Continuing from where we left off – bout results, 11 thru 19, from the Xplode Amateur MMA Fight Series Show at the Pavilion, Saturday, February 25, 2012 in Valley Center, CA.
Bout #11, in the 195 pound division, featured Rodney Murphy of the Undisputed Fitness & Training Center, El Cajon getting the decision over Xavier Anderson of The Arena MMA.
Even though both fighters were landing their best shots early, there was no indication as far as who was going to falter. Murphy landed the cleaner, harder blows while Anderson countered well and used his knees.
After Anderson controlled round two, back came Murphy to dominate Round #3 and it appeared Anderson had completely run out of gas.
In Bout #12, in the 205 pound division, Justin Jones of Victory MMA handed Brandon Collins (2-1) of The Compound his first loss.
Late in Round #1, Jones received a high kick to the ribs and from the way it now looks, he may have been playing possum with Collins. At the end of round #1, the big guy dropped to his knees and had this painful expression on his face.
When coming forward to begin Round #2, that painful expression was gone and Jones went right back to work to get the win.
Bout #13, in the 180 pound division featured Brandon Maynard of Team Mad Beatings getting the win over Adam Gould of Five Star MMA.
There were several bouts that could easily qualify for “Fight of the Night,” but this battle between Gould and Maynard was simply incredible to watch and will be talked about for some time. At times you felt Gould, the grizzled veteran, was in complete charge as he kept slipping punches and ducking under the wide looping punches to counter.
What must have alarmed the Gould fans was watching their hero land a hard kick or maybe his best punch to Maynard’s head and then seeing Maynard smile as if Gould had nothing behind it. The “Is-that-all-you-got smile” happened tree times as Maynard kept walking his opponent down. By the end of the fight, the outcome was right there on Gould’s bloody face.
Bout #14, in the 135 pound division, featured Gerald Bailey of Chute Boxe USA of Longbeach, CA getting a quick Armbar submission over Miguel Lavalle of Team Jhanex.
Written all over Lavalle’s face, “I’ve got to have a rematch with this guy. It happened so fast, it was like hearing “Checkmate!” in four lightning quick moves.
Bout #15, in the 150 pound division featured Richard Horne of 1ON1 Fight Co. getting the best of Marcus Aven of the Undisputed Fitness & Training Center, El Cajon in a bout with many momentum swings, extremely violent takedowns; another hard fought battle that had to go to the scorecards.
Bout #16, in the 165 pound division, featured Mike Koelzer of the Boxing Works going up against Tony Martinez of Team Mad Beating.
This one was over in a hurry, thirty-nine seconds into Round #1. In the bout, Koelzer pressed forward like a fine oiled machine, using his striking prowess as a diversion to get close, close enough to stop Martinez with a menacing rear naked choke hold.
Bout #17, in the 155 pound division, featured Carlos Caliso of Team Spiritwolf MMA getting the best of Kyle Mason of Orange County MMA.
Caliso dominated the first round with violent takedowns, then followed with straight shots to the head. At the conclusion of Round #1, the fight doctor took a look at the nasty gash on Mason’s forehead and immediately called for a halt in the action.
In Bout #18, in the 135 pound division, Juan Ramero of the SD Fight Club used the rear naked choke on Coby Hollier of Victory MMA to get him to tap out.
In the final match, Bout #19, XAFS’ main event, they featured the first ever title fight in the 155 pound division featuring the well respected Paul Blancaflor of Spiritwolf MMA defeating the always tough Oscar Gonzalez of Team Jhanex/Victory MMA.
With the fighters being so close in age and ability, this one was well contested especially when it came to the striking and maneuvering for takedowns. In the end it was Blancaflor using his superior strength to gain the victory.
Next up, the Xplode Fight Series reverts to the pro card scheduled on March 25, 2012. The show for the Amateur Mixed Martial Artists will return in April.