RFA

RFA 18: Quick Results

Main Event

Alexandre Pantoja def. Matt Manzanares by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2:38, Round 2

Abel Cullum def. Ulysses Gomez by Submission (Guillotine) 1:29, Round 1

Chidi Njokuani def. Steve Hanna by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Brenda Gonzales def. Heather Bassett by Submission (Armbar) 2:48, Round 1

Mehdi Bagdad def. Evan Delong by KO 1:55, Round 1

Justin Linn def. Adrian Cruz by TKO 0:22, Round 1

Under Card

Tim Sosa def. Zac Riley by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Jesse Long def. Federico Betancourt by Submission (D’arce Choke) 3:35, Round 1

Nicco Montano def. Allison Price by TKO 1:26, Round 1*

Jess Martinez def. Bronson Mitchell by TKO 0:43, Round 2*

Ernesto Salvidrez def. Ian Velasquez by Submission (Guillotine) 1:11, Round 2*

(Bold indicates fighter trains in New Mexico)

(* indicates bout was an Amateur bout)

RFA

RFA 18: Live Play by Play

Main Event

Flyweight Title (125lbs)- Alexandre Pantoja vs. Matt Manzanares

Round 1: They touch them up. Feeling each other out . A few punches by both men. Hard body shot by Matt. Alex is looking for openings. Matt lands a hard kick. Matt is landing hard. Alex looks for the takedown. Matt blocks and Alex looks to get the back and Matt shakes Alex off. Alex comes flying in wild and Matt moves out of the way. Alex has the clinch on the fence looking for the takedown. Alex is landing hard knees in the clinch. Matt is trying to get the under hook. Looks like Matt get hit low. Ref. restart the action. Matt to the body hard again. Low kick misses from Matt. Hard kick by Alex.  Some boxing by Matt and a hard leg kick by Alex. As the bell rings both start throwing shots.

The FightScene scores the round 10-9 for Matt Manzanares.

Round 2: They meet in the center. Alex jumps in with a flurry. Matt lands a couple upper cuts. Alex lands a leg kick. Both men start to trade punches and in the scramble Matt gets outside control. Both men end up on the ground with Alex on the bottom. Alex gets an armbar but Matt gets out. Matt tries to land shots. They both hit the ground again. Alex gets the back of Matt and gets the body triangle. Alex gets his arm under the chin to look up a rear naked choke. The Ref. pulls Alex off of Matt as Matt is out from the Choke. We have a new Flyweight Champ.

Alexandre Pantoja def. Matt Manzanares by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2:38, Round 2

Ulysses Gomez vs. Abel Cullum

Round 1: They touch them up. A little feeling out. Gomez lands a few kicks. And another. Cullum with a flurry to get inside. Cullum gets the takedown and pops his head out of the guillotine. Gomez reverses and Cullum tries for his own guillotine. It looks tight and Cullum is able to roll Gomez and get on top with the choke. Gomez taps. The crowd goes nuts for the home town boy.

Abel Cullum def. Ulysses Gomez 1:29, Round 1

Chidi Njokuani vs. Steve Hanna

Round 1: They touch gloves. Hanna looking for the takedown and Chidi sees it a mile away. Chidi with a leg kick. Hanna rushes in for the takedown Chidi blocks. Against the fence working for position. Hanna with some knees. Hanna kneeing away at Chidi’s knee. Hanna looking for the takedown again. Chidi defends well. Chidi jabs. Jabs again. Jab leg kick from Chidi. Jab Chidi. Leg kick Chidi. Hanna for the takedown nothing going. Upper cut Chidi. Leg kick Chidi. Missed leg kick Hanna. Leg kick Chidi lands heavy. Hanna tries to walk down Chidi but nothing. Hard jab by Chidi floors Hanna. Body kick by Chidi. Takedown attempt by Hanna not going. Hard knee by Chidi in the clinch and the bell rings.

The FightScene scores the round 10-9 for Chidi Njokuani

Round 2: They touch up as the round starts. Hanna trying to find something that works and lands a hard right. Hanna stalking now and as he does he eats a hard shot. Another leg kick by Chidi. Hanna gets the clinch on the fence. Hanna throwing knees. Hanna trying for a throw and Chidi lands on top. Hanna trying to get triangle but Chidi avoids it. Chidi in the full guard of Hanna. Chidi looking to land some ground and pound. Hanna still trying for armbar and triangle. Hard elbow by Chidi in the guard. Ref stands them up. Chidi lands a hard punch and Hanna looks to clinch again. Hanna has a few cuts. Hanna trying to control Chidi on the fence. Knees by Chidi in the Clinch. Hanna with a few knees of his own. Ref breaks it again and Chidi is looking to land big kicks. Bell rings.

The FightScene scores the round 10-9 for Chidi Njokuani

Round 3: They touch for round 3. Chidi still landing hard leg kicks. Hanna stalking and Hanna gets hit hard and again. Hanna looks for the takedown. Stuffed by Chidi, Then Hanna gets the Clinch on the fence. Knees by Hanna in the clinch. Hanna goes for a takedown and gets stuffed again. Hanna still has the clinch on the fence. Ref says work. A little dirty boxing by both men. Hanna gets the takedown but Chidi lands on top during the scramble. Hanna looking for subs from the bottom but Chidi is landing ground and pound. Chidi backs out and lets Hanna up. Two hard jabs by Chidi. Leg kick by Chidi. Then body kick that lands hard. A crazy trip by Chidi and Hanna is on the ground. Chidi backs out and Hanna stands up. Chidi lands a hard right. Hanna goes for another takedown and Chidi stuffes again and lands in Hanna’s guard. Chidi is landing hard ground and pound. Chidi lets Hanna up and lands two hard jumping knees. As the bell sounds Hanna looks for another takedown.

The FightScene scores the round 10-9 for Chidi Njokuani

The FightScene scores the fight 30-27 for Chidi Njokuani

Chidi Njokuani def. Steve Hanna by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Heather Bassett vs. Brenda Gonzalez

Round 1: Ladies meet in the middle of the cage. Brenda comes out with a leg kick. Heather trying to find range. Brenda hits her hard with a couple punches and hits her hard in the body. They clinch against the fence with some dirty boxing. The ladies separate. Brenda starts to use her boxing to get range. Heather goes for a takedown and Brenda gets up. Brenda goes for a throw and Heather lands on top. Heather is work from the top on ground and pound. Brenda trys to lock a triangle and Heather leaves her left arm wide open for the armbar. Brenda locks it in and extends it bad. Heather taps.

Brenda Gonzales def. Heather Bassett by Submission (Armbar) 2:48, Round 1

Mehdi Baghdad vs. Evan Delong

Round 1: They touch gloves. Delong with a leg kick. Both throw punches. Mehdi lands a body kick and Delong gets the flying choke. Mehdi gets up and both stand. Both are exchanging good punches. Delong trying to work jab. Delong shots in for takedown and Mehdi gets the stuff. Mehdi lands a few hard shots. Delong covers up to try to survive. Delong gets hit with a hard kick to the face and he starts to back pedel. Mehdi lands a left cross and Delong goes down. Ref jumps in to stop and Delong is so out that he trys to takedown the Ref.

Mehdi Baghdad def. Evan Delong by KO 1:55, Round 1

Justin Linn vs. Adrain Cruz

Round 1: Fighters meet in the middle. they touch gloves. Leg kick Linn. Another leg kick by and a huge snap sounds in the arena. Cruz can’t put weight on his right leg. Cruz hits the ground and Linn jumps all over Cruz. The Ref. stops the action. Cruz is in pain.

Justin Linn def. Adrian Cruz by TKO (Leg injury, Punches) 0:22, Round 1

Under Card

Zac Riley vs. Tim Sosa

Round 1: Fighters meet in the middle. Riley with a leg kick then head kick then spinning heel kick. Sosa gets the action on the fence. Riley rotates and trips down Sosa. Riley on top working some ground and pound. Riley working in Sosa’s half guard. Sosa able to get full guard. Sosa throwing elbows from the bottom and looks for an armbar. Clinch work on the fence now with Riley getting the better shots. Sosa works a takedown and gets a huge slam. Riley looking for subs from the bottom as Sosa looks for ground and pound. Riley looking for an armbar from the bottom. Sosa defending well. Riley still looking for an armbar. Sort of in a stalemate right now. Sosa gets out and is in full guard. Riley looks to kick off but Sosa gets back in guard. The round ends with Sosa throwing elbows from the guard of Riley.

The FightScene scores the round 10-9 for Tim Sosa.

Round 2: Round 2 starts with Sosa throwing a front kick that lands in the family jewels of Riley. Riley is taking his time. Ref tells Sosa to keep the kicks up. Both exchange kicks with one landing hard. Sosa goes for a throw and Riley lands in Sosa’s half guard. Riley trying to work to mount. Sosa holding tight. Riley rises up looking to land shots. Sosa gets full guard. Sosa with up kicks. Sosa is up and tries to go for a flying knee. Riley has Sosa on the fence looking to land clinch shots. Ref pulls them apart for lack of action. Riley throwing crazy kicks. They clinch and Sosa is looking to land knees. Riley gets Sosa on the fence. Riley looking for the trip as Sosa throws elbows. Knee to the body by Sosa. Riley with body shots. More knees from Sosa. Sosa still against the fence. Sosa landing knees and elbows. More knees from Sosa. Riley looking for the takedown. 10 secs.  Bell rings with Sosa throwing another elbow.

The FightScene scores the round 10-9 for Tim Sosa.

Round 3: Both throw jabs and Sosa throws a body kick. As Sosa throws another kick Riley lands a Back leg kick that trips Sosa. Now they clinch against the fence with Riley’s back on the fence now Sosa has his back on the fence. Another switch. Sosa landing knees. Sosa looking for the takedown and gets a huge slam. Sosa lands in side mount. Riley walks the cage which gives Sosa north south position. Sosa back in side mount. Riley finds half guard. Sosa is landing elbows. Sosa looking for mount. Riley gets back half guard. Riley with rubber guard. Sosa is looking to get back to half guard. Riley gets full guard. Riley looking to get out. Sosa lands shoots from top. Riley again with rubber guard. Sosa gets space to land from top. Riley still looking to get out. Bell rings with Sosa landing shots from the top.

The FightScene scores the round 10-9 Tim Sosa

The FightScene scores the fight 30-27 Tim Sosa

Tim Sosa def. Zac Riley by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Federico Betancourt vs. Jesse Long

Round 1: Fighters come out and touch up. Long looks to keep the range long. Long with a leg kick. Rico with a hard cross. Long looking for the takedown Rico looking for a choke. Long pops out. Long with a headkick that gets blocked. Long tries another and Rico catches it and Long hits the ground hard. Rico on top looking to advance position. Long has a choke but loses it. Long again looking to get the choke Rico pops out. Rico looks to be in a bad spot as Long looks for the D’arce. Long still has the D’arce and it looks like Rico is going out. Rico is out. Jesse Long with the D’arce.

Jesse Long def. Federico Betancourt by Submission (D’arce Choke) 3:35, Round 1

Allison Price vs. Nicco Montano*

Round 1: Ladies touch gloves Price trying to find range as Nicco gets inside of Price’s reach. Clinch against the fence as the ladies exchange knees. Now they move to the center with the ladies still exchanging knees. Nicco lands hard shots with Price against the fence. Nicco gets the takedown and mount and finishes off Price with ground and pound.

Nicco Montano def. Allison Price by TKO (GnP) 1:26, Round 1

Bronson Mitchell vs. Jess Martinez*

Round 1: Fighters look intense for this one. Fighters touch gloves. Martinez throws a couple jabs and shoots in for the takedown. Martinez backs out and Mitchell is allowed to stand. Martinez throws a couple hard shoots and Mitchell gets the clinch. Martinez finds the takedown and is working ground and pound against the fence. Mitchell throws some up kicks to get space to get up. Mitchell throws a couple leg kicks and Martinez throws jabs. A couple hard shots from both. A hard body kick by Mitchell as Martinez comes in. Martinez gets another takedown. The bells sounds with Martinez on top.

The FightScene scores the round 10-9 Jess Martinez.

Round 2: Round 2 starts with Mitchell throwing a leg kick and gets inside with a couple hard shots. Martinez throws his own leg kick and both men start throwing against the cage. Martinez hits Mitchell hard and Mitchell turtles up and falls on the ground. Martinez needs to be pulled off as the Ref. calls the fight due to strikes.

Jess Martinez def. Bronson Mitchell by TKO 0:43, Round 2

Round 3:

Ian Velasquez vs. Ernesto Salvidrez*

Round 1: Both touch gloves. Ernesto with the takedown working on side top position. Moves to North South looking for a choke. Ian finds half guard. Ernesto looking for top guillotine. Loses it. Ian rolls and Ernesto gets the back looking for a rear naked. After a scramble Ernesto gets a close attempt at the choke but loses it. Ian is looking to turn in the guard of Ernesto. The round closes with Ernesto peppering Ian with shots from the back.

The FightScene score the Round 10-9 to Salvidrez

Round 2: Round 2 starts with Ian throwing a body kick at the same time Ernesto lands a takedown. Ian works his way to mount with a guillotine. Ian still working for the guillotine and gets the tap.

Ernesto Salvidrez def. Ian Velasquez by Submission (Guillotine) 1:11, Round 2

 

(* indicates Amatuer Bout)

RFA

RFA 18 Weigh-in Results

Update- Heather Bassett and Chidi Njokuani both miss weight on second try. Both will forfeit 20% of purse.

Main Event

Flyweight Title (125lbs)- Matt Manzanares (124.8lbs) vs. Alexandre Pantoja (124.6lbs)

Bantaweight (135lbs)- Ulysses Gomez (135.8lbs) vs. Abel Cullum (135.8lbs)

Welterweight (170lbs)- Chidi Njokuani (173.2lbs) vs. Steve Hanna (171lbs) Chidi Njokuani has 1 hour to make weight or forfeits 20% of purse.

Bantamweight (135lbs)- Heather Bassett (138.4lbs) vs. Brenda Gonzalez (135.6lbs) Heather Bassett has 1 hour to make weight or forfeits 20% of purse.

Lightweight (155lbs)- Mehdi Baghdad (156lbs) vs. Evan Delong (155lbs)

Catchweight (140lbs)- Justin Linn (141lbs) vs. Adrian Cruz (139.6lbs) Justin Linn agrees to forfeit 20% of purse.

Under Card

Flyweight (125lbs)- Zac Riley (125.8lbs) vs. Tim Sosa (125.4lbs)

Featherweight (145lbs)- Federico Betancourt (143lbs) vs. Jesse Long (145.2lbs)

Bantamweight* (135lbs)- Allison Price (135.4lbs) vs. Nicco Montano (135.6lbs)

Lightweight* (155lbs) Bronson Mitchell (156lbs) vs. Jess Martinez (154lbs)

Lightweight* (155lbs) Ian Velasquez (152.6lbs) vs. Ernesto Salvidrez (155.8lbs)

(* indicates Amatuer fight, All Amatuer fights will be fought at 3 minutes for 3 rounds.)

(Bold indicates fighter trains out of New Mexico)

RFA

RFA 18: Full card Update

Main Event

Flyweight Title (125lbs)- Matt Manzanares (7-2) vs. Alexandre Pantoja (14-2)

Bantaweight (135lbs)- Ulysses Gomez (9-4) vs. Abel Cullum (18-6)

Welterweight (170lbs)- Chidi Njokuani (10-4) vs. Steve Hanna (4-1)

Bantamweight (135lbs)- Heather Bassett (2-1) vs. Brenda Gonzalez (4-1)

Lightweight (155lbs)- Mehdi Baghdad (9-3) vs. Evan Delong (13-7)

Catchweight (140lbs)- Justin Linn (6-1) vs. Adrian Cruz (5-1-1)

Under Card

Flyweight (125lbs)- Zac Riley (1-1) vs. Tim Sosa (1-2)

Featherweight (145lbs)- Federico Betancourt (0-0) vs. Jesse Long (0-0)

Bantamweight* (135lbs)- Allison Price (0-0) vs. Nicco Montano (3-0)

Lightweight* (155lbs) Bronson Mitchell (1-1) vs. Jess Martinez (2-0)

Lightweight* (155lbs) Ian Velasquez (1-0) vs. Ernesto Salvidrez (1-0)

(* indicates Amatuer fight, All Amatuer fights will be fought at 3 minutes for 3 rounds.)

(Bold indicates fighter trains out of New Mexico)

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Last Week in New Mexico MMA

Results

Bellator 123

Steve Garcia* def. Kin Moy by Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)

UFC Fight Night 50

Ben Rothwell def. Alistair Overeem* by TKO 2:19, Round 1

Invicta FC 8

Michelle Waterson* def. Yasuko Tamada by TKO 4:58, Round 3

Roxanne Modafferi def. Tara LaRosa* by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Jodie Esquibel* def. Jinh Yu Frey by Split Decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-29)

New Mexico Record

3-2

The FightScene Predictions Record

3-2

(* indicates fighter trains in New Mexico)

 

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This Week In New Mexico MMA

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RFA

RFA 18 scheduled for Sept. 12th in Albuquerque

Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) has announced a date and venue for RFA 18. The promotion will be making its first trip to the Southwest on September 12th at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The card will be headlined by one of Albuquerque’s fastest rising stars as Joby Sanchez takes on RFA’s Flyweight Champion Matt Manzanares in a 5-round title fight. Also on the card will be New Mexico natives Abel Cullum, taking on UFC veteran Ulysses Gomez, Brenda Gonzales, Adrian Cruz, Evan DeLong, and Tim Sosa.

Team Jackson-Winklejohn fighter Joby Sanchez will be fighting for the second time in as many months. Sanchez is coming off a big win at Tachi Palace Fights 20 when he Knocked-out WEC and UFC veteran Antonio Banuelos in the second round.

In the fight with Banuelos, Sanchez shook off a rough 1st round as Banuelos was able to get inside the reach of Sanchez. When the second round started Sanchez took over, peppering Banuelos with strong combinations, eventually knocking down the 32-fight vet. But the action was stopped when it looked like Sanchez continuously hit Banuelos in the back of the head with hammerfists. Banuelos was given time to recover and Sanchez was given a strong warning. When the action restarted, Sanchez started where he left off and landed a few good, hard, 3 and 4 shot combos. Banuelos went down and Sanchez jumped all over him. At the same time the referee stepped in to stop the action Banuelos’ corner threw in the towel.

RFA 18 will be co-headlined by Tucumcari’s own Abel Cullum. This will be Cullum’s first fight in three years. He will be taking on UFC veteran Ulysses Gomez. Gomez is coming into the fight on a two fight losing streak, last competing in the cage against Phil Harris at UFC on Fuel TV 7 back in Febuary of 2013. Cullum, also riding a three fight losing streak, will be looking to get back on track and back in the win column.

Tickets for RFA 18 will go on sale on Tuesday, August 12th at www.holdmyticket.com starting from $35. You can also contact your favorite local fighter for tickets. VIP tables are available by calling 505-507-0309.

Main Card

Main Event

RFA 125lb. Title Fight

Champion Matt Manzanares (8-2) vs. Joby Sanchez (6-0)

Co-Main Event

135lb: Abel Cullum (18-6) vs. Ulysses Gomez (9-4)

170lb: Steve Hanna (5-1) vs. Chidi Hjokuani (10-4)

135lb: Brenda Gonzales (4-1) vs. TBD

135lb: Adrian Cruz (5-1-1) vs. Joey Miolla (4-1)

155lb: Evan DeLong (13-7) vs. Mehdi Baghdad (9-3)

Under Card

125lb Pro: Tim Sosa (1-2) vs. Ronnie White (5-7)

155lb Am: Jess Martinez (2-0) vs. Bronson Mitchell (1-1)

135lb Am: Nicco Montano (3-0) vs. Allison Price (0-0)

170lb Am: Anthony DeVargas (7-3) vs. TBD

155lb Am: Ernesto Salvidrez (1-0) vs. TBD

(Card Subject to Change without Notice)

 

 

 

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