Manassas Mixed Martial Artists Participate in Sterling Event
Manassas fighters competed in the cage this weekend as OO Fights held its 21st event in Sterling on Saturday.
Saturday was another stacked card from Northern Virginia's leading fight promotion. Twenty-one amatuer and professionals fights came close to crowning two new OO Fight champs and thrilling the packed house at Dulles Sportsplex in Sterling.
The undercard had the usual excellent match-making OO Fights always delivers with some great highlights including Christian Banghart's submission of Shawn Carter. In the usual show of great sportsmanship amongst fighters, when Carter failed to tap and went unconscious, Banghart held his legs up to help increase blood flow to his head until Carter woke up from his brief nap—making sure his opponent was OK before celebrating his victory.
Erik Krondstadt won his match against Nick Mansburger with a slick triangle choke, and it was announced that Kronstadt will be headlining the next event in December in Manassas Park.
The professional fights on the card started out a little slow with WCW star Craig "The Pittbull" Pittman facing local coach Tony Horn with the fight going the distance. Pittman won the unanimous decision, but neither fighter ever put their opponent in danger.
Vanguard Gym fighter Elder Ramos made very short work of his opponent Jeremy Boardwine, getting a submission victory in just 43 seconds by heel hook. In an early display of charitable Christmas spirit, Ramos donated his fight purse from the event to help with medical bills for a local child with cancer.
Not every fight on the card left the fans feeling warm and fuzzy afterwards. Devon Mosley won a split decision over controversial fighter Willie "No Love" Floyd. Moseley's game plan irritated Floyd, who spent much of the first two rounds chasing his elusive opponent.
Mosley stayed on the outside and landed numerous explosive leg kicks, and evading most of Floyd's offense. Floyd caught up with Mosley in the third round and spent most of the final stanza raining down punishment on his foe, but it was too little, too late in the eyes of two of the three judges. After the match heated words continued to be exchanged and the crowd seemed eager to see these two warriors face off again.
In the main event, Terrell Hobbs reversed a take down by Neil Johnson and quickly took Johnson's back. From there, he sunk in a rear-naked choke beating his fellow Bellator veteran in the first round.
Results from all the matches at the event-
Keith Flowers vs Zenon Herrera: Herrera Rd 1 Submission Rear Naked Choke
Abdul-Malik Ahmad vs Alex Kotacka:Ahmad Rd 1 Knock Out
Jaime Salazar vs Abby Velasquez:Velasquez RD 2 Technical Knock Out
Bidhan Thakur vs Robert Bane: Bane Rd 2 Technical Knock Out
Daniel Gray vs Marco Mendoza: Gray Unanimous Decision
Daniel Cornett vs Frederick Walker: Cornett Rd 2 Rear Naked Choke
Sterling Briscoe vs Chad Wiggingiton: Briscoe Unanimous Decision
Kirstin Murphy vs Katie McClay:Murphy Rd 2 Technical Knock Out
Vince Holland vs Umit Kemal Yilmaz: Holland Split Decision
Christian Banghart vs Shawn Carter: Banghart Rd 1 Rear Naked Choke
Steve Adame vs Pierre Amon: Adame Unanimous Decision
Eric Kronstadt vs Nick Mansburger: Kronstadt Rd 2 Triangle choke
Tony Dabbodanza vs Jonathan Vinyard 145 Title Fight: Dabbodanza Rd 2 Technical Knock Out
Francisco Isata vs Jonathan Escalona: Escalona Rd 3 Rear Naked Choke
Tony Horn vs Craig “The Pittbull” Pittman: Pittman Unanimous Decision
Sean Croushorn vs Gary Sheppard: Sheppard Rd 1 Rear Naked Choke
Charles Kessinger vs Bryan Robey: Kessinger Rd 1 Technical Knock Out
Elder Ramos vs Jeremy Boardwine: Ramos Rd 1 Heel Hook in 43 seconds
Jon Delbrugge vs Steven Wampler: Delbrugge Rd 1 Rear Naked Choke
Devon Mosley vs Willie Floyd: Mosley Split Decision
Neil Johnson vs Terrell Hobbs: Hobbs RD 1 Submission Rear Naked Choke