

Once again The King of The Cage promotion put on an amazing event of Mixed Martial Arts. The fight card featured 3 title fights, and a stacked under card that saw several upsets.

The Night began with an amazing .9 second knockout. King of The Cage stall-wort, and 185lbs contender Johnny Cisneros walked into a counter right hand from Joshua Aveles that immediately twisted and folded ‘The Tattooed Terror’ leaving him unconscious  and supine. The crowed was in shock, even the Aveles fans seemed stunned by the quick finish. Next for Aveles is a title shot at the 170 lbs division. As for Johnny Cisneros, its back to the drawing board. Suffering his first professional loss, was undoubtedly a rough dose of a reality for Cisneros. Fortunately though, his pedigree and skill will certainly carry him through this setback.

The first of three title fights saw Marvin Garcia vs. Justin Robbins for the vacant KOTC featherweight title. The first round featured a back and forth affair exhibiting some excellent striking and effective counters by both fighters. Garcia maintained a great pace, and stalked Robbins throughout the fight. Once on the ground, he was able to secure the victory via guillotine choke in the second round becoming the promotions strap holder in the 135lbs division.

The second title on the line belonged to David Gomez, who had been riding a 5 fight win streak coming into the fight. As the current champion Gomez had the crowd on his side, a ton of momentum, and a few defenses under his cap. His opponent Sam Liera, simply had a desire to become champion. Round 1 began with Gomez landing several hard strikes to the challenger Liera’s head, however they did little to deter the advances of the pugnacious challenger.  Halfway through the frame, Liera landed a huge left hand counter that immediately moved Gomez backwards. Showing a champions will, Gomez fought of the cage valiantly moving the scrap back to the center of the cage. His smile was replaced with a look of uncertainty, and Liera swarmed.  Shortly thereafter a counter left hand from Liera again rocked the champion as he fell to the canvas. A few unanswered hammer-fists from Liera forced referee Mike Beltran to step in to stop the fight at 4:42 of round the very first round. The winner Sam Liera is now the reigning KOTC Welterweight Title holder.

The final title bout of the evening featured KOTC Heavyweight and Super heavyweight Title holder and MMA legend Tony”Kryptonite” Lopez against a very savvy and well decorated fighter in his own right Trevor Prangley. Early on, Prangley was able to land a few heavy counter shots, that set up a few take-downs  Lopez however fought actively from the bottom, and Prangley seemed unable to provide any offense in Lopez’s guard. After two rounds of Prangley dominating with his smothering ground game, the referee began to stand up the fighters. after Prangley was unable to advance position. Here is where Lopez began to take control. Once standing, Prangley’s exhaustion was evident. Lopez landed at will, as Prangley was standing right in front of him, with very little if any head movement. In the fourth round a huge left hand from Lopez rocked Prangley, and sent him to the canvas. As Lopez moved in for the finish, and inadvertent knee seemed to hit Prangley in the head, forcing the ref to step in and halt the action. Consequent replays show the knee landed towards the neck area, and not the head. Prangley complained to ringside doctors that the knee may have broken his jaw, so the fight went to the judges score cards in the middle of the fourth round.  The judges awarded a technical decision to Trevor Prangley, who is now the KOTC Light heavyweight champion. *Interesting side note The Clinch Report’s photographer John Walsh caught the left hand that broke Prangley’s jaw proving it was not the knee that caused the damage!

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 KOTC VIGILANTE Full Fight Card                                          

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report 

 

King of The Cage set to put on another talent packed card with three title fights. Also numerous contender spots are on the line. Once again King of The Cage President Terry Trebilcock is responsible for producing an exciting card of fights, just in time to satisfy your MMA Christmas/Chanukah wish list!

December 20th 2012

San Manuel Casino

Highland. CA

FIGHT CARD:

Josh Ramage (1-4 MMA) vs Robert Gleckman (Debut)
Kenny Tenorio (0-10 MMA) vs Frank Park (2-4 MMA)
Roberto Vargas (12-2 MMA) vs Musa Toliver (9-7 MMA)
Johnny Cisneros (7-0 MMA) vs Joshua Aveles (9-8 MMA)
Justin Robbins (13-13 MMA) vs Marvin Garcia (9-2 MMA) Featherweight Title Bout
Sam Liera (7-3 MMA) vs David Gomez (14-4 MMA)* Welterweight Ttitle Bout
Trevor Prangley (26-9 MMA) vs Tony Lopez (32-9 MMA)* Light Heavyweight Title Bout

 

 

After over 4,000 bouts and 400 events one thing is certain, The King of The Cage promotion understands how to book exciting mixed martial arts fights. Last night reinforced that position. Over the years KOTC owner Terry Trebilcock, has featured some of MMA biggest names. Fighters such as: Forrest Griffin, Quinton Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, Krazy Horse, Keith Berry, Mac Danzig, Paul Buentello, Urijah Faber, Joe Stevenson, Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves were all able to make a name for themselves under the KOTC banner. A banner that served them well by acting as the launching pad for those careers.

Taking place in a large banquet room at The San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland California, the fight card featured the promotions welterweight champion and rising star David Gomez in a title fight against Brad Burrick.  As well as KOTC stalwart, and crowd favorite Johnny ‘The Tattooed Terror’ Cisneros who pushed his unblemished record to 7-0 with an impressive unanimous decision win over former World Champion Brandon Hunt. Both fighters were able to land heavy handed shots, however ‘The Tattooed Terror’ was able to takedown Hunt almost at will.  Although consistently defending from bottom, Hunt was able to land a few big shots. One right hand seemed to stagger Cisneros who immediately shot in and took the fight to the mat. Everytime Hunt was able to get to his feet, Cisneros slammed him back down thunderously. Having controlled the entire fight Cisneros was awarded the 30-27 unanimous decision, thrusting him immediately into title contention.

Also featured was journeyman Tony Lopez who narrowly defeated Nick Rossborough via unpopular split decision. Lopez looked to establish his range early, but ate several big right hands from the much thicker Rossborough. Half way through the opening frame Rossborough timed a Lopez leg kick perfectly and countered with a right hand that dropped the heavyweight champion. For the rest of the round, it appeared Lopez was on rubber legs. For the rest of the fight, Lopez was able to dictate where the fight went, often pressuring Rossborough up against the cage as he delivered good shots to the body. However Rossborough continued to land the bigger shots. With the judges scorecards reading 29-28, 28-29, 30-27 in favor of Lopez, the entire room was wondering what fight one of those judges was watching. Terry Treblicock came over too press row immediately after the fight, blasting the decision and generously announcing that Rossborough was going to get his ‘win’ money as well.

Early on the card, both Joshua Aveles and Jason Walraven won in dominating fashion. Aveles systematically broke down a much stronger opponent Marcus Mowers with blood curdling leg kicks that echoed throughout the hall. After two rounds, Mowers was advised by doctors not to continue due to a obviously injured knee. Jason Walraven took control of Jason Ireland at the bell, utilizing his decided height advantage to land a vicious head kick, that he parlayed into a double leg takedown. Moving in and out of side control Walraven was eventually able to take Ireland’s back with both hooks in, Walraven secured the rear naked choke at 3:13 of the very first round.

Sam Liera 170 lbs contender secured his title shot with a big win over Scott Catlin. After being dropped early, Liera was able to utilize his dominant wrestling to control position clearly winning the first round. As the second frame began Liera was able to secure a single leg takedown, that he eventually worked to back mount. Once there a few left hands flattened out Catlin and the choke was applied. With the victory Liera immediately earns a title shot against David Gomez who completely dismantled Brad Burrick in less than two minutes. Utilizing his excellent wrestling pedigree Gomez was able to end the night, with a quick takedown and some vicious ground and pound that left Burrick near ‘dreamland’. With this impressive win, Gomez has secured himself as one of the promotions pound for pound champions.

With recent UFC fight controversies, and questionable match-ups it was refreshing to see a promotion that designs fights based on rankings and performances. In the UFC things don’t always make sense. Fights are based on popularity, and maybe even network ratings. The King of The Cage promotion in many ways makes more sense, fighters there have different motivations. Most are looking to make a name for themselves, to rise to the larger shows. Others are just trying to stay in the game, to remain relevant in some way. However they all seem to be loyal to Terry Treblicock, and to the promotion as a whole. That loyalty speaks volumes for the integrity of the business. In the vast world of MMA The King of The Cage is making incredible contributions to the sport, and has quietly become one of the most exciting promotions not just nationally, but globally.

 

REAL COMBAT MEDIA will be covering this event live, from the San Manuel Casino. Featuring several UFC, WEC, and Bellator veterans as well as young rising prospects that are destined for those promotions. King of the Cage has a history of putting on extremely entertaining fights, and will look to continue the trend on Thursday October 25.

Fight Card:

David Gomez (13-5) vs. Brad Burrick (12-11) For Welterweight Title
Johnny Cisneros (6-0) vs. Brandon Hunt (8-4)
Tony Lopez (31-9) vs. Nick Rossborough (20-15)
Scott Catlin (5-6) vs. Sam Liera (6-4)
Joshua Aveles (8-8) vs. Marcus Mowers (2-3)
Vincent Alaalatoa (5-2) vs. Lucas Taber (9-5)
Nick Moghaddam (6-5) vs. Jason Walraven (4-3)
Daniel Hernandez (7-9) vs. Jason Ireland (19-8)