Written By: Barry Laminack
Photos By: Barry Laminack
You would think that there wouldn’t be much to celebrate the day after Cinco De Mayo here in Houston, but if you are a fight fan that loves to watch MMA and made it out to Garcia Promotions Cage Combat 3, then you had plenty of reasons to celebrate “Seis De Mayo”.
On a night full of action and a 12 fight card, in front of an often rowdy and raucous crowd, Houston saw some of it’s best amamteurs put it on the line in an effort to gain experience, respect and in some cases belts. Overall, the card lived up to the hype of what was shaping up to be the best Cage Combat card of the young series.
The night got started with a very touching moment of silence and a 10 count for Houston MMA’s fallen brother Casey “The Hand Grenade” Hobson. Later in the evening, Casey’s friends and former training partners Patrick Hutton and Jason David Frank got in the ring and talked about Casey and what he meant to the Houston MMA scene.
Our Made to Win fight of the night went to John Hayden and Alex Fernandez who turned in a barn burner of a fight. Hayden’s nose was swollen and puffy after the fight and appeared to be broken, but that didn’t prevent him from getting the win in a closely contested war.
Our Made to Win Submission of the night (and the only submission of the night) went to Randy McCullough who made short work of super excited Daniel Snyder. Snyder look almost uncontrollable with excitement before the fight started. It didn’t take McCullough long to get Snyder’s back and sink in the RNC for the win.
Our Made to Win Knock out of the night went to G. Moreire who defended his middle weight title and need just 1:53 into the first round to do so. During the fight, it was apparent to me that G. had really been focusing on his stand up. He also looked much more relaxed than he did in his last fight, a sign the young star might be maturing as a fighter. G KO’ed a VERY tough Santos Rosales with a beautiful left hook (seen on our cover shot) that he set up nicely with a crisp straight right down the pipe. It was no surprise that boxing coach Lewis Woods was in the corner with G for the win. I spoke with G in the parking lot a bit after the fights and he said that he was happy with the win and that he FINALLY got the early finish he had been looking for.
The other title fight on the card saw Hossan Walker become the first lightweight champion in Cage Combat history. He beat a very tough Aaron Croon in a 5 round slober knocker (© Jim Ross). Walker provoved to be to much on the ground for Croon, who failed to use his extensive reach and height advantage. At one point in the 4th round, both guys started talking to each other, with Croon taunting Walker that he “couldn’t finish him”, to which Walker replied, “maybe not, but I’m going to try!”.
Other impressive performances of the night included Chris “Chop” Rucker turning in a heavy handed 1st round TKO. Andrew Musquiz looked solid in an impressive win over John Wible, and Chris Lopez made his Houston debut defeating Ryan Rivera by unanimous decision.
Also finishing his fight in the first was Rodrigo Rodriguez who needed just 51 seconds to crash the part of Bryan “Party Boy” Broussard. I spoke with Eric Garcia shortly after the fight and he hinted that we could see Rodriguez defending his title agains Colin Wright if Wright doesn’t go pro. If he (Wright) does, Rodriguez could get a shot at the gold against the winner of the Lozoya vs Armas matchup on May 14 at Legacy.
You can check out the very entertaining round by round play by play of all the fights HERE.
Ricardo Perez def. Julio Rodriguez via Unanimous Decision
Randy McCullough def. Daniel Snyder via RNC in the 1st round (Submission of the Night)
Nick Woodard def. Ian Hanes via Unanimous Decision
Will Papp def. Ignacio Martinez via Split Decision
Eric Thompson def. Justin Castillo via Unanimous Decision
Rodrigo Rodriguez def. Bryan Broussard via TKO at 0:51 seconds of Round 1
Andrew Musquiz def. John Wibel via TKO 1:12 of the 1st Round
John Hayden def. Alex Fernandez via Split Decision. (Fight of the Night)
Chris Lopez def. Ryan Rivera via Unanimous Decision
Chris Rucker def. Joel Haesecke via TKO of 0:39 second round
Hossan Walker def. Aaron Croon via Unanimous Decision to win the lightweight title
G. Moreira def. Santos Rosales via KO 1:53 of 1st Round. (Knockout of the Night)