By Bruce KiVo
With lines around the block, one would think that Adele, Beyonce or maybe even JLO was in concert, but no, it was Victory V at Terminal 5 back with a vengeance in NYC. With a very impressive card, hot ring girls, two titles on the line, and undefeated MMA standout and former XFC World Champion Nick Newell doing the fight commentating, here’s how it all went down.
Nick Newell’s protege, Ali Zebian, TKO’d a very skilled Carlos Monteiro. Although Monteiro looked impressive, Ali’s size and experience might have been too much for Carlos to overcome. Monteiro’s cartwheel kick at the end of round one was impressive and got the crowd on their feet. We can see that Monteiro will be a force to be reckoned with and Zebian looks ready for a title fight.
Adam Pakiela got taken down by Asylum Fight Team’s Ethan Gomes and then got reversed in round one. This was anybody’s fight. Gomes had great takedowns and had Adam’s back in round one. Adam reversed and was now on top. It was a great fight and Adam Pakiela got the decision.
John Pina scored a devastating KO four seconds into round two against his opponent, Michael Casill. Casill was doing well in round one, but that quick KO by John Pinaa ended the fight.
Renzo Gracie fighter Rohan Dalton got a real tight rear naked choke submission victory over Rafat Kandaker in round one. You had to be there!
One fight I was really looking forward to was Renzo Figher Takahiro Ishikawa versus Richard Pabon. It was good seeing Joe Sampieri in Takahiro’s corner. Round one ended with Takahiro grounding and pounding. Round two was a back and forth battle with Pabon escaping submission attempts and delivering heavy strikes. Round three, Tak was in side control after taking heavy knees from Pabon. Tak secured a real tight armlock with Pabon executing a brilliant escape. It was a close fight, but according to the judges, Rich Pabon did more damage. From a grappler’s perspective, it looked like Tak should have gotten the decision, but Pabon did do damage and got the W. This fight rocked.
With Max McGarr in his corner, Renzo Warrior Jairo Israel Machuca took on Ronin Athletics fighter Adrian Czmielewski. Adrian was getting takedowns in round one. Round two had Adrian on top and won via ref stoppage due to ground and pound. Machuca will most def be back. YO ADRIAN!
In the Co-Main Event, the 170 lbs title was up for grabs. It was Bernard Cano versus Rob Ovalle. None of the spectators dared blink, because everybody in the house knew war was declared! Bernard Cano, the hometown hero, looked like the welterweight title was his after a devastating back fist that rocked Ovalle early on in round one. Cano kept looking for a guillotine. Ovalle survived the onslaught and started imposing his will on Cano. Round three had a very tired Cano tapping to a beautiful rear naked choke. From the beginning, it looked like Bernard Cano’s fight, but as the saying goes, “It ain’t over ’til its over!” Big congrats to the new Victory Combat Sports champion Rob Ovalle. One thing’s for sure, if you know Bernard Cano, he will be back with a vengeance! Cano deserves props big time and might have burned himself out going for the guillotine in round one.
Asylum Fighter Chris Tiernan took on Jake Skelly of Daddis Fight Team and unfortunately blew out his knee @ the beginning of round 1 and the fight had to be stopped giving Jake the TKO victory. Not to take anything away from Jake, but Chris was totally dominating the fight. Both guys showed good sportsmanship and Chris Tiernan dedicated his fight to his sister in law who died of cancer. Speedy recovery to Chris!
Phil Dunlap fighter Brad Bateman took on NY Combat Sambo’s Hassan Hope. In round one, Hassan had Brad on his back. Round two had Bateman going for a triangle choke submission. Gave round one to Hassan and round two to Bateman and both guys looked gassed after round two. Round three, both guys seemed pretty gassed, especially Bateman. Hassan got the split decision win, what a battle! Big congrats to Hassan and NY Combat Sambo’s Steve Keopfer who was cornering.
Then, it was main event time, a fight everyone was looking forward to. The 155 lbs title was on the line. The bell rang, Yutin Hong versus Marcus Surin. As everyone knows, Marcus Surin is the fighter to watch. With great grappling and great submissions, he didn’t give Yutin Hong any space or any time to breathe and was all over him from the beginning. His superior Jiu-Jitsui gave him the ability to dominate a very game Hong. Surin caught Hong in a beautiful head and arm choke in round three. Congrats to the Champion, Marcus Surin.
The sold out, standing room only crowd got what they wanted: a very impressive fight card with big time action. No lay and pray with great submissions and TKOs.
Kudos to Victory Combat Sports’ CEO Kevin Lillis who said: “This is just the beginning”. If this is an example of the caliber of events that Victory Combat Sports puts on, you better be in Boston at Club Royale on June 20th.
And now before I forget, big congrats to Victory Combat Sports’ vet Patrick Walsh on his recent victory on the Ultimate Fighter.
Victory V took NYC by storm! Can’t wait for Boston! See you at the fights!