209 Beatdown, an all-amateur MMA promotion housed in Northern California, opened its doors to 209 Beatdown II on April 29, 2017, rang its bell, and created a rich setting—including both fans and fighters alike—for learning.
The amateur ranks in mixed martial arts allow athletes to discover their potential as prizefighters while receiving payments in bundles of experience. For those peering into the cage from outside, 209 Beatdown’s sophomore showcase, presented by JR Entertainment, broadcasted a fight card crammed with an incredible array of ability, which coupled the promotion’s intent to entertain with an invaluable lesson: JR Entertainment is spotlighting the region’s top teams and competitors and making a push in the game of promoting C.A.M.O (California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization) certified MMA.
One of the more successful teams on display at 209 Beatdown II traveled inland from Marina: Levels MMA.
Frank Farmer, Ismael Romero, and Robert Davis flew the flag of Levels MMA and performed with an unrivaled intensity, elevating the attention being drawn to the growing fight team.
As the defending 209 Beatdown Welterweight Champion, Farmer wasted no time in reigning supreme over Stephen Martin. Moments after the hum of the bell died, an off-balance takedown from Martin invited Farmer to bury Martin’s neck into the crook of his arm. Twenty-seconds into the contest, the amateur champ, who earned NorCal MMA’s Submission of the Night, added to his crop of wins and will continue his ascent at 170-pounds.
Romero versus Esley Colson for the 209 Beatdown Middleweight Title—NorCal MMA’s choice for Fight of the Night—played out like a violent game of seesaw on the playground. The first round favored Colson’s well-rounded offense, but the pendulum swung in Romero’s favor when he returned to action from the stool. In a tale of two rounds, Romero, with a TKO stoppage, wrote the chapter on his tenacious toughness before those in attendance at 209 Beatdown II and proudly hoisted the 185-pound strap above his head.
Davis dominated in his middleweight match opposite Eddie Leyva. Walking into enemy territory with a non-stop pressure from a different plane of reality, the rising prospect out of Levels MMA actively sought the finish from every position. An arm bar, cranked with equal parts technique and desire, forced Leyva to concede and spiked the decibels through the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium’s classically designed ceiling.
Blurring the Lines Between Amateur and Professional
Not only did Chris Burton close the curtain on 209 Beatdown II’s evening in the main event—challenging for the vacant 209 Beatdown Bantamweight Title—he sealed the deal on his stint in the amateurs with a Knockout of the Night victory over Daniel Oseguera. Leading in to the championship affair on April 29th, the Stockton native, who also owned the 209 Beatdown Featherweight Title, discussed on Episode 1 of NorCal MMA’s Fight Talk (link here) his intentions of turning pro once a belt hung from each shoulder. In a flawless outing before his hometown crowd, it was difficult to determine anything amateur about Burton’s style of attack.
No Judges Needed at 209 Beatdown II
The only people bored to tears inside the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium during 209 Beatdown II were those in charge of doling out points. When all ten fights finalized before regulation, 209 Beatdown II was punctuated with exclamatory cheers, instead of leaving decisions in the hands of others and causing curling trails of confusion. Ideal matchmaking and an environment conducive for fighters to throw caution to the wind created the perfect conditions for hopeful stars in MMA to shine.
When 209 Beatdown refills their headquarters in the heart of Stockton in August for 209 Beatdown III, you don’t want to be the fight fan wearing a dunce cap in the corner because you never purchased a ticket.