Strike Off 4: Play by Play & Post-Fight Awards

by Ryan MacDonald

MMAinVA.com reports from the Ernst Cultural Center, in Annandale, VA, Saturday, February 28, at approximately 6:00 PM EST with the play-by-play and results for Strike Off 4. 

 

Kevin Chung vs. Ramon Willis

Round 1

Willis opened the round landing a low leg kick and a body kick and was goaded by Chung to keep throwing them.  Both fighters exchanged high powered kicks until Chung was able to get the fight to the mat at the 4:00 minute mark.  Willis escaped and ate some shots from Chung, as Willis held on to his leg.  A leg trip got the fight to the ground, in Willis' favor.  Willis maintained top position for the remainder of the round, but Chung was the more active fighter, attempting submission after submission.  Close round to score.  

Round 2

Another exchange of kicks, to open the round.  Willis overcommitted on a punch coming in and got taken down by Chung.  Willis was able to roll to a dominant position and get a choke attempt on Chung, which Chung escaped and transitioned to an ankle lock on Willis.  Chung used the ankle lock to transition to top position, raining down several crushing elbows.  Much stronger round for Chung, as he escaped a minor amount of trouble and dominated the rest of the round.

Round 3

Willis gained the first dominant position of the round, as Chung slipped after a kick attempt.  Willis capitalized and gained top position, but due to inactivity, the fight was stood up.  Chung threw a powerful flying knee that connected to Willis and Chung shot in for another takedown, but got rolled by Willis, who regained top position.  It was the second time in the fight that Willis was able to grab Chung's neck, during a roll.  Chung rebounded with a very active guard and several submission attempts, but Willis closed the round out on top.  It appeared that Chung was more active on his back than Willis was on top and the judges agreed, giving Chung the Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).

Stephen Moleski vs. Willie Floyd III

Round 1

Moleski took no time in throwing a punch and going right into a takedown attempt on Floyd.  Moleski held Floyd against the cage and took numerous elbow shots to his head, while continuing to get the takedown.  Moleski became predictable and would use a right hand to lead into a takedown attempt, which Floyd was able to escape each time.  Floyd found his range on the feet and picked Moleski apart, staggering him with a right and then dropping him with another right.  Moleski was clearly not in a good position to continue and referee Todd McGovern stopped the fight at 2:59, calling it a KO victory for Floyd.

 

Ahmet Kayretli vs. Ardit Hysa

Round 1

Kayretli was all offense, from the opening bell.  He used crisp in and out movement and kept Hysa on the defense the entire fight.  Kayretli discovered the range quickly and ended up landing a spinning back kick to Hysa's midsection, which floored Hysa.  Hysa was almost unable to get back to his feet, as he was in severe pain from the shot.  He stood back up, but Kayretli smelled blood and delivered three more strikes which caused the referee to step in and stop the fight at 1:49 of the first round, by TKO.

 

Huiber Garcia-Huerta vs. Martin Davila

Round 1

Against the cheers of the Davila faithful, which seemed to encompass half the arena, Nitro Garcia came out with no fear and was not afraid to press forward against Davila.  Davila got an early takedown and attempted a leg leg lock and looked to have it tight.  Garcia, was so strong and was able to leverage his way out into top position and lay down vicious ground and pound for seemingly about three minutes of the round.  Davila maintained his desire for a leg lock submission and never relented.  With about 30 seconds left in the round, Davila was able to transition to an arm bar, on Garcia, which caused Garcia to tap immediately.  Davila, in comeback fashion, secured the arm bar submission at 4:22 of the first round.

 

Tony Dabbondanza vs. Alan Stephenson

Round 1

Both fighters decided to stand in this bout.  Both fighters took a while to gauge each other's movement.  Stephenson was effective with his kicks, almost taking Dabbondanza off his feet with each one.  Dabbondanza quickly found that striking range, however, and began connecting with shot after shot.  Stephenson's left eye was closing and his right eyebrow swelling.  Dabbondanza began connecting with every shot and downed Stephenson as the round neared it's ending, laying down strong ground and pound.  Referee Mike Doleman stepped in and had to pull Dabbondanza off Stephenson, waving off the fight at 4:58 of the first round, due to TKO.

 

Angel Ortiz vs. David Reeves

Round 1

This fight matches up a 40 year old fighter (Reeves) making his pro debut, vs. a 39 year old fighter (Ortiz) in his final fight as a pro.  Both fighters clinched up early, with Ortiz maintaining early control and landing knees to his opponent.  The fighters separated and Reeves was able to get the fight to the mat at the 3:20 mark.  Ortiz was able to get back to his feet, but was extremely winded and caught a sharp right that stumbled him and allowed Reeves to get another takedown.  Reeves sunk in an arm bar, but was unsuccessful and transitioned seamlessly to a north-south choke and rolled into a head and arm choke, which caused Ortiz to tap out at the 3;26 mark.

 

Samir Farid vs. Varon Webb

Round 1

Webb began the fight in a karate stance and quickly moved back to a regular boxing stand.  Webb looked to connect with a spinning backlist, but was caught and tied up by Farid.  The fighters separated and continued to trade strikes.  Webb appeared to land the more meaningful of the strikes and got a takedown on Farid.  Samir got out of submission attempt by Webb and gained top control, taking Webb's back and sunk in a tight choke.  Webb was able to use hand-fighting to get out of the choke and reverse position on Farid and gain top control.  Webb ended the last minute of the fight on top and in such a close round, that could prove to be the difference.

Round 2

The second stanza was even until the point that Farid threw a series of two high kicks that caught Webb.  Webb powered through and clinched up with the Gold Medal Grappling fighter, Farid, but seemed to be showing a little bit of fatigue.  Webb got a takedown with 10 seconds left in the round, which was another close one.  

Round 3

Webb did a better job at mixing up his striking stances, which kept Farid at bay more than in the previous two rounds.  Webb was the more aggressive fighter and landed the most meaningful strikes.  The fatigue that Webb showed in the second began to show on the face of Farid, as both fighters clinched up with two minutes left.  In the last minute of the fight, Webb just began winging punches which led into another clinch.  Both fighters seemed to give as good as they got, in the clinch, and the fight went to the judges.  The judges saw it at as Unanimous Decision for Webb, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27.  Varon Webb becomes the first ever Strike Off Fighting Championship Champ, capturing the Flyweight title.

Jeff Blachly vs. Micah Barr

Round 1

The first and only heavyweight fight of the night almost ended as quickly as it started as Barr landed a strong right hand that stumbled Blachly.  Blachly recovered and the strike seemed to wake him up as he returned some shots of his own, including a left hand that caused an abrasion on Barr's right eye.  Barr secured a takedown and rained down ground and pound on Blachly.  The body strikes from Barr reddened the entire left side of Blachly.  Barr ended the round laying down vicious shot after vicious shot, but was unable to get the finish, against an extremely tough Blachly.  Complete domination from Barr in the first stanza.

Round 2

Barr with another early takedown, more ground and pound and then Barr picked up and slammed Blachly.  Barr was back in Blachly's half guard laying down more ground and pound.  Blachly was able to get his full guard back, but continued to take punches until he was able to roll Barr over and secure full mount and lay down strikes of his own.  After a few moments on top, Blachly was rolled over by Barr.  At the 49 second mark, Barr began looking for a Kimura arm bar, from top position, but was unable to lock it up.  The round ended, again, with Barr on top.

Round 3

30 seconds into the round, Barr secured a double-leg takedown, after a flurry of strikes were ineffective, from Blachly.  Blachly mustered the strength to get back to his feet, but was taken right back down, for the second takedown of the round, for Barr.  The energy level and force of the strikes are noticeably diminished, as you would expect from two heavyweights in a third round.  Barr shot back in on another takedown attempt, but Blachly sprawled and quickly took Barr's back, sinking in both hooks.  Blachly, unable to flatten Barr out, rained down strikes, until the ref had seen enough and stopped the fight.  What a comeback from Blachly, who won via TKO at the 4:03 mark of the round.

Omar Santiago vs. Sean Reed

Round 1

Santiago knew he had to come out strong against the visibly bigger fighter, Reed.  He was able to get off a combination, but Reed immediately utilized his size advantage and clinch up with Santiago.  Santiago executed a Judo throw, but Reed was able to utilize Santiago's momentum and roll into top position, laying down strikes, at will, bloodying his opponent and ultimately sinking in a rear-naked choke at the 1:58 mark of the round, securing the finish.

 

Elder Ramos vs. Derrick Kennington

Round 1

If crowd support were the only factor in determining a World Champion, Elder Ramos would retire undefeated.  This bout vs. Bellator veteran, Derrick Kennington is for the inaugural Strike Off FC Welterweight Championship.  An always focused Ramos, stalked his opponent with his usual intensity and connected with powerful strikes at every chance.  Kennington, not wanting to keep the fight standing, took Ramos down and world for submission after submission, until securing an arm bar from his back.  Ramos tapped at the 1:54 mark, securing the victory and title for Derrick Kennington.

 

William Quarantillo vs. Khama Worthy

Round 1

Worthy came out super quick landing a couple lightning quick jabs and landing a leg kick that took Billy Q off his feet.  Billy Q's right eye began to swell shut after one of those early jabs.  Worthy came in with a flurry that knocked Quarantillo's mouthpiece out, stopping the action momentarily.  Quarantillo closed distance and timed a Worthy kick, caught it and took Worthy down.  Once the fight hit the mat, it was a different ball game.  Quarantillo got Worthy's back, securing a body lock.  Billy had a choke with one arm, but wasn't able to free up his left arm to cinch it in.  With 42 seconds left, Worthy reversed position and administered some punishment of his own.  Quarantillo rolled into a leg lock, with 10 seconds left.  It appeared that Quarantillo held onto the hold a second or so after the horn sounded, ending the round.  Worthy had a few choice words for him as they separated.

Round 2

Bruised and swollen, but determined, Quarantillo went right into offense mode and landed a right that knocked Worthy out.  Worthy appeared to wake up when his head hit the canvas, and Quarantillo rained down a couple more shots until Todd McGovern stepped in to end it, amidst protest from Worthy.  Billy Q is the Strike Off FC Feathweight Champion with a KO at the 10 second mark.

 

MMA in VA's "Of The Night" Awards

Fight of the Night: Samir Farid v. Varon Webb

Knockout of the Night:  William Quarantillo

Submission of the Night: Martin Davila