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September 22, 2012

Reality Fighting 9/22/2012 Review

Arrived at Mohegan Sun with plenty of time to spare.  The Artist took some great photos for you all.  The cage was gorgeous and there were many fighters walking around getting ready.  Kipp and Joe brought us all another solid event.  We met up with Jeff Watts of and his fiance.  They joined us while we ate some awesome pizza at Frank Pepe's Pizzeria.  Reality doesn't usually have many tshirt vendors here but they don't need to.  They have all that Mohegan has to offer in food and gambling.  Dan Cormier, Nick Newell, Joe Lauzon, Mike Polvere, Jay Jodoin, Mark Moynihan and Matt Bessette were running around.  I had a good chat with Dan Cormier and Roger Denton from CTMMA before the show. I got to watch the fights with Jeff Nader who was filling in for Northeastmma.Net. The announcer was Dave Ginsberg and they just announced the next Reality Fighting January 5th!! Mark your calendars.

Asa Zorn vs. Rob Brown

Asa eats some shots right away and they clinch.  Rob gets in some nice knees and takes him down.  Rob works the side and finished him off with some ground and pound!!

Rob Brown defeats Asa Zorn via ref stoppage to strikes in 44 seconds in Rd 1!!  Great way to start the night.

Tollison Lewis vs. Darryl MarcAurele Jr.

Darryl misses with a right jab.  They clinch and Darryl gets a slamming takedown.  He is on top in guard trying to get in some ground and pound.  Tollison bucks him off briefly.  Darryl is getting in some good ground and pound.  He finishes the rest of the round in side control.

Darryl 10-9

Rd 2:  Both fighters are missing with their shots.  Tollison jumped guard and Darryl is making him pay with some ground and pound.  Tollison swept and is now on top in full mount.  He finishes him off with some ground and pound and gets the come from behind win!!  Great job Tollison.

Tollison Lewis defeats Darryl MarcAurele via tko from ref stoppages to strikes in 1:58 in Rd 2.

Robby Slade vs. Thiago Carfi

Thiago is throwing some good leg kicks.  Thiago just missed with a high leg kick.  There was an illegal kick but didn't connect too badly.  Action resumes.  Thiago connects with some big right hands that sends Robby back.  They fall to the ground and Thiago is now working half guard.  Thiago stands up and gets in some ground and pound.  Robby gets back to his feet and gets a nice combo in.  Robby takes him down and Thiago sweeps and gets back on top.

Thiago 10-9

Rd 2: Each fighter gets in a big right hand.  Thiago eats a clean right hand.  These guys got some tough chins. They fall to the ground and Robby is now working the half guard.  Robby threatens with an arm triangle.  He then goes back to some ground and pound.  He is just covering up and not defending so Kevin The Ref is forced to stop it.

Robby Slade defeats Thiago Carfi via ref stoppage to strikes at 3:00 in Rd 2.  Another come from behind win!!

Steve Carr vs. Thane Stimson

Marco Alvan is in Thane's corner.  Thane gets in a nice leg kick.  Thane works the double leg takedown and gets it.  Carr gets back up and Thane slams him down again.  Carr locks in a deep triangle.  Thane is fighting it.  Carr is firing some elbows from the bottom.  Thane eventually powers his way out with a minute left in the round.  Carr gets back to his feet and Thane slams him right back down with a takedown.

Real close round, I am going to give it to Carr 10-9 because he controlled most of the round.

Rd 2: Thane gets another double leg takedown.  Thane is working the guard.  Thane then moves to side then to half guard.  Carr is trying to work an armbar but doesn't quite lock it in.  Thane is now in the side.  He gets a big knee to the body.  Thane gets in some big ground and pound as the round ends.

Thane 10-9

Rd 3: Thane is doing a good job of closing the distance so Carr can't get his striking in.  Thane gets a takedown from a trip.  Thane is working the guard.  Carr tries to sweep and Thane takes his back.  He is getting in some ground and pound in.  Thane threatens with a guillotine as the round ends.

Thane 10-9

Thane Stimson defeats Steve Carr via unanimous decision.  Big win for Thane!!

Dan Cormier vs. Michael De Los Reyes

Dan gets in a good leg kick.  Dan counters with a good right hand.  Mike gets in a good right hand.  Dan is working his leg kicks.  Dan puts the pressure on and gets in a combo up against the cage.  Dan gets in another combo as the round ends.

Dan 10-9..he was pushing the action the entire time.

Rd 2: These guys are going at it!!  I have not seen too many significant shots connect yet.  Mike gets in a good hook. They clinch up against the cage and Dan gets in an elbow.  They break and go back to the center.  Dan backs hi up and gets in a good combo.  Dan is working the clinch as the round ends.

Dan 10-9 for pushing the action again but real close.

Rd 3: Dan gets in a good left hand.  Dan gets in a leg kick.  And another.  Dan is working his striking game.  Not many significant shots happening.  Cormier gets hit in the cup.  Fight resumes. Cormier catches Mike with a big right hand that drops him.  Dan goes in for the finish but Mike ends up taking his back as the round ends.

Dan Cormier defeats Michael De Los Reyes via 30-27 unanimous decision.  Great job Dan.  Mike can scrap.  Dan improves to 1-1.

Dennis Norton vs. Walter Howard

Dennis comes out to Taylor Swift.  Nothing gets me pumped to fight than some Taylor Swift!!  Walter comes out to Walk by Pantera.  Dennis gets the takedown but Walter is working the side.  They get back to their feet.  Howard with the hip toss takedown.  He gets in some ground and pound and Dennis sweeps him.  They get back to their feet.  Walter is clinching him up against the cage.  Walter throws an elbow.  Walter threatens with a guillotine but Dennis gets out.  Walter gets in a leg kick as the round ends.

Walter 10-9

Rd 2: Walter gets in a high kick.  Dennis tries for a takedown but Walter sprawls nicely.  Walter is now clinching up against the cage.  Walter gets the takedown and is controlling the guard.  Walter is now in half guard.  He gets in some ground and pound and the ref has seen enough.

Walter Howard defeats Dennis Norton via ref stoppage to strikes at 4:50 in Rd 2.

Eric Sommers vs. Roger Zapata

Sommers works the takedown and goes right for a rear naked choke.  Eric hooks the leg and keeps working for the rear naked.  Roger stands up with Eric still on his back.  Roger turns and gets the top position in guard.  Eric is trying to set up an arm bar.  Roger backs off.  They stand and Roger gets in a combo as the round ends.

Real close round, I give it to Roger 10-9

Rd 2: Eric works for the takedown and gets it.  Roger sweeps instantly and is now in guard.  He is getting in some big ground and pound and trying to finish.  Roger gets some separation and lays on some big ground and pound for the stoppage.

Roger Zapata defeats Eric Sommers via ref stoppage to punches at 2:50 in rd 2.

They call in Bret Oteri and Ricardo Funch.  They will be fighting in January at Reality!

Bob Valentine vs. Maykon Santos

Valentine lands a shot and Maykon counters.  Valentine gets a guillotine.  The ref stands them up??  Maykon tries a spinning back kick Valentine took him down.  Maykon is now in guard and passes to full mount.   Maykon takes the back and is trying for a rear naked choke.  Maykon throws some elbows.  It might have hit the back of the head.  Maykon sinks in the rear naked choke.  Now I spoke with Kevin The Ref and He told me Keith stood them up because Maykon kept giving a thumbs up and Bob said he wasn't letting go so it was a stand still.  Valentine is 43 years old and can fight with the best of em!!

Maykon Santos defeats Bob Valentine via tapout to rear naked choke at 4:18 at Rd 1.

Aniss Alhajjajy vs. Matt Bessette

Matt starts us off with a leg kick.  Matt gets the takedown and is now working the guard.  Matt passes to the side and gets in a few shots to the head.  Aniss gets back to his feet.  Bessette is getting in some good combos.  Bessette drops Aniss with a right hand.  Aniss recovers and gets back to their feet.  Aniss rolls him and went into a rolling kimura.  He then gets a tight armbar.  Bessete turns and somehow pulls out and is in the guard as the round ends.

Bessette 10-9

Rd 2: Matt misses with a high kick.  Aniss is working the clinch.  Matt gets the takedown and goes right to full mount.  Aniss spins and Matt takes his back.  Matt takes his back.  Matt gets a good kick to the head and gets a slamming takedown.  They get back to their feet.  Aniss goes for the takedown and Matt pushes him down and is now in guard.  Aniss gets to his feet and Matt throws a huge knee to the head from the clinch that connects.  He throws a combo and Aniss falls back a bit to the cage.  Matt rushes in with a jumping knee just as Aniss gets up.  He is on top as the round ends!!

Bessette 10-9

Rd 3: Aniss goes for the takedown and Matt stuffs him.  Matt throws some huge knees to the body.  Matt is now on top working the guard.  Kevin stands them up.  Good call.  They clinch up against the cage.  Aniss rolls and Bessette has a guillotine.  Aniss pops his head out and is now on top in guard.  The rest of the round is with Aniss on top.  Aniss has a huge hematoma on top over his right eye.

Aniss 10-9 but real close.

Matt Bessette defeats Aniss Alhajjajy via unanimous decision.

Featherweight Title Fight Erik Lee vs. John Naples

Erik is fighting for a takedown but John stuffs him.  Erik keeps fighting for takedowns. They are going at it.  Not much action in this round.

Real close round but I give slight edge to Erik for the takedown attempts.

Rd 2: John gets in a good right hand.  John is pushing the action and getting in some big combos.  Naples throws a spinning backfist that misses.  John continues to push the round and I believe takes it.

Naples 10-9

Rd 3: John continues to stalk but Erik is firing right back with some combos.  Erik gets a single leg but Naples gets right back up.  Erik fires a combo and John gets the double leg takedown.  Naples is working the guard.  Erik threatens with an armbar and John slams his way out.  Naples backs off and they are back to their feet as the round ends.

Naples 10-9

Rd 4: Naples is clinching up against the cage.  Erik punches out of it.  They are going at it!!  Naples seems to be connecting with some great combos.  Naples times the double takedown perfectly.  John is working some elbows in.  Erik bucks him off and they are back to their feet.

Naples 10-9

Rd 5: Naples is pushing the action but getting hit with some counter punches from Erik.  He gets the double leg takedown.  Erik slides into a nice kimura and Naples is forced to tap.

Erik Lee defeats John Naples via tapout to kimura at 2:30 in Rd 5 and gets the belt!!

Johnny Campbell vs. Emil Haddad

Johnny starts us out with a front kick.  Jeff gets in a good outside leg kick.  Haddad gets the takedown but Campbell gets right back up.  Emil gets another takedown.  Campbell gets right back up and Emil is on his back with a tight body lock.  Emil tries once with the rear naked choke but to no avail.  Jeff keeps trying for the rear naked but Johnny defends well.  Jeff has mount briefly and gets in one shot and then takes the back again.

Haddad 10-9

Rd 2: Campbell is bleeding from the back of his head.  Haddad gets a huge judo slam and is now working the guard.  Jeff gets bucked off and they scramble.  Johnny is on top briefly but Emil sweeps back to the top.  Jeff gets in a good elbow from the top.

Haddad 10-9

Rd 3: They clinch and Johnny gets hit with a knee to the cup.  Jeff gets in a good kick to the body.  Jeff gets in a great combo and follows it up with a leg kick.  Johnny runs back and smiles.  They both roll together and Jeff ends up on top in the guard.  Jeff gets in a hammerfist.  Jeff has his back and is fighting for a rear naked choke.  The rest of the round ends with Jeff on top in guard.

Haddad 10-9

Jeff Emil Haddad defeats Johnny Campbell via unanimous decision.  Johnny Campbell took this fight on two days notice.  Thanks for stepping up and letting us see this great fight Johnny.


Fight of the Night:
Matt Bessette vs Aniss Alhajjajy.  Non stop action in this fight and everyone was at the edge of their seat.
Submission of the Night: Erik Lee vs. John Naples. Unbelievable standup fight and great submission out of nowhere!!
KO/TKO of the Night:  Bob Valentine vs. Maykon Santos.  There wasn't a KO but I am calling this a TKO because after the submission was let go, Bob was grabbing the ref and out of it.  
Blunder of the Night:  Nothing that I can think of.  Everything ran smooth.

Rating of the Show(1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Quality of Fights: 4.5
Star Quality: 5 Joe Lauzon, Joe Proctor and Ricardo Funch were in the house!!
Sound: 5 great sound quality in Mohegan Sun.
Refs: 5 solid job. good stoppages.
Announcer: 5 Ginsberg does a great job.
Ring Girls: 5.  They were hot and looking cheeky!
Vendors: 4.5  I can't give all perfect 5's :P
Overall: 4.86

It was a great night of fights.  Reality announced their next show January 5th and with teased us with two matchups.  One being Ricardo Funch against Brett Oteri where Brett will defend his title.  What a great matchup that one is.  Both fighters are fighting to stay at the top and become a future contender to be in the UFC.  They then teased us and said their will be a women's title fight and I am trying to figure out who it is. I can think of two women's matches I would love to see.  One is Peggy Morgan vs. Katie Merrill and another one is Peggy Morgan vs. Marianna Kheyfetts.  That one might have to be at a catchweight of 130lbs but they are two fights I am dying to see.  I would like to thank Kipp, Joe Cuff, and Mohegan staff for the great hospitality.  The buffet in the back was unreal.  The chocolate covered fortune cookies were so good I ate my fortune with it as well!!  I would say there were about 2500 people in the crowd and they all loved it.  Some people left before the Haddad fight??  I am not sure why because that was a great fight that you all missed out on by leaving.  I really love how Reality interviews the winners after each fight.  I know I preach it all the time but it helps us learn what is going through the fighters mind at the time.  I will close it out with the best quote of the night from a fighter in the cage.  Kipp told Matt Bessette, "you are one of my favorite fighters to see in the Reality Cage" and Bessette replied "you are my favorite Reality promoter!!"  I laughed so hard at that.

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