Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
It had all the makings of a short night for Martin Kampmann. In the opening moments of his main event bout with Jake Ellenberger, the wrestler from Omaha lived up to his “Juggernaut” nickname, blasting the Danish Thai boxer in the opening moments with a straight right hand. The blow sent the “Hitman” straight to the mat, but Ellenberger was unable to finish and spent most of the round in the top position.
The second stanza saw the pair coming out trading heavy leather. Ellenberger scored the biggest shot of the exchange, landing a counter right that turned Kampmann’s nose to mush. Out of the fracas, Kampmann emerged looking like Hannibal Lecter after a meal and more determined than ever. He tied up Ellenberger in the clinch and delivered two big knees. The second sent Ellenberger to the mat. Several short punches and elbows later and the bout was off.
The victory puts Kampmann in line for a welterweight title eliminator bout with Johny Hendricks.
Time of stoppage was 1:46.
Ellenberger floors Kampmann with a big right hand in the first minute.
Chiesa completes dream season, chokes out Iaquinta
When you fight many times in the span of three months it takes a toll on the body. In the case of TUF finalist Al Iaquinta, he had to fight three times in hopes of becoming the season 15 Ultimate Fighter.
It wasn’t enough.
In the opening round, Team Faber fighter Michael Chiesa topped show teammate Iaquinta via a rear naked choke in the opening round.
Still hampered by leg problems, Iaquinta was heavy on his feet in the opening moments of the round. He tagged Chiesa with some big shots early on, but they lacked a certain umph behind them. Seizing the moment, Chiesa attacked the leg and was relentless in scoring a takedown. Once the fight hit the mat, Chiesa wasted no time taking the back of Iaquinta. With two fresh bodies in the ring, Chiesa sunk in a rear naked choke. Referee Herb Dean rushed in to halt the bout with Matt Serra’s protégé lost consciousness.
The win caps an emotional season for Chiesa. Just days into the new season, Chiesa learned that his father passed away.
“There’s no way I was gonna lose this fight,” an emotional Chiesa stated in the Octagon with his mother by his side. “Hats off to Al, he was in my head all season. I overcame a lot of things this season.”
A storybook finish if there ever was one. For his efforts, Chiesa receives a 3 fight, $100,000 contract with the UFC and a brand new Harley Davidson.
The finish came at the 2:47 mark.
Oliviera taps TUF 12 winner Brookins
In welterweight action, Charles Oliviera took another step up the Octagon ladder, defeating TUF 12 winner Jonathan Brookins with a guillotine choke in the second round. Oliviera worked some low kicks in the opening minutes and found himself on the receiving end of a Brookins takedown as a result. As the action returned to the feet, the pair traded long punches with neither fighter owning an advantage on the feet. Brookins picked up the pace in the second, bloodying Oliviera’s head with some uppercuts in the clinch. Feeling the effects of the dirty boxing, Oliviera later found himself snagged in a guillotine. After a few moments of will he or won’t he tap, Oliviera wiggled out of the hold and into top position. Returning the favor with a guillotine of his own, Oliviera latched onto Brookin’s neck like a boa constrictor. As Brookins tried to move, Oliviera tightened his grip and forced the tap at the 2:42 mark.
Holloway runs a clinic on Schilling
It was a fifteen minute striking clinic. Max Holloway worked over Pat Schilling en route to a unanimous decision victory. The one sided drubbing began in the opening round as Holloway showed off his long striking limbs. After displaying some major takedown defense in the opening moments of the round, the muay-Thai specialist never looked. A last ditch overhand right that was way off the mark spelled doom for Schilling, who never appeared to be in the fight. Holloway battered Schilling in the second frame with vicious hooks to the body. The aftermath left welts on Holloway’s body. The fluid striking continued in the third frame as the 20-year-old threw long glancing blows and knees from the clinch. A big late round kick appeared to break Schilling’s nose, but the damage was already done. All three judges scored the contest 30-27 for Holloway.
Lawrence flattens Cofer
Justin Lawrence defeated John Cofer with a devastating head kick at 19 seconds in the third round on the night’s first main card bout. The pair had a see-saw bout before the fight ending blow. Lawrence caught an attempted kick in the opening round, blasting Coffer with a jab that sent the fight to the canvas. The pair traded heavy leather in the second round, with neither fighter willing to gain an advantage. Lawrence landed a head kick that hit with a thud but the blow was all foot and no shin. Still, it would be a sign of things to come. Moments into the third round, Lawrence faked a punch kick combo and blasted Coffer as he circled away from the shot. Coffer crashed to the canvas and referee Herb Dean rushed in to halt the bout.
Daron Cruickshank defeated rival Chris Tickle via unanimous decision. The judges scored the bout 29-27across the board. Tickle was docked a point in the opening round for kicking Cruickshank in the face while he was down.
Myles Jury tapped Chris Saunders with a guillotine choke 4:03 into the opening round.
Sam Sicillia defeated Cristiano Marcello via TKO at 2:53 in the second frame.
Joe Proctor defeated Jeremy Larsen via TKO at 1:59 in the opening round.
Erik Perez defeated John Albert via controversial verbal submission at 4:18 in the opening round. Perez locked Albert in an arm bar, but referee Kim Winslow halted the bout without a tap.