WFC 17: Turning A Field of Nightmares Into A Field of Dreams

By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

If you build it, they will come.

wfc posterOn a field of canvas, MMA fans flocked to the McClellan Conference Center on May 7, 2016 when West Coast Fighting Championships (WFC) erected their cage and let eleven pairs of mixed martial artists loose to follow their dreams at WFC 17: Jones vs. Montgomery.

Some wondered whether WFC 17’s original fight bookings had been written in disappearing ink. Initially, the card featured three championship bouts. Josh Emmett, WFC’s lightweight champion, and Josh “Juggernaut” Appelt, WFC’s heavyweight champ, received the call to MMA’s big leagues; Appelt was ushered off to Bellator MMA to face Sergei Kharitonov at Bellator 154 on May 14th, and Emmett, on last-minute notice, was asked to hop over the Atlantic Ocean and challenge Jon Tuck at UFC Fight Night Rotterdam: Overeem vs. Arlovski on May 8th. An unforeseen injury curtailed the opportunity to light up the neon “NO” next to the vacancy on WFC’s bantamweight belt. It appeared WFC 17 was down a couple rounds…

Then, The Bell Rang

Wasting no time in reminding visitors to WFC 17 that the talent running up and down 10462897_10208336150734778_3317476687904333023_nCalifornia, and sometimes beyond, is optimally fertilized to produce a fresh crop of prospects. Sure enough, the amateurs kicked off WFC 17 with a bang.

One amateur matchup in particular electrified the crowd. Blake Benson and Jordan Mapa carried the intensity from their weigh-in face-off into the following day. Training with the Skrap Pack, Mapa’s crisp boxing skills shined. Benson weathered the barrage of combinations with a will of MMAGOLD in the first round, though he was wearing the punishment, and the doctors leaned in close between rounds. At the onset of round two, Benson blasted out of his corner like buckshot. If you blinked, you likely missed him wrangling Mapa to the mat, sinking in a rear naked choke, and forcing Mapa to submit because it only took nineteen seconds.

The technical ability of the amateurs may wobble around as if on Bambi’s legs, but these budding rookies played the role of veterans, at least in regards to the entertainment side of the sport.

Main Event: Justin “Lazy Bones” Jones (8-2) vs. Drew Montgomery (14-8)

13064546_878010782311025_7963103427588057398_oJones may have “Lazy Bones,” but his muscles and tendons react like that of a thoroughbred set for the Triple Crown, delighting fans in the main attraction.

Jones’ only two losses were logged during his stint in the UFC, but Montgomery tested that stat early in round one. At first, Montgomery staved off the pressure of Jones’ takedowns, and, due to a stall in action, he took advantage of the space the referee afforded him on the break, landing lefts and rights in combination. One of Montgomery’s right hands cracked the jawline of Jones, dropping him like a bag of bones. Jones clocked-in once upon his feet again, driving his weight and tackling Montgomery to the ground. From there, he pumped his fists with fervor until the referee waved off the contest.

Co-Main Event: “Dr” Mario Soto (7-2) vs. Danny “The Realist” Ramirez (4-2)

13161682_877970412315062_3825322234773280036_oTouted as WFC 17’s fight of the night, Soto followed the prescription called out from his corner, and Ramirez, no matter the dosage, accepted many milligrams of pain as if it were a placebo.

Tit-for-tat throughout round one; the round ended with an arena full of shrugging shoulders when asked who had the advantage. Rounds two and three told a different tale when Soto’s offense overwhelmed Ramirez. Even when Ramirez infected Soto’s space and pulled his feet out from under him, Soto was prepared with the antibiotic. In the end, Soto earned the unanimous decision.

Other Results Include:

Mefi “Lil’ Monsta” Monterroso (1-1) defeated Nico “Guerreiro” Lozada (2-2) by way of split decision.

Brandon Frunk (2-1) defeated Michael “Berserker” Olson (2-2) in round 1 (1:23) by way of arm triangle.

Martin “The Spartan” Day (3-0) defeated Anthony “Eskeleto” Torres (0-5) in round 1 (1:55) by way of guillotine choke.

Zachery “The Cadillac” Andrews (1-0) defeated Aarason “Hazard” Perry (2-0) in round 2 (4:43) by way of TKO.

Dillon Moore (2-0) defeated Jon Lorens (0-2) in round 1 (:43) by way of TKO.

Amateur Results Include:

David Klingsheim (4-0) defeated Kyle “The Ghost” Gothan (5-4) by way of unanimous decision to retain his amateur WFC flyweight title.

Andrew Chavez (4-0) defeated Camilo Mejia (1-2) by way of unanimous decision.

“Thee” Blake Benson (3-0) defeated Jordan Mapa (1-1) in round 2 (:19) by way of rear naked choke.

David Skuba (3-0) defeated Calob Ramirez (2-2) in round 3 (:17) by way of KO.

At the conclusion of WFC 17, fans exclaimed their love of MMA, and fighters with arms around their shoulders, either congratulatory or supportive, because, in reality, these athletes are setting everything on the line for food money.

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