Revolution Fight Series 16: Play by Play and Awards

MMA in VA reports from The South End Fire Co. in Winchester, VA, Saturday, May 28th at approximately 7:00 PM EST with play by play and our "of the Night" Awards for RFS 16: Uprising.


Brett Barney v. Andrew Howard

Round 1

This is a rematch from last August's RFS 15, where Howard took home a unanimous decision over Barney, in a welterweight bout. Barney, who started out his career 2-0 has been on a seven fight losing streak since and desperately wants to right the wrong he feels the judges dealt him last go around. Both fighters should be bigger and stronger, tonight, as this bout is at a catchweight of 180 pounds.  Barney is not looking to allow the judges to weigh on this one and get Howard out of there early.  Howard is looking to go 2-0 against "The Beast" and win his third in his last four contests.  Barney did just as he said he would do and end the fight early.  Howard came out setting up his jab and Barney caught him with a left to the chin that send Howard backwards.  Howard shot it, but Barney countered it with a good sprawl, transitioned right to Howard's back and sunk in a rear-naked choke.  Barney gets back on the winning path at 34 seconds of the first round.  

 

Brandon Howe v. Hamza Kahn

Round 1

MMA debut for both young fighters.  Kahn, who just graduated high school 24 hours ago, will look to start out his MMA career on a winning note against the local Winchester fighter, Howe.  Both fighters participated in several wild punching exchanges, neither favoring either fighter.  Howe wanted to get the fight to the mat, but Kahn showed extreme strength in staying up and actually got on top of Howe on two occasions in the round.  Howe ended the round with a nice flurry, sending Kahn fleeing, but may not have  been enough to win him the round.

MMA in VA Scorecard:  10-9 Kahn

Round 2

Howe started the round a bit fresher than Kahn and got off early.  Midway through the round, however, both fighters were totally spent, exchanging instances of standing in the cage with their hands on their hips and simply exchanging wild arm punches mixed in with some knees.  Kahn got Howe in a headlock and flung him to the mat to end the round.  Howe won the striking exchange with volume and more effectiveness than Kahn.  At the end of the 2nd round, the Howe corner called it quits for their fighter.  One day removed from becoming a high school graduate, Hamza Kahn moves his record to 1-0, via TKO at 3:00 of the 2nd round.

 

Sydney Smith v. Tara Graff

Round 1

Two of the toughest, most entertaining amateur strawweights in the Region square off in this potential fight of the night contender.  Both fighters come in with one win in their respective three fight careers.  They share a common opponent, in Angelica Martinez.  Graff was TKO'd by Martinez (due to a doctor's stoppage due to a cut), while Smith carries a decision victory against Martinez.  Neither of these fighters carry a slow pace and Graff came out on fire, pushing the early pace.  Smith went for a clinch, but Graff was the recipient of the power position, in the clinch, keeping Smith's back on the cage for a large portion of the round, throwing knees to the thighs and ultimately getting Smith to the mat, falling into Smith's half guard.  Full domination from Graff in the round.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Graff

Round 2

The round began with both fighters wildly exchanging punches.  Smith caught an eye poke and took time to recover, after the cageside doctor took a look and blessed the fight to continue.  Smith had some success out of the break with some right hands, which caused Graff's desire to rush in diminish.  Graff threw more body kicks in the round, but many were caught by Smith who countered with that right hand.  Graff had a moment of control of Smith against the cage, but Smith quickly reversed position, landed a nice short elbow to the face of Graff, prior to the end of the round.

MMA in VA Scorecard:  10-9 Smith

Round 3

Smith landed several more rights to begin the round, one of which caught Graff in the left eye, clearly bothering Graff.  Graff didn't pause which should signify that it wasn't an open hand eye poke.  Both fighters clinched, Graff holding on to a headlock, but neither fighter being able to really gain any offense from the positions.  Graff did maintain more control, from the headlock and probably won the round.  The judges saw the fight for Smith, via split decision, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.  Great performance by both fighters in a fight that will be tough to beat for fight of the night.

MMA in VA Scorecard:  10-9 Graff

Joy Miller v. Lateesha Mohl

Round 1

The first of two MMA title fights comes in the RFS Women's Flyweight division.  Joy Miller will be making her RFS debut and brings a 2-1 record into this contest against  Mohl, who is undefeated at 1-0 and is 19 years Miller's junior.  Under UCA rules, this bout will consist of five 3-minute rounds.  Miller dominated the round early, putting Mohl against the cage and landing what must have been about 25 knees to Moh's thighs.  Mohl made a slick move by hooking in a guillotine choke on Miller, as Miller changed levels for a single leg takedown.  Miller worked through it and took top control to close out the round.

MMA in VA Scorecard:  10-9 Miller

Round 2

Mohl was briefly successful in her striking early in the round, but Miller, so strong, powered through and put Mohl's back right back on the cage.  Mohl was able to slow down Miller's pace by employing another guillotine choke, this time standing.  She, however, was never able to get her back off the cage.  Fight control went to Miller in that round, which should see her with a two rounds to none lead.

MMA in VA Scorecard:  10-9 Miller

Round 3

Both fighters come out, still full of energy, Miller with that patented charge across the cage at her opponent. Mohl landed some great shots, but Miller, a cardio machine, to put it mildly landed shot after shot at a furious pace, appearing as if she had 4 arms laying down the damage on Mohl.  Mohl, super tough, persevered and cut Miller on what appeared to either her right eyelid or eyebrow.  Volume of strikes and cage control to Miller.  Mohl may have to finish Miller to win this fight.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Miller

Round 4

Miller, still fresh used great head movement to evade Mohl's punches and counter her own.  Miller, switching it up a bit, took Mohl down and got full mount with little resistance.  Miller, once again a punching machine, caused referee Bill Bookwalter to take a close look at the action.  He allowed the fight to continue and Miller could very well have scored a 10-8 round that round.  

MMA in VA Scorecard:  10-9 Miller

Round 5

Feeling that she had a good cushion on the scorecards, Miller went right in for a clinch rather than trade with Mohl.  Once again, Mohl's back remained against the cage for virtually the entire round.  Miller won this fight in every aspect possible, showcasing a balanced attack of striking, ground control and cage control.  After five rounds, Miller was awarded a clean sweep unanimous decision (50-45 x 3) AND the RFS Women's Flyweight belt.

MMA in VA Scorecard:  10-9 Miller

Joshua Freeman v. Chris Stanton

Round 1

The main event of the night will pit Champion versus Champion.  Chris Stanton, who holds the Fire & Ice FC Heavyweight belt will take on RFS's defending Heavyweight Champion, Joshua Freeman.  Freeman has shown the ability to take a fight deep into the championship rounds.  Stanton has never needed to, as every one of his victories have come via first round knockout.  Stanton only has 12 pounds on Freeman, but appears to be so much bigger than the UFC Gym Fairfax's Freeman.  Stanton came out the aggressor, with Freeman being happy to feel his opponent out.  Stanton landed numerous lower leg kicks.  Freeman, one of the faster Heavyweight fighters in the Region may have been employing a strategy of reserving energy, looking to carry Stanton into deeper rounds.

MMA in VA Scorecard:  10-9 Stanton

Round 2

Stanton's volume maintained what it was from the first round, with a plodding move forward, coupled with low leg kicks.  However, Freeman's volume increased, as he landed the greater volume of strikes.  The round ended with Freeman throwing a kick which was caught by Stanton.  Stanton pushed forward and took Freeman down with about 2 or 3 seconds left in the round.  Freeman's volume of strikes should have given him that  round.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Freeman

Round 3

Stanton, again, was the fighter pressing forward, but Freeman's speed allowed him to be very successful in his counter punching.  Stanton, whereas didn't land as many strikes in the round, was extremely efficient with whatever he threw.  This round was about as even as it gets.  Stanton shot in for a takedown at the end of the round, but Freeman sprawled and shook it off.

MMA in VA Scorecard 10-9 Freeman

Round 4

Perhaps slowing down, Stanton looked for an early clinch that was fought off and actually reversed by Freeman.  Freeman worked for double leg and single leg takedowns on the taller Stanton, but to no avail.  Stanton, sensing the end of the round went for a fight ending combo, leading with a big right hand.  Freeman ate it and actually ended up taking Stanton down with 11 seconds left in the round.

MMA in VA Scorecard:  10-9 Freeman

Round 5

Stanton came out with a greater sense of urgency, throwing at a higher pace than the prior 4 rounds.  Stanton landed a couple good strikes but was immediately answered with a combination, from Freeman, that appeared to momentarily hurt Stanton.  Freeman didn't capitalize, however, and backed off.  Stanton continued throwing, catching Freeman with a low blow.  The action was stopped, to the dismay of the crowd and Freeman responded angrily toward the cageside crowd.  The round ended with Stanton in control.  The judges saw the bout for Stanton by two scores of 48-47 and one outlandish score of 50-45.  With the Unanimous Decision victory, Chris Stanton becomes the new RFS Heavyweight Champion.

MMA in VA Scorecard:  10-9 Stanton.

MMA in VA's "Of the Night" Awards:

Fight of the Night:  Sydney Smith v. Tara Graff

KO of the Night:  Hamza Kahn

Submission of the Night:  Brett Barney