Cage Combat 1 Dec. 02 Recap and Pics

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On Thursday December 2, 2010 at the Humble Civic Center, Garcia Promotion hosted made their debut into the Houston MMA scene, and what a debut it was.  Eric Garcia and Jace Pitre teamed up to bring fight fans a night full of outstanding match ups and great fights that fight fans are still buzzing about.

If the names Eric Garcia and Jace Pitre sound familiar, it’s because both are fighters here in Houston. Garcia is a highly regarded 1-0 amateur and Pitre is a tough as nails pro who is much better than his 1-1 record would indicate. On Thursday, both guys made a splash on the scene when they put on an event that would quickly have people asking, “When’s the next one?”

Everything was done top notch, from the match-ups to the production and all in all I think fight fans left feeling like they got their money’s worth. While not a capacity crowd (most likely due to splitting sales with the IXFA show on Saturday and competeing with the Texans playing) the Humble Civic Center was still alive and humming with excitement and enthusiam as fight after fight delivered outstanding MMA action.

I caught up with Promoter Eric Garcia after the show to get his thoughts on the event.

“I think Cage Combat 1 overall was a great success!!! We saw firsthand some of the new talent that Houston presents and crowned a new amateur welterweight champion. We packed the Humble Civic Center with approx. 600 to 700 people on a Thursday night (keep in mind we were competing with the Houston Texans game)! The next show will definitely be on a Friday night and we hope to crown a 135lb Cage Combat Champion (granting we find a worthy opponent for Mr. Colin Wright).

Thursday Night we barely scratched the surface of what Garcia Promotions has to offer for the future for Houston MMA fans and competitors. Our shows will just continue to get better and better. We also hope to start promoting professional events by July or August 2011. Garcia Promotions hopes to  bring Houston MMA Great shows and showcase new and up and coming amateur fighters in the Houston and surrounding areas. Mick Maynard has done some outstanding things for Houston MMA with Legacy Fighting Championship and Lonestar Beatdown, and Garcia Promotions is inspired by that to do the same. Special thanks to everyone that came out and supported the show! Good job to all the guys that competed!”

Below is a quick recap of each fight and some pictures. If you’d like to read round by round play by play of the action, you can do so here.”

Enjoy the pics and we’ll see you at Cage Combat 2!

Willie Brown vs Ryan Rivera

Ryan Rivera needed just 1:59 to put away Willie Brown.  The match was back and forth until Ryan sunk in an armbar and was able to secure the victory and move his record to 2-0-1.

Hendry Gomez vs James Gonzalez

After losing his debut at Lonestar Beatdown, Silverback’s James Gonzalez told in his post fight interview that he would be back and better than ever, and he kept his work. Gonzalez made quick work of Hendry Gomez, beating him in just 26 seconds via KO and earning him the KO of the Night.

Justin Castillo vs Zach Scalf

Justin Castillo figured he’d jointhe 1st round victory party as he would quickly pounce on Zach Scalf, secure mount and begint to do damage with some heavy ground and pound.  The fight was stopped by referee David Lassiterat 1:06 in the first, securing an impressiveve debut victory for Castillo. Scalf suffered a nasty cut as you can see below.

Levi West vs Charley Whitbeck

After both fighters had their opponents back out at the last minute, West and Whitbeck decided to fight each other, and thank goodness they did as this would end up being a strong candidate for fight of the night. Whitbeck would win walkout of the night, coming out to WWE wrestler The Undertakers walk out music, it was West would win the fight, securing an armbar two minutes into the second round. West proved to the skeptics that he’s more than just a stand up fighter.

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Chas Liberty vs Steele West

Chas Liberty pushed his record to 2-0 as he beat Steele West via TKO in the third round.  The fight was back and fourth as both fighters showed good patience in waiting for their opportunity to score and do damage.  Ultimately though, it would be Liberty who would take the back of West in the 3rd, flatten him out and force the referee to stop the fight.

John Wible vs Austin Franks

A journey man in regards to gym affiliation, Austin Franks would be announced as “fight out of ‘his garage'” during the pre-fight introductions.  Franks and Wible would do battle for three rounds that would see Franks ultimately earn a unanimous decision. Franks was very active in the fight, attempting multiple submission and showing outstanding take-down defense.

Andrew Musquiz vs. Hossan Walker

A strong contender for fight of the night, this fight pitted the veteran Walker against the up and coming Musquiz.  Walker would need his granite chin to outlast the game Musquiz and earn a unanimous decision win.  Look for Walker to go pro soon and Musquiz to possibly make a run at a title in 2011 as he continues to sharpen his skills.

Colin Wright vs. David Armas

This would be billed as a revenge match. Armas had beaten Wright’s teamate (Scott Buzzaird) pretty handily (actually breaking his orbital bone) so Wright was out for a little revenge. The fight would live up to the hype as this was our no doubt winner of fight of the night.

The first round was action packed and very close, but Wright would lose a early in the round after a low blow landed flush.

The second round was just as exciting as both fighters fought at a frenetic pace. Armas showed outstanding striking, while Wright would try several slick submission.

The third round was just as exciting as the first two, but it would end a bit early as Armas would make one mistake and end up giving his arm to Wright, who would need several attempts before finally forcing a tap from Armas.

Both fighters showed outstanding sportsmanship as they congratulated each other after the fight.  This fight would also earn Wright submission of the night honors as well.

Guilherme Moreira vs Sean Holden

The man known as “G” (Guilherme Moreira) would no doubt be tested as he stepped into the cage against veteran Sean Holden.  Going into the fight, Holden was 5-2, coming off three straight title fights (winning the last two).  The action was described by play by play man Ragan McDaniel as “…one of the most technical fights that I’ve seen in a LONG time.”

Both fighters had multiple opportunities to do damage and capitalized. G showed that he might be one of the most well rounded amateur fighters in the city, displaying an outstanding mix of ground work and striking.  He was able to overcome a broken nose in the fight to earn a split decision victory and pick up the Garcia Promotions Welterweight title.

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