HFC 10 went down on Saturday night, live from the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso, IN. If you were in attendance you were a witness to a great card and exciting fights from both amateur and professional mixed martial artists. Much credit has to go towards the fighters themselves, the HFC matchmaker Paul Vale and the promoter Danielle Vale for delivering a highly entertaining night of competition. The night however was over shadowed with controversy between the fans and judges with regards to who actually won the main event of Strikeforce vet Christian Uflacker versus WEC vet LC Davis.
My pick for fight of the night was the bantamweight bout between Miguel Garza and Mike Manns. Here is what went down and up…
Round One: This fight started off very fast when Manns secured the clinch and delivered good knees to his opponent’s body. Then he pushed Garza against the cage and delivered more knees to the thighs. A strong and tight battle for under hooks and dominate position was displayed against the cage. Manns got the takedown, but was quickly reversed by Garza. Manns sprang back up to his feet and took his opponent against the cage. Another takedown secured from Manns, but Garza quickly put up his legs for a triangle choke. Two huge, full length body slams delivered from Manns to try and free himself. Garza seemed to be unfazed and switched for an arm bar. He was able to sink it in for more than thirty seconds until the round ends. The crowd was breathless with anticipation of the outcome. The ref was right on top of the action and his face looked like he was expecting Manns arm to break before the horn sounded.
Round Two: Quick exchange of punches to open the round, but Manns closed the distance and put Garza against the cage again. Manns clearly looked for the takedown but Garza defended well. More strong knees delivered to the thighs from Mike to Garza. A heavy struggle against the cage for a takedown from Manns and ended up in Garza’s half guard. Heavy punches from the top rained down from Manns. Garza defended his face well and avoided damage. Ref stopped the action and stood the fighters up for lack of action after a short period of time. Manns put the fight back against the cage. Another takedown secured from Manns and landed in side control, then he took the back mount. Working for a choke towards the end of the round, but the horn sounded.
Round Three: A quick one-two combination from Garza that found a home on Manns face. Garza followed that up with an explosive takedown slam in to Manns closed guard. Manns worked from the bottom with punches to soften his opponent and got back to his feet. Manns charges forward and put Miguel against the cage. Manns secured a takedown from a leg trip and ended up in half guard. Punches flew from the top position. Mann’s delivered more slams from his knees. Another triangle attempt from Garza from the bottom and then switched again to an arm bar. Manns is hung on to his arm for dear life. Manns changes positions and secured his arm back and took the back mount on Garza. More punches followed for Manns. A last quick burst of energy from Garza that cause a scramble, but the horn blew putting an end to an exciting fight. The judges award the fight to Miguel Garza via unanimous decision. This was a great back and forth battle that took place all over the canvas and frankly, what I hope to see from every MMA fight.
My Crimson Award goes to Neil Magny for opening up Dan Sandmann. Not only did Magny open up a cut on his opponent, but he made him sit in a pool of it for several seconds. Sandmann was checked by the doctors twice with in the fight to see if he could continue. Sandmann should be congratulated for continuing a loosing battle and showing a lot of heart. The HFC ring side staff should also be recognized for doing a great job of cleaning Sandmanns’ DNA off of the mat.
My Best Display of Strikes Award goes to Kevin Nowaczyk for his dominate performance over Joe Alexander. Nowaczyk put on the best striking clinic at the HFC event. He mixed everything very well; punches, knees, inside leg kicks, outside leg kicks, head kicks, head movement, foot movement and changing levels. This guy did it all and didn’t look tired for one second. If you don’t believe that leg kicks can end fights or do much damage, see Pat Barry and Kevin Nowaczyk fight.
Quick Results for the Amateur Card:
Featherweight: Jonathan Ciavirelli defeated Ralph Nurse via tapout due to a guillotine choke at 1:51 in the second round.
Welterweight: Nate Wacnik defeated Christopher Malamatos via tapout to a guillotine choke at 1:21 in the second round.
Bantamweight: Miguel Garza defeated Mike Manns by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Lightweight: James Frasure II defeated Eli Cantu via doctor stoppage at 2:39 in the second round.
Featherweight: Jacob Moales defeated Justin Halloran via tapout due to a rear naked choke at 1:52 in the third round.
Quick Results for the Professional Card:
Dennis Dombrow defeated Terry House, Jr. via tapout due to a triangle choke 4:20 in the third round.
Billy Johnson defeated Rob Morrow via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Kevin Nowaczyk defeated Joe Alexander via referee stoppage due to strikes 2:43 in the third round.
Kenny Booker defeated Ryan Storey via unanimous decision.
Neil Magny defeated Daniel Sandmann via unanimous decision.
Jake Rosenbaum defeated Dexter Wright via technical submission at 2:43 in the second round.
Larry Digiulio defeated Nick Wayne via tapout to a guillotine choke at 3:59 in the first round.
Christian Uflacker defeated LC Davis via split decision (29-28, 30-27 (Davis), 29-28).