TYCOON MMA CHAMPIONSHIPS!
Good evening everyone and welcome to the complete review of all the fights that took place in the First Round of the Tycoon MMA Championships! We have 7 orgs competing in 6 divisions, all vying to have their fighters bring them glory, in the first ever installment of this tournament. I will be going through each fight from the entire round starting in chronological order, bringing you the key points of the fights, and giving my views on them!
Lightweight Division! (155)
Hosted by UNFC Tokyo (229K+)
UNFC44: TMC LW Round 1
Hard Knocks, Tokyo
Sold Out arena of 3,000
Merch Partner - Big Bear Amsterdam 160Q
Wrestling Guy (UFF) 9-2-0
Ashton Eaton (Insanity) 9-4-0
Our first fight of the tournament came from UNFC Tokyo as they hosted the Lightweight division. A sold out crowd showed up to see the action of fighters from all corners of the globe, and their first fight of the tournament to see had former UFF champion Wrestling Guy take on former Insanity title challenger Ashton Eaton.
The first round was spent mostly in the clinch, with Guy instigating, but finding his opponent more than a match for him. The two traded shots, with Eaton getting the better of the exchanges, before Guy broke it off midway through the third minute. Guy tried being more aggressive from range, but found it hard to connect with Eaton as the round came to an end. My personal scorecard had this round at 10-9 for Eaton.
The second round was like Deja Vu as Guy immediately took the fight into the clinch, but found Eaton again was ready, and Eaton really took the fight to Guy here, landing a series of punches to the head and body, as well as the occasional shoulder strike. The entire round was spent in the clinch, and Eaton’s superior skill set shined through here. Again, I had this round pegged down at 10-9 for Eaton.
The third round was Guy’s last chance to salvage something from this fight, and he started the round mixing his clinch attempts with his punches before finally securing a clinch near the end of the first minute, only to find Eaton pummel him almost immediately. Towards the end of the third minute, Eaton rocked Guy with a big shoulder strike, and Guy was staggering, but showed true grit and determination to survive until the end of the round. I had this pegged down as a wash out for Eaton, scoring it 10-9 to make my total score of 30-27 for Eaton.
The Judge’s Scorecards were
Tatsuya Matsuyama scored the fight 30-27 in favour of Ashton Eaton
Hirohito Nitta scored the fight 30-27 in favour of Ashton Eaton
Yasuomi Hirokawa scored the fight 30-27 in favour of Ashton Eaton
Ashton Eaton wins via Unanimous Decision to advance to the next round!
Sam Urai (Troid) 8-3-1
Chad Didion (AMSFC) 10-3-0
The next fight of the division had a fighter return to his home country to fight for the first time as Troid’s Japanese representative Sam Urai took on “Mexican Wolverine” Chad Didion.
The first round had Didion get the edge in the striking before he secured a strong double leg takedown which ended with him inside Urai’s guard. Urai managed to lock his opponent down until the referee called for a standup, and then Urai went on the offensive with punches and kicks, while Didion looked to slow him down with leg kicks as the round ended. This was a very close round, with both fighters getting an equal share of the striking, with Urai maybe securing the round based on his superiority and control on the ground. 10-9 for Urai.
The second round saw Didion shoot and gain a takedown early, but again, he was prevented from doing much by Urai. After another standup, Didion took the fight into the clinch, but focussed too much on trying to get another takedown and he left himself open to be tenderised by some shots from Urai. Another close round, but I would probably just about give it to Urai, 10-9.
The final round saw an immediate takedown from Didion, but he was again prevented from doing much by Urai. With both fighters trying to control, the referee called for yet another standup, and they engaged in a brief exchange before Didion gained another takedown. Didion attempted to throw some GnP but found his arm was caught by Urai who spun around and secured an armbar which had Didion immediately tapping, giving Urai the win!
Sam Urai wins via Submission (Armbar) to advance to the next round!
Charlie Lim (SFC) 18-1-1
Quentin DeBramalo (NYFN) 6-2-0
This was probably the MOST highly anticipated fight of the entire tournament and it came in the first round as Three Division SFC Champion Charlie “Augustus” Lim took on former NYFN champion “Greatest of All Time” Quentin DeBramalo.
The first round was a battle to see who was dominant in the striking area, with both fighters content to stand and trade. DeBramalo got the better of the exchanges, as he made his striking count with accurate shots, allowing Lim to strike and hit thin air as he would dodge out of the way. I scored this round 10-9 in favour of DeBramalo.
The second round came to life, as with both fighters again standing and trading, DeBramalo came out with a two punch combination which clearly rocked Lim. DeBramalo could have maybe finished the fight, but Lim showed good awareness to keep dodging the head strikes, but he succumbed when it came to his body as DeBramalo punished him. DeBramalo clearly took this round to me 10-9.
The final round saw DeBramalo most likely with 2 rounds in the bag, and Lim knew it. He came out swinging for the fences, and DeBramalo sat defensively looking for the counter. Lim’s aggressiveness might have scored him a KO, but DeBramalo was smart not to be drawn into another stand and strike fight as he played out the win. I had Lim winning Round 3 based on his aggression and him scoring some punishing strikes 10-9, so overall I had this at 29-28 for DeBramalo.
Yuuki Gou scored the fight 29-28 in favour of Quentin DeBramalo
Yukihiro Shimada scored the fight 29-28 in favour of Quentin DeBramalo
Shigeki Fujiwara scored the fight 29-28 in favour of Quentin DeBramalo
Quentin DeBramalo wins via Unanimous Decision to advance to the next round!
Middleweight Division! (185)
Hosted by 185 max sfc +200k
sfc tycoon MMA champs card
The Docks, St Petersburg
Attendance of 4,848
Martine Dincht (UNFC) 6-2-0
Nicolas Arenas (UFF) 5-3-0
UNFC must have had their final fantasy come true with this matchup as their fighter Martine Dincht took on UFF’s Nicolas Arenas.
The first round was all about Dincht as he landed a huge overhand right, and then followed it up with a brutal combo that knocked Arenas down and opened up a cut. Arenas managed to get back to his feet, but it was all Dincht as he landed a huge uppercut that knocked him down again, but this time Dincht followed up with more strikes which forced the referee to call a stop to the action!
Martine Dincht wins via TKO (Strikes) to advance to the next round!
Robert Mazzuca (Troid) 8-2-0
Oh Yeah (Insanity) 10-3-0
The next fight features Troid’s Robert Mazzuca square off against former Insanity title contender Oh Yeah!
The first round started off with a bang, with Oh Yeah being opened up with a cut after a jab from Mazzuca. Mazzuca softened up Oh Yeah with some leg kicks before knocking him down to the mat with a huge head kick, but he backed up and allowed Yeah to get back to his feet. Another shot later in the round opened up the cut even more before Yeah was rocked with a huge uppercut! Mazzuca was playing this carefully, opting not to go in for the kill but to take it into the clinch, where Yeah pulled guard and the round ended. I felt that was a huge round for Mazzuca, so I scored it 10-9 for him.
Mazzuca moved the fight into the clinch immediately at the start of the second round, and spent the time in there pummeling Yeah with punches. Yeah had some fight back, but was clearly being outworked and was delighted when ,after nearly 4 minutes in the clinch, Mazzuca broke it. Mazzuca landed a few more strikes as the round ended. Much like the first round, I thought Mazzuca had this round dominated, so I scored it 10-9 in his favour. Yeah needed a finish in this last round to survive.
Yeah was more aggressive in this round, coming in with some wild swings after some punches from Mazzuca. The fight was brought into the clinch again by Mazzuca soon after and Yeah managed to pull guard to take it down, but a lack of activity caused a referee standup. A bit of back and forth ended when Mazzuca brought it back into the clinch, and that is where the fight finished. Despite the increased activity from Yeah, I had Mazzuca winning this round again 10-9.
Aleksei Zolotukhin scored the fight 30-27 in favour of Robert Mazzuca
Dmitry Malakov scored the fight 30-27 in favour of Robert Mazzuca
Illya Tyunina scored the fight 30-27 in favour of Robert Mazzuca
Robert Mazzuca wins via Unanimous Decision to advance to the next round!
Simon Browne (AMSFC) 9-6-0
Rockmeteller Todd (NYFN) 10-5-0
The last fight at 185 had AMSFC’s Simon Browne face NYFN’s former champion Rockmeteller Todd.
The first round was an absolute snoozefest, as Browne gained an early takedown, where he just layed for the entire fight, controlling Todd from start to finish. You have to wonder what was going through the referee’s mind as he allowed this, as a standup should have happened pretty early. Nevertheless, it was a dominant round for Simon Browne, I gave it to him 10-8 as a result of his display, despite the fact he did not much else except control.
The second round was a different story, as Browne failed to gain his initial takedown and Todd was able to counter with the jab. From there, Browne failed with four more takedowns before Todd unleashed an uppercut from outta nowhere to knock Browne down, and he followed with more strikes to earn the TKO win!
Rockmeteller Todd wins via TKO (Strikes) to advance to the next round!
Heavyweight Division! (265)
Hosted by AMS Fighting Championship
AMS FC 93
The Red Light, Amsterdam
9,761 Fans in Attendance
Merch Partner - KnockOut
Kevin Hall (SFC) 7-3-0
Worf Roshenko (UFF) 14-11-0
Moving on to the Heavyweight brackets now, and we had SFC’s rep Kevin Hall kick things off against UFF’s rep Worf Roshenko.
This fight never made it past the first round, and it was a dominant display. With Roshenko attempting to land some strikes, Hall countered with a shoot takedown which landed with him on top in half guard. He advanced to mount a few moments later, and then spent the rest of the fight controlling his dominant position while laying out some ground and pound. A huge shot rocked Roshenko, and from there Hall postured up and hit 3 more hammerfists which knocked him out cold!
Kevin Hall wins via KO (Strikes) to advance to the next round!
Rutger Snabel (AMSFC) 11-6-0
Aleksey Zulughanov (NYFN) 8-4-0
Our next fight was another swift fight as the hosting org’s own Rutger Snabel took on NYFN’s Aleksey Zulughanov!
This fight was interesting, as Snabel started out striking from range, Landing a head punch, a combination and a leg kick, he decided to move into the clinch early, and that was his downfall. He immediately began to feel the full force of Zulughanov’s power as he got hit with a barrage of punches both to the head and body, along with a few elbows. Snabel was rocked just after the 4 minute mark, and Zulughanov dropped him with a swift uppercut before landing more strikes which forced a finish!
Aleksey Zulughanov wins via TKO (Strikes) to advance to the next round!
Niko Alzate (Insanity) 8-3-0
Roy Li-Taylor (UNFC) 12-3-0
Our final Heavyweight clash pitted Insanity’s Niko Alzate against UNFC’s Roy Li-Taylor!
A bit of a rarity in this fight, as not only was this the only Heavyweight fight to make it out of Round 1, but it went on for the full 3 rounds! A fairly even start saw Li-Taylor throwing more damage, and he missed more of his strikes than his opponent. A head kick from Alzate was partially blocked by Li-Taylor, but it still landed enough to open up a small cut on his cheek. The rest of the round was more back and forth, but with Li-Taylor continuing to miss with his strikes, he was worked over immensely by Alzate who focused a lot on leg kicks. I scored the first round 10-9 to Alzate.
The second round was a no contest. Alzate continued to land his strikes, but then shot in and scored a takedown into half guard. He dominated from there on, continuing to maintain his position and grind out the round. Easily another 10-9 for Alzate.
The final round saw Li-Taylor need to score a knockout or get a 10-8 round, which was always unlikely. Midway into the first minute, Alzate scored another takedown, but this time it only lasted there for 1 minute before the fight was stood back up. Li-Taylor continued to look for the knockout, but he kept missing with strikes and wasted his energy, while Alzate was happy to stay outside and counter as the fight came to an end. I had this as another 10-9 for Alzate.
Nard Betker scored the fight 30-27 in favour of Niko Alzate
Radbod Blank scored the fight 30-27 in favour of Niko Alzate
Albert Achterburg scored the fight 30-27 in favour of Niko Alzate
Niko Alzate wins via Unanimous Decision to advance to the next round!
Featherweight Division! (145)
Hosted by Troid
T72: McColgan vs Boromir
Camden Conference Centre, London
6,803 Fans in Attendance
Merch Partner - Milwaukee’s Best 160
Tuomari Hurmio (Troid) 9-0-0
Rony Jason (UFF) 5-0-0
It was 2 undefeated streaks clashing here as Troid’s own Tuomari Hurmio fought in front of his home crowd again, this time against UFF’s entry Rony Jason!
The first round was Rony Jason get the slight edge over Hurmio, as he was more effective with his striking. Hurmio took the fight to the ground, and after working Jason over a bit, it was stood back up. From there, Hurmio seemed to work better, but Jason’s earlier work means I gave this round to him, 10-9.
The second round was like a reverse, as Hurmio seemed to get the better of Jason in this round, which caused Jason to move into the clinch. After some good work from Jason, Hurmio broke the clinch and took him down, which scored well with the judges and I gave this round to Hurmio, 10-9.
With the scores level going into the last round, both fighters had everything to go for. The round was a bit of a disappointment, as both fighters were tentative in their approach, with the main highlight being a dick kick from Hurmio on Jason which took a while to recover from. Hurmio seemed to have had the better energy levels as he was more active than Jason, which is why I scored the round 10-9 for him.
Steven Brown scored the fight 30-28 in favour of Rony Jason!
Daniel Bishop scored the fight 29-28 in favour of Tuomari Hurmio!
Paul Tew scored the fight 29-28 in favour of Tuomari Hurmio!
Tuomari Hurmio wins via Split Decision to advance to the next round!
Kolt Ganger (NYFN) 9-3-0
Robledo Puch (SFC) 16-5-2
The next fight to take place was another clash between SFC and NYFN with SFC’s Robledo Puch looking to get revenge for Charlie Lim against NYFN’s Kolt Ganger.
Puch seemed to have Ganger on his toes throughout this whole fight, as he gained a takedown early, but a lack of action caused a referee standup. Ganger went on the offensive, looking to hurt Puch, but he missed with a wild hook which allowed Puch to counter with another takedown, landing in Ganger’s guard. Puch postured up, but Ganger immediately hit a sweep and ended up in Puch’s guard. Ganger tried to control, but with Puch constantly moving, he got caught as Puch threw his legs up and managed to latch onto a triangle which has Ganger immediately tapping out!
Robledo Puch wins via Submission (Triangle) to advance to the next round!
Martin Saint Louis (Insanity) 14-3-0
Ferdinand Cortes (UNFC) 16-1-1
The last fight of the 155lbs division was one of the most exciting of the round as two fighters who have never been knocked out fought to try to take it away from one another as Insanity’s Martin Saint Louis took on UNFC’s Ferdinand Cortes!
Martin Saint Louis came bursting out of the corner immediately, as he looked to land a mix of punches and kicks. All those head punches must have taken it’s toll on Cortes, as Saint Louis rocked him with an open handed palm strike, and from there he simply landed a crisp overhand right to earn himself the KO win in one of the most one-sided fights of the whole tournament!
Martin Saint Louis wins via KO (Punch) to advance to the next round!
Welterweight Division! (170)
Hosted by New York Fight Nights
NYFN 34: De Muerta vs Rockstar
Liberty Dome, New York
4,531 Fans in Attendance
Merch Partner -Vandal Fight Boutique and Laundry
Rupert Psmith (Troid) 10-4-0
Theodore Ruxpin (AMSFC) 7-6-0
The first fight of the Welterweight class pitted Troid’s Rupert Psmith against AMSFC’s Theodore Ruxpin.
The story of this fight is Ruxpin wanted to get the fight in the clinch, while Psmith wanted to fight from range. Ruxpin managed to gain the clinch, and from there he tried to end Psmith with a flurry of punches, but Psmith survived and managed to break the clinch. Shortly after he dropped Ruxpin with a big combination which rocked him. He waved Ruxpin back to his feet, and shortly after he got back up, he was out cold as Psmith landed a straight right that knocked him straight out.
Rupert Psmith wins via KO (Punch) to advance to the next round!
Shintaro Nomo (UNFC) 12-3-0
Mauro Viale (UFF) 7-2-0
The next fight saw Shintaro Nomo, from UNFC, take on Mauro Viale from UFF.
The first round was interesting, as both fighters were striking each other, before Nomo scored a takedown one minute into the round. Viale worked a good defensive game to stall the action, which lead to the referee standing both fighters up. Nomo was opened up with a combination, with a shallow cut opening on his forehead, just above the eyes. Just over 3 minutes into the round, Nomo scored another takedown, and managed to advance to mount, before the round came to an end. I scored this round 10-9 in favour of Nomo.
The second round sprung to life, with Nomo landing a big head kick early which knocked Viale down to the mat, but Viale managed to get back up before Nomo could take him down. Viale actually seemed to step it up a gear after that, landing some vicious shots before being taken down by Nomo again, where it stayed for the round. Overall, I think despite Viale’s improvement, Nomo took this round again, 10-9.
The third round again saw Viale go forward, but by this point he was too tired to throw anything of effect, and Nomo took him down yet again where he dominated with his superior game plan. This was an easy round to call, with Nomo taking it 10-9 again to make it a shutout for me.
Columbo Gatti scored the fight 30-28 in favour of Shintaro Nomo
Reed Andrews score the fight 30-28 in favour of Shintaro Nomo
Justin Roberts scored the fight 29-28 in favour of Shintaro Nomo
Shintaro Nomo wins via Unanimous Decision to advance to the next round!
Scott Page (NYFN) 6-0-0
Alexandr Kuznetsov (SFC) 2-0-0
Our final fight of the Welterweight division pits NYFN’s Scott Page against SFC’s Alexandr Kuznetsov.
There was an early scare in the first round as Page scored with a combo to the head and body which rocked Kuznetsov! Kuznetsov was in desperation mode from this stage, as he managed to get a brief clinch before being pushed off by Page. He managed to land a couple of shots before Page landed a takedown and dominated for the rest of the round. Scott Page 10-9.
Second round was much of the same story, with Page threatening with his striking while Kuznetsov seemed to be worried about committing to his counters. This came back to bite him as Page scored another takedown, and managed to dominate for over a minute before a referee standup. Kuznetsov managed to get a brief clinch again, but really this round was done and dusted. Scott Page 10-9.
With Kuznetsov needing a finish, you would expect him to be going on the attack, but it was Page who was dictating the pace, as he scored another takedown within 1 minute. Although Kuznetsov managed to stand up shortly after, he was quickly taken down again by Page’s ruthless wrestling technique. This time, Page managed to advance to mount and he unleashed some vicious ground and pound which Kuznetsov couldn’t defend against, and the referee called a stop to the fight!
Scott Page won via TKO (Strikes) to advance to the next round!
Light Heavyweight Division! (205)
Hosted by Insanity
TMC Round 1
Hayashi’s Lounge, Los Angeles
Sold Out Arena of 2,000!
Merch Partner - DC Unrivaled
Ryker Quincy (SFC) 5-1-0
Frank Damozzi (Troid) 11-3-2
Our last division is the Light Heavyweight’s hosted by Insanity, and our first fight kicking things off pitted SFC champ Ryker Quincy against Troid Light Heavyweight challenger Frank Damozzi!
This was a relatively swift affair which lasted less than a minute. Damozzi landed 100% of his strikes, a mixture of punches and kicks, which ended with a big right hand which knocked Quincy back, giving Damozzi the opportunity to rush in and end the fight early!
Frank Damozzi won via TKO (Strikes) to advance to the next round!
Trevor Reznick (UNFC) 12-4-0
Silent Bob (Insanity) 7-2-0
The next fight pitted UNFC’s recently crowned 205 champ Trevor Reznick against Insanity’s own Silent Bob!
A largely one sided first round, as Reznick piled on the pressure, while Bob feinted with a lot of counters without committing to many of them. Reznick used leg kicks to good effect in order to slow Bob down, and that would score well with the judges. I scored it 10-9 for Reznick.
The second round started out promisingly for Bob, as he showed some life with some offense, but after some offense of his own, Reznick took the fight into the clinch where he immediately went to work on hurting Bob. Bob managed to break the clinch, only to find Reznick initiate another moments later, where he would take more damage before escaping via a failed ankle pick. By this time, the damage was done and the round was over. 10-9 for Reznick.
Coming into the third round, Bob was exhausted after a number of failed takedown attempts, which made it ironic that he scored a takedown early in the third from a counter. Unfortunately he didn’t have the energy to keep it active, and the referee stood it up soon after. Reznick instigated the clinch again midway through the round, and he dominated there for the rest of the round, with only Bob’s failed pull guard attempt showing something else apart from Reznick’s dominance. 10-9 for Reznick.
Timothy Bukovac scored the fight 30-27 in favour of Trevor Reznick
Percy O’Donnell scored the fight 30-27 in favour of Trevor Reznick
Jack Bonds scored the fight 30-27 in favour of Trevor Reznick
Trevor Reznick won via Unanimous Decision to advance to the next round!
Mikaiah Rynn (NYFN) 14-4-0
Fritz Haarmann (AMSFC) 17-4-0
Our final fight of the Tycoon MMA Championships Round 1 brackets pitted NYFN’s Mikaiah Rynn against AMS FC’s Fritz Haarmann.
The story of this fight was Haarmann getting the takedown. If he succeeded, he would nearly guarantee the win, but if he failed, then a loss would be inevitable. Rynn worked the gameplan to perfection in the first round, avoiding every takedown while scoring well and damaging Haarmann with his striking. While he didn’t knock him out in this round, it was clear he was the dominant fighter. 10-9 for Mikaiah Rynn.
The second round was a whole different story. Haarmann came flying out with a takedown, landing in half guard, and you could immediately sense that Rynn was in trouble. After a few submission attempts, Haarmann advanced to mount, and immediately went to work on gaining the win. He at first looked to gain a counter submission, but with Rynn not giving him anything, he tried for a kimura. With that failing, he regained the position and went for an armbar, and managed to secure it, forcing Rynn to tap out!
Fritz Haarmann wins via Submission (Armbar) to advance to the next round!
Well that is all from an action packed first round of the Tycoon MMA Championships, commiserations to all the losers, and congratulations to all the victors, and we look forward to seeing the next fights!