Written By: AJ Hoffman
IMKF drew a strong crowd and had a strong showing in their first event, despite some serious controversy surrounding the main event.
Rocky Long and Gilbert Jimenez fought a long 25 minutes that left both guys exhausted. The fight was back and forth and really saw no one clearly taking control of the fight. Personally, if I had to score it, I would have gone with Jimenez 48-47. What I would NEVER do is go 48-48 and turn the fight into a draw. That is what went down on Saturday though, and Long retained the Texas title.
(Writer’s Note: I understand the rounds were close. That is your job as a judge, to decide who won the round. Sometimes this means choosing who wins a close round. SMH.)
Derrick Lewis was dominant in the brief moment we saw him. Jay Peche came out and instantly grabbed for a takedown on “The Black Beast”, which he eventually finished. Unfortunately for him after the scramble, Lewis was in position to hit him in the face. He did, repeatedly, until the ref stopped the fight, earning Lewis the Made To Win Knockout of the Night.
Matt Thompson was impressive, making quick work of wily veteran Jon Kirk. Thompson was on his back 30 seconds into the fight, but he used an active guard to secure a triangle that put Kirk to sleep in the first round, earning him the Made To Win Submission of the Night.
The rest of the night’s winners were:
KYLE SIMPSON DEF. CARL PERRY BY UNANIMOUS DECISION
NOEL LIGON DEF. EDGAR VERDIN BY SPLIT DECISION (Made To Win Fight of the Night)
DALE MITCHELL DEF. COREY SALTER BY TKO (DOCTOR STOPPAGE) RD 2
DANIEL MILLER DEF. JASON SULLIVAN BY SUBMISSION (RD 1)
SAM MOHAMED DEF. RICKY COMPALA BY SUBMISSION (RD 1)
MARCUS DUPAR DEF. CHRIS SMITH BY SPLIT DECISION
Be on the look-out for our pictures and videos that we’ll be posting over the next couple of days.