March 10, 2018—Bay Area Combat (BAC), a familiar name now packaged with a revitalized passion—and focus—to aid the development of mixed martial arts in Northern California, unveiled their new brand of amateur MMA: a platform for fresh faces, well-scouted match-ups, and championship belts to wrap a bow on the evening.
Main Event: Joseph Kropshcot vs. Noah Christy for the BAC Middleweight Title
Amid the many boxes the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization (C.A.M.O) checks at the prep point before an athlete steps into the cage, Noah Christy raised eyebrows about a slick substance, such as Vaseline, found on his skin. After attempting to remove the greasy film with a towel and considerable debate about how to move forward, the cage side officials allowed Christy to enter, but everyone’s senses were heightened.
If Christy were smothered in something slippery, Joseph Kropschot, a brown belt out of Team Santos Jiu-Jitsu, didn’t budge once he adhered to the back of Christy and cinched off his air supply. Forty-four seconds into the main event, Kropschot earned a keepsake of his undefeated run as a middleweight with the BAC title at 185-pounds.
Co-Main Event: Anthony Beal vs. Freddy Rodriguez for the BAC Lightweight Title
Although someone had to have their hand raised and walk away with the BAC Lightweight Title, nobody inside McCormack Hall was a loser when Anthony Beal and Freddy Rodriguez met in the co-main event.
Both Beal and Rodriguez utilized their strengths over the course of the three round affair. Beal, listed at six-foot-two, placed an array of strikes—with pinpoint precision—into the head, torso, and legs of Rodriguez; however, Rodriguez had several instances of success with bullying his way inside the lightning rods for limbs possessed by Beal. The exchanges shared between these 155-pounders inched everyone around the BAC cage closer to the edge of their seats, and, in the end, fans were forced to sit back and wonder if there’s anyone who can outclass Beal’s deadly Kajukenbo stylings.
NorCal MMA’s Performances of the Night
In a sport buoyed by extreme feats, the NorCal MMA Performance of the Night awards, either for KO/TKO, Submission, and Fight of the Night, allow certain levels of intensity to be sifted out. The leaderboard at BAC included:
TKO of the Night: Giovanni Rosales
Submission of the Night: Joseph Kropschot
Fight of the Night: Anthony Beal and Freddy Rodriguez
Bay Area Combat’s complete results:
Joseph Kropschot defeated Noah Christy by way of rear naked choke in round 1 (:44).
Anthony Beal defeated Freddy Rodriguez by way of unanimous decision.
Jess Bluth defeated Diego Lopez by way of TKO in round 1 (1:13).
Jorge Carrasco defeated Adam DeNu by way of unanimous decision.
Giovanni Rosales defeated Danny Peoples by way of TKO in round 3 (1:19).
Mark Vargas defeated Anthony Garon by way of TKO in round 2 (1:25).
Sal Osorio defeated Eugenio Garcia by way of rear naked choke in round 1 (1:13).
Quentin Wright defeated Oscar Hernandez by way of TKO in round 2 (1:54).
Petter Ishiguro defeated Elisha Soliz by way of TKO in round 1 (1:17).
Thiago Dos Santos defeated Leo Leon by way of unanimous decision.
Jeff Hermann defeated Nik Runnion by way of split-decision.
Ricky Lopez defeated Frederick Doherty by way of split-decision.
Sam Tanner defeated Brady Rivera by way of split-decision.
The thermostat is sure to rise for Bay Area Combat this summer when the all-amateur promotion, led by Steve Barnett and Deborah Ferolito, returns to the Solano Fairgrounds in Vallejo on June 30, 2018 for Bay Area Combat 2.