By- Ben Field
While everybody was busy watching the UFC and Bellator events last weekend, I took the opportunity to visit the regional scene, which is where the stars are born. Before I get into things here I just want you to understand, as a fan one of the best things you can do is follow the regional scene. You will meet some great people and fighters. During my time at Cage Wars 40 I had to honor of re-interviewing some great people and also meeting some new blood in the amateur MMA world. All those interviews can be found on MMA Wreckage Radio and the MMA Wreckage Facebook page and group.
This entire event saw fighters with amazing talent, heart and potential. The first fighter that comes to my mind when I say would be LaFargeville’s Tanner Payne (0-1), who despite taking a (30-27 30-27 29-28) decision loss, showed us why he is here to stay. This kid came out without anybody in his corner and fought the fight like a true fighter. With some improvement Tanner Payne will be a killer. The third fight had MVMMA’s Kyle Kahler (2-2) earn a first round TKO over a tough opponent in Cody Dickershaid. (8-13) Both guys came out aggressive but it was Kahler who was getting the better of the exchanges. Kyle used his reach and takedown defense to control the fight from start to finish. Towards the middle of the first round Dickershaid and Kahler tied up in the clinch and they began exchanging knees, which led to the end of the fight and a win for Kyle Kahler.
The first title fight was one that fans have been wanting to see for a while. Bob Buskey (2-1) claimed the USMTA Super Heavyweight title with an impressive victory over Travis Streeter. (2-2) At the start of the fight they both tied up and Travis put Bob against the fence. Bob was able to use his power to earn the reversal and secure a submission (due to strikes) win early in the first round. Another member of Team Jucao that took home gold was Kyle Glasheen (3-0) who won at end of round two via doctor stoppage. His opponent, Derek Ellis (2-2) never ceases to amaze me. He fought through two rounds of hell before passing out on his stool. The only thing more impressive was the way Ed Kinner, executive director of the USMTA, handled the situation. Kinner, who has EMS training, made the decision to have Ellis evaluated at a near by facility before the doctor had time to finish his evaluation. Hats off to Ed, for always putting the safety of the fighters first.
In the featured lightweight title fight we saw a comeback from a tough fighter. Chris Almestica (4-1) was able to withstand a storm of hard strikes and takedowns from Steve Rich. (5-1) It was the second round where things changed. Chris used his toughness to survive another half round before he was able to turn things around and get the second round ground and pound finish.
The co-main event showed us why Jake Davis (6-1) going to be a force when he goes pro. Jake was able to reverse the takedown of fight vet Randy Lamb (9-6) took his back, and got a quick first round rear naked choke win. During the post fight interview Jake said that this would most likely be his final defense because he plans on going pro.
In the highly anticipated main event we had Sam Micale (4-3) comeback after three years and secure the flyweight throne, which was no easy task. After the feeling out process during the first, Mike Doolen (4-1) came out in the second looking confident. At the end of the fight it was Sam Micale’s combinations and takedowns that led to him securing a unanimous decision victory. (30-27 30-27 30-27)
The night was absolutely flawless. I want to take an opportunity to thank my other host Randall Folks, my team Lance, Austin, and Tanya. Id also like to thank Tim, Tommy and Julie for having us this weekend. Below you can see our MMA Wreckage Radio event awards.
Knockout of the night: Kyle Kahler
Honorable mentions: Glasheen, Buskey and Almestica.
Submission of the night: Jake Davis.
Fight of the night: Mike Doolen vs Sam Micale.