Will you be at Center Stage Atlanta this friday for some awesome fights?
Will you be at Center Stage Atlanta this friday for some awesome fights?
We had the pleasure of covering Bangkok Fight night at Center Stage Atlanta once again. Certainly my favorite venue for fights in town, not a bad seat in the house. The place was packed for this night of fights and the crowd was electric. Khunpon puts on a great card with high production value every time. If you live in Atlanta and have not made it to a Bangkok Fight Night, you owe it to yourself to set aside a night for the next card.
Let’s get down to business.
Cody Maiden vs Christian Arguello
Cody comes out with a quick combo and drops Christian early. Cody pounces and looks to sink an armbar to finish the fight quickly. Christian regains his composure and rises into Cody’s guard. Cody throws the legs up and hits an armbar.
Cody Maiden def Christian Arguello by sub. (armbar) 0:51 in rd. 1
Ja Lowery vs Warren Smith
Ja looks to control the ring but Warren is a quick striker. Ja tried a single leg takedown that Warren stuffed. Ja is throwing some jabs and leg kicks. Warren is throwing some stiff counter punches but not landing anything clean. Ja clinches up and gets a trip. Ja passes to side control and punishes Warren with punches to the face. Warren gets to his knees to escape; Ja switches to his back and sinks the hooks in. Warren defends the rear naked choke and they end the round in that position.
Round 2 Ja catches a leg kick and returns a straight right that gets Warren to cover up. Ja does not take advantage and instead throws some leg kicks from range occasionally following with a straight punch. Ja is dictating the pace and range of the standup, Warren is dodging some punches but not landing his share. Ja continues to press with leg kicks and jabs. Warren is throwing a roughly 20% of the strikes in this round. Ja has a strong gameplan and is sticking to it.
Round 3. Ja delivers more of the same leg kicks and jabs. Ja misses a body kick and Warren has an oppotunity to get to top position on the ground. Ja stands and gets back to work. Ja’s superior reach is a huge problem for Warren. The fighters circle for a frew more seconds when Ja lands a solid body shot to Warren’s left side. Warren takes a knee and waves him off.
Ja Lowery def Warrn Smith by TKO in 1:53 rd. 3
Jad Kamchamnan vd Robel Kebede
These guys come out swinging. They close to brawl some then clinch. Jade likes straight shots in the inside. Robel is trying to stay at range with some leg and front kicks. Jade trips Robel twice in a row and lands some more good shots to the head with hooks. Robel is having trouble mounting an offense in the first stanza.
Round 2 Jade maintains the pressure with kick and punch combos. Robel seems to turn the tides when he starts counter kicking. Jade takes some shots he shouldn’t have due to some fatigue. The fast action and body shots Jade is absorbing is taking a toll. Robel may have given the judges a reason to keep him in this fight. If Jade continues to wane and Robel lands the shots he’s throwing, this could be his fight.
Round 3 Robel lands a front kick to the body early. Jade turns it on looking to score some points. They clinch up and neither is able to land much there. Robel hits a big body slam from the clinch and follows with a jab and another body slam. Jade has a lot of heart and keeps coming. Jade certainly feels the pressure late in this round but Robel is getting the better of the exchangs in the clinch with some knees to the body.
Robel Kebede def Jad Kamchamnan by unan. dec.
Rafael George vs Gui Cury
Gui takes a shot early and tries to get it to the ground. Rafael wants to keep it standing but hasn’t throwing anything yet. Rafael circles but gets clipped with a left hook and Gui jumps on him. Rafael gets his composure back and gets Gui in guard. Gui gets to pass and eventually take the back. Rafael tries to turn and escape but Gui puts both hooks in and flattens him out. Gui works some punches to the body looking to soften him up for the Rear Naked Choke. The round exprires with Gui on Rafael’s back.
Round 2 Rafael lands a shot early and Gui drops for a takedown. Rafael follows him down to guard. Gui has an active open guard and is looking to catch an arm or sweep. Rafael defends an armbar and omaplata before he stands. Gui shoots immediately and gets on top. Rafael tries to kick Gui off and turn instead of a technical stance and gets his back taken. Gui works quickly for an RNC and picks up a victory.
Gui Cury def Rafael George by sub (RNC) 2:09 in rd. 2
Josh Downing vs Erik Castro
Erik holds the center of the ring and Josh circles. Neither wants to engage. Erik lands some solid leg kicks. Josh takes a couple shots and looks to want to counter with hooking punches. Erik lands some more solid leg kicks and Josh hates it. Josh approaches and takes a body shot and jab for his trouble. The round comes to a close with Erik landing all but 1 strike apparently.
Round 2 Erik lands more leg kicks and Josh trades a pair with him that get Erik dropped from a slip. Erik maintains his range and lands more leg kicks followed by some jabs and hooks. Josh is a fish out of water against this attack.
Round 3 Josh is popping in and out with punches and kicks. The varied attack is keeping Erik at bay to start. Erik lands a big body kick but Josh catches it and trips him to the ground hard. Erik goes for a big head kick and barely misses. They clinch in the corner and trade some knees. The round runs much the same way the other rounds went with Erik maintaining range and stymying Josh’s attack. Tough fight for Josh, Erik really maintained that range and landed kicks all day. The judges may see the pressure put on Josh for points though.
Josh Downing def Erik Castro by split dec.
Teddy Williams vs Dexter “Bolo” Carthon.
Bolo is a physically imposing gentleman. Huge shoulders. Teddy lands some probing strikes to start but Bolo manages to barrel into him and land on top. He does a little damage there but prefers to stand and throw big heavy strikes with the hands. Bolo has a strong 1-2 combo that he throws with bad intentions. Teddy gets Bolo to come to the ground and Bolo lays on him heavy. The get stood up but Teddy wants none of this work on the feet and pushes Bolo to the ground during a combo. Teddy hops on immediately to lock in a guillotine. Bolo bucks like a bull until time expires. Teddy is streaming blood from the nose.
Round 2 Teddy looks to have a little more confidence from the end of the last round and throws some more jabs. Bolo may have hit some gas tank issues having such a high offensive output in the first. Teddy is also still wary of the heavy hands. They seem to almost stand in front of each other tentative to strike. Terry builds some confidence and comes in with a flurry. Bolo pushes him off with hands on his hips, obviously fatigued. Bolo throws 2 punches on the ground, Teddy may just win this on conditioning alone.
Round 3 they clinch for the first time and trade some knees and uppercuts. Bolo pushes Teddy off and lands another 1-2 combo and then another, Teddy has a strong chin but is taking some shots. Teddy clinches up again and gets taken to the ground between the ropes. Bolo looked to have purposefully left the ropes and had a point taken away. The fatigue is apparent but Bolo still manages to land a strong shot occasionally. The round ends with the fighters hesitant to engage.
Teddy Williams draws Dexter “Bolo” Carthon in a majority draw.
Mary Matia vs Colleen Louima
Both girls have a reputation for brawling. Colleen closes early and clinches, they trade some knees and body strikes and separate. Colleen is trying to stay outside and then close for clinch work. Mary has fought fighters like this before and maintains a resilient chin and infinite gas tank for punches. Colleen took a straight shot and got dropped. Mary is unloading her patented machine gun punches. The round ends and Colleen returns to her corner with a mouse over her left eye.
Round 2 picks up where thye left off, Mary punches non-top and stuns Colleen. Colleen tries to clinch up and work knees but Mary just goes to the body and turns her, disengages and throws more punches. Colleen tries to keep distance with front kicks but Mary keeps drilling her over her left hand. Mary lands a big leading left hook towards the end of the round and lands a few more shots before the close of the second stanza.
Round 3 Colleen is able to land some punches but Mary is as fresh as round 1 and stops forward through combos landing stiff punches. Colleen starts to wilt against Mary’s superior strength and fortitude but they bang it out till the very end. Big heart in both of these girls.
Mary Matia def Colleen Louima by unan. dec.
Amir Dadovic vs Steele McCall
Both long lanky fighters at 170, they want to use their range and are looking for some rhythm. Steele is pushing the pressure coming in and out and landing some long punches. Steele finds his rhythm early and is landing some good punch/leg kick combos. Amir hasn’t solved the puzzle yet. Steele maintains the pressure with the same angled attack. Amir manages to land a counter jab or two but nothing of note yet. Amir does land a glancing head kick but Steele lands his own body kick. Steele shoots for a takedown and they body lock fight for some time. Amir puts in a guillotine and jumps guard. Steele stacks Amir and is trying to avoid the submission. Steele finishes the round with body shots for points.
Round 2 Steele is immediately on the attack with the same multiple jab/cross/leg kick combos. Steele backs him into a corner, Steele looks to setup the guillotine and pushes Amir around in the clinch. They separate and get back to striking, Steele shoots a takedown and Amir gets a momentary advantage. Amir works in top position for a kimura, Steele snakes out the side and gets the back, works for a triangle/armbar/kimura all in a few seconds. Amir escapes and get on top after a lot of work from Steele. Amir works from Steele’s guard when steel throws up the legs for an armbar, Amir keeps his head in and defends, Steele transitions to a triangle but back to armbar real quick. Amir is turned over and he looks like he tapped. The crowd flips out, the ref steps in a little late, but it is a righteous stoppage.
Steele McCall def Amir Dadovic by sub. (armbar)
Moe Travis vs Tecia Torres
Tecia has a stiff leg kick and is snapping each strike. Moe is a little more compact and is landing her strikes with some mustard behind them. Tecia fears no counter with 4 punch combos straight down the pipe. Tecia is staying outside using her reach and legs, Mo’s corner is calling for her to close and she does to clinch and land some knees.
Round 2 Mo closes early with a flurry and clinches up. Mo lands some knees and a trip. Mo closes again for more of the same, punch combos, knees and a trip. Tecia is having no success with her offense. Mo is able to close the distance and clinch regularly. Closing seconds of round 2 Tecia attacks with a flurry, but Mo locks up a clinch again and drives Tecia to the ground.
Round 3 Tecia lands the first couple shots with push kicks. Mo takes some punishment but closes, clinches, and pushes Tecia to the ground. Mo is using her superior strength and leverage to clinch up and drive Tecia to the ground often. Tecia lands a few shots but is overwhelmed in clinch.
Round 4 is more of the same, Tecia is trading a leg kick for getting dropped ater a clinch. Tecia does manage to keep her range and get dropped less in this round. Tecia ends the round with some solid 1-2 punches possibly stealing the round.
Round 5 Tecia keeps on coming, and takes some shots on the way in but knows she’s got to try to win the fight here. Mo waits for her to tire some and starts landing some clean shots with multiple takedowns from the clinch. They bang it out hard till the end.
Moe Travis def Tecia Torres by unan. decision
Will Kuhn vs Sasuke Zapata
Sasuke has a JKD background and throws some flashy kicks to start. Will is a banger but needs to get in close to execute. Will closes after a missed kick to clinch and Sasuke jumps guard. Will postures up in guard to work some GnP, Sasuke kicks him off and they stand. Will closes again after a missed kick and Will drives them to the ground. Will passes momentarily but Sasuke is able to get and underhook and stand. Will clinches with him again, Sasuke jumps up for a guillotine and Will carries him across the ring for a big slam. Will is able to maintain top position and then side control. Will is able to switch to north south, attempt a kimura, and eventually get Sasuke’s back. Sasuke gets to his feet and they clinch just as the round ends.
They feint some shots at each other in the beginning of the second and Sasuke launches an attack. They clinch and Will body locks him to the ground. Will lands a solid elbow to the body while in Sasuke’s guard but is otherwise unable to do much damage. They are stood up and we begin a display of kicks. Sasuke throws some flash side kicks, and lands a short axe kick when will attempts a leg kick. Will lands some more leg kicks and they clinch up again. Will gets him to the ground again but stands quickly. Sasuke misses a big kick and falls. Will let’s him back up and is lookign to land a big shot. Sasuke looks tired and one-dimensional but Will is just not on the attack.
Round 3 Sauske launches another kick that misses. Will closes with some punches, clinches, and trips Sasuke to the ground. Sasuke attempts some submissions from his back but is able to sink anything. Will works from top position and is nearly swept. They get back to standing and clinch up again, will drops for a double, Sasuke attempts another guillotine, and Will picks him up to drive him to the ground in his corner. Sasuke attempts a kimura there but Will escapes. Will works a little from top position but is unable to land anything clean. The ref stands them up and they circle each other until the fight ends.
Will Kuhn def Sasuke Zapata by dec.
Josh Glover vs Stephen Upchurch
Josh is landing the early shots first with some fast punches. Stephen wants to close and work but is just late on his attacks. The clinch up and Josh’s strength is apparent. Josh manages the clinch for the most part but when he goes for a throw ends up on bottom momentarily. Josh gets to his knees and Stephen jumps up for a guillotine. Josh jumps out of danger quick and is in Stephen’s guard. Stephen throws the legs up for some submissions but Josh stays heavy on him and further damages the cut Stephen has over his right eye. Stephen sits up, Josh attempts a guillotine, and Stephen is able to stand but is taken down again immediately. Josh gets mount, Stephen turns and nearly gives up the back, spins, and Josh follows him to lock in an arm triangle just as time expires in the round.
Stephen throws out some punch combos but is unable to land anything. Josh closes for a double and they get to the ground. Josh is on top in half guard and is working to lock in another arm triangle. Stepehen gets his arm over and out of danger for a moment before Josh passes to mount. Stephen turns to escape again but gives up his back and gets locked in a rear naked choke.
Josh Glover def Stephen Upchurch by sub (RNC) 2:15 in rd 2
Here are the event results and photos from the fights at Bangkok Fight Night VII. Photography credits Alex Chu
Amateur Muay Thai | 145lbs Darius Crowley vs. Ian Tosayanon | Crowley wins by KO in 1:59 of R3
Amateur Muay Thai | 154lbs Jonathan Beam vs. Demonte McQueen | Beam wins by Unanimous Decision
Amateur MMA | 225lbs Dexter “Bolo” Carthon vs. Curtis Smith | Carthon wins by KO in :25 of R1
Amateur Muay Thai | 145lbs Robel Kebede vs. Jeremy Barrett | Barrett wins by Unanimous Decision
Amateur MMA | 155lbs Gui Cury vs. Walter Cordeiro | Cordeiro wins by Unanimous Decision
Amateur Muay Thai | 154lbs Eric Castro vs. John Garcia | Castro wins by Unanimous Decision
Amateur Muay Thai | 154lbs Josh Glover vs. Jeromy Murphy | Glover wins by Unanimous Decision
PRO Muay Thai | 180lbs Mike Maniaci vs. Steve Hall | Hall wins by KO @ 1:16 of R1
PRO Muay Thai | 200lbs Devan Plaisance vs. Clint Hester | Hester wins by KO @ 2:38 of R1
PRO MMA | 195lbs Warren Thompson vs. Dave Vitkay | Fight ends in a Draw
Khunpon, Iron Clutch Fitness and Russion Standard and Bangkok Fight Night are putting on another show featuring Muay Thai and MMA Fights in Downtown Atlanta. The fight cart is listed below and for more information please visit http://www.bangkokfightnight.com/
Amateur MMA | 135lbs C.J. Hamilton vs. TBD
Amateur Muay Thai | 145lbs Darius Crowley vs. Ian Tosayanon
Amateur Muay Thai | 145lbs Robel Kebede vs. Jeremy Barrett
Amateur MMA | 155lbs Gui Cury vs. Walter Cordero
Amateur Muay Thai | 154lbs Eric Castro vs. John Garcia
Amateur MMA | 155lbs John Garcia vs. Luke Neyland
PRO Muay Thai | 180lbs Mike Maniaci vs. Steve Hall
PRO MMA | 155lbs John Cofer vs. Joey Carroll
PRO Muay Thai | 205lbs Kevin Brooks vs. Clint Hester
PRO MMA | 195lbs Warrren Thompson vs. Dave Vitkay
Khunpon, Russian Standard and Iron Clutch Fitness will be putting on another great night of Professional MMA and Muay Thai fights in downtown Atlanta on August 21st. We will post the fight card along with more information as soon as it becomes available. For now mark your calendars and get your tickets here. http://www.bangkokfightnight.com/tickets
Rachael McMillan was cageside on Saturday Night to take in all the action at Bangkok Fight Night 6 and she brings us the following report.
I am excited to be at the Gwinnett Convention Center for Bangkok Fight Night VI as Khunpon always puts on a great show. I am also happy to have the chance to provide some play by play coverage of the event. I must say, it is much different watching the fight with this purpose. I often found myself into the fights and watching as a fan, so I might have missed something or jotted it down in such a hurry that I couldn’t read my notes later. It was a great night of fights and here is a wrapup of all the action.
Colleen Louima vs Carolina Cawthon (Ammy Muay Thai 125 lbs)
Round 1: Round 1 begins with Carolina delivering a side kick to the body of Colleen and then they clinch. They separate and trade punches to the head before ending up back in the clinch. After separating this time, Colleen comes back with some big punches to the head. Carolina’s answer to these is a high kick. Most of round 1 is spent in the clinch.
Round 2: Round 2 begins face paced, with both fighters rushing in and exchanging punches and knees. Again, they are back in the clinch. Both girls are landing knees to the body. Carolina seems to have the advantage with the punches. She lands some big side kicks to the body of Colleen that help her keep her distance. Colleen’s answer to this is back to the clinch.
Round 3: Both girls still come out pressing the action. There is a big exchange of punches to the head before ending up in the clinch. After separating, Carolina uses the push kick to keep her distance and then follow up with a head kick. She continues to have success with her kicks. The round ends with a flurry of punches from both fighters.
Cawthon def Louima by unanimous decision at the end of round 3.
Deace Goodman vs Allan Roque (Ammy MMA 170 lbs)
Round 1: Both fighters come out and exchange high kicks, and then end up in a clinch. Goodman gets the take down and ends up in Roque’s guard. Roque tries for an arm bar but Goodman gets out of it and the fighters are back to their feet. Once again, Goodman gets the take down and soon ends up in an arm bar attempt. He escapes again, and the fighters are back to standing. This time it’s Roque that lands some leg kicks and tries for the take down. It is Goodman, however, that is successful with the take down, and he ends the round delivering punches to the body of Roque.
Round 2: A take down attempt by Goodman lands Roque out of the ring. When they stand back up, Goodman unleashes punches to his opponent’s body and head, really wearing him down, before taking it back to the ground. Here he punishes Roque with more punches to the body; however, Roque is able to sweep and take top position. When he can’t pass Goodman’s guard, he lets the fight stand back up. Goodman delivers brutal punches to the head and body of Roque. The fight is stopped.
Goodman wins at 2:30 of round number 2 due to referee stoppage.
Rachel Seltzer vs Maty Peasantes (Ammy Muay Thai 126 lbs)
Round 1: Another fast paced female fight. Both girls come out with a flurry of punches and kicks. Once they settle, it is Rachel that stalks her opponent for most of the round and is the one pressing the action.
Round 2: The fast pace continues. The girls end up in a clinch, where both fighters land some good shots to the head, and Rachel delivers some knees to the body of her opponent. When they separate Maty lands a nice head kick, but Rachel is unphased by this and continues to stalk. She lands some leg kicks, and once again the girls exchange pretty even shots to the head. Maty tries for another head kick, and Rachel answers with a big right hand that stumbles her opponent. They are both using combinations and trading punches pretty evenly. Rachel is successfully using the push kick to keep her distance.
Round 3: Rachel comes out swinging for the fences, but Maty answers with punches of her own. They clinch briefly, and Rachel lands a couple of big knees. She continues to press the action and stalk. Maty is still putting up a good fight and throwing big punches with bad intentions, but it’s just not enough to answer to Rachel’s pace. All 3 judges score the fight 30-27 for Rachel.
Seltzer def Peasantes by unanimous decision at the end of round 3.
Tori Barkley vs Corey Clark (Ammy MMA 260 lbs)
Round 1: Both fighters come out working their jabs, establishing their range. Barkley lands a big take down, and soon the fight is over. Barkley wins by verbal tap out due to a shoulder injury. When the official results were given after the fight, a time wasn’t announced.
Tori Barkley def Corey Clark by verbal tap out.
Moe Travis vs Allison Stokes (Ammy Muay Thai 118 lbs)
Round 1: Moe looks to get inside of the much larger reach of Allison. They clinch and Moe delivers some knees. Allison is using her push kick to keep that distance, but Moe is getting inside and landing some good punches. They continue to trade punches, with Moe clearly having the most power behind hers. They clinch and are separated as the round ends.
Round 2: Moe is again the aggressor and lands solid punches to the head of Allison. Allison is trying to use her much longer legs to keep her distance, but Moe continues to get inside. Nice superman (or is it superwoman) punch by Moe. Allison is trading punches with Moe, but Moe’s power and accuracy of her striking is winning her the fight.
Round 3: Both girls still come out full speed, trading punches. Allison tries to answer with a push kick, but Moe catches it and comes in with a 1-2 and follows up with a knee. Both girls are throwing leg kicks in this round. They continue to trade punches for the rest of the round, and it is once again Moe with the upper hand in the exchanges. At the end of the round, all judges score the fight 30-27 for Moe.
Travis def Stokes by unanimous decision at the end of round 3.
LJ Jones vs Chris Luiz (Ammy MMA 200 lbs)
Round 1: Luiz immediately goes in for the take down, but Jones sprawls and fights off the attempt. Luiz continues to work for the take down, until the ref finally separates the 2, and the fight is back to the feet. Jones clearly has the upper hand in the stand up, and demonstrates this with several big overhand rights. He then gets Luiz against the ropes where he reigns down a barrage of hard punches. Luiz has an iron chin and is able to withstand this punishment until the end of the round. Luiz ends the round with another take down attempt.
Round 2: Luiz begins the round with a leg kick before trying for the take down. Again no success with this, and the fighters are back up. Luiz tries the same strategy again, but the fight ends up still on the feet. Jones is able to land more of those big overhand rights. The pace slows a bit as both fighters start to work their jabs. The round ends with Luiz working for a take down.
Round 3: Jones comes out really pushing the pace, landing leg kicks and head kicks, followed by combos. Again, Luiz demonstrates that iron jaw. During the exchange, Luiz lands on his back, but Jones will not engage him here, and he is forced to stand back up. Luiz clearly wants to take this fight to the ground, but Jones, who is dominating the stand up, will not allow it. Once again, Luiz lands on his back, but Jones lets him up. The fight ends with unsuccessful take down attempt by Luiz. All 3 judges score the fight 30-27.
Jones def Luiz by unanimous decision at the end of round 3.
Steve Hall vs Kevin Brooks (Muay Thai 200 lbs)
Round 1: Hall starts the round with a head kick. The fighters exchange punches and end up in the clinch, where Hall throws some good knees. They separate, and Hall is getting the better of the exchanges. Brooks then answers with some elbows and knees of his own. Hall comes back and lands some big 1-2’s. The round ends with both fighters trading punches.
Round 2: Round begins with Hall throwing some leg kicks and then a high kick that causes him to slip. Both fighters continue to exchange punches, the biggest damage coming from a big left from Hall that really rocks Brooks. Brooks then answers this with a barrage of punches and elbows of his own. Both fighters are tired at the end of the round. Close round.
Round 3: They begin the round by exchanging leg kicks and punches. Hall lands jabs that are hurting his opponent. The fighters continue to clinch and separate. Hall lands a big head kick. The round ends with the fighters trading punches, with the most damage coming from the jab of Hall.
Round 4: Both fighters come out and exchange punches. Brooks lands some hard knees. We have a brief break in action because of a low kick by Hall. The action resumes with both fighters working their jabs, and Brooks landing some good combos. The round ends with both fighters throwing a flurry of punches. The judges score the fight 40-36, 39-37, 39-37 in favor of Steve Hall.
Hall def Brooks by unanimous decision at the end of round 4
Chike Lindsay vs Adam Brady ( MMA 155 lbs)
Round 1: Lindsay starts the round with a brutal leg kick, followed by a second leg kick that lands Brady on the ground. Lindsay continues to abuse his downed opponent with the leg kicks, and the fight is over at 31 seconds of round number 1.
Lindsay def Brady by TKO.
Anthony Nieves vs Alex Berrios (Pro Muay Thai 170 lbs)
Round 1: Berrios comes out with a hard leg kick. Nieves catches the next kick and drops Berrios to the ground. Back to the feet, the fighters clinch and trade knees. Berrios lands another hard leg kick, followed by solid 1-2 by Nieves. Again, they are back in the clinch and trading knees. The round ends with Berrios throwing kicks to the body and head of Nieves.
Round 2: Nieves is the first to land a leg kick in round 2. The fighter then clinch and throw knees. It is Berrios who is doing the most damage. He has Nieves hurt and eventually on the ground. He survives the 8 count, only to be bombarded with more knees that ends the round.
Round 3: After exchanging some punches, fighters end up in the clinch, with Berrios finding some distance with a push kick. Then back to the clinch and trading knees. It is still Berrios doing the most damage. He drops Nieves with a kick. With his opponent back to his feet, Berrios lands a leg kick and a head kick before continuing to deliver those damaging knees. Nieves still has fight in him and answers with a big right of his own, but it was blocked. Round ends.
Round 4: Nieves comes out aggressive in the final round. The fighters clinch, but Berrios finds his distance with a push kick. Nieves throws a spinning back fist, but misses. Once again they find themselves in the clinch with Berrios against the ropes, where he continues to win the exchanges. Once separated, Nieves throws and misses with another spinning back fist. The round ends with Berrios unloading with punches. The judges scores are 40-36, 40-35, 40-36 in favor of Allex Berrios.
Berrios def Nieves by unanimous decision at the end of round 4.
Donovan Craig vs Ronnie Rogers (Pro MMA 170 lbs)
Round 1: Both fighters come out swinging for the fences, with Roger seeming to have the upper hand in the exchanges. He knocks Craig down with a body punch, but he gets right back up. Roger then gets the take down and finds himself in the half-guard of Craig, where he delivers some ground and pound. Roger is able to get full mount and then takes Craig’s back, delivering vicious ground and pound from all positions. He continues to go from mount to taking the back of Craig, punching all the time. Craig seems to weather the storm and gets back to his feet as the round ends. The ref calls an end to the fight.
Rogers def Craig by TKO (ref stoppage) at the end of round 1.
Ryan Peace vs Robert Blake (Pro Muay Thai 158 lbs)
Round 1: Blake opens the round with leg kicks. The powerful push kick of Peace lands Blake against the ropes. The fighters exchange leg kicks, but Peace catches a kick and drops Blake. Once standing, Peace throws head kicks, and Blake answers with punch combos. The powerful kicks of Peace are taking their toll on Blake, who gets dropped by a leg kick from Peace. Round 1 ends with Peace delivering a flurry of punches and kicks.
Round 2: Round 2 begins with both fighters exchanging leg kicks and punches. Peace scores a take down. Back to his feet, Blake finds himself being punished by the leg kicks of Peace. When he tries to answer with a kick of his own, Peace catches the leg and sweeps him. Peace keeps his distance with his jabs, so that he can continue to abuse with his kicks. The powerful kicks of Peace are too much for Blake. Peace wins by TKO.
Peace def Blake by TKO at 2:01 of round 2.
Eddie Walker vs Dymond Jones (Pro Muay Thai title fight 185 lbs)
Round 1: Both fighters come out pressing the action, throwing powerful combinations of punches and kicks. Early advantage seems to go to Walker. He catches the kick of Jones and sweeps him. He then drops him with a knee. The action goes back and forth, with both fighters exchanging punches and kicks. Walker gets a knock down at the end of the round, but Jones survives the standing 8 count to end the round.
Round 2: Walker comes out with leg kicks. Both keep throwing jabs to judge their distance. Walker is throwing more combinations. Jones changes the pace of the fight and backs Walker against the ropes. Here is unleashes a barrage of punches, bringing Walker to the ground. He survives the 8 count, but takes punishing kicks for the rest of the round.
Round 3: Both fighters are tired, and the pace has slowed. They both continue to throw punishing knees and kicks. Jones gets a knock down near the end of the round, but Walker survives the 8 count. The crowd is on their feet. Exciting, close fight!
Round 4: The crowd is on their feet, although neither fighter can barely stand at this point. They do, however, continue to find the energy to put on quite a show. Walker backs Jones against the ropes and delivers combos. Jones gets the clinch and works some knees. The fans are loving it! Everyone knows it’s a close fight, and the judges scores confirm it. 37-37 draw. Neither fighter leaves with the belt.
Walker vs Jones: draw at the end of round 4
Warren Thompson vs Brian McGinnis (Pro MMA 205 lbs)
Round 1: Thompson comes out throwing leg kicks as well kicks to the body and head, while McGinnis is swinging for the fences and knocks Thompson down. He gets right back up, and the exchanges are pretty even. McGinnis is throwing a big overhand right with some deadly intentions. Thompson answers with a push kick that knocks down McGinnis, but he’s right back to his feet. McGinnis then takes Thompson down into side control, but Thompson works to guard and is able to sink in a deep triangle. McGinnis might have been saved by the bell.
Round 2: McGinnis is trying to land punches, but the push kick of Thompson is keeping him away. Thompson is working for the takedown and lands in half-guard. He quickly works to mount and then takes the back of McGinnis, sinking in a rear naked choke.
Thompson def McGinnis by rear naked choke at 1:31 of round 2.
As Eddie prepares for this big fight this weekend at Bangkok Fight Night, we sat down with him to ask about his preparations and plans for the future.
NextMMAFighter : Eddie thanks for taking the time to speak with us, tell us how your training is going into this fight.
Training is going great! I think I am in the best shape of my life for this fight.
NextMMAFighter : Tell us about the gym you train out of and how they helped you get ready for this fight.
I train out of Knuckle Up in Douglasville under Muay Thai Coach Anthony Nieves. He has been working with me on more technical aspects of my game than usual. William Felch and Mark Adams has also been working with me alot on movement and combinations. It’s been a fun training camp.
NextMMAFighter : Dymond Jones is your opponent who holds a pro record of 5-2. What else do you know about him and tell us why you’re going after a tough opponent this early in your career.
The only thing that I really know about him is he was on the Iron Ring Show on BET and that he is left handed. When I was asked to take this fight I immediately jumped on it because I saw it as an opportunity to really test my stand up ability. From what I have heard, Dymond is more of a stand up fighter any way when it comes to MMA.
NextMMAFighter : How do you see the fight playing out against Dymond on Saturday?
I think it’s going to be a good fight. He is going to have to get used to my speed and i am going to have to avoid his power. It is a 5 round fight and I’m hoping that every round in the fight will be a non stop action style fight. I have been training harder than I have ever trained, so I’m conditioned for a long one.
NextMMAFighter : Not looking past your fight on Saturday night, what are some of your goals for your MMA career?
To make it has far as possible in the game bro. I would really like to make it to one of the bigger shows.
NextMMAFighter : We last saw you win by Split Decision at Sin City Fight Night in October of last year. What have you been working on since that fight?
Well I had a few fights fall through that I was training for that really got me discouraged. So I didn’t really start picking my training back up until this fight was confirmed.
NextMMAFighter : How do you feel the MMA scene is progressing in the South Eastern Region.
I think it is doing very well. Some new promoters have stepped onto the scene and it has seemed to make everyone step their game up.
NextMMAFighter : Tell us about your life outside of the cage and how you made the transition to being a professional fighter.
When I’m not at the gym training for a fight, I’m either at my regular job or I’m spending time with my beautiful fiance. She has supported me through all of my ups and downs in this game and I probably couldn’t have kept pushing if it was not for her. We were actually talking one night because I had another fight fall through because the person backed out and nobody knew why. So we decided together to talk to my coach and see if he thought I was ready to make the Pro move. He agreed and here we are.
NextMMAFighter : What are some of the pro fighters past and present that you look up to and why?
I look up to everybody that steps in the ring/cage. You can always learn something from anybody and that’s what I look for when I’m watching fights or training with someone.
NextMMAFighter : Tell us how you got the nickname Showtime.
Lol! I had just finished my second fight by KO in the first round and one of the officials walked up to backstage and said “Man we need to start calling you Showtime” And it just caught on.
NextMMAFighter : Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, best of luck on Saturday and in closing is there anyone you want to thank?
I would like to thank my beautiful future wife for all of her support and for putting up with all of my crap. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me through all of my training and fights leading up to this one. I would also like to thank my sponsors Fitness Depot of Douglasville, Wren’s Body Shop, WWW.BlindsOnTime.Com, and to my new management team Sponsored Fan. Thanks for having me guys!
If youre in the Atlanta area, theres some great fights going down on Saturday night at the Gwinnett Convention Center. Khunpon and Russian Standard Vodka always put on a great show so dont miss it. We will have event coverage on Sunday along with results from the event.
Bangkok Fight Night will be putting on another awesome night of Muay Thai and MMA fights on Saturday, May 15th. The event will go down at the Gwinnett Convention Center and is sure to bring fireworks with some great fights. Atlanta brawler Clint Hester will take to the cage along with Warren Thompson who was recently featured on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter.
The current fight card is listed below and tickets are available at bangkokfightnight.com for $32, $42, $52, and $62
PRO Warren Thompson vs Brian Meginnis 205 lbs
PRO Anthony Nieves vs Alex Berrios 170 lbs
PRO Clint Hester vs Kevin Brooks 202 lbs
PRO Eddie Walker vs Dymond Jones 185 lbs
PRO Stephen Ledbetter vs Randolph Cole 145 lbs
PRO Ryan Peace vs Robert Blake 158 lbs
PRO Donovan Craige vs Ronnie Roger 170 lbs
AM Moe Travis vs Allison Strokes 118 lbs
AM Colleen Louima vs Carolina Cawthorn 125 lbs
AM Rachel Seltzer vs Maddie 126 lbs
AM LJ Jones vs Chris Luis 205 lbs
AM Steele McCall vs TBA 170 lbs
AM Michael Graves vs Jabril Mohammad 180 lbs
Here is our entire Photo Reel from Bangkok Fight Night V. Thanks again to Khunpon for an opportunity to shoot a great show.