By Jay Tan
Big ‘Ka-Booms’ heard at Quiet Canyon
Not rain, nor hail, nor sleet, nor snow was going to keep crowds from the perfect storm of MMA, as All-Star Boxing / Ka-Boom MMA returned to Quiet Canyon Country Club in Montebello on January 22nd, with “Battle of the Rising Stars.”
“I was afraid of that. I kept thinking ‘wow, man, I’m not gonna do too good, because of the weather.’ But it didn’t seem to bother anybody. They were there. For that type of day, I thought we did pretty good,” said promoter Ed Holmes
Fan favorites Chris Golz and Jacob Rodriguez did not disappoint their fervently vocal supporters, claiming victory in their respective matches, both via rear naked choke submission.
“I really did think Jacob’s was [fight of the night]. And obviously John Chacon. . . you could see he was probably a great wrestler when he was in high school,” Holmes commented days after the fight.
Chacon, in his match against Marc Fusco, scored consecutive takedowns, including a high German suplex, to claim a unanimous decision victory.
Blake Webber had an early night, landing a right head kick and punches to finish Fernando Barrera nine seconds into the first round. “You never know what’s going to happen at these shows, you know,” said Holmes.
Match results from “Ka-Boom MMA – Battle of the Rising Stars” are as follows:
205+ lbs. (Heavyweight) – Dave Fetherolf
(Triple Crown Fighters) def. Cody Smith
(Unbreakable Gym) via unanimous decision.
165 lbs. – Blake Webber
(Dirty Bird Fight Team) def. Fernando Barrera
(Reyes Boxing Club) via TKO, R1, 0:09 sec.
135 lbs. – John Chacon
(Millennia MMA) def. Marc Fusco
(PKG / Fight Science) via unanimous decision.
185 lbs. – Matt Grigorian
(Dirty Bird Fight Team) def. Jesse Crespin
(CSW) via unanimous decision.
205+ lbs. (Heavyweight) - Moses Murrietta
(Adrenaline MMA) def. Daniel Reynolds
(Gauntlet Jiu-Jitsu) via TKO, R3, 0:30 sec.
140 lbs. – Cameron Harris
(PKG) def. Jose Huerta
(MMAFCd / Champ Krew) via submission, R2, 0:50 sec.
125 lbs. – Ryan Barela
(Operation MK Ultra) def. Gabriel Valdez
(Blackmat MMA) via unanimous decision.
205+ lbs. (Heavyweight) – Chris Golz
(Gauntlet Jiu-Jitsu) def. Daniel Felix
(Unbreakable Gym) via submission, R1, 1:23.
135 lbs. – Chris Westrup
(Blackmat MMA) def. Anthony Jimenez
(Adrenaline MMA) via submission, R3, 1:23 sec.
170 lbs. – Jacob Rodriguez
(Academy of Striking and Grappling) def. Eric Steans, Jr.
(PKG) via submission, R2, 1:01 sec.
“I was really surprised . . . that that many people came out and were happy. Because a lot of these people have been with me for 14 years, and I never heard one person say ‘well, it’s an amateur show.’ I mean they were really excited about it. So I think the amateurs are just as exciting as the pros,” Holmes added.
Ka-Boom MMA returns to Quiet Canyon on March 19th, and then to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on April 3rd.
Nor Cal Bursts out of the Gates with “Starting Position”
The first amateur MMA event of 2010 in Northern California took place on January 22nd, as Stand Up Fighters, Inc. promoted “Starting Position,” a 15-match event held at the Sacramento Radisson Hotel.
“Everybody was just fired up. . . The crowd was great, the house was packed. All the fighters and coaches were respectful.
Probably one of the best events I’ve seen with amateur MMA. These guys were like pros,” commented Stand Up promoter and matchmaker Gary Shurley
The stacked card featured fighters from all throughout Northern and Central California. Fight of the Night honors were given to the sole female match, Brittney Christian vs. Mandy Ybarra, in which Christian edged out Ybarra via split decision.
Derek Formoso was anointed Fighter of the Night for his TKO victory, which, ironically enough, was the show’s opening match. For their efforts, Christian and Ybarra were given “Stand Up Fighters” letterman jackets, while Formoso received a championship belt that was designed uniquely for the event.
Stand Up president Jim Schuett explained “we wanted to make it special – for the fans, for the families in attendance, and for the coaches. . . Our plan is to continue to have a Fighter of the Night belt and a pair of jackets to the two fighters who had the fight of the night. It’s just to give these guys something extra to work for. They get to walk away with something of substance that they can show their friends and such.”
“The girls were the co-main event, and Brittney and Mandy tore it up. . . . [Derek] defended great against the takedown. His leg kicks, his punches, his head movement was crisp,” added Shurley.
Match results for “Starting Position” are as follows:
145 lbs. – Derek Formoso
(Muay Thai Lao Kickboxing Academy) def. Dillon Soper
(Marinoble’s Fight Team) via TKO, R2, 0:49 sec.
170 lbs. – Jason Elliot
(Valhalla ETC) def. Luke Heebner
(Overcome Fight Team) via TKO, R2, 1:47.
125 lbs. – Zach Smith
(Ultimate Fitness / Bred 4 Battle) def. Anthony Moser
(Brito MMA) via submission (rear naked choke), R3, 1:14 sec.
173 lbs. (catchweight) - Jesse Roberts
(Overcome Fight Team) def. Nick Hammond
(TNT / Team Takeover) via unanimous decision.
135 lbs. – TJ Dillasahaw
(Ultimate Fitness / Bred 4 Battle) def. Kyle Smith
(Valhalla ETC) via submission (D’Arce choke), R1, 1:05 sec.
170 lbs. – Ryan Guzman
(Huckaba’s Next Generation MMA) def. William Simmons
(Brito MMA) via split decision.
160 lbs. (catchweight) – Richard Smith
(Ultimate Fitness / Bred 4 Battle) def. Eugene Ivanov
(Overcome Fight Team) via submission (rear naked choke), R2, 1:48 sec.
170 lbs. – Jose Quinonez
(Cia Paulista) def. Tulio Sara (unlisted) via TKO, R2, 1:51 sec.
145 lbs. – Freddie Patino
(Brito MMA) def. Karston Desario
(Ultimate Fitness / Bred 4 Battle) via submission (rear naked choke), R3, 1:14 sec.
185 lbs. – Matt Yee
(Cia Paulista) def. Steven Murphy
(Cen Cal Extreme Fitness) via KO, R2, 0:34 sec.
135 lbs. – Brittany Christian
(Overcome MMA) def. Mandy Garcia Ybarra
(Fresno Kickboxing Academy) via split decision.
145 lbs. – Jesse Henderson
(Huckaba’s Next Generation MMA) def. Morgan Aculdo
(Valhalla ETC) via split decision.
165 lbs. (catchweight) - Ray Heredia
(Overcome Fight Team) def. Robert Saldivar
(unlisted) via TKO, R2, 1:45 sec.
180 lbs. (catchweight) – Alex Ivanov
(Overcome Fight Team) def. Jacob Arvance
(Fresno Kickboxing Academy) via split decision.
Heavyweight – Marty Farmer
(Placer County Grapplers) def. David Villescaz
(Huckaba’s Next Generation MMA) via TKO, R2, 0:59 sec.
For more info on upcoming amateur MMA action, visit http://www.camo-mma.org/events.