BY EVAN HERTZOG
BOUT#5: TRENTON WATSON (DEBUT) VS BRUCE MARTIN (0-3) AM. 135LBS
RD#1: These guys accepted this fight on about three days’ notice but both look to be in great shape at the start of this bout. Martin the longer fighter tries to establish his jab early but then over throws on a right hand and ends up in a deep double leg with Watson slamming him to the canvas and taking side control instantly. Martin tries to stay busy from the bottom as he works to pass back to the half guard but Watson is showing impressive control as he lands multiple elbows. The action slows and Johnson stands them up which proves to help Martin greatly as he lands to round house kicks to the body of Watson that seem to hurt him. Martin gets greedy though and falls into another double leg takedown from Watson. This time Watson is busy right from the start and lands some great ground and pound that has the third man in the cage take a close look but Martin survives the round.
RD#2: Martin controls the pace and the distance effectively at the start of the first but he makes the same mistake as he closes the distance and misses on an uppercut that allows Watson to score yet another takedown. Martin has the advantage on the feet at distance but insists on going to the inside where he is taken down easily. Watson lands about 20 shots in a row with Martin unable to respond forcing referee Johnson to call a stop to the fight due to ground and pound in the second round.
WATSON VIA TKO (STRIKES)
BY EVAN HERTZOG
BOUT#4: SOREN BRANDT (DEBUT) VS ROB FULLER (2-3) AM.145LBS
RD#1: If you blinked in this one you missed it all! Fuller comes out and drops Brandt with a big looping right hand but he recovers quickly and makes his way to his feet and lands a devastating right hand of his own that starches Fuller to the canvas. Brandt jumps on Fuller and lands another two shots as referee Johnson jumps in to stop the fight at 18 seconds of round number one!
BRANDT- VIA 1ST ROUND TKO
BY EVAN HERTZOG
BOUT#3: CHASE DIMICK (4-1) VS GORDO PINON (DEBUT) AM. 145LBS
RD#1: Pinon comes out and scores an early takedown and quickly gets to the back of Dimick. Pinon moves for the rear naked choke instantly with Dimick initially doing a good job fighting the hands but Pinon softens him up with a couple of shots and sinks the RNC in deep. Dimick chooses to not tap out and moments later loses consciousness.
PINON VIA RNC IN THE 1ST ROUND
BY EVAN HERTZOG
BOUT#2: BENJAMIN LOPEZ (DEBUT) VS NOEL MAYO (DEBUT) AM. 125LBS
RD#1: Mayo comes out and overwhelms Lopez from the start of the opening bell. Multiple shots land and Mayo shows some great dirty boxing skills. I must say Lopez is very resilient for being the smaller fighter. Lopez has a chance to turn the tide toward the end of round one but Mayo once again puts the pressure on and lands multiple power punches as the round ends.
RD#2: Round two is the round of the night so far for me as both fighters seem to stun each other with both seeing success on their feet throughout the round. Lopez lands a big knee that seems to turn the momentum towards the end of the second but Mayo gets a chance to prove his toughness as he recovers quickly and lands big shots yet again.
RD#3: The third starts and they exchange early but surprisingly Mayo shoots for an early takedown that sees him get into a little bit of deep water as Lopez was inches away from sinking in an ankle lock but it slips through his grasp. The remainder of the final round saw Mayo close the deal in my humble opinion as he landed some great ground and pound towards the end of the fight.
UD VICTORY FOR MAYO
BY EVAN HERTZOG
BOUT#1: ANEL DUDO (1-1) VS DANIEL PINON (DEBUT) AM. 135LBS
RD#1: Anel Dudo is first to the cage wearing black with red scl lettering. Pinon is wearing white with silver and red. Dudo fighting out of AFA gym in Denver has been adding a lot to his stand up after a background in wrestling. We shall see if it shows.
The first bell starts and the fighters circle each other. Dudo is pressing forward and misses with two jabs early. Pinon lunges with a jab of his own but like Dudo he misses as well. Dudo lands a couple nice kicks but over swings and Pinon lands a deep double leg that dumps Dudo square on his head but he is able to work his way back up. Pinon lands a nice flurry alongside the cage that momentarily sends Dudo Backwards. Dudo waits for his opportunity and counters Pinons next punch with a takedown of his own. Pinon too, works his way back to his feet quickly and the round finishes with the two in the clinch with Dudo against the cage.
RD#2: They trade early to start the round with a jab landing for Dudo. Pinon throws a big looping right hand that catches all glove. Dudo lands a big takedown early and moves to the back of Pinon. Dudo works strikes from the back position until Pinon traps his arm for the next minute. Dudo finally works his right hand out and lands multiple hammer fists as they eventually scramble back to their feet. Dudo lands a nice flurry and a big knee to end the second round.
RD#3: Both fighters come out aggressive and throwing but the more effective shots seem to be coming from Dudo early. Pinon scores a much-needed takedown where he sees his first dominant position of the fight but it doesn’t last long as Dudo goes for a deep armbar from the guard which forces a scramble that has Dudo on top for only a moment and then Pinon reverses him. Although on the bottom at the end of the fight it seemed Dudo was still going for the majority of the submissions. We shall see how the judges have it.
JUDGES: MANN- 29-28 SHORT- 29-28 VAN TINE- 29-28 UD VICTORY FOR DUDO
BOUT#8: Grant Neal (2-0) vs Ktaro Cade (3-0) (MW.CH)
WEIGHT: 205lb Amateur MMA SCL Title Fight
ROUNDS: 3 three-minute rounds
RD1: The eighth fight of the night will be contested for the amateur SCL MMA 205lb title between two undefeated fighters in Grant Neal and Ctaro Cade. Both fighters start super cautious and circle each other. Neal lands a right hand that gets a reaction from Cade and a look as to say I see you in front of me, I feel you. Seconds later Neal shoots for his first takedown of the fight but Cade is ready for it and sprawls nicely avoiding the takedown and separating. Neal won’t give up that easy as he shoots again this time getting a deeper start but Cade is impressive in his takedown defense in the early going of this championship fight. Neal finally gets enough leverage to pull Cade down to the canvas and that’s where he will hold him for the remainder of the round. Neal isn’t landing any ground and pound but he is using old school wrestling tactics to frustrate him as he digs his forehead and chin into the face of Cade.
RD2: The second starts in similar fashion as the first but Cade goes on the offensive landing a couple of punches of his own for the first time in the fight. Neal shakes it off and scores on a deep double leg takedown but the next forty seconds is drenched in controversy as we watch Cade deliberately go for multiple eye pokes from bottom position. I have never in my life seen so many blatant eye pokes in a fight. At one point Cade tries to stick both thumbs, in both eyes and scraped at the right eye of Neal with his thumb. Referee Curtis Thrasher finally stops the action and takes a point from Cade but in my honest opinion I believe he should have been disqualified. The round ends.
RD3: Round three starts with taunting from Cade after a minute of blatant eye pokes to end the first and is taken down instantly. I can’t believe what I’m seeing as Cade continues to blatantly reach up to poke the eyes of Neal. I can’t even type right now because I am disgusted at what I am seeing. Neal holds position while trying not to go blind for the remainder of the round and unleashes a well-deserved beat down in the final twenty seconds of the fight.
In my opinion, the commission should review this fight and suspend Cade for a decent amount of time. I also believe that SCL should strip Cade of his 185lb am. Title.
RESULT: JUDGE1= 30-26 JUDGE2=30-26 JUDGE3= 30-26
NEAL VIA UD
BY EVAN HERTZOG
BOUT#1: Tim Gooden vs Jamal Shaw
WEIGHT: 185lb Muay Thai
ROUNDS: 3 two-minute rounds
RD1: Gooden steps into the cage first and he is waring all red trunks. Shaw has blue with white and black camo. Both fighters have brought a nice fan base with them this evening and as the first bell sounds and they waste absolutely no time as they meet in the middle to exchange. Both fighters have landed in the first thirty seconds and they begin talking to each other in there. A left high kick from Shaw just misses but he finds the mark with a front kick moments later. Shaw seems to be finding a rhythm and his distance as he lands a couple nice switch kicks to the ribs of Gooden. Gooden responds with a few punches of his own in the last twenty seconds but Shaw wouldn’t be out done, as he came forward with a final combination to end the first round.
RD2: The second round begins and Gooden checks the first two kicks Shaw throws. Gooden is looking for a front kick of his own and throws a three-punch combo off of it. Shaw is having success in the clinch in this round and stuns Gooden with a right hook upon exiting. Gooden is able to recover and he lands a big right hook of his own. Both fighters close the second round with successful exchanges, each landing flush with power punching as the round closes.
RD3: The third and final round begins and Gooden goes onto the offensive, landing multiple kicks to the right calf of Shaw. There is almost a sense of urgency in Gooden to try and finish the fight, which makes me think that his corner may have told him he is down 2-0 before going into our final round. The pace slows noticeably in the last thirty seconds and the punches that are landing just don’t have the blast behind them that is needed to finish a fight. Good Muay Thai fight overall though. This one is headed to the judges.
OUTCOME: JUDGE1=29-28 SHAW JUDGE2=29-28 GOODEN JUDGE3= 30-27 SHAW
By Amanda Armstrong
Photo: Amanda Armstrong/ Trihex Photography LLC
Co Main event on the card features Guillermo Rigondeaux ( 17 – 0, 11 KO’s) VS Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KO’s)
Both fighters undefeated, and each had a fight in summer of 2016.
Rigondeaux was an elite amateur fight with almost 475 fights on his resume (loosing only 12). He has earned Gold Medals at the Pan Am Games, two World Amateur Championships, two world cups, and two Olympic Gold medals (2000 and 2004). November 2015 he was signed to Roc Nation Sports.
Flores, a noticeable tall 122 pounder standing 5 feet 9 inches tall, from Guadalajara, Mexico. He made his pro debut in 2008, and has sepnt the majority of his career fighing in Mexico. He then did a U.S. debut in September 2014, winning a 6 round UD over Pablo Batres in Mesquite Texas. In April 2015 he won the WBA World Super Bantamweight (interim) title against Champion Oscar Escandon. He has defended the WBA belt twice, and along the way picked up the IBO World Super Bantamweight title.
Tonight, on the Ward Kovalev card he hopes to claim full right to the title against Rigondeaux in a 12 round championship co main event!
BY EVAN HERTZOG
BOUT#4: JEAN AUGUSTIN(13-0-1) VS MARCELO DA SILVA(22-4)
WEIGHT: HEAVY PRO
ROUNDS: 8 THREE MINUTE ROUNDS
RD1: JP Augustin and Marcelo Da Silva deal with a little bit of a delay as the medic on hand is dealing with a previous fighter in the back. Finally, the fight starts with Da Silva extending his glove to touch hands and Augustin would have nothing of it as he instantly shrugs off the sign of respect and opens with a three-punch combo. Da Silva waves him in with his hands down and in a strange exchange, which almost looked like a push, Da Silva hits the canvas, first clutching at his right knee but then laying out as if he was completely knocked out. He starts to move at around 8 seconds but never makes it back to his feet as Augustin takes another victory by knockout in what is the most controversial fight of the evening so far.
BY EVAN HERTZOG
BOUT#3: SERGIO LUJAN(DEBUT)VS TOMAS NOLASCO(0-3)
ROUNDS: 4 THREE MINUTE ROUNDS
RD1: Sergio comes out at the start of the first and instantly starts stalking Nolasco. Twenty seconds in and big left hook drops Nolasco and stuns the older fighter. He makes the count but just thirty seconds later he eats two more big shots that drop him on the bottom rope that keeps him up right but only for a moment as Lujan lands the finishing shot and referee Tim Mills calls the fight at just one minute and 26 seconds of round one. What a pro debut for Sergio Lujan.