RFN 9: Lurch vs Joaquin
What's up, RFN fans? It's that time again where i try to give you an overall view of our beloved organization's upcoming card. This time, we're taking a closer look at RFN 9, a card filled with potentially good fights. On to the face punching!
Ethan "Haris" Lurch (8-2) vs Rocky "Kid Dinamita" Joaquin (7-6)
Former 2-time welterweight kingpin Ethan Lurch looks to get back on track against Rocky Joaquin, who's 2-0 since signing with Rio Fight Nights. Lurch is a well-rounded guy, but his main strenght relies in his grappling. He does an excellent job of moving in behind accurate punch combos, setting up both takedowns and clinches. Joaquin, a solid grappler in his own right, has obtained all but one of his wins by submission. Unfortunately, he doesn't bring much else to the table, and that's why i feel Lurch is going to tee off on him standing and pick up a TKO win.
Dennis Pegeant (6-4) vs Brian "Sexual" Chocholate (6-6)
Two agressive grapplers collide in the co-main event, as BJJ brown belt Dennis Pegeant locks horns with solid wrestler Brian Chocolate. Pegeant couldn't ask for a better matchup as Chocolate is probably willing to engage in a ground battle with him. While both men obtained the vast majority of their wins by submission, Pegeant's pedigree is certainly superior, but "Sexual" has a decent shot if he can get top position and pass guard. Or we could end up having a sloppy kickboxing match, who knows? Nah, Pageant by submission.
William "Father" Johnson (5-0) vs Larry "The Leech" Ludwig (2-3, 1 NC)
Johnson looks to keep his undefeated record intact as he do battle with Ludwig, who's fresh off of his first RFN win. The 26-year-old Johnson relies on his solid wrestling and atlheticism to grind away decision wins, while Leech, a BJJ brown belt, has only gone the distance once in his career. Johnson must be wary of Ludwig's guard but i really think "Father" plays it safe, producing just enough offense from top position to get the decision win.
Paulo "Panther" Mendosa (2-1) vs Nikolai Nation (2-0)
The main card opener is a lightweight contest between RFN debutant Mendosa and undefeated prospect Nation. A brown belt in BJJ with above average wrestling, Mendosa has obtained both of his wins by submission. Like most especialists, however, the other areas of his game are lacking, and that could cost him against Nation, who relies on a stout wrestling base to keep the fight vertical and land lots of punches. I mean it, he lands A LOT. While he doesn't have the power to pull your plug, the damage really adds up, and i think Mendosa is in for a long night, as Nation batters him on the feet and picks up a decision win.
Ty Daves (6-4) vs Yan Yang (6-7): I really think Daves will succeed in neutralizing Yang's dangerous hands and get the fight in the clinch, where he will work him over with knees and punches en route to a second-round stoppage.
Damian "Polish Pitbull" Grabowski (5-7-1) vs Paco Angel Marquez (4-4): Both men are basically boxers, but Marquez will enjoy a decent reach advantage. That, along with his superior punching power and sturdier beard, is more than enough to pick him as the favorite. He takes it by KO.
Ramazam Abdulkerimov (7-9) vs Vittu "Bahinguru" Baska (2-4): Both men are kinda low on confidence and in desperate need of a win. Abdulkerimov has the wrestling chops to take Baska down and hold him there, and i think that's exactly what he's going to do. He takes it by late submission.
Keisuke "Trickster" Takasugi (1-1) vs "The Celtic Potato" Bullock James (2-3): Classic striker vs grappler match here, James being the striker and Takasugi being the grappler. As always, wrestling will be the deciding factor in this type of matchup. Takasugi is the superior wrestler, so i'm siding with him. Submission, round one.
Tom "Iceman" Rodriguez (3-4) vs Ronaldo "Abacaxi" Oliveira (3-6): Both men are BJJ purple belts with no striking or wrestling to write home about, so they'll probably engage in some fun scrambles at some point. This one is really a toss up. I'm going with Oliveira, because last name.
"The Grim Reaper" Jack Long (4-6) vs Robson "Pustelnik" Cruzo (1-4): Cruzo, a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none, is not looking to hot right now, riding a 4-fight losing streak. Long probably has the tools to beat him, and get himself out of his own 4-fight losing streak. Long by submission.