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KOTC 12.4-26

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By John Walsh The Clinch Report

Fight 1: Marlen Magee vs. Jay Pinto     155lbs   3X5

Results:

Rd 1: Both fighters start off with an incredible exchange that damages both fighters. McGee instigates the clinch  but ends up on bottom. Pinto pops his head free from the guillotine. Both fighters stand up and Pinto again lands in top control as McGee falls on the middle kick. Good first round. 10-9 Pinto

Rd 2: Again both fighters swinging heavy. Magee rocked early but able to survive. Pinto in control after 2 rounds on our cards 10-9

Rd 3: Very tough round to score, both fighter exhausted. Pinto had control of MaGee’s body for a good portion of the frame, but Magee was the only one scoring with strikes. We score the round for Magee. 10-9 but the fight for Pinto (29-28)

Decision: Winner via UD Marlon Magee (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Fight 2: Chase Gibson vs. David Hernandez   145lbs 3X5

Rd 1: Gibson starts out very busy. Nice head kick and body kick from Gibson find a home. Hernandez charges forward with a multiple punch flurry. Nice judo toss from Gibson finds him in side control. Now in North South position, Gibson looking to get busy with the ground and pound. Quickly Gibson transitions to the back where he secures the tap.

Winner: Chase Gibson via RNC Rd 1:

Fight 3: Chris Culley vs. Kevin Michel   149lbs 3X5

Rd 1:Chris Culley controls the fight from the opening bell. Great strikes at range, but not many of them. Culley picking his shots has Michel in a bad position up against the cage. Nice transition to the back from Culley who seems to have the choke deep, and he does. Michel taps ending the fight!

Winner: via RNC Chris Culley 4:45 Rd 1

Fight 4: Dominick Reyes vs. Jose Rivas  198lbs (Catchweight)  3X5

Rd 1: Rivas lands right away with a nice middle kick but eats a few nice knees from Reyes in the clinch. Reyes moving well, as Rivas appears to be tiring already. Reyes systematically picking Rivas apart. Crisp jab from Reyes finding their mark. Diverse arsenal of strikes from Reyes, who lands with kicks and punches to the body. Straight left hand from Reyes, followed by another and another. Rivas drops and that is the end of the fight.

Winner: via TKO Dominick Reyes 3:23 Rd 1

Fight 5: Todd Willingham vs. Joshua Aveles   170lbs 3X5

Rd 1: Both fighters feeling each other out, as each are throwing single shots. Aveles keeping that right hand cocked but not letting it go yet. Willingham giving as god as he is receiving so far! Willingham wearing some damage already as hid right eye is leaking. The eye is closing rapidly. Left hook upper cut from Aveles starches Willingham.  Body kick from Aveles rocks Willingham backwards. Nice right hand from Aveles as well.  Willingham appears to be on borrowed time  Left and right  huge upper cut from Aveles and that is the end of the fight!

Winner: Joshua Aveles via TKO Rd 1

Fight 6: Alex Reyes vs. Victor Meza   155lbs 5X5 (For KOTC 155lbs Title)

Rd 1:Both fighters working out of the orthodox stance as the trade middle kicks. Reyes flirts with the spin kick but misses. Meza looking to establish the jab, then flurries forward with the 3, 2. Reyes lands some heavy punches but Meza circles away effectively. Neither fighter looking to set anything up at this point, all home run shot to this point. Meza lands a nice uppercut but Reyes quicly obtains position and buries Meza into the cage. Both fighters work free to the center of the cage. Reyes working out of the clinch lands  to the body but Meza returns with a head kick as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Reyes

Rd 2: Reyes landing with some power to the body, then changing levels to the head before exiting clean. Reyes now attacking the legs of Meza, whose output and movement have slowed. Nice rght hand from Reyes before taking the clinch and slamming Meza to the mat. Meza back to his feet lands a nice right on the exit. Back to the middle of the cage now. Meza standing practically still. Reyes circling around him. Reyes doubles up on the jab before changing to the body. Left hook right leg kick from Reyes. Meza attempts the head kick but blocked effectively by Reyes. Meza looking for a guillotine but Reyes pops his head free, and looks for an arm in choke but he releases it before landing a nice combination to the body. Both fighters throwing and even Herb Dean catches one! 10-9 Reyes

Rd 3: Reyes lands a big leg kick and Meza is hurt. Meza pinned against the cage as Reyes keeps the relentless pressure applied. Reyes now in Meza’s open guard. Reyes with a knee as they both stand. Meza appears to be moving better. Both fighters starting to tire. Reyes again with the take down. Nice elbows from the top as Meza is in trouble again. Knees to the body from Reyes. Straight left from Reyes. Reyes looks to transition to the back, but Meza shrimps free to side control. Both fighter stand as the round comes to a close.

Rd 4: Meza coming to life in this 4th round. Reyes still in control, but Meza lands with a huge uppercut. Reyes again working the clinch, but Meza works free. Now Meza stalking.Reyes lands a right and Meza slips into a choke. Meza works free as Reyes fails to take his back. Reyes again buries Meza into the cage. Leg kick floors Meza as Reyes swarms. Meza able to survve so far but now the choke is in and it is deep! Meza taps!

Winner: via RNC submission and NEW 155lbs KOTC Champion Alex Reyes 4:43 Rd 4

Fight 7: Will Noland vs.  Daniel Hernandez 185lbs 5X5 (for KOTC 185lbs Title)

Rd 1: Hernandez takes a hold of an missed middle kick and parlays it into the first take down. Guillotine from Hernandez but Noland works free and to his feet. Another take down from Hernandez this time a trip. Noland back to his feet again. Nice knees from Noland in the clinch but again Hernandez grounds the fight. Somehow Hernandez gets an arm and secures the tap!

Winner: via Armbar rd 1 And Still 185 lbs Champion Daniel Hernandez

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DSC_7856By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Joshua ‘El Rey’ Aveles once again defended his 160lbs crown by knocking out Sam Liera in the second round of their title fight. Aveles currently sits atop the 160 and 170lbs divisions, and with another highlight finish, should be on his way to the UFC. Winner of 10 of his last 12 fights, Aveles seems to be heading down to the 155 lbs division, where his powerful punches will certainly inspire nightmares.

Daniel ‘El Leon’ Hernandez also earned a strap, as he defeated Brandon Hunt to earn the 185 lbs title that former champion Sean Strickland vacated when he signed with the UFC. Hernandez possesses a strong wrestling base with I.Q. changing ground and pound. Now a title holder, Hernandez is 5-1 in his last 6 fights, and will be looking to take on all comers in the 185lbs division.

Congratulations to two champions who have grown tremendously as fighters inside and outside of the cage.

 

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

 

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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.

 

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Inside the confines o f a steel cage, anything can, and often does happen. Knockouts appear out of no where, submissions transition with blinding speed, and many times the impossible happens. When the cage door closes, all talk and hype is removed and all that is left is the purity of two combatants. Two fighters entered the King of The Cage last night. One left with the belt, the other left disappointed; however everyone else bore witness to an amazing fight.

Former King of The Cage welterweight Champion Joshua ‘El Rey’ Aveles has been on the bottom before. Loss is something that Aveles not only understands, but he literally wears it. On his arm is a tattoo that pays tribute to his brother Stephen who passed away a few years ago. The loss is something that clearly still festers, like an open wound that just wont heal.

The loss of his brother devastated Joshua, but that devastation soon transformed into motivation. Aveles rededicated himself to his craft, and began training full time with renewed inspiration. Then a funny thing happened. He started winning! After losing 7 of his first 10 fights (mostly by decision except for 1 stoppage), Aveles rattled of 10 wins in 12 total fights.

During that span he KO’d 185 lbs stalwart Johnny Cisneros, and also knocked out Sam Liera to capture the KOTC welterweight title. Then Aveles ran into David Gomez for the first time. Gomez the former champion was looking to regain his title, and did so by squeaking out a highly controversial split decision win in April.

Aveles then defeated Carlos Ortega by decision last month, solidifying his #1 contender spot, and setting up the rematch: “Gomez v Aveles II”, which did not disappoint.

Much like the first fight, David Gomez utilized his superior wrestling to control the smaller Aveles for most of the fight. Gomez was able to take his opponent down at will, however once there he had problems landing any effective strikes. A credit to Aveles jujitsu game. Using his closed guard, Aveles was able to stifle the attacks of Gomez, prompting several stand ups form referee Mike Beltran.

At the end of the third round, Aveles was able to rock the champion with a combination to the body. However again, Gomez grabbed a hold of Aveles and was able to finish the round pressing Aveles into the fence.

When the fourth round started Gomez appeared to be fading. He looked for a take down, but unlike every earlier attempt, Aveles was able to avoid the shot, and kept the fight standing. Then he landed a cirrhosis inducing liver shot, followed by an I.Q. changing uppercut that left  Gomez asleep, supine, and once again a former champion.

For Aveles the celebration will be a short one. His next challenger has been named and was on hand to watch the title change hands. Josh Hinkle will be the next to challenge for the belt in October. For Aveles, though the win is another slap in the face of those who doubt him. A group that after last nights nasty KO, will most certainly be dwindling in numbers.

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Preliminary Card:

1.) Nick Piecuch (0-1)  v Daylin Murray  (1-0)

Rd1: Piecuch eats a big head kick and its over! Daylin Murray with a vicious head kick KO!

Winner: Daylin Murray via TKO strikes :17 Rd 1

First Fight on Live TV

2.) Frank Park (3-4) v David Evans (6-3)

Rd1: Big John McCarthy is the third man in the cage.  Evand=s starts out with the jab and works a nice push kick in as well. Nice right hand from Evans drops Park momentarily. Nice body kick from Park find Evans mid section. Evans flutters with several kicks and lands a nice straight right. Park has his back pressed against the fence, but works free. After a bad flying kick, that misses badly Evans eats another liver kick but returns fire with jabs and a right cross. Evans presses Park against the cage, and then takes park down with a nice trip. Evans starting to land with the ground and pound, but Park transitions to a triangle, but losses it and eats a hammer fist for his effort. Evans almost takes the back but Park escapes and lands with the push kick. Park again lands a nice three punch combo and a kick at the end of the round. 10-9 Evans with the early action!

Rd2: Park starts off with an outside leg kick, Evans slips and Park flurries. Big knees land for Park in the clinch, but Evans is able to land on top as the both go to the ground. Nice elbows from Evans as Park closes his guard. Park working for a triangle, but can’t seem to get it tight. Big John stands them up. Nice knees from Park again in the clinch. Evans goes for a throw, but Park lands in mount and is landing heavy left hands. Park quikly transitions to the side looking for a choke, but then re mounts and lands more vicious strikes before Big John stops the fight. Evans wasnt responding to the strikes.

Winner: Frank Park via TKO Rd 2 4:32

3.) Adenilson Clementino (4-2) v Tony Lopez (32-13)

Rd1: Big hooks from Clementino land right away, but Lopez immediately clinches and starts working against the cage. Knees to the thigh and punches follow. Clementino can’t get away from Lopez, who bury some body shots. Nice knee from Clementino finds Lopez’s mid section.  Rights to the body from Lopez, as he presses Clementino against the cage. Finally they break free. Clementino misses a big kick and Lopez lands one of his own. one two from Clementino finds a home. And so does a nice counter right. Lopez ducks under a head kick and again instigates the clinch. Both fighters trading single shots, with Clementino landing knees. Clementino lands a big right hand that drops Lopez, He looks to swarm and misses with several shots before the round comes to a close. 10-9 Clementino

Rd2: Lopez is able to take control from the start and has position again. Beautiful inside trip from lopez lands hin in side control. Nice ground and pound from Lopez. He transitions to the back, only to start striking again. The choke is there, and Lopez takes it. The ref stops the fight and Lopez lands an extra shot after the ref pulls him free. The commission will investigate that one.

Winner; Tony Lopez via RNC 3:47 Rd2

4.) Melvin Costa (8-4) v Brandon Hunt (8-5)

Rd1: Hunt starts firing the jab, as Costa circles to his right. Costa now waiving in Hunt, who is being very cautious. Leg kick from Hunt. Neither fighter seems ready to commit. Push kick from Hunt. Hunt throwing single punches that miss, as Costa continues to dance. Boos begin to rain down, as the action is very sparse until this point. Hunt doubles up on the jab nicely. A very lackluster round ends, with Hunt taking a 10-9 lead.

Rd2: Hunt starts effectively with the jab again. Costa looks to shoot, but Hunt defends well with a nice knee. Costa bleeding from his nose now. hunt again starches Costa with the straight jab. Hunt is just picking Costa apart with the straight counters. Costa tries a few leg kicks but Hunt rewards his effort with another hook to the nose. Hunt looks for a take but the round comes to an end. 10-9 Hunt

Rd3: Leg Kick from Costa shows some urgency. Costa looks for a take down, but Hunt grabs a plumb clinch and falls against the cage. Both fighters work free and find the center of the cage once again. Nice jab from Hunt scores. Then he doubles it up and knocks Costa down momentarily. Costa a bloody mess. Costa land a pair of nice leg kicks. Then pounds his chest. Hunt avoids the combo from Costa and replies with another nice jab. Over hand right from Costa grazes Hunt. Nice right cross from Hunt sends Costa’s mouth piece flying prompting a momentary stoppage. Both fighters finally let loose with 10 seconds left. Neither able to land anything significant. Hunt 10-9 in a rather forgettable affair.

Winner: Brandon Hunt via UD Rd 3

5.) Matthew Lagler () v Sean Strickland () Champion 185 lbs

Rd1: Lagler with an inside leg kick as Strickland stalks.  Lagler trying to find his range, but Strickland stays loaded with the right. Nice right hand from Strickland catches Lagler leaping. head kick misses for Strickland. Strickland looking to find his range, but Lagler keeps moving. Big body shot with ten seconds left drops Lagler and Strickland swarms with heavy ground and pound prompting the stoppage with just seconds left in the round.

Winner: Sean Strickland via TKO rd 1 4:57

6.) Joshua Aveles v David Gomez Champion 170 lbs

Rd1: Leg kick from Aveles cracks through the air. Gomez lands one of his own. Aveles moving well and lands another leg kick. Gomez shoots, and takes Aveles down. Aveles closes the guard and controls Gomez’s posture well. The champion staying heavy on Aveles and lands a nice short elbow. Aveles looks for an arm bar, and Gomez lets him go. Low blow from Gomez prompts a stoppage. Gomez with a nice jab. Upper cut from Aveles lands flush. Nice left hook and a right follow from Aveles. Gomez avoids a right, and scores again with a take down. The round comes to a close. 10-9 Gomez because of the take downs.

Rd2: Head kick from Aveles. Nice left hook as well. Gomez again takes Aveles to the mat. Gomez now in the closed half guard of Aveles, and lands a few ground strikes. Aveles closes the guard again, keeping Gomez close.  Nice elbow from Gomez lands. Ref stands them up and Aveles lands immediately causing Gomez to go right back to the clinch. Gomez secures a single leg, almost losses the take down, but lands in side control and is quickly closed off by the guard of Aveles.  Again MikeBeltran stands them up. Gomez presses Aveles to the cage, and eats a knee as the round comes to an end.

Rd3: Nice right cross from Aveles and a leg kick follows. Gome kicks Aveles square in the groin. Its bad, Aveles is rolling on the ground in agony. Looks like they are ready to go. Aveles with a nice leg kick. Big left hand from Gomez. Aveles counters with a nice fright of his own Gomez again instigates the clinch. Gomez controlling the pace now, stifling Aveles against the cage. Gomez able to score another take down, and starts to work from side control. Gomez again can’t seem to land once he gains position. Mike Beltran stands them up again an Aveles rocks Gomez with a nice combination. Gomez hanging on grabs a clinch to survive.  10-9 Gomez in a close round

Rd4: Both fighters start very cautious. Gomez shoots, and Aveles some how avoids. Aveles jab finds a home. Big right hand and lands a huge left that knocks Gomez out cold, a few follow up strikes remove all doubt!

Winner: Joshua Aveles via TKO Rd 4 New Champion

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

The King of The Cage: Vindication recently took place at the San Manuel Indian Casino. The card featured several bouts that were supposed to lead to title shots. One panned out, the other ended in upset. Former 170 lbs champion Joshua Aveles survived a very tough opponent in order to secure his rematch with current champion David Gomez. That fight takes place next month at the same location.

For Daniel Hernandez unfortunately things did not go according to plan. After dominating the early minutes of round one with his trademark ground and pound, his opponent Matt Lagler (who came in 11lbs over weight) was able to lock in a rolling guillotine, and forced Hernandez to tap. The loss erases a possible title shot against KOTC middleweight champion and promotional stalwart Sean Strickland, who is currently undefeated.

The main event featured Nick Piedmont vs Seth Dikun. Piedmont came into the fight riding a winning streak that most recently saw him defeat Cleber Luciano for Bellator MMA in under 1 minute. Unfortunately for him, Dikun proved to be quite a tough opponent who stayed right in Piedmonts face for the entire fight. Piedmont although maintained the clear edge with effective striking and cruised to a unanimous decision victory. When asked what was next Piedmont replied “I think Bellator MMA is coming back so I’ll probably get a fight with them, we will see!”

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King of The Cage: Validation San Manuel Indian Casino and Bingo

#1 Matt Ruiz v Daylin Murray 205 lbs

Rd1: Both fighters feeling each other out. Murray misses with a head kick.  Shot by Ruiz, is stuffed as he pushes Murray against the cage! Ruiz still looking for the take down, as Murray pommels and looks for the under hooks. Ruiz able to secure the take down. Ruiz looks for a Kimura, but Murray counters beautifully with one of his own. Winner: Daylin Murray via Kimura/Americana 2:47 rd 1.

Victor Henry v Kevin Michel 135 lbs

Rd1: Mike Beltran calling the action. Henry landing with kicks up the middle. big knee and Head kick also land for Henry. Michel stalking, as Henry stays busy with the feet. Another head kick lands for Henry. Michel lets his hands go landing a three punch combo before being chased back with kicks again. Michel lands a great counter right hand, followed by a vicious left. Henry, comes back pressing the action, and scoring a take down. Working from Side control, and then mount Henry postures, but Michel escapes back to his feet. Both fighters landing nice leg kicks, before Henry agains scores the take down. Now in side control, Michel looking to control the hands of Henry, as he continues to work for mount, and he has it. Nice sweep by Michel brings the fight back to the feet. Again Henry looking for the take down. Michel lands a big right hand,  but Henry walks through it. Liver kick by Henry lands, but he slips. Great first round! We have it for Henry 10-9.

rd 2: Henry starts out again busy landing a leg kick and right hand, before the clinch brings the fight back to the mat. Henry lands a big knee as they stand. More knees to the mid section of Michel, as Henry controls the fight. Blood pouring from the left eye of Michel. Again Henry scores the take down. Michel closes up his guard, but Henry again looking to posture. Back to the feet. Big left by Michel rocks Henry.  Michel posts an arm, as Henry lands a knee to the head causing a stoppage. One point deduction by Ref Mike Beltran. Henry again pushing the action, but Michel keeps looking for the right, but its not there. Again big knees land for Henry in the clinch.  9-9 with the deductions!

Rd3: Big head kick by Henry rocks Michel. Both fighters throwing bombs, and technique goes out the window. Michel sprawls away from a take down attempt, but Henry’s persistence pays off, as he scores with the second shot. Henry now takes Michel’s back and starts to soften him up with right hands to the temple. Henry now secures both hooks, but Michel defends well.  Nice elbow from Henry lands. Michel looks to shed off Henry, and lands in side control, before standing. Both fighters exchanging right hands. Liver kick by Henry lands, but Michel keeps charging. Henry again scores with the power double leg. 10 seconds left, as Henry stands and lands one last kick before the bell. 10-9 Henry. We have Henry 29-27. Winner Via UD rd 3: Victor Henry (29-27)

Leon Klee v Robert Otani 185 lbs

Rd1: Mike Beltran calling the action. Klee starts with a leg kick and another. Otani looks to counter, but immediately gets taken down. Klee takes the neck on a guilotine attempt, and lands several knees. Otani throws in side leg kick but gets his foot caught and dropped. back on their feet, Otani lands bigg knees from the clinch. Huge Knee again drops Klee, as Mike Beltran stops the fight, Klee continues to grapple the ref, he has no idea where he is! Great stoppage. Winner Otani via TKO rd: 1 (1:44)

Kenny Ento v Stephen Martinez 170 lbs

Rd1: Long feeling out process, as Martinez shoots and completes the take down. Ento closes his guard, as Martinez looks to posture. Martinez transitions to the half guard, and now has the mount, but Ento controls well. Martinez looks for the arm in choke, but Ento gives the thumbs up.  Martinez releases and moves to side control. Martinez looks for the Kimura but again Ento defends well.  Martinez finishes the round in  top position, and takes the round clearly 10-9.

Rd2: Nice left from Martinez starts the round. and again he shoots successfully putting Ento on his back. Martinez lands a few hammer fists, but Ento again does a decent job control the distance. More hammers land but there is not much behind them. Herb Dean stands them up. Nice head kick by Martinez lands. Ento looking to load up on the left, as again Martinez shoots. Ento momentarily resists, before being again dragged to the mat. Methodically Martinez works in the closed guard of Ento. Another round ends with Ento on his back. 10-9 Martinez

Rd3: Low blow at the onset calls a stop, as Herb Dean gives Ento some time. Action returns, with Ento looking to move to avoid the take down. However, once again the fight finds it way to the ground. Martinez looking for the neck, as he sets in one hook. Ento is in trouble, as Martinez looks to secure the choke. Martinez looks for the choke, and he has it. Winner via Submission RNC rd 3 (4:33)

Matt Lagler v Daniel Hernandez 185 lbs

Rd1: Hernandez misses with a leg kick. Lagler lands one of his own. Hernandez avodis the take down, and ends up on top. right hands from Hernandez land, and now the left. Lagler trying to hold on but Hernandez again lands this time with elbows. Big flurry from Hernandez, must have landed 30 shots. Lagler is still trying to control Hernandez, but is unable too. More ground and pound from Hernandez, but nothing is landing clean. Lagler has a guilotine from the bottom and it is deep! Winner Lagler via submission arm triangle rd 1 (3:51)

Carlos Ortega v Joshua Aveles 170 lbs

Rd1: Referee Mike Beltran in charge of the action. No touch of the gloves. Immediately Ortega shoots and scores the take down, but Aveles lands a few nice elbows. Ortega rolls, looking for a heel hook, but Aveles defends, and stands. Leg kick by Aveles lands. .Another shot by Ortega, but Aveles defends well. However Ortega eventually scores the take down. Ortega lands a one two. Aveles looked for the arm bar, but its not there. Both fighters again to there feet. Flying knee by Aveles lands after the inside leg kick, but Ortega again reverses position putting Aveles against the cage! Another take down by Ortega, as he is completely smothering the former champion. 10-9 Ortega

Rd2: Aveles again goes back to the leg kicks. Aveles slips, and Ortega lands leg kicks. Butt scoots by Aveles, as Ortega wont let him back to his feet. Aveles able to pop back up and lands a nice combo, before eating a knee. Big right hand by Aveles has Ortega rocked. Vicisous knees in the clinch by Aveles, as Ortega takes a big breathe. Nice body shots by Aveles, and he scores the take down. Working in side control Aeles looking for positioning, but Ortega closes the half guard. The round comes to a close with Aveles stealing it 10-9

Rd3: Ortega starts off by pushing Aveles against the cage. Aveles lets his hands go, and lands a 3 punch combo. Aveles looking to land to the mid section, as Ortega is clearly covering up. Ortega throwing single punches, and breathing heavy through his mouth. But Aveles cans seem to flurry. Aveles landing lefts and rights, as both fighters are completely as the round comes. We have Aveles winning the round 10-9 and the fight (29-28)

Winner via UD rd 3 (29-28) Aveles

Cooper Gibson v Henry Corrales 145 lbs

Rd1: Low blow lands on Cooper prompting a stoppage. As they restart Cooper immediately lands a inside trip, but Corrales is able to get back to his feet. Nice single leg by Corrales is parlayed into a double and brings Gibson to the mat. Gibson closes his guard, as Corrales lands a single shot. Herb Dean stands them up. Nice 3 strike combo by Gibson, but Corrales responds. Gubson goes for a throw, but Corrales defends well. Nice counter left by Corrales starches Gibson, and immediately forces the retreat. Corrales institutes the clinch, and pushes Gibson back against the cage. Head kick by Gibson lands. Round comes to a close. Close round but we have Corrales edging it out! 10-9 Corrales.

Rd2: Leg kick by Gibson opens the frame.Big counter left again by Corrales. Both fighters trading kicks in the center of the cage, and then some dirty boxing. Nothing clean landing. Gibson alternating on leg kicks. And scores again with the counter left hand. Gibson has significantly slowed his pace. Another take down by Corrales, and immediatley transitions to the back. Gibson stands, and shrugs Corrales off his back. Hip toss by Gibson, momentarily brings Corrales down, but again he pops back to his feet. Gibson rolls through looking for a leg, but Corrales avoids it well. Elbows from the top land for Corrales.  Corrales 10-9

Rd3: Another take down by Corrales finds him in side control. Now back in full guard. Gibson utilizing a rubber guard, but to little effect. Gibson trying to land elbows from the bottom, but they have very little power. Herb Dean stands them up. Nice combo by Corrales on the break, with Gibson also landing, Another take down for Corrales, but Herb Dean is calling for action. Corrales stands momentarily before diving into Gibson’s guard. Gibson looks for an arm bar, but its not there. Gibson tries to return to his feet, but again gets dragged back down. Corrales finishes the fight in top position, again we have him winning the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27

Winner Via UD rd 3 Corrales (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Nick Piedmont v Seth Dikun 145 lbs

Rd1: Referee Mike Beltran in charge of the action. Piedmont lands a leg kick to start, and now has Dikun n trouble against the cage. Over hand by Dikun misses with a big overhand left. now Dikun is throwing in bulk, but missing mostly. Piedmont driven back against the cage. More ones and twos from Piedmont. Piedmont has the single, but Dikun defends well. Now Piedmont presses Dikun against the cage. Big upper cut by Piedmont rocks Dikun, as both fighters trade the round comes to a close. 10-9 Piedmont in a close round.

Rd2: Both fighters exchanging jabs, as Dikun swings and misses with the leg kick. Good boxing from Dikun as he doubles up the jab, but eats a kick to the pills, prompting a stoppage. Both fighters ready. Piedmont with a short jab lands. And again with a right cross. Dikun bleeding from the nose, as Piedmont slams him to the mat for a moment. Now both standing. Dikun charges forward with a Griffen-esqu jab cross. Nice right hand from Piedmont clears the blood from Dikun’s nose. Dikun countering well, but Piedmont gets the better of the exchange before forcing the clinch. Both fighters exchange in the clinch. As the round comes to a close we have Piedmont again winning a very close round 10-9.

Rd3: Both fighters step to the center. As the round begins both pugilists are gassed. Dikun looking to be busy, as Piedmont seems content to counter. Another quasi take down from Piedmont. Dikun back to his feet, but immediately pressed against the cage. Both fighters separate and throw heavy shots, with Piedmont maybe getting the best of the exchange. Again Piedmont separates and lands with heavy hands before returning to the grind. Dikun lets loose as the round ends, We have Piedmont 10-9 winning the fight as well.

Winner via Decision (29- 28, 29-28, 30-27) Nick Piedmont

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

King of The Cage is set to put on another outstanding night of fights at the San Manuel Indian Casino. Two title fights are set to highlight a spectacular card with several talented young fighters, including Sean Strickland, Joshua Aveles, and Sam Liera. Tony Lopez was scheduled to face Nick Rossborough in a re-match, however confirmation has been given that the fight is scratched, no reason was given. Lopez was set to defend his title, after winning a very controversial split decision in their first bout.


The shows at the San Manuel Casino are always exciting, fighters tend to shine under the bright lights. Many former participants have moved on to successful careers in the UFC and Bellator. Once again it appears the partnership has produced an extremely entertaining fight card.

   FEBRUARY 7TH, 2013

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                                       KOTC WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

#7    BILL ALBRECHT                    185 LBS  5X5                       SEAN STRICKLAND

                                       KOTC WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

#6    JOSH AVELES                          170 LBS  5X5                       SAM LIERA

   UNDERCARD

#5    ALEJANDRO GARCIA           145 LBS  3X5                    ROBERTO VARGAS

#4    MANNY MURILLO                   185 LBS  3X5                    VINCE ALAALATOA

#3    CARLOS ORTEGA                    170 LBS  3X5                      CHARLES LEE

#2    DANIEL HERNANDEZ            185 LBS  3X5                      KENNY ENTO

#1    JOSHUA MIRANDA                  155 LBS  3X5               MARCELO MAFRA

Former King of The Cage Event Photos. By: John Walsh

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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