Kick Down 112: “MMA New Year”
Written by J.R. Gordon at www.MMABuzz.com
Saturday January 4, 2014 at The Double Tree Hotel in Denver, Colorado the Kick Down fight promotion held their, “MMA New Year” show. There were 10 bouts on the card with one kickboxing fight, one women’s MMA fight, two professional fights and three titles being contested including the Main Event, a professional featherweight title fight.
Main event: Joey Munoz vs. Joey Welch in a 150 lb. professional title fight. The fighters clinched immediately and Welch went to the mat looking for a Kimura. Munoz controlled position, secured back control and set in the title winning RNC at :57 of round one.
Cody Connell vs. Steven Lee in a 165 lb. professional fight. Connell scored an immediate takedown and worked from side control to north/south to set in the fight winning north/south choke with the tapout coming at 1:22 of round one.
Adam Vigil vs. Andrew Kaupilla in a 153 lb. title fight. Round one had Vigil scoring well with strikes and takedowns. Vigil was able to maintain top position when on the ground, but several times Kaupilla threatened with deep submission attempts. Round two had Vigil again controlling position and landing hard punches while standing while Kaupilla again stayed busy by way of threatening with submissions. Round three had good takedowns by Vigil to start but on the mat Kaupilla worked to dominant position and went from submission attempts to very solid knee strikes to the body. The referee stood the fighters when Kaupilla grabbed the cage and on the restart Vigil took it to the ground but Kaupilla controlled position and threatened with 4-5 very deep submission attempts that Vigil evaded until the bell ended the fight. The scorecards were read and the title winner by split decision was Andrew Kaupilla.
Angel Estrada vs. Robert Fratterelli in a 125 lb. title fight. Estrada worked hard leg kicks to open and Fratterelli countered with punches. As the round progressed both fighters landed well with a mix of strikes. Estrada was able to stagger Fraterelli, but he recovered quickly and both fighters threw a high volume of punches to end the round. Round two was all standing with both fighters landing hard fast and accurate punches and each mixing their kicks and punches to good effect. To end the round Fratterelli was able to drop Estrada with a punch but Estrada recovered well to make it out of the round. Round three had a fast pace to start with Fratterelli using good footwork to get into and out of striking range. The action was stopped when Estrada received an accidental groin kick. On the restart both fighters threw a high volume of punches with each scoring well. The round ended with both fighters utilizing crisp combinations. The scorecards were read and the title winner by unanimous decision was Fratterelli.
Kris Briggs Jr. vs. A.J. Robb in a 125 lb. fight. The fighters set a very fast pace for all of round one with each able to land good strikes while standing. On the mat Robb was aggressive with his positioning and GNP while Briggs hunted for submissions. Round two also had good standing striking and ground action from both fighters. Each was able to stagger the other, then Rodd dropped Briggs and when Robb flurried with GNP he scored the TKO win at 2:46 of round two.
Latrisha Breidenbach vs. Kara Gehrig in a 130 lb. fight. The fighters traded punches to open the bout then Gehrig scored a takedown and worked some GNP before being swept. From mount Breidenbach worked for an Americana shoulder lock that was defended until the bell ended the round. Round two was all standing with Gehrig being able to land the more powerful and accurate strikes. Round three was also all standing with Gehrig landing the higher volume of strikes and both fighters flurrying well at the ten second clacker. The scorecards were read and the winner by unanimous decision was Kara Gehrig.
Everett Scovell vs. Benjamin McLaughlin in a 265 lb. fight. The fighters came to the center of the cage and immediately began trading very hard punches with each able to stagger the other. It was Scovell that landed the fight ending flurry to get the TKO win at :16 of round one.
Frank Duran vs. Kelly Doty in a 205 lb. fight. Duran scored a fast takedown and worked to improve his position until the fighters came to standing. Again Duran scored a takedown and he worked GNP from full mount until the action slowed and the referee stood the fighters. On the restart Duran pressured forward and landed a strong combination that scored him the KO win at 2:29 of round one.
Beau Menchaka vs. Japhet Springsteen in a 180 lb. fight. The fighters traded good punches both in and out of the clinch. Springsteen tried for a takedown that Manchaca stuffed before he put the fight ending flurry of punches that got him the TKO. Manchaca scored the win at 1:34 of round one.
Ethan Alley vs. Zack Lubline in a 156 lb. kickboxing fight. The fighters traded hard strikes in and out of the clinch with Alley landing the more solid strikes including several flurries of hard body punches. Round two had good flurries of body punches and strong clinch work by Alley as Lubline scored well with several counter punches. Round three again saw Alley scoring well with combinations and Lubline trying to work counter punching. The scorecards were read and the winner by unanimous decision was Ethan Alley.
MMABuzz.com’s, “Of The Night” moments:
Submission of the night goes to Cody Connell for his round one north/south choke submission victory.
KO of the night goes to Frank Duran for his first round KO win.
Fight of the night goes to Adam Vigil and Andrew Kaupilla for their back and forth fast paced very technical three round split decision title fight.