Sunday, November 22, 2009
Liveblog: UCL Part 1
MMA Journalist is here in the deepest, darkest recess of New York City for latest installment of the Underground Combat League - NYC's only vale tudo promotion. There are nine or ten fights scheduled, with fighters hailing from New Generation Karate, Team Renzo, Brooklyn Fight Factory and Salvatore's Academy of Steroids, among others, so it should be interesting. Promoter Peter Storm himself will be competing, too, taking on ace boxer Rashad Clarke. However, first up is Kevin Wall of the Warriors against Hybrid of Brooklyn Fight Factory. Wall and Hybrid go to war, with Wall's abilty to gain dominant position enabling him to take charge for most of the three rounds. Yet Hybrid is tough, and reverses late to drop a series of headbutts that opens up a bout-ending cut over Wall's eye. Good fight. Next up is Trevor of Saigo MMA against 260-pound freestyle fighter James. Trevor's got a wide range of skills, including low-kicks and some defensive grappling, but James is pure boxing and raw power and he's giving Trevor a hard time. It goes the distance and James takes the unanimous decision.