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Joe “Formiga” Cortez vs. Eric Peebles – Art of Striking
This evening’s event is full of energy and excitement! The first bout of the evening is Eric Peebles vs Joe “Formiga” Cortez. Both strikers come into the ring with intensity and power, ready to dominate their opponent. The first round started with Eric Peebles having the initiative and cornering Cortez, Cortez responded with intense combos that lead to two knock downs. Round two brings more action from Cortez who is trying to make up for round one. While Cortez tried he couldn’t push himself passed Peebles reach and spent most of round two in the corner. Round three brings Peebles coming out strong trying to win the judges over in the last round, his plan worked and he wins by TKO in the last round.
Winner: Eric Peebles
Johnny “Speed” Garcia vs. Richard Grindle – Art of Striking
The second match of the night is Johnny “Speed” Garcia vs Richard Grindle, both fighters are wishing to go home with the win for their pro debut. Garcia comes out of his corner strong trying to make his presence known in the ring. Grindle his opponent returns every blow with the same power both hoping for a knockout or a win by decision. Garcia and Grindle are two very evenly matched fighters who stayed close to one another trying to gain the upper hand. Round two was all about who had more stamina and would be able to last and come out stronger in the final round.
Is Garcia going to be able to keep this speed and corner Grindle? Both fighters are giving all they got to knockdown the opposition. The crowds excitement was heard when Grindle cornered Garcia and had him on the ropes. The match ended by unanimous decision giving Grindle the win.
Winner: Richard Grindle
Avery Mcphatter vs. Warren Thompson
The third match of the night after the previous bout is between Avery McPhatter and Warren Thompson. Warren enters the ring with the street fighter theme song making a statement about how this fight was going to go. Avery proceeded to pump up the crowd with his Techno entrance. This match and the following matches are all full Thai rules with elbows. The match started with a different pace with Avery and Warren taking a calculative defensive approach.
Warren had control in round one. Using his experience to feel Avery out and keep him at bay. Avery being an aggressive fighter tried to push Warren around. Round two started with Avery becoming even more aggressive trying to match Warren’s spike in energy. With the fight going on to too round three both fighters gave it their all and tried to win the judges or possible knockout their opponent. The winner was decided by split decision in favor of Warren “Fire Dragon” Thompson. Another great display of the art of striking.
Winner: Warren Thompson
Chris Burgett vs. Michael Stripling
The fourth match of this interesting and powerful evening consist of Chris Burgett vs Michael Stripling. Both fighters enter the ring with classic rock music.
First round displayed great movement and technique from both fighters. Round two started with Strippling rushing into the fight and getting countered which knocked him down. Burgett is in control in Round two, with both fighters trading strikes that leads to the first match of the night with blood in the ring. By the peak of round three, you can see the stamina dropping from both fighters. With round three ending with no knockouts and tired fighters we took to the score cards to determine the winner. The judges declared Chris Burgett the winner of bout four.
With a ten minute intermission Bob Alexander welcomed the Chairman of MKM Knockout Promotions onto the stage to say a few words to the crowd.
Winner: Chris Brugett
Johncy “The Kickboxer” Lindor vs. Johnny Baldridge
After the intermission and the great display of passion from the previous fight, will Johncy Lindor and Johnny Baldrige be able to top the previous few fights? Johncy who has fought for Shin Do Kumate before is a tough opponent and Johnny Baldrige is hoping to break his winning streak. Johncy got the first major hit on Johnny throwing him of his track. Johnny recovers quickly though and continues to exchange with Johncy.
The crowd’s excitement went through the roof when Johncy landed his spinning back fist. Round two shows Johncy really targeting Johnny’s leg pounding the same area he hurt in round one. Johncy landed a low blow when his inside leg kick came too high; however, Johnny used this to fuel him and come back harder. Johnny answers with a shin kick knocking down Johncy.
Both fighters are relentless trying to show the judges they deserve the win. Last round sees Johncy tearing down Johnny’s leg with continuous strikes forming a nice bruise. While Johnny showed lots of heart and tried to fight off the pain forming in his leg the winner was decided by TKO. Such a good display of the art of striking.
Winner: Johncy Lindor
Maros Pacan vs. John Morehouse
John Morehouse enters to the tune of country music. Maros Pacan follows suit keeping his cool and staying focused on his fight. Morehouse from Wisconsin, is a fighter with experience and various knockouts on his belt. His opponent Maros Pacan is making his pro debut from Slovakia. Morehouse is very precise on his spacing, while Pacan is trying on getting on Morehouse range.
The first round is very passive while both fighters start to feel each other out. Round two started with similar pace, but it picked up half way through. Pacan who is the shorter of the two fighters is slipping under Morehouse’s reach and taking advantage. With Morehouse not being able to keep Pacan away he has a hard time with his technique. The winner of this bout was decided by split decision in favor of Maros Pacan. Perfect display of the art of striking.
Winner: Maros Pacan
Co-main Event Alex Berrios vs. Cyrus Washington
The co-main event of the night is between local fighter Alex Berrios and Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington. The crowd has been waiting for this moment where two World Class fighters meet and leave it all in the ring. After the more passive action fight from the previous bout the crowd is ready for some heavy hitters. Alex Berrios will be fighting to take down one of the best Muay Thai fighters in the world Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington. Alex enters with Salsa and continues to dance into the ring showing he is confident and ready to fight, which perfectly portrays his style and personality. Cyrus comes out strong, but calm which just like Alex portrays the man he is out of the ring.
The fight starts with the fighters trading blows and Cyrus losing his balance. Alex keeps striking Cyrus with various kicks keeping him on the outside. The fighters are evenly match keeping the fight moving at exciting pace. Cyrus won’t budge and reciprocates with power. Round two starts with Alex Berrios attacking Cyrus’s leg, and Cyrus going for heavy blows trying to knock Alex back.
This grudge match has the crowd out of their seat. Both fighters are still evenly match and have a lot of stamina which only shows the training and caliber of each fighter. Round three begins with various trades of strikes each fighter trying to either knock each other out or win the judges in the last round. They proceed to keep trading blows and landing heavy strikes knocking each other down at one point and both quickly getting up. Such a good show of sportsmanship, tradition, and passion. The winner was decided by unanimous decision with Alex Berrios winning.
Winner: Alex Berrios
Main Event Tony Leone vs. Pedro Cassoma
The main event has a lot to top, which should be easy to do with dynamic fighters like Tony Leone and Pedro Cassoma entering the ring. Tony and Pedro introduction has the crowd screaming. The main event started with relentless action and strikes Pedro who is new to Shin Do Kumate comes out strong dominating the first round. Both fighters are hungry for the last win of the night. Tony counters one of Pedro kicks and proceed to land three consecutive counter punches knocking Pedro back. Round two starts with an explosion of punches from Leone, while Cassoma goes with Kicks.
We start to see Leone slowly fade as Pedro makes his desire to win much known. This is the third bloody match of the night. Leone shin is a bloody mess from the kicks and blocks coming his way and the ones he is exchanging. Cassoma is getting the upper hand pressuring Tony more and more back into the ropes. Round three begins after they examine Tony’s shin. With him cleared to go Tony enters the ring with his trainer’s advice of just using his hands. Cassoma keeps pressuring Tony to the corner and his pressure is nonstop not giving Tony enough to breathe or execute his techniques. Winner was decided by unanimous decision with Pedro Cassoma obtaining his first win with Shin Do Kumate.
Winner: Pedro Cassoma
The night ended with wonderful displays of passion, heart, and skill. Showcasing again the best of the best Muay Thai fighters in the sport. We look forward to the next event and the next batch of devastating fighters.