Saturday, April 16, 2011
It's co-main event time, and Pellegrino MMA child prodigy Lester Caslow and Spa City BJJ sensei Eddie Fyvie enter to cage. Both men have been doing this a long time and are capable fighters everywhere, so this should be a good one. Round 1 has Fyvie scoring with a high-amplitude takedown and the two struggling to find either a sub or escape. Fyvie finds his groove in the second round, imposing his will a bit more with his jiu-jitsu and threating with a pair of guillotines and an arm-triangle. Fyvie takes Round 3 by virtue of a single takedown, and when time runs out there's no question he's earned the unanimous decision. Last bout and it's Andre Gusmao vs. Tim Williams. Gusmao was an unstoppable force with his striking in the IFL, but things didn't pan out in the UFC. Williams is an undefeated grappling machine. Who will win? Man, I ain't psychic. How should I know? Round 1 is all about Williams chasing his foe and boxing him into oblivion, while Gusmao backpedals waiting for an opening. Things even up in the second frame, as Gusmao starts landing more and snags two takedowns. Unfortunately, spilled ice on the canvas leads to Gusmao slipping face-first to the mat and Williams pounding him out. The official time of the regrettable TKO is :16 of Round 3. And I'm out.
Crowd-favorite Anthony Dagostino of SPMMA enters to face Bill Bontcue of Balance. Yikes, this one is a bloody mess from the opening seconds. First, Bontcue pegs Dagostino with a knee that opens a cut on his scalp. They wrestle for a bit, and then Dagostino slams a knee into Bontcue's nose. There is, literally, blood spilled everywhere. Round 2 sees Dagostino dish out more punishment than he takes, and Bontcue - complaining that he can't see - doesn't answer the bell for Round 3. Dave Church of Pellegrino MMA and Neil Johnson of MASE Training square off, with Church another big fan favorite. Round 1 has these two slugging, then Johnson gets Church down and batters him like a fish fillet. Round 2 is all brawl, and though Church manages to ding Johnson and send him to a knee, he gets the worst of it by far and winds up with a swelling eye that has the doctor calling it before Round 3 can begin.
Main card time and it's Mtume Goodrum of Bullpen against Andres Jeudi of Sityodtong. Round 1 is a sad, tentative kickboxing bout, with neither man willing to commit to anything other than the occasional kick and one-two. Emboldened by the Muay Thai fight he's losing, Goodrum manages a takedown and scrambles briefly into back-mount in Round 2, but there's no such action in Round 3, and time expires in unsatisfying fashion. Jeudi takes the unanimous decision. Striker Ariel Sepulveda of Next Evolution MMA and Kyle Cerminara of Balance square off next. Cerminara makes it clear from the outset he wants this one on the ground, and he's successful for the most part, punishing Sepulveda from top position. But the second Sepulveda gets to his feet again he nails his foe with a knee that knocks out Cerminara's tooth - proving that no matter what, he's still in the fight. Round 2 is all about Cerminara keeping Sepulveda down and beating on him, and Round 3 is just Cerminara lying on top. He takes the unanimous decision when time expires.
First up is Steve Perez and Rich Ostrum. I know absolutely nothing about these guys, so I shall speculate wildly. Uh, Ostrum looks to be a fantastic dancer, and based on his array of tattooes, is a big fan of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. Perez once killed a man for snoring too loudly. Also, these guys are featherweights, and this is Ricardo Almeida's first bout as judge. The first round begins and Perez wastes no time getting his opponent down and pounding on him. Ostrum proves to be resilient, though, and for most of the round he's working to escape - ultimately to no avail, but he tries nonetheless. The rear naked choke by Perez comes at 4:22 of the round. Next: James Funaro of Vamos BJJ vs. Billy Dee Williams of AMA FC. This one is quick, as Funaro jumps to guard, Williams slams him, and Funaro sinks the guillotine. The official time of the tap out is 1:12 of Round 1, and Funaro punctuates his victory by screaming "Suck my dick, bitch!" at his twin brother Joe through the cage. Heh, sibling rivalry.
MMA Journalist is here, baby, and he still loves you. Yeah, writing for MMA Convert has been taking a lot of my time, but you know I still love you, don't you? You know you're my one and only, don't you baby? I mean, that's why I'm here at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City for the latest installment of the Cage Fury Fighting Championship, just so I can report on it for you. UFC vet Andre Gusmao is taking on the undefeated Tim Williams, Lester Caslow is facing Eddie Fyvie, and experienced amateurs James Funaro and Billy Dee Williams are making their pro debut. And I'm here, baby, liveblogging about it because - and I mean this - I love you. So we cool? Yeah? Good, now go make me a sandwich.