On “Black Wednesday” Ruckus took over Venuti’s Banquets in Addison Illinois to put on another high profile night of fights. The night of action saw three amateur and five professional mixed martial arts contests. Read on for the full recap and quick results.
The first amateur bout of the night saw Tyrone Deal take on Rob Sandobal. Sandobal quickly took the fight to the ground and landed in side control. From there he worked small strikes to force Deal to make a mistake. Sandobal nearly locked in an arm triangle choke but gave it up in favor of getting full mount. Sandobal threw two punches and Deal gave up his back. Sandobal continued the strikes forcing the ref to stop the action.
Heavyweights were up next as Bob Richie took on Ro Herrera. Herrera came out swinging and swinging hard. Richie covered up and defended the strikes well, but Herrera was able to land multiple uppercuts and knees. Richie tried to take the fight to the ground but was unable to overpower Herrera. At the end of the first Herrera started landing head kicks that nearly ended the fight. In the second Herrera continued his assault with head kicks and punches knocking out Richie’s mouth piece. The ref stepped in to put the mouth piece back in, but had seen enough and halted the action.
The final amateur bout saw Inkidto Shamoon take on PJ Cajias. This was a back and forth contest with both fighters landing big strikes. Early on Cajias caught Shamoon but Shamoon countered with a takedown attempt. Both fighters started throwing haymakers and Shamoon connected to excite the crowd. Cajias didn’t want any more of the stand up and went for a takedown only to put himself into a fight ending guillotine choke.
Opening up the night of professional action was current Ruckus bantamweight champion Chase Beebe take on Combat USA champion Josh Kasee. Beebe came out the aggressor and never let up. Beebe threw overhands to set up double leg takedown and got it. Once on the ground Beebe worked several strikes including hammer fists, punches and elbows. Beebe secured the mount position and Kasee gave up his back and quickly got back to his feet. Beebe landed some strikes and grabbed a standing guillotine choke and transitioned it to a modified rear naked choke on the ground ending the fight.
The next fight saw Jake Murphy use his dominant wrestling skills for three rounds over Jeremy Czarnecki. In all three rounds Murphy would take the fight to the ground and work several strikes trying to find a finish. But Czarnecki defend well and at times had Murphy in trouble with reverse triangle chokes. In the end, Murphy’s wrestling proved to be too much for Czarnecki and the judges all awarded Murphy the decision.
The third fight was supposed to feature Rob Meniguez and Giovanni Moljo. Both fighters weighed in the day before but today Meniguez had to withdraw due to flu like symptoms. The doctor checked Meniguez out and sure enough he had a fever and was no longer cleared to fight.
After a brief intermission Top Notch fighter Mike Santiago took on HIT Squad Romon Barber. Barber was a late replacement opponent for Santiago. Santiago quickly came out striking to set up a big double leg takedown that fans in attendance could feel. Barber was able to improve his position as he forced Santiago into his guard but Santiago worked several body, body, head combos and multiple elbows. The crowd started chanting for Santiago and he smelled blood as he unloaded his strikes like an automatic machine gun. Santiago transitioned to a crucifix position and before he could land a second elbow, Barber gave up his back. Santiago started targeting Barber’s ears and after nearly twenty strikes the ref ended the contest.
The co-main event of the evening saw William Hill take on Joe Bunch. Bunch tirelessly worked for a takedown in each round, with it getting easier to get as time continued. Bunch had a smothering top game consisting of short elbows and punches. Hill at times tried to throw his legs up to work for a submission, but Bunch was able to posture out of any submission attempt. In the third round Bunch opened up a cut on Hill and continued his relentless attack until the final bell rang.
The main event of the evening featured Carson Beebe taking on Randy Fuentes. Fuentes and Beebe both last competed at “Ruckus Invades Navy Pier” each securing a victory. The three round battle saw action everywhere. In the first round Beebe took Fuentes down and worked post elbows and hammer fists trying to get a limb or a neck free but Fuentes stayed strong from the bottom and defended it well. In the second round Beebe again took the fight to the ground, but Fuentes worked for an armbar. He nearly had it before Beebe had to slam his way out of the submission. Every time Fuentes was able to start to get up, Beebe smothered him and kept him on the ground. The third round started and both fighters looked tired. Beebe again scored the takedown and worked to get Fuentes’s back. Fuentes threw back elbows trying to reverse the position and at one point was able to get top position. But Beebe’s wrestling was just a little too much for Fuentes and he reversed it. Fuentes attempted another submission, but Beebe was able to escape and time ran out. All three judges scored the bout for Beebe.
Amateur quick results
Rob Sandobal defeated Tyrone Deal by TKO at 2:29 of round 1
Ro Herrera defeated Bob Richie by TKO at :50 of round 2
Inkidto Shamoon defeated PJ Cajias by guillotine choke at 2:10 of round 1
Chase Beebe defeated Josh Kasee by rear naked choke at 4:56 of round 1
Jake Murphy defeated Jeremy Czarnecki by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike Santiago defeated Romon Barber by TKO at 4:01 of round 1
Joe Bunch defeated William Hill by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Carson Beebe defeated Randy Fuentes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)