United Combat League put on their first event at Bourbon Street and it was an action packed night. Headlined by Kenny Jordan and Danny Somers for the featherweight title, the night saw a total of thirteen amateur fights and was announced by Mark Nisson of ABC’s 190 North.
Kenny Jordan and Danny Somers put on one of the best amateur fights of the year. Many thought the fight would end in the first round, but the question was who would win. Jordan was quick to grab a single leg and slammed Somers down to the canvas. Somers was quick to get up and Jordan landed an accidental low knee. After the restart both fighters came out swinging. Somers looked for a takedown of his own, but Jordan defended it well. Jordan eventually gave it up, but then reversed it. From his half guard position he rained down punch after punch. He worked for a top mounted guillotine, but gave it up. Jordan ended the round diving in for a final punch.
Round two Jordan again scored a takedown. Somers showcased his flexability in working for armbars and triangles, but every time he went for a submission, Jordan postured out of the dangerous spot. Jordan eventually stood up and let Somers do the same. It was just a bait as he quickly scored another takedown, landing in side control. He trapped Somers’s arm and threw three punches before Somers escaped the bad position.
Round three Jordan tried again to get a slam takedown, but had to settle for a small trip instead. He worked several punches and as Somers was trying to escape, he spun to work a D’Arce choke. He didn’t have the angle and let go. The two stood again and Somers landed a knee scoring his first major offense of the fight. Jordan went for another takedown, but Somers reversed and worked an inverted triangle and a kimura. The crowd went wild for Somers’s submission attempt but then erupted when Jordan escaped. The judges had an easy time scoring the fight, and Jordan was crowned the new UCL featherweight champ.
Nick Garcia has been dubbed the submission magician and rightfully so. Andrew West rushed Garcia after a body kick and grabbed a guillotine. He immediately pulled guard, but Garcia jumped to side control to avoid being choked out. West held onto the choke and Garcia utilized the rarely seen Von Flu Choke and West started to squirm bad. From our point of view it wasn’t clear if West tapped or if the ref stopped the fight, but as soon as Garcia let go, it was clear that West was in trouble.
In one of the weirdest endings to a fight ever seen at MMARecap, Mike DeLaVega won after a referee stoppage in between the first and second round. DeLaVega took Rue Ben Mendez down and immediately got the mount. After some punches, Mendez gave up his arm and DeLaVega quickly tried to secure an armbar. Mendez was able to roll out of the submission and stood up. DeLaVega worked kicks while Mendez tried to score uppercuts. DeLaVega again took the fight to the ground and got the back of Mendez. He continued to throw punch after punch, all the while looking for the rear naked choke. It wasn’t there and Mendez was able to sneak out the back as time expired. In between rounds, Mendez was shaken and threw up and the ref was forced to stop the fight.
The night featured several fights that were finished by submission. Anthony Ferro threw a kick but Jason Crose caught it and took him down. Ferro quickly stood and the two fighters clinched and worked short knees against each other. Crose tried for a takedown of his own, but Ferro was able to end up on top. Crose tried to roll out from underneath, but Ferro followed him and took his back. From there he didn’t need much to secure the rear naked choke, and the tap.
Kyle Casey was able to open up a gash on Ted Green’s forehead after landing a well timed knee. Prior to the knee in the second round, Green found himself in control of the fight. He scored with several punches that seemed to daze Casey and took him down with ease. He nearly finished the fight in the first round after pinning one of Casey’s arms with his knee and rained down punches. But Casey escaped and in the second round, threw a knee as Green was shooting for a takedown. Green was on top and Casey seemed perfectly content to let Green bleed all over him. The stall tactic worked as Green was baited into an armbar. He tried to stand out of the submission, but it was too late and he was forced to tap.
Ben Carlson had the quickest submission of the night needing just twenty-four seconds to submit Clarence Harris. Carlson came out with a big left-right combo and then locked in a standing guillotine. Harris tried to fend off the submission, but Carlson just squeezed until Harris was unconscious and won the fight.
The night didn’t just have submissions, as there were several great technical knockouts. Billy Jessie seemed to have trouble early on against David Mitchell as Mitchell scored a takedown and was able to pass to mount. Jessie finally escaped out the back and immediately started laying hands on Mitchell’s face. Mitchell tried for a takedown, only this time he couldn’t lift Jessie up. The two clinched against the cage and threw some small knees at one another before being separated. Mitchell threw Jessie off with some wild punches, but was taken down as the round ended. In the second round Mitchell tried for a takedown, couldn’t get it and seemed to just crumble under the weight of Jessie. Jessie started swinging with bad intentions and the ref warned Mitchell to get out. When he couldn’t the fight was over.
Elias Cepeda had a good crowd behind him for his fight against Glenn Evans. Cepeda quickly took the fight down and while he was able to get the mount, Evans scrambled to ensure half guard. Evans tried to turn into Cepeda to escape the bad position, but Cepeda just went with it and started throwing right hand after right hand. After a short period of time the ref was forced to stop it.
What didn’t seem like the fastest knockout, actually was between Diego Cruz and Andrew Munoz. The two fighters came to the center of the cage and just started throwing wild punches at each other. Cruz landed a big knee, but Munoz didn’t seem to be affected at all as he kept coming forward. Cruz started to land big uppercuts to the body of Munoz and then he scored another knee to the midsection of Cruz. This time he looked dazed and Munoz smelled blood and went on the attack. Munoz stumbled and the crowd could sense the end was near. Cruz landed some heavy punches, almost at will and somehow Munoz was still standing. Finally a straight right drops him and the fight is over.
Shane Camp defeated Bob Stack by guillotine choke at 2:18 of round 2
Jason Martin defeated Darrel Edmonson by unanimous decision
Santana Adame defeated Tyler Florey by armbar at 1:00 of round 1
Elias Cepeda defeated Glenn Evans by TKO at 2:02 of round 1
Diego Cruz defeated Andrew Munoz by TKO at 1:25 of round 1
Ben Carlson defeated Clarence Harris by guillotine choke at 0:24 of round 1
Billy Jessie defeated David Mitchell by TKO at 1:30 of round 2
Kyle Casey defeated Ted Green by armbar at 1:39 of round 2
Joe Heuban defeated Mike Zahn by armbar at 2:42 of round 1
Anthony Ferro defeated Jason Crose by rear naked choke at 1:28 of round 1
Mike DeLaVega defeated Rue Ben Mendez by ref stoppage at 3:00 of round 1
Nick Garcia defeated Andrew West by Von Flue choke at 0:46 of round 1
Kenny Jordan defeated Danny Somers by unanimous decision