News/Event Results: 4/7/10-4/11/10
CAMO Event Round Up for 4/7/10 to 4/11/10 By Jay Tan “Fight Night to the Mansion” by way of San Diego MMA fans were privy to some mid-week excitement in San Diego when Undisputed Promotions held a mixed kickboxing and MMA event at the On-Broadway Events Center. All MMA fighters were making their CAMO debut. “It’s an out-of-body experience when you’re inside the ring,” said Sample about the night. “Try to embrace this time. I’ll never get it back. My first MMA fight experience. Just try to soak it all up, let it all in,“ he lamented. Titled “Fight Night to the Playboy Mansion,” the evening’s matches were part of the annual National Indian Gaming Association conference and trade show. The semi-private event consisted of three MMA and four kickboxing matches, and featured a ring girl competition and guest Playboy Bunnies. The Playboy-branded “Fight Night to the Mansion” series is a traveling pro-am MMA and kickboxing event which tours throughout the Western U.S. and Canada. Winners on these traveling shows are earmarked by the promoters to appear on a fight card at the Playboy Mansion later this year. Match results from “Fight Night to the Playboy Mansion” on 4/7/10 are as follows: 165 lbs. – Paul Blancaflor def. Eugene Marenya via TKO, R3, 0:38. 155 lbs. – Carlos Caliso Jr. def. Ben Sample via unanimous decision. 205 lbs. – Donny Camp def. Eddie Mendoza via TKO, R1, 0:32. Return of the Dragon in San Francisco Later that weekend, Nor Cal was treated to a hot night of competitive combat when Dragon House MMA held their second event, a 12-bout full-amateur card that, according to promoter / matchmaker Zhong Luo, exceeded the fight standards set by the previous show. “The skill level was definitely much higher than the last show. Guys were much more prepared,” noted Luo. Among the back-and-forth standouts were Stacie Seidner vs. Jaimelene Nievera, which almost stole the show, and Sasha Montgomery vs. Bryan Cook. In the main event, Greg Ulatowski, traditionally a ground specialist, tested his striking skills against Cody Orrison, reputed to be tricky striker with a very unorthodox style. Match results from Dragon House MMA on 4/10/10 are as follows: 135 lbs. - Jordan Felix def. Miguel Castillo via TKO, R2, 0:12. 155 lbs. - Christian Safranek def. Patrick Jernigan via unanimous decision. 140 lbs. - Andrew Hansen def. Brian Liu via unanimous decision. 140 lbs. - Chris Buron-Navarro def. Christopher Spencer via unanimous decision. 185 lbs. - Sasha Montgomery def. Bryan Cook via split decision. 160 lbs. - Frank Flores def. Tauheed Safi via TKO, R1, 1:18. 265 lbs. – Timothy Palengat def. Tim Miller via TKO, R2, 1:58. 130 lbs. - Stacie Seidner def. Jaimelene Nievera via unanimous decision. 205 lbs. – Lamar Gosey def. Leon Big Leggins via TKO, R1, 0:13. 210 lbs. - Justin Vizcarra def. Steven McGough via unanimous decision. 160 lbs. - Antonio Amaya def. Pardaise Vaovasa via TKO, R1, 1:14. 170 lbs. – Greg Ulatowski def. Cody Orrison via unanimous decision. With nine matches on the previous event and twelve matches on this night, Dragon House MMA intends to create a promotion whose philosophy towards working with regional gyms is “the more the merrier.” Luo himself explained that his open-arms approach is partially to offer experience opportunities to fighters, but also to foster a camaraderie among coaches and trainers that might otherwise never develop. “A lot of schools really isolate themselves. Regardless of competition between schools in the same town, coming to an event like this brings all the schools closer to each other. And coaches get to know each other. The more competition like this, you just get the skill level much higher. Amateur fighters need practice much more,” he noted. Of course, the issues of ticket sales is of paramount concern for any promoter, which underlines the notion that cooperation and inclusion fuels the show, the fans, and the fighters. “The schools help to sell tickets. I couldn’t do this without all the teachers, and different gyms. All the schools have been really supportive. They always fill up the weight classes and help me to put up a good show.” Among the teams that competed on this show were Team USA, El Nino Training Center, Charles Gracie, as well as gyms in Union City, San Jose, and Humboldt, whose team endured a seven-hour drive to participate. Playboy’s “Fight Night to the Mansion” returns to California, and on June 26th, Dragon House MMA expands their show to the larger Kezar Pavillion in San Francisco. According to Luo, two female matches will be among the highlights of the event. For more info on upcoming amateur MMA action, visit http://www.camo-mma.org/events.