Sunday, November 22, 2009
Lionheart is up and taking on Chris Lorenzo, and these two little guys go nuts throwing flying knees, kicks, punches, everything. The action pauses when Lionheart takes an accidental finger in the eye, but when they restart the bedlam continues. Chris' stand-up is a little crisper, and he uses it to edge ahead in the first, and Lionheart gets on Chris's back in Round 2 and comes damn close to choking him out. But Chris perseveres, and in Round 3 he eventually overwhelms Lionheart with punches to get the TKO. Last fight and it's New Gen Karate's Lil' Evil against Ultimate Karate's Jonathan Rodriguez. Lil' Evil has the clear advantage in wrestling, but they're mixing it up nicely both on the feet and on the ground, and Lil' Evil takes the lead with more time in top position and more leather landed. Jonathan is in it throughout, firing off knees and throwing up sub attempts when possible, but it isn't enough, and Lil' Evil takes the unanimous decision. And that's it.
Kevin Wall is getting stitched up by the doctors at ringside now. Meanwhile, Buck McWinters is throwing down with Rafi, McWinters clearly the better wrestler and striker. He gets the TKO in Round 1. Marwin Roque is up, taking on New Gen Karate's William Lucas. Marwin reps Team Renzo, so of course this one is going to be a frenetic chessmatch on the ground - a chessmatch that is back and forth at first until Marwin gets Williams' back, flattens him out and sinks the rear naked choke.
It's time for Storm vs. Rashad. Wearing his judo gi as usual, Storm wades in and puts Rashad on the mat, but the Brooklyn Fight Factory rep is strong and feisty and keeps bucking Storm off, throwing punches whenever he can. It's all over in Round 2 when Storm falls back into a heelhook and forces the tap out. New Gen Karate stud Chris Corr is in the ring now to face grappler Alejandro Richardson. Wow, this is turning out to be the most technical grappling battle the UCL has ever seen. Richardson starts out all over Corr, going for sub after sub, and amazingly Corr escapes every one of them. The New Gen Karate fighter gets some payback with some ground and pound in Round 2, and though Richardson gains the upper hand in the third - securing himself the unanimous decision in the process - no one can really be called a loser in this one. Both Richardson and Corr look ultra-impressive.
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.