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Fight #1

Mike Kubeska (0-1-1) vs Fard Muhammad (2-3) 135 lbs

Rd1: Back and forth first round that found both fighters alternating dominant position. Early on it was Kubeska threatening from his back, after Muhammad established the striking game. The end of the round found Muhammad on top, landing with some IQ changing ground and pound.

Rd2:Round two very much like the previous frame. The carousel kept spinning as again each fighter took their turn scoring. Once again Muhammad finished the frame on top, although Kubeska continued to start the round strong.

Rd: After repeated warnings, Muhammad again spit the bit prompting a one point deduction from veteran Referee Mike Beltran. Despite the penalty, Muhammad was still able to emerge victorious in a fight that the judges saw from three completely different perspectives (28-28, 29-27, 28-27) giving Muhammad the majority decision.

Fight #2

Jalin Turner (0-0) vs Eric Steans (4-4) 155 lbs

Jalin Turner briefly found himself grounded by Eric Steans early wrestling based attack. Unfortunately for Steans he could not keep him there. Once standing, Turner uncorked a straight left hand that left Steans in a crumpled heap, halfway between consciousness and unicorns… Turner via KO Rd: 1

Fight #3

Heinrich Wassmer (2-0) vs Keenan Lewis (0-0) 125 lbs

Rd1: Hotly contested first frame. Wassmer seemed content to stand and trade with the much larger Lewis.But eventually found himself  on the mat underneath his larger foe. Lewis took the first frame.

Rd2: Quickly Wassmer closes to get the fight to the mat. After some time without improving his position Referee Mike Beltran stands them back up. A failed takedown from Wassmer finds Lewis on his back. Costly mistake for Wassmer perhaps. Lewis looking for the triangle but ends up too high, allowing Wassmer out via the back door.  Wassmer re-establishes his presence on top to ride out the round. 10-9 Wassmer

Rd3: Again Wassmer finds himself on top, but as previously, he is unable to advance or even threaten. Prompting the referee to stand them up. Back on the feet, Lewis now somehow gets to Wassmer’s Back and sinks a choke. It looks deep. Holy Cow, Keenan Lewis with an amazing come from behind victory. Lewis VIA Submission (RNC) 3:02 Rd: 3

Fight #4

Garrick Evans (2-1) vs Isaias Alvarado (3-2) 190 lbs Catcheweight

Rd1: Alvarado in charge early with the quick takedown. Although Evans able to get back to his feet, Alvarado keeps ahold and again brings the fight to the mat. Back to their feet momentarily before Alvarado again parlays a body lock in the take down. Evans looking for an arm perhaps, but its not there. Big ground and pound from Alvarado and he inspires the knockout.

Evans via KO Rd1:

Fight #5

Steve Ramirez (3-1) vs Kyle Estrada (2-1) 125 lbs

R1: Short feeling out process punctuated by a kick to the nads… Ramirez gets 5 minutes to recover, and Big John tells Estrada to keep the kicks up. Huge left hooks lands in succession and Ramirez drops Estrada prompting McCarthy to step in and stop the fight.

Fight #5

Andrew Ramm (4-3) vs Ozzie Alvarez (6-3) 170 lbs

Rd1: Tremendous size differential obvious from the opening bell in favor of Alvarez. Long feeling out process to start the action with Alvarez circling to his left. Alvarez insight for a clinch and able to get the fight to the mat. Ramm utilizing his guard effectively, preventing any posturing from Alvarez. Ramm threatening from bottom with his elevated legs, but he settles back into the closed guard. Alvarez unable to gain an inch of space. Big John stands them up after a lack of action from both fighters. Round comes to a close, close one to score but we have 10-9 for Ramm as he threatened consistently.

Rd2: A little more action to start the second round, both fighters looking to ignite the stand up affair. Alvarez circle incessantly but appears to be tiring. Ramm continues to stay in the center of the cage landing with the jab sporadically. Alvarez gets the better of a quick exchange then again circles away. Alvarez tries the waters with couple of hook combinations that score. Ramm starting to show some swelling around his nose. Quick barrage from Alvarez finds him in tight, where he is able to again score with the take down. Ramm immediately closes his guard in defense. Alvarez still can’t find any room but he does secure the round. 10-9 Alvarez

Rd3: Ramm charges forward with a combination that misses and finds him on the business end of another double leg. Alvarez looking to posture as Ramm again closes guard. Alvarez still unable to solve the jiujitsu riddle Ramm keeps posing, however he is doing enough to keep the referee at bay. Ramm again looking to elevate with his legs, perhaps setting up a submission. However Big John has seen enough and stands the two back up. Alvarez still circling as Ramm continues to stalk. Ramm flirting with the lead kick but Alvarez just bullies through and almost gets another take down. Big shot at the end of the round. 10-9 Alvarez. giving him the fight on our card. Winner via UD Ozzie Alvarez.

 

 

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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Watching ‘Lil’ Steven Swanson fight is eerily reminiscent to watching his younger brother, UFC Fighter Cub Swanson. Both have aggressive styles, that lead too entertaining scraps that rarely contain a wasted moment. Going back too last year, Swanson was 10-0, at the top of a burgeoning division, and admittedly even he was drinking his own cool aid!

Then after dominating his 11th opponent for most of the fight, a flailing triangle choke from bottom came out of no where, and cost him the fight and his undefeated status. A few months later another submission loss followed, this time an armbar not only ended the  night, but caused a serious injury.

“It wasn’t just the ground fighting, my cardio was gone as well.” Swanson said.”What I have come to realize, is that 90% of people need to feel the loss, in order too stay hungry.” Swanson said. The consecutive losses not only gave Swanson perspective, they pointed out glaring holes in his game. Holes not in technique or in skill, but in his general approach too the sport. “When I was 10-0 I was on top of everything, I wasn’t training as hard, and I let my ego kind of slip in.” Swanson said.

Now, Swanson has rededicated himself too his craft. With younger brother (UFC Featherweight contender) Cub Swanson in his corner, the elder Swanson has learned to harness and organize his ruthless aggression. “One of the hardest things for me is the controlled aggression, because I want to go in there and rip there heads off, but if you throw a few of those swings, then there goes your gas tank!” Swanson said. “I’ve learned how to control that,  and its a lot harder than people think…to be calm when someone is wailing punches at you.”

With him every step of the way is his brother, sometimes with just a word of advice. “Its sometimes difficult for me being the older brother taking advice from my younger brother, but he is so level headed and so its hard for me to argue.” Swanson said. “I can’t tell you how much he has helped me, and when I’m fighting its all business!”

That business is thriving in the desert. “We are a different breed in the desert!” Swanson said. With the Swanson brothers, Dionisio Ramirez, Jaime Sierra, Gareth de la Cruz, Troy Guerrero, Christian Santiago and the rest of his TRU MMA teammates, it would be difficult to argue. Together they have amassed one of the most impressive records on the regional scene, placing several fighters on the UFC and Bellator MMA’s  immediate radar.

Swanson will make his next appearance fighting under the UPC banner, at “Up and Comers 18” on January 4th at the Agua Caliente Casino. As of the interview, he still had not received his opponent yet. “Typically I just look at the record, and watch a little video, but I dont like too dwell on him.” Swanson said. “I’d rather concentrate on my own training.”

For Swanson, the return to the cage offers a chance to display his new found “organized destruction” in front of a large crowd and in a grand venue. “Not only is the venue absolutely beautiful, its in my home town, and my family is from that tribe so it makes it that much sweeter!” Swanson said.

A win in front of his family and friends will not only return the elder Swanson too his winning ways, but it might be enough to carry him to the next level.

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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Every mixed martial artist dreams of fighting a ‘big name’ on a grand stage, however more often than not the nerves play a major role in determining the fights outcome. For Lewis Gonzalez (9-0), that dream came true, and the nerves, well they were present, but shortly after the first round started they disappeared.

“The nerves were up!” Gonzalez said. “Fighting a guy like Antonio McKee is a huge opportunity!” Lewis made the most of that opportunity by winning a controversial decision that went to the judges score card after McKee was struck in the back of the head by an inadvertent elbow early in the 3rd round.

Gonzalez was clearly in charge of the fight, and after the fight was waved off, he was awarded the win 29-28 on all of the judges scorecards.

For Gonzalez, the future is extremely bright. Even the win is marred by the foul, it is still a huge victory over a very well known fighter. McKee has fought all over the world and in every major organization. For Gonzalez, this win will thrust his career forward, for McKee it puts an uncomfortable lid on an amazing career.

McKee had stated to several media outlets that a loss would lead him in to retirement. Even though the fight ended in controversy, McKee stated in an interview with Aaron Tru from Tru MMA that he was in fact retiring from competition.

With the World Series of Fighting set to create a 155 lbs tournament to crown it first promotional champion, Lewis Gonzalez may be on a short list of names to compete for that title. However with fighters like Nick Newell, JZ Calvacante, and Justin Gaethje also vying for the shot, nothing is guaranteed!