Dragon House 18. San Francisco Bay Area MMA Fights
Dragon House 18. San Francisco Bay Area MMA Events
Photography by Dave Fong.
Editor Michael Murrell
Fight #1.(145Lbs..) Tommy Thongseng (0-0, Team KO) vs. Adam Gottlieb (3-0, Fabio Prado BJJ)
Winner: Tommy Thongseng (1-0) Submission Via Triangle Choke
This fight was quick but it was a battle! Both fighters came out aggressively, but Thongseng landed first with a front kick to the face and a double leg takedown. Once standing, Gottlieb skillfully caught one of Thongseng’s kicks and took him down. Thongseng secured a victory in his professional debut when he launched a series of up kicks that rocked Gottlieb until he fell straight into a Triangle Choke where he was forced to submit.
Fight #2. (135 lbs.) Steven Lara (0-0,Dynamic MMA) vs. Radames Garcia (1-1, Cung Le’s MMA)
Winner: Steven Lara (1-0) Via Split Decision
Round 1 was a clear victory for a very explosive Radames Garcia who landed a right jab that brought Lara to his knee following up with a huge highlight reel double leg takedown. Larawas bleeding from the mouth and nose by the end of the first round, but he kept his composure very well. Rounds 2&3 were both exciting stand-up battles with Lara’s powerful striking style and indomitable will earning him the split decision victory in his professional debut.
Fight #3.(125 lbs.) Christian Espinosa (1-0, Asylum Fight Team) vs. Sammy Saunders (3-4, Mando Combat)
Winner: Christian “The Silent Assassin” Espinosa (2-0) T.K.O. Via Elbow strikes
This fight was exciting from the get go with both fighters coming out swinging and showing impressive takedown defense. It was Saunders who finally succeeded in taking down Espinosa; but from his full guard Espinosa was able to land a series of vicious elbows cutting open the head and face of Saunders. With both elbows dripping with blood Espinosa kept hammering away at a furious pace until the referee was forced stopped the fight.
When asked if his unorthodox elbow attacks were part of his game plan, Espinosa had this to say, “We had worked on slicing down across the forehead to the face with elbows the week before this fight; so when he took me down that is what came to my mind immediately. My coach (Rocky Rapacon, Asylum Fight Team) was emphasizing it this past week so I threw them right away, and once I saw blood coming out of his head, I just kept going”. He also alluded to his intention to fight again ASAP saying that, “If there is an open spot, I am ready to fight anytime.” This was a scary win for the 23 year old Christian Espinosa who moves to 2-0 as a professional with this T.K.O victory while showing that he is both well coached and eminently coachable.
Fight #4.(205 lbs.) Jordan Powell (3-4, Havuk Skwod) vs. Ali Loharessebi (0-0, FTCC)
Winner: Jordan Powell (4-4) T.K.O. via Punches
Truly a mixed martial arts war! The first round was mostly a show of the significant grappling acumen of Ali Loharessebi as he landed two double leg takedowns and displayed advanced tactical ground and pound to open up submission attempts as he tested his skills against the sub defense of Powell; nearly finishing several straight arm bars, Kimuras, a Triangle choke, and an Oma-plata. The excitement continued until the third round when Powell came out with his second wind landing a superman punch, a Thai style head kick, and a flurry of punches that earned him the T.K.O. victory early in the round, balancing his professional record at 4-4.
Fight #5.(125 lbs.) Jillian Lybarger (0-2, MMA Lab) vs. Jaimee Nievera (0-0, Dragon House MMA)
Winner: Jaimee “Queenie” Nievera (1-0) Submission via Arm Bar
The difference in this fight was the determination of Nievera. Lybarger was able to keep good cage control, finish some takedowns, and landed some hard ground and pound. Between rounds Nievera received some intense words of encouragement from her corner (Including Dragon house MMA fighter Paradise Vaovasa) and looked determined heading into the next round. After being taken down and pelted with hammer fists Nievera was pinned on her shoulders against the cage when she swiveled her hips and locked in an arm bar that was too dangerous to ignore and too tight to escape. She forced the submission win over Lybarger winning her professional debut.
Fight #6.(170 lbs.) Sean Baker(0-0, The Pit MMA) vs. Danasabe Mohammed (2-0,Napa Valley MMA)
Winner: Danasabe Mohammed (3-0) Submission via Rear Naked Choke
There isn’t much to say about this fight except WATCH OUT FOR DANASABE MOHAMMED! Both fighters came out with the intention to knock each other out; but after a few lightning fast exchanges Mohammed landed a right cross to the chin that dropped Baker (who took the fight on short notice) to the canvas. In a flash Mohammed slid his forearm around the throat of Baker and locked in a rear naked choke so fast and technically sound that he didn’t even need to put his hooks in to establish control before forcing Baker to tap out and improving his professional record to 3-0.
Fight #7.(155lbs.) Israel Delgado (0-0, Tech9 Gracie Fighter) vs. Salaiman Ahmadyar (1-0, Team Alpha Male)
Winner: Salaiman Ahmadyor (2-0) via Split Decision
Definite Candidate for fight of the night! This was a classic battle between a Muay Thai fighter and a wrestler/G&P specialist. To set the scene Delgado approached the ring with a laid back attitude and a smile on his face to the music of Bob Marley. Ahmadyar walked quickly to the ring with an intense look on his face, accompanied by Urijah Faber. Round one began when the bell rang, but the fight began with the loud crack of Delgado’s shin against the body of Ahmadyar. In round 1 the two exchanged from their feet with Delgado having the edge landing kicks to the head, body, and legs of Ahmadyar, who fired back with straight punches and 3 double leg takedowns. Round 2 Delgado taunted Ahmadyar and landed a big knee to the face causing him to bleed from the mouth and nose before Ahmadyar took him down with 3 more double leg takedowns! At the bell Delgado stood up completely soaked in the blood of Ahmadyar and licked the blood from his fist to the cheers of the crowd. By the end of round three however, the multiple takedowns of Ahmadyar earned him the split decision victory and his second professional win.
Fight#8.(135 lbs.) Khomkrit Niimi ( 7-6, PCG) vs. Evan Esguera (7-5, True Fight Club)
Winner: Khomkrit Niimi (7-7) K.O. via Spinning Elbow/Punches
Impressive performance by Kohmkrit Niimi! Along with his taunting kung-fu movie gestures, cartwheels, and breakdancing in the ring, Niimi also displayed a wealth of striking expertise. Esguera showed solid fundamentals and looked as though the taunting of Niimi had no effect on him; however, Niimi was able to land a shocking spinning elbow, dropping Esguera, where he finished up with punches. Niimi wins by K.O. improving his record to 7-7 and making a serious statement to the 135 lbs division.
Fight #9.(125 lbs) Jeremy Murphy(1-2, AKA) vs. Robert Prakhantree(1-0, FTCC)
Winner: Robert Prakhantree (2-0) Submission via Guillotine Choke
This one was all Robert Prakhantree. Prakhantree showed acrobatic takedown defense and the striking skills expected of a seasoned Muay Thai fighter. Prakhantree also displayed some impressive grappling skill that he has developed (Under the Tutelage of UFC fighter and FTCC owner Darren Uyenoyama) sticking a double leg takedown and finishing Murphy with a Guillotine choke. With his first two professional wins coming by submission, this is one Muay Thai expert you may not want to take down!
Fight #10.(Heavyweight Championship) Josue Lugo(4-1-1, Cung Le’s USH/Smash Gyms) vs. Derrick Williams (2-2, Wolves of the Valley)
Winner: Josue Lugo (5-1-1) Submission via Rear Naked Choke.
Not much to say here. Quick RNC finish for Josue Lugo who improved his record to 5-1-1 and became the Dragon House MMA Heavyweight Champion.
Fight #11.(185 lbs) Mauricio Alonso (9-5, Alonso BJJ) vs. Jaime Jara (38-17-1, Carnage Fight Team)
Winner: Mauricio Alonso (10-5)K.O. via punches from standing.
This one was a shocker! At least for those of us who know Alonso for his expertise in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. These two veterans went at it hard exchanging flurries of punches. When the fight went to the ground Alonso was able to use his butterfly guard and De La Riva guard to sweep Jara and get back to the feet. Jara’s punches looked devastating but it was the superior boxing of Alonso that tagged Jara from a straight trajectory with pinpoint accuracy that made the difference. This K.O. win for Alonso both improved his record to 10-5 and put him into contention for the Dragon house MMA Middleweight title.
Main Event.(Light Weight Championship) Adam Piccolotti (3-0, Raul Castillo BJJ) vs Tristan Arenal (6-3, Unlimited MMA)
Winner: Adam Piccolotti (4-0) Submission via Rear Naked Choke
This was the fight of the night! The air was electrifying inside of Kezar stadium as the main event approached. Of the hundreds of fans in attendance it seemed that they were divided evenly in their support of these two talented fighters. Round 1 was a strong round for Arenal as he struck first with heavy hands and caught Piccolotti in a tight Guillotine choke attempt. Piccolotti wasn’t sleeping though, he defended the submission attempts masterfully along with landing a beautiful double leg takedown and a flurry of punches followed by a head kick nearing the end of the round. The cheers of ,“Arenal!”, and, “AP!”(Adam Piccolotti), melded together with such volume as to be distinguishable only by which side of the arena they came from. It seemed that the slightly faster and skillful footwork of Arenal was going to be the difference on the feet heading into round 2; but Adam Piccolotti came out with conviction. After some stiff jabs from Arenal, Piccolotti shot a double leg and dropped Arenal to the canvas with his back on the cage. Piccolotti methodically advanced his position locking up the ankles of Arenal with his legs and passing to the full mount. As Piccolotti unleashed a violent barrage of punches to his head and face, Arenal sought refuge by turning his back to Piccolotti; the Raul Castillo trained Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt seized the opportunity to lock Arenal in a Rear Naked Choke, tapping him out, and causing the crowd to positively erupt! The crowd roared, “AP! AP! AP! AP!” as the Dragon House MMA Lightweight Championship belt was placed deservedly around the waist of the new champion Adam Piccolotti.