Fortitude FC, in conjunction with RISSA LLC and 10 Percent Laundry, was proud to bring you this mixed martial arts show. FFC 17: Barfot vs De Oliveira was a mixed martial arts event held on August 30, 2014 at the Hard Knocks Casino & Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
(Super-heavyweight Division) Babi Ala vs Gustavo Oliveira
Round 1 – Despite his gigantic size and reach advantage, Babi Ala completed a ton of takedowns in this round. On the ground, Ala was mostly trying to out wrestle Oliveira. When the fight would get stood up, Ala would land with some strikes and then initiate another takedown. Oliveira received a cut in this round.
Round 2 – In a repeat of the first round, Babi Ala dominated the round with his wrestling, scored points on the feet with his boxing, and left little room for retaliation from his opponent. Gustavo attempted, and failed to achieve, a submission near the end of the round.
Round 3 – More of the same: Ala scoring takedowns, advancing, standing back up, scoring with some patty-cake slaps, scoring another takedown. Rinse and repeat. Oliveira did manage to get on top and stall for a standup a couple of times but he just couldn't handle the offensive wrestling of Babi Ala.
Outcome – Babi Ala def. Gustavo Oliveira via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26).
(Light-heavyweight Division) Kyle Babcock vs Henrique Tavares
Round 1 – Early in the round, Kyle Babock was very aggressive, swinging wildly on Henrique Tavares before shoving him against the cage for a little clinch action. Against the cage, Babcock was still swinging like crazy, tagging his foe with punch after punch. Henrique Tavares saw an opportunity to escape the clinch and he took it. Back at a range, he started firing back, cutting his opponent quickly. In the best exchanges of the round, Tavares put Babcock down with hard punches that put Babcock on queer street. Kyle Babcock managed to survive the round, however, so he obviously has some heart.
Round 2 – The first half of this round took place in the clinch with Tavares dominating Babcock with his dirty boxing. Once they got back out of the clinch, the boxing of Henrique Tavares started to wear on Babcock who suddenly had no answers for it.
Round 3 – A profusely bleeding Kyle Babcock scored an early takedown and was working his ground and pound, a much needed reprieve from the striking exchanges from before. The relentless Henrique Tavares managed to get to his feet and tagged Babcock with punches, the final one turning off the lights and putting Kyle Babcock to bed.
Outcome – Henrique Tavares def. Kyle Babcock via KO (Punches) at 1:20 of round 3.
(Super-heavyweight Division) Gustavo Miranda vs Royler Gracie
Round 1 – Royler Gracie scored with an immediate takedown and began his hunt for a submission. Miranda was pushing and staying active from the bottom- during a failed leg lock, Miranda scored a sweep and ended up in the closed guard of Royler Gracie. Miranda pushed and got into half guard for a time but Gracie got himself back into full guard. After a failed armbar from Miranda, Gracie scrambled his way back to his feet. Royler Gracie took Miranda back to the ground and the two brown belts continued to battle for position. At about three minutes into the round, Royler Gracie made a tremendous mistake: he managed to get to full mount on top of Miranda and then abruptly got to his feet. Poor sliders were playing as big a part in the success of Royler Gracie as the poor gas tank on Miranda. Gracie closed out the first round attempting a fruitless submission.
Round 2 – Despite being seemingly exhausted, Gustavo Miranda scored a takedown straight out of the gate. After watching the two brown belts hold each other for a minute and a half, the referee yawned and stood the fighters up. Gracie scored an immediate takedown, held on tight, and then got to his feet. And then scored another takedown and held on. Then the referee stood the fighters back up. And then Gracie took Miranda back down. Miranda flopped on a submission attempt, allowing Gracie to slide into side control... and hold on.
Round 3 – Gustavo Miranda scored the first takedown of the round... Gracie failed a couple of submission attempts and then the two exhausted brown belts laid motionless for another minute, forcing a referee standup. Miranda scored another takedown into the half guard of Gracie, held on, and forced a referee standup. Gracie scored a takedown, held on, and forced a referee standup. If you're enjoying reading this then we can't be friends. Long story short: the two fighters took turns doing nothing on top until the end of the round.
Outcome – Royler Gracie def. Gustavo Miranda via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-28, 30-27).
(Welterweight Division) Egidiusz Nowakowski vs Hugo Churchill
Round 1 – Eddie Nova landed an early takedown and controlled the pace and position for several minutes while attempting multiple submissions. The third failed submission saw Hugo Churchill find land himself on top of Eddie Nova in the advantage position. Despite pushing to advance position or get a submission, Eddie Nova found himself stalled out beneath Churchill until the referee stood them up at just over four minutes into the fight. Churchill scored with a late takedown and held on to close out the round.
Round 2 – Eddie Nova nailed a quick takedown and had to work very hard to control the wily Churchill beneath him. Eventually the referee, having consumed a large dose of boredom in the fight before this one, said “oh, hell no” and stood the fighters up... and Churchill scored a counter takedown right back into the guard of Eddie Nova. The exasperated referee slumped and watched the “action”. The two fighters teetered on the edge of excitement for several minutes before the referee stood them back up... and Churchill scored a counter takedown into the closed guard of Eddie Nova, again. Churchill closed out the round holding on.
Round 3 – In the final round of this barn burner (because if this fight happened in a barn, a spectator would have burned the joint to the ground), Eddie Nova failed with a takedown attempt... and Hugo Churchill scored a counter takedown into side control. Eddie Nova managed to reverse the position and lay in guard until the referee stood the fighters up... and Churchill scored a counter takedown into the closed guard of Eddie Nova. Again. After a few almost submissions, the fighters held on until the referee stood the fighters up. And Churchill took Nova down to close out the round. The judges said “Uh, that guy won” and pointed without looking.
Outcome – Hugo Churchill def. Egidiusz Nowakowski via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
(Light-heavyweight Division) Bryce Reynolds vs Steve Orvel
Round 1 – Early in the fight, Steve Orvel wanted very badly to score a takedown but it was the Muay Thai stylist, Bryce Reynolds, who was finding success in his attacks. Reynolds scored with multiple kicks to the body of the Jiu-Jitsu brown belt before engaging him in the clinch. Steve Orvel avoided taking any damage from this disadvantaged position and managed to reverse his fortune with a takedown halfway through the round. On the ground, it was all Steve Orvel who worked diligently to steal back the round, throwing out half a dozen submission attempts, giving up his positioning in the scrambles. Bryce Reynolds stole this round for sure.
Round 2 – Reynolds missed with his attempted kicks and succumbed to an early takedown from the grappler. Steve Orvel attempted three submissions, catching Bryce Reynolds in an arm triangle choke from side control. After the fight, Steve Orvel used all of his practiced English to plead his case for a shot at the light-heavyweight championship.
Outcome – Steve Orvel def. Bryce Reynolds via Submission (Arm Triangle) at 1:23 of round 2.
(Light-heavyweight Division) Derek Burns vs Damien Bishop
Round 1 – Both of these heavy handed sluggers came out swinging wildly, trying to connect with anything. It was Derek Burns who was finding success, landing strikes. He weathered the early storm of Damien Bishop and then took control, landing with a flurry of blows that felled the smaller man and put him on his back, eating shots. The referee stepped in to save him from receiving any more harm.
Outcome – Derek Burns def. Damien Bishop via TKO (Strikes) at 0:55 of round 1.
(Middleweight Division) Grey Wolf vs Jermain Leaseau
Round 1 – The first half of this round showcased the aggressive striking of Grey Wolf. One thing you know to expect in a Grey Wolf fight is that he is going to come forward and throw everything he has at you right out of the gate; that's who he is and he can't fight any other way. Wolf landed hard shots that put Jermain on his back and in trouble. To his credit, Jermain Leasau survived, got back to his feet, and scored a power takedown by ducking under a wild swing from his bloodthirsty foe. Jermain Leasau, cuts opened on his face, blood pouring off of him in a torrents of red, managed to keep the former champion on the ground and even took his back to close out the round. Still, this was a huge round for Grey Wolf.
Round 2 – Leaseau couldn't have wanted to wrestle any harder than he did. He tried to clinch with Wolf, nothing, tried to take Wolf down, nothing. Grey Wolf, meanwhile, was dropping heavy bombs with every passing second until one put Leaseau out of the fight for good. All the credit in the world can go to Leaseau for hanging in there in that first round but he was outclassed by a veteran former world champion.
Outcome – Grey Wolf def. Jermain Leaseau via KO (Punches) at 0:32 of round 2.
(Welterweight Division, Championship bout) Ville Paakkari© vs Kaz Yago
Round 1 – The Reigning Champion came out very aggressive early, trading punches with the Heavy Handed Challenger, before clinching with him. Along the cage, Paakkari landed shots and managed to stay on his feet as Yago tried to pull guard. When the two fighters broke off and started to fight at a distance again, Paakkari seemed to rock Yago with a head kick, but nothing came of it. The two fighters clinched again and Yago successfully pulled guard. Kaz Yago has an elite submission game so the Welterweight Champion was in all kinds of trouble- unfortunately for The Challenger, the round ended before he could get to work.
Round 2 – The two fighters traded heavy shots before The Champion initiated another clinch. They battled for position along the cage for several minutes with Paakkari landing shots and Yago trying to pull guard. At the four minute mark, Yago got his wish: he pulled Paakkari into his guard and began working for a submission. Despite having Paakkari in a good position, this was another big round for The Champion.
Round 3 – Paakkari wasted no time in clinching this time went to work with the dirty boxing. This time, Yago would find no reprieve with a takedown. Paakkari tagged Yago with a series of heavy shots near the end of the round that put his Challenger out for the count, forcing a referee stoppage.
Outcome – Ville Paakkari def. Kaz Yago via TKO (Strikes) at 3:49 of round 3 to retain the undisputed Fortitude FC Welterweight Championship of the world!
(Light-heavyweight Division, Championship bout) George Pierre Hennard© vs Kristan Maruyama
Round 1 – The wrestling prowess of the Light-heavyweight Champion was on full display in this round. He clinched with Maruyama but didn't enjoy the position as The Challenger landed a few sharp elbows. GPH broke free from the clinch and instead took Maruyama to the ground. George sat in the closed guard of Maruyama, avoided danger, and controlled until the referee stood the fighters up for inactivity. The fighters clinched off of a failed takedown attempt. Once again, the elbows of Maruyama put Hennard in an uncomfortable position so Hennard scored another takedown. This time around, Kristan Maruyama was very aggressive off of his back; Kristan Maruyama worked diligently to land a submission. Late in the round, Kristan Maruyama landed a quick sweep and found himself in the guard of the Champion. Hennard worked for a submission off of his back and Maruyama passed into half guard. The round ended before Maruyama could do anything with the dominant position on the ground.
Round 2 – Hennard clinched, pushed off, and failed a couple of times to score off of telegraphed takedowns. Kristan Maruyama scored his first takedown of the fight! Kristan Maruyama tried to advance position and George Pierre Hennard hit a sweep, reversing The Challenger's momentum. Hennard advanced to side control and then mounted! Hennard worked for three different submissions but settled to control until the referee stood them back up.
Round 3 – GPH clinched with Maruyama and scored a trip takedown into his guard. George Pierre pushes through to side control and mounts the title challenger once again. The Champion gives up his dominant position in his hunt for a submission- he finds himself controlling in side mount before mounting again. In his haste to escape the position, Kristan Maruyama gives up his back and the Light-heavyweight Champion locks in a rear naked choke with both hooks in.
Outcome – George Pierre Hennard def. Kristan Maruyama via Submission (RNC) at 4:32 of round 3 to retain the Undisputed Fortitude FC Light-heavyweight Championship of the world!
(Heavyweight Division, Championship bout) Magnus Barfot© vs Thiago Santana De Oliveira
Round 1 – The two fighters clinched early off of a failed takedown from De Oliveira. However, when the Heavyweight Champion started landing shots to the body of the Challenger, De Oliveira noped out of the clinch. The Viking went to work immediately, aggressively landing punch after punch, kicks to the leg and body. Not even a minute into the round, De Oliveira started wilting under the pressure of Barfot's aggression. Bloody and battered, De Oliveira went down just under two minutes into the fight. And just like that, Thiago Santana De Oliveira became the twelfth man in four years to have fallen before the fury of The Savage.
Outcome – Magnus Barfot def. Thiago Santana De Oliveira via KO (Punch) at 1:57 of round 1 to retain the Undisputed Fortitude FC Heavyweight Championship of the world!
[After Action Report]
Fight of the Night: Ville Paakkari vs Kaz Yago
Knockout of the Night: Magnus Barfot (duh)
Submission of the Night: Steve Orvel
Fortitude FC Records (As of 8/30/14)
Most Victories in Org: Tadeusz Ostrowski (6)
Most (T)KO victories: Valek Ralen (5)
Most SUB victories: Tadeusz Ostrowski (5)
Active Winning Streaks (3 or more)
Tadeusz Ostrowski (6)
Valentin Ralek (5)
George Pierre Hennard (4)
Monkey Business (4)
Magnus Barfot (3)
Peter James (3)
Carlos Villa Lobos (3)
Brody Macbeth (3)
John Bzdunek (3)
Bantamweight (135 lbs)
John Bzdunek – Reigning Champion, No Defenses (Next fight: Tadeusz Ostrowski)
Benny Caine – Former Champion, No Defenses
Welterweight (170 lbs)
Ville Paakkari – Reigning Champion, One Defense (Next fight: Unknown)
Grant Benton – Former Champion, No Defenses
Middleweight (185 lbs)
Carlos Villa Lobos (4-2) – Reigning Champion, Two Defenses (Next fight: Unknown)
Randall Flag (6-4) – Former Champion, No Defenses
Light-heavyweight (205 lbs)
George Pierre Hennard – Reigning Champion, Two Defenses (Next fight: Derek Burns)
Juan Mott – Former Champion, No Defenses
Heavyweight (265 lbs)
Magnus Barfot – Reigning Champion, Two Defenses (Next fight: Unknown)
Super-heavyweight – 265+ lbs
Peter James – Reigning Champion, One Defense (Next fight: Brody Macbeth)