News/Event Results 4/21/10-4/25/10
CAMO Event Round Up for 4.21.10 to 4.25.10 By Jay Tan No Limits to Where MMA Can Go Certainly, combat sports are among the last types of entertainment one would expect to see at a country club mid-week, but that didn’t stop the Shady Canyon Golf Club and No Limits MMA from teaming up on April 21st for a four-match Pankration event, which was held right in the club’s main banquet hall. “The country club was looking for some type of excitement to bring their members together and kick start the season’s events and golfing tournament,“ explained No Limits head trainer / matchmaker Juliano Prado. “I feel it was a great experience. The event gave an opportunity for the fighters to experience MMA in a safe and controlled environment. I feel like the crowd was pleased,” he added. In fact, this was the second go-round for the two unlikely groups. Last year, No Limits brought a five-match amateur boxing card to kick off 2010 Talon Cup Golf Tournament, which is hosted at the club annually. However, this was the first venture into Pankration for Prado, a noted Jiu Jitsu master with a 4-2-0 pro MMA record, according to Sherdog.com. With each match featuring a No Limits amateur fighter, the team went 2-2 in competition. “I coached guys in the UFC before, and I’ve been to PRIDE before, and done numerous Jiu Jitsu tournaments, but I’ve never been to a Pankration event. So I would approach the striking as a very different manner. So as a coach, it was also a new experience for me and I was glad to be a part of it.” Match results from No Limits 4/21/10 Pankration at Shady Canyon Country Club are as follows: 196 lbs. (catch weight) – Andre “Priest” Holmes def. Nolan Newbury via split decision. 130 lbs. – Ronald Henderson def. Anthony Cendejas via submission, R1, 0:47. Henderson was suspended contingent on a subsequent medical check-up. 175 lbs. – Tim Leach def. Fred Cheatham via submission, R3, 0:55. 155 lbs. – Ivan Arevalo def. Kurtiss Neilsen via submission, R1, 0:52. In the wake of his event, Prado is even more convinced that Pankration, like Jiu Jitsu, is a valuable part of the early training process for any aspiring MMA fighter “I think the way to go is jiu jitsu tournaments, which would be the first step, because it doesn’t have any type of striking. Then you can move on to Pankration style of fighting. Then you can go to amateur MMA and pro MMA. I think that either that or doing [an exhibition] – kickboxing, would be, depending on your background, would be the natural and safe way to go.” International Fight Showdown (IFS) kicks off 16-man lightweight tournament That same weekend, Red Scorpion Promotions, known for their Muay Thai events, held the opening round of their 2010 International Fight Showdown, a 16-man lightweight (155 lbs.) MMA tournament that continues bi-monthly throughout the year. “Everything was in order and well organized. The fighters were focused and were very professional and respectful in our IFS event. . . Everyone at the event was happy with the quality of the matches as well,” said Red Scorpion promoter Master Shawn Shilati in an email reply. Shilati was particularly impressed with the wide array of faces and martial arts schools that participated, noting several school representatives inquired about participating in future IFS events. “A well deserved thank you to Gloria Casella, Event Manager of IFS. We have been working together for the past 8 years and she is a wonderful asset. I also would like to thank our wonderful volunteers and IFS staff for putting their amount of time and effort to make this IFS events possible. . . We are looking forward to the better and bigger IFS shows,” he added. Match results from IFS tournament quarterfinals 4/21/10 event at Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel are as follows: 155 lbs. – Christopher Fajardo def. Evan Richards via TKO, R1, 0:57. 155 lbs. – Richie Placencia def. Nick Kim via unanimous decision. 155 lbs. – Reshan Sabaratnam def. Albert “Beto” Rodriguez via unanimous decision. 155 lbs. – Sergio Guerrero def. Morgan Ramirez via submission (choke), R2, 0:57. 155 lbs. – Takayuki Hirano def. Chad Conte via TKO, R2, 1:04. 155 lbs. – Ron Scolesdang def. Jimmy Chavez via split decision. 165 lbs. (non-tournament match) – Brad Kirk def. Robert Anderson via unanimous decision. 155 lbs. – Richard King def. Alex Castellanos via TKO, R2, 1:07 Quarterfinal pairings are expected to be made public imminently, According to Shilati, should any of the eight quarterfinalists be unable to continue in the tournament, a losing fighter from this weekend’s event will be selected to return, based on the fighter’s record and previous IFS performance. Likewise, replacements for a semifinalist will be drawn from the pool of losing quarterfinal fighters. County Cage Fighting in Yucaipa On that same night, a mini-show dubbed “Country Cage Fighting” took place at Angie’s Roadhouse in Yucaipa. Match results from County Cage Fighting 4/24/10 in Yucaipa are as follows: 145 lbs. – Ben Weilein def. Jacobo Martinez via submission, R2, 1:41. 170 lbs. – John Blandi def. Frank Zaragoza via submission, R2, 1:23. Zaragoza was suspended for 180 days. 180 lbs. – Brock Paggan def. Bill Burley via submission, R1, 1:30. Burley was suspended for 60 days. The quarterfinals of the International Fight Showdown are scheduled for June 5th, with the semi-finals on August 28th and the finals on October 23rd. No Limits will also be promoting an all-amateur MMA event in June, at the No Limits Martial Arts & Fitness Center in Irvine. For more info on upcoming amateur MMA action, visit http://www.camo-mma.org/events.