Thanks go to Eric Bullock for covering this fight.
It was a chilly night of fights on the 1st of October at the Masquerade Music Park. Fight Party had a card stacked with talent from top to bottom, which included two title fights. Here is how I saw the action.
Marquez Jackson – X3 vs Rafael George – HardKnox
George starts the round with a takedown and lands in side control. Jackson pulls George into his half guard; they scoot to the cage and move to the standing position. Jackson lands some knees to George’s body and George takes him down. Jackson works a kimura to an armbar. George rolls out on top of Jackson and the round ends.
Round 2 George delivers several kicks and Jackson answers with a knee and a few punches. George gets a single leg takedown and punishes Jackson with some ground and pound. Jackson’s triangle attempt was stopped and George goes for the armbar. Jackson sweeps and lands in George’s half guard. Jackson moves to George’s back and goes for the rear naked choke. George rolls and is now facing Jackson in his full guard. Some more ground and pound from George ends the round.
Round 3 George goes for a single leg takedown and presses Jackson into the cage. Jackson punches George in the face to stop the takedown and lands a few knees to the body. Jackson is fired up and George shoots a double leg takedown. Jackson traps George in his half guard as they move to the cage. Some knees to the body of Jackson and they are standing again. George goes for the single against the cage and they go to the ground. Jackson attempts to lock in a guillotine as the bell rings.
Marquez Jackson def Rafael George by split decision
Maurice Jones – USMC/Guerrilla Fitness vs Jeremy Thurman
A leg kick from Jones and an answering jab from Thurman begin the round. Jones delivers some knees and they break and trade. Jones lands a leg kick and Thurman returns with a jab. There is a possible low blow from Thurman and Jones is looking for some help from the ref as Thurman presses him to the cage with punches. They move to the center of the cage and a kick to the midsection of Thurman sends him to the ground where Jones hits him with a strong left. Thurman attempts a single and Jones takes Thurman to the ground.
Round 2 Jones lands a big kick and Thurman takes him to the ground but lands in Jones’ guard. Jones appears to be going for an omoplata but then pulls Thurman into his full guard. Jones sweeps off of the cage and has Thurman mounted. Jones pounds Thurman’s face with punches until the ref steps in to stop the bout.
Maurice Jones def Jeremy Thurman by TKO (strikes) at 1:55 Round 2
Tania Powell – Top Dog MMA vs Nicola Faircloth –Independent MMA
They trade leg kicks and punches as they move to the cage wall and then back to the center of the cage. Powell goes for the single and lands in Faircloth’s loose triangle that leads to Powell fully mounting Faircloth. Powell traps both of Faircloth’s arms and works the armbar. The round winds down with Powell containing Faircloth’s arms and Faircloth fighting the armbar.
Round 2 Powell presses Faircloth to the cage and is really working the single. Powell hammers Faircloth’s face with some punches and Powell finishes the takedown. Once again Powell has Faircloth mounted and is fighting for the armbar but then switches to a mounted triangle. Faircloth rolls and steps over Powell to prevent the finish and the bell rings.
Round 3 Faircloth delivers a few uppercuts and jabs to Powell and Powell easily takes her to the mat. Powell is briefly trapped in half guard and quickly transitions to side control and to mount once again. Faircloth bucks as Powell goes for another armbar or triangle. Powell switches to a kimura and Faircloth sweeps. Powell sweeps right back to mount and works the kimura to end the round.
Tania Powell def Nicola Faircloth by unanimous decision
Justin Scoggins – Pitch Black MMA vs Chris Ortiz – Independent MMA
Scoggins with his hands down and is just blasting Ortiz with punches and lands a spinning back kick. Ortiz attempts a takedown and eats a knee from Scoggins along with another spinning back kick. Ortiz slips and Scoggins pounces on him. Ortiz leaps up and Scoggins presses him to the cage. Scoggins clinches and Ortiz delivers punches to the body. Scoggins presses Ortiz to the cage and gets a double to side control. Scoggins hammers Ortiz face with heavy fists, as the bell rings and Ortiz must be helped to his corner.
Round 2 Scoggins comes out swinging and pummels Ortiz to the fence. Scoggins knees Ortiz at the cage and lands a head kick that sends Ortiz to the ground. Scoggins follows him to the mat with a flurry of punches and the ref jumps in to stop it.
Justin Scoggins def Chris Ortiz by TKO (strikes) at 1:39 Round 2
Andrew Ballenger – Contemporary Martial Arts/Hardcore Gym vs Ben Brewer – Evolution MMA
Ballenger kicks and slips when the round starts. He gets up and is quickly taken down by Brewer, however Ballenger ends up on top. Brewer sweeps and traps Ballenger in a mounted triangle. Ballenger rolls but is still caught in the triangle. Brewer works a kimura with Ballenger still locked in the triangle. Ballenger slips out and is to his feet. Brewer works a single to the fence and pulls Ballenger away to finish the takedown. Ballenger goes for a triangle and the bell rings.
Round 2 They trade kicks and Brewer shoots a double. Brewer finishes the takedown and lands with Ballenger in his half guard. Ballenger moves to mount and Brewer sweeps into Ballenger’s guard. Ballenger hooks up the triangle and is delivering some hammer fists. Brewer lands some knees to the body of Ballenger still locked in the triangle as the round ends.
Round 3 A leg trip by Brewer and he ends up in Ballenger’s half guard. Brewer moves to side control and punches Ballenger in the face. Brewer mounts and Ballenger rolls, giving up his back. Brewer locks in a rear naked choke and Ballenger taps out.
Ben Brewer def Andrew Ballenger by rear naked choke at 1:53 Round 3
Charles Rosa – ATT vs John Cobb – Independent MMA
Both fighters trade every strike in their arsenal and a Rosa jab sends Cobb to the mat. Hammer fists by Rosa and he moves to mount. Rosa tees off and Cobb gives up his back. Rosa sinks in a rear naked choke and Cobb is finished.
Charles Rosa def John Cobb by rear naked choke at 1:22 Round 1 to win the Fight Party Lightweight Amateur belt
Joseph Corneroli – Pitch Black MMA vs Steele McCall – X3
Corneroli trips McCall and lands in mount. McCall rolls and Corneroli takes his back. Steel works out and they are back to their feet. A head kick and a hook lead to a takedown by Corneroli. McCall hooks up a kimura and Corneroli works out pressing against the cage and delivers elbows to McCall. Steele goes for a guillotine and then transitions to a triangle/armbar. Corneroli stands and McCall lets go but is still pressed to the cage. McCall goes for the armbar but Corneroli rolls and moves to side control and transitioned to mount as the round comes to an end.
Round 2 McCall presses Corneroli to the cage. Corneroli tosses McCall to the ground and lands in side control. Steele wall walks the cage and Corneroli knees the body several times. Corneroli locked up an arm triangle and McCall defends it well. Minutes go by with the arm triangle locked and Corneroli’s arms tire, he lets go of the choke and McCall gets to his feet. Corneroli trips McCall and lands in McCall’s guard as Steele goes for a guillotine.
Round 3 Steele lands a few punches and Corneroli takes him down with a single into side control. McCall traps Corneroli with an inverted triangle but Corneroli slips out and moves to side control. Corneroli delivers some knees to the body and moves to mount easily. McCall bucks and attempts to slip out the back door but Corneroli is smothering him with pressure. On their feet again, Corneroli trips McCall landing in mount and sinks in a guillotine. McCall sneaks out and the bell rings.
Joseph Corneroli def Steele McCall by unanimous decision
Kendrick Miree – ATT vs Michael Alford – Team ROC
Miree chases Alford around the cage and takes him down into side control and then to mount. Alford rolls giving up his back, Miree goes for the rear naked choke and Alford defends. Alford tries to stand but Miree forces him down. Miree is transitioning from back, to side control to north/south like clockwork. Miree works his hooks in and goes for the rear naked again. Alford rolls and Miree is in side control peppering him with elbows.
Round 2 Miree presses Alford to the ground, picks him up and drops him to his side. Miree mounts and Alford rolls and is happy in the turtle position. Alford manages to get up, Miree presses him face first into the cage and takes Alford down with ease. Alford turtles again and Miree takes his back after sinking in his hooks. Miree saws in a rear naked choke but Alford sweeps. Alford is in Miree’s guard and stands as he stacks Miree up. Miree sees an arm, grabs it and taps Alford with an armbar just before the bell.
Kendrick Miree def Michael Alford by armbar at 4:55 Round 2
Stephen Thompson – Pitch Black MMA vs Patrick Mandio – X3
Thompson comes out with his hands down and switching stances rapidly just begging Mandio to come in close. Mandio presses Thompson to the cage; Thompson spins out and presses Mandio to the fence. They break off of the wall and into the center of the mat. Mandio tosses Thompson to the ground and lands in Thompson’s guard. Thompson lands elbows to Mandio’s head as Mandio scoots Thompson to the cage. Thompson walks the wall and delivers a knee to Mandio.
Round 2 A head kick from Thompson and Mandio goes in for the single, he presses Thompson to the cage. Thompson circles and they moved to the center. Thompson presses Mandio to the cage and delivers knees to a takedown. Thompson goes to mount and punishes Mandio’s head with punches. Mandio forces himself up the cage as they break. Thompson goes to the body with punches, lands a combo and head kick before taking Mandio down again. Mandio works his way up as the round ends.
Round 3 Thompson lands several sidekicks to Mandio’s head and then punishes him with leg kicks. Mandio is swinging for the fences as they clinch and trade knees. Thompson continues to pick his strikes perfectly and time them just right to close out the round.
Stephen Thompson def Patrick Mandio by unanimous decision
Marius Cujba – X3 vs John Cofer – Hardcore Gym
The majority of the first round was spent as both fighters are feeling each other out. Cujba lands several unchecked leg kicks. Cofer with a low blow and the ref gives Cujba time to recover. The round ends with more feeling out.
Round 2 Both fighters seem to be ready to throw this round. Cofer is pressing hard landing several shots to the head and body. Cofer charges with 2-3 punch combos and Cujba lands more unchecked leg kicks. Both fighters throw equalizing jabs as Cofer shoots for the takedown. Cujba grabs the fence to stop the takedown but Cofer does not care and slings him down anyway. Cofer ends the round on top blasting Cujba with shoulder blows to the face.
Round 3 Cofer charges with the combos again as Cujba paws at him. Cofer catches a Cujba head kick and then a leg kick to press Cujba to the fence. They circle and Cofer blasts Cujba with a couple of rights. Cofer works a single and attempts a trip but Cujba grabs the cage again to stop the takedown.
Round 4 Cofer lands an uppercut and Cujba answers with a hook. Cujba continues to paw at Cofer and appears to be searching for a strong overhand right. Cujba goes for a single and Cofer lands a knee to the body. They circle and trade to end the round.
Round 5 Cofer is mixing it up more, throwing more kicks to the body. Cujba is still pawing at Cofer. Cofer goes for the single and Cujba grabs the fence again to prevent the takedown for the third time in the fight. Cofer presses Cujba into the cage and delivers several knees while maintaining a tight body lock on Cujba. Cujba goes for a kimura and Cofer circles and moves to the center of the cage. Cofer lands a big left and then a big toss by Cujba and Cofer. Cujba presses Cofer to the fence and Cofer punishes Cujba with a multitude of knees as the bell rings.
John Cofer def Marius Cujba by unanimous decision to win the Fight Party Lightweight belt