Of the twelve amateur bouts, four of which for championship belts, at 209 Beatdown II on April 29, 2017, the cage side officials scoring each round can unbutton their jackets, lean back, and relax when Esley ‘The Daywalker’ Colson defends his 209 Beatdown Middleweight Title against Ismael ‘King Ish’ Roemro Pugh.
Browsing Colson’s resume on Tapology.com (link here), it appeared—both in victory and defeat—he had never confronted a judge’s scorecard. On Episode 3 of NorCal MMA’s Fight Talk (link here), Colson clarified: the online database lacked a piece of the puzzle’s entirety. During the conversation, Colson rewound to the moment following the clock’s expiration in his MMA debut, when fate rested on the opinions of others,
“My first fight was the only one that went to a decision, and I ended up losing by a point.” Since this instance, any scrap featuring Colson would be left to his own devices, “I don’t want to go to the judges because you see—nothing against the judges—but you see a lot of janky judging when it’s put in their hands.” All the ingredients to concoct a vexing verdict were visible from Colson’s vantage: “I went to Susanville, Nevada; I fought their hometown fighter—he was 3-0.” ‘The Daywalker’ scored the contest, “I felt like I dominated the first round and won the second. He kind of dominated the third round, and they gave him the decision.” As if awakened in a pool of sweat from a terrifying nightmare, he vowed, “I told myself, ‘Ah…Never again.’”
Seven fights later, the Northern California native out of Marinoble’s Martial Arts & Kickboxing has yet to await the rendering of a round-by-round regurgitation. Though Colson can’t speak for Romero Pugh, whom rides a first-round TKO stoppage at Dragon House 22 into 209 Beatdown II’s blue corner, he assured his sacrificial style, the same that earned him supremacy in 209 Beatdown’s 185-pound division with a submission over Geoffrey Stovall in a little over a minute, is what causes fans to creep toward the edge of their seats and opens their wallets,
“You got two fighters who go in there and, no matter what happens, every fighter who competes like they want to win: fans like it, promoters like it, people watching on TV or Pay-Per-View like it. If people are entertained, they’ll actually be paying for it.”
Colson’s mindset entering his title match versus Romero Pugh, along with the three other bouts for championship markers on 209 Beatdown II’s stellar fight card, will prove well worth its value in a venue packed with an electric atmosphere. For tickets to the April 29th event at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/209beatdown-ii.