Saturday, March 6, 2010
Jungle Gym fields another competitor with Ariel Solano, who steps up to take on Noel Arcibal of Elite Tactical. This one is quick - although maybe a little questionable - as Arcibal comes out and drops Solano with a punch then immediately drops him again. Referee Keith Peterson jumps in, stopping it at 11 seconds, but Solano doesn't really look done. Regardless, Arcibal gets the win via KO on his record. Last bout and it's Renzo Denville's Alex Bruzzese vs. Team Renegade's Ben Syers. After some brief kickboxing exchanges, the two play the clinch-against-the-fence game, with Bruzzese getting a takedown at the bell. Syers is swinging for the rafters in Round 2, and is successful in putting his opponent on his butt, but Round 3 sees Bruzzese get him down and stay on top for the duration - which is enough to give the Renzo Denville rep the unanimous decision. And I'm out.
After an intermission, Pat Sullivan of Renzo Denville squares off against Pablo Zambrano of Impact Martial Arts. Sullivan is wearing leopard-print fight shorts, so the pressure is definitely on him to justify them with a badass performance. Well, he certainly brings it in the first round, dominating Zambrano with flawless position and threatening with a rear naked choke until the bell. Zambrano, however, learns from his experience in the opener, and comes out feeding Sullivan fist salad in Round 2, and Round 3 is just an old-fashioned face-punching party for both men. The majority decision goes to Sullivan, but this was a close - and entertaining - fight. Next: Robert Ascolillo of Jungle Gym vs. Edge Ultimate's Jose Perez. Like his coach when he fought, Ascolillo is intense and out for blood, which translates into Ascolillo rushing across the cage, dodging a punch and jumping on Perez's back, and getting the tap out with a rear naked choke at :43 of Round 1.
Jungle Gym's Caleb Solano enters the cage to take on Alex Conover of Elite Tactical. Jungle Gym is Justin Garcia's academy, so odds are Solano is going to know his way around the mat. Also, the monkey bars, the slide and the swing. Conover's clearly got some wrestling, as more than once he takes Solano for a ride, and though the two go back and forth om ground in Round 1, it's all Conover in Round 2, as he flattens Solano out and sinks the rear naked choke at 2:38 in. Airborne MMA's Generoso Spagnoulo and Universal MMA's Edison Daniels are next in a 168-pound scrap. This one is all Spagnoulo, with the Airborne MMA rep eating one punch then taking Daniels down, tenderizing him with punches, and tapping him out with a rear naked choke at 2:47.
MMA Journalist is here at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway for the second installment of Evolution Amateur MMA, the latest addition to the New Jersey amateur fight scene. Maestro Steve Katz has one again orchestrated a smooth show, and their are eight bouts on tap. First up: Eric Fleming of the Denville outpost of Team Renzo against Zealous Nation's Lee Burell in a clash of 147 pounders. Round 1 starts with Burrell clipping Fleming with his right hand with enough fury and frequency to prompt Fleming to take it to the ground. What follows is a round and a half of seesaw grappling, with the tide turning repeatedly until Fleming snags Burrell's arm and extends it. Burrell doesn't tap, but his yelp is enough for referee Dave Tirelli, who stops it at 2:13 of Round 2. Good fight and good stoppage. Next up is Mark Agnew of Rhino Fight Team and Danny Massa of Rockland BJJ in a 140-pound pairing. With veteran Erik Uresk in his corner, Agnew comes out and plasters Massa with a one-two combo, and he keeps throwing it throughout the first to great effect, even dropping Massa with it. Massa comes back in Round 2 wisely shooting takedowns, but if it's even going into the third, Agnew turns up the heat with a kneebar attempt and a damn close triangle - which secures him the unanimous decision. Another solid fight.