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Article By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Video By: Bob Fisher www.pugilpix.com

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

 

Brandon Halsey (7-0 MMA) won the Bellator MMA 185 lbs tournament in impressive fashion. Halsey was able to bring a very tough Brett Cooper (20-10 MMA) to the mat early in the opening round. Once established in side control, Halsey quickly trapped the arm and began working for the submission. Cooper defended at first, but once Halsey rolled belly-down the arm came free and the tap followed.

The win earns the 27 year old Halsey a hefty 100,000 dollar check, and more importantly a shot at Alexander Shlemenko and his 185 lbs crown. Shlemenko is coming off an out of division loss to Tito Ortiz, and Halsey will certainly look to utilize the same game plan. “Tito already showed where the holes in his game are, I’m going to pretty much do the same thing!” Halsey said.

Andrey Koreshkov (17-1 MMA) also earned a 6 figure check tied to a title shot when he systematically dismantled Adam McDonough (11-1 MMA) for three rounds and cruised to a unanimous decision win. Koreshkov was able to thwart almost all of McDonough’s grappling attempts and maintained the distance utilizing an array of kicks and punches.

McDonough was never able to get into rhythm and ate a few big shots from Koreshkov, including a spinning heel kick that landed flush on his jaw. However he was able to survive, but lost by unanimous decision. Koreshkov earns his second tournament win, and will now face off with welterweight champion Douglas Lima at a place and time yet to be determined.

In the Light Heavyweight Tournament Semi Finals, Liam McGeary (8-0 MMA) tore through Egidijus Valavicius with vicious strikes (27-11 MMA) earning a spot in the finals against Kelly Anundson (9-2 MMA) who also advanced earlier in the evening when his opponent Philipe Lins (9-1 MMA) injured his knee in the first round of their semi final bout. Lins’s knee appeared to buckle as he attempted to throw the right hand off his jab. As he moved forward he crumbled, and referee Big John McCarthy recognized the injury right away, and stopped the contest.

Karo Parisyan (23-10 MMA) scored his second consecutive KO win when he removed perennial pro Phil Baroni (15-18 MMA) from consciousness early in the first round of their fight. Both fighters came out throwing heavy leather, but it was Parisyan was able to land first. With Baroni hurt, Parisyan swarmed and continued the assault on the ground after Baroni fell, prompting referee John McCarthy to stop the fight.

The win propels Parisyan into the welterweight rankings and with 2 consecutive wins, he will certainly be on new CEO Scott Coker’s radar. Baroni has already made plans to drop in weight to 155 lbs where he hopes to reignite his career.

Also victorious were Bubba Jenkins (7-1 MMA) who dominated Poppies Martinez (29-10 MMA) en route to a first round TKO win. Fernando Gonzalez (21-12 MMA) provided the evenings biggest upset when he cruised to a unanimous decision win over Karl Amoussou (17-7-2 MMA). Saad Awad (16-6 MMA) was able to withstand an early flurry from Joe Duarte (10-4 MMA) to secure the fight via TKO due to unanswered elbow strikes.

Brazilian heavyweight Augusto Sakai (7-0 MMA) remained unbeaten when he was able to comeback against Matt Frembling (9-3 MMA) and TKO him late in the third round with some nasty knees. Sergio Rios (8-0 MMA) removed Stephen Martinez (10-3MMA) from his senses with a head kick and follow up ground in pound. And in the evenings final swing bout Linton Vassel (14-3 MMA) defeated Virgil Swicker (12-4 MMA) via rear naked choke submission.

 

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Fight 1:
Stephen Martinez (11-2 MMA) vs. Sergio Rios (7-0 MMA) 155 lbs
Rd1: Rios controls the early part of the round with his grappling nearly finishing with an armbar, but Martinez was able to break free and land some blood inducing elbows that swayed the round in his favor. 10-9 Martinez
Rd2: Martinez gets caught in the first exchange of the second frame. Big head kick catches Martinez moving forward. Follow up hammer fists remove all doubt.
Winner via TKO :20 Rd 2 Sergio Rios
 
Fight 2:
Saad Awad (15-6 MMA) vs. Joe Duarte (10-3 MMA) 155 lbs
Rd1: Saad Awad eats a big right hand from Duarte and is rocked. On the mat now, Awad locks up a triangle, but Duarte stacks well to counter. Big elbows from Awad, find Duarte’s head.. More follow Duarte cannot defend, and the referee stops the fight!
Winner: Saad Awad via TKO (Unanswered Strikes)  1:28 Rd 1 
Fight 3:
Karl Amoussou (17-6-2 MMA) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (20-12 MMA) 170 Lbs
Rd1:  Amoussou looked comfortable until he got hit. Gonzalez able to surprise Amoussou with his constant pressure and excellent ground and pound. Late leg lock attempt from Amoussou thwarted easily at the bell. 10-9 Martinez
Rd2: Amoussou was able to take some momentum back early with sheer volume of strikes. But Gonzalez still landing the more damaging shots, but he took too much time between spurts of action. 10-9 Amoussou
Rd3: Great fight. third round both fighter stand and bang for the entire round, until Amoussou slipped and Gonzalez pounced into side control Unable to mount much offense before the round and the fight come to an end. 10-9 Amoussou but it could go either way!
Winner: Via UD 29-28 Fernando Gonzalez 
Fight 4:
Kelly Anundson (8-2 MMA)vs. Philipe Lins (9-0 MMA) 205 lbs
Rd1: Both fighters trade, Anundson looking for a takedown, but Lins defends well. Lins throwing the jab, goes down unmolested, clutching his knee. And that is the end of the fight. Replay shows Lins knee buckled as he moved forward.
Winner: Kelly Anundson VIA TKO (injury) 1:40 Rd1
Fight 5:
Bubba Jenkins (6-1 MMA)vs. Poppies Martinez (29-9 MMA)
Rd1: Jenkins takes down Martinez right away. Martinez able to get back to his feet but Jenkins landing with the jab and the right at will. Martnez is bleeding already. Another takedown from Jenkins has Mrtinez looking for an arm. However Jenkins stacks well, and gets free. Big shots from Jenkins as Martinez covers up. More unanswered shots end the night for Poppies Martinez.
Winner: Bubba Jenkins via TKO 4:28 Rd1
Fight 6:
Matt Frembling (9-2 MMA) vs. Augusto Sakai (6-0 MMA) 265lbs
Rd1: Frembling able to land a big shot after some stalking that plants Sakai on his backside. Ground and pound from Frembling but not much landing. Sakai back to his feet lands some nice knees, including one after the bell. 10-9 Frembling
Rd2: Neither fighter looking to engage.  Both seem content to throw singel shots. Frembling lands a big left hand with a matching right that dropped Sakai with seconds left in the round. Enough to give him the advantage. 10-9 Frembling
Rd3: Sakai appears to be the crisper of the two fighter. A low blow prompts a quick stoppage. Sakai lands a big knee on the restart and another. Head kick lands on Frembling’s jaw and he goes down. Hammer fists from Sakai greet him on the mat. One then another and referee Jason Herzog has seen enough.
Winner: Augusto Sakai via TKO 3:32 Rd3
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Fight 7:
Phil Baroni (15-17 MMA) vs. Karo Parisyan (23-10 MMA) 170 lbs
Rd1: Baroni with good movement but he can’t seem to let his hands go. Parisyan with a sneay right hand, and again it lands. Baroni with his back to the cage gets dropped to one knee from another big right from Parisyan. Parisyan turns Baroni around and lands a few lefts that force Big John to stop the fight.
Winner:  Karo Parisyan via KO 2:06 Rd 1
Fight 8:
Liam McGeary (7-0 MMA) vs. Egidijus Valavicius (27-10 MMA)
Rd1: McGeary eats a few big shots from Valavicius, but walks right through them. McGeary instigates the clinch, and lands some vicious knees and and upper cut that appears to have Valavicius leaking. The seperate and again McGeary gets off first and lands with nice left and right hands. Valavicius is in trouble he is covering up, and the referee calls a stop to the fight.
Winner: Liam McGeary via TKO 2:10 Rd 1
Fight 9:
Brandon Halsey (6-0 MMA) vs. Brett Cooper (20-9 MMA) 185 lbs Middleweight Final
Rd1: Halsey immediately gets a take down and lands in side control. Halsey with some short elbows, but he appears to have the arm bar secured. Cooper trying to keep his elbow tight, is unable to defend for long. Halsey pivots belly down, uncrosses his legs and secures the tap.
Winner: Brandon Halsey via Submission 2:09 (Armbar)  Rd 1
Fight 10: Andrey Koreshkov (16-1 MMA) defeats  Adam McDonough (11-0 MMA) via UD
Brett Cooper (20-9 MMA) vs. Brandon Halsey (6-0 MMA)
Season 10 middleweight tournament final
Andrey Koreshkov (16-1 MMA) vs. Adam McDonough (11-0 MMA)
Season 10 welterweight tournament final
Phil Baroni (15-17 MMA)vs. Karo Parisyan (23-10 MMA)
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Kelly Anundson (8-2 MMA)vs. Philipe Lins (9-0 MMA)
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Manny Lara (4-4 MMA) vs. Dmitriy Sosnovskiy (8-0 MMA)
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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