BY EVAN HERTZOG
PHOTO CREDIT: AMANDA ARMSTRONG
It is that time once again my friends and fight fans. Yes, you guessed it. It’s time for my “Tuesday Takeaways”, from this past weekend. This time around I am going to focus on the event that I was cage side for at the “Magness Arena”, on the Denver University campus this last Friday night.
Paramount MMA put on their 8th event in the promotions history and the third event since being taken over by UFC veteran fighter, Tony Sims. Sims has put an emphasis on getting the best match ups possible to create the best fight cards for the fight fans dollar and so far he has been very successful in doing so. This past Friday night was no different as the quality of the scheduled fights continuously improved as the night went on.
From this great night of action at the Magness, I came away with three major takeaways.
- It will take a complete mixed martial artist in every way possible to beat Jace Faiella in the amateur ranks.
Jace Faiella once again proved to be too much for his opponent to handle as he improved his amateur MMA record to 6 and 0 with yet another submission victory that came in the second round against the talented striker, James Sharkey(3-2).I have spoken numerous times on the ground game of Faiella and the talent he possesses as a BJJ fighter in the cage and it was no different on Friday night as he did mostly what he wanted to do with Sharkey on the canvas. The difference this time around is he had to weather the early storm of the young striker in Sharkey while absorbing an onslaught of body kicks from the stand-up talent.
I went into this fight thinking that I wanted to learn something more about Faiella as a fighter and Sharkey helped me to find that something in the first half of the first round. Faiella proved his toughness and willingness to go forward and not break game plan as he was tagged with multiple kicks to the body and was even denied two early takedowns by the clearly “game” fighter in Sharkey. He didn’t waiver though. His ability to adjust on the fly without totally abandoning what works for him on a regular basis was very impressive to me and something I personally hadn’t seen from him in the three fights I have seen live. Granted he didn’t face adversity to the level of this in those other fights though. As I mentioned before Faiella adjusted nicely and finally got Sharkey to the canvas in the last part of the first round and really wore him down going into the second round where he would eventually finish him with the rear naked choke.
This tells me that if you want to take that 0 away from Faiella’s 6-0 record, you are going to have to be the complete package at least at the amateur level. You must be able to grapple as well or better than you strike and if either of those two things come up short when dancing with Faiella in the cage then you too will ultimately come up short at the end of the fight. Good luck to all the venture.
- Josh Wick is picking up steam with back to back wins and a new professional title to defend in PMMA.
Josh Wick (8-3). Remember the name. The new 155lb PMMA champion is a force to be reckoned with in my opinion and the 23-year-old 11 fight veteran is starting to pick up steam. Wick sports only three losses on his record with all three losses coming against very formidable opponents in Daniel Moret (12-3), Bryson Gutches (2-0) and Angelo Sanchez (13-6). With a combined record of (27-9), Wick has only taken losses from some of the best in the region. His opponents record in total add up to be (60-4), so needless to say this young man is ahead of the game as far as what he has seen and gone up against in the cage in his young career thus far.
It’s what he has done recently that has the hype train revving its engine behind Wick though, with him winning three of his last four and two in a row including his title fight last Friday night against the very talented and game, Dominic Montoya (7-2) in impressive fashion. Stay tuned to the fight magazine to see what is next for this kid as we hope to sit down with him in the very near future. Keep your attention on Josh Wick. I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed.
- Josh Huber is just like a fine wine, he is getting better with age.
Josh Huber (22-10) and Zac Riley (5-5) put on a fantastic main event on Friday night as they competed for the 135lb PMMA title belt at the Magness arena. Both fighters laid it all out on the line as they came with flying knees and head kicks galore but there was one clear dominant fighter throughout the fight. Josh Huber. We have become accustom to Huber’s fighting style and success. Especially over the last couple of years as we have seen Huber take six of his last seven including four in a row now. With seven of his ten losses coming between 2012-2015, Huber has only recorded one loss since.
The man has been on a tear since he turned 30 years old and with his clear win at Paramount VIII last Friday I believe it is safe to say that the best is yet to come from the fan favorite Josh Huber. We aren’t quite sure what is next for the grizzled vet but we know that whoever is in line better be ready for a man that is clearly in the prime of his career.
Talk to you all next week! Be safe and most importantly be good to each other!