FESTIBRAWL: It's About To Go DOWN!
It was a night of slick submissions, brutal ground & pound and hard-hitting action Friday, January 18th at the South Point Hotel & Casino. In what has become a true staple of the Fight Life in Vegas, Tuff-N-Uff once again proved why it's the best in the business. A near sold out crowd was treated to 5 Title Fights and 14 total bouts in what will go down as one of the best cards ever to be put on in the Amateur Ranks. Highlighting the night were stand out performances by Cory Hendricks, Cody Smith, Deandre Marshall and Jesse Cervantes who all earned stoppages leading up to the 5 Title Fights. Kari Lichtenwalner showed an improved game as she controlled the distance while counter striking and utilizing her clinch game to earn a unanimous decision win over a game Raquel Ramirez.
Shai Lindsey earned his redemption as he employed his superior wrestling and take down game to control the always dangerous Carlo Juinio. Lindsey has now defended his 125 lb Title and showed a level of composure befitting a champion.
Professional prospect Donovan Frelow amazed onlookers with the consensus submission of the night. Frelow is on another level and sunk in a lightening quick guillotine as he jumped guard. Donovan carries himself like a pro and we are all looking forward to his debut in the professional ranks soon. He leaves the amateur ranks as the 135lb Champ. Teammate Chris Gomez also took home gold as he used his wrestling background to capture the 150lb Belt.
In the Fight Life Media "Fight of the Night", Shane Johnson beat a very tough and very vocal Fard Muhammad on his way to being crowned the Tuff-N-Uff 155lb Champ. It's an instant classic and one of the very best fights I've ever seen. Johnson controlled the first round with his wrestling and top game only to have Fard Muhammad own him in the second with his stand up and aggressive fighting style. The third round saw the see saw battle turn in Johnson's favor as he mounted Fard and brutalized him for most of the round. Words just don't do the fight justice and it's a must see.
The culmination of "The Fight Life: The Belt" ended in the second round as Jeff Roman's NCAA Wrestling background turned the fight in his favor. Repeated take downs lead to Roman ending the fight with an arm triangle choke in the second. Kawika put on a valiant effort and gave Jeff an excellent fight. Both of these young fighters will undoubtedly have bright futures in the game.
Tuff-N-Uff's Festibrawl Official Results:
Ramos Cruz defeated Matt Villagomez via Unanimous Decision
Cory Hendricks defeated Geoffrey Rojas via First Round Submission (Guillotine)
Cody Smith defeated Brandon Rowland via First Round Submission (Arm Bar)
Bryan Calleros defeated Carlos Garcia via Unanimous Decision
Jesse Cervantes defeated Jayson Tu'ua Matagi via Second Round TKO
Farley Thomas defeated Regis Spicer via Split Decision
Deandre Marshall defeated John Priest via Second Round TKO
Shane Shapiro defeated Billy Dunmire via Unanimous Decision
Kari Lichtenwalner defeated Raquel Ramirez via Unanimous Decision
Chris Gomez defeated Shane Benbow via Unanimous Decision (150lb Title Fight)
Shai Lindsey defeated Carlo Juinio via Unanimous Decision (125lb Title Fight)
Shane Biggs defeated Fard Muhammad via Unanimous Decision (155lb Title Fight)
Donovan Frelow defeated Jesse Romero via First Round Submission (Guillotine - 135lb Title Fight)
Jeff Roman defeated Kawika Lagasca via Second Round Submission (Arm Triangle - 170lb Title Fight)
Until Next Time . . . MJ on MMA