Fightcard Entertainment’s 42nd event “No Mercy 2011″ took place at the Grand Sports Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on Saturday, October 22nd. The night of action featured the return of the team versus team challenge as well as three title fights.
The night also featured five Muay Thai fights that got the crowd standing on their feet. The quick results of those fights were:
Seavan Zaya and Matt Hefferman fought to a draw
Rolando Baguisa defeated Jordan Rivera-Haasch by unanimous decision
James Yarbrough defeated Eathan Tamisin by unanimous decision
Lisa Wells defeated Olivia Gonzalez by unanimous decision
Kayla Altergott defeated Vanessa De La Garza by unanimous decision
This mixed martial arts fights took center stage with an impressive nineteen fights.
Richard Garnica versus Dan Palamario
Garnica rushed in, but Palamario pressed him into the fence. He held him there for a while, while both fighters worked for positioning. Short shots were landed by both fighters before Palamario scored a big takedown. He quickly got the mount and was dropping punches as the bell sounded ending the round. Garnica switched up tactics in the second round, this time opting to strike a lot from within the clinch. He landed several punches and easily tied the fight up in the second round. Palamario tried for a takedown, but Garnica stuffed it. Garnica rushed Palamario, who opted to pull guard instead of eating punches. It was a mistake as Garnica took side control and landed damaging shots to the body of Palamario to end the round and win the fight.
Darrell Edmonson versus John Borthwick
The fight exploded into action as both fighters came out striking. Edmonson lead the attack but Borthwick was quick to counter with massive power. The first round was an all out slug fest with both fighters amazingly still standing on their feet. Borthwick seemed the fresher of the two as the second round started. A jab landed for him, followed by another and he quickly established his distance. Edmonson landed great punch, but Borthwick returned the favor dropping Edmonson. Borthwick quickly secured the back and locked in a fight ending rear naked choke.
Alex Garcia versus Nate Walker
Garcia quickly went after Walker and looked for a takedown. He picked Walker up and slammed him into the canvas earning himself side control. Walker tried to defend with a guillotine, but used it to stand back up. Garcia attempted another takedown, and after the initial stuff by Walker, Garcia was able to hoist him up in the air and walked him to the other side of the cage with another big slam as the round ended. Garcia slipped in the opening of the second round and Walker tried to finish with a flurry of wild bombs. Garcia survived and scored a takedown, but Walker quickly reversed and again worked punches from the top. Garcia held on and forced a stall in action forcing the fight to be stood back up. Garcia again looked to his bread and butter and scored a takedown and quickly took Walker’s back. The fight ended as he was attempting to finish with a rear naked choke. The start of the third round, Walker refused to touch gloves. Garcia again looked for a takedown, but Walker was aware and tried for a guillotine. Garcia spent a great amount of time trying to take Walker down without being choked and eventually succeeded. Garcia finished the round on top and it looked like an victory was on hand for Garcia. The judges’ scorecards were read and it was a split decision for Walker much to the surprise of many in the crowd.
Brian Ortiz versus Quinton Jordan
Both fighters opened with kicks, triggering Jordan to go for a headlock. Both men worked for position and Ortiz was able to secure side control. Jordan tried to escape and gave up his back to Ortiz. Ortiz quickly locked up an open neck and strangled Jordan for the win.
Mike Velez versus Justin Shelby
Velez immediately dropped Shelby and swarmed in with a flurry of punches. Shelby was able to regain his senses and pulled guard. He attempted a kimura, but Velez defended well and delivered more punches from the top. Velez tried to pass Shelby’s guard, but was unsuccessful. At the start of the second round, both fighters landed hard shots. Shelby blasted Velez with knees to the body and Velez appeared hurt. Shelby continued to pressure Velez and Velez collapsed to the canvas. Two big hammer fists and the ref was forced to stop the fight.
Mike Hampton versus Gerard Mills
Hampton came out very aggressive and caught Mills right away. Mills dropped to the canvas and Hampton pounced with a barrage of strikes. Mills tapped to the strikes forcing a halt to the action just fifteen seconds into the fight.
Ken Hansen versus Salvatore Terracciano
Hansen was taken down by Terracciano and then mounted. Hansen powered his opponent off of him and out of the dominant position, but gave up his back in the process. Terracciano sunk in a rear naked choke and forced the tap.
Angelo Rivera versus Brandon Priest
Priest opened with threatening striking as Rivera avoided. Priest landed some knees to Rivera and quickly took him down. Rivera quickly reversed but Priest tried to catch him in an armbar. Rivera escaped and passed to side control. Rivera worked for a D’Arce choke, but used the choke to stay on top and land some damaging strikes. Priest opened the second round with some big body kicks. Priest again looked to take the fight down, this time Rivera stuffed and got his own takedown. Rivera worked several strikes while Priest tried to at least get to guard. He was successful in that, but Rivera controlled the action in the second round. Rivera continued his safe striking as Priest had a hard time landing anything solid. Rivera saw an opening and took Priest down. Rivera continued to throw punches and Priest was stuck against the cage unable to escape as time ran out. The judges had an easy time giving Rivera the fight.
Tony Ortiz versus Nick Hill
Hill quickly took Ortiz down, but Ortiz just popped back up. The up and down battle continued as the pair scrambled across the cage. Hill attempted another takedown, but Ortiz defended and took his back. Ortiz was high, but set up a reverse triangle. After a moment he squeezed and forced the tap.
Juan Lopez versus Robert Lee
Both fighters went to the clinch and traded knees and punches. As they separated, Lee tagged Lopez with an inadvertent groin kick. After the restart, Lopez waded in with big punches. Lee answered with impressive leg kicks, slamming his shin into Lopez’s leg. Lopez rocked Lee with a punch and pressed in with punches. A slam takedown followed with a scramble, a choke attempt and an upkick warning from the referee. The fighters returned to their feet and Lee went back to his punishing leg kicks. Lee took Lopez down, but Lopez secured a guillotine choke. He torqued it and Lee was forced to tap.
Ivan Garcia versus Kendall Gunn
Garcia shot in early and worked for a single leg, but Gunn was threatening with a guillotine choke. The two fighters broke away and Gunn rushed in with aggressive striking backing Garcia into the fence. The pair traded shots for the remainder of the round in a very difficult round to score. Gunn opened aggressively, swinging wildly from his Muay Thai stance. Garcia again tried a takedown and was countered by a guillotine choke. But Garcia persisted and avoided the choke. Garcia moved to mount and rained down punch after punch forcing Gunn to tap to the strikes.
Azamat Shogenov versus Tony Velasco
Shogenov scored an early takedown and Velasco attempted a heel hook. The submission was unsuccessful and both fighters stood. Shogenov landed a vicious high kick and ended up on top of Velasco. He couldn’t finish and they again stood. Velasco caught another kick by Shogenov and threw him down to the ground as time ran out in the round. Shogenov returned the favor as he caught a kick from Velasco and took him down. Both fighters tried to finish with hell hooks, but opted to stand back up. Shogenov scored another takedown as the round ended. The third round Shogenov decided he was going to use his wrestling as he took Velasco down and held him there. He was unable to do much damage, but the top control easily earned him the victory.
Andrew Potopenko versus Disino Gilbert
A big left hand from Gilbert landed early. Gilbert quickly clinched and threw a right hook and an uppercut that landed flush. Potopenko circled away and after fainting and throwing a mild combo, connected with a spinning back fist. Gilbert landed a big left followed by an even bigger right. Potopenko returned the favor, but followed with a knee to the head that dropped Gilbert. He quickly pounced and finished the fight with punches.
Yousef Al-Ghoul versus Franco Martinez
Martinez opened the round with a big jab-cross. Al-Ghoul caught Martinez and stunned him. He quickly took mount and dropped heavy leather. Martinez tried to escape by using the cage and was successful rolling into Al-Ghoul’s guard as time ran out. Al-Ghoul set up a takedown with punches and quickly advanced to side control. he stepped over Martinez’s head and worked for a kimura. Martinez defended and gained guard. Al-Ghoul moved back to side control and finished the round with short punches. The third round Al-Ghoul took Martinez down after Martinez delivered a fancy kick. Al-Ghoul passed to mount and flurried with hammer fists and punches to a flailing Martinez. The ref jumped in and Al-Ghoul won the FCE welterweight title.
Maurice Greene versus Brandon Willimson
Williamson landed early with kicks, as Greene tried to keep his distance from the strikes. Greene secured a clinch against the fence and Williamson pulled guard. Greene passed to half guard and started to throw massive strikes. Williamson curled up and the ref jumped in. It appeared that Green won via TKO and he celebrates on top of the cage. Williamson is down for a while and confusion set in over the strikes as Greene may have landed strikes to the back of the head which would result in a DQ. An official claimed it should be a TKO to Greene, stating otherwise Green would have been sent to a neutral corner and Williamson offered time to recover. Williamson wasn’t able to stand and was taken out on a stretcher. The fight was ruled a no contest, in a very apparent mess up on procedure.
Mitch Nix versus Andrew Navickas
Both fighters came out wanting to punish the other with heavy punches. Nix scored a takedown, but Navickas quickly shot back up. Navickas grabbed a guillotine choke, but Nix was able to defend and escape. Nix attempted to pass guard, but then was rolled and he quickly scrambled back to his feet. The first round was extremely close as both landed some great shots. Nix opened the second with a stright right that damaged Navickas’s eye. The action stopped briefly, and after the restart both fighters immediately tried to end it. A spinning back-fist landed for Navickas. Nix threw kicks at a distance and Navickas returned the favor. Nix began opening up with his boxing and after landing several hard shots finished with a takedown. He secured a head and arm choke and it was in deep. Navickas had no way out and was forced to tap.
Muay Thai results
Sevan Zaya and Matt Heffmen fight to a draw
Rollie Baguisa wins via Unanimous Decision
James Yarborough wins via Unanimous Decision
Lisa Wells wins via Unanimous Decision
Kayla Altergott wins via Split Decision
Mixed martial arts results
Richard Garnica defeated Dan Palamario by unanimous decision
John Borthwick defeated Darrell Edmonson by rear naked choke in round 2
Nate Walker defeated Alex Garcia by split decision
Brian Ortiz defeated Quinton Jordan by rear naked choke in round 1
Justin Shelby defeated Mike Velez by tko in round 2
Mike hampton defeated Gerard Mills by tko in round 1
Salvatore Terracciano defeated Ken Hansen by rear naked choke in round 1
Angelo Rivera defeated Brandon Priest by unanimous decision
Tony Ortiz defeated Nick Hill by reverse triangle in round 1
Juan Lopez defeated Robert Lee by guillotine choke in round 1
Ivan Garcia defeated Kendall Gunn by tko in round 2
Azamat Shogenov defeated Tony Velasco by unanimous decision
Andrew Potopenko defeated Disino Gilbert by tko in round 1
Yousef Al-Ghoul defeated Franco Martinez by TKO in round 3
Maurice Greene and Brandon Williamson was ruled a no contest in the first round
Andrew Navickas defeated Mitch Nix by head and arm choke in round 2