XFS FIRE March 22, 2014
Merwyn Rivera vs Chad Meekins
Rd 1: Rivera lands a hard overhand right behind the ear and drops Meekins. Rivera jumps all over him with ground and pound. It's pretty overwhelming for Meekins. Cecil Peoples warns Meekins to fight back. 1 more hard right and Cecil stops the fight at :46 seconds.
Anthony Paredes vs Chris Sandt
Rd 1: Chris Sandt sprints out and lands a monster overhand right. As it lands Sandt goes for the takedown, yet somehow winds up in a rnc before they hit the mat. He taps out and it's over in :12seconds. Wow, a lot happened in a short period of time.
Arian Sharifi vs Shawn Stevens
Rd 1: They come out exchanging jabs. Arian leg kicks, then goes high. He slips to the mat on the head kick and Stevens shoots in, but winds up on his back. He works for a guillotine on Sharifi, yet can't get it. They stand up with Stevens in a body lock and Arian slams him hard. He works for the kimura but can't hit it. Stevens is close to tapping, but doesn't. Arian works his way to full mount while attempting the kimura. He lets go and drops elbows instead. Hard HARD elbows. The fight ends via tko in the middle of Rd 1.
Brandon Michels vs James Cannon
Rd 1: The big boys come out throwing big punches. Cannon gets a takedown and Michels holds Cannon close and body locks him and they are in close quarters where Cannon drops down short punches. Michels does a good job of thwarting the ground attack. Cecil stands them up and Michels lands a solid uppercut. Cannon grabs Michels and hip tosses him, winding up in side control. He tries to pass, but once in 1/2 guard Michels locks him up again. Cannon then goes for the Americana and Michels winds up tapping at 2:36 in rd 1.
Matt Sayles vs Dylan Stanfield
Rd 1: Stanfield starts off trying to get loose on his feet. Sayles gets a body lock slam takedown and smashes away with strikes. Sayles is a bonafide stud. Remember the name at 145.
Keanu Fleming vs Luis Morales
Rd 1: Back and forth they go. Haymakers! Knees in the clinch. Back and forth the entire round. The round would go to Morales, as he had control for longer and landed the cleaner shots.
Rd 2: They trade shots again, but Morales grabs Fleming and takes him down. He pounds away from the back and goes for the rnc and gets the tap. Fleming, although the loser has been training with Fight Ugly for 31 days and looks like a completely different fighter.
Richie Martinez vs Ed Darby
Rd 1: The Boogeyman gets an immediate takedown but reversed by Darby. Boogie is scary good off his back and gets right to his feet and lifts Darby over his head, then slams him. He gets the sub via Japanese Necktie. The Eddie Bravo 10th Planet protégée is another fighter to watch out for in the future.
Steve Orosco vs Damarius McDaniels
Rd 1: Damarius McDaniels stepped up last minute, immediately making him my hero. Orosco, not knowing anything about his opponent came right out and took the fight to the canvas, where after dropping punches, he got the rnc .
Saul Galindo vs Chuck Seang
Rd 1: Both guys have a bunch of fans and all are going nuts! The guys go blow for blow standing. There is a lot of clinch work and Saul seems to be getting the better of that. Saul works from behind Seang on the mat. The round ends with a suplex slam by Seang. 10-9 Galindo.
Rd 2: Seang works on Galindo's back and threatens with a rnc. Galindo does a good job defending. Takedown by Seang is reversed by Galindo, who then gets reversed by Seang. This fight is nuts. Seang works a heel hook and Galindo is in pain, but gets out. They stand up and Saul lands a bomb of a right hand. 10-9 Seang
Rd 3: Saul gets the takedown and works GNP from the back. Seang keeps rolling and attacking Saul's leg. He's not close and Galindo keeps throwing punches against the cage. Cecil separates the guys and Galindo throws a right hand that seems to rock Seang. The fight ends in the clinch on the cage. 10-9 Galindo, but WHAT a fight! Judges see it the same, unanimous for Galindo.
Galindo gets on the mic and is so happy. Why? "Because I fought an opponent who is tough as SHIT!"
Jackie Bollinger vs Lethal Laura Salazar
Rd 1: Laura comes out firing. She lands a lot of shots then tosses Bollinger to the ground. It looks like Laura is looking for the sub, but she can't find it. She instead drops elbows and punches to the head and body and wins by tko!
Jonathon Santa Maria vs Fernando Garcia
Rd 1: Immediate takedown by Santa Maria. Then another slam. He has side control but stands up. Santa Maria lands a straight right on the chin that puts Garcia on roller skates. He stumbles into the cage and Santa Maria hits Garcia with a flying knee that drops him. Garcia is about done, but Cecil lets it continue, so Santa Maria finishes him off with strikes. Santa Maria's fans go bananas.
Matt Lagler vs Ray Sloan
Rd 1: Sloan is just too much with his punches and knees at the start of the fight. Lagler is visibly frustrated, as Sloan keeps smacking him around with combos and kicks. Easy round for Sloan 10-9.
Rd 2: Lagler connects with a left hook. They meet in the center and throw, but Sloan gets the better of it with a solid straight right. Sloan is doing work again, throwing punch / kick combos. Lagler not circling in any of these exchanges, allowing Sloan to walk him down straight into the cage and unload combinations on him. 10-9 Sloan.
Rd 3: Sloan throws a kick and slips and Lagler dives into his guard. Sloan works an omoplata, allowing him to take Laglers back and punch from there. They stand back up and Lagler is landing single punches at a time, but he IS connecting. It's still not enough, as Lagler takes the round. 30-27 Lagler.
Mike Segura vs Coby O'Neal
Rd 1: Mike Segura is making his pro debut here. They both come out firing and landing. Segura then lands a beautiful hook and O'neal goes completely limp. He hits the canvas and wakes up and comes back. They mix it up some more. After Segura drops him 3 more times, they towel is thrown in. Impressive debut from Segura.
Chris Taco vs Marko Damiani
Rd: Taco comes out and swarms the current Blackhouse striking coach. Damiani can't get his bearings as Taco is all over him on the ground. He unleashes an unmerciful GNP that stops the fight in :44 seconds. I'd say it's an impressive debut for the recently turned 18 year old.
AJ Culpepper vs Ron Henderson
Rd 1: Henderson gets on Culpepper's back and gets a standing rnc. It was fast and it was nasty!
Leonard Smith vs Manny Murrillo
Rd 1: Leonard lands a glancing blow to Murrillo's head, but gets taken down. Murrillo works short elbows and takes Smith's back. He hits the back of the head and Cecil stands them back up. Smith lands punches again and Murillo wants it on the ground. Smith goes for the takedown but Murrillo holds the cage. Cecil takes a point. 9-9
Rd 2: Smith lands an uppercut and drops Murrillo. He goes in for the kill but gets his back taken in the scramble. Murrillo spends most of the round on Smiths back landing punches. 10-9 Murrillo.
Rd 3: They both come out throwing punches and Smith gets clipped. He's on wobbly legs and Manny capitalizes and gets the tko :13 seconds in.
Dashon Johnson vs Jordan Delano
Rd 1: Dashon hits Delano with a STIFF jab and then a nice combo. Delano is game and rushes Dashon, who reverses him and gets the the takedown. He hits the rnc and Delano taps.
Raja Shippen vs Chris Stanfield
Rd: Raja throwing head kicks and punches. He grabs a hold of Stanfield and slams him, then goes straight to mount. He transitions to Stanfield's back and gets the rnc.
Luke Adams vs Daniel Cumpian
Rd 1: Head Kick by Adams then a solid hook. Cumpian sees red and bull rushes Adams, who uses good hips to get Cumpian on the ground. Adams then proceeds, from full guard, to crab crawl Cumpian, who he is wearing like a Baby Bjorn around the cage. Sorry, I can't explain it any better than that. Eventually Adams breaks free of Cumpian's grip and takes his back and lands unanswered punches. He gets the tko half way through the round.
Deondre Gibbs vs Sergio Anaya
Rd 1: After 2 spinning back kicks that land. Anaya opens up with strikes as Gibbs falls to the mat. Anaya pounces and Cecil Peoples stops the fight. Dominating and overwhelming performance by Anaya.
Ty Freeman vs Paul Keller
Rd 1: They charge each other and Freeman lands a left to the jaw, dropping Keller. Freeman mounts him and takes his back where he sinks in the rnc.
Angel Cruz vs Phelan Fleming
Rd 1: Great footwork being shown by Cruz. He's being technical with his strikes and Fleming wants to brawl. Cruz gets a takedown and throws punches from the back but hits in the Mohawk area. Cecil stands them up and warns Cruz for strikes to the back of the head. They restart and Cruz gets a takedown and takes Fleming's back again. This time landing all legal strikes, forcing Cecil to call the fight.
That, as they say folks, is a wrap! See you on May 17th!