Spartyka XXI - Live Play by Play, Results & Awards

by Ryan MacDonald

MMA in VA reports from the Ted Constant Center, in Norfolk, VA, Saturday, November 7, at approximately 7:00 PM EST with the play-by-play and results for Spartyka XXI: End 22.


Gynann Threadgill v. Damian Bobbitt

Round 1 

Bobbitt used his reach to his advantage and doubled or tripled the amount of strikes landed compared to his opponent.  Threadgill didn't do a good job of moving his head and ate shot after shot.  Bobbitt set up his jabs with good low kicks and dropped Threadgill with a left jab.  Threadgill showed a strong chin and survived the round.  

Round 2

Threadgill scored a takedown in the round but did nothing with it, as Bobbitt kept an active guard, while doing a good job of controlling the posture and movement of Threadgill.  Due to inactivity, the fight was stood back up, where Bobbitt, with a slower pace, continued to connect with shot after shot.  

Round 3

Threadgill, showing fatigue was not able to keep up with the pace of Bobbitt or defend the strikes, as Bobbitt landed 6 to 7 straight rights and lefts, unanswered, forcing T.C. Bobbitt (no relation) to step in and wave off the fight at the 39-second mark, giving the win to Bobbitt, via TKO

Zach Rios v. Chaddrick Funderburk

Round 1 

Rios came out quick and dropped Funderburk with a kick.  Funderburk got back up and rushed Rios, who pulled guard with Funderburk in a tight guillotine.  Rios couldn't hold the guillotine, but transitioned to a triangle choke.  Funderburk was finally able to escape what must have felt like being caught by an octopus. Once standing, Funderburk scored a takedown on Rios, but the young fighter took his back and sunk in a rear-naked choke.  Rios gets the win at 2:19, via rear-naked choke and will be an exciting fighter to watch in the future.

 

Pierre Ba v. Orlando Wade

Round 1 

Team XCWT had their first fighter of the night up, in Ba.  Ba clearly wanted to get in and out so he could watch his teammates do work later in the night and after landing a couple kicks, took Wade to the canvas.  Wade immediately gave up his back and Ba sunk in a rear-naked choke at 29 seconds, for the victory.

 

Joshua Cook v. Marshall Shermer

Round 1 

Shermer, who appeared to have all of Section 111, at the "The Ted" in his corner was a ball of energy as the fight began.  Shermer, on a major adrenaline high, scored a quick takedown but couldn't hold it.  On the scramble up, Shermer clinched and got Cook against the cage, landing some strong knees to Cook's body.  As Cook escaped the clinch, Shermer took some big breaths and some nice kicks from Cook.  Shermer got Cook back down to the mat, but was reversed by Cook, who held top position until getting caught in a triangle choke, which forced Cook to tap.  Shermer is your winner at 2:28, via submission (triangle choke).

 

Tony White Moye v. Geno Quintin

Round 1 

The second XCWT fighter of the night, in White Moye, looked to be in the best physical condition to date.  It appears that the move to XCWT has done him good physically.  However, Quentin was in great shape as well and came out firing with some decapitating kicks.  White Moye caught a kick and slammed Quintin to the canvas, but fell right into a guillotine.  Quintin transitioned to a tight triangle choke that was super tight and appeared to also be working on a reverse or inverted arm bar.  White Moye tapped and Quintin is your winner via the triangle choke at 1:18 of the round, via submission (triangle choke).

 

Scott Flechsenhaar v. Anousith Virakone

Round 1 

In a matchup of fighters who would challenge any spell checker out there, Team Linxx's Flechsenhaar matched up against Gustavo Machado's Virakone.  With Mackens Semerzier in Flechsenhaar's corner, "Flech" was successful with his Muay Thai exchanges, landing some powerful knees, from the clinch.  Virakone absorbed the punishment and tried to clinch, but would lead in with his head down, which enabled "Flech" to grab the Thai clinch and unload more knees.  Virakone ultimately just dropped to the ground, trying to bait in "Flech", but "Flech" wouldn't play the game.  When Virakone stood up, the Team Linxx product landed shot after shot, keeping the pressure on, until Virakone turned his back and retreated, causing referee Stacy Dolby to step in and wave off the fight, right before the end of the round, at 2:58.  Flechsenhaar is your winner, via TKO in a dominant, one-sided contest.

 

Randy (Scott Davis) Bucsok v. Damien Hatcher

Round 1 

This matchup is a highly anticipated one, as Team XCWT's Bucsok looks to remain undefeated but takes on a tough opponent in Pride Training Center's Damien Hatcher.  Hatcher, who is coming off a super fast knockout win in his last Spartyka fight had to deal with the wrestling prowess of Bucsok.  Bucsok didn't even throw a punch before shooting in for a successful takedown within the first 10 seconds.  Under the direction of Antwain Britt, Hatcher stayed patient, controlled Bucsok's posture and scrambled back to his feet.  Hatcher had a brief guillotine but Bucsok used a modified fireman's carry from his knees to reverse the position and gain top control.  Hatcher exploded out but was immediately taken back down.  Hatcher did more damage in the round, but with three takedowns by Bucsok, this round was a no-doubter for Bucsok.

Round 2

The round started in a similar fashion, as Bucsok made it apparent he had zero interest in standing up and took Hatcher to the mat.  This time, he was able to move to a full mount and do a better job of controlling Hatcher, who remained on his back for virtually the entire round.  Full control by Bucsok should have him up two rounds to none.

Round 3

Bucsok with another punchless takedown to start the round.  Hatcher tried to sink in a guillotine, but didn't have the positioning to do anything with it and let it go.  The final round transpired in identical fashion to the one prior, as Bucsok maintained top position control, on his was to a Unanimous Decision victory by the scores of 29-28, 30-27, 30-27.  With the win, Bucsok remains undefeated and will climb the Lightweight ranks in not only VA, but the Southeast.

Chris Garnes v. Elias Acereto

Round 1 

Acereto did just what you would think a martial artist from Team Gustavo Machado would do and that was to get the fight to the mat and grind out a victory.  Acereto quickly got a takedown, gained full mount, transitioned to an arm-triangle choke and got the tap, by Garnes.  Impressive victory by Acereto, at 2:13 of the round.  

 

Ryan Parker v. Denarius Mobley

Round 1 

The two-promotion (Ready 2 Fight/Cagezilla) Light Heavyweight Champion, Team XCWT's Ryan Parker drew Denarius Mobley in the 9th fight of the night.  Mobley, who has nowhere near the experience of Parker and definitely not on the hot streak that Parker is on (5 fights), was looking to throw all that out the window.  Mobley came out to shock the world and landed several punches, once of which dropped Parker.  Parker recovered, however, and took his opponent to the ground, and proceeded to land strike after strike until Stacy Dolby stepped in and waved off the fight.  Mobley looked good within the first minute, but was no match for Parker's experience and ground game.  Mobley remained on the canvas for several minutes after the fight conclusion and was unable to stand for the decision, but was able to exit the cage under his own power.  Ryan Parker makes it 6 in a row.

 

Zack Taylor v. Richard Collier

Round 1 

This one was one-sided, as Gustavo Machado's Zach Taylor came out with great movement, speed and a knack for cutting off the cage.  Taylor scored a takedown early in the round.  Collier was able to get the full mount and work for an arm bar, which he secured.  Collier tapped and Tayler is your winner, via arm bar submission at 2:11.

 

Juston Campos v. Ryan Balintfy

Round 1 

This round was a back and forth encounter.  Balintfy got a takedown early, but couldn't maintain it as both fighters exchanged rolls and time on top.  Campos went for a guillotine, near the end of the round, that he had to abandon.  Unfortunately for Campos that cost him his top position and when he was able to get free, Balintfy remained on top to close the round.

Round 2

This round was much more dominant from Balintfy, as he was able to secure his second takedown of the fight and was able to maintain control, eliminating Campos' ability to roll and sweep, which Campos had success with in the first.  Balintfy remained on top for the majority of the round and ended the round in top position.

Round 3

Campos came out trying to use movement to avoid the Balintfy takedown that was coming.  Campos was able to land a couple nice low leg kicks prior to Balintfy's clinch.  Balintfy had to work for the takedown and Campos tried to land a kimura on the way down, which was unsuccessful.  Campos rolled him again, but the strength of Balintfy was too much, as Ryan reclaimed top position.  Balintfy closed the round and the fight on top and the judges saw the fight in his favor, but Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).  

Paul Lumabao-Espanto v. Andres Encinales

Round 1 

This match is the first of two Lightweight tournament bouts that will help determine the number one contender spot for the SFL Lightweight title.  Encinales, who is tough for anyone to handle, scored 4 takedowns and was as tight on Lumabao as a UFC fight kit.  Andres was relentless in controlling his opponent and finally securing a rear-naked choke, forcing Lumabao to tap at the 2:48 mark of the round.

 

Demar Holloway v. Damon Minor

Round 1 

The second of two Lightweight tournament semi-finals fights pit veteran Holloway against the fighter nobody wants to face and candidate for amateur fighter of the year, Damon Minor.  This match was supposed to occur at September's Ready 2 Fight, but is happening tonight.  Demar came out landing some low leg kicks and body kicks, which Minor laughed off.  Minor shot in and Holloway defended well, but Minor was simply too strong and Minor landed a body slam that would have made Hulk Hogan jealous.  Both fighters scrambled and  Minor ended up securing Holloway's back, with his back against the cage and sunk in a rear-naked choke.  Holloway tapped and the Minor train continues to chug along, setting up an ammy dream fight against Andres Encinales, at the next Spartyka event, for the Lightweight strap.

 

Joshua Freeman v. Fabian Law

Round 1 

The vacant Spartyka Heavyweight title lay in wait for the winner of this bout.  Josh Freeman was riding a huge win streak until he was upended at EWC 8.  Freeman looks to get back on track against Gustavo Machado's Fabian Law, a Redwood of a man.  Only boasting a 9 pound weight advantage over Freeman, Law looks like the much larger fighter.  Law led off the fight with a body kick that made the crowd gasp, with it's volume and then went right in for the takedown.  Freeman did a good job at staying up and was able to turn Law, on the cage, to gain dominant position and scored the first takedown of the fight.  Law was on his back for a majority of the round, but Freeman gave him an inch and Law went right for his leg in Marcin Held fashion.  Freeman avoided danger and finished the round on top.  Both fighters went to their stools and at the end of the one-minute break, Law retired on his stool.  Freeman starts a new winning streak and earns some new gold in the process, as Joshua Freeman is the new SFL Heavyweight Champion.

 

 

Thomas Blair v. Da'Mon Blackshear

Round 1 

In the second title fight of the night, Tapology.com's top amateur Bantamweight in the Southeast, Thomas Blair is looking to reclaim a title that once resided around his waist.  Jimi Partyka didn't give him an easy opponent, however, as Da'Mon Blackshear is another top Bantamweight in the Southeast and is a title holder, himself, in another promotion.  Blackshear is coming off a loss in his last fight to Tony Gravely and will look to get back to his winning ways.  This bout was a classic striker vs. grappler bout.  Blackshear did the grappling and was very effective, securing three takedowns and maintaining the greater control.  When the fight was on it's feet, Blair showed his striking prowess which is kick-heavy.  Unfortunately for Blair, he didn't get the opportunity to stand and strike as much as he would have liked.  Blackshear was the winner of the first round.

Round 2

Both fighters answered the bell, in great shape, as the top conditioning of both fighters shown through.  Blackshear, sensing the advantage on the ground, got his fourth takedown of the fight and the bout would not leave there.  Blair made a great scramble attempt to get back to his feet, but Blackshear made a slick transition to take Blair's back and sink in rear-naked choke.  Blair tapped at 1:32 and Da'Mon Blackshear is the new Spartyka Fight League Bantamweight Champion.

 

David Collins v. Mitch Aguiar

Round 1 

The main event of the night features the Welterweight Champ, Mitch Aguiar defending his title against Outfox MMA's David Collins.  Aguiar stormed out of the gate, looking to make this a short night, but Collins weathered the storm and slammed Aguiar to the mat.  Collins maintained top control, shaking off a number os submission attempts from the Gustavo Machado pupil, Aguiar.  Collins patiently moved to side control and landed some ground and pound, by way of some grinding elbows.  Aguiar escaped and ended the round with Collins clinched against the cage, but that first round went to the challenger.

Round 2

Aguiar's aggression continued to work against him, as he rushed in to try and run through Collins.  Collins slipped the strike and Aguiar's momentum carried him right into Collins, who took him down for the second time in the fight.  Collins went right back to side control and continued to lay down some solid elbows.  Aguiar scrambled and gave up his back, but Collins was unable to capitalize and the fight returned to the standing position, this time with Collins controlling Aguiar against the cage.  Full control from Collins in the second and it appears that Aguiar will need a finish to retain his title.

Round 3

Aguiar stormed out again and landed some killer shots, but Collins fought through again, gaining control against the cage.  Aguiar, visibly fatigued, with his mouth wide open, mounted a comeback of comebacks and fired off the cage, going for broke against the weary Collins.  Every Aguiar punch had life ending intentions, which allowed him to force Collins across the cage and into a clinch.  Aguiar wouldn't be denied and secured a standing rear-naked choke at the 2:00 mark of the final round, gaining that finish that he desperately needed.  With the win, Aguiar defends his belt.

 

Fight Results can be found at the Spartyka Fight League 21 event page at Tapology.com.

 

MMA in VA's "Of the Night" Awards

Fight of the Night:  David Collins v. Mitch Aguiar

Sub of the Night:  Mitch Aguiar

KO of the Night:  Ryan Parker