Battleground at the Indianapolis Armory
Story and video by Fightjunky
Fresh on the heels of its successful 20th show in Indianapolis, Battleground staged the first night of its two-part championship weekend in Indianapolis on Friday night, before heading south to Madison on June 27th for the second night of this event. An enthusiastic crowd took in 14 MMA fights and two grappling fights at Indianapolis’s National Guard Armory in an evening that culminated in the dethroning of Battleground’s reigning 145 lb champion.
For videos of this evening’s fights, check out www.youtube.com/user/localfights.
In the main event of the evening, up-and-comer Casey Dyer (10-1) took on veteran cage fighter and reigning Battleground champion Jeremiah Davenport. The fight opened with Davenport charging in fast and furious and pressing the action against the cage. Dyer coolly weathered the storm and eventually pulled Davenport into guard. From there, Davenport looked to land strikes from within guard, and Dyer looked to capitalize on a mistake and set up an armbar. When the fight returned to standing, Davenport pulled guard after a wild exchange and worked unsuccessfully for a guillotine. Dyer passed to side control, and then full mount, and rained down strikes as the first round ended. In the second, both fighters came out swinging, and just seconds later Dyer landed a devastating knee that immediately floored Davenport, giving Dyer a TKO victory and giving Battleground a new 145 lb champion.
Shane O, Bruce Pettis, and Casey Dyer
In undercard action:
The only women’s fight of the night saw Chrystal Newman make short work of cage neophyte Samantha Walker, as Newman swarmed Walker right out of the gate and quickly finished her overmatched foe by TKO just 0:23 into the first round.
Samantha Walker after her debut loss
Battleground veteran Gabe Holmes absolutely demolished Jesse Atwood (7-3) by KTFO from strikes within guard just 0:39 into the first round. Atwood was unconscious for a long time after they finally pried Holmes off of him.
Matthew Perry survived an unintentional groin shot from his opponent, Mark Neville, in the first round, ultimately to prevail in a tough contest by TKO (strikes from the mount) 1:20 into the third round.
Although James Graham largely got the better of the action in the first round against Justin Reid, Graham succumbed to a rear naked choke just 0:49 into the second round, giving Reid a hard-fought come-from-behind victory.
Evan Beck landed a giant slam off a double-leg takedown to open the second round, which broke Mike Huser’s ribs and rendered Huser unable to continue a fight he was losing anyway.
After some opening grappling for position and a brief exchange, Ben Kelso got back control when the fight went to the ground and secured a rear naked choke against Kurtis Finley just 1:18 into the first round.
Erick Jones dominated the first round and a half against Mike Townsend, coming close to securing a rear naked choke in both rounds. However, Townsend worked well out of the submission attempt in the second round and worked a full guard for the remainder of the round. Somehow, Jones was hurt during the process, as Jones was unable to answer the bell for the start of the third round.
Rob Snodgrass announcing the next fight
Adam Decker submitted Jason Majors just 0:38 into their fight with what looked like some kind of weird leg scissor choke.
Tommy Dade took Andre Tompkins’ back a little over a minute into their fight and eventually secured a rear naked choke for the submission victory.
Russell Stinson forced Scott Dockery to submit to a rear naked choke just 0:41 into the first round of their fight.
Josh Johnson absolutely crumpled Kenneth Thompson with knees to the body to earn a first round TKO victory.
Jeremy Jackson eked out the narrowest of split decisions against Guy Brown, prevailing 29-28, 28-29,29-28 on the judges’ cards.
In the opening MMA fight of the night, Dwayne Bolton and Troy Reed swung wildly for the fences, connecting on little but gassing themselves About midway through the second round, Reed just quit from exhaustion.
In two grappling matches held intermittently over the course of the evening, Devin Jones submitted Jeremy Shiney in the second round with a rear naked choke, only to come back later in the night and lose the second grappling match to Bryan Neville via first-round rear naked choke.
Devin Jones sinks the rear naked choke
The second part of Battleground’s championship weekend will be held on Saturday night, June 27th, in Madison, Indiana. For more information on this event, check out Cage Craze or www.myspace.com/battlegroundtv.
Story by Fightjunky
In the spring of 2005, Elite Cage Fighting staged its inaugural event at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis before a modest crowd of MMA enthusiasts. On Saturday night, almost four years later, Elite Cage Fighting returned to the fairgrounds for its milestone 30th event, in front of a larger and even more enthusiastic crowd. As regulation of MMA under the state boxing commission looms, Elite has established itself as a local model in fighter safety standards, honest and compelling matchmaking, and skilled officiating. Saturday’s fight card, like most others over the years, did not disappoint.
The main event of the evening was easily the best fight of the night, and showcased two superior amateur fighters. Team Atchison’s Matt Morgan (5-0), who had largely mowed through his previous competition, stepped up in class to take on the defending ECF lightweight champion John Asbury (10-2). Both guys entered the cage in exceptional condition and ready to go. The fight largely featured a back-and-forth clinic on submission attempts and defenses between the well-versed fighters. In the first round, Morgan worked an early takedown to side control and landed knees. Asbury pulled guard, and Morgan worked to stack him on the cage and land elbows from within guard, then looked for a can opener, which Asbury defended well. After a restart, Morgan shot again, but Asbury stuffed the takedown, and the round ended. The second round began as the first ended, with Asbury stuffing a takedown. Asbury worked for a kimura, then an armbar, but Morgan defended gamely and took side control. Asbury was able to roll to north-south and, after Morgan tried and failed a guillotine attempt, Asbury eventually gained a takedown and side control of his own. Morgan was able to pull guard though and go for another guillotine. This time he had it locked, and Asbury was forced to submit. At 3:33 into the second round, Matt Morgan became the new lightweight champion, looking very impressive in doing so.
The co-main event of the night saw veteran amateur fighter Jason Law making his professional debut against Joe Cox. Although largely a stand-up fighter, Law seized an early opening and took Cox down to the mat. From there it was textbook transitioning, from side control to full mount, then separation, then strikes and elbows that absolutely shredded Cox and forced the ref to intervene. Jason Law won his pro debut with a dominating TKO just 1:16 into the first round.
Notable undercard fights included James Falk (who despite already fighting earlier in the evening agreed to step in as a substitute for a second fight) suffering a terrifyingly brutal knockout at the hands of David Stephens just 0:22 into the first round. Falk was motionless for several minutes afterwards, and later in the evening had to be taken to the hospital as a precaution. Fortunately, the medical personnel at the venue was top-notch, and Falk was quickly discharged from the hospital later that night.
Also suffering post-fight maladies, although not quite as serious, were Ken Wert and Kevin Bumbala, who each made their cage debut and fought their hearts out against each other in a two-round war of non-stop action. Neither fighter had a clear advantage until the second round, when Bumbala was able to gain mount and finish the fight with punishing strikes that forced the ref to intervene 1:15 into the round.
In other undercard fights:
James Smith defeated Chester York by submission (rear naked choke) 2:53 into the second round.
Gary Dunn earned a TKO victory 1:07 into the first round against Brett Hopkins.
Landon Hembree forced Jeff Warner to submit with a head/arm choke 1:40 into the second round.
Chris Wheeler submitted Chris Blevins with a guillotine choke 1:26 into the second round.
Jamie Trotter didn’t fare so well in his second amateur fight, getting punished by James Patton and submitting to a guillotine choke just 1:00 into the fight.
James Shaw improved his record to 2-1 with a submission victory (guillotine choke) over Derrick Russell.
Joe Black eked out an oddly-scored split decision (30-26, 28-29, 29-28) over Edward Leflore in both fighters’ debut effort.
Devon Cissell worked from guard to secure an armbar submission against Jeff Eubanks 1:58 into the first round.
James Falk (in his first fight of the evening) prevailed just 0:14 into the fight when his opponent, Alex George, somehow sustained a dislocated shoulder despite little apparent contact.
Ronez McGrady, who had showcased devastating striking ability in earlier fights, took his fight with Damon Roberts to the ground and was able to secure a triangle choke 1:43 into the first round.
Videos of all fights from this event will be posted shortly at WatchTammyTV
Elite Cage Fighting will host its next event in Bloomington, Indiana on May 2, and next returns to the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis on June 13.
Story and videos by Fightjunky
Fresh off its new partnership with Chicago-based Primetime Fighting Championship, Legends of Fighting staged LFC 30
Elite Cage Fighting headed south to Bloomington on November 22 for ECF 27 and a fight card featuring 21 fights, including the headline bout for the ECF heavyweight title. Attendance was strong despite the impending holiday vacation and competition from at least four other MMA events in Indiana on the same night.
Fighter records are listed, in most instances, as they were indicated on the fight card. Video links are provided for the fights below the summaries.