Saturday, April 3, 2010
Robert Connor of the Coalition Fight Team and Pat Audinwood of the Bombsquad enter for their lightweight scrap. You know, you can always tell who a promotion is banking on, because right now a one-page bio on Audinwood is being circulated through press row. Is it warranted? Judging by the carnage he's causing, I'd say yes. Dominating with a relentless top game and a constant barrage of leather, Audinwood just punishes Connor like he's a petulant child. Things slow a bit by the third round - Audinwood opting for the lay and pray and Connor doing his best to punch up and often - but ultimately the unanimous decision goes to the Bombsquad prospect. Last bout and it's Zach Makovsky against Josh Rave of Elite Professional in a bantamweight affair. Like a pair of hummingbirds who move so fast you fear they'll one day combust, these two go back and forth on the ground, transitioning in the blink of an eye in a pretty even opening round. Makovsky starts to take control in the second round, beating his opponent on the scrambles, and in the third he finally hits the guillotine, putting Rave to sleep at 1:49 of the round. That's all, my peeps.
George Sheppard of MMA Institute (yes, it's an accredited college - Sheppard is getting his bachelors degree in Beatdown Science) takes to the ring to face Gold Team's Mervin Rodriguez in a lightweight tournament bout. Yikes, these guys come out lobbing grenades, with Rodriguez seeming to edge slightly ahead but both wounded by shrapnel. Round 2 is a maddening dance called "Let's Push Mervin in the Corner and Stomp on His Feet for the Entire Round", while the final frame sees more of that dance plus Rodriguez trying to work a kimura for about three whole minutes. Sheppard earns the split decision when all is said and done, but this one could have really gone either way. Next: Dennis Bermudez of Steve Blackman MMA vs. K-Rod of Pellegrino MMA in the other lightweight bout of the tournament. K-Rod's got one of the best guards in the Northeast, but Bermudez gives him hell, dodging an armbar and a heelhook to pound on him from above and come close with a guillotine from the mount. Round 2 plays out in similar fashion, with Roddy working an arm-in guillotine at the bell. Round 3 has K-Rod coming close with an inverted triangle, but Bermudez keeps his cool and survives. The unanimous decision goes to Bermudez.