Sunday, September 20, 2009
Battleground Martial Arts 155-pounder Jonathan Rodriguez steps out of the audience to take on streetfighter Christian Suarez, and Rodriguez looks dominant and skilled out-striking and out-grappling his foe. The end comes when Rodriguez pounds on Suarez from the mount and sinks the choke when Suarez turns over. Last up is Ultimate Karate 165-pounder Jonathan Valez and New Generation Karate 165-pounder "Irish" Brian McDougal. Valez is all karate-style striking, throwing reverse punches and employing lunging footwork, but Irish isn't so much a student of New Gen as he is a street brawler, and eventually Valez tags him on the chin for the KO. And that's all she wrote for this UCL event, folks.
In a rematch of their bout at the last event, Team UCL 210-pound striker Kevin Wall takes on 250-pound freestyle fighter Xavier Morales. These two come out swinging, and as more of Wall's punches start finding their mark, Morales wavers then eventually falls. Wall keeps up the punishment and soon the ref has to step in. Morales is slow to get back to his feet, very visibly rocked. After a brief intermission, Wall gets back in the ring to face Shawn Obasi in a grappling match. Obasi was supposed to fight today, but being a Wing Chun heavyweight has its disadvantages, as three opponents backed out. Anyhoo, Obasi is a pretty capable grappler too and taps Wall in about a minute.
Chris Corr, 133 pounds and representing New Generation Karate, enters the ring to face Gladiator Martial Arts 124-pounder Doug "Lionheart" Hammer. Corr, aka "Psycho", is a UCL vet, and in this one he's never looked better. Takedown after takedown after takedown, plus positional dominance and ground and pound when they're on the canvas, and Psycho is large and in charge for all three rounds. Lionheart is game as hell, though, and is constantly hunting for chokes and firing off elbows. Corr gets the unanimous decision in an action-packed fight. Columbia University grad John Baccaria, a 135-pound Zenbu Jujutsu rep, and William Lucas, a 140-pound New Generation Karate rep, enter the ring for a Pankration-rules match, and Lucas is quick with the triangle choke win.
First up are freestyle fighter Tommy Diaz and Team UCL's Pat Bashara, which pits a 145-pounder against a 130-pounder. They mix it up nicely and wildly, winging bolos on the feet and working for position on the ground. But Bashara suffers an accidental eye-poke, and when the round ends he tells the ref and his cornermen that he can't see, so the bout is waved off. Meanwhile, someone in the crowd picks up his eyeball and returns it to him. Okay, I made that last part up. Diaz gets the win via stoppage. Next up: Big Wrestler versus New Generation Karate's Eric Blasich. Big Wrestler wastes no time going for takedowns, putting Blasich on the canvas repeatedly, but Blasich fights back with a close armbar attempt. Back on the feet and Big Wrestler goes for another takedown - and this time they fall through the ropes. Big Wrestler is nursing his shoulder after the fall and says he can't continue, so Blasich gets the first-round win.
MMA Journalist is here in the deepest, darkest corner of NYC for latest installment of Peter Storm's Underground Combat League, the city's longest running (and only) vale tudo show. There are six bouts scheduled, with a few new faces mixed in with old-school vets. Not everyone wants there name or face published, so MMA Journalist will use aliases as needed.