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Friday, May 07, 2004

Rumble On The Rock 5 Results

Rumble On The Rock 5 Results
Held May 7, 2004 at Blaisdell Arena – Honolulu, HI
By Chris Onzuka

Being the relative "new kid on the block" in Hawaii, Rumble has garnered a lot of attention, especially due to the fight cards that are put together. Like almost all great cards, they never seem to hold up. First, Vladdy Matyushenko was scheduled as Cabbage’s original opponent but had to withdraw from the card, then at the last minute two exciting fighters, Kawika Pa’aluhi and Ross Ebanez had to pull out due to injuries. The show must go on and those lost matches were not missed due to the quality of the other matches.

The Sarmiento-Mercado fight was one of the most anticipated matches for local MMA fans because both fighters have been on a tear. This fight had the fans loving the action as these two fighters went at each other. BJ Penn’s Kaynan Kaku has been increasing the level of his opponents and rising to the challenge. He controlled journeyman, Santino Defranco throughout the bout.

Ron Jhun showed why he is UFC material with his skill and the excitement he brings to the cage by having the fans go into a frenzy in his fight against Ryan Schultz. There is no question why they call Schultz the Lion. He took what Jhun threw at him and coaxed Jhun to turn the fight into a brawl and landed a couple of wide hooks that stunned Jhun. After every great hook landed, Jhun smiled and yelled for more. In the end, Jhun refocused and took Schultz down and pounded him with devastating body punches, followed up by powerful shoulder punches.

Matt Lindland controlled Tony Fryklund throughout the fight, but Fryklund would not go out easy as he took all of Lindland’s punches on the ground and scrambled back to his feet on occasion. Both fighters had heated punching exchanges while standing. Lindland showed that he had no problem going toe to toe with anyone.

The main event was a sleeper as this grudge match that started at UFC 45 after Cabbage’s victory over Tank Abbott fizzled. Marsh used his speed and mobility to get off punches first, sticking Cabbage with a jab-cross combination and then moving. Cabbage spent the entire match stalking Marsh looking to land his patented left hook, but Marsh kept sticking and moving. Marsh out-pointed Cabbage for the win.

Royden Demotta (BJ Penn’s MMAA) def. Vance Pu (Freelance, Maui)
TKO, corner threw in the towel due to strikes at 1:34 into R1.

Harris Sarmiento (808 Fight Factory) def. Justin Mercado (Grappling Unlimited)
Split decision [(29-28), (28-29), (30-28)] after 3 rounds.

Kaynan Kaku (BJ Penn’s MMAA) def. Santino Defranco (Arizona Combat Sports)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

Jason Lambert (North County Fight Club) def. Mike Rogers (Team Vaghi)
TKO via referee stoppage due to strikes from the back mount at 1:31 into R1.

Joe "Diesel" Riggs (Arizona Combat Sports) def. Kendall Groves (Maui Full Contact)
KO via elbow from the guard at 1:31 into R1.

Muay Thai Match: 3 Rounds – 3 Minutes
Danny Steele vs. Melvin Murray
Draw [(29-28),(29-29), (28-29)] after 3 rounds.

Ronald Jhun (808 Fight Factory) def. Ryan "The Lion" Schultz (Team Quest)
TKO due to referee stoppage due to strikes from the mount after the end of Round 1.

Matt Lindland (Team Quest) def. Tony Fryklund (Team Extreme)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-26), (29-28)] after 3 rounds.

Main event
John Marsh (Team Neutral Grounds) def. Wesley "Cabbage" Correira (BJ Penn’s MMAA)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

Frank Shamrock vs. Cesar Gracie … Finally?
By Chris Onzuka

Both fighters were brought into the cage last night at Rumble On The Rock to hype up a possible match at the next Rumble On The Rock. I say "possible" because the fight was supposed to take place at Shamrock’s event, then at the WEC and I believe one more event. Both fighters had heated words to exchange.

Cesar Gracie: "You know what happens when a Gracie fights a Shamrock."

Frank Shamrock: "I respect everyone who steps in the cage. You have to be a man to step into the cage. Cesar has never stepped into the cage, he isn’t a man."

Keep your fingers crossed to hopefully see Frank Shamrock return to the cage and hopefully back into regular action and to see the long awaited debut of Cesar Gracie. The man who has trained Nick Diaz, David Terrell, Gil Castillo and Steve Heath.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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