Sunday, May 1, 2011

NAAFS Proving Grounds Report

On April 30th the NAAFS put on another Proving Grounds show. For those not familiar, Proving Grounds is a chance for young and new fighters to fight for the Midwest's top MMA organization and ear their shot onto NAAFS's bigger shows. And don't let the words young and new fool you. These fighters often put on some great fights.

1. Amateur Lightweight
Ryan Cooper (0-1 Independent) vs Derek Pfirrman (0-3 Independent)

RD 1: Pfirrman misses a body kick and Cooper takes him down. Cooper lands several punches to the body while Pfirrman is looking for a triangle. Cooper is able to get the mount and Pfirrman gives him his back. Cooper is able to hook in a rear naked choke and gets the tap.

Result: Ryan Cooper by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:11 of Round 1

2. Amateur Super Heavyweight
Kenny Zabel (0-1 Goliath) vs Eric Christner (0-0 Team Independence)

RD 1: Leg kick by Christner. They clinch and Christner lands good body shots. Both fighters are battling for control. Christner lands a knee and Zabel answers with some good punches. Zabel tries for a single leg but can't get it. Zabel does a foot stomp. With no action, the ref separates them. Front kick by Christner but Zabel gets a takedown into north-south position. Zabel then gets his back and lands punches to the head and knees to the body until the ref stops it.

Result: Kenny Zabel by TKO at 2:35 of Round 1

3. Amateur Welterweight
Aleksey Itunin (1-0 SVS/Team Chaos) vs Jacob Rathwell (1-2 Golden Lotus)

RD 1: Leg kick by Rathwell. Both fighters doing a lot of feinting. Itunin lands a jab and Rathwell lands a leg kick. Itunin lands some hard punches. Rothwell lands a kick to the body and Itunin answers with a harder one followed by a hook. Rathwell lands a kick low but the ref missed it. Rathwell lands a kick and Itunin counters with a cross. Rothwell is now bleeding from the nose. Itunin lands a hard punch that rocks him. Rathwell shoots in but Itnunin gets the takedown instead. Itunin gets the mount but time runs out.
I scored RD 1: 10-0 Itunin

Rathwell has bad swelling under his eye and can't continue.

Result: Aleksey Itunin by TKO at end of Round 1

4. Amateur Featherweight
Scott Moritz (0-0 Evolve/Instigator) vs Brad Gainer (0-0 Goliath)

RD 1: Gainer fakes a shot. Moritz lands some punches including a nice jab. Gainer shoots but gets stuffed. Gainer tries again and gets the takedown but Moritz is right back up. They clinch against the cage and Gainer tries hard for a takedown. They separate and Meritz lands two punches and a knee. Leg kick by Moritz. Moritz lands a superman punch that hurts him. Gainer tries for and gets the single leg but Moritz lands on top. Moritz lands a body shot to close the round.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Moritz

RD 2: Good jab by Gainer. Moritz lands a leg kick. Moritz lands another hard leg kick. Gainer shoots but misses and Moritz lands a leg kick followed by another. Moritz is using his reach really well. Gainer shoots but can't get the takedown. They clinch on the cage and Gainer lands a good body shot. They separate and Moritz lands punches including a real good body shot. Gainer tries to take it down but instead they clinch on the cage.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Moritz

RD 3: Moritz throws a kick and Gainer tries for the takedown, but can't get it. They clinch on the cage and Moritz lands knees and then a good punch and knee to the body. Gainer tries for the single leg but Moritz defends well. Ref separates them. Gainer shoots but Moritz lands a knee to the body. Moritz lands a leg kick. Gainer looks really gassed. They clinch on the cage and both land punches to the body to end the round.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Moritz
My Score card: 30-27 Moritz

Result: Scott Moritz by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

5. Amateur 160lb
Maria Messer (2-1 Team NFC) vs Allanna Jones (0-0 American Muscle MMA)

RD 1: Leg kick by Jones. Jones hurts her with a cross. Jones lands a leg kick. Messer gets a Thai clinch and lands really good knees then looks for a guillotine. Messer trying hard with the standing guillotine but doesn't look tight enough. Both fighters are landing knees with Messer landing more. Jones finally pulls out of the choke. Both lands some punches and they clinch on the cage. Messer gets a takedown but Jones is up quick.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Messer

RD 2: Leg kick by Messer. Messer lands a head kick, which is illegal for amateurs, so she gets warned. Jones lands a hard punch followed by a leg kick. They clinch against the cage and Messer looks for a choke. Messer lands a knee to the body. Jones gets a takedown and Messer looks for an arm. Jones pulls out and lands strikes, but Messer gets a triangle. Jones hangs on till the round ends.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Messer

RD 3: Both fighters land a jab. Two good body punches by Jones. Jones then lands a leg kick. Jones is now throwing and missing wild shots. Jones lands a leg kick followed by another. Jones then lands a good jab. Both fighters land hard shots with Jones getting the advantage. Jones lands a nice jab and then a two punch combo to end the round.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Jones
My score card: 29-28 Messer

Result: Maria Messer by Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-26/29-28)

6. Amateur Welterweight
Kevin Cummings (3-1 Buffalo BJJ) vs Cory Jones (4-2 Team Independence)

RD 1: Both fighters come out throwing. Jones lands a good jab and Cummings a good leg kick. Cummings lands more leg kicks and gets a takedown into side control. Cummings lands punches to the body and goes for an arm. He lands more body punches and get the kimura for the tap.

Result: Kevin Cummings by Tapout (Kimura) at 1:32 of RD 1

Submission of the Night: Kevin Cummings

KO of the Night: Kenny Zabel

Fight of the Night: Aleksey Itunin vs Jacob Rathwell

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