Saturday, October 20, 2018
The third effort from Bare Knuckle Boxing took place October 20th from the MS Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. In the Main Event, Arnold Adams became the promotions Heavyweight Champion with a split decision win over Sam Shewmaker. All of the first four rounds were close with each fighter taking turns landing some good punches. In round five Adams dropped him and won the round to secure the decision. In women's action, Invicta FC vet Christine Ferea got a first round stoppage of Jennifer Tate. Tate was looking good at the beginning and seemed to be in control but Ferea withstood her shots and showed her striking skill hurting and dropping Tate forcing the ref to stop it. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Lightweight: Rusty Crowder (1-0 Muay Thai) defeated Joe Pegg (6-6 MMA) via TKO at :33 of Round 2.
2. Cruiserweight: Mike Bissett (14-11-1 Boxing) defeated Aaron Brink (28-26, 2NC MMA) via TKO at 1:21 of Round 1.
3. Lightweight: Abdiel Velasquez (9-6 MMA) defeated Shawn West (15-10, 1NC MMA) via TKO at 1:16 of Round 1.
4. Lightweight: Johnny Bedford (23-14-1 MMA/1-0 BKB) defeated Matt Murphy (7-11 MMA/3-29-2 Boxing) via Unanimous Decision (Scores Not Read). We scored it 49-46 Bedford.
5. Featherweight: Christine Ferea (1-2 MMA/1-0 Muay Thai) defeated Jennifer Tate (6-1 MMA) via TKO at 1:35 of Round 1.
6. Super Middleweight: Elvin Leon Britto (9-7 MMA) defeated Harris Stephenson (6-1 MMA/1-0 BKB) via KO at :06 of Round 5.
7. Light Heavyweight: Joe Riggs (48-18-1, 1NC MMA) defeated Brock Weaver (11-4 MMA) via Unanimous Decision (49-46/49-46/50-45). We scored it 48-47 Riggs.
8. Light Heavyweight: Marcel Stamps (2-0 MMA/1-0 BKB) defeated Kendall Grove (23-18, 1NC MMA/1-0 BKB) via KO at :47 of Round 3.
9. Heavyweight Title: Arnold Adams (7-10 MMA, 2-0 BKB) defeated Sam Shewmaker (4-0 Boxing/2-0 BKB) via Split Decision (47-48/49-46/48-46). We scored it 49-45 Adams.
Knockout of the Night: Elvin Leon Britto
Fight of the Night: Elvin Leon Britto vs Harris Stephenson
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Sparta Combat league hosted their first ever Queen of Sparta Tournament on October 13th at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colorado. The tournament featured seven women (originally eight) competing in a one night tournament with the first round being boxing, second round kickboxing and the finals MMA. The tournament was accompanied by several other bouts. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Strawweight Boxing (Quarter-Finals): Diana Schissler defeated Kanisca Feliciano via Unanimous Decision (30-26/30-26/30-26). We scored it 30-26 Schissler.
2. Strawweight Boxing (Quarter-Finals): Heather Denny defeated Celine Haga via Unanimous Decision (30-27/29-28/29-28). We scored it 30-27 Denny.
3. Strawweight Boxing (Quarter-Finals): Stephanie Skinner defeated Cassie Robb via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Skinner.
4. Strawweight Boxing (Quarter-Finals): Kathryn Paprocki defeated Cassie Robb via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Paprocki.
5. Amateur Lightweight: Jamison McClaren (1-0) defeated Abe Gorjoux (0-2) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:30 of Round 1.
6. Amateur Featherweight: Frankie Diaz (1-1) defeated Steven Lontine (0-1) via TKO (Doctors Stoppage) at 3:00 of Round 1.
7. Amateur Heavyweight: Ian McGee (1-0) defeated Jared George (2-2) via TKO at 2:14 of Round 1.
8. Amateur Bantamweight Kickboxing: Zach Aya defeated Alen Dudo via Unanimous Decision (29-27/29-27/29-27). We scored it 29-27 Aya.
9. Amateur Light Heavyweight Kickboxing: Nemanja Jokic defeated Winston Martin via TKO at 3:00 of Round 1.
10. Amateur Featherweight Kickboxing: Shayna Cordova defeated Avery Sage via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Sage.
11. Amateur 120LB Catch Weight Kickboxing: Bailey Winters defeated Breigh Wareiczuk via Unanimous Decision (29-27/29-27/29-27). We scored it 29-27 Winters.
12. Strawweight Kickboxing (Semi-Finals): Diana Schissler defeated Heather Denny via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Schissler.
13. Strawweight Kickboxing (Semi-Finals): Kathryn Paprocki defeated Celine Haga via Unanimous Decision (30-27/29-28/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Paprocki.
14. Amateur Featherweight Title: Anel Dudo (6-3) defeated Alex Retrafeso (2-2) via Tapout (Armbar) at 2:05 of Round 3.
15. Amateur Strawweight Title: Veronica Graves (3-2) defeated Nikki Ward Hindes via Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:23 of Round 3.
16. Lightweight: Michael Stack (5-0) defeated Joseph Galaviz via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 29-28 Stack.
17. Strawweight (Finals): Kathryn Paprocki (1-0) defeated Diana Schissler (5-6) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 29-28 Schissler.
Submission of the Night: Veronica Graves
Knockout of the Night: Nemanja Jokic
Fight of the Night: Michael Stack vs Joseph Galaviz
Sunday, October 7, 2018
UFC 229 took place October 6th from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the night's Main Event Khabib Nurmagomedov retained his Lightweight Title with a fourth round stoppage of Conor McGregor. The bout saw pretty repetitive rounds with Nurmagomedov taking McGregor down and landing punches. Finally in round four, he got his back and the choke for the win. Afterwards Nurmagomedov left the cage and started a fight out there and more chaos happened in the cage. In women's action. Yana Kunitskaya scored a win over Lina Lansberg, taking a decision in a lackluster affair. Aspen Ladd scored an incredibly impressive win taking down Tonya Evinger and landing punches for the stoppage in round one and Michelle Waterson defeated Felice Herrig in an exciting bout that saw both fighters have their moments. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Welterweight: Tony Martin (14-4) defeated Ryan LaFlare (14-3) via TKO at 1:00 of Round 3.
2. Lightweight: Nik Lentz (31-9-2, 1NC) defeated Gray Maynard (14-8-1, 1NC) via TKO at 1:19 of Round 2.
3. Bantamweight: Yana Kunitskaya (11-4) defeated Lina Lansberg (8-4) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Kunitskaya.
4. Flyweight: Scott Holtzman (12-2) defeated Alan Patrick (15-2) via KO at 3:42 of Round 3.
5. Bantamweight: Aspen Ladd (7-0) defeated Tonya Evinger (19-7, 1NC) via TKO at 3:26 of Round 1.
6. Welterweight: Vicente Luque (14-6-1) defeated Jalin Turner (7-4) via KO at 3:52 of Round 1.
7. Flyweight: Jussier Formiga (22-5) defeated Sergio Pettis (17-4) via Unanimous Decision (30-26/29-28/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Formiga.
8. Strawweight: Michelle Waterson (16-6) defeated Felice Herrig (14-8) via Unanimous Decision (30-26/29-28/29-28). We scored it 30-27 Waterson.
9. Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis (21-5, 1NC) defeated Alexander Volkov (30-7) via KO at 4:49 of Round 3.
10. Light Heavyweight: Dominick Reyes (10-0) defeated Ovince Saint Preux (23-12) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Reyes.
11. Lightweight: Tony Ferguson (25-3) defeated Anthony Pettis (21-8) via TKO (Injury) at 5:00 of Round 2.
12. Lightweight Title: Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0) defeated Conor McGregor (21-4) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:07 of Round 4.
Submission of the Night: Khabib Nurmagomedov
Knockout of the Night: Derrick Lewis
Fight of the Night: Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis
Friday, October 5, 2018
Freestyle Cage Fighting presented an all-female card on October 5th from The Grand Casino Hotel and Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma. In the Main Event, Jessica Middleton became the Flyweight Champion defeating Calie Cutler. The majority of the bout was spent on the ground with Cutler on top trying to land ground and pound but Middleton being very active on her back constantly looking for submissions. With only seventeen seconds remaining, Middleton was able to secure the armbar and get the tap. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Amateur Atomweight: Aranda Dass (4-0) defeated Krista Camarillo (0-2) via Tapout (Armbar) at :56 of Round 1.
2. Amateur Bantamweight: April Glisson (1-0) defeated Ebony Ivory (1-1) via TKO at :45 of Round 1.
3. Amateur Strawweight: Abril Anguiano (1-0) defeated Sabrina Ochoa (1-1) via Unanimous Decision (scores not read).
4. Amateur Bantamweight: Esmeralda Lopez (1-1) defeated Katie Colbert (0-1) via TKO at 2:07 of Round 1.
5. Grappling Match: Sarah Alpar and Annaleigh Maddux was rule a Draw.
6. Bantamweight: Kaytlin Neil (2-3) defeated Candace Maricle (1-3) via Split Decision (30-27/30-27/28-29). We scored it 30-27 Neil.
7. Flyweight: Erica Torres (3-5) defeated Kate Teehee (0-1) via TKO at 1:04 of Round 1.
8. Bantamweight Title: Brenda Gonzalez-Means (9-4) defeated Tamikka Brents (2-4) via TKO (time not announced) in Round 1.
9. Flyweight Title: Jessica Middleton (5-4) defeated Calie Cutler (6-6) via Tapout (Armbar) at 4:43 of Round 5.
Submission of the Night: Jessica Middleton
Knockout of the Night: Erica Torres
Fight of the Night: Jessica Middleton vs Calie Cutler
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Photo Credit for all three photos: NPC News Online/Jeff Binns
2016 is the year people really started taking notice of Cydney Gillon. Before that, she was a very good pro doing pretty well in shows but that year she really put people on notice, she was no longer the always improving figure competitor, she was an elite figure competitor. While the sport is always about improving and she continues to, eventually certain people will earn their way off the improving list and on to the arrived list. 2016 saw Cydney take several top threes including at the Olympia. The stage where the elite of the elite compete.
But who can say they saw 2017 coming? Starting the year taking second place at the Arnold Sports Festival, Cydney went on to win the Arizona Pro before going to the Olympia and becoming the best in the world with a first place finish. While people may not have expected it, they also couldn't say they were surprised. Cydney had continued to show improvement, continued to move up in placings and had shown she could hang with the best, so why couldn't she be the best?
But when you become the best, you become the measuring stick, you become what everyone else is shooting for, who they compare themselves to and most of all, who they want to beat. Which in reality, while you may be the best, you have to work harder than ever because everyone is gunning for you, they are going to bring their best, so your best has to be better than your previous best.
So we enter 2018 and Cydney starts the year off with two second place finishes at the Arnold Sports Festival, both in America and Australia. Second place is nothing to be ashamed of when competing with the best, so while not wins, Cydney showed she hadn't quit working and getting better. Those second place finishes where nothing to be unhappy about. Heck, the may have even been a blessing in some ways because perhaps it gave her an idea of where she stood, what she needed to do to retain her Olympia title, perhaps it told her she still had more work to do, her competition was getting better.
Before the Olympia though was the Arizona Pro once again. Against a very solid group of competitors, some of which would be on the Olympia stage with her, Cydney came out on top and looked amazing and notice was served, Cydney Gillon was at her best and ready to retain her title.
As mentioned and as everyone knows, the Olympia is the best of the best and 2018 may have been the most loaded and competitive group of figure competitors to ever step on that stage. Names like Lewis-Carter, Padilla, Dees, Starling-Horrell, Wyatt and on down the line, this was an insane line-up, and to win would be an amazing feat. What happened? Cydney Gillon won again. I read an article afterwards that said, fourth place could have won in many years, and I agree with that, which tells you just what an accomplishment winning was.
Going forward, Gillon has already put herself in a very elite class of all-time greats, as far as I am concerned, back to back Olympia's gives her that. Now she works on building on a legacy. Besides the competing part, Cydney is so very easy to root for. She's very unassuming and has not let success go to her head at all. If you are looking for controversy, drama, or anything of the sort, look elsewhere, you won't find it with her. That is why Cydney's success is so fun to watch.
Photo Credit: UFC
Prior to signing with the UFC Livinha Souza was regarded as one of the best strawweights in the world. Hardcore fans knew it and her record proved it. She was an Invicta FC champion and held big wins over people like Katja Kankaanpaa, DeAnna Bennett, Ayaka Hamasaki and others. In fact, her only defeat was a super close decision to Angela Hill in a fight many felt she won. So to those who knew the sport, Livinha was someone who was accomplishing big things and would accomplish even bigger things.
Photo Credit: Invicta FC
Finally she was s signed to the UFC and would put herself in front of even more fans. She first was scheduled to a bout that ended up cancelled in Febraury against Jessica Aguilar. That bout being cancelled meant people had to wait to see how she would do on the big stage. Finally a new fight was scheduled, Souza would fight in her home country of Brazil against Alex Chambers.
Going into the bout, Souza was a huge favorite, the biggest favorite on the card. That in itself showed how highly people thought of her. But, in her first bout in the UFC being such a huge favorite, in her home country, would that provide extra pressure and affect her performance?
As she walked to the cage you could quickly tell Souza had her head in the right place, she was her normal confident self and seemed to show no feelings of pressure. The fight itself showed that as well as Souza quickly seized control, the fight went to the ground and in just one minute and twenty-one seconds, Souza secured the rear naked choke and got the win.
Photo Credit Invicta FC
Going forward Souza is already a legit threat for the strawweight title. While she will likely need some wins to get a shot at the title, as UFC won't give one that quickly, it is hard to not see her as the favorite to win in any bout she gets. While her next fight is not yet known, it will be interesting to see who she is given, surely someone higher up in the rankings and as always, it will be must-see television.
Sunday, September 30, 2018
UFC 229 takes place on October 6th and as always we are back with our predictions. I am going to post them in a way that is quicker and easier to read. Joining myself (Jason Adams) is Alyssa Vasquez, Amy Montenegro, Andy Nguyen, Ashley Hawkins, Chris Gregory, Erin Taranova, Jehnn Stumborg, Jen Aniano, Jenna Bernick, Jenna Skinner, Jessenia Quinonez, Jessica Dinch, Jillian DeCoursey, Kate Brummitt, Katherine Grasshopper, Katie Casimir, Lacey Hancock, Layla Newton, Leigh-Ann Baskey, Lindsey VanZandt, Mallory Kane, Missy Pontbriand, Monica Franco, Olivia Parker, Rach Frehe, Rachael Smith, Sarah Shell, Serena DeJesus, Shamir Peshewa, Sophie Sharp, Stephanie Skinner, Tamikka Brents and Teri Brents.
1. Lina Lansberg (8-3) vs Yana Kunitskaya (1-4, 1NC)
Lansberg: Andy, Jason, Jehnn, Jenna S., Jessica, Jillian, Katherine, Leigh-Ann, Mallory, Monica, Olivia, Rach, Rachael, Sarah, Sophie, Stephanie
Kunitskaya: Alyssa, Amy, Ashley, Chris, Erin, Jen, Jenna B., Jessenia, Kate, Katie, Lacey, Layla, Lindsey, Missy, Serena, Shamir, Tamikka, Teri
Totals: Lansberg- 16 Kunitskaya- 18
2. Aspen Ladd (6-0) vs Tonya Evinger (19-6, 1NC)
Ladd: Amy, Chris, Erin, Jason, Jillian, Kate, Katherine, Katie, Lacey, Lindsey, Monica, Rach, Sophie, Stephanie
Evinger: Alyssa, Ashley, Jehnn, Jen, Jenna B., Jenna S., Jessenia, Jessica, Layla, Leigh-Ann, Mallory, Missy, Olivia, Rachael, Sarah, Serena, Shamir, Tamikka, Teri
Totals: Ladd- 14 Evinger- 19 No Vote- 1
3. Sean O'Malley (10-0) vs Jose Quinones (8-2)
O'Malley: Alyssa, Amy, Andy, Ashley, Chris, Erin, Jason, Jehnn, Jen, Jenna B., Jenna S., Jessenia, Jessica, Jillian, Kate, Katie, Lacey, Leigh-Ann, Lindsey, Mallory, Missy, Olivia, Rach, Rachael, Sarah, Serena, Shamir, Sophie, Stephanie, Tamikka, Teri
Quinones: Katherine, Layla, Monica
Totals: O'Malley- 31 Quinones- 3
4. Michelle Waterson (15-6) vs Felice Herrig (14-7)
Waterson: Jen, Jenna S., Jessenia, Jessica, Jillian, Kate, Katherine, Katie, Lacey, Leigh-Ann, Lindsey, Mallory, Monica, Rachael, Sarah, Serena, Stephanie, Tamikka, Teri
Herrig: Alyssa, Amy, Andy, Ashley, Chris, Erin, Jason, Jehnn, Jenna B., Layla, Missy, Olivia, Rach, Shamir, Sophie
Totals: Waterson- 19 Herrig- 15
5. Derrick Lewis (20-5, 1NC) vs Alexander Volkov (29-6)
Lewis: Alyssa, Amy, Andy, Ashley, Erin, Jen, Jenna B., Jenna S., Jessenia, Jessica, Jillian, Katherine, Lacey, Leigh-Ann, Mallory, Missy, Monica, Olivia, Rach, Sarah, Serena, Shamir, Stephanie, Teri
Volkov: Chris, Jason, Jehnn, Kate, Katie, Layla, Lindsey, Rachael, Sophie, Tamikka
Totals: Lewis- 24 Volkov- 10
6. Ovince Saint Preux (22-11) vs Dominick Reyes (9-0)
Saint Preux: Alyssa, Amy, Ashley, Chris, Erin, Jason, Jehnn, Jenna B., Jessenia, Jessica, Jillian, Katherine, Katie, Layla, Lindsay, Mallory, Monica, Olivia, Rachael, Serena, Shamir, Stephanie, Tamikka, Teri
Reyes: Andy, Jen, Jenna S., Kate, Lacey, Leigh-Ann, Missy, Rach, Sarah, Sophie
Totals: Saint Preux- 24 Reyes- 10
7. Tony Ferguson (25-3) vs Anthony Pettis (21-7)
Ferguson: Alyssa, Ashley, Chris, Erin, Jason, Jehnn, Jenna B., Jenna S., Jessenia, Jessica, Jillian, Kate, Katie, Lacey, Layla, Olivia, Rach, Sarah, Serena, Shamir, Sophie, Stephanie
Pettis: Amy, Andy, Jen, Katherine, Leigh-Ann, Lindsey, Mallory, Missy, Monica, Rachael, Tamikka, Teri
Totals: Ferguson- 22 Pettis- 12
8. Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) vs Conor McGregor (21-3)
Nurmagomedov: Alyssa, Amy, Chris, Erin, Jen, Jenna S., Jessenia, Jillian, Kate, Katherine, Katie, Layla, Leigh-Ann, Lindsey, Mallory, Missy, Monica, Rach, Rachael, Serena, Shamir, Sophie
McGregor: Ashley, Andy, Jason, Jehnn, Jenna B., Jessica, Lacey, Olivia, Sarah, Stephanie, Tamikka, Teri
Totals: Nurmagomedov- 22 McGregor- 12