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MMAConfidential @ Victory V In NYC

 

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!

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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!

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MMA CONFIDENTIAL Ashley vs Ashley @ VICTORY 111 NYC

by Bruce KiVo

The 69th Armory was a packed house at Victory 111 and “The GIRLFIGHT” was most memorable.

No, it wasn’t “ROWDY” RONDA  ROUSEY vs MIESHA “CUPCAKE” TATE… but it was damn exciting.

A great armbar was executed by a female athlete wearing leapord tights who could double for MILEY CYRUS.  Her name is ASHLEY “DOLLFACE” GREENWAY.

Previously undefeated and seemingly unstoppable, ASHLEY MILLER of KRAV MAGA  Academy NY got caught in a beautiful armbar by “Dollface” Greenway.

After throwing a heavy barrage of strikes and pushing her opponent against the cage, Miller got caught, but hung in there for what seemed like forever before tapping.  Both fighters really brought it and showed great sports”Woman”ship.  We know the very talented Ashley Miller will be back!

Ashley “Dollface” Greenway is now the VICTORY COMBAT SPORTS  Women’s Champion and looks ready for all comers. Check out some photos courtesy of Victory Combat Sports. Until next time.

MMA Confidential Anderson Silva MMA vs BOXING Roy Jones Machida Weidman

by Bruce KiVo

So many want a piece of Anderson Silva, but who does “The Spider” Silva want?

Anderson vows to KO undefeated Division 1  All American Wrestler and new 185-pound UFC Champ  Chris Weidman in their rematch at UFC 168.   Expect the unexpected from both fighters.The rematch is anybody’s fight.  Weidman’s ko of Silva was no fluke.  This boy can do it all.We’ll see who carries out their gameplan better.

If Anderson loses the rematch, Lyoto Machida can vy for a shot at the middleweight crown as teamates Lyoto and Anderson have vowed never to compete against one another.

Considered by many to be the best MMA fighter of all time, Anderson Silva has a hard time with wrestlers as demoed in his near loss to Chael Sonnen in their first fight.

If he beats Weidman, Anderson wants Roy Jones and so does the UFC.  It would be epic… MMA vs BOXING.      One can wonder why Silva would want to compete in boxing.  Of course the payday would be off the hook,but   Roy Jones believes testing oneself against one of the best boxers of all time is the real incentive for The Spider.  With a big size and reach advantage and similiar style to Roy, it seems unlikely that  the 38yr old Silva could avoid being decimated by Roy Jones.  Chael was able to knock him down and Chris Weidman ko’d him. Roy Jones Jr.  At 44 and past his prime has accepted the challenge as long as it comes pretty soon.

The reality of this match really happening seems a bit unlikely as the UFC’s 185lb division is stacked and the clock is ticking for Roy Jones Jr.  It’s up to Dana White and the UFC.

I say “let the games begin”.  Win or lose vs Weidman, we want to see this fight!

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimate Fighter News, Ronda, Meisha and Women’s MMA

by Bruce KiVo

Ultimate Fighter season 18…with women training alongside male fighters for the first time and “Rowdy” Ronda

Rousey’s nemesis Meisha “Cupcake” Tate replacing an injured Kat Zingano as coach, this season looks to be off the hook.

16 men and 16 women battled in 2 round elimination bouts to gain entry into the house.  Narrowed down to 8 men

and 8 women, everyone is vying for that six figure UFC contract plus bonuses for best KO, best submission and

best fight.

Veteran Tara LaRosa, once considered the best female fighter in the world lost by unan decision and never made

it into the house.

Meisha gets first pick based on Dana’s coin toss and Ronda gets first fight.  Meisha  chooses one time training

partner Julianna Pena.

Ronda’s first pick is veteran superstar, Shayna “Ace Of Spades” Baszler.

Ronda gets first fight and picks Shayna vs Juliana. From jumpstreet, Shayna and most of the house thought

Julianna had little chance, if any of beating Shayna.

Next the fighters moved into “The House”.  Some fighters got on their swimsuits and jumped into the outdoor jacuzzi.

The following day Tim Gorman discusses his views on women fighters and says morally, he could never go 100

percent vs a female fighter. “They would get hurt”.  Sara Moras and Shayna Baszler don’t appreciate the

disparaging talk and in a fun way Sarah vows to tap out Gorman in practice.

Veteran Shayna tells how her first fights were for a few hundred bucks, were held in warehouses and the sacrifices

over the past decade have paid off.  Women’s MMA is now in the UFC.

Julianna seems a bit concerned about her opponent’s experience advantage, but vows to kick her ass.

At the weigh-in, Shayna slaps an Ace of Spades card on Julianna’s chest followed by an intimidating staredown and

believes she got into Julianna’s head.

Back at the house, extremely charismatic Shayna Baszler was professing that Julianna Pena doesnt even belong in

the same ring with her, was most likely scared and should be taking her seminars and learning.

Round one, Pena comes out swinging and aggressively charging forward pits Baszler against the fence.

Baszler gets the takedown and soon winds up in guard.  Pena goes for an armbar, stands up and “Ace Of Spades”

Baszler puts her back down getting side control.  What a fight!!  Baszler tries for a guillotine, Pena rolls with it,

winds up in Baszler’s half guard dropping hard elbows and punches.  Julianna Pena seems unstoppable.  Veteran

Shayna Baszler gets a single leg takedown and r1 is over.

 

Round 2 starts with Julianna scoring a big right and then a powerful left hook.  Julianna pena is on a mission.

A stunned Shayna secures a clinch and pushes Julianna against the cage. Pena reverse Shayna and begins landing

vicious knees in the clinch.  Julianna takes Shayna down, gets her back and locks in one tight rear naked choke.

At 1:52 of round 2  Shayna taps.   What a fight.  I’m sure Shayna Baszler will be back. She is truly one of the greats

in the women’s division.

As for Julianna Pena…this girl has heart and super skills to back it up.  She may just be the next Ultimate Fighter.

Lookin’ forward to next week’s episode for sure!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UFC 159 JONES SONNEN Womens MMA GSP Rumors MMA Confidential

by Bruce KiVo

UFC 159 is set to rock the house @ Newark’s Prudential Center tonite.

Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen, Michael “The Count” Bisping, Alan Belcher, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, Cheick Kongo and even

Dana White were talkin’ the talk at the press conference and weighins.   Dana hinted GSP v Jonny Hendricks is next.

The war of words between the UFC Champ “Bones” Jones and Chael Sonnen has been somewhat subdued since the two

coached against each other on the Ultimate Fighter reality show.   After getting to know Chael on the show, Jones made

it clear he doesn’t take his trash talking seriously……but he’s still lookin’ forward to giving him a beatdown.  Chael claims

that Jonny “Bones” may be the best Lightheavyweight Champ ever, but he’s still convinced he can win.  When

interviewing Chael. I asked him if this fight makes sense as he has unfinished biz with Anderson Silva.

His reply was “this  fight makes bigtime sense as the revenue being generated will break UFC  records”.  He did agree that

if he didn’t make that dumb spinning backfist mistake, he may’ve won.

Nobody thinks Sonnen has a chance of beating Jon.  Chael may have better wrestling then Jones, but that’s it.  Jon Jones

may very well be the best pound for pound.  We have only seen him in trouble 2x and it was brief….once with Vitor’s

armbar and a some difficulty with Machida’s strikes.

The weigh-in staredown between Jones Sonnen was respectful.  The Bisping Belcher staredown was heated with Belcher

pushing The Count and Dana seperating them and kinda cracking up.  Talking to both athletes at Thursday’s media event

it was obvious there is a lot of bad blood going into this fight.  Belcher put up videos of Bisping getting KO’D by Dan

Henderson and is constantly mocking him.  On the pre-fight conf call, Belcher was asked what a win over Bisping would

do for him, Bisping interjected ” A win over me for Alan Belcher will be by far the biggest win of his pathetic career.

This will be a great fight.   Bisping has never been submitted, has super cardio, doesnt get hit much and has developed

real good wrestling.  Belcher was on a nice winstreak, before losing to Yushin Okami’ @ UFC 155.  Alan had no answer for

Okami’s wrestling and lost by Unanimous Decision.  His TKO, round 1 of Rousimar Palhares was world class.  He stops

most opponents either by submission or TKO in the first round.   Bisping’s wrestling and technical striking will be a big

factor in this fight.  The fight can go either way. For KO power, Belcher has the edge. Technical boxing and wrestling,  its

Bisping.  Submissions it’s Belcher.  The Count told me unequivocally that Belcher did not get into his head.

With regards to training, Belcher is trained by K-1 legend Dick Roufus and has Bellator Champ Ben Askren on his team.

TUF Fighter winner, Bisping trains with Jason Parillo and Brady Fink.

Every fight on the Main Card is off the hook and the Prelims are looking real good too.

*MAIN CARD:

*Lightweight: Jim Miller v Pat Healy     Money’s on Miller.

*LightHeavyweight: Phil Davis v Vinicius Magalhaes  While Vinnie may be the best submission artist in the UFC, “MR

Wonderful” has fought the best and has much more experience in the Octagon.

*Heavyweights: Roy Nelson v Cheick Kongo: Both are heavy hitters.  “Big Country” may just eat punches and go for the

KO or a new gameplan may be to take Kongo down.  Roy is a Renzo Blackbelt.  When I asked Roy why he doesn’t take

opponents down, he said he just loves knocking people out.

*Middleweights:  Michael Bisping v Alan Belcher   Don’t blink. Both guys need the win.

*LightHeavyweight: Champion Jon Jones v Chael Sonnen   Will Chael deal with Jon’s 11 inch reach advantage, get some

takedowns and avoid Jon’s vicious elbows?  Hes got a hard task @ hand as no fighter has posed a threat to the Champ.

**Prelims: So many great matchups!

**Women’s Bantamweight: 6-0, Silver Medalist Sara McMann v 10-4, Sheila Graff.  Graff has a ton of experience and is a

powerstriker who never gives her opponent a chance to breathe.  Each of her 10 wins came in round one.

This will be undefeated McMann’s toughest fight.  Her striking and submission game had better be on point.  If she fights

the way she did v Shana Bazler, Graff will win.  Slight edge to Sara.

Looking forward to Jersey’s Nick Catone v James Head and Leonard Garcia v Cody McKenzie. Cody is part of  Women’s

World Champion RONDA Rousey’s team.  Bellmore, New York’s Gian Villante {Chris WEIDMAN’s Trng partner] v Ovince

Preux looks to be a good matchup too.

15-1, Rustam Khabilov from Dagistan  fights 9-0 Yancy Medeiros from Hawaii. This fight will rock. “Tiger” Khabilov is 5″8

with a 73′ reach and is with Greg Jackson. Yancy has 5 first round finishes. Six were by KO and 1 sub.

Bringing the UFC to Jersey is always great.  We got to interview  Womens WORLD CHAMP “Rowdy” RONDA  ROUSEY and

TUFF Finalist Uriah HALL @ the UFC GYM Wed.   It was a whose who of MMA.  Cody McKenzie  and other UFC Fighters

were all over the place.  Sophocles even stopped by.

Former UCL champ, Kenny Rivera did a demo and I did a staredown with Phoenix Carnivale.

Now off to The Prudential Center for UFC 159….LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

records and that’s what this sport is about”.

Kings Of New York Amateur MMA Rocks The Hammerstein Ballroom MMA Confidential

by Bruce KiVo

It was standing room only as history was made Sat, March 23rd @ NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Featuring 13 amateur bouts including an action packed female fight and superhot ring girls,  fans

came out in droves to support  New York’s first ” sanctioned”  Mixed Martial Arts event in 11 years.

KO’s, TKO’s, Submissions….

Here’s how it went down:

Awesome opening match was 140 lb Diego Lopez submitting Jimes Casserly via real tight triangle choke round 1.

145 lb Felix Perez gets TKO, ground and pound win over Kimson round 2.

155lb devastating striker Jose Mariscal TKO’s Ethan Gomez end of round 1

135lb Abner Hernandez totally beats down Vernon Lodman round 1. Lodman takes tremendous beating. Hernandez looks gassed end of round 1.  Round 2, Hernandez repeats the beatdown from the mount.  Lodmannever tried for a sweep, has no clue what to do on the ground and and just gets pounded.  Ref stops fight and warns Abner to stop holding the cage.  Abner is just too gassed to go on and verbally submits.  Lodman was dominated totally but gets the w round 2.

155lb Next up was Team Renzo fighter  Ronmy Davila of The Bronx.  In spite of a kidney problem gets split dec win over a very game Fabian Llerena.

135lb Carlos Hernandez submits Jeff Balladares  round 3 via vicious rear naked choke. Carlos trains under the legendary Bob Shermer out of Chicago.  Just love a good submission win.

145lb  Jose Torres gets a UD dec win over Jarelle Marcalle.

110lb Women’s MMA…Krav Maga Acadamy’s  Victoria Markarova gets UD victory over Phil Dunlap’s Jodi Lynn Reicher Both girls came to bang.  At one point Jodi had a nice guillotine clamped on the Krav Maga fighter, but Victoria maintained her composure and was able to slip out. Victoria continued to dominate Jodi with takeddowns and strikes from the ground and standing.  Jodi showed a lot of heart and and fought hard till the end, but Victoria’s  arsenal was too much and earned her the Unan dec victory. As in all the previous bouts, these athletes bonded and showed true sportsmanship, or should I say sports”woman”ship after the match.

175lb Angelo Rivera wins via tko ref stoppage round 2 over Chris Miller.  Miller showed good wrestling and came out very strong round 1, but gassed.  Rivera stayed composed and the rest is history.

170lb Main Event Time  Mathew Perez came out with very aggressive attack, but the very composed Simmon Sara locked on a real nice armbar round 1.  Perez slammed him and Sara improved  the armbar even more and got the tap. Loved this fight.

Quite a few celebs were in the house including legendary MMA fighter, Shonie Carter,  MMA ‘s Seth Petruzelli who KO’d Kimbo Slice, ‘ONE Tough Cop” Bo Dietl,  Matan Gavish, Sambo Steve and Champion Boxer Mike Corleone to name a few.

Thank you Frank Babcock,  Anthony Medina,  Bob Shermer,  Renzo Gracie,  Dan “The Beast” Severn, Pat Militich, Matt Hughes and everyone else @ Fighters Source who made the event possible.

Until next time!