Review of Rise 34 – Danton vs. Orndorf
[Ricky Warner’s well-appointed desk is seen with Ricky shuffling papers on it’s surface. He adjusts the microphone and begins to speak]
Ricky Warner: Hello, and welcome to the show. Tonight, I will be giving a review of the recently held event over at RISE, RISE 34 – Danton vs. Orndorf.
The card opened up with a Welterweight bout between Facundo Galley and Wade Rogers
Facundo Galley (5-2) vs. Wade Rogers (4-5)
Galley recently changed management but was already well established as a heavy-handed striker, having demolished his way through the division. Rogers, on the other hand was desperately seeking another win just to bring him to an even record. It was not to be tonight though as the wrecking machine that is Facundo blew right through him. Despite being taken down early in the round the fight got stood back up and when it did Galley went to work in the clinch to dismantle Rogers.
Pedro Changggg (2-4) vs. Goreshade King (1-1-1)
Into the lightweight division next for one of the ubiquitous clones of Pedro Chang. This one was Changggg. While sporting a dismal record of 2-4 Changggg seems irrepressible. He is a solid striker while his opponent is more a wrestler with a roughly even spread of skills throughout. Both of these men needed wins tonight to even pretend to be relevant in the division. Obviously, only one could get that win and it was Pedro Changggg that pulled out an extremely lopsided unanimous decision win. 30-24!?! Has anyone ever seen a more one-sided beatdown?
Ion Pascu (3-1) vs. Mungo Jerry (2-2)
“Bombardierul” continues his progress towards title contention in the middleweight division with his third round KO of the heavy-handed Jerry. Despite scoring takedowns seemingly at will, Pascu was unable to secure a submission despite 25 attempts. It was in the clinch that he was able to do the damage and score the KO. Jerry needs to focus his skills a bit more if he is to make a mark in this division.
Ricardo Oliviera (1-1) vs. Roadman Shaq (2-1)
Generalist, Ricardo Oliviera took on wrestler Roadman Shaq. On paper it looked as though Shaq should easily score the takedowns and win this fight on the ground. However, that is not exactly how this fight played out. Despite scoring two takedowns and landing an impressive 33 of 33 strikes on the ground, Shaq just could not put Oliviera away which allowed him to eventually score a submission win. Methinks Shaq could use some more time at the gym on the weight benches.
Wale Ammond (7-3) vs. Jackson Villa (3-2)
In yet more lightweight action Wale Ammond took on Jackson Villa. In this battle of BJJ purple belts it came as no surprise that the fight went to the ground. With Villa’s negligible skills in any other area it also comes as no surprise that he came up with naught when it did. Ammond was able to consistently outwork Villa on the ground, and while he was unable to secure any of the 16 submissions he attempted he was able to completely dominate Villa and walks away with another victory.
David Kelly (1-1) vs. John Miller (3-1)
Back up to middleweight for the first of the main card events as David Kelly, a wonderful boxer, took on John Miller, an all-rounder. The fight was brief as Miller attempted repeatedly to get into the clinch with Kelly. Kelly worked his counterstriking and kept his distance. Eventually, and by eventually, I mean within 40 seconds, it resulted in Kelly scoring the TKO victory. Miller, despite his greater experience was simply no match for Kelly.
Tim Slater (4-1) vs. Andŕe 3000 (3-1)
“Crazy” Tim Slater has been making his presence felt in this division for some time now. He took on Andŕe 3000 in this extremely dull featherweight fight. Both these men are managed by top notch management teams and so it comes down to that skill in putting together the fight plan that would bring victory and Slater is a ground fighter and 3000 is not. Tonight, it was Slater who came out on top with a one-sided decision win. Despite noble efforts on the part of Andŕe 3000, he just wasn’t able to completely shut down the offense of Slater and found himself continuously on his back. To his credit though he was able to avoid the 5 sub attempts and all the ground strikes as well. All of this added up to one huge snore fest win for Slater.
Henry “Hank” Aron (8-2) vs. Jean-Luc Phaneuf (5-0)
The former RISE Light-Heavyweight champion was coming off two consecutive losses coming into this fight. He faced who many considered to be the number one contender for the title, Jean-Luc Phaneuf. Aron has ground his way to victory many times in the cage only losing to Wes Ray and then Daniel Orndorf. But now he faced who many considered to be one of the best fighters in the division. The only person, so far, to have beaten Daniel Orndorf and a man poised to be the next champion. But instead, Hank Aron went to work to reestablish himself in the dominant position on the division. He was able to secure the takedown and work Phaneuf over with some brutal ground and pound. It is unclear at this point if the win makes him number one contender again or not, but he is surely sending a message that he is not done, and he wants his belt back.
The Co-Main Event
For the 155lbs Title
Samuel Gervais (7-0) vs. Gregory Marks (6-3)
Samuel Gervais was set to defend his title for the second time tonight against rising star Gregory Marks. Marks has had a spotty record leading up to the championship but he beat Niudu Kakka to earn the shot and his star rapidly began to decent tonight after the champion showed why his has that belt in the first place. Gervais immediately stuffed a predictable takedown attempt by Marks and countered with a jab to get the challenger’s attention. Gervais continued to put on a kickboxing clinic; changing levels and striking with both hands and feet. Marks had no answer and just did the one thing he knew how to do. The one thing he needed to have happen. He shot for and was denied both his takedown attempts and got pummeled as a result. It took the champ only 1:30 seconds to put an end to Marks’ dreams of championship glory. One massive punch and out go the lights.
The Main Event
For the 205lbs Title
Georges Danton (5-1) vs. Daniel Orndorf (5-1)
The light-heavyweight title was on the line tonight in the main event as Daniel Orndorf challenged the champion Georges Danton. There was some controversy leading up to this fight as many thought that first Jean-Luc Phaneuf and then Daniel Orndorf would have had a crack at the title before Danton was even a part of this organization. But the management gave Danton, who had never fought for the org before and was coming off a loss the shot ahead of number one contender, Daniel Orndorf. None of that matters anymore now, as Daniel Orndorf and Georges Danton clashed in the center of the cage. Orndorf dropped Danton early with a surprise head kick. But then Danton took the fight into the clinch, presumably to neutralize Orndorf’s formidable striking and KO power. It turned out that Orndorf was more effective in the clinch then Danton had suspected as Orndorf out performed him in all aspects of the clinch. The second round (only the second time in Orndorf’s career of even seeing a second round), Orndorf put on a boxing clinic as he dismantled Danton and put him away at the 1:56 mark of the second round as Danton tapped out to the beating he was receiving. Orndorf becomes the new RISE Light-Heavyweight Champion of the world!
Well, folks, that concludes the MMAAddict.com review of RISE 34 – Danton vs. Orndorf. Hope you all have a wonderful and exciting evening.