Fight Card Entertainment invaded Joe’s Bar and Grill on Weed street in downtown Chicago. “FCE 38: Cross the Line” featured eight amateur mixed martial arts fights with a stellar main event featuring Matt Tierney and Danny Morales for the FCE welterweight title. Read on for the full recap of the action and quick results.
The first fight of the night was an exciting welterweight matchup featuring Robert Lewis and Tom Kriplin. In the first round Lewis and Kriplin looked to exchange, but Lewis quickly attempted a takedown. Kriplin reversed and scored a takedown of his own. Kriplin looked for ground and pound, but Lewis was able to push off and stand up. Once on their feet, Lewis clinched and landed a big knee that took Kriplin’s legs out. Lewis quickly jumped on the back, but Kriplin somersaulted and reversed the position. Kriplin was able to get the mount as time ran out in the round. The second round Kriplin quickly got a takedown and worked vicious ground and pound. Kriplin landed some serious knees to the body of Lewis while trying to pass to the mount. Kriplin got the mount and started raining down strikes. Kriplin nearly ended the fight, but time expired in the round. The third round Kriplin landed a right hand before taking Lewis down. From half guard, Kriplin worked several strikes to the body and head until the ref was forced to stop the action.
Heavyweights were up next and Maurice Greene and Jason Miller put on a fantastic fight. In the first round Greene tried to utilize his reach advantage on Miller, but Miller was able to frustrate Greene with his movement and closed the distance. Greene landed a left high kick that excited the crowd. With time running out Miller shot for a takedown, but ate a big knee instead. In the second round Miller looked to throw leg kicks to throw Greene off his balance. Greene landed a fantastic front kick that sent Miller to the canvas. Greene quickly pounced and landed several short uppercuts that bloodied up Miller. Greene stood up and threw a massive knee to the body and then continued his punches sending blood into the crowd. Miller couldn’t defend and the ref halted the action.
After an intermission to clean up all the blood shed in the last fight, lightweight Logan West and Charlie Radtke went to battle. Radtke came out with a big right and West shot for a takedown. Radtke defended and worked for a guillotine, but West was able to escape and stand up. Radtke continued the pressure with strikes and West stalled him with a big body kick. Radtke then shot for a takedown and never let up the pressure as he threw multiple lefts. After standing up and landing some heavy shots, Radtke landed several big rights and then was like a machine gun with his punches forcing a stop to the fight.
Wanting to follow his brother’s victory, Brian Radtke looked for the victory over Franco Martinez. The first round Radtke looked for a double leg takedown and got it. Martinez had a high guard looking to quickly submit Radtke, but Radtke stood up and slammed him to the ground. Radtke worked multiple strikes and Martinez threatened with submission. Radtke stood up to drop a big right hand, but instead went for a heel hook. Martinez punched his way out, but Radtke remained on top. Martinez had a beautiful sweep to get the mount on Radtke, however Radtke then swept Martinez and was back in his guard. Radtke finished the round with punches and the round ended with Martinez nearly getting an armbar. The second round started and the fighters quickly clinched. Radtke landed a big knee and then quickly got Martinez’s back while standing. Radtke worked for a rear naked choke while standing and got it. The fighters fell to the canvas and Radtke was able to tighten the choke forcing Martinez to tap.
Lightweight Omar Diaz was the crowd favorite against Ken Hansen. The first round had the crowd really going as both fighters were causing damage to each other. Diaz grabbed a clinch and threw multiple knees that found Hansen’s face. Hansen would land uppercuts from the clinch, forcing Diaz to separate and create distance. Diaz continued with jabs and Hansen looked to be in trouble, but was able to recover and land punches of his own. In the second round Diaz continued his jab and quickly bloodied Hansen up. Seeing the blood just flow from Hansen’s nose, Diaz was relentless with his punches. Hansen never went down, but ate several shots and was unable to intelligently defend himself forcing the ref to stop the striking clinic.
After another brief intermission, featherweights Richard Dey and Rudy Behena were up next. Dey landed a high kick, one-two, high kick combo, but Behena defended and was able to get Dey’s back. Behena had a fantastic belly to back suplex and quickly got the mount. Behena nearly finished the fight with his ground and pound, but Dey was able to buck and stand up. Once on the feet, they clinched and Dey landed two knees before working for an omoplata. Unable to get the tap, Dey transitioned to a heel hook. Behena was tough to finish and continued to punch his way out of the submissions. Dey was able to put Behena in his guard, and quickly worked an armbar. The submission was in deep, but Behena defended well. Dey rolled and the arm looked to be in bad shape. Behena, sensing his arm was about to break, verbally submitted.
The co-main event featured light heavyweights Ivan Garcia and Andrew Navickis. The exciting three round fight had the crowd going crazy. In the first round Navickis used leg kicks to keep Garcia at bay. When Garcia would rush in and clinch, Navickis landed several knees. Navickis used a guillotine choke to take Garcia down, but both fighters quickly stood. Navickis looked like he had a standing guillotine choke, however Garcia was able to escape. Navickis scored another takedown with time running out in the round and tried to finish it with strikes but was unable to. Round two was extremely close. Garcia again attempted a takedown, but it was Navickis who was able to get it. Garcia defended well with submission attempts but Navickis threw the legs to the side and got Garcia’s back. Garcia countered by spinning into Garcia and able to get the mount. Navickis bucked and was able to stand up. An extremely close round that could have been scored for either fighter. The final round Navickis came out with a spinning backlist that just missed. Both fighters were swinging wildly looking for a finishing blow. Garcia was stalking Navickis and able to close the distance working knees and punches from the clinch. Garcia was clearly controlling the fight at this point and with time running out, both fighters attempted big strikes but neither landed. With a close second round that could go either way, it was no surprise that the judges were split in their decision for Garcia.
The main event featured undefeated Matt Tierney taking on Danny Morales for the FCE welterweight title. Both fighters came out swinging and looking to cause damage. Morales used leg kicks to set up his punches. Tierney was able to clinch and take Morales down on two separate occasions, but Morales just popped back up. Both fighters started to find their range when Morales landed a spinning backlist sending Tierney down to the floor. Morales quickly jumped on the wounded Tierney and landed two strikes before the ref could stop the action. Morales became the new FCE welterweight champion with the knockout victory.
Tom Kriplin defeated Robert Lewis by TKO at 1:14 of round 3
Maurice Greene defeated Jason Miller by TKO at 1:22 of round 2
Charlie Radtke defeated Logan West by TKO at 2:02 of round 1
Brian Radtke defeated Franco Martinez by rear naked choke at 0:59 of round 2
Omar Diaz defeated Ken Hansen by TKO at 1:14 of round 2
Richard Dey defeated Rudy Behena by armbar at 2:29 of round 1
Ivan Garcia defeated Andrew Navickis by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Danny Morales defeated Matt Tierney by KO at 1:30 of round 1