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June 29, 2018


We are here live at Combat Zone for their 66th show to date.  The card is a hybrid event with some mma, 1 grappling and 2 kickboxing fights for the night.  Ed and I found a good spot at the parking garage and found our way to the Armory at the Radisson Hotel.  John Vena is the host with the most and the judges are Mike Walls, Lars Borrsen, and Shawn Flanagan.  The refs are Kevin MacDonald, John English and Alan Lau.  I asked Calvin Kattar and he informed me that the bird ran away the next day so now he is no longer a celebrity.  Julie Fisher is singing the national anthem and we are about to start.  Follow along as I try my best to keep up with all the action.

170 AM KICK Rick Pistone (0-0) NETT vs. Carlos Aguirre (0-0) Burgess

Carlos starts us off with a leg kick.  Rick is throwing punches in bunches and Carlos counters with a right that drops Rick.  

Carlos Aguirre defeats Rick Pistone by ko at 27 seconds in Rd 1.

138 AM KICK Tim Flores (0-0) FAA vs. Stephen Triminio (1-0) Burgess

Flores connects with a kick to the body.  Both fighters are throwing high kicks and looking really sharp out there.  Tim gets knocked down from a leg kick sweep.

Rd 2:  Tim gets in a kick to the body.  Stephen get in an outside leg kick.  Tim is working the leg kicks and winning this round.

Rd 3:  Tim connects with an outside leg kick that knocks Stephen to the mat.  Stephen gets hit in the cup and the take a brief pause.  Tim gets in another kick that brings Stephen to 1 knee.  Tim has Stephen cornered and is working the body and head.

Tim Flores defeats Stephen Triminio via unanimous decision.  One of the best kickboxing matches I have seen at Combat Zone.

163 AM MMA Justin Boraczek (3-1) Spero's vs. Jordan Jones (0-0) IND

Jordan is pressing Justin up against the cage.  Justin gets the takedown and worked a head an arm choke for the win.

Justin Boraczek defeats Jordan Jones via tko at 1:05 in Rd 1.

155 AM MMA Jake Sharkey (0-0) Triumph vs. Seth Grins (0-0) Burgess

Jake gets in a good kick.  Seth gets the takedown and Jake gets right back to his feet using the cage.  Seth stays on him and gets Jake down to the mat again.  He has his back and is trying to get under the neck.  Jake is defending well firing punches behind him.

Grins 10-9

Rd 2:  Jake pulls guard and tries for the guillotine but can't get it and now Seth is on top in guard.  Seth gets a few punches here and there as the round goes on.

Grins 10-9

Rd 3:  Jake gets in a left jab.  Seth is going high with two kicks that were checked.  Seth with leg kick.  Seth catches the next leg kick and slams Jake on his side.  He now is in half guard where he stays for the rest of the round.

Grins 10-9

Seth Grins defeats Jake Sharkey via unanimous decision.

155 AM MMA Brian Cosco (3-6) Ironhouse/SYT vs. Tim Scouten (0-0) F5 Fight Team

Brian dives for a takedown but can't get it.  Tim gets him to the mat and moves to full mount.  He is dropping hammerfists.  Brian gives up his back and Tim is trying hard for the finish as the round ends.

Rd 2:  Brian rushes in for the takedown.  Tim controls the neck and gets him to the mat.  Tim is in half guard.  He passes to full mount and Brian gives up his back.  Tim is getting in punches to the side of the head and gets the stoppage.

Tim Scouten defeats Brian Cosco via ref stoppage to strikes at 2:46 in Rd 2.

190 AM MMA Matt Gordon (0-0) Burgess vs. Floran Kacaku (1-3) Redline

They are working the center of the cage for a bit working their strikes.  They clinch and Matt pushes Floran up against the cage.  Floran punches his way out and they are back to the center.

Gordon 10-9

Rd 2:  Matt gets in two leg kicks that trips up Floran.  Floran with a good combo.  Floran with another solid right.  Matt fires back with a high leg kick that connects.  Floran connects with another left.

Kacaku 10-9

Rd 3:  Floran gets in another clean punch to start the round.  Matt with an outside leg kick.  They are both swinging away as the round is ending.

Too close to call.

Floran Kacaku defeats Matt Gordon via split decision.

170 AM MMA Ozzie Diaz (1-1) Spero's vs. Taylor Mears (1-0) LRVT

They both come out swinging  and they both fall to the mat and Taylor gets in some heavy strikes and gets the tap.

Taylor Mears defeats Ozzie Diaz via tapout to strikes at 2:27 in Rd 1.

155 AM MMA Nick Fiore (4-1) Renzo Gracie NH vs. Nate Ghareeb (5-2) FAA

Nate is pressing Nick up against the cage and they break.  Nick ducks under a high kick and pushes Nate to the mat.  He bounces back up and they are circling the cage.  Nate just a cart wheel kick as the 10 second goes off and Nick his arm under his neck standing as the round ends.

Rd 2:  Nate with a kick to the body.  Nick gets the takedown and and works an armbar for the tap.

Nick Fiore defeats Nate Ghareeb via tapout to armbar at 1:00 in Rd 2.

NO GI Jack Stapleton (Relentless 74) vs. Jake Pilla (Spero's/Team Flo)

Pilla wins by submission

Seth Grins wins the amateur of the night award.

150 PRO MMA Joey Sanchez (0-0) B&F Boxing vs. Andres Rodriguez (0-0) NEMMA

Andres goes high.  Joey gets Andres up against the cage and is trying to rip him to the mat.  Andres gets out and gets in a knee.  Joey breaks the clinch with an elbow.  Andres gets in a few elbows and they are back to the center.  Andres connects with a punch that gets Joey to the mat.  Andres gets hit with an illegal upkick.  He is fine and back into half guard we go.  He gets the back and sinks the legs in.  He gets the tap.

Andres Rodriguez defeats Joey Sanchez via tapout to rear naked choke at 4:43 in Rd 1.

155 AM MMA TITLE Mo Al Kanani (4-0) Evolution Athletix vs. Ramano Medina (4-0) Burgess

They start us off firing leg kicks.  Ramano gets the takedown and Mo is working his way up.  Ramano is eating some punches but trying to get Mo to the mat again.  Ramano picks Mo up and slams him to the mat.  He moves to full mount and Mo gets the sweep.  Ramano tries for an armbar and Mo slams him to the mat.  They are standing as the round ends.

Kanani 10-9

Rd 2:  Ramano rushes in for a takedown and Mo gives up his back.  Ramano has his arm under the back and is going hard for the finish.  Mo hangs on and Ramano gets a reverse triangle.  They roll and he still has the triangle and goes hard for the finish and he gets it.  Wow!!

Ramano Medina defeats Mo Al Kanani by tapout to triangle at 1:51 in Rd 2.

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT:  Kanani vs. Medina
KO/TKO OF THE NIGHT: Carlos Aguirre
SUB OF THE NIGHT:  Fiore armbar

Combat Zone returns on Sept 21st for Combat Zone 67 with another action packed night.  Stay right here as we always keep you closer to the cage.