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More Controversey Not Good For MMA

December 7, 2010 1 comment

In recent weeks, there has been clear evidence that something needs to happen to the officiating in mixed martial arts. When I say “officiating”, I do not limit that to just referees or judges. The month of December has seen things happen that lead us to question the judges, referees, and athletic commissions.

Chael Sonnen met with the California State Athletic Commission on December 2nd to appeal his $2,500 fine and 1 year suspension from competing in California. While the hour and a half hearing came to a close with Sonnen’s supension being shortened to 6 months, the board had a bigger problem on their hands: The State Athletic Commission doesn’t even know its own rules. Many times during the meeting, the board looked confused and seemed as though they were looking to each other for answers. This continues to hurt the professionalism that mixed martial arts has been seeking to attain for so long.

Also on the 2nd of December, Tachi Palace Fights 7: Deck the Halls streamed live from MMAjunkie.com and the fights did not disappoint. Great wins from Micah Miller, John Alessio, and Jussier da Silva were pushed to the side as a very odd situation took place in the first round of a Seth Baczynski and Tim McKenzie fight occured. During the first round, McKenzie locked Baczynski in an arm bar that seemed to have broken Baczynski’s arm. As McKenzie wrenched the arm, he stopped and let go of Baczynski for a brief moment and brought his hands up to his own chest. Baczynski then pounded away on McKenzie with vicious elbows signaling a referee stoppage win for him. Most observers were confused as to why the arm bar was let go of. A recent Youtube video shows that Baczynski tapped out on McKenzie’s chest and that is why the armbar was released.

The last controversial thing took place at The Ultimate Fighter finale when Nam Phan lost a split decision win to Leonard Garcia in the 1st 145 lb fight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Nam Phan clearly won at least 2 rounds of the fight, hitting Garcia left and right with combos and body shots. When the decision was announced that Garcia won, EVERYONE in the arena was surprised….even Garcia and his coaching staff. Joe Rogan then went on to call the judges “incompetent morons” and drilled the Nevada State Athletic Commission throughout the evening.

MMA needs to clean up its act. All of these controversial issues do nothing but tear the sport down and feed the stereotype of it not being professional.

Jerel “The Solution” Clark Interview

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey everyone!

Make sure you check out our Spotlight section that features Reno fighter, Jerel Clark. Clark is currently 5-0 as a pro and will be trying out for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Ultimate Reno Combat 19

October 24, 2010 1 comment

This weekend also saw the Rick Collup’s Ultimate Reno Combat host its 19th event. Due to the distance, Nor-Cal MMA was unable to make it. But we did find an article online that listed results from the fights.

Great work to all the fighters!!!

The following is from Mike Searson, who writes for the Reno Examiner:

“Reno, Nevada – The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino played host last night to Ultimate Reno Combat 19: Night of Champions.  Local MMA promoter, Rick Collup brought eleven MMA Cage Fights back to Reno for one of the greatest Fight Cards seen this year.

The first fight of the night was a 205 pound light heavyweight bout between Mikel Orzel, fighting for Reno’s Gracie Jujitsu and Tony Lopez, an independent fighter from Bangor, California.  Both fighters were making their MMA debut.  The fight ended at 1:23 via tapout to rear-naked choke with Orzel the victor.
The second bout was a welterweight match between Turlock, California’s Fred Ruelas fighting for Team Voodoo and Omar Castro of Coldwell, Idaho fighting for No Excuse.  This fight began like a kickboxing match and over the course of all three rounds went to ground several times.  Both fighters gave it their all resulting in a split-decision going to Ruelas.
The next match featured Noe Jacinto fighting for Randori Dojo out of Sparks, Nevada and Julio Rios from Riverbank, California’s Family First MMA.  It was a brutal brawl that went 2:39 giving Rios a victory by TKO to strikes.
The fourth fight of the night was a welterweight bout between Roy Benitez of Coldwell, Idaho fighting for No Excuse and local favorite Kyle Zemp of Carson City, Nevada.  A predominently stand-up fight that went to the ground twice.  Two minutes into round 2, Benitez went for a savage takedown forcing Zemp to a verbal tapout to Armbar at 2:36.
Every now and then there’s a fight that captivates you.  One where both fighters give it their all and you leave extremely thankful that you were not there as a judge.  The fifth fight was exactly like that as Jose Ayala of the Reno Academy of Combat was pitted against Havok Skwad’s Andrey Mitchell of Sacramento, California; I’m calling this one:The Ground War.  Mitchell was undefeated and coming in off a recent victory and Ayala came off two recent victory at Ultimate Reno Combat 17 and Ultimate Reno Combat 18.  The bout was heavy on wrestling and jujitsu with Ayala literally ending the first round upside-down on his head. After 3 brutal rounds, this fight of the night went to Ayala by unanimous decision.
Up next was a middleweight match between Dustin Waters of Longmont, Colorado and John Cervantes of Turlock’s Team Voodoo. It was a quick match with Cervantes submitting Waters by Rear-Naked Choke at 51 seconds in the first round.
This was followed by 3-rounds of good old-school standup dirty boxing between Aaron Van Gundy of of  Underground Fight Systems and Eric Vallegos of Ring of Fire MMA with Van Gundy winning by decision.  The next fight was over before it began when Gracie jiujitsu’s Tomasz Kotowski of Reno, Nevada TKO’d Team Folsom’s Clayton Demura in 15 seconds.  Kotowski definitely looked like he wanted to keep going as the ref had to pull him back from the fallen Demura.
The ninth match was another great match-up between Reno’s Oscar Ramirez of Reno Academy of Combat and Chico, California’s Marcus Osegueda of  Underground Fight Systems.  It started with Osegueda rocking Ramirez and knocking him down, but Oscar fought from the ground eventually submitting his opponent at 2:11 via an armbar and emerging victorious with his fourth win in a row.  This was a somewhat controversial decision by Referee Kim Winslow, as Osegueda never tapped and felt he could continue.  However, Winslow felt his arm was in danger and made the call.
Rounding out the undercard was Derek Formosa of Elk Grove’s Hit Squad pitted against Chris Fajardo of Monrovia, California.  Fajardo deftly submitted Formosa to tapout via an armbar.
The Main Event was once again one of those fights that makes you sit up and take notice.  Nick Balestra fighting for Sacramento’s Brito MMA took on Reno Academy of Combat’s D-Lo Heaivilin.  Balestra is hotly rumored to be a contender on the next season of Ultimate Fighter.  The match was MMA mayhem at it’s finest as D-Lo boxed him, wrestled him into the cage and eventually defeated him via Guiolltine Choke in the third round.  Moving up to an unblemished record of 7-0, D-Lo went home with his second Championship Belt.  His trainer, Rick Collup had this to say, “He did everything exactly like we told him.  He listened to us and submitted a jiujitsu expert!”
Rick Collup’s next event is scheduled for December 10 at the Grand Sierra: Ultimate Reno Combat 20.  You definitely do not want to miss it.”
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