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Fight Night at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Hollywood, Florida.
By Matthew Benoliel The Fighting News Reporter
November 13, 2013 offered up an exciting night of professional boxing at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Hollywood, Florida compliments of Michael Oliveira Productions.
In the main event, Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (21-2, 16 KOs) entered the ring with much fanfare and theatrics including his own theme song. His opponent, Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez (20-2, 13 KOs) was a little more subtle. The battle that ensued was fierce, with both fighters trading heavy blows and lightning fast combinations. A vicious right by Oliveira dropped Gonzalez in the second round, but Gonzalez quickly recovered. Oliveira continued to score with some hard shots to the body of Gonzalez, but Gonzalez consistently landed combinations as Oliveira seemed content to stand toe-to-toe, a serious flaw in the game plan of Oliveira that would ultimately lead to more rounds going to Gonzalez. By the ninth round, Gonzalez was dominating the fight and knocked Oliveira down at the very end of the tenth round. The bell saved Oliveira from a loss due to KO, and Gonzalez won by unanimous decision of all three judges.
In the co-feature, former WBA junior middleweight titlist Yuri Foreman (32-2, 9 KOs) knocked out Javier “Pelon” Gonzalez (14-12, 10 KOs) in just 1:56 of the opening round with a vicious left hook that left Gonzalez motionless on the canvas for a few moments. This was Foreman’s first knockout since 2006.
The undercard featured several exciting bouts dominated by Cuban fighters. Undefeated southpaw Viller Gonzalez (6-0) put on a great show controlling Marcus “The Gatekeeper” Brooks (7-15-1), who failed to answer the bell for round three.
Other Cuban contestants included featherweight Hairon Socarras, light heavyweight Yunieske Gonzalez (who overcame a knockdown in the second round to win by KO in the 8th), and the undefeated, former Olympian Heavyweight Robert Alfonso were also victorious in their matches.
Fighting out of Boca Raton, Cruiserweight Steve Geffard (1-3) showed tenacity and good defensive skills against Jamel Burnside (1-1), pressing the action and landing solid shots to earn his first professional win the ring.
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World Series of Fighting 6: Action, Thrills, Suspense and a New Welterweight Champ
By Matthew Benoliel (The Fighting News Reporter)
The World Series of Fighting came to town last night, October 26th, 2013 and they brought their A game with them. The atmosphere was electric and the MMA action was intense throughout the preliminaries and the main event. With commentary from UFC legend Bas Rutten, the WSOF hosted a world-class event in our beloved city of Miami.
Local talent included fighters Alexis Vila and Marcelo Alfaya from American Top Team, Luiz Firmino of the Blackzilians, Pablo Alfonso from MMA Masters in Miami, Fabio Mello from Imperial Athletics in Coconut Creek, and last, but certainly not least, Marlon Moraes fighting out of Palm Beach Gardens.
Highlights of the prelims included Alexis Vila, the 42-year old Olympic Wrestling Bronze medalist against the 23-year old Josh Rettinghouse from Spokane, Washington. Both fighters showed tremendous determination throughout the fight. The speed of the younger Rettinghouse proved a little too much for Alexis Vila, who remained strong throughout the three round fight and seemed determined to land a power shot. Rettinghouse scored with a takedown at the final bell to win a unanimous decision.
In an unexpected upset, local fighter Pablo Alfonso took out the veteran and former WEC Champion Miguel Torres via guillotine choke in a short but intense match that lasted just over three minutes.
The undefeated Justin Gaethje, making his third appearance with WSOF, once again showed the devastating power of his leg kicks as he landed one after another on his opponent Dan Lauzon. Limping back to his corner, Lauzon needed to change up his strategy if he had any hopes of a win. In round two, Gaethje continued to cut down the legs and landed a few crisp shots and a precise uppercut that KO’d Lauzon.
Jon Fitch vs. Marcelo Alfaya proved to be a good matchup. Although some critics expected an easier win for the more experienced Fitch, a UFC veteran and title contender who has fought the biggest names in the sport, including BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre, Fitch spent most of the first round defending against the arguably stronger Marcelo Alfaya, who took Fitch’s back early in the fight. A body triangle secured Alfaya’s position but Alfaya was not able to get the choke he was looking for. Eventually Fitch broke the hold and scrambled to his feet, but missed a takedown attempt at the end of the round. After succumbing to an early takedown in round two, Alfaya managed to get to his feet but took a few nice shots in the process. Soon Alfaya scored with a takedown and almost took his opponent’s back again, but Fitch managed to escape and the back and forth continued. The whole time Alfaya seemed to be expending more energy, and Fitch capitalized with his hands, landing jabs, uppercuts and a nice body shot that left Alfaya dazed at the end of round two. With one round each, Fitch entered the third round with the advantage. Fitch scored early in round three with his combinations of punches and almost controlled the action throughout the round. Alfaya seemed to be in serious trouble at around 3:45, taking vicious shots to the head from a very determined Fitch, but Alfaya showed remarkable heart and managed to finish the fight on his feet. The split decision went to Fitch.
The next fight featured bantamweights Marlon Moraes vs. Carson Beebe in the shortest fight of the evening. The action from the opening bell was intense, with Beebe rushing forward to meet Moraes at the center of the octagon. Moraes managed to sidestep the attack and clipped Beebe with a few solid shots from an outside angle. With impressive speed and accuracy, the hometown favorite Moraes landed a left hook to the jaw of Beebe that spelled lights out for the grappler from Illinois.
In the main event for the Inaugural Welterweight Title, the favored Josh Burkman lost to underdog Steve Carl in round four of a matchup that saw each fighter struggling for an advantage throughout. Both fighters displayed excellent defensive skills on the ground escaping guillotine chokes, rear-naked chokes and triangle submissions. In the first round, Burkman seemed to be ahead, scoring with leg kicks and controlling the pace. The second round belonged to Carl who scored some good ground and pound but was unable to finish Burkman. The third round seemed to tire both fighters and eventually Carl submitted Burkman early in round four with a triangle choke that forced Burkman to tap.
After the fight, Carl stated that he was hospitalized two weeks ago for a back injury and expressed moments of self-doubt during the fight. This night, Carl proved himself to be a true warrior and earned a win as a 3-1 underdog to become the first WOSF Welterweight Champion.
Fallon Down: The Queen of Swords No More
By Matthew Benoliel (The Fighting News Reporter)
Last night Fallon Fox once again entered the Championship Fighting Alliance Octagon with $20,000 on the line. Fox, the controversial trans-gender fighter from Toledo, Ohio was coming in with a record of 3-0, with past victories from TKO, KO and submission. Her opponent, Ashlee Evans-Smith, brings an impressive wrestling background including competing with the guys on her high school wrestling team and then becoming a 4-Time All-American in college.
The fight was intense from the opening. Fox came out strong looking to pull guard but Evans-Smith landed a barrage of punches that stunned Fox. Evans-Smith showed her superior grappling skills and took Fallon’s back, looking for a choke but was denied. Fox then came back with some vicious punches of her own and Evans-Smith was in trouble. She managed to evade Fox until the round’s end.
The second round belonged to Evans-Smith who controlled Fox on the ground, landing knees from side control and landing punches at every opportunity. The round ended with controversy with Evans-Smith striking from the mounted position through the final bell. The referee didn’t hear the bell, and instead motioned for a stoppage. The judges intervened and the fight continued to round three.
Round three was again dominated by Evans-Smith and the referee called a stop to the fight after another punishing ground and pound from the mount.
The question still remains; do male-female trans-gender fighters have an advantage over born women? Although Fox suffered a loss last night, it was clear that she had a strength and power advantage in her punches, which she also displayed in her last fight covered by this reporter. However, any advantage Fox may have had on her feet was negated on the ground by the skill and determination of her opponent. Now, if Fallon Fox were ten years younger, which would put her at the same age as Evans-Smith, and perhaps began training earlier in life, we may have seen a very different fight.
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