Written By: AJ Hoffman
Photos By: Barry Laminack
Cage Combat 5 lived up to the hype, with the three title fights alone making the card worth the price of admission. Houstonalso saw some guys make big splashes in debut fights, and we even had a couple of upsets. And of course, there was drama.
Our Made To Win Fight of the Night was arguably the front runner for fight of the year so far. Colin Wright and Tony Orozco proved that not only are they two of the most talented amateurs in the city, they are two of the toughest. Both guys landed and took some big shots in this fight. Midway through the 4th round Wright hit Orozco with a knee that floored him. The ref stopped the action and the TDLR got together and decided that the knee was “accidental and not reinforced”, therefore giving Wright the TKO victory. He remains unbeaten as an amateur, while the loss for Orozco is his first.
Our Made To Win Knockout of the Night came courtesy of G Moreira. After a first round that saw Jared Perez take him down and control him, Moreira came out strong in the second frame, connecting with a right before landing a left hook that ended the night for Perez. The win moves Moreira to 6-0 as an amateur. (Honorable mention goes to Chas Liberty in the KO of the night department, yours was a beast as well!) (Double honorable mention to Ricardo Delgado, who would have sealed up KO of the Night had he not followed up his BEAUTIFUL head kick with a soccer kick that got him disqualified.)
The night’s main event was fought in front of about 50 people, but more on that in another post. In a rematch of one of the best amateur fights of 2010, Joe Trevino again got the best of Jacob Silva. Silva landed a vicious right hand that was heard throughout the building and left a pretty little mark on Trevino’s eye. Trevino was able to work it to the mat and take Silva’s back. Despite his best efforts to defend, Trevino sunk in a rear naked choke and put Silva to sleep. The fight was officially scored a TKO by the state, since Silva never tapped. Trevino’s submission also won our Made to Win Submission of the Night award.
Leroy Shafer def. Robert Herrera via Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all card)
Chris Sutton def. Jeremy Lieder via Submission (Guillotine) Rd 2
Yan Digalov def. Jose Martinez via Submission (RNC) Rd 2
Brannen Jones def. Jeremy Hunter via Unanimous Decision (29-28 on all cards)
Eric Caminos def. John Haydon via TKO (Strikes) Rd 3
Nelson Rodriguez def. Jaime Portillo via TKO (Strikes) Rd 1
James De Herrera def. Ricardo Delgado via DQ (Soccer kick to the head of a downed opp.)
Chas LIberty def. James Gonzales via KO Rd 2
G. Moreira def. Jared Perez via KO Rd 2
Colin Wright def. Tony Orozco Jr. via TKO (knee) Rd 4
Joe Trevino def. Jacob Silva via Submission (RNC) Rd 1
Congrats to all the night’s winners. Be on the look out for our Cage Combat 5 photo gallery as well as all the fight videos and post fight interviews later in the week.