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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.

 

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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

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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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

   SAN MANUEL CASINO

    

                                                   

                                       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