Chicago Cagefighting Championships hosted it’s fourth event on Saturday October 15th at the Odeum in Villa Park, Illinois. MMA Recap was on scene tweeting live results and capturing play by play account of each fight. Former UFC veteran Sean mcCorkle headlined the card that was stacked full of international talent. The event is set to air on Comcast Sports Net on November 1. Read on for a breakdown of each fight.
Andrew Krzeptowski vs Darious Yancy
A touch of gloves started our first bout of the evening in the welterweight division. Krzeptowski opened quickly with a combination, but Yancy pressed him into the cage. It was clear that Krzeptowski has much of the crowd behind him as loud cheers lead him on. After a clinch positioning battle, Yancy jumped for a flying triangle. Krzeptowski slamed Yancy to the mat to try and break free, but the triangle remained locked in. Yancy transitioned to the top with Krezptowski now in a mounted triangle-armbar combination. With no way out for Krzeptowski, he was forced to tap.
Lukasz Grabowski vs Dan McGlassan
McGlassan opened immediately with double leg take-down. After an omoplata and scramble, Grabowski took McGlassman’s back. A rear naked choke attempt was unsuccessful, and McGlassan was able to turn into Grabowski’s guard. After some work from the bottom, Grabowski attempted another omoplata, escaped by McGlassan, who ended the round on top with some ground and pound from half guard. It was a close round, but it was likely scored 10-9 for Dan McGlassan due to top control.
Kicks are exchanged at the opening of round 2 before a McGlassan double-leg take-down. An active guard is shown by Grabowski, and he swept McGlassan to take mount. McGlassan turned, giving up his back, and after some strikes, Grabowski locked in a rear naked choke for the finish.
Confusion sets in as Rafal Skibinski is stopped before entering the cage. The fight is delayed, potential glove issues are rumored.
Bobby Reardanz vs Dennis Dombrow
Fast-paced exchanges got this fight underway. Dombrow scored with a single leg take-down. He worked inside Reardanz’s guard throwing punches. Reardanz attempted a swift armbar and pried the limb away from his opponent. Dombrow tries to defend, but the submission is locked in place. Reardanz cranked the arm and earned the tap.
Daniel Aguirre vs Carson Beebe
After a brief exchange, it was Beebe with a take-down. He passed to side control and droped elbows from the top before passing to mount. Beebe attempted a mounted head-and-arm choke, but released his hold and rained down heavy leather from mount. Aguirre escaped and stood back up to his feet, but he was quickly body-locked and taken down to the mat again. Beebe attempted to control on-top, but Aguirre reversed and was able to be offensive against the cage until the bell. The first round was clearly for Carson Beebe 10-9.
The second round started and Beebe shot for a takedown that was stuffed by Aguirre for a few moments until Beebe finished against the cage. Beebe worked from half guard and passed to mount. He landed short strikes from his dominant position. Aguirre forced side control and then half guard before Beebe mounted again. A guillotine attempt from Aguirre was to no avail as Beebe continued to control from the top position. The bell rings with another clear round in the books for Beebe, 10-9.
The featherweights opened the round with powerful strikes before Beebe kicked Aguirre’s leg out from under him and obtained top position. The story of the fight continued as Beebe controled from the top with short punches and a heavy base. Beebe worked in mount until Aguirre regained half guard. The fight went back to guard, and Aguirre landed shots from the bottom and attempted a reverse triangle. Beebe passed to side control to finish the fight, and it appeared that he has earned the decision as Beebe won the third round. In the end, the judges agreed and scored the bout 30-27 for Beebe.
Ed Carpenter vs Miodrag Petkovich
Petkovich started with an inside leg kick, and was met with an immediate take-down from Carpenter. Carpenter defended a kimura attempt with heavy body shots, and Petkovich released the arm. In half guard, Carpenter locked up a Von Flue choke, and squeezed down on his Cerbian opponent. Petkovich went limp, and the referee jumped in to stop the fight. Petkovich was completely unconscious. The official announcement was improperly titled a “modified head and arm choke”, however the submission was most definitely Von Flue.
Rafal Skibinski vs Tony Enyobi
High paced striking from both men as the fight began. The pair clinched against the fence, and Enyobi lifted his opponent into the air with a powerful take-down. He can’t maintain his top position for long as Skibinski swept the Nigerian, earning mount and moved to the cage. Skibinkski sat up and rained down heavy shots as Enyobi gave up his back. He worked for a rear naked choke, but Enyobi was able to defend. Enyobi spun into guard, but Skibinkski threw up a triangle. He locked it in tight and Enyobi was forced to tap.
Will Brooks vs Ryan Bixler
Brooks came out striking and he was answered by Bixler. The fighters exchanged, and after Brooks threw a series of knees, they clinched against the fence. Bixler opened up with vicious combinations as Brooks retreated with his hand over his eye. The crowd protested that a poke to the eye is the cause, but the referee didn’t intervene as Bixler swarmed. Brooks was hurt and shoots to survive, and weathered the storm. After the intensity simmered down, the fight returned back to the feet. Brooks became the aggressor and started landing punches on Bixler. The fight moved into the fence, and Brooks began to work his opponent. Brooks took Bixler down and finished the round on-top. Both fighters found success, but Bixler likely took the razor close round.
Brooks took his opponent down early and quickly took the back. He sunk in a deep rear naked choke on Bixler, and he got the tap. Groups in the crowd went wild as the hometown kid improves to five wins and no losses.
Mike Pitz vs Robert Morrow
Pitz was stalking as Morrow circled, waiting for him to engage. Morrow attacked and was taken down to the mat. Pitz controled from the top. Morrow returned to his feet and attempted a guillotine, but Pitz stayed standing to avoid. The fighters separated and Morrow begun tagging Pitz with combinations as Pitz retreated. A hard body kick from Morrow led to another take-down from his opponent, and the round will end there.
Pitz opened with a three-punch combination before Morrow circled away. Some winging punches missed from Morrow before another big Pitz takedown. Pitz remained heavy on-top. The ref stood them up after the wrestler stalled in action. Morrow threw a kick and Pitz hammered him with a huge right hand. Morrow was floored, and the ref jumped in and pulled Pitz off as he pounced on Morrow with more punches.
Josh Shockley Mike Santiago
No nerves were shown from a calm Shockley as the fighters circled early. Shockley rushed Santiago into the fence with a body lock and took him down. He transitioned to his opponent’s back. Santiago exploded to his feet, but gets his back taken. Heavy punches rained down from Shockley as he flattened Santiago out. He struggled for a rear naked choke, switching his grip. Despite a hard fought battle from Santiago, Shockley strangled his opponent, leaving him no choice but to tap.
Robert Menigoz vs Chico Camus
The bantamweight co-main event began as the fighters circled. After a jab-cross combination, Camus took Menigoz down and worked in side control. Camus peppered Menigoz with short elbows and punches. Menigoz bucked his hips high and reversed the situation, landing in half guard with a great escape. A foot lock attempt from Camus, but Menigoz pulled out. After brief top control Camus stood and scored another take-down. He ended the round with heavy shots, and edges out a hard-fought round.
Menigoz opened with body kicks and landed a right hand. He pressed Camus into the fence and is worked hard for a take-down. Camus defended and the fight takes center cage again. Menigoz flurried and shots into the hips of Camus, who defended well against the fence. The fighters break again. Camus shot a hard double leg, and finished it with a slam. Menigoz got back to his feet, throwing leather just as fast as he began the fight with. Menigoz shots and was met with a hard knee, but instantly recovered and continued his takedown attempt. The fighters break and circled as the round ends. In an extremely high-paced and action-packed round, Menigoz took it.
The third and final round began with the scorecard likely even. Menigoz opened with a rushing combination into a clinch. He got in deep on a shot, but again Camus defended well. He finally finished his take-down and instantly moved to mount. After some time on top, the fighters scrambled, ending in Camus returning to his feet. Camus was pressed into the fence again, this time gunning for a kimura in which he used to roll his opponent. Menigoz escaped from the bottom and gained top position over Camus. As Camus scrambled, Menigoz took the back, and tried aggressively to sink in a rear naked choke. The fight ended with Menigoz squeezing for a choke that just wasn’t around the neck enough. The crowd applauded an excellent fight. Menigoz likely took the final round 10-9, winning the fight though it was a close fight. The judges scorecards were collected and Menigoz earned a split decision over Camus.
Sean McCorkle vs Justin Grizzard
The headlining heavyweights opened with a touch of gloves. A hard inside leg kick from Grizzard landed. McCorkle rushed in on a second kick and slamed Grizzard to the mat. Grizzard threatened with a guillotine, but McCorkle escaped. McCorkle sat in half guard and looked for a kimura. He cranked the lock behind Grizzards back. Grizzard thought about tapping, but withstood the pain with instruction from his corner to not tap. McCorkle switched momentarily to a straight arm armbar. “You’re fine,” Grizzard’s coach yelled. McCorkle turned it back into a kimura and twisted the shoulder lock to a terrible angle. Grizzard, despite great will and determination to fight the pain, tapped.
Darious Yancy defeated Andrew Krezptowski by triangle-armbar at 0:52 in round 1
Grabowski defeated McGlassan by rear naked choke at 1:37 in round 2
Bobby Reardanz defeated Dennis Dombrow by armbar at 2:17 in round 1
Carson Beebe defeated Daniel Aguirre by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ed Carpenter defeated Miodrag Petkovich via technical submission by way of Von Flue choke at 2:42 in round 1
Skibinski defeated Enyobi by triangle choke 4:19 in round 1
Will Brooks defeated Ryan Bixler by rear naked choke at 1:00 in round 2
Mike Pitz defeated Robert Morrow via knockout at 2:56 in round 2
Josh Shockley defeated Mike Santiago via rear naked choke 2:18 in round 1
Robert Menigoz defeated Chico Camus via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Sean McCorkle defeated Justin Grizzard via kimura at 2:58 round 1