The Odeum Sports Complex was invaded again with a night of amateur mixed martial arts for Summer Brawl. The main event featured the finals from the iron man tournament between Matt Braxx and Oliver Vasquez. The rest of the night featured an impressive twenty-five fights. Read on for the full recap and results.
The first round of the tournament featured Oliver Vasquez taking on Otis Brumfield. Vasquez’s strategy was to take Brumfield down and pick his shots. Brumfield in the first round was able to defend with guillotine attempts and shot back up when he was taken down. Unfortunately in the second and third round, he didn’t have as much luck defending the attempts and spent more and more time on his back working for a guillotine that wasn’t there. Vasquez was able to get to side control by his fourth takedown and started to land knees to the body. Vasquez moved on to the finals with a unanimous decision.
Matt Braxx didn’t want to waste time in his tournament bout against Dustin Stusse. After a leg kick of his that was countered with punches, Braxx went for a head kick that just missed. Stusse clinched and looked for a takedown, but Braxx was able to get the underhooks and scored a takedown of his own. The right hands came fast and furious and Stusse gave up his back. Braxx continued his assault and the ref was forced to stop the fight.
The main event featured Braxx taking on Vasquez for the sword and the three-fight pro contract for Chicago Cagefighting Championship. The first round Vasquez wanted a takedown but it wasn’t there. Braxx was the one with the takedown but Vasquez quickly stood up. The two traded punches and Braxx started to connect. Vasquez escaped and ran away, eating another punch before attempting another takedown. The second round the two were fighting for a takedown as neither had it. Braxx grabbed Vasquez’s arm, but Vasquez stacked him and passed to side control. He worked small punches to the body and head. Braxx tried for submissions, but every time Vasquez punched his way out. The third round was extremely close as Vasquez scored a takedown at the start. Braxx stood up and then worked offense of his own. He grabbed a guillotine choke and pulled guard, but Vasquez popped out. He then nearly had a triangle choke but again Vasquez escaped. The two stood up and Braxx scored a takedown of his own. Vasquez tried to sneak out the back with a single leg, and he was able to as time ran out. The fight was close and the judges were split in awarding it for Braxx.
The co-main event featured heavyweight Angel Cabral and Eddie Ecobar. The first round Cabral nearly landed a spinning backfist, but followed it up with a good one two that caught Ecobar. The two clinched against the cage and Cabral used the opportunity to get a single leg takedown. He passed to mount and was patient in picking his punches. Ecobar tried to escape and Cabral just switched to side control to end the round. The second round it was Ecobar who controlled the action. Most of the round was spent in the clinch against the cage, but when available, Ecobar landed knees and uppercuts from the position. The third round Cabral shot for a takedown and it looked like Ecobar was going to escape with a great sprawl. But Cabral ducked under and took the back. Ecobar escaped the bad position by putting Cabral in his guard, but he was unable to get out from under him as he rolled and Cabral passed to mount. Cabral locked in an arm triangle but Ecobar defended, breaking the submission. Cabral finished the round on top with punches to the body and won the fight.
A scary moment between Nick Turner and Anthony Gasso as Turner scooped up Gasso to slam him down. Gasso fought the slam and landed badly on his head. But he recovered and worked for a triangle choke on Turner. Turner tried to punch his way out and Gasso adjusted for an armbar. It wasn’t there and Turner finished the round on top with punches. Turner shot for a takedown after an overhand right and got it. But Gasso wasn’t going to take it lightly and started throwing punches from the bottom. Gasso’s punches looked like they were causing damage and Turner verbally submitted after a jaw injury.
Some confusion between Daniel Szwab and Dan Almario as Szwab landed knees to the head of Almario which many thought were legal. But the rules in the pre-fight locker room stated they weren’t and thus Szwab was deducted a point for his knees. After a second stoppage from a knee, Szwab opted to not even try to throw a knee to the body and instead unloaded uppercuts against the covered up Almario. Several landed, then a big right hand dropped Almario and the fight was over.
Donnie Simpson scored a quick takedown on Gerald Mills. Mills worked a high guard, possibly trying to trap an arm, but Simpson passed to side control. Mills tried to control the head of Simpson, unfortunately for him, Simpson used the opportunity to get the back. Once there, he sunk in a rear naked choke and Mills immediately tapped.
Jim Kernats and Heath Nicholson both looked like they had explosive power in their hands and wanted the other to feel it. Kernats shot for a takedown, but Nicholson defended well. After separating, he wanted to land kicks, but was being countered with left hooks by Kernats. Both landed a stiff jab, snapping their heads back. Kernats then shot for a takedown and Nicholson countered with a guillotine. Kernats popped out of it and was in half guard. He passed to mount and looked for a keylock but then opted to punch him instead. Nicholson gave up his back and Kernats sunk in a fight ending rear naked choke.
Wes Anderson took the center of the cage against John Strater but immediately ate a big punch to throw him off. Strater threw a combo, but Anderson avoided and landed punches and knees. Strater tried to duck under a punch, but Anderson instead threw an uppercut and Strater was knocked to the ground. A quick follow up strike and the ref stopped it, though it looked like a knockout.
Erskin Freeman loaded up a big right hand that just missed Core Menulty. The two clinched and Freeman slipped on the escape. Menulty followed and took the top position and got the back. Freeman rolled but Menulty kept his composure and took side control. He started to unload right hands. Freeman tried to escape, but couldn’t as time ran out. The two traded again and Freeman seemed to be running from Menulty. The two clinched and Freeman went for a takedown, Menulty grabbed a guillotine and the fight was over.
After a quick exchange of punches, John Rodriguez shot for a takedown and got it on Al Corona. Corona tried to counter with a guillotine choke, but gave it up to sit up and stand back up. Rodriguez stalked with punches before shooting for another big takedown. He quickly passed to mount, and Corona gave up his back. Rodriguez was able to get a rear naked choke and Corona tapped.
Matt Stoffle and Jason Bottemhaguen both stormed the center of the cage and started to throw punches to excite the crowd. They clinched and exchanged knees with Stoffle landing an accidental low knee. After the restart they again went back to the clinch and throwing punches at each other. Bottemhaguen reached over and grabbed a standing guillotine. It looked tight, but Stoffle defended by attacking his hands. After they separated, Stoffle with a half Muay Thai plum started to land punches and knees. Bottemhaguen countered with hooks, only to have Stoffle land uppercuts. Bottemhaguen looked in trouble, and Stoffle started to throw knees to the body with more uppercuts. Bottemhaguen had enough and verbally submitted before he took too much more damage.
The theme of the night was to have a game plan and shut your opponent down and Angelo Rivera was able to do that against Stephan Von Aulock. Rivera avoided the striking on Von Aulock by clinching and then scoring a takedown. Rivera showed promise by always being able to secure his position, but rarely was he attacking after establishing it. He nearly finished the fight with an armbar that Von Aulock gave him, but Von Aulock escaped just before time ran out in the second round. The third Von Aulock landed a body kick before being clinched and taken down. He wanted a triangle choke but Rivera again escaped and established his position. The fight showed Rivera’s wrestling base and given time to develop he could become a star.
Tim Kallas rushed Jose Marisal and scored a takedown. Marisal then attacked Kallas’s leg and worked for a takedown of his own. He shucked Kallas to the ground and then landed an axe kick to the belly of Kallas before jumping down into his guard. Kallas had good wrist control and looked like he me be setting up an armbar, but Marisal was wise and stood up and let Kallas stand as well. The second Marisal landed a straight left to Kallas’s nose that bloodied him up. Kallas again with the takedown attempt, but Marisal defends. The two scramble and it’s Marisal who ends up on top. He tried for a rear naked choke, it wasn’t there, switched to mount and then grabbed the fight ending armbar.
Probably the two toughest fighters to throw leather at each other were Jose Torres and Amador Estrada. Estrada nearly finished the fight in the first round with a bulldog choke, but Torress was able to escape. The two fought for position on the ground and it was Torress who got the back. He wanted the rear naked choke, but Estrada defended and turned into him and stood up. The second roud was close as both fighters decided to throw toe-to-toe. Estrada started to land but Torress just shrugged it off. Torress continued to taunt Estrada, then landed heavy bombs of his own. The third Torress again was connecting with big strikes before shooting for a takedown. Torress postured and threw punches, he went for the arm of Estrada but settled for his back. He worked for a rear naked choke, it wasn’t there. Estrada rolled into Torress and finished the round on top, but time wasn’t on his side for the decision.
Carlos Hernandez ate a big left hand from Jonathan King at the start of the fight. King then scooped him up and took him down. Hernandez gained guard, but King threw elbows and was warned, then stopped for the illegal strike. After a deduction and a restart, the two fighters looked to throw kicks. King again landed a straight right that dropped Hernandez. King rushed in and got the mount. He postured up and threw multiple punches. Hernandez gave up his back, but then reversed and was on top of King. King tried to push off Hernandez’s hips, but Hernandez sprung right back and got his back. Multiple punches and King wasn’t defending and the fight was stopped.
If you blinked you could have missed the action between Jake Palmer and Mike Ryan. Palmer attacked with a kick, but Ryan countered with a punch that sent Palmer to the canvas. Palmer tried to recover with a single leg takedown, but Ryan held his composure. In the scramble, Ryan got Palmer’s back and locked in a tight rear naked choke.
Lucas Janke and Antonio Sanchez put on an extremely high pace exciting fight. The first round the two went toe-to-toe with punches. Janke attempted a single leg takedown but ate several punches for his troubles. He scored the takedown but was swept. Sanchez worked punches but was threatened by Janke’s rubber guard. The second round the two looked to see who would flinch first from the punches and neither backed down. Janke again with the takedown attempt and got it. Sanchez timed a punch by Janke and locked up a triangle choke. After an adjustment, the choke was secure and Janke was forced to tap.
Justin Mora had a smart game plan against Brandon Andriola; take him down and control the fight on the ground. It worked as Andriola couldn’t find his way out from under Mora. All three rounds Mora was able to get the fight to the ground. Andriola was able to move a little, but only to force Mora into his guard instead of the side mount. Mora worked punches to the body to try and set up a better position. Andriola defended well and even scored punches from the bottom bloodying up Mora. But it wasn’t enough as Mora just controlled the action more to win the decision.
Kamil Broda scored not one, but two impressive slam takedown on Kuderian Douglas. Both times he was able to land in side control and quickly passed to mount. Douglas gave up his back and the first time it worked as he was able to escape. He swung wildly at Broda, before the second takedown came. Broda again passed to mount, and Douglas gave up his back. Broda immediately got his arm under the chin of Douglas and earned the tap out.
Ricky Stanton went to touch gloves with Austin Allen and immediately after, Allen attacked with a leg kick and punches. Stanton weathered the storm and got a takedown. Allen tried to for a guillotine choke, but Stanton escaped and passed to mount. He rained down punch after punch forcing Allen to give up his back. Stanton wanted the rear naked choke, it wasn’t there so he continued to punch. Allen rolled and gave up the mount, and as he rolled again to get out from under Stanton, Stanton grabbed his arm and locked in a fight ending arm bar.
In women’s action, Christine Sarricola had a visible size and reach advantage over Anne Malinoff. Sarricola used it wisely, landing punches and muscling her way to the ground. Malinoff defended everything that Sarricola threw at her well, including some deep submissions. By the third round, Malinoff switched strategies and tried for takedowns, but her size factored against her as Sarricola was able to defend and land multiple hammer fists. At the very end of the round Malinoff got her takedown, but it was too little too late.
Chris Conway immediately shot for a takedown and Sean Sanchez tried to counter with a guillotine. He was forced to let go and Conway passed to half guard and then to mount. Sanchez looked to give up his back, but used it to stand up. Conway immediately with knees and shot for another takedown. Sanchez locked in a tight standing guillotine but when he pulled guard to finish it, Conway escaped. Sanchez tried to get out from under Conway, but Conway rode the position and locked in a fight ending rear naked choke.
Tom Grimes came out aggressive against Jabari Dill with punches. Dill clinched but Grimes took him down. Dill attempted a guillotine choke, Grimes escaped and got the mount. He postured up and started unloading punches. Dill gave up his back and Grimes went to work on a rear naked choke. After a couple of attempts he finally got the arm under Dill’s chin and got the tap.
Randy Kwasigroch and Kyle Klien both looked exhausted at the end of the fifteen minute battle. Klien, an LA Boxing student, showcased his ability to land punch after punch and counter after counter. Kwasigroch was able to take a punch and kept coming forward. He started to throw head kicks at Klien with varying success. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough as Klien’s boxing won him all three rounds on the scorecards.
Bill Shelton was getting the better of the Shaundell Golden in the first round. He shot for a takedown after eating some leg kicks, but Golden countered with a guillotine. Shelton got out of the submission attempt and then reversed with guillotine of his own. He transitioned and worked for a triangle choke the rest of the round. Golden defended well, trying to slam his way out, but never escaping. The second Shelton landed a big overhand right, before clinching. Golden landed an accidental knee to the groin and Shelton was unable to continue, rendering the fight a draw.
- Shaundell Golden and Bill Shelton ruled a no contest after accidental knee strike
- Kyle Klien defeated Randy Kwasigroch by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
- Tom Grimes defeated Jabari Dill by rear naked choke at 2:12 of round one
- Chris Conway defeated Sean Sanchez by rear naked choke at 2:04 of round one
- Christine Sarricola defeated Anne Malinoff by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
- Oliver Vasquez defeated Otis Brumfield by unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
- Matt Braxx defeated Dustin Stusse by technical knockout at 0:42 of round one
- Ricky Stanton defeated Austin Allen by armbar at 0:58 of round one
- Kamil Broda defeated Kuderian Douglas by rear naked choke at 1:49 of round one
- Justin Mora defeated Brandon Andriola by unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27
- Antonio Sanchez defeated Lucas Janke by triangle choke at 2:40 of round two
- Mike Ryan defeated Jake Palmer by rear naked choke at 0:35 of round one
- Carlos Hernandez defeated Jonathan King by technical knockout at 1:53 of round one
- Jose Torres defeated Amador Estrada by unanimous decision 30-27, 29-28, 29-28
- Jose Marisal defeated Tim Kallas by armbar at 1:19 of round two
- Angelo Rivera defeated Stephan Von Aulock by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
- Matt Stoffle defeated Jason Bottemhaguen by verbal submission (strikes) at 2:14 of round one
- John Rodriguez defeated Al Corona by rear naked choke at 1:16 of round one
- Core Menulty defeated Earskin Freeman by guillotine choke at 1:29 of round two
- Wes Anderson defeated John Strater by knockout at 0:31 of round one
- Jim Kernats defeated Heath Nicholson by rear naked choke at 2:52 of round one
- Donnie Simpson defeated Gerald Mills by rear naked choke at 0:42 of round one
- Daniel Szwab defeated Dan Almario by technical knockout at 1:43 of round one
- Anthony Gasso defeated Nick Turner by verbal tapout due to injury at 1:33 of round two
- Angel Cabral defeated Eddie Ecobar by unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
- Matt Braxx defeated Oliver Vasquez by split decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
Cage provided by Kage Concepts