Cagezilla: Play by Play & Awards

by Ryan MacDonald

MMAinVA.com reports from the Silver Eagle Group, in Ashburn, VA, Saturday, March 21, at approximately 7:00 PM EST with the play-by-play and results for Cagezilla.

 

Andrew Skomra v. Michael Scafate

Round 1

  Skomra, who appeared to be the thicker, potentially stronger of the two fighters, wasted no time in crossing the cage and pushing his opponent, Scafate, against the cage.  Scafate, was able to get the fight to the ground and secured Skomra's back.  Scafate sunk in a rear-naked choke at 2:09 and secured the submission victory.

Bidhan Thakur v. James Huffman

Round 1

 Thakur initiated the first round action with a series of kicks, the last of which was caught by Huffman, but Thakur was able to get his opponent down and gain top position.  Huffman, proficient off his back, began working for a triangle which Thakur, in an attempt to escape, couldn't get his arm out of.  Huffman rolled over and submitted Thakur at the 56 second mark, via arm bar.

Jeremy Fields v. Steve Thomas

Round 1

Both fighters came out looking like they had no desire to take this fight out of the first round.  Thomas engaged with several sharp leg kick.  Fields slipped as he went to engage, but got back up and caught hill with a few punches, but Thomas countered with a head kick, punch combination that had Fields' eyes roll back in his head.  Fields maintained and shot in on a takedown, which allowed him to clear his head.  Thomas went back to the kicks and ended the round with a back kick to Fields' liver that dropped Fields and allowed Thomas to get top position and close out the round.

Round 2

A more even round on the feet, Thomas was unable to land as many crushing blows as he did in the first.  However, Thomas was able to gain the advantage on the ground and gained Fields' back at the 1-minute mark.  Fields hit a nice switch and gained top position, himself.  In a scramble, Thomas regained top position and finished the round on top, yet again.

Round 3

Fields, perhaps knowing he needed to finish this fight, came out firing on all cylinders, from a striking perspective.  Fields landed combos that backed his opponent against the cage and set up a potential knockout flurry.  Fields, slipped on the mat, during a wind-up and that was all that Thomas needed to get out of harms way.  Thomas took Fields back to the mat and maintained top position, which was reversed by Fields at the 52-second mark.  Field ended the round with top position, but was never able to fully pass Thomas's guard to rain down any fight-finishing strikes.  The judges awarded a Unanimous Decision to Thomas, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.

Samuel Warren v. Ryan Hill

Round 1

The first two minutes of the round were spent with both fighters clinched against the cage.  Hill maintained what I suppose would have to be called an advantage, as he held the dominant position, but only landed a couple of knees to Warren's thigh.  The fighters were separated and each fighter only landed  a couple of punches for the remainder of an uneventful first.

Round 2

Hill utilized a kicking game that kept his opponent confused and at bay.  Warren seemed apprehensive to commit to anything.  Hill continued to land what I would call defensive leg kicks and his volume of those kicks outweighed the maybe 4 left jabs that Warren was able to connect with.  Two rounds to none for Hill, on my scorecard.

Round 3

Hill continued his kicking game, which was unchecked by Warren on every occasion.  Warren finally threw some strikes, backing his opponent against the cage, but he would back off and reset, losing all momentum from the flurries.  The inside of Warren's thigh was very discolored and damaged, as the fight ended.  The judges awarded this fight to Hill via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Tevin Cooke v. Raz Syan

Round 1

In front of his hometown fans, Cooke only took about 12 seconds to measure his opponent, Syan.  Cooke rushed right in, with a flurry of punches, and utilized the momentum to shoot right in for a takedown.  Syan, who possesses a good wrestling base, didn't get taken down, but he did get his back taken, while standing.  Cooke jumped right on and sunk in his hooks.  Upon finally getting the fight to the mat, Cooke rolled Syan over and sunk in the rear-naked choke at the 1:17 mark.  Since OO FIghts has rebranded as Cagezilla, Cooke is now your Cagezilla Lightweight Champion.

Tamin Jahed v. Daniel Owen

Round 1

Tamin Jahed apparently had a dinner date he needed to get to.  The Gold Medal Grappling fighter caught one kick from Owen, held it, hit him with several punches, the last of which knocked out Owen.  Referee Arvin Terrell stepped in and called it a knockout victory for Jahed at the 23-second mark.

Chiyeh Chang v. Rene Chavez

Round 1

In a high-energy first round, Chavez used a high volume attack of standup and ground attack, gaining two takedowns in the round.  He was called for an illegal blow to his opponents' head, but Chang recovered quickly and the fight continued.  Chavez maintained pressure and cage control the entire round and ended the round with a strong flurry of punches.

Round 2

Chavez continued his onslaught of pressure.  Chavez masterfully used his strikes to get inside on the longer Chang and maintain his position against the cage.  Chavez secured a takedown at the 30-second mark and gained full mount and carried that position into the break.

Round 3

Chang was more active, as he was down two rounds.  He landed a right-left combo, but almost every combo was answered with a right hook from Chavez.  Chavez, with his mouthpiece half in and half out of his mouth, was showing fatigue, but he pushed forward, landing combinations against an equally tired Chavez.  Chavez got another takedown with 45 seconds left and Chang briefly had Chavez's arm in an Omoplata, which Chavez wisely stepped over and closed out the round in top position.  Chavez was the victor on the judge's scorecard, in Unanimous fashion, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27.

Ronell White v. Brandon Lewis

Round 1

In a battle of how did each fighter not finish the other, White got the fight to the ground and laid down some powerful ground and pound on his opponent.  Lewis, however, took the time on his back to secure an ankle lock, which was tight but couldn't be finished.  Lewis then sunk in an arm bar, which hyperextended White's elbow, just as the horn sounded.  Another second and White might have tapped.

Round 2

Both fighters exchanged strikes on the feet and Lewis landed a crushing head kick which sent White reeling backwards into the cage and dropping him.  Lewis climbed on top and worked his ground and pound.  Unexpectedly, Lewis jumped up and threw his hands in the air, but referee Mike King had not stopped the fight.  In the confusion, Lewis went back to his corner and White was still on the ground.  Appearing confused, Mike King waived it off and scored it a KO for Lewis at the 55-second mark, for 17-year old Lewis.

Casey Bowers v. Jacob Olave

Round 1

Bowers, of Gold Medal Grappling, did just that, grappled.  He was not as technical a striker as his opponent, but it appeared obvious that Bowers' striking was simply a means to set up his ground game.  Olave landed some nice shots early, but Bowers used a striking flurry to close the distance and get Olave to the mat.  Bowers sunk in the rear-naked choke at 2:14.

Shaun Spath v. Roque Zapata

Round 1

Spath did what he does best, get his opponent to the mat and impose his will.  He did just that, against Zapata.  Zapata maintained a decent defense, as he kept control of Spath's arm, working on a Kimura for the bulk of the round, even gaining top position, late in the round.  Not an extremely eventful round, from an entertainment perspective, but both fighters were working extremely hard.  Spath maintained the most control and should have won the first.

Round 2

In a repeat of the first, Spath immediately gained control of his opponent, this time Zapata was able to withstand more of the takedown attempts and made Spath work harder in the clinch.  Zapata broke free and rained down a striking barrage on a very tired Spath.  Zapata almost finished the fight with his ground and pound at the end of the round.  Spath was almost unable to get back to his corner.

Round 3

Spath, unable to stand upright when the round began, got rushed by Zapata.  Spath took him down, but was too tired to maintain any kind of control.  Zapata secured his back, flattened him out and was relentless with the ground and pound, until Arvin Terrell stepped in and called a halt to the bout at 1:13, declaring the winner by TKO and the Cagezilla Bantamweight Champ.

Anthony Wilson v. Malcolm Travis

Round 1

There aren't many times you can use the words quick and Heavyweight in the same sentence.  In the case of Anthony Wilson, you can.  Fighting a much taller Malcolm "Muay Thai" Travis, Wilson was in and out of Travis' range, continually, landing hard shots.  Travis closed the round by moving in and controlling Wilson against the cage, but inflicted no damage on Wilson.

Round 2

Wilson was not allowed to be as elusive, by Travis, as Travis closed the distance and actually pulled guard, after getting hit with a shot that caused a round-pausing cut above Travis' right eye, as the ringside physician checked him out.  Travis was okay and the fight continued.  Whether due to fatigue or caution, Wilson was not as active and actually got hit with a couple Travis kicks.  He still did enough to take the round.

Round 3

Travis fought like a man that was down two rounds to none and actually pushed the action this round.  His flurries sent Wilson backpedaling and stumbling and allowed Travis to get Wilson on the mat and gain top position.  Two of the three judges, however, felt that Travis did more and awarded the fight to Travis, via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

Scott Noble v. Mike Desantos

Round 1

A late replacement, Mike Desantos was not intimidated by the Champion, Scott Noble.  Desantos was able to do what he needed to do and use his length and grappling game against the flashy striker, Noble.  Desantos was able to eat some shots to gain that cage control.  When Noble was able to separate and get off the cage was when it turned bad for Desantos.  Noble was very effective on each break.  Both fighters ended the round extremely tired, as Noble was clock watching and Desantos was laboring.

Round 2

The break between rounds seemed to benefit Noble more than his opponent, as Desantos maintained his fatigue level and Noble began using him as if in a sparring session.  Noble did slow, however, and Desantos was at least able to get back in a clinch.  The action moved away from the cage, but still in the clinch and Noble crumbled Desantos with a knee to the mid-section and jumped on him with ground and pound until referee Mike King stepped in and called a halt at 4:22.  Defending his belt, Scott Noble wins by TKO.

George Billy v. Todd Holshauser

Round 1

In a weird twist, this fight is the Main Event of the night, even though there are five fights remaining on the card.  This was the fourth and final title fight of the night and pitted quick as lighting Billy against MMA Institute's Holshauser.  Each fighter had their moments in the stand-up.  However, the tide turned when Billy got the fight to the ground and cinched in an arm-bar that he pulled and cranked for almost two entire minutes.  Holshauser almost tapped on a couple of occasions, but pushed through and actually gained top position for a few moments.  The round ended with Holshauser having Billy up against the cage and laying down strikes.

Round 2

Billy wasted no time in getting this fight back down to the ground and capitalized on the shock and awe, by taking Holshauser's back and sinking in a rear-naked choke.  Holshauser tapped at 1:22 and George Billy retains his title, albeit with a new name (Cagezilla).

Jesse Wickline v. Earl Thomas

Round 1

The wait was worth it, as it took one minute and eight seconds for the first strike of the fight to be landed, by either fighter.  At 1:10, the fight was over.  Earl Thomas landed a combo that simply dropped Wickline, in almost flash knockout fashion.  Arvin Terrell dove in and called a halt and Earl Thomas was the winner, via KO, at 1:10.

Sadiq Yusuff v. Mark Rohrer

Round 1

The loudest ovation, as is usually the case, came from the Team Lloyd Irvin camp, who were there to cheer for their teammate Sadiq Yusuff.  Yusuff didn't need much time to show his prowess, as his relentless attack felled his opponent at the 1:09 mark, via TKO.  Rohrer remained on the canvas, for an extended period, as he was attended to by the Doctor.  Impressive performance for Yusuff.

Quang Nguyen v. Zach Keeney

Round 1

Nguyen smelled blood in this one and was on Keeney from the opening horn, taking him down, taking his back and invoking his ground and pound.  In one of the exchanges, Nguyen inadvertently strick Keeney in the back of the head, with a blow.  The referee stopped the action and immediately deducted a point from Nguyen.  When the fight resumed, Keeney and Nguyen exchanged grappling, with Nguyen ending the round on top.

Round 2

This round was Keeney's turn to lose a point, as during a striking exchange, Keeney was getting the better of Nguyen.  Nguyen shot in and caught a knee from Keeney.  Unfortunately, for Keeney, Nguyen was downed when it struck and referee Arvin Terrell deducted a point from Keeney, for the violation.  When the fight resumed, Keeney maintained his swarming pressure and got the fight to the mat.  Keeney's ground and pound was the difference and Terrell stepped in at 2:56 declaring a TKO victory for Keeney.

Ben Boswell v. Robert Leporatti

Round 1

Boswell lived up to the USA Wrestling tattoo that adorned his left latimus dorsi.  Boswell, with no intention of keeping this fight standing, got his opponent to the mat and kept it there.  Leporatti was game and went after several submission attempts, but to no avail.

Round 2

The ground was not as kind to Boswell, in the second, as Leporatti was able to perform a nice sprawl on Boswell's takedown attempt.  He translated that into back position, sunk in his hooks and sunk in a rear-naked choke.  The fight ended at 1:14.

Al Henderson v. Larry Patterson

Round 1

This fight started with the tall and lanky Henderson landing a side kick from the parking lot, it appeared, in Jon Jones-esque fashion.  The only thing that stopped Henderson, from that point, was a referee stoppage as Henderson was said to have kicked Patterson to the head, while he was down.  When the action resumed, so did the carnage, as Henderson was simply too much to handle for Patterson.  Mike King stopped the fight at 1:47, for the winner, by TKO, Al Henderson.

 

MMA in VA's "Of the Night" Awards

   Fight of the Night:

      Ryan MacDonald:  Rene Chavez v. Chiyeh Chang

      Felix Falcon:  Steven Thomas v. Jeremy Fields

   KO of the Night:

      Ryan MacDonald:  Roque Zapata

      Felix Falcon:  Tamin Jahed

   Submission of the Night:

      Ryan MacDonald:  Tevin Cooke

      Felix Falcon:  Tevin Cooke