CXF held its ninth event just a few miles from Hollywood, California and there were several breakout performances from many California natives. All nine bouts ended via stoppage and there were many special moments throughout.
Highlights from the undercard include Christian Aguilera’s one jab knockout, Brian Del Rosario’s sub minute knockout debut, Thor Skancke singing Frank Sinatra’s “I Did It My Way” after his TKO win and Dominic Clark giving some time to his opponent Chris Culley to pay his respects to the fans as he decided to step away from MMA to help his sick mother.
In the first of the night’s title fights, Roosevelt Roberts took on Shohei Yamamoto for the CXF lightweight title. The first half of the opening round saw both men have their moments but Roberts utilized his wrestling and began taking control of the fight. Yamamoto managed to scramble back to his feet at the end of the round but both men were winded going back to their corners. The beginning of the second saw Roberts and Yamamoto swing wildly with Roberts getting the better of the exchanges. A hard right hand floored Yamamoto and somehow the Oceanside native found the wits to get back up but it wasn’t enough. A brutal Thai clinch by Roberts had Yamamoto eating knees and elbows that led referee Mike Beltran to intervene and call the match halfway into the second round.
Roosevelt Roberts won the CXF lightweight title and will advance to face Darren Smith at the lightweight tournament final at CXF 10 taking place in November. Smith automatically advanced since his opponent Richard Leroy was pulled from their bout due to ongoing recovery from his previous fight of the year contender against Jalin Turner at CXF 8.
Steve Ramirez also made a big splash at CXF 9. The only lower weight fighter on the card may have scored the biggest knockout in a fight filled with explosive knockouts. Mike Hansen could not get a groove going. Stunned and dropped by Ramirez’ powerful left hand early on, a TKO seemed imminent but his determination to continue only led to a worse outcome. Wobbling upon standing up, Hansen was met with a left uppercut that separated him from consciousness the instant it landed. Ramirez claims the flyweight title and a growing reputation as a Southern California knockout artist.
Chase Gibson also made a second defense of his featherweight title against Jeff Martin. On the feet both had success, Martin even seemed to have better command of the cage at times but Gibson didn’t want to waste too much time in a feeling out process. Gibson managed to land a powerful slam takedown and took total control from there. A few minutes with back control led to a back mount and the subsequent ground and pound led to a TKO stoppage before the five minute mark.
The results of the card can be seen down below. To watch a replay of the fight click here.
Brian Del Rosario defeats Michael Jackson by first round knockout (knee and punches)
Fernando Padilla defeats Sergio Perez by first round submission (armbar)
A.J. Bryant defeats Dmitry Gerasimov by second round TKO (corner stoppage)
Christian Aguilera defeats Joshua Jones by first round knockout (punch)
Dominic Clark defeats Chris Culley by first round submission (mounted guillotine)
Roosevelt Roberts defeats Shohei Yamamoto by second round TKO (knees)
Steve Ramirez defeats Mike Hansen by first round knockout (punch)
Chase Gibson defeats Jeff Martin by first round knockout (ground and pound)
Thor Skancke defeats Quinten McCottrell by first round TKO (punches)