Saturday, January 16, 2010
Noel Arcibal and Andre Bonaventa are up, and Arcibal appears to have his own cheering section. Bonaventa does not, and instead must rely on his wrestling and pure meaness - which he uses to get Arcibal down in the first. It's all stand-up in Round 2 and Bonaventa gets the worst of it, but in the final round he scores with a slam and winds up on the bottom. When time runs out Arcibal takes the decision. Last fight and it's Mike Galvez vs. Alex Conover. Round 1 is a grappling chessmatch, with Conover taking top position and Galvez going for a variety of subs from the bottom. Round 2 is more of the same, but with a close kimura and a head/arm choke, Conover is one move ahead. However, the doc stops the fight before Round 3 due to a cut on Galvez's eye, giving Conover the win. Good effort by both men.
Marvin Menjivar and Luis Hernandez square off, with Hernandez introducing his right hand to Menjivar's face and the hand and the face courting each other like lovers, giddy in Paris in the springtime. The romance continues into the second round, and though Menjivar's leg tries to break them up, those jealous kicks mean naught when Cupid is involved. Hernandez gets the TKO win at 2:06 of Round 3, and the right hand and the face live happily ever after. Jimmy Orfanos and Jamie Hadzima enter the cage and square off and then do battle. In the opening round, Hadzima ties Orfanos in knots, and with black belt coach Steve Williams shouting instructions, Hadzima secures a kimura at 2:06 of Round 2 for the finish. It's time for Edir Terry and Danny Massa to do the dance, and for them, the dance is akin to a Jitterbug on meth (ie, it's fast and furious). Round 1 has Massa blazing away with punches, and in Round 2 Terry takes a nutbuster and needs to some time to mourn his dead heuvos. After a restart, Terry comes out firing off kicks and the nails the takedown, and in Round 3 Terry gets another takedown and attempts some ground and pound. Time runs out with the two fighting as hard as when they first began. Good match. The decision could go either way, but ultimately, the split decision goes to Terry.
Melvis Figueroa takes the cage to face Kenneth Rivera. Rivera is a Rhino Fight Team badass who fights hard and often, so like Ozzy, he's also one to watch. Round 1 is fast-paced, with Rivera landing a few on the feet and Figueroa gaining mount and holding onto it like it was a Golden Ticket into Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Round 2 sees Rivera slamming his opponent over and over again, while in the final round Figueroa starts throwing out sub attempts that Rivera really has to work to get out of. Rivera takes the split decision when time runs out. Leo Hernandez is up and he's taking on Greg Urso. Hernandez fights out of the Freestyle Fighting Academy in Miami - that's one badass commute, and he makes the most of it by using Urso's face as a punching bag in the first round. Urso inexplicably keeps turning his back and casually walking away, and by the second round he just does not seem to want to be in there. Mercifully, Hernandez gets him down, takes his back and sinks the choke at 1:31 of Round 2. Jordan Figueroa is up and he's facing Billy Dee Williams. Most remember Williams for his role as Lando Calrissian, but he also did great work as the spokesman for Colt 45 malt liquor. We'll see if he's still got the magic. And he does for the first round, throwing leather with authority and going all original owner of the Millenium Falcom/Mayor of Bespin the Cloud city on his foe. Figueroa pays him back in kind in Round 2 by getting on top and staying there, but Williams does the same in the final round and takes the decision.
MMA Journalist is here in Dover, New Jersey, for the debut of Evolution AMMA, a new addition to the Garden State amateur scene. Veteran coach Steve Katz is the matchmaker, and a things seem to be running smoothly for a first-time show. I just ran into TSMMA trainer Dave Tirelli, who's taking the plunge as a referee; he's pretty excited about that. First bout: Kyle Jergensen vs. Gerald Javier, which is a pairing between two 122-pound warriors who are young and hungry. Seriously, they're starving. I think I'm going to offer them some Fritos. And to prove my point, Javier overwhelms his opponent with fists for the 23-second TKO win. Next up, Ozzy Dugulubgov against Chris Wunder. Dugulubov is one tough cat with a sambo background, and the last time he fought he gave Matt Serra-trained Frank Oyague a hell of time, so he's definitely one to watch. Wow, Ozzy is large and in charge from beginning to end, throwing Wunder down and snagging the armbar at 1:29.