Ironman Fight Club – Mid Week 11 (6th December 2017 – Hyashi’s Lounge, Los Angeles)
Post Fight Recap
Main Event – Ironman Division
Steven “The Steamroller” Kennedy vs. Wilson “KO” Reyes
The evenings main event featured former IFC champion Steven “The Steamroller” Kennedy playing gatekeeper to the nomadic crowd pleaser Wilson “KO” Reyes and it was a rough night for the man from down under.
The opening bell rung and instantly Steven Kennedy found himself bundled into the clinch and under pressure from much bigger fighter Wilson Reyes. Reyes wasted no time in getting to work and hammered Kennedy with stinging lefts and thundering hooks to the body. Usually so calm under pressure Kennedy offered no resistance and after a beautiful knee to the ribs that took the wind out of him Reyes landed some punches from the inside that staggered Kennedy. Another left and then a big uppercut before Reyes pushed Kennedy back against the cage to create some space for a quick right hook that dropped Kennedy to the floor to which the referee mercifully stepped in to save him from any further punishment.
Wilson Reyes defeated Steven Kennedy by TKO (Strikes) at 1:57 of Round 1.
It was a truly dominating performance from Reyes who now moves to 7-4 and enters the IFC Top 10 at #7.
A demoralizing result for The Steamroller who drops out of the Top 10 and will most likely be wondering where he goes from here
Co-Main Event – Ironman Division
Jaxson Wilder vs. Vincent Lemieux
Fresh off of his fantastic debut at IFC XXV, big hitter Jaxson Wilder welcomed newcomer Vincent Lemieux to the IFC cage and got to see first hand what he was all about.
The opening round started fast with Wilder missing a hook to the body and Lemieux countering with a stiff jab to the face that opened a cut. A straight right from Wilder and Lemiuex slips and land with his own straight down the middle. The pattern went on for a while but with each exchange Lemieux obvious power was starting to take effect and another jab opened the cut even further. Undeterred, Wilder kept coming but was unable to land anything significant before one last monster overhand right dropped Wilder to the canvas and finished the fight.
Vincent Lemieux defeted Jaxson Wilder by TKO (Strikes) at 0:56 of Round 1
A perfect start in the IFC for Vincent Lemiuex who has now won eight in a row and keeps his frightening 100% KO record intact. With an overall record of 8-4 Lemiuex moves into the IFC Top 10 at #9
A definite bump in the road for Wilder who will no doubt be disappointed after such a solid display in his debut but at only twenty years of age has more than enough time to make a name for himself in the world of MMA.
Other fights from the evening.
Bricks “Parpain” Thrower kept the good times rolling after winning unanimous decision against German fighter Harry “Tier” Hirsch. It was a competitive bout with both fighters taking a round apiece but it was Thrower’s striking that won the night and swayed the judges taking the final round and increasing his record to 10-5 and unbeaten in his last 4.
Bricks Thrower defeated Harry Hirsch by Decision (Unanimous)
Donold “Home Wrecker” Trenchard almost upset the bookies with his performance managing to get an early takedown on Polish heavyweight Japa Koniu. Trenchard went for the kill trying to finish with submission attempts but Koniu managed to stay calm and defend long enough to get the reversal and then back to his feet. From there Koniu countered the take down from Trenchard and punished him with a straight to the gut and then dropped him with a slick head kick which cut Trenchard. Trenchard was motioned back to his feet only to find himself dropped once more and this time the referree stepped in to save him
Japa Koniu defeated Donold Trenchard by TKO (Strikes) at 2:13 of Round 1
Jim Beam and Yoshihiro Sexyama went the distance in a back and forth match up that was ultimately decided by Beams accuracy in the stand up.
Under performing prospect Rober Garfield picked up his first win in the IFC with a nice knee KO over Boyd Clark
Boss Yonic took debutante Thai Boxer Fernando Galley through a grappling masterclass and managed to get the armbar submission in under two minutes
Yet another heartbreaking performance from gutsy journeyman Gin Kobra who utterly dominated striker Chong Tay before getting caught in a frenzy of strikes from the heavier fighter and knocked out with a fantastic spinning back fist. What Tay lacked in finesse he made up for in aggression and it paid of in the end
Heath Bace piled on the misery for struggling Lenny Manelito and ended his own abysmal run of five losses with a first round KO victory
And lastly Sascha Koniezko picked up his first professional win in six fights with a strong performance over Dreamer Panda winning by KO in just under a minute. The loss for Panda means that the wrestler is still searching for his own first win in MMA
KO Of The Night goes to Sascha Koniezko
Sub Of The Night goes Boss Yonic
After today's event the Road to the Gold is currently looking a little like this...
Just Outside (in no order): Iain Tower, Ricky Hughes, Steven Kennedy, Schmorgen Biscuit, Brock Sampson
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