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NAAFS Caged Vengeance 15 was a Pro/AM card taking place in Parma, Ohio, a city not often run by the NAAFS, but the crowd seemed to enjoy having them there as they were loud throughout, whether cheering on local favorites or enjoying some of the exciting finishes. Included in the night’s festivities were the crowning of three new amateur champions. Many NAAFS amateur champions have moved on to big things in the sport, making these titles coveted by up and coming amateurs. The following is my coverage of each bout.
1. Amateur Flyweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Tim Wade (0-0 Independent) vs Brian Hauser (0-0 Evolve MMA)
RD 1: Both fighters are doing a lot of circling early, looking to find their range. Hauser lands some nice kicks. Hauser then gets a very nice slam and ends up in side control. After some hard punches by Hauser, the ref steps in to stop it.
Result: Brian Hauser via TKO at 1:22 of Round 1
2. Amateur Lightweight 3x3x3 Rounds Dustin Mohedano (0-0 Bundori MMA) vs Kenny Locsei (1-0 Strong Style Fight Team)
RD 1: Locsei comes out looking to put pressure on him immediately. After eating some shots, Mohedano shoots in and according to Jessica Eye seated next to me, Locsei lands a really good knee. They stay in the clinch landing knees. Locsei avoids a takedown and gets one of his own but doesn’t do much Damage.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Locsei
RD 2: They come out trading kicks to start. Locsei lands some punches. and eats a knee to the body for his effort but secures a takedown. Locsei lands some punches on the ground. After he listens to Jessica Eye, at least according to her, he lands some more punches to end the round.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Locsei
RD 3: Jessica Eye gives sound advice of “fight him!” to Locsei. They trade punches. Loscei gets a takedown and attempts punches but doesn’t do much damage. In side control Loscei lands some nice knees and then punches to the head.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Locsei
My score card: 30-27 Locsei
Result: Kenny Locsei via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)
3. Amateur Middleweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Joey Sanders (0-1 LJJA) vs Mike Kiser (0-0 World Kickboxing Academy)
RD 1: As soon as he sees an opening, Kiser gets a takedown. Sanders defends really well and is taking no damage. After a brief period, Kiser does begin to land shots and gets a guillotine forcing Sanders to tap.
Result: Mike Kiser via Tapout (Guillotine) at 1:41 of Round 1
4. Amateur Middleweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Tom Morris (0-0 Independent) vs Tom Finegan (0-1 ASK MMA)
RD 1: They come out both landing hard punches. Morris wants a takedown but the shot is sloppy and Finegan secures a guillotine and puts him to sleep.
Result: Tom Finegan via Technical Submission (Guillotine) at 0:54 of Round 1
5. Amateur 220LB Catch Weight 3x3x3 Rounds
Charles Owens (0-0 Independent) vs Joey LaForce (0-0 Independent)
RD 1: Owens lands hard punches right away and drops him. Owens gets on top and has his back landing more punches until LaForce taps.
Result: Charles Owens via Tapout (Strikes) at 2:32 of Round 1
6. Amateur Welterweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Justin Middlehurst (0-0 Independent) vs Dave Honzu (0-1 ASK MMA)
RD 1: They come out trading wild punches with Honzu getting the better o it. Middlehurst drops him with a punch and gets on top but doesn’t land anything while Honzu is very active from the bottom landing strikes.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Honzu
RD 2: Honzu hurts him right away with punches. Middlehurst’s face is a mess. More Punches from Honzu and the ref stops it.
Result: Dave Honzu via TKO at 0:36 of Round 2
7. Amateur Middleweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
A.J. Dobson (7-0 Team A.J.) vs John Gunther (10-2 Strong Style Fight Team)
They waste no time trading punches. Gunther charges in to a clinch on the cage and gets a takedown. Nice knees to the should by Gunther from north south. Gunther moves to guard and Dobson avoids further damage.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Gunther
RD 2: They come out more cautious than in round one. Gunther shoots in and takes him down. Dobson defends well and the ref stands them. Gunther takes him back down and from mount lands punches. Gunther gets an armbar for the tap right as the round is about to end.
Result: John Gunther via Tapout (Armbar) at 2:59 of Round 1
8. Amateur Lightweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Kyle Van Camp (6-2 Hayten MMA) vs Jeff Pelton (4-1 Evolve MMA)
RD 1: They quickly clinch but separate even quicker. Nice leg kicks by Pelton. Van Camp drops him with a hook and lands more punches. Pelton is trying hard to hang on and they stand. They trade hard wild shots. Pelton forces a clinch and they trade knees before separating and landing punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Van Camp
RD 2: Nice body kick by Pelton. Van Camp lands punches. Pelton answers with some nick leg and body kicks. Pelton ducks a punch and lands his own punches before getting a takedown and landing more punches.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Pelton
RD 3: They trade punches. Pelton shoots and takes him down landing short punches. Van Camp defends well. Pelton works for his back but can’t get it as the round closes.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Pelton
My score card: 29-28 Pelton
Result: Jeff Pelton via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28)
9. Amateur Featherweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Adli Edwards (5-0 Ronin Training Center) vs Tobiaus Taylor (5-1 Cal Crowell MMA/Rising Dragon)
RD 1: Edwards comes forward landing punches. They trade punches. Nice counter hook by Taylor. Taylor takes him down and mounts him but a nice escape by Edwards and they are up. Taylor comes forward landing punches and they clinch. Edwards breaks off quick and then takes him down landing punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Taylor
RD 2: They clinch right away and Edwards pushes him to the cage but they separate. Taylor drops him with a counter hook and lands more and puts him out.
Result: Tobiaus Taylor via KO at 0:40 of Round 2
10. Pro Heavyweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Tim Dunn (2-2 Fiterzwanted) vs Curt Lemmon (3-0 CJT MMA)
RD 1: They come out trading punches. They clinch and trade strikes. Nice trip takedown by Lemmon and he gets his back and a rear naked for the tap.
Result: Curt Lemmon via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:48 of Round 1
11. Pro Welterweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Chris Tucker (1-1 Team Most Wanted) vs Dave Lastafka (0-1 Strong Style Fight Team)
RD 1: Lastafka drops him quick and gets on top landing more punches. Tucker escapes and they stand. Nice counter hook by Lastafka. Tucker forces a clinch on the cage but Lastafka gets the takedown and side control. Tucker escapes and they stand. They clinch again and Lastafka hooks a guillotine for the tap.
Result: Dave Lastafka via Tapout (Guillotine) at 3:28 of Round 1
Submission of the Night: Curt Lemmon
Knockout of the Night: Tobiaus Taylor
Fight of the Night: Adli Edwards vs Tobiaus Taylor