More bells rang this week than any schoolyard, and many of Northern California’s mixed martial artists scattered throughout the region, and country, to instruct MMA fans of an invaluable lesson: pay attention to those from the upper half of ‘The Golden State’ when the cage door clicks.
Tachi Palace Fights 31: Diaz vs. Gibson
Adrian Diaz (11-4-1) versus Cody ‘The Renegade’ Gibson (15-7), Champion versus Champion, invited spectators seated around Tachi Palace’s cage and streaming the state’s highest profile promotion on YouTube to a memorable match-up for the TPF Featherweight Title. A back-and-forth contest that became a narrative etched in MMA’s historic pages after Team Alpha Male’s Diaz, the reigning TPF Featherweight Champion, defended his 145-pound title by sinking in a the third-round (?) guillotine finish, and Gibson, the reigning TPF Bantamweight Champion and prizefighter who reached the sport’s peak, entered into retirement immediately after the loss.
Tyler Diamond (8-0) dug deep to deliver a Fight of the Night performance against Nathan ‘Superman’ Stolen (6-1). Stolen showcased crafty escapes in the grappling exchanges and a chin constructed of granite, but Diamond’s wrestling and four-ounce doses of dynamite was ‘Superman’s kryptonite.
Angel ‘The Dream’ DeAnda (18-5) met Mike ‘Chunk’ Morales (7-7-1) to generate one of the more exciting, of several, first-round finishes at TPF 31. Morales, known as ‘Chunk,’ trimmed the fat off any wasted time, stalking forward and attempting to concoct a nightmare for ‘The Dream.’ DeAnda, the GKO Middleweight Champion who bounces between the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, demonstrated why you should never sleep on this heavy-hitting talent from Last Stand Fight Team.
Last Stand Fight Team’s Randall ‘Braveheart’ Wallace (14-6) never paused a relentless pursuit of JC ‘The Leg Lock Monster’ Llamas (8-7). Wallace (14-6), embraced as ‘Buddy,’ highlighted: he has no friends while sealed inside a steel cage. Damaging Llamas’ eye with a gruesome cut, the doctors called a halt to the welterweight clash.
Following a year away from the office and a two-fight losing streak, Joe ‘Nine Lives’ Neal (6-2), with the guidance of El Nino Training Center, landed on his feet in the middle of TPF 31’s canvas where he batted Alex ‘First Blood’ Rojas (4-6) around like a ball of string, eventually earning the TKO stoppage early in the second round.
Invicta Fighting Championships 23: Porto vs. (?)
The beauty in toughness was broadcasted on UFC Fight Pass when Yaya Rincon (1-0) successfully debuted as a professional when facing Brooksie ‘The Bear’ Bayard (1-2) in the all-female MMA promotion. Rincon revved at a higher RPM than Bayard for the entirety of fifteen minutes, likely due to her training with MMAGOLD’s Condition & Nutrition Specialist: Coach Doug Casebier, and she earned the unanimous decision victory.
From the UFC to Invicta FC 23, the fans were in for a treat when bantamweights Kelly Faszholz (4-2) and Elizabeth Phillips (6-5) collided in the center of the Scottish Rite Temple. Though Fascholz’s face wore some damage, she proudly represented the grit and grind harvested out of NorCal Fight Alliance as she marched Phillips from one side of Invicta’s cage to the other—broken hand and all.
Gladiator Challenge: Contenders
Josh ‘The Juggernaut’ Appelt (14-6) protected his Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Title against Shannon ‘The Cannon’ Ritch (55-84), a longtime veteran of the sport. Appelt tapped into his own wealth of knowledge, both experiential and cultivated within Team Alpha Male’s walls, to return to his championship glory to its resting place on his mantel.
For the sixth consecutive time, Matt Wagy (9-4), a featherweight on fire from Team Alpha Male, had his hand raised in the wake of a thirty-second knockout. Wagy wants to remain active; therefore, he’s already contracted an appearance at Conquer Fighting Championships, Conquer 4, where he’ll face JT ‘Grandma’s Boy’ Donaldson next month.
Other Team Alpha Male Standouts at Gladiator Challenge: Contenders Include:
Angelo ‘Baby Monsta’ Trevino (4-2) was victorious by way of TKO.
Nico ‘Guerreiro’ Lozada (3-3) completed the job with a first-round rear-naked choke.
Salaiman ‘Afghan Assassin’ Ahmadyar (4-0) remained undefeated when he scored a unanimous decision.
Omar ‘Mr. Fantastic’ Hussein (1-0) made his pro debut in emphatic fashion, TKOing his opposition in the opening frame of the fight.
FSF (Fighters Supporting Fighters): The New Beginning
Vince ‘Mush’ Murdock (10-3) returned to his home state of Michigan from his home-away-from-home, Team Alpha Male, to flood everyone’s memory with the tenacity he brings between the bells when he defeated Carl Deaton III at FSF: The New Beginning via the judges’ scorecards.
KOTC: Future Legends 36
An MMA debut she’ll never forget, Kaleigh Burrage may become a future queen to emerge in the sport from Team Alpha Male after bashing her opponent and claiming the first-round knockout.
Central Coast Throwdown: Unfinished Business
Josiah McHale, as of late, has gained experience with each passing week, filling his win column with its second tally in an equivalent number of weeks after a win inside Salinas’ Fox Theatre.
Weeks of MMA such as these reiterate how much talent in MMA, from amateur to the upper-echelon, is housed between Northern California’s boundaries.