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Friday Night Fights August 16, 2013 Recap

FNF

Friday Night Fights was back at the Broad Street Ballroom Friday night with a short but sweet card of great fights.  The action started with a scrappy, rock ‘em sock ‘em bout with very little kicking but a lot of punching, followed by a fight that had all the clinching, kneeing, and kicking that the first fight lacked.

The next two JR. Middleweight fights were very exciting, with Mike Koufalis kicking off a night of victories for Renzo Gracie NYC.  The southpaw used beautiful technique and striking combinations to break the three fight win streak of Weapons 9’s formerly undefeated Sean McCardle.  McCardle was rocked twice in round 2 and failed to answer the bell for round 3, giving Koufalis the win by TKO.  After that, N.J. McLaughlin made short work of Eric Broullet with a TKO 1 minute 22 seconds in round 1.  Then Jafar “Cookie Monster” Toshev won the crowd over with packs of cookies as well as the fight against Chris Tapia.  Tapia looked very powerful, but couldn’t seem to capitalize on most of their striking exchanges or in the clinch, while Toshev utilized a very nasty face teep and low kick and eventually took the win by UD.

The Main Event was a full rules pro bout between Joe Sampieri and James Martinez.  Martinez swept Sampieri immediately but Sampieri bounced right up and spent the rest of the round in beast mode and made Martinez pay; he dumped Martinez on the ground repeatedly and was very aggressive.  Martinez was visibly rocked at the end of the round, got an eight count and was only narrowly saved by the bell.  Sampieri continued to dominate in round two, dropping Martinez with a right head kick that gave him the win by TKO at 46 seconds into the round.

The next fight was a full rules five round bout between amateur featherweight fighters with hair statements, Joe ‘Mustache’ Mueller and Rudy ‘Flat Top’ Felix (not their actual fight names).  Both fighters started slowly but rapidly proceeded to flashier techniques and flying strikes, which were a pleasure to watch.  Felix dominated the first half of the fight but seemed to lose speed in the later rounds, which allowed Mueller to come back in the clinch.

Following was the only title fight of the night, a full rules five round fight for the JR. Middleweight Title Belt between Sean Fagan and Chris Williams.  Williams, who fought just a few weeks ago in New Jersey, controlled the fight and outmuscled Fagan in the clinch.  Fagan was very gritty and managed to cut Williams in round one, but couldn’t seem to get anything else started until round four, when his right cross started landing.  Williams continued to dominate but was docked a point in round five for an illegal knee, and judges opted to give the win to hometown favorite, Fagan, by UD.

The final Co-Main event fight was a full rules pro bout between Elijah Clarke and Michael Stevens.  Clarke had the reach advantage but Stevens was able to get in and force the fight into the clinch, and was not shy about throwing elbows either.  There was some confusion about the actual length of the fight, whether it was to be three rounds or five rounds, and while both fighters looked game to keep it going, much to everyone’s disappointment the fight was called at the end of three rounds.  Clarke got the final win of the night for Renzo Gracie NYC by split decision.

Friday Night Fights August 16th Results

  • Jonathon Nieves (Square Circle, NY) def Manuel Coleote (Next Generation Muay Thai, BK) via UD
  • Joseph Suarez (Sitan Gym NY) def Raynaldo Nieves (TSK MMA) via UD
  • Mike Koufalis (Renzo Gracie NY) def Sean McCardle (Weapons 9, NJ) via TKO (failure to answer bell, Round 3)
  • N.J. MacLaughlin (Blade Fist Muay Thai, LI) def Eric Broullet (Precision Muay Thai, LI) via TKO RD 1 (1 minutes, 22 seconds)
  • Jafar Toshev (Next Generation) def Chris Tapia (Weapons 9, NJ) via UD
  • Joseph Sampieri (Renzo Gracie NY) def James Martinez (Wink Tactical Striking, Albuquerque, NM) via TKO RD 2 (head kick, 46 seconds)
  • Joe Mueller (Art of Eight) def Rudy Felix (Sitan Gym NY) via UD
  • Sean Fagan (Evolution Muay Thai) def Chris Williams (Pound4Pound MMA, Toronto Canada) via UD
  • Elijah Clarke (Renzo Gracie NY) def Michael Stevens (Tampa Muay Thai, FL) via Split Decision

 

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Take On Battle at Bally’s 3 Results and Recap

Take On

Take On Productions returned for a third time to Atlantic City, giving Muay Thai fighters and fans from all over a little taste of what it means to be “Jersey Strong” by bringing the fights back to Bally’s Hotel & Casino.  Highlights included several full-rules amateur bouts, particularly the first woman’s fight of the night, Jess Ng of Sitan Gym versus Kit Fung of Queens MMA.  After a full-rules, five round battle, Ng was the victor by Unanimous Decision, giving her her tenth consecutive win.  Dubious judging marred an otherwise great showing in the main event which featured Omar Estevez of Sitan Gym versus a very cocky Christopher Williams of  Pound 4 Pound MMA.  After some flagrant showboating in the first round, Williams fought a close fight with Estevez, and took a controversial win by Unanimous Decision, which was met with loud booing from the crowd.

Take On Muay Thai XXII

Ricardo Mixco (Crazy 88 Maryland) def Chris Berrocal (Impact Muay Thai) via UD

Nick Grant (The Wat) def Christian O’Bannon (Sitan Gym PA) via Split Decision

Vinnie Landolfo (Impact Muay Thai) def Dan Walls (Choice Martial Arts NJ) via Split Decision

Carl Gaeta (5 Points Muay Thai) def Matt Bonaventure (Pinpoint Muay Thai) via UD

Gerson Ochoa (Daddis Fight Camp) def Joe Laterra (Impact Muay Thai) via TKO RD 3

Jess Ng (Sitan Gym NY) def Kit Fung (Queens MMA) via UD

Keeman Diop (Crazy 88 Maryland) def Boya Gao (Cool Hearts Muay Thai) via TKO RD 1

Pete Bouton (Impact Muay Thai) def Derrick Garlington (BC MMA) via UD

Nicole Scimeme (Pride Fitness & MMA NY) def Bridget Mceleice (Daddis Fight Camp) via UD

Paul Banasiak (Thornton Muay Thai CT) def Jose Araujo (The Wat) via Split Decision

Georgui Smaguin (Pride Fitness & MMA NY) def Brian Hansen (5 Points Muay Thai) via UD

Christopher Williams (Pound 4 Pound MMA Canada) def Omar Estevez (Sitan Gym NY) via UD

Full event can be watched here:

https://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MuayThai/Battle_at_Ballys_3__Takeon_Productions/2010

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Lion Fight 10 Results

Lion Fight

So, I'm well aware that Lion Fight 10 went down last night, but where was the live coverage? Albuquerque has been in the middle of monsoon season, which means crazy storms, tons of lightning, flash flooding and everything else in the book outside of biblical plagues. For some reason my satellite never went down last night, but my internet was spotty at best, so here are the Lion Fight 10 results kind of late, but better than never.

The main event saw Yodsanklai batter and bruise Chike Lindsay, who had a good first round but then felt the full power of Yodsanklai and was unable to do much. The co-main event saw Matt Embree and Kevin Ross square off in a decision that is hotly-contested, but if you watch the fight closely, Embree was indeed the winner. Ross was applying a lot of pressure throughout the fight, but Embree was landing the cleaner strikes and counters. Ross rallied near the end, but it wasn't enough in the judges eyes to give him the W.

Tiffany Van Soest lived up to her hype in capturing the Lion Fight Women's Featherweight Championship against a tough Lucy Payne via a first round stoppage. A few well placed punches followed up by some brutal elbows was all that the ref needed to see before he stepped in to call the fight. Sean Kearney came in on late notice against a man he knows very well in Malaipet Sasiprapa and once again Malaipet was able to get the better of him, just working him over the whole fight with his kicks and clinchwork.

Ognjen Topic and Coke Chunhawat put on what was arguably the most entertaining fight of the night, as Ognjen was strong earlier on in the fight, but Coke was able to surge later in the fight thanks to the local fans cheering him on. It was a classic battle of Ognjen being stronger from the outside and Coke feeling more comfortable in close with the clinch. The opening fight saw two less experienced fighters in Jason Andrada and JP Cole square off in what was a good scrap and saw Andrada take the W.

Yodsanklai Fairtex (R5 - UD) Chike Lindsay

Matt Embree (R5 - UD) Kevin Ross

Tiffany Van Soest (R1 - TKO) Lucy Payne

Malaipet Sasiprapa (R5 - Dec.) Sean Kearney

Ognjen Topic (R5 - SD) Coke Chunhawat

Jason Andrada (R5 - UD) JP Cole

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Take­On XXI Recap and Results

TKO

Take­On Productions returned to the Resorts World Casino for its 21st show last night with another great event for the New York fans. Several of the fights, including two of the three professional bouts, ended by TKO.

Jason Van Oijen (Dogen Gym NY) vs Georgui Smaguin (Pride Fitness & MMA NY)

An anticipated rematch after their first fight ended in a draw, both men came out hard, with Van Oijen, who had the distinct height advantage, getting the best of most of the exchanges, particularly in the clinch. After setting a very aggressive pace in the first two rounds, both men slowed considerably going into the latter half of the fight. Smaguin rallied in the 3rd round and threw several punches that sent the sweat spraying, but Van Oijen began unloading with kicks and hard combinations to the body in rounds 4 and 5, giving Van Oijen the win by UD as well as the 175 lbs Take­On title.

Jay Matias (Sitan Gym NY) vs John Vargas (Valor Muay Thai, San Diego, CA)

The co­main event showcased a beautiful technical performance by fan favorite, Jay Matias. Matias started slowly and looked very relaxed, holding most of his arsenal in check and striking mostly with his left side in Round 1. He unloaded with more power shots from his right side and increasingly complex combinations as the fight continued.

While the use of elbows in full rules Muay Thai bouts was only very recently legalized in New York, you wouldn’t know it from the way that Matias put them to work on Vargas, particularly a vicious lunging lead elbow that penetrated Vargas’s defense at will. Those watching closely may have recognized Monlit Sitpodaing in Matias’s corner, who is probably in no small part responsible for the evolution in Matias style. To give Vargas credit, he showed incredible heart and was in the fight pushing forward and hitting back up until the moment that Matias ended it with a spinning back elbow that opened Vargas’ forehead and prompted the guy sitting next to me to say, “Jay Matias wins by destruction.” The fight was stopped at 2:35 in Round 4, with Matias taking the victory by TKO.

Cyrus Washington (Sitan Gym NY) vs J. R. Hines (Unlimited MMA KY)

Many fans were looking forward to watching Washington fight again in New York after catching his last Take­On fight at MSG against Chike Lindsay. Sadly, it was over very quickly, as someone forgot to warn Hines that Washington has a really nasty spinning back kick. It’s only all over his highlight reels, and last night we saw it again, landing flush on Hines’ liver, ending the fight by TKO in Round 1.

Full Card & Results

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