Cage Combat 3: Live Coverage and Results

Title: Cage Combat 3
Location: Humble Civic Center (Humble, Tx)
Date: May 6, 2011 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)

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John Hayden vs Alex Fernandez
G. Moreira
Randy McCullough

Congratulations to all the above winners. They are now eligible for our end of year awards!

Hello ladies and gents, this is your captain speaking, Mr. Ragan McDaniel.  First and foremost, my heart, prayers, and blessings go out to the Hobson family.  God Bless all of you.

Now to the unimportant stuff of the evening, which will take second fiddle in my mind…the National Anthem is in the books and we’re ready to go fighting…


LIVE COVERAGE

Ok, we’re off to a good start, no damn Eminem has been played for the first two fighters.  That is quality, but let’s see who the first wonderful person is that walks out to my blonde headed favorite rapper…both fighters in the cage and here we go…

Rd 1:  We’re going with Julio and Perez as the names for this fight to save on my fingers.  Both fighters pace the cage, trying to intimidate the other…not working.  Fighters touch gloves as Perez swings WILD, trying to please the large crowd that has come to see him.  As they scramble, they end in a clinch against the cage with Julio securing a takedown.  Julio is in the guard of Perez and the action has temporarily slowed.  Perez is trying the Andrew Craig patented “jackoff punches” but they are not doing any damage.  Julio postures up then works to his feet, only to take damage from Perez.  Juilo is back in the guard as Perez tries a quick arm bar, which is unsuccessful.  Julio transitions to take the back of Perez but can’t do anything with it as Perez moves back and ends with knee on belly.  Perez is now raining down BIG blows to Juilo as the hammer sounds.  The round ends with Perez getting the better of the last minute.  Still a tough round to call…

Rd2:  Perez has a small cut on the bridge of his nose, but it is no danger.  The second round starts with fighters again touching gloves out of respect.  Julio throws a weak leg kick and eats a big right from Perez for doing so.  Perez is looking for the KO as he tries to land a big hook, then tries a superman punch, neither landing.  Just when I type that, Perez lands a nice right hook to the temple of Julio that brings the crowd to their feet.  Damn it’s loud in my left ear.  Gonna type the rest of this round backwards, just to even things out.  Perez lands a nice left that has put a mouse under the eye of Julio. Perez is now measuring Julio as they swap exchanges, with Perez throwing BIG hooks every time.  He’s throwing each punch like Julio stole his lunch money.  The hammer sounds as both fighters swing for the fences.  Easier round scored for Perez…going to 3…

Rd 3:

Fighters touch gloves to start the 3rd again as Perez lands a nice leg kick.  The mouse on the left eye of Julio isn’t swelling, nice work by the corner of Julio.  Perez swings a few times again, not landing as Julio answers with a couple nice leg kicks.  Perez throws a nice combo of 4 big hooks that backs Julio against the fence, but no real damage is done.  Julio looks to be the fresher fighter of the two.  As the fighters clinch against the fence, Julio reverses to a dominant position for a moment, but Perez breaks and the fighters meet back in the middle.  Julio now seems to be measuring Perez with a few leg kicks and quick jabs.  Perez has slowed a bit, but still throws with a lot of power.  The action has slowed as the hammer sounds with Julio calling for Perez to “come get some”.  ok, going to the judges.  Not sure who won this slugfest…
Winner: Ricardo Perez via Unanimous Decision


Rd 1: We had a bunch of technical difficulties…damn internet.  Anyway, these two guys just swung like a couple of wild men, with Daniel screaming like a wild man.  Looks like that’s about all that Daniel had as Randy takes him down, does a little ground and pound, then as Daniel rolled to his stomach, Randy secures a rear naked choke to quickly end the night and ruin the debut for Daniel.

Rd2:

Rd 3:

Winner: Randy McCullough via rear naked choke 1st round



Rd 1: Fighters meet in the center, neither wanting to engage.  Nick has “Nick” tattoo’d on his stomach…I just asked which is “Nick”.  My bad.  Anyway, still a bunch of “air” jabs thrown as Nick tries to push the action with a Seagal “wanna be” kick…it doesn’t land though.  Ian throws a quick leg kick that lands but still seems hesitant to move forward.  Nick answers with a nice right hook that gets the crowd somewhat excited.  Ian answers with a NICE right head kick but it doesn’t do much damage.  Nick still is the aggressor, like ht knows what Ian is going to throw.  The fighters scramble against the cage as Nick lands some nice knees that again gets the crowd excited.  As the hammer sounds, Nick lands a nice roundhouse kick to the chest of Ian to finish the round.  Easy round scored for Nick, 10-9.

Rd2: Round 2 starts the same as both fighters seem hesitant to move forward.  Ian lands a nice inside leg kick followed by a BIG leg kick by Nick that sounded like wood breaking.  Nick has some great faints which seem to back Ian up, seems Nick is setting up something big…lets see if I’m right.  Another roundhouse kick from Nick that misses as Ian lands a nice right to the face.  Nick answers by whipping another leg kick, Indiana Jones style.  Nick decides that he wants to press the action as he throws several nice punches to put Ian agains the cage.  Now both fighters take turns reversing the position with Nick continuing to land some nice knees.  Fighters are still against the cage as the hammer sounds, but Ian takes a big knee to the “manhood”…the round ends with Ian on his knees in pain, hoping to have no problems in the “future”.  Going to round 3…

Rd 3:  Round 3 opens with a nice combo from Nick then a HUGE spinning backfist that puts Ian against the cage.  Ian is in trouble as Nick lands more combos trying to finish the fight.  He is unable to do so as Ian recovers very nicely.  Fighters go back to the center and another roundhouse kick is tried by Nick but is unsuccessful.  Ian needs to really press the issue, I have hom down two to zero.  And BAM, Nick lands ANOTHER spinning backfist to the face of Ian, then smiles and says “did you like that?”.  Awesome!!!  Gotta love that.  Nick is still pressing the issue, with Ian still very hesitant.  Nick is basically stalking Ian around the cage with this evil grin on his face…it’s cool and freaky at the same time.  Ok, going to the judges…

Winner:  Nick Woodard wins 30-27 Unanimous Decision.

Not sure what the hell is going on with this internet, but I’m about to smash crap around here.  Not really, but is sure is damn frustrating!!!  It’s like I’m being handcuffed!  Ahhhhhhhhhh shit, Martinez coming out to some JAM!!!  Head busta head busta!!!!  Sorry…got a little caught up in the moment, even kicked my chair back and broke down a little bankhead…whatcha know about that?  Let’s see what Papp comes out to…keep the crowd going, come on Papp…bout to make some change up in here!!!  Damn…some hard rock.  Nevermind.

Rd 1: Both fighters meet in the center, exchange a few blows then clinch against the cage.  Martinez has his back against the cage as they scramble to the ground.  Martinez works his way back to his feet as they stay pressed against the fence.  Papp shoots in for a nice double but Martinez defends nicely.  As they scramble against the cage, Martinez ends up in dominant position, securing a nice guillotine.  Papp is defending the choke correctly and eventually pulls his head out safely.  Papp is stuck in the guard of Martinez as the hammer sounds and the round ends with it being very close.  Going to 2…

Rd2:  Round 2 starts with Martinez landing a huge left hook that temporarily stuns Papp but he recovers nicely as he shoots in.  Fighters end up back against the cage yet again.  Both guys are turning each other against the fence, with neither gaining an advantage.  The ref steps in to stop the action and restart in the middle.  Martinez throws another hook but Papp times it nicely and secures another double leg.  He is still unable to get Martinez to the ground as the ref separates the fighters again.  They meet in the middle as Martinez slips throwing a leg kick.  Papp sees this as his opportunity to pounce and lands a very nice right hand as he jumps to side control.  The round ends while in the same position, no one really “standing out” as taking control…going to 3…

Rd 3:  Fighters touch gloves as we start 3 then Martinez lands a  BIG left.  Papp doesn’t want to stand and trade, so he shoots in slowly and finally gets Martinez to the ground.  Papp is slowly working through the guard of Martinez, and finally gets to half guard.  Well, that was temporary as Martinez works back to pulling Papp in full guard.  The ref stands the fighters up as they meet in the middle.  Again Martinez throws a big hook but is unsuccessful and Papp shoots in.  Fighters scramble and are now back on their feet.  Papp obviously wants to keep this a ground war and shoots in again.  Martinez is doing a great job of sprawling though as the hammer sounds.  Lackluster 3rd round, so lets see what the judges think…

Winner:  Will Papp via Split Decision

The crowd appears to be PRO Justin here…like a bunch!!!  This is going to be a WAR…there’s bad blood…oh wait, that’s another show.  On to the fight…

Rd 1:  The entire right side of the building is standing as the round starts.  Fighters touch in the middle and it’s on.  Justin throws a nice leg kick but Eric tries to catch it.  Justin catches Eric as he runs toward then slams Eric to the ground.  The fighters end with Justin in the side control of Eric then quickly transitions to full mount.  The Team Tooke fighter is showing his jiu-jitsu as he continues to transition into dominant position.  Eric does a great job of reversing and it’s now Eric in dominant position, in the side control of Justin.  The action has slowed a bit as the fighters position for ground control.  One half of the building is chanting for Justin but directly behind me they are chanting VERY loudly for Eric…VERY loudly.  As Eric tries to transition, Justin does a good job of reversing to end in the side control of Eric…a really good tactical ground fight so far…going to 2…

Rd2:  I am bobbing my head as one half chants Justin and the other half chants Eric.  Both fighters clinch and work for position but neither gains anything dominant.  As Justin tries a hip throw, he is unable to get Eric over and ends up on his back with Eric in his half guard.  The crowd is fired up, but the action is slow, but very tactical by both guys.  Eric postures up and lands some nice hammer fists but Justin continues to work his hips upward trying to set the arm bar.  Eric postures and prevents that from happening as the hammer sounds.  Another very good ground war in this round…going to 3 now…really good fight.

Rd 3:  Round 3 starts and this is anyone’s fight!!!  Fighters circle around the cage with neither engaging out of respect.  Justin throws a nice head kick but doesn’t do too much damage.  Fighters are still standing which is very different from the first two rounds.  Justin is throwing nice jabs to keep Eric at a distance as Eric continues to walk backwards.  Justin shoots in nicely and as they clinch, Eric lands an accidental knee to the “manhood” of Justin.  Fighters break shortly and now back in action.  It is still Justin that is pressing the action, shooting in again but not getting the takedown.  Eric is defending nicely as he presses Justin against the cage.  Eric lands some big blows and moves Justin backwards as the hammer sounds.  Going to the judges…

Holy shit what a great fight!!!  Both of these guys laid it ALL on the line!!!  Much respect.  So far, easily the fight of the night…

Winner:  Eric Thompson wins via Unanimous Decision

Taking a short intermission…


Ok ladies and gentlemen, here we go again…Bryan comes out to some good ol’ Cash…too bad the song is skipping all over…Rodrigo is coming out to some good up tempo jam!!!  GET OUTTA YOUR MIND!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhh shit…make it rain…make it rain….

Rd 1:  And we’re back live…hopefully we got the internet situation fixed.  Ok, fighters touch in the middle and start exchanging bombs like a crazy street fight.  This is what I’m talking bout!!!  Both guys are swinging for the fences, and connecting on almost all of them.  Rodrigo lands a HUUUUUUGE right, dropping Party Boy.  He wastes no time in jumping down and pouncing on Bryan…delivering blow after blow and the ref jumps in to stop the action…WOW!!!

Rd2:

Rd 3:

Winner:  Rodrigo Rodriguez wins via TKO at 0:51 seconds of Round 1

This is the fight I’ve been waiting for tonight.  Too bad we don’t have ol’ boy from IXFA to announce the “Bad Blood” cause it exists in this matchup!!!  And sonofabitch…damn, damn, damn…Wible comes out to Eminem.  Unreal.  Sorry (no disrespect intended – had to say that Nate…lol), but it’s gonna be hard to cheer for anyone that walks out to Eminem…I will try and be 50/50 though.  Now Andrew on the other hand has the crowd bouncing as he enters the arena…ahhhhhh yeah, some head bobbin and girls dancing!  Now on to the fight…will Wible wobble this time?  We shall see…

Rd 1: No glove touch as the fighters circle the cage.  They appear to want to feel each other out, wait, that sounded bad.  They’re “measuring” each other…not much better either.  Anyway, they exchange as Wible lands a nice punch to stun Andrew momentarily, but he recovers quickly.  They lock up in the center again and BOOOOOOOMSHAKALAKA!!!!  Andrew Musquiz just delivers the KO!!!  Holy shat.  What a bomb, Andrew DROPS Wible with a HUGE uppercut.  He wobbled as he went down and Andrew jumped on him to finish the fight quickly!!!

Rd2:

Rd 3:

Winner:  Andrew Musquiz wins via TKO 1:12 of the 1st Round

Damn that was awesome!!!  I’m still impressed by that last fight!  Hardly do you ever have a “bad blood” matchup turn into a quick and crazy KO, but we just had it!!!  Ok, on to the next one, on to the next one…Alex enters to some “kill kill screaming loud guitar” stuff.  Hey, if it works, by all means go with it.  Just not my personal taste.  John enters to some Forrest Griffin special!!!  I do like this one…and here we go…

Rd 1:  Fighters touch in the center as John presses the action.  Both fighters try head kicks but neither land.  Alex lands a nice right hand as John attempts a head kick but everyone is ok.  Alex attempts another head kick but misses and falls.  Now the action has picked up as both fighters start throwing bombs, connecting shot after shot…these dudes are SWINGING!!! It appears that Alex is throwing the straighter punches and landing more, but John isn’t doing bad himself.  Alex lands a 1-2 as the go against the cage but the fighters scramble back to the center.  Now it’s John landing two big hooks as Alex goes backwards against the fence.  Son of a bitch these guys are going for broke!!!  Holy shit what a action packed 1st round.  These dudes can’t keep this up for 3 rounds…I’d love to see it, but it can’t be possible.  A SLUGFEST as we go to the 2nd…

Rd2:  Ok, here we go again…yeeeeeee haaaaa!!!  Fighters touch in the middle and IT’S ON!!! AGAIN!!!  Alex throws a right head kick followed by a push kick from John.  Alex presses forward, landing two good hooks, but John pushes back landing a right hand himself.  There is blood coming from the nose of John, but that’s expected.  I’m surprised that both fighters aren’t bleeding right now.  I need to tell Coach Tony from Silverback that he can’t shout instructions in Spanish…unfair advantage since I have no idea what he’s saying.  It’s working as Alex continues to press forward and land huge shots…I mean HUGE!!!  John tries a superman punch that is not successful as Alex throws a nice kick to the body.  Fighters are in the center of the cage as Alex shoots in but catches some knees and a nice hook from John.  Alex tries to press forward as the  hammer sounds but John meets his face with a nice front kick.  Another BANGING round.  These guys are laying it on the line.  MUCH RESPECT!!!  There are two guys in the cage cleaning the blood up as the fighters head to the corner…going to 3…

Rd 3:  Here we go…I could watch this all night.  Alex seems to be stalking John now but as I type that, John throws a roundhouse kick that lands flush to the mid section of Alex.  The fighters lock up and start swinging again.  Alex lands a HUGE right that wobbles John but how does he respond?  By moving forward throwing knees.  This is SICK!!!  Alex is looking very poised but John isn’t backing down.  John’s face looks like he’s been hit with a boat paddle and there’s blood pouring from his nose.  Alex seems to be gaining more confidence as he continues to tee off.  Alex is signaling to Coach Tony and listening to everything he’s being told.  John moves forward and lands a nice kick but Alex is swinging!   We are going to the judges unfortunately.  I WAN’T MORE OF THIS!!!!!  What a fk’n fight.  Sorry for the cursing, but I’m just PUMPED!!!!

Winner:  John Hayden wins via Split Decision.  It’s gonna be hard to beat this fight…ever…

Ok, that was a crazy fight.  I can’t hide my nerves for this next fight.  All the respect in the world to Rivera, but Lopez is like a brother to me, or a son…cause I’m old.  Anyway, going to be as unbiased as I can here…

Rd 1: Fighters don’t touch as Rivera immediately shoots in for a takedown.  They scramble but Lopez ends up in the guard of Rivera.  He lands a powerful right while standing back up and the fighters reset in the middle.  Lopez throws a left but Rivera times it perfectly as he shoots in to take Lopez to the ground.  Rivera is in the guard of Lopez as he works for a leg lock.  Lopez postures up and starts landing HUGE bombs to the face of Rivera.  Lopez secures a north south position and locks in the head/arm choke but it is defended nicely by Rivera.  Fighters scramble against the cage as Lopez gains dominant position to land good shots to Rivera.  Lopez does a great job of posturing and landing a few good shots as he puts Rivera against the fence again.  As the hammer sounds, Lopez almost secures a good choke, but it is again defended nicely by Rivera.  Going to 2…

Rd2:  Round 2 starts with Rivera securing a nice takedown on Lopez but is quickly reversed.  Rivera is working on his back to try for a kimura but Lopez slips out and is not in the guard of Rivera.  Lopez stands and starts landing several nice bombs as he steps back and invites Rivera to stand.  Rivera throws a head kick but it is blocked as Rivera slips and falls.  Lopez is back in the guard of Rivera but is posturing good to deliver some punishing shots to the face of Rivera.  Lopez continues to throw 1-2-3-4 as he postures and Rivera tries to scramble to gain position.  Lopez stands and invites Rivera to stand again.  As the hammer sounds, both fighters throw body kicks that land.  Going to round 3 with Lopez winning 1 and 2 so far…

Rd 3:  3rd and final round…fighters meet in the middle as Rivera tries a head kick that misses.  Lopez presses the action against the cage and Rivera drops to make it a ground war.  Lopez continues to do a great job of posturing and landing big shots while Rivera continues to fight off his back.  Rivera is basically in a “survival” mode, not doing anything on offense as Lopez continues to deliver shot after shot.  It appears that Rivera is trying to work his hips up for a submission, but Lopez does a good job of posturing again and landing the famous “body, body, head”.    Rivera does a great job of scrambling to take the back of Lopez to attempt a RNC.  Lopez is now defending the RNC as the hammer sounds.  Lopez lands some back punches as the final bell sounds.  This was the only round difficult to score with Rivera doing damage at the end, but at worst, a 2-1 fight for Lopez…I had all 3 rounds to Lopez pretty easy…going to judges…

Winner:  Chris Lopez wins Unanimous Decision 30-27 on all cards.

On to the next one.  I must say, Chris Rucker is built like a brick shithouse.  He is HUGE for this weight class.  As Joel enters the cage, Rucker pounds his chest…THERE MUST BE BAD BLOOD HERE!!!!! Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Rd 1:  No glove touch as the fighters meet in the middle.  Joel is also BIG for this weight class.  Rucker shoots in and the fighters fly against the cage, bouncing off and landing about 5 feet in the center.  Rucker is in the guard of Joel, landing a few punches as the ref stands them up.  Now the fighters are swinging for the fences, with both landing big shots.  Rucker throws an overhand right that lands flush!!!  How is Joel still standing because that hurt my face.  BUT, Joel is still moving forward.  Rucker is landing bombs and more bombs and more bombs.  Rucker landed some of the biggest shots I’ve seen and Joel seems to be taking it with no problem.  My head is throbbing from watching this…going to 2…

Rd2:  Round 2 starts the same way with Rucker landing some big shots.  Joel does a great job of shooting in and bringing Rucker to the ground.  He attempts a guillotine on Rucker but he easily escapes.  And when he does….aaaaaaaaaaaaand when he doessssssssss, he lands a few consecutive BIG shots and the ref jumps in to stop the action!!!  WOW this dude has some POP!!!

Rd 3:

Winner:  Chris Rucker wins via TKO of 0:39 second round

Here goes the co-main event of the evening for the lightweight title.  I love Walker’s walkout music.  He has used the same song each time, I don’t even know what the name is, but I like it!!!  Mini-Mr. T.  He looks ready for action!!!  Croon now enters the arena to a loud ovation from the Team Took crowd.  OH. SNAP…Croon walks out with some crazy ass mask on his face.  Vedddddddy nice!  This fight promises to bring some great action…here we go.

Rd 1:  Fighters exchange kicks as Walker presses the action against the cage.  Walker continues to lock up Croon as they go completely across the cage to the other side.  Walker is landing some nice shots as he keeps Croon pressed against the cage.  Croon answers with a nice knee to the stomach of Walker as he reverses the action and puts Walker against the cage.  The fighters exchange knees as they work for position in the clinch.  Croon tries to secure a double to get Walker to the mat, but it is defended nicely as they go back against the cage.  This has been an entire round in the clinch with neither fighter gaining an advantage.  Just as I type that, Croon secures a takedown and takes the back of Walker as the hammer sounds.  It is too late to finish anything as we hear the bell.  Tough round to call as we go to #2…

Rd2:  Round 2 starts with more action as both guys swing for the fences.  Walker tries to jump guard, sorta, as Croon was finishing a takedown anyway.  Croon has worked his way to half-guard and is patiently listening to the directions from his corner (Jace Pitre and Travis Tooke).  Walker is trying to work Croon back into guard but Croon now jumps to full side control.  He can’t keep the dominant position as Walker does a great job of scrambling back to putting Croon in full guard.  The crowd is growing restless as most do not understand the battle for position.  As the fighters scramble, Croon tries to secure the back of Walker but ends up sliding down to give Walker dominant position.  The hammer sounds as Walker’s corner yells for him to “WORK!!!”.  Going to 3…

Rd 3:  Walker starts the round landing a nice kick to the body of Croon.  As the fighters scramble, Walker secures a nice takedown and ends up in half guard of Croon.  Walker is doing a good job of keeping Croon pressed against the bottom of the cage, right in front of his corner.  This is like a 3 on 1 fight with it being over right in Walker’s corner.  Mike Bronzoulis is giving Walker great instruction as he continues to jockey for position (Kentucky Derby reference).  Croon attempts a slick arm bar but he doesn’t have room to extend.  Walker postures and lands a few “Andrew Craigs” as the hammer sounds.  Not much damage as they continue to fight for position.  Going to the championship rounds…

Rd 4:  Round 4 starts with a few nice shots from Croon followed by a good combo from Walker.  They scramble as Croon tries again for an armbar…can he finish it this time?  Nope, Walker slips out as both fighters are slick as a baby’s ass.  Walker postures and pulls Croon away from the age.  As Walker stacks Croon against the fence, like 6 inches from my face, he delivers a few body shots that land flush.  Walker is using his strength to hold Croon down, and actually just laughed at “Bring the Pain” Blaine who is sitting next to me.  It’s like both of these guys are having a conversation as the final minute of the round comes.  The hammer sounds as both guys laugh…Croon says “You can’t finish me” and then Walker said “but I’m sure gonna try”…funny stuff!  Going to 5…

Rd 5:  Croon secures a nice takedown to start the 5th but ends up locked in a triangle from Walker.  He calmly escapes and the fight stays on the canvas.  Walker is now in dominate position taking the back of Croon.  He now has Croon in a body triangle, which will be hard to escape from considering the strength of Walker.  Croon does a good job of controlling the wrists of Walker, but it doesn’t last long.  Walker transitions to take the back of Croon and is still delivering shots.  Croon does a great job of rolling back over and turning into Walker to get back into guard.  He breaks guard and goes to full mount on Walker as the hammer sounds.  Croon goes for a quick submission but cannot secure as the final bell sounds.  Another 20 seconds and he may have finished it, but a case of too little too late…

Great battle for the title…going to the judges…

Winner:  Hossan Walker via Unanimous Decision to win the lightweight title

Nothing to say other than HERE WE GO!!!

Rd 1:  G starts with a nice head kick followed by a good kick to the body.  Santos presses the action against the cage and has G pressed with his back against the fence.  The fighters stay in a clinch against the cage with Santos pressing the action.  They break and Santos lands a couple of nice shots.  They meet back in the center and G lands a nice knee and inside leg kick.  Santos is showing some good patience as G displays his superior boxing!  HOLY SHIT, HOLY SHIT, HOLY SHIT!!!  We just saw the disco legs.  G lands the biggest right hand that I think I’ve seen in MMA and Santos drops straight to the ground, OUT!!!  WOW, that was crazy boxing and a monster punch.  I’m speechless.  Son of a bitch.

Rd2:

Rd 3:

Rd 4:

Rd 5:

Winner: G. Moreira via KO 1:53 of 1st Round.