I'm here at Turfway Park in Florence, KY for the ICF: Shattered event. I'm doing a live blog for FightTicker.com.
Check after the jump for the Live Blog as well as the pictures I was able to add to it thanks to the photographer ICF provided for me.
I'm here at Turfway Park in Florence, KY for ICF: Shattered. At the moment, the band Lucid Grey is playing a pre-show set.
The crowd is near sell-out and ready for some fights. (Edit: By the time I was able to speak to the promoter, Steve Stanton, after the show, he informed me it was in fact a sell out crowd, over 2,000 people.)
The first fight is scheduled to go down at 8:00 - I'll be back then, reporting on all the fights - 12 fights are scheduled for tonight's card, including a pro match-up between Victor O'Donnell and Neal Craft. (Incidentally, Neal's gym has a line of shirts they sell, you can find them on myspace here.
Former UFC fighter and TUF alum Dan Christison is the special guest referee for tonight's fights.
The co-main event tonight is an amateur 205 lb title match-up between George Oiler (aka nofee and T.J. Ball.
Additionally, the ICF has been nice enough to give me my own photographer for the night so that I can post pics of the fights as they happen. I'm going to give that a test run - depending on how long the editing takes, the pics may come up during intermission.
Special Announcement: Dan Christison will be featured in the main event at ICF: Breakout on April 11, 2009 at US Bank Arena.
Doug Ballinger vs. Kevin Cantley
Ballinger represents Team Nemesis. Cantley fights on Team Xtreme out of Cincy MMA and Fitness.
Ballinger comes in with a right hook that misses. Cantley tries a high left kick but it falls shorts. Both fighters trade kicks to the body. Cantley comes in with a right hook and follows up with a leg kick. Cantley misses with a Superman punch but follows up with a kick to the body as they circle. Ballinger rushes in and lands a few shots to Cantley's head. Cantley backs off but Ballinger pushes forward and gets Cantley in the clinch and the two go down, Cantley on top in half-guard. Ballinger sweeps and works for an arm triangle choke and manages to sink it at for the submission victory at 1:35.
Ballinger is in the camo trunks, Cantley in the red.
Ballinger by submission at 1:13 of Round 1.
Kyle Agee vs. Tom Black
Agee fights out of Performance Edge in Lexington, KY. Black represents Shamrock Boxing out of Ludlow, KY.
Agee misses with a big right hook but lands a leg kick. A high kick whizzes over Black's head and black moves in with some shots to Agee's head. Agee shoots in, but Black defends and they're up against the cage until agee takes him down, in full mount. Agee postures up and gets a few shots in before Black pulls him down. Agee is working for the kimura, but Black defends and Agee lets go. Agee is trying to land more shots to the head, but Black defends. Agee quickly transitions to an armbar for the top and rolls over to sink it in forcing the tap.
Agee is in the white shorts, Black is in the blue shorts.
Agee wins by armbar at 1:20 of the Round 1
Justin Hunt vs. Dave Heidorn
Hunt fights out of Team Nemesis, Heidorn out of Team Xtreme
Touch of the gloves and we're off. Hunt is circling, comes in with a straight right. Heidorn works to counter and lands a short punch. The two circle but Hunt comes in with three hard rights that floor Heidorn. Hunt comes in to land one more to a downed Heidorn before the ref pulls him off quickly stopping the fight.
Hunt is in the black shorts, Heidorn in the white shorts.
Hunt wins via KO at :23 of Round 1
Scott Roberts vs. Matt Johnson
Roberts fights out of Team Nemesis. Johnson fights out of Domination MMA.
A match-up at 135 pounds. Roberts throws a short left hook that misses. Johnson goes for the takedown but Roberts has him in a standing guillotine. Johnson gets Roberts down and Roberts works for the guillotine but Johnson gets out. The two stand and start throwing bombs. Johnson takes Roberts down with a big slam, quickly moves to Roberts' back and sinks in the rear naked choke for the win.
Johnson is in the red trunks, Roberts is in the camo trunks.
Johnson wins at :35 of Round 1 via rear naked choke.
Tom Goach vs. Wes Thompson
Goach fights out of Vision MMA. Thompson fights out of Performance Edge. (Edit - Goach's name was spelled as it appears on the roster I got, but the back of his shirt said "Gooch". If I spelled it incorrectly, my apologies.)
They circle, Goach tries a jab. The two are exchanging shots, neither doing any bit damage. Goach lands one to Thompson's head and goes for the takedown. Thompson pushes Goach against the cage but Goach gets out and the two exchange shots, it appearing that Goach is landing the harder shots. Thompson gets Goach against the cage and Goach lands some shots to Thompson's head and side. Goach gets out and the two circle. Goach lands a leg kick. Thompson lands a nice leg kick, then a second. The two circle again, both just falling short of landing hard shots to the other's face. Thompson follows up with another hard leg kick but Goach counters with three shots to Thompson's head. Goach lands an inside leg kick that looks close to the groin, but Thompson says he's fine. Thompson lands another hard leg kick, and then a shot to Goach's face as the two exchange hits before the horn sounds. A close round.
PreView sees it 10-9 for Thompson.
Fighters circle and Goach goes in landing a couple shots to the body. Thompson pushes G against the cage and throws some knees to the body. T is working for the single-leg takedown but Goach defends. The two separate and Thompson lands another hard leg kick. Goach lands a good shot to the body. Thompson lands a few hard shots to Goach's face, but Goach gets out. Thompson lands another hard leg kick. Goach lands an inside leg kick followed by an outside leg kick. The two are circling, looking for an opening. Both miss with shots to the head. Thompson lands another good leg kick. Goach comes in with a straight shot to Thompson's face and the two circle before exchanging again. Goach drops Thompson with a straight right and gets on top , but Thompson defends. The crowd is loving the action. Thompson lands another leg kick and the two both miss with haymakers. Thompson lands a knee and Goach answers with one of his own. Thompson misses with a leg kick and the actions slows as the horn sounds. Another close round.
PreView sees it 10-9 for Goach.
T lands a leg kick to open the round, but G rushes in and lands a couple quick shots to T's face, pushing up against the cage. The fighters exchange shots, T shoots in and takes G down. T works to take G's back and lands some shots to G's face. T is working for the rear naked choke, but G is defending. G reverses his position and ends up in T's full guard. G is landing some shots from the top, and works T towards the cage, near G's corner. T quickly transitions to a triangle attempt but Goach gets out and regains control once again in T's full guard. G lands a couple more shots to T's head and then some shots to the body as the fight ends.
PreView sees it 10-9 for Goach.
Goach is in the camo trunks, Thompson in the orange and white.
Goach wins via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Special Announcement: ICF announces that they will be presenting a "Fighter of the Night" award after the event at the after-party.
Jeff Cummings vs. Will Hendrickson
Cummings fights out of Team Vision. Hendrickson fights out of Performance Edge.
Cummings goes in with a hard short left hook and follows up with another pushing Hendrickson against the cage. Hendrickson pushes back and the two hit the cage hard (knocking the cage into my laptop screen), going down with Hendrickson on top. Both are jockeying for positioning. Hendrickson transitions to side mount but Cummings is scrambling, working for submissions from the bottom. The two scramble and Hendrickson works to take Cummings's back. Hendrickson rolls Cummings over and lands shots to the side of Cummings's head. Cummings is still scrambling trying to get out. Hendrickson lands more shots and the position stays constant as the round ends.
PreView sees it 10-9 Hendrickson
(On a side note - ICF just made the second announcement pointing people to FightTicker - Thanks guys.)
Cummings opens the round up with another strong left and then another as Hendrickson tries to counter. Cummings pushes Hendrickson against the cage and works for a guillotine, landing a knee to Hendrickson's head. Cummings goes for a single-leg takedown but Hendrickson defends. Hendrickson eventually slides down and gets an underhook from the top with Cummings in his half-guard. Hendrickson is holding Cummings close preventing Cummings from doing too much. Hendrickson is looking for submissions from the bottom while Cummings is trying to pass guard. Cummings gets the mount position and starts landing short shots to He's body and head. Hendrickson gets his legs up in front of Cummings's torso and attempts to roll out. Cummings ends up in the bottom position with a guillotine attempt as the round expires.
PreView sees it 10-9 for Cummings.
The two circle, Hendrickson has a mouse under his left eye. Hendrickson lands an inside leg kick. Cummings misses with a left and Hendrickson takes him down, but Cummings gets up and starts landing shots from the top. Hendrickson pulls him down, but Cummings is still in control. Hendrickson has one of Cummings's legs tied up, looking for a kneebar, but Cummings gets out. Hendrickson works for a guillotine from the bottom but Cummings rolls and has control of one of Hendrickson's arms. Cummings works for an armbar, sinking it in to force the tapout.
Hendrickson is in the black trunks with the red and white, Cummings in the black trunks with camo trim.
Cummings wins via armbar at 1:18 of Round 3
Robert Nguyen vs. Corey Zimmerman
Nguyen fights out of Performance Edge. Zimmerman represents Team Xtreme.
Both look for punches early and miss. Zimmerman shoots in but Nguyen works for a standing guillotine. Zimmerman gets out and the two exchange knees, Zimerman keeps firing knees as Nguyen pushes him against the cage. The two scramble and Nguyen has Zimmerman in a standing guillotine attempt while Zzimmerman throws knees to Nguyen's legs. Nguyen lets go and Zimmerman land a shot to the head but Nguyen gets him back against the cage. Nguyen lands a knee to the body but Zimmerman reverses and lands knees to Nguyen's head. Nguyen escapes and the two keep scrambling Nguyen looks for a whizzer but Zimmerman gets the better of the fall and quickly gets up. Nguyen looks for a single then double leg takedown, ultimately getting Zimmerman down. Nguyen throws some shots from the top, in Zimmerman's half-guard. Nguyen gets the mount position and starts landing more shots to Zimmerman's head. Zimmerman keeps working and Nguyen lands more shots as the round ends.
PreView sees it 10-9 for Zimmerman.
N lands a big right hook which Zimmerman follows with a kick to the body. Zimmerman shoots in, but Nguyen has him locked in a guillotine. Zimmerman gets a big slam, and Nguyen lets go. Nguyen has Zimmerman stuck in a triangle, Zimmerman picks him up and we have another big slam. Nguyen has a triangle/armbar, but Zimmerman rolls out. The two exchange and clinch against the fence. Both fighters throw knees and short shots to the other's head. The two work against the cage and Nguyen works for a standing arm triangle. Zimmerman gets out, but Nguyen clinches up and throws more knees. The two are scrambling back and forth against the cage. Nguyen is working for a standing choke from the side, but Zimmerman defends. Zimmerman is reaching for a double-leg and lifts Nguyen up but can't finish the takedown as the round expires.
PreView sees is 10-9 for Nguyen
Zimmerman lands a huge inside leg kick almost taking Nguyen down. They clinch against the cage and exchange knees. Zimmerman is kneeing the inside of Nguyen's legs and has double underhooks but Nguyen has Zimmerman's arms locked up pretty well. The two trade short punches against the cage and Zimmerman attempts to knee Nguyen's head. The two are constantly transitioning and neither fighter can get a clear advantage. Nguyen goes to the ground and both are looking for an ankle lock, stretched out. Zimmerman is landing knees to Nguyen's knees from the ground position as the round expires.
PreView scores it 10-9 for Zimmerman
(I thought both of these guys put on a Fight of the Night caliber performance.)
Nguyen is the in white trunks with red trim, Zimmerman in the white with black trim.
Nguyen wins via split decision (30-27 (N), 30-27 (Z), 29-28 (N))
John Hays vs. Shane Robertson
Hays fights out of Domination MMA, Robertson out of Team Prodigy.
Both fighters throw some punches, guaging the distance. Hayes lands a leg kick. Robertson misses with a big right but clinches up and lands a knee to the body as the two go aginst the cage. Hays gets out but Robertson takes him down. The two get back up with Hays looking for a double-leg takedown. They're clinched up against the cage, both landing shots to the body. Robertson misses with another big right hook. They separate and circle. Robertson looks winded. The two exchange big shots with Hays getting the better of the exchange. Hays goes for a kick to the head but slips and Robertson lands on top in the North-South position with one of Hays's arms locked up. Robertson looks for a guillotine from the bottom as the round ends.
PreView sees it 10-9 Hays
Hays throws a few jabs and lands a solid right. Robertson looks to counter but misses. Hays lands another solid shot and the two circle. Hays throws a jab out, checking the distance and lands another short right. Robertson misses with big right hook and H lands a solid shot to the body then Robertson's head. Robertson throws the haymaker again but misses. The two exchange and Hays lands a solid right to Robertson's face. Hays lands a left jab, then another as the two work around the cage. Hays lands another jab as Robertson lands a body shot. Robertson lands a big body shot while Hays misses an overhand right. Robertson lands another body shot and this time Hays connects on the short right. Hays lands a jab, then a big right followed by a kick to the body. Hays lands another three punch combination but Robertson lands a solid body shot and Hays slips and falls. He quickly gets back up and the exchange in the center of the cage.
PreView sees it 10-9 Hays
The two circle, looking for an opening. Robertson lands a short left and Hays counters with one of his own. Hays lands a left hook, then another as the two work around the ring. Robertson is throwing multiple shots, but Hays clearly has the reach advantage. Both land big shots, then exchange head shots again. Hays shoots in but is reversed against the cage. Robertson gets the takedown and lands in Hays's full guard. Hays is landing shots to Robertson's head from the bottom. Robertson picks Hays up twice for short slams and pushes Hays against the cage as the round ends. I think Hays's excellent counter-punching is going to win the fight for him.
PreView sees it 10-9 Hays.
Hays is in the green shorts, Robertson in the white shorts.
Hays wins via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
(Hays was awarded the "Fighter of the Night" award at the after-party.)
Steve Muldrow vs. Matt Egner (Amateur Lightweight Title Fight)
Muldrow fights out of Team Vision. Egner fights out of Team Xtreme
Muldrow lands a leg kick. Both fall punches that fall short. Egner looks for a shot to the head and Muldrow takes him down, but Egner has a guillotine and Muldrow in his full guard. Muldrow is trying to land shots from the bottom. Egner lets go, but works for a triangle from the bottom. Egner is pulling Muldrow's head down and Muldrow is stuck in a seated position. Muldrow scrambles out, but Egner still has his legs locked. Egner is landing some shots to Muldrow's head from the bottom, trying to sink the choke in deeper. Muldrow lands a couple shots to Egner's body, but is stuck. Egner lands more shots to Muldrow's head as the round ends.
PreView sees it 10-9 Egner
Muldrow throws a right hook. Egner lands a leg kick and misses with a second. Muldrow ducks in with a left that grazes Egner. The two exchange shots and Egner lands a big leg kick followed by one from Muldrow and another from Egner. Muldrow fakes a superman punch and takes Egner down. Egner is working for a guillotine again and Muldrow has side control, but his head is stuck. Muldrows gets the mount and lands shots to Egner's body. Muldrow works Egner up against the cage, but it's in front of Egner's corner. Ref Dan Christison warns against blows to the back of the head. Egner is holding Muldrow tightly and Muldrow can't posture up. Egner is scrambling, but can't get out from under the mount. Muldrow lands more shots as the round ends.
PreView sees it 10-9 Muldrow.
Muldrow misses with a huge right hook and Egner jumps on him but Muldrow ends up on top in Egner's half-guard. Muldrow lands some shots from the top, but Egner is doing a good job of preventing him from posturing up. Muldrow lands more short shots from the top and Egner works to land some from the bottom. Egner almost throws Muldrow and Muldrow lands in Egner's full guard. Muldrow throws shots from the top, but Egner is working to control Muldrow's wrists. Muldrow lands one more big shot and a few small ones as the round ends.
PreView sees it 10-9 Muldrow
Egner lands an inside leg kick. Muldrow lands a short right hook. Egner lands another leg kick, followed by another, but Muldrow takes him down and ends up in Egner's full guard. Muldrow picks Egner up for a short slam, but is still in Egner's full guard. Muldrow is landing shot to Egner's body while Egner lands a short punch from the bottom. Muldrow lands more body shots and a couple to the head. Muldrow lands more shots from the top as the round ends.
PreView sees it 10-9 for Muldrow.
The two exchange short shots as they circle the cage. Egner lands an inside leg kick but Muldrow scores a huge takedown. Muldrow has side control and Egner is scrambling, trying to get out. Egner gets Muldrow in his full guard. Muldrow lands shots from the top and Egner is working for a submission from the bottom. Ref Dan Christison stands them up as the action slows. Muldrow lands a right hook and then a leg kick. Muldrow shoots in and gets Egner down, but Egner is looking for a guillotine from the bottom. Muldrow tries to change positions and gets in side control as the round ends.
PreView sees the round 10-9 for Muldrow
Egner has on the blue gloves, Muldrow has on the red gloves.
Muldrow - NEW Lightweight Champ - wins via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Mark Crawn vs. Ron Mitchell
Crawn fights out of Beckley MMA (Team Jorge Gurgel), Mitchell out of Team Vision and Rob Bradford's Boxing 4 Fitness.
Crawn opens up the action with a leg kick, then another. Mitchell misses with a big overhand right but they clinch up and exchange knees to the body. Mitchell looks for the double leg takedown but Crawn defends. Mitchell gets him down and starts a hard ground and pound assault. Crawn scores two single leg takedowns, Mitchell lands some shots on the first but ends up on bottom on the second. They stand and Crawn pushes Mitchell against the cage. Mitchell looks for body shots as Crawn tries to take the action to the ground. They stand and Mitchell lands another aknee to the body followed by two hard rights. The two exchange, but Mitchell lands two hits for Crawn's one. The action is briefly stopped after Crawn unintentionally knees Mitchell in the groin.
Action restarts with neither fighter landing a shot before the round expires.
PreView sees it 10-9 Mitchell
The round opens with Mitchell landing a short right uppercut. The two exchange and Mitchell lands a hard straight right, then knee while Crawn counters with a straight right. Crawn comes in with a flying knee but Mitchell grabs him and takes him down. Mitchell is on top with a guillotine, he's cut under his left eye. Mitchell still has top position, but Crawn is working for asingle leg takedown. Mitchell lands a hard body shot as the two separate and Crawn counters with a knee. Mitchell lands another shot and Crawn answers with another knee. Mitchell lands two hard rights and a left. Mitchell lands more as they push up against the cage. Mitchell goes for a single leg but Crawn has a guillotine, with Mitchell working from side control as the round ends.
PreView sees it 10-9 for Mitchell
The two circle, looking for an opening. Crawn misses with a left, then two jabs with the right. Mitchell lands a straight right, and Crawn counters with a lazy leg kick. Mitchell lands a short right and the two separate, both jabbing to test the distance. Crawn throws a left, but misses and Mitchell counters with a right. Crawn lands a solid kick to the body. Mitchell lands a short right which Crawn counters with another body kick. This last round saw both fighters, clearly tired, not do much.
PreView sees it 10-9 for Mitchell
Mitchell is in the black trunks with white emblem, Crawn is in the black trunks.
Mitchelll wins via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
T.J. Ball vs. George Oiler (Amateur Light Heavyweight Title)
Ball fights out of Team Vision and Rob Bradford's Boxing 4 Fitness. Oiler, the defending champ, fights out of Beckley MMA.
Ball clearly has the size advantage here. Ball comes in with a hard right and Oiler takes the fight to the ground. Ball ends up on top and lands shots from the top. Oiler looks for an ankle lock as Ball lands shots from the top. Oiler tries to pull Ball down, but Ball was grabbing the cage and wasn't immediately seen by the ref. Ball lands numerous shots from the top and Oiler looks for the ankle lock again. Ball is on top in Oiler's half-guard. Ball lands shots to Oiler's head and body. Ball pulls out of Oiler's guard and lands more shots to the head. Oiler works for a triangle but Ball pulls out of it and stands as the round ends.
PreView sees it 10-9 for Ball.
Oiler misses with a big right but takes Oiler down and ends up in Oiler's full guard. Ball pulls out of another triangle attempt and lands some more hard shots. Oiler is working for a knee bar and Ball is struggling to get out. Ball lands two illegal heel kicks to Oiler's spine and the ref stops the action and deducts a point. Oiler is clearly upset that his submission attempt was stopped by the ref.
Ball comes in with a right and takes Oiler down again. Oiler gets full guard and Ball pushes him against the cage. Ball starts a flurry of punches from teh top and Oiler tries to defend from the bottom. Ball is right in front of his corner getting advice while he's in the top position. Oiler attempts to kick Ball off but Ball comes in with a punch. Ball starts another ground and pound assault and Ball tries to defend, looking for the knee bar again.
PreView sees it 10-9 for Ball, but with the point deduction, 9-9.
Ball comes in but Oiler attempts the takedown this time. Ball defends and ends up in Oiler's full guard. Ball starts throwing shots from the top as Oiler tries to kick him off. Ball stands up but quickly goes back down to land more hard shots to Oiler's head. Ref Dan Christison quickly rushes in to stop the fight.
Oiler is in the black shorts with white print and Ball is in the white shorts.
TJ Ball (NEW Light Heavyweight Champ) wins via TKO at 2:03 in Round 3.
Victor O'Donell vs. Neal Craft
The final fight of the night, a pro match-up is a Middleweight contest between O'Donell, fighting out of Team Vision and Craft fighting out of Walker MMA in Dayton, OH.
Craft comes in with an inside leg kick that O'Donnell answers with a straight right. O'Donnell picks up Craft, carries him across the mat and slams him hard. Craft gets up and the two move around, looking for an opening. Craft looks for a shot to O'Donnell's head, but O'Donnell lands a hard right, stunning Craft, then another and Craft goes down. O'Donnell quickly rushes in and lands more unanswered blows as Christison runs in to stop the fight.
O'Donnell has the gloves with red tape and Craft has the gloves with blue tape.
O'Donnell wins via KO at :44 of the first round.
Lot of good fights tonight - great event overall, solid production and exciting fights. A special thanks to Sean Balanger for getting all the pictures for me.