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Cage Rage 17: Ultimate Challenge

Cage Rage 17: Ultimate Challenge
Held July 1, 2006
Wembley Arena, London, England
Report by David West – Photos by Keith Mills

Melvin Manhoef

The Manhunter Melvin Manhoef added another name to his hit list tonight, sending Ian "The Machine" Freeman into unconsciousness in just seventeen seconds. Freeman charged Manhoef, who knocked him down with a vicious left, then hammer-fisted Freeman on the canvas. The Machine scrambled to his knees but Manhoef blasted him with another left and Freeman dropped to all fours. Standing over his opponent, Manhoef unleashed a nightmare right hand that impacted the side of Freeman’s head like a cannonball and left the veteran battler out cold on the floor. Freeman announced afterwards that this was his last fight.

In the biggest upset of the night, unheralded Rob Broughton, from Liverpool, survived a rough first round against PRIDE star James Thompson, in which Thompson pounded Broughton on the floor and bloodied his face. In the second round Thompson maintained the top position for most of the period, but seemed to have gassed out and he couldn’t put Broughton away, drawing the derision of the crowd. In the final round, Broughton, who was impossibly still fresh after being mauled for the better part of ten minutes, finally got on top of Thompson and unleashed a furious barrage of hammer fists, landing uncounted blows to the face, and the referee jumped in seconds before Thompson’s corner threw in the towel, with their fighter senseless on the canvas. Broughton is now the new British Heavyweight champ.

Broughton is now the new British Heavyweight champ
Broughton victorious over Thompson

Gilbert Yvel nullified Brazilian Fabiano Scherner’s leg locks by smashing Scherner with his very heavy hands as his opponent tried to secure submissions from the bottom. Yvel’s accurate and potent striking required the referee to save the battered grappler after a minute and a half.

Yvel punching out of submission attempt by Scherner
Yvel punching Scherner

Zelg Galesic pulled off a surprise upset against the much more experienced Curtis Stout, who took Galesic down early in the first round only to get caught in an arm bar.

Paul Daley took the vacant British Welterweight title in a hard-fought contest with Ross Mason. Thai boxer Mason edged out the first round with crisp combinations on his feet, so in the second and third rounds Daley took the fight to the canvas, where he dominated positions and worked an effective ground and pound to take the win by decision.

Pierre Guillet narrowly avoided being tapped out by an ankle lock from Daijiro Matsui in the first round of their match, with Matsui cranking on the submission as Guillet grimaced in agony before he finally freed his leg. On their feet Matsui landed several scathing thigh kicks, but Guillet repeatedly found the mark with some fast hands and wobbled Matsui with his uppercut. After sprawling on a shot from the Japanese grappler, Guillet kept chopping down at Matsui, who suffered a deep cut on his left eyelid that forced the doctor to halt the contest, giving Guillet the TKO win.

Guillet toughing out sub attempt by Matsui
Guillet toughing out sub attempt

Featherweight Mark Chen had been loudly proclaiming that he was the number one contender for the British title, but he came up short against Robbie Olivier, who took Chen down, took his back, and choked him out in just over three minutes in a dominating performance from the Cambridge firefighter.

Full Results:

  • Dean Bray def. Darren Geisha – Rear-naked choke 3:03 R1
  • Robbie Olivier def. Mark Chen – Rear-naked choke 3:11 R1
  • Phil Norman def. David Bielkheden – Unanimous decision
  • Paul Daley def. Ross Mason – Unanimous decision
  • Adbul Mohamed def. Jean Silva – Majority decision
  • Pierre Guillet def. Daijiro Matsui – TKO (Doctor stoppage – cut) 4:08 R2
  • Mark Epstein def. Dave Legeno – KO 0:45 R1
  • Robert Berry def. Henry Miller – TKO (Ref stoppage – strikes) 1:06 R1
  • Zelg Galesic def. Curtis Stout – Armbar – 1:10 R1
  • Gilbert Yvel def. Fabiano Scherner – TKO (Ref stoppage – strikes) 1:30 R1
  • Rob Broughton def. James Thompson – TKO (Ref stoppage – strikes) 0:49 R3
  • Melvin Manhoef def. Ian Freeman – KO 0:17 R1

Cage Fury: A Stellar Debut
By Jim Genia

Al Buck kicking Mike Schneck
Buck kicking Schneck

(June 30th, Atlantic City, New Jersey) Camera crews, projection screens, solid matchmaking, a very smooth production – you’d never guess this was the Cage Fury Fighting Championship’s debut show. But it was, and with a nearly-full Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall, it was a great one. Highlights of the night included:

  • Atlantic City MMA’s Anthony Morrison, who displayed quite a bit of power in dispatching Will Loushin in just under a minute.
  • TNT Martial Arts’ Josh Rhodes, who withstood a hell of a beating to beatdown Wayne Cole.
  • Local star Carmelo Marrero, who put a game Petrus Walker on his back and pounded open a cut for the win.


  • John Swangler (Hamilton Martial Arts-188lbs) vs. Brian DeMuro (Balance-181lbs)
    DeMuro via armbar at 2:49 of R1.

  • Jason Pitman (Team Vendetta-173lbs) vs. Bill Bontcue (Balance-170lbs)
    Bontcue via guillotine at 0:39 of R2.

  • Joe Veres (Jorge Gurgel-156lbs) vs. Dwayne Shelton (Team Prodigy-155lbs)
    Veres via unanimous decision.

  • Brian Vanes (Balance-154lbs) vs. Malachy Friedman (freestyle-156lbs)
    Friedman via guillotine at :22 of Round Two.

  • Dave Perez (Jersey Shore BJJ-185lbs) vs. Dan Miller (Planet JJ-185lbs)
    Miller via TKO – Perez could not answer the bell for R2.

  • Rich Ashkar (Team PKA-171lbs) vs. Frank Lowers (Team Vendetta-166lbs)
    Ashkar via rear choke 1:02 of R1.

  • Anthony Morrison (Atlantic City MMA-156lbs) vs. Will Loushin (FAMA-155lbs)
    Morrison via ref stop due to unanswered strikes at 0:59 of R1 – another impressive win from the powerful Morrison.

  • Alexis Aquino (TNT Martial Arts-185lbs) vs. Josh Roseanne (Dynamic Martial Arts-185lbs)
    Aquino via KO at 1:58 of R1.

  • Al Buck (Team Evolution-154lbs) vs. Mike Schneck (Xtreme Fitness-153lbs)
    Buck via unanimous decision.

  • Nick Cottone (Balance-136lbs) vs. Matt McKabe (Jorge Gurgel-133lbs)
    Cottone via ref stop due to unanswered strikes at 4:53 of R1. Cottone is now the Cage Fury Fighting Championship Featherweight Champ.

  • Doug Gordon (Rio JJ-185lbs) vs. Marcus Davis (Team Irish-182lbs)
    Davis via unanimous decision.

  • Josh Rhodes (TNT Martial Arts-201lbs) vs. Wayne Cole (Team Cole-205lbs)
    Rhodes via ref stop due to unanswered strikes at 4:28 of R1 – a good, back-and-forth battle. Rhodes is now the Cage Fury Fighting Championship Light-Heavyweight Champ.

  • Carmelo Marrero (freestyle-227lbs) vs. Petrus Walker (ATT-257lbs)
    Marrero via doc stop due to a cut at 2:41 of the third round. Marrero is now the Cage Fury Fighting Championship Heavyweight Champ.

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