Fightcard Entertainment visited The Sundance Saloon in Waukegan on Saturday March 20 and put on “Ruthless”. The night saw a total of fifteen and a half fights capped off with a Bantamweight title fight between Dimitrius Williams and Pedro Velasco. Read on for the full results and recap.
The first fight of the night set the pace for the rest of card. Juan Zenzero needed only seventy six seconds to defeat John Lovejoy. Both fighters exchanged kicks before clinching. From there Zenzero worked a massive ground and pound forcing the ref to stop the fight.
Jeff Clark was set to take on Andy Kaine, but Kaine refused to come out. By default Clark won the fight
In the third fight, Tyler Badali took on Brit Frankel. The first round both fighters exchanged multiple kicks. Frankel caught a kick by Badali and took the fight to the ground. Badali was able to stand up rather quickly and both fighters worked knees from within the clinch. The end of the round, Badali sort of got a takedown and both fighters worked for a heel hook submission as time ran out. The second round, Frankel landed two straight rights that dropped Badali. Frankel quickly worked to pin the right arm of Badali and from there landed several small punches forcing the ref to stop the fight due to the inability to defend himself.
Hoping to make a better impression than his teammate Andy Kaine, Quinton Sanders took on Mathew Pulley. After a quick exchange by both fighters, Sanders took the fight to the ground. Unfortunately for Sanders, Pulley was able to sweep Sanders and got the mount. From there Pulley worked several shots until Sanders gave up his back. Shortly after, Pulley locked in the fight ending rear naked choke.
If you blinked you might have missed the next fight. After a quick touch of gloves between Daniel Ciesnowski and Joey Sydeow, both fighters stood toe-to-toe throwing bombs. Sydeow saw an opportunity for a standing guillotine choke and took it. Trying to break free of it, Ciesnowski had a big slam but that only locked the choke in deeper and ten seconds after hitting the mat, Ciesnowski was sleeping.
A big right hand by Jeff Lavalle that just Missed Anthony Woodall. Woodall countered with a guillotine that threatened Lavalle for a bit. After breaking free from the choke, Lavalle had a big slam but Woodall quickly stood up. Lavalle jumped on Woodall’s back, another big takedown and locked in a rear naked choke that forced Woodall to tap.
A quick change up in the fight saw a Pankration match between Dan Mueller and Robert Lee. The rules for this fight state no strikes to the head. Lee punished Mueller’s legs with brutal leg kicks, but Mueller responded with some good shots to the body. Lee worked some good knees from inside a clinch and then after briefly separating, locked in a guillotine choke. Mueller tried to force his way out, but nearly went to sleep and tapped.
Returning back to full mixed martial arts rules, Jason Montez took on Patrick Fish in a middleweight bout. A big right hand by Montez dropped Fish. Montez landed in side control and from there he worked multiple shots. After a quick transition, Montez switched to an armbar submission and earned the victory.
Edgar Velasco wanted a win bad for his team and he was up against stiff competition in Chad Monyelle. Monyelle came out with a big leg kick, but Velasco grabbed a guillotine choke and brought the fight to the ground. Monyelle was able to pop out and Velasco used the transition to stand up. Once standing, Monyelle had a quick takedown, but Velasco worked a triangle choke and multiple shots to the head of Monyelle. Monyelle was persistent and worked his way out of the choke and brought the fight back to his feet. Monyelle tried a spinning back kick, but Velasco countered with a good right hand that dropped Monyelle. Velasco quickly moved to mount and landed several shots forcing the ref to stop the fight.
In the most exciting bout of the night up to this point, Cory Forshaw defeated Chris Hayden. For the first ninety seconds, Hayden had Forshaw in trouble after dropping him with a high kick. Once on the ground, Hayden worked multiple punches and even had in a deep rear naked choke. But Forshaw was able to roll out of it. Hayden kept his dominant position and had Forshaw mounted, but Forshaw threw his legs up and slipped out underneath Hayden. Once back on the feet, Forshaw landed a big right hand followed by a knee that dropped Hayden. Forshaw continued to throw punch after punch forcing the ref to stop the action.
Continuing the trend of quick fights, Chris Nagy needed only thirty seconds to defeat Aderlain Lopez. After eating a knee by Lopez, Nagy got the fight to the ground, postured up and started to rain down multiple punches. Unable to defend himself properly, the ref was forced to halt the action and give the victory to Nagy.
The women were up next and they did not disappoint. In arguably the best fight of the night Rachel Smith took on Liz Roig. The first round Smith found her range and unloaded several powerful shots bruising Roig’s left eye and breaking her nose. Roig caught Smith in an arm bar but Smith was saved by the bell. The second round, Roig attempted a takedown, but Smith continued a devastating ground and pound. Roig again worked for an armbar, but couldn’t secure it. The third round, both fighters exchanged big rights. Roig was able to take Smith down, but Smith pulled out an armbar of her own. Roig persisted and was able to slip out of the submission as both fighters worked for a heel hook. The end of the round saw Smith sit up and land several devastating blows as time expired. The crowd was on their feet giving both fighters the standing ovation they deserved.
In another exciting battle, Aki Matsuda took on Camron Monyelle. In the first round Matsuda quickly took the fight to the ground and worked ground and pound for the full three minutes. Monyelle defended well taking very few actual shots and worked some shots from the bottom. In the second round, Monyelle was able to get a takedown and worked for a choke but Matsuda broke free and reversed the position. Due to lack of action, the ref stood them up and Monyelle quickly tried to attack with a high kick. Matsuda was ready for it and took the fight back to the ground and worked peppering shots as time ran out. The third round, Monyelle opened his hands up, but Matsuda caught him with a straight right forcing Monyelle to to shoot for a takedown. Unfortunately he left his neck open and Matsuda grabbed a fight ending guillotine choke.
In a very lackluster fight, Javier Vega took on Matt Mark. At the start of the fight, Mark landed a low blow on Vega. After the restart, both fighters showed their footwork and were unable to do any damage as both fighters were quick and elusive. The second round Vega returned the low kick favor and the ref warned both fighters. After the restart, Vega took the fight to the ground and spent the rest of the round trying to improve his position landing very few shots but enough to win the round. The final round, Vega took the fight to the ground again, and worked most of the fight from side control. Vega spent a good portion of the round trying to pass to mount, but Mark was successful in defending his position. In the end the judges awarded the fight to Vega.
Bringing excitement back to the crowd, Chris Flach took on Jordan Yunis. The first round saw both fighters throwing haymakers and kicks. Yunis got the better of Flach dropping him on multiple occasions. By the end of the round both fighters were visibly tired and had their hands by their side. In the second round, Yunis landed a big left that dropped Flach. Flach shot for the takedown but Yunis grabbed a guillotine choke and forced Flach to tap extremely fast.
The main event saw Pedro Velasco take on Dimitrius Williams for the FCE bantamweight title. Williams quickly got a takedown, but Velasco stood right back up. After an illegal elbow caused a timeout, Velasco unloaded a big right hand. Williams ducked it and had a powerful slam takedown. But Velasco was able to reverse the position and got the mount. From there, Velasco unleashed a fury of punches forcing the ref to stop the action.
- Juan Zenzero defeated John Lovejoy by TKO 1:16 of round 1
- Jeff Clark defeated Andy Kaine by no show
- Brit Frankel defeated Tyler Badali by TKO :43 of round 2
- Mathew Pulley defeated Quinton Sanders by rear naked choke 1:09 of round 1
- Joey Sydeow defeated Daniel Ciesnowski by guillotine choke :33 of round 1
- Jeff Lavalle defeated Anthony Woodall by rear naked choke 1:12 of round 1
- Robert Lee defeated Dan Mueller by guillotine choke 2:03 of round 1
- Jason Montez defeated Patrick Fish by armbar :38 of round 1
- Edgar Velasco defeated Chad Monyelle by TKO 2:35 of round 1
- Cory Forshaw defeated Chris Hayden by TKO 2:01 of round 1
- Chad Nagy defeated Aderlain Lopez by TKO :30 of round 1
- Rachel Smith defeated Liz Roig by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Aki Matsuda defeated Camron Monyelle by guillotine choke :38 of round 3
- Javier Vega defeated Matt Mark by unanimous decision (30-28, 30-28, 30-27)
- Jordin Yunis defeated Chris Flach by guillotine choke 1:29 of round 2
- Pedro Velasco defeated Dimitrius Williams by TKO 1:09 of round 1