Photo Credit: Hard Knocks Fighting Championship
January 30th was the latest effort from Hard Knocks Fighting Championship, a pro/am card which I purchased on Go Fight Live. A really solid event with some awesome knockout finishes. If you like fights with explosive finishes, go order this event. The following is my play by play of the fight as well as the Of The Night Awards
1. Amateur Featherweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Ali Wasuk (1-0) vs Tyler Kobayashi (0-0)
RD 1: They clinch up and Wasuk gets a takedown. Kobayashi is doing a good job avoiding any damage. Wasuk does land some body shots, but that is about it.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Wasuk
RD 2: Wasuk lands a leg kick and then another. Wasuk lands a kick low stopping the action. They resume and touch gloves. Wasuk rushes in and forces a clinch. Wasuk throws him off the clinch. Kobayashi seems very tentative. Jab and cross lands for Wasuk.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Wasuk
RD 3: Front kick by Wasuk. Wasuk lands a kick low stopping the action and is deducted a point. They resume and clinch on the cage but Wasuk breaks off. Kobayashi shoots from far away and Wasuk gets a guillotine. It looks tight but Kobayashi hangs in and escapes and gets on top as the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 9-9
My score card: 29-27 Wasuk
Result: Ali Wasuk via Unanimous Decision (Scores not read)
2. Amateur Featherweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Grey Patino (1-2) vs John Nguyen (2-1)
RD 1: Hard hook lands for Patino. Patino is unsuccessful in a shot. Nice leg kick by Nguyen. Two nice counter hooks by Nguyen. Leg kick by Patino. Patino lands a couple punches. Nguyen lands punches and drops him and the ref stops it.
Result: John Nguyen via TKO at 1:53 of Round 1
3. Amateur Middleweight Title 3x3x3x3x3 Rounds
James Williams (2-2) vs Brent Auger (4-2)
RD 1: They come out trading punches and then Williams takes him down and gets his back but they stand. Auger takes him down but Williams gets his back, however he is too high to do anything. Williams does land a body shot. Williams is warned for hitting the spine. More body shots by Williams.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Williams
RD 2: Williams comes forward and forces a clinch. Auger is trying for a takedown and gets it and gets side control. Some body shots by Auger. Auger tries for an armbar but it is nicely defended by Williams. Auger then goes for a guillotine but can’t get it. They stand and Auger lands punches before taking him down. Auger gets an armbar and the tap.
Result: Brent Auger via Tapout (Armbar) at 2:56 of Round 2
4. Pro Flyweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Rob Nelson (0-4) vs Keegan Oliver (0-3)
RD 1: Oliver declines to touch gloves. Oliver catches a kick and takes him down but they are up after a scramble. Nelson gets a throw but they stand clinched. They drop down and Oliver gets a rear naked for the tap.
Result: Keegan Oliver via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:43 of Round 1
5. Pro Heavyweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Carmen Umpherville (0-1) vs Robin Hahn (0-0)
RD 1: Right away Umpherville lands a kick low stopping action. They resume and touch gloves. They clinch and Hahn takes him down in half guard. Not much action. Some head shots by Hahn. Elbow to the body by Hahn. Umpherville almost sweeps but then Hahn gets mount. Hahn lands a hard elbow opening a bad cut and then punches till the ref stops it.
Result: Robin Hahn via TKO at 3:19 of Round 1
6. Pro Strawweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Lynnell House (2-3) vs Stephanie Essensa (1-1)
RD 1: They trade jabs. Nice cross by House. Leg kick by House and another. Nice leg kick by Essensa. They trade punches. Nice hook by House. Leg kick by House. Leg kick by Essensa. They trade punches. Leg kick by Essensa. Essensa is bleeding from the nose. Essensa forces a clinch but House breaks off and lands punches. Stiff jab by House. Leg kick by Essensa. House lands punches on the cage.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 House
RD 2: Double jab by Essensa. Leg kick by House. House lands punches and Essensa takes her down in guard. Essensa stands and drops down two punches before letting her up. House lands punches on the cage. Essensa’s nose is bleeding pretty bad. They trade jabs. Leg kick by Essensa. Nice cross by Essensa. They trade punches. Cross by House. Essensa looks for a takedown by can’t get it. House lands a cross and Essensa takes her down against the cage. House doing well to avoid any damage. Essensa does land a punch and elbow to close the round.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 House
RD 3: Two leg kicks by Essensa. Another leg kick by Essensa. Nice jab and cross by Essensa. Two more leg kicks by Essensa. More leg kicks by Essensa. Hook and cross by Essensa. Leg kick by Essensa. House lands punches. They trade hooks. Cross by Essensa. Leg kick by Essensa. Jab and cross by Essensa. They trade punches. Essensa takes her down to close out the round.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Essensa
My score card: 29-28 House
Result: Stephanie Essensa via Unanimous Decision (scores not read)
7. Pro 175LB Catch Weight 5x5x5 Rounds
Dejan Kajic (5-3-2) vs Justin Schmit (2-2)
RD 1: They trade jabs and then clinch. Schmit takes him down but they are up quick. Leg kick by Schmit. Jab by Schmit. Hook by Kajic. Schmit shoots but can’t get the takedown. Kajic drops with with a counter punch and gets on top in half guard. Schmit escapes and they stand. Schmit ducks a punch and takes him down. Kajic is warned for holding the cage. They stand clinched and Schmit drags him down but Kajic lands punches before they stand. Schmit shoots and Kajic lands on top and gets his back landing punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Kajic
RD 2: Kajic puts him out with a head kick.
Result: Dejan Kajic via KO at 0:09 of Round 2
8. Pro Light Heavyweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Devon Smith (0-1) vs Zac Chalmers (1-0)
RD 1: Chalmers rushes in and forces a clinch. Smith goes for a guillotine and they drop down and he gets the tap.
Result: Devon Smith via Tapout (Guillotine) at 0:28 of Round 1
9. Pro 150LB Catch Weight 5x5x5 Rounds
Bendy Casimir (19-11-2) vs Curtis DeMace (14-11)
RD 1: Leg kick by DeMace. Spinning back fist by Casimir and DeMace is cut by his eye. Another spinning back fist lands for Casimir. Leg kick by Casimir and another. Nice leg kick by DeMace that is answered by Casimir. DeMace lands punches on the cage and Casimir forces a clinch. DeMace gets his back standing and lands a knee to the head. Takedown by DeMace but nice escape by Casimir and they stand clinched. Knee to the leg by Casimir. Casimir rolls for a leg and then looks for a heel hook. Casimir lets him up and they trade punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Casimir
RD 2: Body kick by DeMace. Leg kick by Casimir. DeMace lands punches. Casimir drops him with a spinning back fist and lands more punches to put him out.
Result: Bendy Casimir via KO at 0:40 of Round 2
10. Pro Bantamweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Souk Khampasath (6-6-1) vs Jesse Arnett (5-4)
RD 1: Khampasath drops him with a hook and gets on top in half guard. Arnett is defending well. Khampasath gets his back and lands head shots. The ref warns Khampasath for hitting the back of the head. More head shots by Khampasath. Arnett is able to pull guard and they stand. Flying knee by Arnett and he lands punches on the cage.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Khampasath.
RD 2: They trade strikes. Khampasath shoots but Arnett lands on top in half guard. Elbows to the head by Arnett. More elbows land for Arnett. Khampasath is cut on the top of his head. Punches to the head by Arnett. More elbows by Arnett. Arnett stands and drops down punches. Khampasath has multiple cuts on the top of his head. More punches by Arnett till the ref stops it.
Result: Jesse Arnett via TKO at 4:37 of Round 2
11. Pro Light Heavyweight Title 5x5x5x5x5 Rounds
Misha Cirkunov (7-2) vs Rodney Wallace (22-9-1)
RD 1: Jab by Cirkunov. Leg kick by Wallace and another. Hook by Cirkunov. Jab by Wallace. Hard hook by Cirkunov. They clinch and move to the cage. Knees to the leg by Cirkunov. They separate and Cirkunov lands a hook. Cirkunov puts him out with a head kick.
Result: Misha Cirkunov via KO at 2:00 of Round 1
Submission of the Night: Keegan Oliver
Knockout of the Night: Dejan Kajic
Fight of the Night: Lynnell House vs Stephanie Essensa