Dragon House 20. San Francisco MMA Events by FightStylezJun 07 2015, Posted in: Events
On June 6th, 2015, Dragon House MMA put on its 20th professional fight card at Kezar Pavillion in San Francisco, CA. Promoter and owner of Dragon House, Zhong Lou, put together a fantastic card for this event. It promised to be a night of fast knockouts and brutal submissions, and there wasn’t a single fight that disappointed. Presented by Bud Light along with Bomb first (www.Bombfirst1.com), Up Tempo T.V., The Nor Cal Fight Shop (www.norcalfightshop.com), and Dirty Pigeon (www.dirtypigeonsf.bigcartel.com)
Preliminary fight: (170 lbs.) Karl Mitchell (7-9 Amateur) vs. Zachery Andrews (13-4)
Winner: Zachery Andrews (Dragon House, 14-4) via submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round #2
Round one began with some tentative strikes on the feet, both fighters getting a feel for each other. Andrews woke the crowd up when he planted his rear foot on the cage and threw a dynamic superman punch into a single leg takedown. Andrews defended Mitchell’s guillotine choke and established the full mount and the back control as the round closed. In Round two Mitchell and Andrews exchanged right hands until, after it looked like Andrews had been rocked, he exploded into a double leg takedown, mounted Mitchell, and with some light ground and pound was able to establish Back control and finish the fight with a Rear Naked Choke.
Fight #1. (135 lbs.) Roque Reyes (0-1-0) vs. Jose Perez (Pro Debut)
Winner: Jose Perez (Antawg’s Ush, 1-0) via Unamimous Decision.
This fight was a showcase of Perez’s wrestling, ground & Pound, and counter punching. Perez came out fast in rounds two and three with early takedowns and relentlessly pelted Reyes with elbow strikes and hammer fists earning him the Unanimous Decision victory in his professional debut.
Fight #2. (160 lbs) Frank Sanchez (Pro Debut) vs. Mike Ryan (1-7-0)
Winner: Frank Sanchez (Team Pedro MMA, 1-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round #1
Ryan came out with some creative kicks, but at 3:30 seconds in the first round Sanchez was able to submit him with a Rear Naked Choke after softening Ryan up with shots from several dominant ground positions.
Fight #3: (170 lbs) DeMarco Villalona (0-1-0) vs. Mike Jenkins (Pro Debut)
Winner: DeMarco Villalona (Dark Horse Gym, 1-1-0) via K.O. 14 seconds into Round #1.
Not much to say about this fight, Villalona landed a flury of punches earning his first professional win by knockout 14 seconds into round one.
Fight #4: (130 lbs) Paul Amaro (3-3-0) vs. Casey Kenney (1-0-0)
Winner: Casey Kenney (MMA Lab, 2-0-0) via Unanimous Decision.
This was a very tough fight! Amaro showed a lot of heart during what turned out to be an absolute clinic by Kenney. With hip tosses, takedowns, and explosive strikes combined masterfully with his wrestling. With a dominant performance like this Kenney has certainly made a statement in the 130lbs division.
Fight #5: (165 lbs) Jimmy Scully (3-2-0) vs. Dino Pagtakhan (1-1-0)
Winner: Dino Pagtakhan (Tech 9 Striker, 2-1-0) Via K.O. 28 seconds into Round #1
This fight was brief, with Scully taking the initiative in the first 20 seconds or so, but it was a liver kick by Pagtakhan that put Scully away 28 seconds into the first round.
Fight #6: (205 lbs) Michael Moreno (0-1-0) vs. Michael Ortega (1-2-0)
Winner: Michael Ortega (CSA,2-2-0) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 3:03 of Round #1.
This fight was a fairly even striking battle until Ortega was able to time two of Moreno’s kicks and sweep him to the ground. The second sweep put Ortega in position to lock the standing Guillotine choke, putting Moreno away at 3:03 of the first round. The two bloodied combatants showed great respect for each other in victory and defeat.
Fight #7: (205 lbs) Jordan Powell (1-2-0) vs. Myron Smith (0-1-0)
Winner: Jordan Powell (Team Havuk Skwod) via T.K.O (Refereee stoppage due to strikes.) at 1:08 of Round #3
A true come from behind victory by Powell who has shown in his previous Dragon house performances that you can never count him out. Smith dominated this fight picking up Powell several times and slamming him to the floor repeatedly. Going into the third round it looked like it would be another round dominated by smith’s wrestling, but after another takedown by Smith, Powell surprisingly reversed his position directly to the full mount and unloaded on Smith with elbow strikes, earning himself the T.K.O. victory.
Fight #8: (265 lbs) Matt Major (6-4-0) vs. Roy Boughton (10-5-0)
Winner: Roy Boughton (Cesar Gracie Fight Team, 11-5-0) T.K.O. (Tapout due to strikes) at 32 seconds into Round #1.
This was a quick fight, Major (Who took the fight on a few days’ notice) came out striking, but a momentary lapse in his defense gave Boughton the opportunity to close the distance. Once Boughton had a hold of him he dominated Major against the cage, on all fours, and unloaded dozens of punches. Major, unable to escape Boughton, was forced to tap out 32 seconds into the first round. Boughton in his pre-fight interview commented about Major that, “He is standing between me and a paycheck, and tonight I am going to make him see Jesus with my fists”. While it is unclear at this point whether or not Major did indeed see Jesus through the barrage of punches he took, it was abundantly clear that Roy, “Black Dynamite”, Boughton is certainly back, in title contention, and making his resurgence into the world of MMA.
Fight #9: (170 lbs) Anthony Garcia (2-3-0) vs. Sam Spengler (6-5-0)
Winner: Sam Spengler (Smash Gym, 7-5-0) via T.K.O. (Referee Stoppage due to strikes)2:20 of Round #2
Wow! The opening round of this fight was back and forth with Spengler landing a takedown and both fighters exchanging blows from their feet. Entering the second round both fighters looked fatigued, but Spengler landed a chain of leg kicks that visibly took their toll on Garcia before swinging aggressively with haymakers that crumbled Garcia to his knees, earning him the T.K.O. Victory.
Fight #10: (155 lbs) Matt Church (0-1-0) vs. Nikko Jackson (1-0-0)
Winner: Matt Church (One Kick Gym, 1-1-0) via K.O. (Due to strikes) at 0:42 of Round #3
This was a back and forth battle with moments of spectacular intensity. Jackson landed some unconventional strikes including spinning back fists and spinning back kicks along with his takedowns. Jackson came close to finishing the fight by submission several times, most notably nearly finishing a triangle choke after being lifted and slammed, Rampage Jackson style, as the time ran out of Round #1. The momentum shifted with each passing moment as their wide array of skills were demonstrated. It was 42 seconds into the third round that Church landed a knee to the head and followed up with strikes that earned him the K.O. victory. This was an amazing display of technique and heart by both fighters.
Fight #11: (Welterweight Title Fight) James Terry (14-8-0) vs. Chris Herrera (4-2-1)
Winner: James Terry (Smash Gym/ Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu, 15-8-0) Via K.O.at 0:33 of Round #1.
Terry came out moving, looking, and punching like a champion. It was thirty three seconds into the first round that he dropped Herrera with a right hand and earned his new title as the Dragon house MMA Welterweight Champion.
Fight #12: (Light Heavyweight Title fight) Marcel Fortuna (7-1-0) vs. David Mitchell (19-4-0)
Winner: Marcel Fortuna (World Team U.S.A/ Ralph Gracie/ AKA, 8-1-0) Via Unanimous Decision.
Fortuna dominated this fight from start to finish. Takedowns, Submission attempts, intelligent striking, and an iron will. He put on a clinic against his opponent Mitchell (Who is a UFC veteran and 4x world champion) despite a laundry list of foul play. Mitchell frequently broke the rules using fish hooks and eye pokes to get out of the mount as well as leaving bite marks up and down Fortuna’s forearm while defending rear naked chokes. Fortuna kept his composure and executed his game plan with poise and authority. In our post fight interview with the Dragon House MMA Light Heavyweight Champion he expressed his feeling that he is, “ready for the next level”, after this dominant win over the seasoned David Mitchell. It certainly seems like it is Fortuna’s time to make a run at the UFC, and after tonight I like his chances.
Written by: Michael Murrell
Images by: Dave Fong