Revolution Fight Series 9: Play by Play

by Ryan MacDonald

MMA in VA.com reports from the South End Fire Hall, in Winchester, VA, Saturday, August 9th, at approximately 7:00 PM EST/4:00 PM PST with the play-by-play and results for Revolution Fight Series 9.

Mike Lawrence v. Cory Shannon

Kevin Flinchbaugh v. Colton Desjardins

Josh Thompson v. Jeff Blachly

Desmond Joyner v. Derrick Borlie

Chris Paul v. Jordan Fields

Samuel Winn v. Maxwell Schopp

Donte Stith v. Robert Smith

Theresa Blaz v. Roya Darvishian

Terry Bartholemew v. Juan Cruz

Damien Smith v. Larry Hensley

Will Wilson v. Matt Able

Donaven McCoy v. Jason Harris

William Jernigan v. Tony Jackson


William Jernigan v. Tony Jackson

Round 1

Takedown by Jernigan in the first 10 seconds and into full mount, but was reversed by Jackson.  Jernigan kept Jackson in an extremely tight guard that prompted a standup from referee Shaun Spath.  As soon as they stood up, Jackson connected with a right hand to Jernigan’s ear which staggered Jernigan and Jackson pounced, causing the referee to step in and stop the fight.  Tony Jackson wins by TKO at 1:34 of Round 1.

Donaven McCoy v. Jason Harris

Round 1

The shorter of the fighters, Harris, closed the distance against the taller fighter McCoy and got a clinch but McCoy was able to toss Harris to the mat and gain top position.  Harris kept a tight guard and never appeared to be in trouble.  The fight was stood up and McCoy, from the clinch, landed crushing knees to Harris’ head and body, opening a bad cut on the forehead of Harris.  Harris fought through the punishment, got McCoy to the mat and was able to gain McCoy’s back and sink in a rear-naked choke.  Harris wins at 2:45 of Round 1.

Will Wilson v. Matt Able

Round 1

The fighters touched gloves and Able stalked his opponent, switching from orthodox to southpaw.  Wilson, attempting to gauge his timing, shot in, but was reversed and thrown against the cage by Able.  Wilson appeared to injure himself when he hit the cage and fell to the mat.  Able pounced and landed several unanswered strikes, to his covered up opponent, and the fight was stopped at 0:26 seconds of the first round, via TKO.

Damien Smith v. Larry Hensley

Round 1

Numerous leg kicks and jabs by Smith to start the round.  Smith overcommitted on a kick and was taken down by Hensley.  Smith looked to work a guillotine but was not able to finish, tiring himself out.  Hensley advanced his top position and sunk in a devastating shoulder lock, which secured the tap from Smith.  Hensley wins via shoulder lock at 1:42 of the first round and was adorned by his wife and three sons in the cage, afterwards.

Terry Bartholemew v. Juan Cruz

Round 1

Cruz, the thicker, more powerful of the two fighters opened the round with powereful leg kicks, body punches and looked to simply man-handle the Bower House Academy Fighter, Bartholemew.  Bartholemew, who was returning from an injury, weathered Cruz’ storm and secured a standing guillotine, as Cruz overcommited to his strikes.  The tap came at 0:47 of Round 1, and Bartholemew is victorious due to guillotine choke.

Theresa Blaz v. Roya Darvishian

Round 1

RFS Women’s Strawweight title up for grabs, as the defending Champ, Darvishian looked to vanquish her teen-aged opponent.  Roya shot in for a single-leg takedown of Blaz.  Couldn’t secure the takedown but wouldn’t let it go and finally secured it.   The Tech Top Team fighter, Blaz, held a tight guard on Roya, that she had to work hard to try and advance.  Roya was unable to advance her position and was stood up.  Blaz hit Roya with a sharp body kick and just missed with a high kick.  Roya, like a bulldog, secure another takedown, but, again, Blaz just tied her up like a pretzel.  Blaz reversed the position and took top position and passed the guard of the Lloyd Irvin fighter, Darvishian to gain side mount.  Blaz ended the round on top.

Round 2

Blaz looked motivated out of the break, after hearing instruction from her corner Perry Gibson and pro fighter, Allison Haynes.  Blaz was able to keep her range and landed with several kicks and knees, to the short Darvishian.  Roya began to land her combinations and appeared to make Blaz apprehensive to follow through with her punches and kicks.  Blaz snapped out of it and opened a very tiny cut under Roya’s right eye.  Nothing damaging, however.  Darvishian’s combos were very crisp  and let to a takedown near the end of the round.  Blaz, again, was able to roll over to top position.  Roya was able to secure the arm, from the bottom, but there was not enough time for her to secure a submission before the end of the round.  The difference in the round was the greater volume of strikes landed by Darvishian.

Round 3

The two strawweights exchanged strking at the start of round 3.  Roya was, again, pushing the pace, landing, but Blaz landed a counter of her own and backed Darvishian up.  In an attempt to chase down Darvishian, Blaz overcommited and was taken down.  This time Roya was able to pass the guard and briefly achieve full mount, which she shortly lost.  Both fighters worked on the ground, but referee Shaun Spath was not about to keep them there long, as he stood the pair back up.  Roya’s experience began to show as she became the fighter with the faster, more frequent strikes.  Blaz was able to connect with several kicks and counters, but simply didn’t have the ability to land more than one at a time before Darvishian removed herself from harms way.  Darvishian ended the round, with another takedown, and finished the fight on top, securing a Split Decision victory (30-27, 27-30, 30-27) on her way to defending her RFS Straweight title.

Donte Stith v. Robert Smith

Round 1

In the first heavyweight matchup of the night both fighters looked calm and unimpressed by the other.  Stith took the initiative to shoot first, but Smith brushed it aside, dropped Stith to the mat and took his back.  Smith’s back mount was a bit too high and Stith was able to escape.  Something happened to Smith on the escape, as he screamed in pain.  Stith landed a few shots to the downed fighter Smith, but Smith was able to get back up.  Stith maintained his clinch and controlled the fight against the cage.  Stith dropped Smith again and landed unanswered strikes, to Smith, who simply didn’t appear to be the same fighter after his potential injury earlier in the round.  Stith was victorious with a TKO at the 2:43 mark of the first round.

Samuel Winn v. Maxwell Schopp

Round 1

In another heavyweight battle, Schopp showed off exciting striking, as he connected with a right-left combo and a spinning back fist, all of which connected.  Those strikes seemed to wake up Sam Winn and let him know he was in a fight.  From there, Winn controlled his opponent, in wild striking exchanges.  Winn landed several knees and a flurry of strikes that dropped Schopp to the mat, where he quickly finished him with strikes.  Winn secures the win (see what I did there) at 0:46 of round 1.

Chris Paul v. Jordan Fields

Round 1

Both fighters landed explosive strikes, but neither fighter was able to take a distinct advantage in the striking.  Paul was able to do a nice job of grappling and working to try and control Fields against the cage.  Paul scored a nice Judo throw and got the fight to the ground.  Fields was able to get back up and on the break Fields hit Paul with an accidental low blow, which stopped the action, momentarily.  This was a very even round and will be a tough one for the judges to call.

Round 2

Round 2 started as a story of effective low kicks and counter strikes from Fields.  Paul was not as successful with his takedown and clinch attempts as he wasn’t working to set them up with strikes, as he had in the first.  Paul was able to get a takedown in the last 20 seconds of the round and finished the round on top.  Another very even round, by both fighters.

Round 3

Paul with a takedown early in the round, against the cage, Paul gained side control and worked for a Kimura, but didn’t have proper positioning and allowed Fields to sweep him and gain top position, moving into side control.  Paul maintained the Kimura and could have potentially used the leverage to gain a standup, but chose not to.  Fields closed the round by landing knees to Paul’s side, from the top position.  Fields gained victory, via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)

Desmond Joyner v. Derrick Borlie

Round 1

Joyner was the more active of the two fighters, to start, throwing and landing.  Borlie weathered the strikes and worked on picking up Joyner’s timing.  Once that was figured out, Borlie was able to take down Jennings at will, scoring two takedowns in the round and gaining top postion with the second takedown.  Joyner gave up his back, but Borlie was not able to gain any hooks and Joyner was able to get back up, briefly.  As soon as Joyner was back up, Borlie would rag-doll him back down.  Joyner took a pause before getting up off the mat and looked very fatigued between rounds.

Round 2

Joyner’s goal in round 2 was to stay mobile and try to avoid the grappling of Borlie.  He was unsuccesful and Borlie went all-in on a single leg.  Borlie, so strong, was able to take Joyner down and land thunderous body shots that echoed through the South End Fire Hall.  Borlie took top position and layed down some Tito Ortiz-esque ground and pound, causing Joyner to tap to strikes.  Borlie is your winner at the 1:16 mark of round 2, via submission-strikes.

Josh Thompson v. Jeff Blachly

Round 1

Some of the hardest leg strikes ever thrown were thrown by Thompson.  A full wind-up on each kick made it appear that Blachly’s let might come off at any time.  Blachly was successful with countering the leg kicks.  Thompson backed his opponent against the cage and landed heavy body shots to Blachly.  Blachly, is a tough fighter that can take some serious punishment.  Upon a break from the cage, Thompson landed a spinning back fist, which Blachly dismissed as not effective, which means it was effective.  The action was stopped due to what was called an illegal knee to Blachly’s head, which Blachly protested.  At the end of the round, however, it appeared that Thompson hit Blachly with a strike after the bell, that was not called.  Blachly was not happy.

Round 2

Blachly, who came out fired up took several high kicks to the head, and again brushed them off.  Blachly, after a successful combo of strikes, dumped his opponent to the mat, stopping the action.  Blachly continued to lay down the punishment and again tossed his opponent to the mat.  Thompson ended the round appearing extremely winded and Blachly appeared to be extremely motivated.

Round 3

Thompson, extremely tired, was lunging his punches and off balance.  He ducked under a high head kick by Blachly.  Blachly, missing, fell to the ground and could have knocked himself out.  Both fighters clubbed it out and Thompson seemed to find something down deep and kept firing back.  The conditioning of Blachly seems to be a bit better than Thompson’s at this point and is beginning to show.

Round 4

Thompons came out of the corner with his hands down and Blachly took advantage with combo after combo scoring a quick knockdown.  Thompson made it back to his feet, before the end of the count, but looked less than steady.  Blachly came right back and kept the pressure on and scored another knockdown.  Thomspon was unable to answer the count and referee David Morris waved off the fight at 0:46 of the fourth, via TKO.  Blachly becomes the RFS Heavyweight Muay Thai Champion.

Kevin Flinchbaugh v. Colton Desjardins

Round 1

In a last-minute matchup, as both fighters opponents fell through, Desjardins and Flinchbaugh found themselves in a Welterweight Title fight.  The title tilt went to the mat early, as Flinchbaugh caught a kick and got his opponent to the mat, with a takedown.  Flinchbaugh was not able to gain advantage, almost getting caught in an arm bar, and the fight was stood up.  Desjardins gained a takedown of his own and after almost getting caught in an ankle lock, stood up and let his opponent stand, rather than engaging on the ground.    Desjardins was able to drop Flinchbaugh with a flurry and gain full mount.  Flinchbaugh gave up his back and got grounded and pounded until the end of the round.

Round 2

Flinchbaugh took several kicks and punches, before he was able to get Desjardins to the mat with a takedown.  Referre David Morris stood both fighters up, but Flinchbaugh used another shot to take his opponent to the ground.  Flinchbaugh, from PA, who was scheduled to challenge for the Welterweight Muay Thai title, looked like he’s watched a few of his fellow PA wrestlers, with the takedown success.  In a strange moment, Flinchbaugh removed himself from his opponent, allowing him to stand and getting immediately taken down and mounted.  Desjardins rained down the ground and pound and Flinchbaugh tapped to strikes at the 3:02 mark of the second round.  Your new RFS Welterweight Champion is Colton Desjardins.

Mike Lawrence v. Cory Shannon

Round 1

If the goal of the round was to reserve punches, both fighters obliged.  MMA Institute’s Mike Lawrence got the fight to the ground, almost immediately.  He maintained position, on the mat and when the fight got back to it’s feet, controlled Shannon against the cage.  In a scramble, halfway through the round, Shannon was able to gain top position and control the fight for the second half of the round.  So, it was a tale of two halves.  Lawrence controlled the first half and Shannon controlled the second half.

Round 2

Mike Lawrence wanted to try and throw the strikes that weren’t thrown in round 1, but Shannon was unphased and scored another takedown against Lawrence.  Shannon maintained the majority of control in ths scrambles, but did get reversed and found himself on the bottom, eating punches and elbows.  Shannon recovered his guard and maintained the guard, not letting Lawrence rain down much meaningful damage.  Lawrence maintained dominant position for the majority of the round and did land more strikes than Shannon.

Round 3

Mike Lawrence was looking for a quick finish, throwing a thundering jump-knee, that connected with Shannon, but somehow didn’t drop him.  Lawrence landed a combination that again allowed Lawrence to get in and score a takedown.  Ref, Shaun Spath, stood both fighters up, due to lack of advancement.  Both fighters seemed to be displeased by the stand-up.  Lawrence, again, took down and extremely tired Cory Shannon.  The fight was allowed to stay down a bit longer, this time, and Shannon maintained his full guard, but Mike Lawrence kept working and pushing and Shannon finally just gave out, after having carried him for the entire round, and ate about 5 or 6 hard elbows.  Referee Spath saw enough and stopped the fight at the 4:02 mark of round 3.  Mke Lawrence becomes the RFS Lightweight Champion.