Total Combat 15
Total Combat 15
By Steven Marrocco
Breaking ground on big city San Diego for the first time ever, Total Combat 15 hosted a night of very competitive fights at the San Diego Sports Arena. Despite TC’s electing to only use half of the arena due to cost concerns, they proved that hungry fighters and scantily clad dancers always make up for any lack of pomp and circumstance.
Coming into the ring, Tony "Tiger" Velarde gave his best impression of his animal namesake as he screamed at his opponent, Josh Tampsen, before flattening him with an overhand left in the opening stanza of the bout. From there, he pounced on Tampsen, landing a few more shots before the referee had seen enough and stopped the bout. It was all over in 14 seconds.
Joey Rodanzzo quickly took Christian Vargas down in response to Vargas’ attempt at a flying knee and spinning backfist. After Rodanzzo’s brief attempt to get Vargas against the cage, Vargas was able to reverse and take Rodanzzo’s back, sinking in a rear-naked choke in the first round.
After a brief appearance by UFC vet Brandon "The Truth" Vera, TC Welterweight champion Juan Miranda made short work of Aric Nelson, reversing an attempted headlock takedown and getting Nelson’s back, where he quickly sunk in a rear-naked choke that rendered Nelson unconscious within five or six seconds. Upon regaining consciousness, Nelson smiled widely at the referees and doctors, laughing boisterously at his twist of fate. Asked later if he had heard the referee’s command to open his eyes, he said it was the last thing he heard before entering a dream about getting some really good sleep in preparation for his fight.
Next was an incredibly competitive bantamweight bout between showman Ian McCall and Chris David. The first round saw McCall take down David on several occasions, who responded by attempting many guillotine chokes before being slammed to the mat. From there, he was able to neutralize McCall’s punishment from his back by rolling out into a ground clinch before standing up. The second round saw more of the same, as McCall shot in on David and worked to minimize David’s guillotine attempts. After a brief pause in action, a rowdy female fan yelled, "You’re getting tired!" to which McCall winked at her and playfully shushed her, suggesting she was on to him. The third and final round saw McCall become more brazen in his attacks, attempting several Karate Kid flying roundhouses before taking David down. Ultimately, the pressure he put on David was the deciding factor in the fight, as David was never able to hit his stride, and McCall walked away with a unanimous decision.
TC Heavyweight champ Gary Padilla was clearly the fan favorite walking into his bout with newcomer Thierry Sokoudjo. However, Sokoudjo quickly showed a composure beyond his professional experience in stuffing Gary’s relentless single leg takedown attempts, countering with overhand rights that always seemed to find their mark. After the first round, it was clear Padilla had not only burned most of his energy trying to take Sokoudjo down, but had also lost the will to brave Sokoudjo’s powerful kicks and counter punches. Despite long stretches of inactivity, it was Sokoudjo’s striking accuracy and dutiful takedown defense that won him a split decision against Padilla.
In another heavyweight fight, UFC vet Wade Shipp used his jiu-jitsu skills to counteract the wrestling abilities of Allen Sullivan, who landed takedowns but did not do any damage from the top position. After slamming Shipp to the mat, Sullivan gassed as Shipp maneuvered around him and took his back, sinking in a body triangle that drained his energy to fight a rear naked choke Shipp was gunning for. A few minutes into his defense, Sullivan tapped out before the choke was sunk in.
Next up was another extremely competitive bout between Dave Hisquierdo and Dominic Cruz. Particularly throughout the first round, Cruz was particularly adept at landing a one-two body head combo, while Hisquierdo chose to counterpunch before taking Cruz down. The fight went back and forth throughout all three rounds, Hisquierdo dropping Cruz on two different occasions and Cruz returning the favor on another, with Cruz getting the upperhand on the ground as he worked his elbows and punches from the top position. Ultimately, it was this advantage that gave Cruz the split decision. Backstage, both men acknowledged they had fought a war and had gained tremendous respect for the other.
In the main event of the evening, undefeated Chance Ferrar took on the highly animated and also undefeated Shawn Bias. It looked to be Chance’s night as he landed a huge slam that bounced Bias’ head off the canvas and sent the audience into a frenzy, but Bias was able to maintain his composure and reverse Ferrar on two different occasions before pulling a slick transition to an armbar from the side of Ferrar’s back that forced him to tap at 4:29 of the first round.
Final Results of Total Combat 15:
Tony Velarde def. John Tampsen by knockout in R1.
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