Saturday, June 23, 2018
Photo Credit: Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC Fight Night took place on June 23rd from The Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. We had a trio of female bouts on the card. In the first, Ji Yeon Kim took a decision in a good fight from Melinda Fabian. Both fighters had their moments but Kim's aggressive striking seemed to be the difference as she was able to get off first in most of the exchanges. Next up Yan Xiaonan took a decision from Viviane Pereira. Xiaonan was the more effective striker and was able to land the more solid blows although Pereira also had her moments, just not as effective as Xiaonan. Later in the card, Jessica Eye took a decision from Jessica-Rose Clark. The first two rounds were very close, as both landed punches but Eye seemed more able to land hers and then escape before Clark could land as much of return. The third round was definitely Eye's round and she sealed the fight with a late takedown. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Flyweight: Ji Yeon Kim (8-1-2) defeated Melinda Fabian (4-4-2) via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Kim.
2. Flyweight: Ulka Sasaki (21-5-2) defeated Jenel Lausa (7-5) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:04 of Round 2.
3. Flyweight: Matt Schnell (12-4) defeated Naoki Inoue (11-1) via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Schnell.
4. Strawweight: Yan Xiaonan (9-1, 1NC) defeated Viviane Pereira (13-2) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Xiaonan.
5. Welterweight: Jake Matthews (14-3) defeated Shinsho Anzai (10-3) via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:44 of Round 1.
6. Welterweight: Song Kenan (14-4) defeated Hector Aldana (4-2) via TKO at 4:45 of Round 2.
7. Featherweight: Shane Young (12-4) defeated Rolando Dy (9-7-1, 1NC) via TKO at 4:40 of Round 2.
8. Bantamweight: Song Yadong (13-4, 1NC) defeated Felipe Arantes (18-10-1, 2NC) via KO at 4:59 of Round 2.
9. Bantamweight: Petr Yan (9-1) defeated Teruto Ishihara (11-6-2) via TKO at 3:28 of Round 1.
10. Welterweight: Li Jingliang (15-5) defeated Daichi Abe (6-2) via Unanimous Decision (30-26/30-27/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Jingliang.
11. Flyweight: Jessica Eye (13-6, 1NC) defeated Jessica-Rose Clark (9-5, 1NC) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/29-28/29-28). We scored it 30-27 Eye.
12. Light Heavyweight: Ovince Saint-Preux (23-11) defeated Tyson Pedro (7-2) via Tapout (Armbar) at 2:54 of Round 1.
13. Welterweight: Leon Edwards (16-3) defeated Donald Cerrone (33-11, 1NC) via Unanimous Decision (48-47/48-47/48-47). We scored it 48-47 Edwards.
Submission of the Night: Ovince Saint-Preux
Knockout of the Night: Song Yadong
Fight of the Night: Leon Edwards vs Donald Cerrone
Friday, June 22, 2018
Photo Credit: Professional Fighters League
The second outing from Professional fighters League took place June 21st from The Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois. In women's action, Kayla Harrison made her long awaited debut and made the wait worth it. Harrison took her down without much resistance and was able to do as she pleased from there, using strikes to eventually set up the armbar on opponent Brittney Elkin, which she was able to do to secure the submission. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Light Heavyweight: Dan Spohn (17-5) defeated Bozigit Alaev (17-2) via TKO at 4:31 of Round 3.
2. Lightweight: Natan Schulte (12-3) defeated Chris Wade (12-4) via Unanimous Decision (30-26/30-26/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Schulte.
3. Lightweight: Robert Watley (11-1) defeated Thiago Tavares (21-8-1) via TKO at :35 of Round 2.
4. Light Heavyweight: Maxim Grishin (27-7) defeated Jason Butcher (11-3) via TKO at 1:40 of Round 1.
5. Light Heavyweight: Rakim Cleveland (19-9-1) defeated Rashid Yusupov (10-1) via TKO (Injury) at :01 of Round 3.
6. Light Heavyweight: Vinny Magalhaes (15-9) defeated Jamie Abdallah (7-3) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:37 of Round 1.
7. Lightweight: Islam Mamedov (15-1) defeated Yuki Kawana (14-2-5) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Mamedov.
8. Light Heavyweight: Brandon Halsey (11-3) defeated Smealinho Rama (10-4) via TKO (Doctor's Stoppage) at :01 of Round 3.
9. Light Heavyweight: Sean O'Connell (18-9) defeated Ronny Markes (18-6) via TKO at :41 of Round 2.
10. Lightweight: Efrain Escudero (30-13) defeated Jason High (21-7) via Tapout (Guillotine Choke) at :35 of Round 3.
11. Lightweight: Kayla Harrison (1-0) defeated Brittney Elkin (3-5) via Tapout (Armbar) at 3:18 of Round 1.
12. Lightweight: Brian Foster (28-10) defeated Ramsey Nijem (9-7) via TKO at :23 of Round 3.
13. Lightweight: Will Brooks (19-4) defeated Luiz Firmino (20-9) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Brooks.
Submission of the Night: Kayla Harrison
Knockout of the Night: Brandon Halsey
Fight of the Night: Brandon Halsey vs Smealinho Rama
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Photo Credit: Ultimate Fighting Championship
The latest installment of Dana White's Contenders Series took place June 19th, as always from Las Vegas, Nevada. In the Main Event Matt Sayles made short work up previously unbeaten Yazan Hajeg by getting him to the ground and being aggressive landing strike after strike forcing the ref to stop the bout. In the Co-Main Event, Anthony Hernandez made even shorter work of Jordan Wright in a battle of undefeated fighters getting the knockout in just forty seconds. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Welterweight: Dwight Grant (7-1) defeated Tyler Hill (8-2) via KO at 2:08 of Round 2.
2. Light Heavyweight: Ryan Spann (13-5) defeated Emilino Sordi (16-7) via Tapout (Guillotine Choke) at :26 of Round 1.
3. Featherweight: Austin Springer (10-3) defeated Giga Chikadze (5-2) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:10 of Round 3.
4. Middleweight: Anthony Hernandez (7-0) defeated Jordan Wright (9-1) via KO at :40 of Round 1.
5. Featherweight: Matt Sayles (7-1) defeated Yazan Hajeh (6-1) via TKO at 1:57 of Round 1.
Submission of the Night: Ryan Spann
Knockout of the Night: Dwight Grant
Fight of the Night: Dwight Grant vs Tyler Hill
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Photo Credit: Premier FC
Premier FC 26 took place June 16th from The Sheritan Springfield in Springfield, Massachusetts. In the night's Main Event, William Knight defeated Terrance Jean-Jacques. After a close first round, Knight took over and put on a striking display getting the second round stoppage. In the Co-Main Event, Marisa Belenchia won her pro debut over Grace Nowak. They trade punches to start but then once in the clinch, Nowak seemed to not be sure what to do, Belenchia got a takedown and was able to do what she wanted as Nowak had no defense, then Belenchia got the submission with just seconds left in the round. In earlier women's action, Hannah Goldy remained unbeaten as a pro with a dominant decision victory over Lisa Blaine. Goldy used her superior punching accuracy as well as superior conditioning. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Amateur Lightweight: Harrison Adamo (3-2) defeated Jason Showers (2-8) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:41 of Round 1.
2. Amateur Bantamweight Title: Randy Francis (3-4) defeated Omaree Alamo (0-2) via TKO at 1:15 of Round 2.
3. Amateur Welterweight Title: Demetrios Plaza (3-0) defeated Angelo Richardson (3-4) via Unanimous Decision (49-46/48-47/48-47). We scored it 48-47 Richardson.
4. Amateur Light Heavyweight Title: Yi Ju (3-0) defeated Holland Ahern (1-2) via KO at :27 of Round 2.
5. Amateur Lightweight Title: Billy Goff (4-1) defeated Chris Almestica (2-2) via TKO at 1:48 of Round 3.
6. Featherweight: Jason Rine (1-0) defeated Jeremy Reipold (1-1) via Tapout (Guillotine Choke) at 2:35 of Round 1.
7. Flyweight: Hannah Goldy (3-0) defeated Lisa Blaine (2-2) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-25). We scored it 30-27 Goldy.
8. Lightweight: Alex Ortiz (1-0) defeated Mike Taylor (0-1) via TKO at :39 of Round 1.
9. 180LB Catch Weight: Pat Casey (3-0) defeated Jesus Cintron (0-2) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at :22 of Round 1.
10. Atomweight: Marisa Belenchia (1-0) defeated Grace Nowak (0-1) via Tapout (Kimura) at 4:58 of Round 1.
11. Light Heavyweight: William Knight (2-0) defeated Terrance Jean Jacques (0-1) via TKO at 2:35 of Round 2.
Submission of the Night: Pat Casey
Knockout of the Night: Yi Ju
Fight of the Night: Billy Goff vs Chris Almestica
Friday, June 15, 2018
Another Friday Night Fights took place June 15th from The Broad Street Ballroom in New York, New York. In the Main Event of the Muay Thai card, Ognjen Topic won the WKA Lightweight Intercontinental Title with a very impressive win over Miguel Martinez. After some initial feeling out Topic landed a hard leg kick that buckled and dropped Martinez and Martinez was unable to answer the ten count. In amateur women's action, Jillian Bosserdet took a decision from Mary Brulatour in a good fight. Brulatour took the first round with the harder shots landing. From there, Bosserdet used a smart strategy of rushing in and forcing the clinch and was able to control the bout from there. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Amateur Featherweight WKA Intercontinental Title: Jillian Bosserdet (8-7) defeated Mary Brulatour (11-8-1) via Unanimous Decision (49-46/48-47/48-47). We scored it 48-47 Bosserdet.
2. Amateur Lightweight New York State Title: David Agbodgi (5-1) defeated Clifford Francois (4-6) via TKO at 1:59 of Round 3.
3. Super Featherweight: Mateo Maldonado (2-2) defeated Jose Vega (0-1) via TKO at 2:30 of Round 2.
4. Light Heavyweight: Troy Jones (8-1) defeated Ariel Abreu (4-1) via KO at 1:47 of Round 1.
5. WKA Lightweight Intercontinental Title: Ognjen Topic (31-20-2) defeated Miguel Martinez (42-13-7) via KO at 2:49 of Round 1.
Knockout of the Night: Troy Jones
Fight of the Night: Jillian Bosserdet vs Mary Brulatour
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The first installment of the second season of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series took place June 12th. In the Main Event, Alonzo Menifield took no time at all to secure a victory, stopping DaShawn Boatright in just eight seconds. He dropped him and landed a couple shots and Boatright went out for a split second and the ref stepped in to stop it. In the Co-Main Event, Chris Curtis looked impressive getting a third round win over Sean Lally. Both fighters had their moments but Curtis landed the harder more effective strikes before getting the finish. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Middleweight: Kevin Holland (12-3) defeated Will Santiago (9-5) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 29-28 Holland.
2. Bantamweight: Montel Jackson (6-0) defeated Rico Disciullo (9-2, 1NC) via TKO at 2:15 of Round 3.
3. Heavyweight: Greg Hardy (1-0) defeated Austen Lane (4-1) via TKO at :57 of Round 1.
4. Welterweight: Chris Curtis (19-5) defeated Sean Lally (8-3) via TKO at 1:37 of Round 3.
5. Light Heavyweight: Alonzo Menifield (7-0) defeated DaShawn Boatright (3-1) via TKO at :08 of Round 1.
Knockout of the Night: Greg Hardy
Fight of the Night: Chris Curtis vs Sean Lally
Sunday, June 10, 2018
All photos courtesy of NPC News Online/Lloyd Terry Jr.
Since winning her pro card at North American's in 2016, Ashley Jenelle has been at the top of many people's Most Underrated list. There was many shows in 2017 were some, myself included, would see results and think Ashley could've been placed higher.
Her 2017 season with a big one as she competed at the Orlando Pro, Vancouver Pro, Baltimore Grand Prix, Tampa Pro, South Carolina Grand Prix and Sacramento Pro. Outside of a second place finish in Baltimore, Ashley finished no higher than fifth, but you could see the constant improvement and the potential for bigger and bigger things. The sport is very judgmental and therefor, while the argument was there that Ashley could have placed higher, there was no reason to be upset about it either.
So now we move to 2018. Ashley started the year off with the Indy Pro and a very solid third place finish and a package that many like to see in bikini competitors. A hard look but not overly hard combined with a great stage presence and a natural beauty, there was reason to be enthusiastic about Ashley's outlook for 2018. She than had tough competition at the Salt City Showdown and Pittsburgh pro and finished below what would be hoped for before doing the Optimum Classic Pro. Ashley brought her best package to date, looked amazing on stage and walked away with a deserved first place against a very good field.
Ashley, if anything else, has already proven in 2018 that she has that potential that earlier I mentioned people say in her. But now she is beginning to make that potential into a reality. Ashley is easy to root for, not just for aesthetic reasons, but because she's just a very likeable person. Making her success all the more satisfying to watch. She manages to look better each and every show and when their is continued improvement in physique there is continued improvement in placings.
What the rest of 2018 holds for Ashley is unknown but what the future in general holds is very known, this will not be her last win and she will get better and better and be among the sports elite for as long as she chooses.