Small local shows are fun because they're intimate and, often, you never know what you're going to get. Saturday night's Aggressive Combat Championships on Long Island gave us a bit of everything. From boxing to Muay Thai to submission grappling to something called "combat sport jiu-jitsu", the event had it all, and there was just the right amount of fresh talent mixed in with veterans to make it interesting. Highlights of the night included:
-RAW COMBAT star James Funaro TKOing some dude named Joey in a boxing match. James' bout was the first fight of the night - why? Because he had to race off to tend bar at some nearby dive (his words, not mine).
-TSMMA rep Damien Baily's shellacking of Anthony Curanaj. Curanaj had heart and did his best to hang in there, but Baily just outclassed him when it came to footwork, head-movement and technique.
-Phil Dunlap's ASF team, who pretty much kicked ass whenever one of them climbed into the ring.
-EDGE Hoboken's Gerald Javier, who got the TKO win over a tough and experienced UCL vet Doug Ahammer.