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Ring of Honor
Held November 22, 2003
Campbell High School Gym, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
By Chris Onzuka

Jeremy Jackson on Mark Moreno's back
Jackson on Moreno’s back

The inaugural Ring of Honor event mixed kickboxing and MMA. Ring of Honor in its entirety, will host three amateur divisions consisting of submission grappling, kickboxing and MMA. Each competitor will be ranked in each division based on their performance. The promoters hope that this will give people thinking about competing in MMA the opportunity to get their feet wet or to help them become complete fighters by being able to enter the division that they need to improve upon or to strengthen. The ranking system will allow a systematic, objective method to match up fighters evenly. Now on to the event…as I always say, action is where the amateurs are at. Every one of these fighters threw everything they had at each other. The skill level was very good especially when most of the fighters either made their debut or fought less than three fights. Some of the action that stood our was Ryan Lee and Curtis Rivera’s exchanges for both rounds or Jr. Yacup’s power punching against Russ Barr’s quick kicks. As the fights continued, the question of the night was, would the main event be a slugfest of one of Hawaii’s best boxers versus a UFC veteran that has been saying that he wanted to show off his striking skills? In the end, strategy won out as Jeremy Jackson felt that he was better on the ground than Mark Moreno and took him to the mat. During a scramble Jackson got to Moreno’s back and worked in a rear-naked choke for the submission.

Oscar Okano kicking Teddy Piko
Okano kicking Piko

Amateur MMA 2 rounds x 3 minute – 135lbs
Ryan Lee (Bulls Pen) def. Curtis Rivera (808 Fight Factory)
Unanimous decision [(60-58), (60-58), (59-55)] after 3 rounds.

Amateur Kickboxing 3 rounds x 1:30 minutes – 170lbs
Oscar Okano (HMC) def. Teddy Piko (808 Fight Factory)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

Amateur MMA 2 rounds x 3 minutes – 195lbs
Ron Foster (Freelance) def. Casey Daniels (Kodenkan)
Unanimous decision [(60-54), (60-58), (60-58)] after 3 rounds.

Kids – Exhibition: Amateur Kickboxing 3 rounds x 1minutes – 72lbs
Kai Kamaka III (808 Fight Factory) vs. Chancen Kalua (Makakilo Kickboxing)
Draw

Amateur Kickboxing 3 rounds x 1:30 minutes – 135lbs
Jr. Yacup (Freelance) def. Russ Barr (HMC)
KO at 1:25 into R2.

Amateur MMA 3 rounds x 3 minutes – 145lbs
Ed Kelii Newalu (808 Fight Factory) def. Marcus Moreno (Bulls Pen)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

Amateur Kickboxing 3 rounds x 1:30 minutes – 200lbs
Gun Wheeler (HMC) def. Andy Ahsing (Ewa Beach Fight Club)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

Amateur MMA 2 rounds x 3 minutes – 190lbs
Robert Vilapando (808 Fight Factory) def. Corey Daniels (Kodenkan)
Submission via rear naked choke at 2:54 into R2.

Semi Main Event:
Amateur Kickboxing 3 rounds x 2 minutes – 160lbs
Harris Sarmiento (808 Fight Factory) def. Paul Laga (Bulls Pen)
Unanimous decision [(28-27), (29-26), (30-28)] after 3 rounds.

Main Event Pro MMA Bout 3 rounds x 5 minutes – 175lbs
Jeremy Jackson (Team Freedom) def. Mark Moreno (Bulls Pen)
Submission via rear-naked choke at 1:30 into R1.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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