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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report Photos by: John Walsh

Young fighters usually bring a desire and hunger that usually provides for exciting fights, if the match making is legitimate. However on the regional scene the big names are the draws. Often these names are in the twilight of their fighting career. Last night, we saw the start of some very promising careers, and we watched the end of two very prolific ones.

Gabe Ruediger has fought on the biggest stage in the world. As a former WEC and UFC veteran, Ruediger achieved the loftiest of a mixed martial artists aspirations. Now fighting for the last time, Ruediger was not only dealing with the retirement butterflies, but the man he was facing knocked him out last time they fought. Scott Catlin, himself no spring chicken also announced after the fight that he too was calling it a career. Both fighters had their moments, Catlin early and often, but in the end its was Ruediger’s submission game that secured the swan song victory!

Also on the card was the first ever BAMMA USA light weight title fight. E.J. Chavez landing some very heavy strikes, and avoided a very slick submission game to secure the first ever promotional title. The three round fight saw Chavez on top for pretty much the whole fight, but Jorge Valdez proved to be quite slick on his back, often working for several submissions. However Chavez proved to be too tough, and eventually ended the fight via TKO in round number 3.

The headline bout featured well known fighter Ronald Lebreton jr. against Mikey Gomez. Lebreton came out aggressive immediately taking control of Gomez, and grinding him against the cage. Counter the aggression Gomez was able to secure a take down, and once on the ground he was able to transfer to side control. From a strange angle Gomez secured Lebreton’s arm and rolled it into an arm-bar, forcing the tap early into the first round.

Regional promotions in southern California are not rare these days. Each day it seems a new one is popping up in casinos around the state. Often times, the fight cards only feature one or two competitive bouts, with the rest serving as ‘tomato cans’ to pad a fighters career stats. BAMMA USA however, subscribes to a different method of thinking.

Each fight, including the preliminary bouts featured well matched opponents that led to extremely exciting fights. BAMMA USA offers the casual fight fan, and the die hard a unique experience that will lead to more growth in the sport of MMA.

Commerce Casino served as the home venue for BadBeat 9 which was co-headlined by the first ever lightweight title fight

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

Scott ‘K.O.’ Catlin  (8-7) v Gabe ‘Godzilla’ Ruediger (17-8) 160 lbs (Catch weight) Winner Gabe Ruediger rd 2 Submission

Justin ‘The Mortal Sinn’ Linn (3-0) v Chris ‘The Urban Legend’ Culley (16-10) 150 lbs (Catch weight) Winner Culley via UD

Ernest ‘EJ’ Chavez (6-0) Jorge ‘The Envy’ Valdez (6-2) 155 lbs (Lightweight  Title 5×5 rounds) Winner EJ Chavez rd 3 TKO (new champion)

Ronald Lebreton Jr. (8-7) v Mikey Gomez (14-9) 185 lbs (Middleweight) Winner Mikey Gomez rd 1 Submission

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

First Prelim:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main Card:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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.