02-01-2008, 07:20 AM
Top Five Ranked Heavyweights
1. Monty Olivier
Scheduled Fights for the Heavyweight Title Tournament
RAMPAGE 1: Russel McPhee vs. Magur Boc
RAMPAGE 2: Monty Olivier vs. Derek South
Derek “Smash-Mouth” South
A 22 year old Survival Fighter from New Jersey who sports and 1-0 professional record. South is a killer in the cage, hard to beat at grappling and capable of scoring knockouts while he’s got the opponent on the ground or locked up in the clinch. He’s also a solid grappler with great instincts, though his lack of conditioning could be exploited during longer matches. While he could be difficult to slow down in a stand-up fight, opponents who put South on the ground may find it easy to control him and lock in the submission victory.
“The Man Mountain” Graham Goodbody
A 25 year old Kung Fu black-belt from Wales who possesses a solid fighting weight of 258 lbs that most of the roster will struggle to match. Goodbody’s best attribute is his intense conditioning, allowing him to go the distance in a long bout, but there’s a weakness in his striking and ground game that will leave him vulnerable to opponents who can avoid his powerful strikes. He currently has a professional record of 2-0 in Wales, but there are doubts about his ability to maintain his winning streak on an international stage. Currently training in jui-jitsu to improve his submission skills, there are hopes that Goodbody can evolve into a solid fighter once the gaps in his technique are filled and he has options other than using his size and weight to dominate opponents.
Jouzas “Anarchy” Skerla
This 20-year-old Lithuanian kick-boxer is new to professional MMA and hungry to make his mark. He has a 1-0 record thanks and excels at fighting upright where his reach and raw power make him an impressive opponent. Skerla’s biggest flaws are his weak ground-game and his lack of experience, which sees him rush in when he would be better served by a controlled approach. Although weak in submissions, he’s working hard to improve and could be one to watch for the future.
Portman had his first taste of the big time in British Cage Fighting, where he fought an undercard bout against Graham Goodbody and suffered a knock-out loss in the second round. He’s a straight striker, fighting on the counter whenever possible, and easily controlled by wrestlers and submission specialists alike. At 31 the Manchester native is unlikely to make a huge impact on the sport of MMA, but his raw Charisma will go a long way to ensuring his has a spot in the undercard until the injuries and losses start to wear him down.
Olivier is a French street-brawler with a professional record of 6-13. The oldest competitor in the heavyweight division, he is past his prime and close to retirement. Like Berg and Clough, he was brought on to add a little experience to our roster of green rookies. Unlike his fellow veterans, Olivier is likely to struggle when it comes to transforming that experience into victories – he has a sloppy guard, remains vulnerable to take-downs, and simply lacks the strength and skill to match up with opponents on the ground. As retirement approaches, he’s focused on capitalizing on his opponents mistakes rather than relying on the aggressive brawling that marked his fights during his prime. Oliver is the only fighter in the Heavyweight division currently ranked on a national level.
Magur “The Crusher” Boc
The 26 year old Moldavian wrestler is unlikely to be with us for long. He excels at grounding and pounding opponents, comes in with a professional 2-0 record, and has the instincts and heart of a true warrior. He’s difficult to take off his feet, but easy to control once an opponent has him on the ground. Fortunately Boc can destroy opponents with solid fists and knee-strikes up-close and has a kick that shatters ribs. At 6’5” he’s also one of the tallest men in the heavyweight division, giving him a great deal of reach on his opponents.
Noah “The Colonel” Musch
At 31, the Colonel has come to professional MMA after a long stint in the German military. Trained in full contact karate, he is a natural striker with a long reach. His weakness will lie in his relatively one-dimensional offense and lack of experience, and he may struggle against the rest of the division who possess both the height and weight to throw Musch around. At 212 lbs, he may wish to drop down and fight in the Light Heavyweight division.
Randall “Dangerous” Donnelly
A young brawler from Oregon with a 3-1 professional record. Donnolly has good reflexes to build on and he’s an average stand-up fighter, but he may find himself struggling against the superior ground-game of men like Magur Boc. Currently trying to work on his submission skills to fill in the gaps in his game. Like Musch, Donnolly may find himself dropping down into the Light Heavyweight division where he wound be outweighed and out-powered by his opponents.
Russell “Russel Mania” McPhee
The 26 year old Kick Boxer from Ontario is one of the shortest men in the Heavyweight division, giving up three inches to pretty much everyone else. He has heavy hands and good instincts, with a cardio conditioning and pound-for-pound strength that few in the company can match. What makes him deadly are the fast, powerful kicks he throws, with a seemingly unerring ability to pick exactly the right moment to move in for the kill. His main weaknesses, like many strikers, are his inability to control the clinch of fight off submission attempts. McPhee has a 3-0 professional record and is currently working with a jui-jitsu trainer to improve his ground game.
“The Big Show” Sylvester Collins
Collins is a young ground-and-pound specialist from Ontario with a professional record of 1-0. He’s capable of taking extraordinary amounts of punishment while standing and possesses the ability to throw a knock-out punch from any position in the cage, plus he has superior reflexes and conditioning that will carry him a long way. Collin’s primary flaws are the slow of his punches, plus his preference to soak up an opponent’s punches rather than mount an effective guard.
02-01-2008, 07:23 AM
Top Five Light Heavyweight Rankings
1. Theo Powers
2. Nigel Malley
3. Bence Bodor
Scheduled Fights in the Light Heavyweight Title Tournament
RAMPAGE 1: Nigel Malley vs. Lachlan Bowen
RAMPAGE 2: Theo Powers vs. Bence Bodor
“Double B” Bence Bodor
Bodor is a Hungarian boxer with a professional record of 2-5. He has a one-dimensional style that focuses on power and mobility, but struggles against wrestlers or submissions specialists which take him out of his game. Likely to be a sitting duck when caught in the clinch and has no idea at all about what to do with a grounded opponent.
Connor “The Irish Warrior” Houghton
Houghton is a Sprawl-and-Brawl specialist from Ireland with a professional record of 1-0. A solid striker loaded with power, he is likely to get in trouble thanks to his recklessness and inability to counter a ground-based offense.
Kendall “The Gambler” Tracey
Tracey is trained in Senshido, a Canadian MMA form that gives him a well-rounded fighting style. He’s difficult to take-down, dangerous with his hands, capable of defending himself while flat on his back, and knows a wide variety of submissions and counters. He has a professional 4-0 record and very few flaws in his style, making him one to watch in the Light Heavyweight division. He may struggle if caught in a clinch and telegraphs his kicks, but primarily he’s going to be held back because his style doesn’t lend itself to main-event style matches.
Lachlan “The Thing” Bowen
A Canadian wrestler who came over to MMA despite several tempting offers to wrestle for professional wrestling companies. Despite his extensive training in takedowns and submissions, Bowen’s real threat comes from his heavy punches and strong jaw – he possesses a knock-out punch that could be a real threat once the 19-year-old’s power is channeled by good technique and speed. Holds a 1-0 professional record.
“Knock Out” Nigel Malley
The pro-boxer from Baton Rouge is the veteran of the middleweight scene, with a professional fight record of 8-9-1. Has some of the heaviest hands on the roster, coupled with good conditioning and strength, but primarily relies on the punchers chance rather than building a decent defense against opponents with a good ground game or submission abilities. Has yet to finish an opponent on the mat, but possesses a long history of victory via knock-out or referees stoppage. Moved up to Light Heavyweight division after years of fighting as a middleweight.
“The Dark Knight” Theo Powers
Powers is a kick-boxer from Arizona in his mid-thirties, a solid stand-up fighter with charisma to burn and one of the deadliest knee strikes in MMA. He has a professional record of 4-2, largely thanks to his ability to control a clinch and carefully selected opponents, since he’s at something of a loss when fighting straight-up or caught on the ground. Has one of the sloppiest guards you’ll ever see, no ground defenses, and hands that move like they’re weighed down with concrete.
02-01-2008, 07:25 AM
Top Five Middleweight Rankings
1. Yuchiko Sato
2. Ralph Kohl
3. Grant Capelli
Scheduled Fights in the Middleweight Title Tournament
RAMPAGE 1: Ralph Kohl vs. Kingo Watanabe
RAMPAGE 2: Grant Capelli vs. Yuchiko Sato
“Super” Cooper Richardson
An American Judo specialist who has signed onto RAMPAGE in order to get his first professional MMA bout. Surprises many with his solid strikes and takedowns, but needs to work on his speed. Capable of absorbing an extraordinary amount of punishment while upright, but struggles badly against the clinch and submission attempts. Currently working with a Muay Thai teacher to increase the speed and technique of his already powerful kicks.
Eric “Relentless” Dartmouth
A 19-year-old wrestler from Florida who couples good take-downs with impressive physical strength and conditioning. Has a sloppy guard, but takes a beating before he goes down and rarely gets knocked out. Still needs to work out what happens after he achieves a takedown and needs to learn how to defend against the clinch. Yet to fight in his first professional bout.
Grant “The King” Capelli
Capelli comes into RAMPAGE with a professional record of 16-38-2. He’s easily the most experienced person on the roster, the man who can be relied upon to put together a good performance and avoid making silly mistakes during a fight. Given that he’s a poor striker, poor on the ground, and even worse at submitting his opponent, this doesn’t actually mean that much. His body is breaking down after years of being used as a bloody punching bags by his opponents and retirement is sure to be on the horizon soon. Fights for BCF in addition to RAMPAGE and hopes to have one last run at a title, or at least break the long losing streak that’s been dogging him for months now.
Watanabe is a young Japanese wrestler who moves well and keeps himself in perfect shape thanks to a regime of yoga and meditation. Likes to get in close, take his opponents down and rain blows on their face. While he has solid submission skills offensively, Watanabe needs to work on his counters and lacks a solid guard while standing up. Fortunately, he can usually move fast enough and absorb enough punishment that he can avoid being knocked out when he takes a series of solid punches. Watanabe possesses a professional record of 2-1.
Ralph “Made in Germany” Kohl
A young German boxer with a professional record of 4-1. Has a dangerous punch and good reflexes, but no defense against opponents who can control him on the ground or catch him in the clinch. Is expected to have a solid rivalry with Nigel Malley. Currently working to improve his submissions.
Samuel “The Animal” Russo
Russo is something of a dark-horse in the division, a hybrid fighter from Ontario who is yet to have his first MMA match. Remains solid at everything and great at nothing, but this range of options may give him the versatility he needs to flourish against a division loaded with fighters well-versed in only one or two modes of fighting. Needs to work on the speed of his kicks and tactics that are capable of ending a fight when it hits the mat.
Tuck “The Everlasting” Durden
An 18-year-old ground and pounder from Snow Lake, Manitoba, who will be making his professional debut at RAMPAGE. An expert at taking an opponent down and pounding his way to victory with a jaw that seems to soak up punches. Unfortunately his power and control doesn’t extend to his standing game, but Durden is young and hungry for success and should have a solid career if he isn’t sidelined by injury.
Yukichi “The Dog” Sato
Sato is an experienced veteran in his prime, with a 5-12 professional record that he hopes to turn around in RAMPAGE. Experience means that he can take a beating and rarely makes mistakes in a fight, but he still possess a sloppy guard and lacks any real weapons that will finish a match decisively. Prone to letting things go to the judges and is unlikely to find a place on the highlight reel. Could be a real threat if his takedowns were faster and his punches had more power.
02-01-2008, 07:28 AM
Top Five Welterweight Rankings
1. Truck Gleeson
2. Intriyanto Setyo Nugruho
3. Marlon Standish
4. Bunrakaken Abe
Scheduled Fights in the Welterweight Title Tournament
RAMPAGE 1: Truck Gleeson vs. Agustin Gonzalez
RAMPAGE 2: Marlon Standish vs. Intriyanto Setyo Nugruho
Agustin “The Latino Wildcat” Gonzalez
A young catch-wrestler from La Paz, Mexico, with a professional record of 3-0. A great wrestler who is more than capable of blocking takedowns and absorbing damage in a stand-up fight, but vulnerable to the clinch and lacking in weapons while forced to keep a fight standing. Needs to work on his instincts.
Bunrakuken “Honest” Abe
A Japanese kick-boxer with a professional record of 3-4. A solid fighter while he’s standing, Abe lacks the ability to end a match on the ground and remains vulnerable to any fighter who possesses good takedowns. Comes to RAMPAGE with a loss under his belt and remains hungry to return to his winning ways.
“Dangerous” Darin Blood
A young hybrid fighter from Hawaii whose primary weakness is his inability to push for the finish. Has great submission defense, fantastic takedowns and submissions, and knee strikes and kicks that are loaded with knock-out potential. Not as strong as some of his fellow welterweights, but makes up for that with his intensity and good instincts. Possesses a 2-0 professional record and the potential to cut a swathe through the welterweight ranks thanks to his unmatched takedown and submission abilities.
Indriyanto Setyo Nugroho
An Indonesian submission fighter who is past his prime, but possesses the experience we need to provide balance to our welterweight division. Possesses a professional record of 12-13, a lifetime of experience, and a talent for clinging to consciousness. Vulnerable on the ground, in the clinch, and possesses a sloppy guard. Currently training in Muay Thai to round-out his fighting style.
A practitioner of Goju Ryu karate from Luisville, Kentucky, with a professional record of 2-1. A solid fighter with good conditiniong and reflexes, his greatest flaw is his inability to answer an opponent who takes control while they’re grounded. Well-rounded, but inexperienced. One to watch.
Marlon “Flash” Standish
A ground-and-pounder from Indiana with a 3-4 professional record. Standish is a Charismatic unknown who likes to take opponents down and pound them into paste. Unfortunately he possesses no defense against an opponent with a decent ground game, remains vulnerable in the clinch, and lacks the striking power to end a match from an upright position. Currently on a winning streak that he hopes will carry him to the top of the division.
Sinali “Sho Sho” Shomen
A jui-jitsu black-belt from Nagoya, Japan. Shomen is a charismatic youngster who can slap a submission on from seemingly anywhere in the ring. He lacks the experience to control opponents on the ground, which saw him take the sole loss in his 2-1 record, and lacks the striking or wrestling games that would provide him with alternatives against an opponent capable of defending against his rear naked choke.
Truck “The Truck Man” Gleeson
An unbeaten Muay Thai master from Tennessee who used to drive trucks for a living before turning to professional MMA fighting. Possesses a 5-0 winning streak thanks to his talents as an upright fighter, impressing everyone with his big kicks and ability to annihilate opponents he catches in the clinch. His weaknesses lie in his reckless fighting style and vulnerability to submissions, making his potential match-up with Shomen a potentially hot match for the company.
Xie “The X Factor” Ming
A charismatic Chinese Muay Thai specialist with a 3-0 winning streak. A good stand-up fighter who remains weak on the ground, he’s built his career around the strength and power of his strikes. Like Gleeson, Xie Ming is reckless and weak against submissions, and his bout against Shomen remains anticipated.
02-01-2008, 07:30 AM
Top Five Welterweight Rankings
1. Luke Hilton
2. Joel Adams
Scheduled Fights in the Lightweight Title Tournament
RAMPAGE 1: Joel Adams vs. Pat Troy
RAMPAGE 2: Luke Hilton vs. Francis O'Leary
Francis “Lightening Hands” O’Leary
At 39 the New York striker is destined to have a very short career in rampage, especially since his professional record is 1-2 and he’s already suffering slowing down. He doesn’t take punches well, remains weak against takedowns and close-quarters grappling, and cannot control opponents on the rare occasions that his takedowns do work. Expected to be fodder that can be fed to the younger fighters, but may surprise people.
Gonzalo “The Gangster” Ramos
A young striker from Mexico who is still looking for his first MMA bout. Hard to knock out and well conditioned, he struggles against take-downs, wrestlers and submissions. Could be dangerous when he builds up some strength behind his strikes or develops a more diverse approach to fighting.
Jamie “Storm Trooper” Hewitt
A young wrestler from Akron, Ohio, with a single professional win under his belt. Charismatic outside the ring and exciting to watch inside, largely thanks to his talent for manhandling opponents when he slams them into the mat. Strikes are slow and easy to avoid and remains vulnerable to the clinch, but very hard to knock out.
Joel “The Mercenary” Adams
A vastly experienced wrestler who is just past his peak in terms of fighting. Adams has a 9-14 record and never really made an impact on the fighting scene. He has powerful punches but no real talent for landing shots, finds it difficult to take opponents down, and lacks the ability to end opponents on the ground. Destined to have a short-lived career, as retirement doubtless looms on the horizon.
Kyle “The Freak” Winterburn
A muay thai fighter from Arizona who lost his professional debut earlier in the year. Winterburn is a striker with great reflexes and physical strength, but a tendency to by stunned and vulnerable to flurries of strikes. Easy to takedown and control on the mat, with no real answer to opponents who want to keep things on the ground.
“The Hillbilly Hammer” Luke Hilton
A hybrid fighter with a 4-1 professional record, Luke Hilton is routinely named the Fighter to watch in internet polls. His charisma means that crowds get behind him as soon as he steps into the cage, while his ability to control the pace of a match and block takedowns means that he’s capable of getting good use out of his knock-out punch and deadly clinch. His only real weakness is submission specialists, but wrestling Hilton to the mat in order to get submission locked in ensures that any loss will be the result of one hell of a fight.
Marek “The Cannibal” Warzycha
A polish catch-wrestler with a 1-0 professional record. Primarily known as a submission artist, but is decidedly average in his approach. MArek’s biggest weaknesses are his slow pace, lack of conditioning, and passive approach to fighting.
Pat “Blue Boy” Troy
A very charismatic Jiu Jitsu fighter from New Orleans whose looking for his first professional MMA bout. Difficult to take down, knows how to defend against submissions, and remains very hard to knock out. His primary weaknesses are the fact that he struggles while standing or caught in the clinch, with a decided lack of the killer instinct that’s needed to carry him to the top.
Stefan “Stealth Ninja” Champion
An American jiu-jitsu specialist with a 2-0 winning streak. Very charismatic and a fantastic stand-up fighter, often leaving opponents to underestimate his ground-game. Deadly if he catches an opponent in the clinch, as he can hammer home brutal and accurate knee strikes to his hearts content. While he possesses a lazy defense that let strikes come through, Champion is very difficult to knock out. Will be a great competitor if he ever develops the killer instinct needed to make his name a reality.
02-01-2008, 10:51 AM
Date: Sunday, Week 4, July 1996
Attendance: 143 people (Live Gate: $3,400)
Light Heavyweight Bout
Nigel Malley vs. Lachlan Bowen
Malley comes out fast, but gets hit with a counter right hand strike when he throws a left hand which was too high. Bowen moves in and hits a nice body shot before they clinch. Malley gets in a short, sharp jab to the side of the head, it looked to hit right on the ear. Bowen didn't like that, and scores with two knee strikes and a punch to the cheek. They break apart. Bowen swings and hits a nice right hand. Malley fires off a series of sharp jabs, all hitting gloves. He throws out a looping left, but gets tagged with a punch to the jaw and stumbles to the ground! Bowen dives in to finish him off, but he scrambles back up quickly and they end up facing off on their feet again. Replays show that the punch barely connected, it was more of a stumble on Malley's part than anything else. It might not look that way to the judges though. Bowen looks more confident after that, and puts together a nice chain of strikes, ending with a scathing low kick that catches Malley on the outside of the calf. He definitely felt that. Time is running out; Bowen will probably take this round on the judges' score cards, primarily due to that one dubious knock down. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Bowen.
Slow start to the round. Not much happens before they wind up clinched together, struggling for supremacy. Malley uses a trip to make a takedown, but doesn't go down himself, instead staying back. He pushes the raised legs away and dives in to get side control, but Bowen scrambles and manages to get up, pushing Malley down to the ground. Bowen ends up on top, in guard. Malley is forced into defending an attempted armbar straight away, although in truth Bowen was leaning into it and really didn't have the leverage to apply it, he would need to get past the guard to really make that a dangerous tactic. Speaking of which, Bowen does try to pass guard, but Malley keeps him tightly caught up in the guard. Bowen shuffles them all the way over to the cage, so that he can get instructions from the corner. A couple of punches come raining down, but Malley covers up nicely. Malley tries to generate some attacking threat of his own, reaching up and trying to secure a guillotine, but Bowen pops his head out quite easily. Malley drags him down into a clinch, and they remain that way for a while, with Bowen throwing the occasional punch to the ribs, Malley throwing them to the back. Bowen breaks free and quickly tries to pass guard, getting as far as half guard. He tries to secure an armbar, but Malley brings his legs in to defend it. Bowen stands, still holding the arm, and ends up almost sitting on top of a balled-up Malley. He can't do a great deal from that position, although Malley will have found it hard to breathe, and the time expires without any more noteworthy strikes hitting. The round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Bowen.
Tentative start, neither fighter is willing to commit yet. Bowen fires off a jab, but it was easily blocked. Malley fakes a kick, then comes in hard and fast with a takedown, sending Bowen to the floor. The momentum causes Malley to almost go completely over the top though, and Bowen is able to flip him to the side and end up on top, in the guard position. It takes a minute, but Bowen's persistence allows him to pass guard and get to side control. Malley needs to try and get out of this quickly. Bowen seems content to simply control the action at the moment, rather than trying to actually end the fight. He fires an occasional punch to the body, but other than that there's very little going on. Malley isn't being allowed to do much, and has the added problem of having a 205lb man across his chest, making it difficult to breathe properly. Bowen tries to get an armbar on the far arm, but Malley links his hands together to stop the elbow getting hyper-extended. Bowen drives a back-fist into the face, hitting right below the left eye, but Malley shifts his weight and manages to get himself into a better defensive position. The time expires with them in that position, with Bowen having controlled the ground game entirely. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Bowen by 10-9. The official scores are: 30-27 from all three judges for Lachlan Bowen.
Result: Lachlan Bowen beat Nigel Malley by Unanimous Decision in 5:00 of round 3 (*)
Joel Adams vs. Pat Troy
Troy and Adams circle to start. Adams throws a couple of looping punches, neither hitting, while Troy sits back, waiting for an opportunity to attack. Adams comes in closer, looking to unload with a right hand; that misses, and it allows Troy to slip a nice jab in, catching Adams just underneath the right eye. Troy comes in and scores with a straight left, then bounces a right hand off the body. Adams misses with a right cross, then backs off. Troy stalks him, forcing Adams back up against the cage. Troy doesn't rush in, instead standing back and throwing the occasional punch. Adams throws a big left hand in response, but it misses by quite a margin. Troy pounces, hitting lefts and rights. Adams covers up from the first two punches, then clinches up to prevent any more coming in. They're up against the cage, Troy in the dominant position. They remain that way as the time ticks down. Troy throws the occasional knee, but can't really do much with his arms tied up like that. The referee finally tells them to break, and they return to the center. That clinch ate up a lot of time though. Adams comes in hard and fast, bobbing and weaving, and throws a couple of big shots. Troy parries them with his gloves and scores with a well-executed counter punch, hitting just above the eye. They come in close again, throwing punches, but wind up clinched again. The time expires with them like that, and that round will definitely go down in Troy's favour. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Troy.
There's a few minor exchanges of punches to start the round, and Troy gets the better of them. Neither fighter is throwing any bombs, but Troy is showing the better technique, and has hit a few nice body shots. They come together again, and Troy shows quick hands to get in three nice shots. Adams definitely felt them. Neither fighter seems interested in taking this to the ground, they're just circling, throwing a few punches, then regrouping. Adams is struggling to inflict much damage. He may need to switch tactics, as so far Troy is looking very comfortable. Adams comes in with left, but Troy saw it coming and slipped in a great right hand counter punch. Adams is getting frustrated. The remainder of the round is no different, as the occasional exchanges of strikes are clearly go the way of Troy's superior technique. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Troy.
The fighters come together right in the center. Adams throws out a jab, but Troy bobs out of the way and uses a right hand to glance a blow off the side of the ribs in response. Troy works an angle and storms in suddenly with three crisp jabs and a looping overhand punch, Adams covered up quickly but at least one of the jabs hit home. Troy is making Adams look sluggish in comparison, such is the speed and crispness with which he is delivering strikes. Adams hits a low kick before back-pedalling to avoid a clubbing blow. About thirty seconds pass without any contact, and the crowd become a little restless. They meet in the center to exchange a flurry of strikes that gets the crowd on their feet. Troy got slightly the better of it, he definitely snuck through a right hand that rocked Adams slightly. Adams initiates a clinch, and the action grinds to a halt. Adams looks out of ideas, he is being repeatedly lured into these exchange of strikes, but Troy is clearly winning them. Adams needs to find some way to deal with them. Not much time left in this round. The referee separates them. Troy tries a speculative high kick, but Adams saw it coming and was well out of range by the time it came. Adams tries to work an angle, but Troy is having none of it and fires off a straight right hand to keep him from stepping in. Comfortable round for Troy, he will probably be disappointed not to have done more damage given his dominance of the striking in this round. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Troy. The judges scores are unanimous, and give a score of 30-27 to Pat Troy.
Result: Pat Troy beat Joel Adams by Unanimous Decision in 5:00 of Round 3 (*)
Ralph Kohl vs. Kingo Watanabe
Kohl starts brightly by throwing some looping punches. Defended well by Watanabe. They circle, throwing tentative jabs. Watanabe goes for a single leg and puts Kohl on the floor, but he is up very quickly, preventing Watanabe from getting on top. Kohl definitely seems to want to keep this standing. Watanabe hits a nice jab, avoids a counter left hook, then comes in low and takes down Kohl again. This time Kohl isn't able to get up, and has to pull guard. Times ticking away though, Watanabe will have to hurry to finish. He goes for an armbar, but Kohl defends. Watanabe tries to slip past to get side control, but Kohl just about manages to keep guard. A second attempt works though, and Watanabe has the side. Two big elbows land, and Kohl seems in trouble. Watanabe goes for the kimura, but can't quite get it. The time expires before he can try again, and the referee separates them. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Watanabe.
Slow start to the round, they're both circling, looking for an opening. Kohl tries a looping punch from way back, but Watanabe side steps with ease. Jab from Watanabe, gets one back in response. Kohl comes in, looking for the right hand lead, but Watanabe shoots in and uses a double-leg takedown. He winds up in a closed guard. The fight falls into a lull as a pattern develops; Watanabe punctuating attempts to pass guard with some sharp punches to the body and face, while Kohl parries away any big blows and puts all of his effort into making sure Watanabe doesn't get a better position. Things heat up as Watanabe manages to break the guard and get through into a half mount. Kohl hits a nice clean right hand in response. Watanabe throws a couple of hard punches to the stomach. He has one leg trapped, and is trying to pull that free so that he can move further up the body and really start pounding away. Kohl knows that having the leg trapped is his key to not ending up in huge trouble, and so has it locked up tight. Watanabe tries a half-hearted attempt at a kimura, but Kohl defends it well. The round ends with Watanabe still unable to transition into side control, although he has landed enough shots to have lit up Kohl's upper body with red marks, and definitely won the round on points. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Watanabe.
Kohl is the first to score a meaningful blow, tagging Watanabe with a jab to the cheek. Watanabe uses a nice straight left to return fire. Kohl comes in to work the body, but Watanabe saw it coming and uses a quick takedown to put Kohl onto the floor, falling into guard. Watanabe fires off a couple of tentative punches, testing out the guard of Kohl. Watanabe tries to pass the guard, but can't, Kohl isn't going to let him get a better position, as he knows that Watanabe will start raining down punches. Watanabe tries a big right hand, but it's easily defended. Kohl gets a punch of his own in, but it didn't connect properly. Watanabe again tries to get past the guard, but again is foiled. It's turned into a bit of a stalemate, although the referee probably won't stand them up as long as the punches continue to flow. Watanabe fakes an elbow before trying to pass the guard for a third time, and briefly has side mount, but Kohl fought it hard and gets back to guard within seconds. Butterfly guard by Kohl, and Watanabe is having trouble generating any attacking threat. He'll probably win the round as he has been more aggressive, but Kohl has defended the danger well. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Watanabe by 10-9. All three judges give a score of 30-27 to Kingo Watanabe.
Result: Kingo Watanabe beat Ralph Kohl by Unanimous Decision in 5:00 of Round 3 (*)
Russel McPhee vs. Magur Boc
McPhee starts fast, coming out almost immediately with a three punch combination. None of them get through, and Boc manages to squeeze a jab of his own through and score just above the left cheek. They exchange a flurry of blows right in the center, it's difficult to see who got the best of it, and both of them retreat a few steps to recover. Good start to the round, early indications are that this is going to be all about the striking, neither fighter has even hinted at going for a takedown. Boc uses a low kick to set up a nice right hand, and McPhee is forced back against the cage. Boc picks his shots and gets a big punch to the body in. McPhee uses a couple of looping punches to make Boc keep back, but it doesn't last for long, as Boc bursts forward and hits two big right hands, taking a counter punch to the body though, and they wind up in a clinch. They exchange weak-looking blows from that position, before the referee grows tired of the inactivity and breaks them apart. McPhee scores with a low kick. They both seem to be looking for an opening, and it's creating a stalemate at the moment. Boc unwinds a right hook that narrowly misses. That will be the last action of the round though. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Boc.
The two competitors start slowly, circling and looking for an opening. Boc fakes shooting in for a takedown, but McPhee didn't buy it for a second. In comes Boc from an angle to the right, but McPhee had it covered all the way, and not only easily steps out of the way of the attempted right hand, but manages to score with a solid right hand to the side of the head. Boc felt that, and is forced to cover up quickly as McPhee steps in quickly and unloads with a flurry of powerful blows, looking to capitalise on the earlier strike. Boc is forced back against the cage, but to his credit, he did a good job defending those strikes and didn't seem to take any significant damage. McPhee doesn't get in too close, realising that it would likely mean getting caught in a clinch, so he stands slightly back instead and throws some low kicks and looping punches. Boc responds by throwing out some straight jabs, but neither fighter is really doing any damage to their opponent. McPhee clearly grows tired of the wait, and moves in to hit a body blow. It connects, but Boc is quick to tie him up in a clinch. That lasts quite a while, until the referee gets in there and breaks them up, telling them to fight. Boc glances at the referee, not sure why. McPhee scores with a stiff jab, and bobs and weaves to avoid all three of the rapid-fire punches that come back from Boc. Nicely done. Boc, realising that he is losing this round, comes forward with a sense of urgency, throwing right hands to put McPhee on the back foot. McPhee handles it well though, refusing to let Boc get an angle, and using some nice counter punches to the body to further cement the fact that this round is going to him on points. Time expires with Boc throwing increasingly desperate punches. The second round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for McPhee.
McPhee leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Boc deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Boc uses a knee to the ribs before backing McPhee up against the cage. Right hand from McPhee connects though, that was well timed. Boc breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, McPhee was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Boc sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. McPhee fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Boc clinches up with McPhee, who was looking ready to unload a right hand. Their grappling doesn't last long though, as Boc uses a trip to take McPhee down. McPhee pulls guard. Boc gets past the guard, but only just, one leg is trapped by McPhee. A couple of right hands by Boc leave ugly red marks where they hit the unprotected stomach of McPhee. Boc gets both legs free and transitions higher up the body, putting McPhee in huge trouble. Boc manages to get a forearm firmly across the throat of McPhee and he pushes down. McPhee, with no way of getting out, has no alternative but to tap out. Boc wins via third round choke submission at 3:57.
Result: Magur Boc beat Russel McPhee by Submission in 3:57 of Round 3 (*)
Truck Gleeson vs. Agustin Gonzalez
The fighters touch gloves, then circle. Gonzalez throws a low kick, but it was without any conviction, it seemed designed more to keep Gleeson from coming inside. Gonzalez works an angle, then comes in with a one-two combination, Gleeson responds with a crisp uppercut that wasn't far off from connecting. Gonzalez backs off slightly, maybe a bit relieved not to have taken that one on the chin. Neither fighter appears to be looking for any sort of takedown or grapple, this is all about the striking. Gleeson circles and throws a series of high jabs, but Gonzalez blocked them with ease, using the gloves. Gonzalez fakes a high kick, then storms in with a wild looking right hand and a series of body shots. Gleeson covers up and rides out the storm, clinching to stop any further blows. It was a nice attack from Gonzalez though, best action of the round. They stay clinched for a while, exchanging occasional punches to the ribs, then are separated by the referee. It looks like this round is going to the judges though, as there's only a few seconds remaining. Gonzalez throws a leg kick that connects, albeit without too much force, and the round is done. The first round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Gonzalez by 10-9.
Dull first sixty seconds to the round, as neither fighter looks willing to commit much to attack. They're both looking for angles to come in from, but they're constantly countering each other. A crisp jab from Gleeson that almost found its way through the guard is the sole highlight as we reach the minute mark. Gonzalez glances at the referee, not sure why. Gonzalez ducks out of the way of a punch, then back steps quickly, just in time to avoid the uppercut that was coming. Better from Gleeson, although no damage has actually been done yet. Gonzalez scores with a low kick to the outside of the knee, then backs off. Those will take their toll. Gleeson responds with a right hand that hits gloves, a left hook to the body that stings Gonzalez, then throws a spectacular head kick that connects! Gonzalez was backing off after those two punches and didn't see it coming, he goes sailing backward, his body entirely limp. Gleeson has knocked Gonzalez out cold with one brutally powerful kick. The official time of the knock out is 2:28 of round 2.
Result: Truck Gleeson beat Agustin Gonzlez by Knock Out in 2:28 of Round 2 (**)
Kingo Watanabe managed to break three ribs during his bout with Ralph Kohl. He’s out for at least 30 days while he recovers, but seems determined to come back and fight for the Welterweight Title at RAMPAGE 3.
Russel McPhee is also out, courtesy of a thigh injury that will put him on the shelf for nearly a month and a half, but he’s eager to come back and prove that his loss to Boc was just a fluke.
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