Ring Of Combat 11 Preview
Ring of Combat 11 Preview
By Jim Genia
What: Ring of Combat 11. Where: The Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. When: Friday, August 18th. A state-ordered shutdown of the casinos put promoter Lou Neglia’s MMA event on ice last month, but this weekend the show goes on. And with the card a mixture of top-level talent and hungry up-and-comers, it promises to be a show full of action. Here’s a look at some of the fighters:
Laura D’Auguste – Team Tiger Schulmann
Garrett Carmody – Pitt’s Penn
Steve McCabe – Fight Factory
Phillipe Nover – Universal Defense/SOCA
Stephane Cloud – Real Combat Martial Arts
Here’s the full card as of 8/16:
Sportfighting 4 Preview
By Jim Genia
What: Sportfighting 4. When: August 19th. Where: Mennen Sports Arena, Morristown, New Jersey. Brian Cimins, the man behind Grapplers Quest, returns with the fourth installment of his Sportfighting MMA promotion – a promotion that has showcased more than a few grapplers-turned-MMA studs. At Sportfighting 4, Cimins will crown three champions, and if the success of his prior shows is any indication, this event should be a crowd-pleaser. Here’s a look at some of the fighters:
Brian McLaughlin – Rob Kahn
Eric Uresk – United MMA
Doug Gordon – Rio BJJ/Robson Moura
Leandro Hernandez – Alex Wilkie’s Martial Arts
Joe Andujar – Rhino Fight Team
Here’s the card as of 8/16:
Light-Heavy Championship Title Bout:
Lightweight Championship Title Bout:
Featherweight Championship Bout:
Bill Scott (Ricardo Almeida) vs. Bill Evans (Real Combat Martial Arts)
Combat in the Cage’s ‘Battle at the Pier’ Preview
By Jim Genia
What: Combat in the Cage’s ‘Battle at the Pier’. When: August 19th. Where: Music Pier, Ocean City, New Jersey. Promoter Ed Hsu’s amateur MMA series returns to the Garden State, this time with a mammoth fight card featuring a slew of first-timers and hardened warriors. Fighting under USKBA rules (no punches to the head on the ground, rounds are three minutes long, competitors must wear MMA gloves and shin and instep pads, etc.), representatives from schools in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland will step into the cage and get their feet wet. Here’s a look at some of the fighters:
Tinh Tupy – Jersey Shore BJJ
Chris Dietzel – Yamasaki Academy
Rich Collazo Jr. – Atlantic City Mixed Martial Arts
Derrick Hopkins – Berks County BJJ
Rob Constance – Team Renzo
Here’s the fight card as of 8/16:
Tinh Tupy (Jersey Shore BJJ) vs. Greg Galperine (Modern MA)
Fight Night Brings Finishes and Growth for Young Stars
By Derek Callahan
Mike Goldberg was pushing The Ultimate Fighter 4 directly in the middle of an intense main event of UFC Fight Night. It made me think that I couldn’t care less about it in the face of such a great display of skill by Karo Parisyan and Diego Sanchez. The truth is, TUF 4 is the only one that I’m actually looking forward to. These guys have proven that they live and die for the competition, and their careers have all been riotous climbs to the near-top. As Shonie Carter said early in the first episode, "Don’t call it a comeback. I’ve been here for years."
Right after he beat John Alessio at UFC 60, Diego Sanchez (16-0) told me that he was looking forward to his fight with Karo Parisyan (15-4). He predicted a relentless battle that would see each of them rolling around, seeing every part of the octagon and taking almost as well as they gave. His prediction was dead on. The fight was decided mainly by the second round: Sanchez completely dominated the third with strikes from the back mount and mount. In the first, Parisyan took control by hitting three slick judo throws. It was a red flag that every fighter should know how to throw, and how to counter them.
The second round was the decisive one though, as Sanchez seemed to pull it out based on good counters and a couple convincing takedowns. It puts him in line for a possible title shot, and love him or hate him, he’s getting the job done.
The rest of the welterweight division should be ticked off at Javier Mendez at AKA. That’s because of what he’s teaching Josh Koscheck (9-1), and what Koschek showed off against Jonathan Goulet (16-7). Dropping the Canadian with a one-two that ended with a thunderous right hand, Koscheck’s stand-up was night and day from his previous fights. He looked light on his feet, and was able to control the bout completely once it hit the ground.
By 4:10 of round one when John McCarthy stopped the fight, Koscheck was landing at will from the back mount. Wrestlers "ride legs" on the mats, which accounts for why it comes so naturally to "throw hooks" for a fighter without an extensive jiu-jitsu background. Reminiscent of the progression that Matt Hughes underwent as an evolving wrestler, Koscheck picked up a win impressive enough to put him on a plain above the rest of the welterweight crop.
Dean Lister (9-5) looked and fought absolutely exhausted when round three started in his match with Yuki Sasaki (20-13-1). Sasaki appeared to be having cardio problems of his own, and as Mike Goldberg pointed out on Spike TV’s air, that may have been the "saving grace" for Lister. Belly back to suplex’s followed by an array of submission attempts marked Lister’s dominance, but his UFC debut at 185-pounds wasn’t nearly as impressive as his premiere at light heavyweight against Alessio Sakara. Still, Lister picked up the victory looking dominant and slick on the ground for 10 of the fight’s 15 minutes. The unanimous decision win was assuredly not the worst that could have happened against an experienced opponent like Sasaki.
In between bouts Joe Rogan interviewed Randy Couture about The Ultimate Fighter 4, and it may have been the best interview he’s done. Memories of Lisa Dergan interrogating B-level celebrities about their after-fight plans at past events almost disappeared with Rogan’s downright interesting questions. Rogan, a multi-talented individual anyhow, sounded in the interview like he could pick up the journalism bug if he wanted.
I don’t much condone scoring rounds even, but since the one punch knockout that Chris Leben (20-2) conjured up for fans rendered round one useless, I’ll make an exception. With that one even round in the books Leben knocked out Jorge Santiago (12-6) with a looping left hook at 35 seconds of round two.
"I hate hanging around on the losing side of things," said Leben to Joe Rogan after the fight. There isn’t a better way to get on the winning side than to score a convincing knockout, and Leben was able to do that. His striking looked wild with the hands down, chin up look to it. That doesn’t seem to matter though when you land first, as Leben did.
Mike Goldberg summed the career of Joe Riggs (25-8) right up: "early bumps, but a lot of success late." Now feeling healthy at 170-pounds, Riggs was impressive with a second round triangle choke submission over Jason Von Flue (12-7-1). This could be the start of that "late" success for Riggs. He’s still only 23 years old, but has fought a complete ledger including Matt Hughes, Alex Stiebling, Cabbage Correira and too many others. When his maturity keeps pace with his experience, Riggs will be more of a force than he already is. His win over Von Flue very well could be the start of that.