Fightcard Entertainment put on their twenty-eighth show last night and it was another sold out venue. Over 600 fans were in attendance at Joe’s Sports Bar in Chicago to watch the action.
The first fight of the night saw Aaron Beyers take on Jacob Brewick. It was only one of two fights that went the distance but had many entertaining spots through out. Brewick took Beyers down with ease numerous times through out the fifteen minute affair much the crowds approval. Beyers would answer with some good reversals and ground and pound, but in the end Brewick did more damage and won a judges decision victory 29-28.
Chris Garcia showed his impressive jiu jitsu skills against Phil Hunter in the second fight of the night. After some quick jabs by Hunter, Garcia shot for a takedown but left his neck exposed. Hunter grabbed a hold of hit, but could not tighten the choke enough before Garcia popped his head out. Garcia quickly passed to side control before transitioning to an arm bar. Hunter tried to escape, but Garcia kept rolling with him and locked in a reverse triangle. Again Hunter tried to escape and Garcia kept on him, this time catching him in a fight ending kimura submission.
The third fight of the evening saw Manny Camacho take on Steven Kick. In the first two rounds Kick attempted many takedowns and strikes, but Camacho was very elusive and had a very good sprawl. Camacho utilized a great counter-striking game plan that threw Kick off of his game. By the start of the third round, Kick had been mentally broken and Camacho took the fight down and forced the referee to stop it after unloading eight unanswered punches.
The final fight before the first intermission saw Joe Zuniga take on LaRoyce Tankston. Tankston used a series of combos through out the first two rounds to control the action. Many jab, jab, kick, clinch, takedown or similar variations were used. Zuniga had some good strikes of his own, but Tankston just shrugged them off like they were nothing. In the third round Zuniga got a takedown of his own and ended up in full mount. Several shots forced Tankston to give up his back and Zuniga continued the assault trying to secure a rear naked choke. Unfortunately time was not on Zuniga’s side and Tankston would go on to win the judges’ decision 29-28.
There were originally scheduled to be a total of five fights for the team challenge. Pac MMA had to forfeit their 135lb fight due to several fighters being unable to participate for various reason. This left only four fights in the team challenge and gave Team No Comment a 1-0 lead before the action started.
Pedro Velasco and Johny Torres delivered what the fans wanted to see: a knockout. After a very brief exchange on the feet, Torres took the fight to the ground. However Velasco quickly stood right back up and grabbed a hold of Torres’s neck. Torres tried to slam his way out of the standing guillotine, but it just put the choke in tighter. Velasco kept shifting his position to try and finish the fight with the choke, but Torres was relentless with his punches and hip movements. Finally in a last ditch effort, Torres summersaults to escape the choke and does. Both fighters quickly make it back to their feet and Torres unloads a massive high kick that knocks Velasco out cold. Torres’s victory ties up the team challenge 1-1.
After the amazing knockout of the first fight, Luis Robles and Omar Diaz knew the crowd was excited. And both fighters were very anxious themselves as they were pacing back and forth before the start of the fight. Both fighters stood toe-to-toe swinging at each other not doing much damage. Diaz shot in for a takedown, but Robles grabbed a guillotine choke. Robles quickly changes his grip and has an arm in guillotine choke and pulls guard slamming Diaz on his head. Diaz quickly taps as the force of the choke and slam dislocated his shoulder. Team No Comment is now up 2-1.
Needing only one victory to secure the team championship, Team No Comment fighter Percy Hicks wanted to deliver that victory. In his was stood Team Pac MMA’s Chris Sizemore. Hicks opened the fight with a big right hand that forced Sizemore to shoot in for a takedown. At this point a mouth guard falls out, but it is unclear who it belongs to. Hicks quickly pushed Sizemore into the cage and both fighters were looking for a takedown. Sizemore succeeded and landed in side control. Sizemore started throwing hammer fists and then was able to trap Hick’s arm in a crucifix position. Several shots were thrown and Hicks was in trouble. The ref calls a timeout and Sizemore thinks he won the fight. Instead the ref stopped the action because Sizemore was utilizing forearm blows (illegal in amateur bouts) and gave Hicks back his mouth guard. A quick reset and the fight was back underway. Hicks went straight for Sizemore, but Sizemore sidestepped and then landed a massive flying knee sending Hicks to the canvas ending the fight. Hicks remained on the canvas for several seconds unaware of what had just happened. Team Pac MMA has tied the team competition now 2-2.
In the final battle for which team would rein supreme, Quincy Smith took on Danny Morales. The first round, both fighters were a little hesitant to try and unload anything as they respected each other’s power. Morales landed more solid shots with some good combos earning him the first round. At the start of the second round, both fighters went to the center and threw a huge right hand. Both fighters went down hurt, but Morales recovers quickly and jumps at the situation. Morales landed four punches and the referee stopped the action. Smith was holding his eye and yelling that he couldn’t see. The crowd gets very angry and calls Morales a cheater and the referee pulls all the judges to discuss what the official ruling should be. After a deliberation, the official ruling was Morales won a technical knock out victory due to Smith’s inability to continue on with the fight. The crowd really started booing at this point and Morales in his post fight interview said that it was the referee’s job to ensure what was happening and that he wasn’t a cheater. The win earned Team Pac MMA the team challenge.
Highlighting some women’s mma, Ginger Galardo took on A.J. McAvoy. The start of the action saw Galardo quickly take McAvoy to the ground. After a bit of posturing, Galardo was in full mount, but McAvoy just used strength to push up and out of the position. Once back on their feet, McAvoy showcased her superior striking skills landing several 1-2 combos over and over. McAvoy faked a takedown only to land a devastating combo that hurt Galardo. While still standing, McAvoy quickly unloaded several solid shots forcing the referee stoppage.
The co-main event was a number one contenders match for the FCE middleweight title. Mickey Martin and Luke Austin both knew what was on the line and wanted to send a message to current middleweight champion Jermey Godinia. Austin started the fight with a big right hand and then clinched. Martin started peppering Austin’s body while in the clinch and was able to get separation. Austin again with a big punch only this time it hurts Martin and throws him off balance. Austin quickly grabs a guillotine choke and has it in tight. Martin tried to punch his way out, but couldn’t and tapped.
The main event saw Christian Reynoso defend his FCE featherweight belt against Mike Long. The first round saw Reynoso take Long down multiple times. Long tried to lock in submissions, but Reynoso was able to either power his way out or punch his way out of the attempts. In the second round Long opened up with a big flying knee as Reynoso was shooting for a takedown. Reynoso held on and sort of got it but it was more like Long just sat down. Long shifted his hips to attempt more submissions, but Reynoso was relentless with the punches and hammer fists. Several shots landed to the back of the head and Reynoso was warned. Long tried to roll to escape, but Reynoso went with him and was able to secure Long’s back. Reynoso worked to get a rear naked choke in while at the same time locked in a body triangle. Reynoso arches as much as he can and Long was forced to tap out.
Overall the fans left more than happy after a long night of action. MMA Recap, Dos Lunas Tequilla and Team Finisher MMA Clothing were all sponsoring the event. Fightcard Entertainment will be back at Joe’s Sports Bar on January 21 for “Counter Strike” which will be the first hybrid MMA and Kickboxing event under the Fightcard banner. Stay tuned to MMA Recap for videos of some of the night’s fights.
• Jacob Brewick defeats Aaron Beyers by unanimous decision 29-28
• Chris Garcia defeats Phil Hunter by kimura 1:30 round 1
• Manny Camacho defeats Steven Kick by technical knock out :36 round 3
• LaRoyce Tankston defeats Joe Zuniga by unanimous decision 29-28
• Johny Torres defeats Pedor Velasco by knock out (high kick) 2:16 round 1
• Luis Robles defeats Omar Diaz by guillotine choke :29 round 1
• Chris Sizemore defeats Percy Hicks by knock out (flying knee) 1:35 round 1
• Danny Morales defeats Quincy Smith by technical knock out :15 round 2
• A.J. McAvoy defeats Ginger Galardo by technical knock out 2:01 round 1
• Luke Austin defeats Mickey Marting by guillotine choke :41 of round 1
• Christian Reynoso defeats Mike Long by rear naked choke 2:36 of round 2