Dragon House MMA delivered a night of exciting fights this past weekend at the Kezar Pavilion—located in Golden Gate Park in beautiful San Francisco, California. The indoor arena, built in 1924, has hosted many events from concerts to sporting events throughout its years in operation. On November 18, 2017, the longest-running promotion in the Bay Area opened the Kezar Pavilion’s doors to local combat sports fans for Dragon House 27.
Dragon House, founded by Sifu Zhong Luo, hosted a night of twenty MMA bouts; the stacked card also included a No Gi Super Fight between two of the best No Gi BJJ competitors in the area.
Main Event: Brandon Laroco (2-1) vs. Adin Duenas (6-1) at a catchweight (140-pounds)
Brandon Laroco signed his bout agreement against Adin Duenas on October 25th. He had less than eight weeks to prepare for his fight, a fight that would secure him as a contender for the Dragon House Bantamweight Title at Dragon House 28. An up-and-coming star at 135-pounds, Laroco last appeared in the cage at Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull on September 23rd, 2017. He defeated his last opponent, Gaston “The Dream Killer” Bolanos via triangle choke in the second frame.
Adin Duenas has a hard fought five-fight win streak and has had and even harder time finding an opponent that wants to actually fight. When his name is spoken, fighters refuse to fight him before the agreement is even inked out. Duenas’ last loss was against UFC fighter Josh Emmett via unanimous decision. Duenas was well-prepared to face a dangerous young striker looking to secure a shot at the Dragon House belt.
Round 1: Both fighters started the night feeling each other out with leg kicks. Duenas, beautifully, timed a head kick and took Laroco down. Laroco fought back to his feet and absorbed a hard kick to the body from Duenas. Laroco landed a head kick but ended up on his back to end the round. 10-9 Duenas.
Round 2: Laroco landed a head kick, yet Duenas attempted a takedown. Scrambling, both fighters returned to their feet. Duenas answered with his own head kick and inside leg kick. Laroco returned the favor with a vicious kick to the body. Duenas had Laroco up against the cage; his head drilled into Laroco. Duenas ended the round with another take down. 10-9 Duenas.
Round 3: Down on the scorecards, Laroco needed to finish the fight. Duenas looked for a single leg and attempted a takedown. Laroco defended the shot, and Duenas gave up his back. Laroco took this opportunity to flatten Duenas out on the canvas. He had both hooks in but Duenas had trouble defending.
Co-Main Event: Brady Huang vs. Roger Severson for the Dragon House Featherweight Title
Roger Severson’s last fight at CFC 4, versus Cristian Giovannie, didn’t exactly go as planned. Severson, who trains year around, stays ready in case an opportunity comes knocking. An opportunity rang when Mauricio Diaz unexpectedly pulled, leaving Brady Huang without a dance partner. Severson, with only three days to prepare, didn’t hesitate to share the cage with the current, undefeated URCC Bantamweight Champion for the Dragon House Featherweight Title.
Brady Huang has been on a terror ever since his pro debut in 2016. A well-rounded, young fighter with powerful strikes and spectacular submission skills, Huang is one of the Bay Area’s most exciting prospects to watch in the bantamweight division. Currently, he holds the URCC Bantamweight Title, which he collected in his last his last win on September 30th.
Round 1: Huang had Severson up against the cage. Severson reversed his position and plunged a huge knee to the body of Huang, dropping him to the mat. Huang was then working from his back. Huang had a triangle locked in. Severson looked to be in trouble, but he fought it off with a great defense. Huang looked for submissions, but Severson was tough!
Round 2: Huang backed Severson to the cage again. Severson worked a guillotine choke while pressed against the cage. Huang took Severson to the canvas. Huang searched for the triangle again. Severson desperately struggled to punch his way out, but it was to no avail.
NorCal MMA Performances of the Night
Fight of the Night: Brandon Laroco and Adin Duenas
Submission of the Night: Brady Huang
Knockout of the Night: Alex Takuma
Results from Dragon House 27
Brandon Laroco defeated Adin Duenas by way of rear naked choke in round 3 (2:30)
Brady Huang defeated Roger Severson by way of triangle choke in round 2 (1:33)
Alex Takuma defeated Victor Tirado by way of Von Flue choke in round 2
Hyder Amil defeated Adam Cruz by way of TKO in round 2 (1:04)
Hugo Lujan defeated Nikko Jackson by way of TKO in round 2 (2:30)
Mikey Gonzalez defeated Antoine Smith by way of TKO in round 1 (1:27)
Arturo Hernandez and Abraham Vaesau was ruled a no-contest
DeMarco Villalona Jr. defeated Wesley McCracken by way of doctor’s stoppage in round 1
Anthony Do defeated Albert Tapia by way of TKO in round 3 (1:55)
Eduardo Perez defeated Dyllan Snavely by way of KO in round 1 (3:30)
Jiu-Jitsu Super Fight
David Mitchell and Diego Herzog was ruled a draw
Giovanni Rosales defeated Carlos Maturana by way of split-decision
Michele Baiano defeated Anthony Figueroa by way of unanimous decision
Ulysses Molina defeated Jaime Abadam by way of KO in round 1
Stacy Moran defeated Veronica Mendoza by way of split-decision
Aaron Armijo and Aireon Tavares was scored a draw
Brady Green defeated Joseph Corona by way of rear naked choke in round 1 (:56)
David Solorzano defeated Leo Leon by way of unanimous decision
Anthonie Taylor and Gavin Sheehan was ruled a no contest