Spartyka Fight League 38: Play By Play & Awards

by Ryan MacDonald

MMA in VA reports from the Ted Constant Convocation Center, in Norfolk, VA, Saturday, April 6th at approximately 6:30 PM EST, with play by play and our "of the Night" awards, for Spartyka Fight League 38: Courage.


James Moxley v. Binh Vo

Round 1

Prior to the start of the round, the U.S. Marine, Moxley, was charged a point for wearing shorts with pockets. Moxley dropped Vo with a right hand, early in the round and bloodied the nose of Vo. Vo was willing to stand in the pocket and trade. Vo went for a number of clinches but Moxley was successful in shaking them off. Moxley got the better of the round, with more effective strikes, but due to the point deduction, round 1 should have been scored a draw.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 9-9 Draw

Round 2

Vo began the round with the higher volume of strikes, landing frequently and mixing in some low leg kicks. After a combo, Vo would still try to shoot in for a takedown, but they were shrugged off every time. Vo returned the favor of a bloody nose to Moxley. As the round moved on, Vo seemed to tire. More strikes for Vo in the 2nd.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Vo

Round 3

Moxley’s face shown more damage as the third and final stanza began. Vo continued to be more active in the striking department, mixing in effective jabs and low leg kicks. Moxley tried to execute a throw and was unsuccessful, allowing Vo to take his back, flatten him out and rain down strikes until the round concluded. The judges scored the bout for Vo by the scores of 29-27, 30-26, 29-27, giving Tech MMA another victory in 2019.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Vo

Darnell Gardner v. Justin Harrell

Round 1

Gardner started the bout with a flying knee from halfway across the cage, that appears to partially stun but perhaps more so deter the balance of Harrell. Gardner tried to pounce and take the back, but Harrell was able to get up and control Gardner against the cage. In the next standup exchange, Harrell was able to catch the Gardner kick and turn it into a takedown. Gardner, slice on the ground, locked up a triangle choke and reversed position, momentarily. Harrell regained control and closed the round on top.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Gardner

Round 2

Takedown for Harrell, early in the round. Harrell spent most of the round on top, laying down ground and pound and trying for an Americana. Harrell took the back, flattened out Gardner and sunk in the rear-naked choke, forcing Gardner to tap. Your winner by Submission at 2:27 of the round, Justin Harrell.

Thomas Moxley v. Aaron Gonzalez

Round 1

Gonzalez was all business, shaking off the pre-fight handshake. These Flyweights brought furious action, exchanging strikes, before Gonzalez was able to take advantage of the grappling battle and took Moxley’s back. Moxely was able to escape and moved from submission attempt to submission attempts, locking up a guillotine choke and then scrambling to a triangle choke. Gonzalez did escape and the fight ended the round on it’s feet.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Gonzalez

Round 2

Both fighters exchanged a flurry of largely ineffective strikes. A scramble to the ground allowed Moxley to briefly hook up a guillotine choke, but Gonzalez quickly escaped and took top control. Active from his back, Moxley set up another triangle choke, but couldn’t hold the position and allowed Gonzalez back on top. Moxley did manage to gain control and ride the round out on top, landing a few elbows to the head of Gonzalez.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Moxley

Round 3

Moxley, in attempting a heel hook allowed himself to be put on his back and mounted by Gonzalez. Moxley reversed and took over top position, sinking in a rear-naked choke, but didn’t have both hooks, so Gonzalez was not in a lot of danger. Moxley released the choke and took full mount. Moxley, not controlling the position, lost it to Gonzalez, but with only a few seconds left in the round. The judges scored the fight a split decision, for Moxley, by the scores of 29-28, 27-30, 30-27.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Moxley

Mark Knopp v. Kenyatta Reid

Round 1

The 4th bout of the night featured the big guys, in a Heavyweight tilt. Know missed with an early kick and was taken down by Reid. Knopp latched on to an arm, but was unable to control Reid to effectively complete the submission. Reid spent the duration of the round on top, fighting off arm bar attempts and laying down ground and pound.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Reid

Round 2

Both big fellas showed extreme exhaustion to begin the round. Reid, with his hands on his head and Know with his hands on his hips. Reid connected with one punch,, Knopp took it and took about 10 steps away and dropped to the canvas, with no follow up from Reid. It was a literal walk off knock out, for Reid, at the 1:11 mark

Jeremiah Gerber v. Cristian Pachicano

Round 1

Pachicano takes down one of 4 Wartime MMA fighters on the card, Gerber. Pachicano placed himself in position for a North South choke, but couldn’t hold the position. Upon standing back up, Pachicano landed a low block to the cup of Gerber. As the bout commenced, Pachicano landed an illegal knee to Gerber, who was grounded. Referee Shaun Spath stopped the action and deducted a point from Pachicano. Pachicano dropped Gerber and moved in for top control, but got caught in a triangle choke that ultimately led to the tap, by Pachicano. Gerber, who’s fight nickname is Magic Hands is the winner, via triangle choke at 2:34 of round 1.

Carlos Martinez v. Hunter Carey

Round 1

Martinez who made the drive up from the OBX took no time in dismantling his opponent, with combination punches, punishing leg kicks and great movement. After several three-piece combos put Carey on his bike, Martinez caught up with him and landed a right hand that dropped Cary, allowing Martinez to pounce and strike Carey until referee Ted Linn stepped in and waved off the fight at the 1:14 mark. Your winner by TKO is Dirty South Boxing’s Carlos Martinez.

Debo White v. Tim Hollister

Round 1

Team ROC Eden came out in force, as always, to back their fighter, White. They went crazy as their fighter wobbled his opponent with a right hand and delivered strikes that dropped Hollister to his knees and ultimately allowed White to continue to land punishment until Hollister’s corner threw in the towel at almost the exact time referee Ted Linn stepped in to call off the fight. White wins by TKO at 35 seconds of the round.

Anthony Wilson v. Joseph Bishop

Round 1

In his second fight under the Spartyka banner, Wilson will look to bring the luck of the “Irish” as he takes on North Carolina’s Joseph Bishop. Wilson dropped Bishop with a flurry ending right hand, as Bishop charged in for a clinch. The knockdown was brief and Bishop was able to get back up and control Wilson agains the cage. He threw Wilson to the mat, but overshot him, as he tried to jump on his back. That allowed Wilson to escape out the back door and gain top control of Bishop. With the knockdown and the top control, Wilson won the opening round.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Wilson

Round 2

Again on the entry, Bishop got punished, this time by a left, dropping Bishop again, allowing Wilson top control for the second time in as many rounds. Complete control on top for Wilson, for the entire round.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Wilson

Round 3

The corner advice for Bishop seemed to remain the same, rush in, clinch and control Wilson against the cage. Bishop was successful this go around, but oddly seemed to pull guard, allowing Wilson back into top position. The fighters alternated top control, with Bishop gaining top control momentarily before Wilson reversed the position. Wilson closed the round out of top. The judges saw the bout for Wilson by the scores of 30-27 on all cards. Your unanimous decision winner was “Irish” Anthony Wilson.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Wilson

Grace Grecco v. Tashara Van Alstyne

Round 1

Van Alstyne used her speed advantage, early, to try and negate the reach advantage of the taller Greco, who boasted a 5 inch height advantage. The most powerful punch of the fight was a quick right hand that sent Grecco stumbling backwards. Grecco was later able to catch and control the speedy Van Alstyne and ended the round on Van Alstyne’s back, hunting for a rear-naked choke. The ground control for Grecco should have been enough to secure her the round.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Grecco

Round 2

Tashara maintained the quicker and more effective strikes in the early part of the round, not allowing Grecco to catch and control her. She could not avoid the pressure and did get pushed against the cage for a portion of the round. Tashara caught a Grecco kick and dumped the Team ROC fighter, but immediately let her up, not wanting to play in the guard of Grecco. Very close round but the volume difference in striking effectiveness and accuracy may have scored Tashara the round.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Van Alstyne

Round 3

Another Grecco kick was caught and she was once again dumped and was the recipient of a couple of short shots by Tashara. On the way back up, Tashara landed a few more shots that sent Grecco back down to the mat. Grecco recovered and pressed the action, moving forward, as Tashara would continue to move backward. Grace began to land with more frequency and pressed that into cage control and taking her back at the 10 second mark, finishing out the round in dominant position. After the judges deliberated this very close contest, they rendered a split decision victory, in favor of Grecco, by the scores of 30-27, 28-29 and 29-28.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Grecco

Alistair Patterson v. Adrian Soto-Perez

Round 1

If you looked quick enough at ASP, you’d think Anthony Pettis was in the Spartyka cage, in this lightweight bout. Soto-Perez came out with some smooth, Petits-like strikes that connected with the forward marching Patterson. Soto-Perez caught Patterson and planted him on his back on the cage and proceeded to work to full mount. After being dominated on the ground, Patterson gutted his way out of the position and made it back to his feet. ASP went right back to the clinch. Dominant round for Soto-Perez.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Soto-Perez

Round 2

Soto-Perez came out showing a clear strength advantage. Any clinch was easily controlled by ASP and he got Patterson back down to the mat in short order, getting mounted once again. ASP opened up a cut on the right eyebrow of Patterson. A second consecutive round of domination for ASP.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Soto-Perez

Round 3

Patterson shot in and was thrown to the side, immediately, but ASP. Patterson later began to show some offense with his kicking game, but a kick was caught and Patterson was back down on the canvas. Soto-Perez was able to again gain full mount and control the fight on the canvas for the round, as he did for the prior two rounds. Just a bigger stronger fighter was Soto-Perez tonight. Dominant unanimous decision victory performance for Soto-Perez, taking it 30-27 on all three scorecards.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Soto-Perez

Craig Willingham, Jr. v. Kyle Wright

Round 1

In the first title bout of the night, this one for the interim welterweight title, Kyle Wright missed weight by over 7 pounds and will not be able to acquire the title, should he be victorious. This is the second title fight in a row that Wright has missed weight for. Willingham dumped Wright early and then Wright dropped Willingham with a left jab and put on the pressure, looking much more motivated than in his last bout. That tide turned quickly as Willingham connected with a two punch combo that turned the light out on Wright. Your winner and new Interim welterweight Champ is Craig Willingham. Official result was a KO for Willinghamp at the 4:37 mark.

Marshall Shermer v. Theo Rlayang

Round 1

The SFL Featherweight title is on the line in this matchup of young prospects. Marshall landed the first meaningful shot of the night, as he dropped Rlayang with s short shot at Theo came in. Rlayang returned the favor, dropping Shermer with a right hand. In a wild exchange, Shermer dropped Theo with a right cross and tried to end the bout with ground and pound. Referee Shaun Spath was on his way to stepping in, but Theo recovered and let the fight continue. Theo recovered and got Shermer down, momentarily. The action was stopped, momentarily, as Spath wanted the Doctor to come in and look at a cut on Theo’s eyebrow. The doc deemed it okay and the fight continued, with Theo dropping Shermer again. An incidental groin shot to Shermer, on the ground, halted the action again. Shermer was fine but all of the offense to close a very close round belonged to Theo.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Rlayang

Round 2

Round two saw a slower pace for Shermer, who was taking some heavy breaths. Theo was winning the round with volume but another groin strike was landed by Rlayang, costing him a point. The Doctor was called in for the second time in the bout. A bucket was brought in as Shermer was driven to the point of nausea, due to the severity of the foul. Shermer was once again able to continue. Rlayang offered up a hand tap to restart the action and Shermer was having none of it, as he fired off a right hand. A low leg kick, to Shermer’s left knee, hurt Shermer and a body shot ended the fight as Shermer crumbled to the canvas. Shaun Spath stepped in to wave off the fight. The winner by TKO at 3:46 and the new SFL Featherweight Champion is North Carolina’s Theo Rlayang.

Samson Sausser v. Pierre Ba

Round 1

Co-Main Event of the evening is reserved for the interim Bantamweight title bout. Sausser left no doubt as to the strategy for the fight as he pressed the action from the opening bell. Sausser was successful in getting Ba to the mat and the Gustavo Machado BJJ fighter used that BJJ expertise and quickly took Ba’s back, sinking in a rear-naked choke at 1:34 and forcing the tap, from Ba. The new interim Bantamweight title holder is Samson Sausser.

Rob Shermer v. Will Worley

Round 1

The main event of the night will be contested in the Spartyka Fight League Lightweight division, as Rob Shermer looks to defend his title against former Welterweight title holder, Will Worley. Shermer will have the home field advantage, as “the Slugger” is from nearby Virginia Beach. These are two lightweights that throw like Middleweights. Both fighters got in their shots, but Shermer was successful in opening up a nasty cut under the eye of Worley. Too close of a round to call. Shermer may have won based on volume.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-10 Draw

Round 2

Shermer dominated the striking game for the first minute or so of the fight. However, a liver shot, from Worley, dropped Shermer and allowed Worley to gain top control, which is where he has shown a strong acumen in prior bouts. Worley rode out the round on top and should have secured the round.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Worley

Round 3

Worley began the round trying to get the fight back to where it ended in the 2nd. Shermer was ready for the shot and reversed Worley’s momentum and pinned Worley against the cage for about a minute of the round. After a good amount of inactivity, against the cage, referee Shaun Spath separated the two. Worley would not be denied on the takedown he was in search of and got Shermer down and attempted to do work in Shermer’s full guard. Worley was successful in landing a number of short elbows, but nothing that ever had Shermer in danger. With about a minute left, Shermer tried to secure an arm bar, but was unsuccessful. Worley maintained top control to close out the round and should have done enough to win the fight and claim his 2nd title in the Spartyka promotion. The judges scored the bout 29-28, on all cards, for the new Lightweight Champion, Will “The Wolverine” Worley.

MMA in VA Scorecard: 10-9 Worley

MMA in VA’s “of the Night” Awards

Fight of the Night: Theo Rlayang v. Marshall Shermer

KO of the Night": Craig Willingham

Submission of the Night: Samson Sausser

Spartyka Fight League’s next event will be held on June 22nd. For full results from tonight’s event, check out the event page on Tapology.