Dragon House 14 ResultsAug 30 2013, Posted in: Events, MMA News
Zhong Luo’s mixed martial arts gym and promotion, the Dragon House, returned to the Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, California on August 24, 2013 for its fourteenth installment of Dragon House MMA. The night included a number of professional MMA debuts, as well as a flyweight championship rematch between perennial Bay Area competitors Alvin Cacdac (champion) and Taylor “Ninja” McCorriston (challenger).
Former highly touted amateur mixed martial artist, Radames Garcia, had the harsh reality of professional MMA elbowed into his head by one Ty Costa of El Nino Training Center in San Francisco, CA. Garcia of Cung Le’s AKA is the former #1 ranked amateur MMA fighter in the nation who won state titles in both California and Nevada. He made what many considered to be a highly anticipated professional MMA debut at Dragon House 14 in the bantamweight division. However, his impressive amateur credentials were of little note to Ty Costa.
Following a brief wrestling exchange, Costa got the better of a scramble and wound up in Garcia’s full guard. Although Garcia attempted an armbar from bottom, Costa easily dodged it, allowing him to pass guard and gain control from top position. Despite Garcia recovering half guard, Costa began raining repeated elbows into his opponent’s face. The referee stepped in at 3:00 of Round 1, awarding Costa the TKO victory. If anything, the 30-year-old Garcia learned the hard way that pro MMA is a totally different game than the ammy scene. Based on Ty Costa’s performance, good things are sure to come for the Turlock, California native.
Perhaps the most competitive fight of the night took place when Modesto, California’s Jonathan Contrastano battled the Gracie Fighter-trained Adrian Adona for three full rounds in a lightweight bout. When round 1 began, Adona appeared to have the edge in striking power, landing several hard punches and cringe-worthy leg kicks. However, Adona began to fade halfway into round 1, allowing Contrastano to land many knees to the head in the muay thai clinch. Adona adjusted and avoided the clinch throughout rounds 2 and 3, and seemed to land the bigger shots. However, Contrastano outworked his opponent and landed more often, resulting in two out of the three ringside judges scoring the bout in his favor via split decision.
The next matchup was in the light heavyweight division where Drumaine “Mr. Mollywop” Davis took on Jordan Powell. At first glance, one could not help but feel a bit of sympathy for Powell. Although Powell is a trained, 201-pound MMA fighter, Drumaine Davis looked like a tank of a physical specimen whom fans likely assumed would run straight through Powell based on looks alone. However, when it comes to martial arts, many old adages apply – “never judge a book by its cover”; “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”; and, “skill beats strength.” Despite his hulking build, Davis never had an opportunity to land his “Mollywop” punch, and looked like a fish out of water when Powell put him on his back. Throughout the bout, Powell outworked and outfought his larger opponent with repeated takedowns, effective clinch work, and dominant top positioning on the ground to take a dominant unanimous decision.
The audience participation award, if there were such a thing, should have gone to bantamweight fighters Andrew Hansen of Gracie Fighter and Joe Neal of Crispim BJJ. The two had a brief but heated scuffle at the weigh-ins when Hansen face-palmed Neal to prevent him from getting in his face. The Kezar crowd was also filled with supporters of both local fighters, and each side loudly shouted their support. Throughout one and a half rounds, Hansen stayed in Neal’s face and ate a number of punches while delivering unrelenting trash talk. A minute into round 1, Neal began to fade though, and his offense wasn’t nearly as aggressive while Hansen stayed in his face and got ready to pounce. 3:46 into the second round, however, a punch from Neal cut Hansen above the left eye, and the ringside doctor called the match a TKO in favor of Neal. Hansen wasn’t happy, but given the placement of the cut, the right call was made.
The main event of the evening featured a rematch from Dragon House 12 for the flyweight title. Alvin Cacdac and Taylor “Ninja” McCorriston had previously fought to the final bell in a tightly contested encounter, with the judges scoring the bout in favor of Cacdac by unanimous decision and awarding him the flyweight belt. This time, however, the finish was far more definitive.
Most of round 1 involved a clinch exchange with both flyweights gaining the edge in cage control at different times. Noticeably, Cacdac showed some promising punching power by dropping McCorriston with a right straight, to which the challenger quickly recovered from and regained composure. In round 2, both Cacdac and McCorriston agreed to test each other out in the standup realm. Neither fighter landed anything significant until Cacdac caught McCorriston with a quick left hook that dropped him for a second time. This time, however, McCorriston was stunned and Cacdac went in for the finish. After two follow-up punches on the ground, the referee called the fight a TKO at 3:19 of round 2 to allow Cacdac to retain the championship.
Overall, Dragon House 14 offered up an exciting night of fights for the regional Bay Area MMA talent. Dragon House MMA will return on November 2, 2013 for Dragon House 15, where Cacdac will again defend his title in the co-main event.
Dragon House 14 Quick Results:
Featherweight bout: Adin Duenas (1-0) def. Drew Milczarek (0-1) via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:31 of round 1
Bantamweight bout: Ty Costa (1-1) def. Radames Garcia (0-1) via TKO (elbows) at 3:00 of round 1
Lightweight bout: Jonathan Contrastano (4-0) def. Adrian Adona (1-1) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Light heavyweight bout: Jordan Powell (1-1) def. Drumaine Davis (0-2) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Heavyweight bout: Mike Morales (1-0) def. JR Lugo (1-1) via TKO (referee stoppage) at 4:03 of round 2
Bantamweight bout: Joe Neal (1-0) def. Andrew Hansen (0-1) via TKO (cut) at 3:46 of round 2
Welterweight bout: Doyle Childs (1-0) def. Sam Spengler (5-4) via submission (triangle) at 1:24 of round 1
Flyweight championship bout: Alvin Cacdac (13-10) def. Taylor McCorriston (8-6) via TKO (punches) at 3:19 of round 2
Images by Dave Fong.