Spartyka Fight League 17: Play by Play

MMAinVA.com reports from the Ted Constant Convocation Center, in Norfolk, VA, Saturday, October 18, at approximately 7:00 PM EST with the play-by-play and results for Spartyka Fight League XVII: War Zone. 

 

 

 

 

Derek Bracey v. Kenneth Rankins

Round 1

Bracey was unsuccessful as he begin the round trying to land low kicks.  Rankins timed a kick and shot in but was picked up and deposited, forcefully, on the canvas.  The slam was so strong it allowed Rankins to scramble and take top position.  Rankins moved into what I can only describe as a side headlock, from half guard.  After several unsuccessful escape attempts, Bracey tapped.  Kenneth Rankins won by Submission-Neck Crank at 1:50 of Round 1.

William Haney v. David Nelson

Round 1

Nelson and Haney didn't hesitate to bring the fight to one another, exchanging Apollo Creed-Rocky Balboa-like simultaneous shots.  Nelson got the better of an exchange and his forward momentum allowed him to get Haney to the ground.  Nelson moved into full mount, but was swept by Haney and found himself on the bottom.  Nelson was able to hold on to a tight guillotine choke and forced the tap from Haney, at the 1:38 mark.

Chris Garner v. Giovanni Aromin

Round 1

Garner took about 10 seconds to get the fight to the mat and jumped right into full mount and didn't stop there.  He sunk in a rear-naked choke on Aromin and Aromin was able to hold on for a short period, but ultimately succumb to the choke and tapped out at 1:03.  Your winner by rear-naked choke, is Coastal Combat Sports' Chris Garner.

Tony White Moye v. Andres Encinales

Round 1

Moye, the taller, longer fighter, did a masterful job of using his reach advantage, scoring with kicks and overhand rights.  A Moye takedown ensued, but the Gustavo Machado fighter, Enciles, hooked up what looked to be a tight triangle, but didn't secure his opponents' arm and Moye was able to slip out and stood back up, shortly before the end of the round.

Round 2

Having tasted success on the ground, in the first, Encinales wasted no time in taking the fight back to his world, on the mat.  Encinales used his power to gain top position, lay down some softening ground and pound and taking Moye's back.  Encinales sunk in the rear-naked choke at 1:29 of the round, for the win.

Ramon Hurtado v. Blake Rogers

Round 1

Rogers, begin in full Kung Fu stance, stalking his opponent.  Both fighters exchanged strikes, with Hurtado getting the advantage in that area.  Hurtado took the fight to the ground, but when he did, Rogers' leg was tucked behind him and he landed on it, popping the knee out of joint.  Rogers covered up and took ground an pound, but never tapped, due to the injury.  Referee Todd McGovern called the fight 1:42, via TKO and Rogers was able to walk out of the cage under his own power.  A truly courageous performance, in a losing effort.

Kristian Chacon v. Jeff Burgess

Round 1

Burgess was the stronger fighter in this encounter, overwhelming Chacon with strikes.  Burgess  got the fight to the ground and stepped right into full mount, laying down punches and graduating to vicious elbows.  Chacon had no answer to the ground and pound and Todd McGovern stopped the fight, for Burgess, at 1:21 of round 1, via TKO.

Daniel Nwoke v. Kedrick Harris

Round 1

Harris played the role of counter-puncher in this one.  Nwoke was doing well, pushing the pace, throwing kicks and jabs.  Harris looked calm and appeared to be looking for that one opportunity to land a fight finishing shot.  The strike didn't come, but the takedown did.  Harris landed thudding rib shots, softening his opponent up and landed a guillotine choke and a win to go along with it.  The fight was stopped at 2:16 of Round 1 via submission (guillotine).

Juston Campos v. Greg Walker

Round 1

I you like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you should look up Greg Walker.  The Gustavo Machado student, wasted no time in dragging this fight to his world and getting a takedown.  He worked masterful passes and transitions and almost appeared to have an arm bar on Campos, but Campos was able to escape and get the fight back standing.  That didn't last long, as Walker shot back in and got it back to the ground, where the round ended.

Round 2

More of the same in round 2.  Walker took Campos down with ease, dominated positioning and   secured a dominant round.  Walker maintained top position for well over two and a half minutes of the three minute round.  Campos could only muster a few ear slaps, but had no answer for the BJJ of Walker.

Round 3

The fight stayed on it's feet, for the first time in the fight, but Campos appeared to be so cautious of another takedown, he wasn't throwing any strikes, while he had the fight where he wanted it.  Walker was tired of playing on the feet and shot in for another uncontested takedown.  Walker closed out another round on top and the judges awarded him with a Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Reggie Barnett, Jr. v. Thomas Blair

Round 1

The respect shown by both fighters, toward each other,  evaporated quickly as both fighters came out on fire, winging wild punches, trying to take that first dominant position.  Blair got the first takedown, but was unable to capitalize.  After getting back to his feet, Barnett wanted to return the favor with a double-leg takedown of his own.  Barnett held top position, for a short time, but allowed the fight back to it's feet.  Barnett was throwing strikes with with fight-ending power, but overcommitted and got tied up on the cage by Blair.  Blair landed a grazing head kick and worked the fight back to the mat, laying down ground and pound.  Blair secured Barnett's back, but was unable to apply a finishing maneuver, prior to the end of the round.

Round 2

Blair worked some psychological warfare between rounds, by standing during the break, while his opponent was breathing hard on his stool.  It appeared as if the fatigued Barnett might not be able to connect with the fresher-looking and elusive Blair.  He was able to connect, but Blair worked for another takedown.  Blair was able to land some punishment on the ground, but the tricky guard of Barnett didn't allow Blair to do much more and eventually let the fight stand back up.  Barnett gained his first real advantage of the fight, after connecting with Blair's left eye, impairing his vision momentarily.  It was enough time to land some knees and gain a brief period of control against the cage, giving something for the judges to think about.

Round 3

Both fighters touched gloves to begin the round and continue the great sportsmanship each started the fight with.  Blair was able to quickly end the round as quickly as it started, by landing a night-ending head kick and causing Todd McGovern to stop the fight, via knockout at the 15 second mark of the third and final stanza.  Blair retains his Bantamweight title, with the victory.

Michael Lawrence v. Anthony Wright

Round 1

Team ROC fighters are always tough and Anthony Wright is no exception.  Wright was able to secure Lawrence's back early, in a standing position, and wore on Lawrence by making him hold his weight for approximately two-thirds of the round.  Lawrence showed his veteran composure and worked his way into top position, where the round ended. 

Round 2

Both fighters came out slowly for the second round, still trying to shake off the fatigue of such a fierce grappling battle in round 1.  Lawrence was the first to connect, landing a big overhand left and doubling it with a short right that dropped Wright.  The fight got back to it's feet and as Wright separated, got hit with a head kick, from Lawrence, that ended his night, via knockout at the 1:22 mark of the round.  Lawrence retains his SFL Featherweight Title, in impressive fashion.

Cedric Smith v. Naheem Maldonado

Round 1

Nothing to report here other than a complete one-sided matchup between an overmatched fighter and a fighter that probably shouldn't have been put in that position.  Cedric Smith tossed Maldonado around the cage, at will and mounted him, laying down full-on ground and pound on an essentially defenseless fighter, until Todd McGovern stepped in and stopped the fight at 1:18.  With the win, Smith claimed the vacant SFL Light Heavyweight title.

Brandon Pennington v. Mike Pagano

Round 1

In a battle of current Champ v. former Champ, the former Champ, Pagano, seemed to gain an early advantage, securing two takedowns on the current champ.  Unable to do anything with the takedowns and appearing to tire, due to securing both, Pennington rebounded nicely, grabbing two takedowns of his own and evening the takedown battle.  Pennington's last takedown was the last one as Pennington took Pagano's back and sunk in the rear-naked choke, forcing his opponent to submit at 4:02 of the opening frame.  With the win, Pennington retained his SFL Lightweight title.