Red Canvas Presents: Art of Submission 1Sep 22 2012, Posted in: Events, MMA News, News
Red Canvas Fight Promotions, presented by actor Ernie Reyes Jr., took place at the San Jose Civic Auditorium on September 15, 2012 with its debut card entitled “Art of Submission 1.”
Red Canvas Fight Promotions is the first of its kind to showcase action both on the big screen and inside the MMA cage. It all began last Saturday night in front of an amped audience in attendance in San Jose, California.
Art of Submission 1 began with a CAMO amateur bout featuring the debuting Kyle Lehane (0-1 amateur) against Josh Sandiego (3-0 amateur), who came into the bout as an undefeated amateur. Throughout the three full rounds, Lehane was persistently committed to scoring a takedown. However, Sandiego showed significantly more versatility on his feet, and used his jiu jitsu to score effective sweeps and gain the upper hand on the ground.
Josh Sandiego ultimately left the cage with a majority decision victory (30-27, 29-29, 30-27.5) and his undefeated record in tact.
The first professional fight of the night featured San Jose’s own Ryan Wong (4-2) versus Sean Pierre (1-2) in a light heavyweight matchup. In the opening round, Pierre demonstrated significant power on his feet, which Wong appeared to respect. Pierre gained the upper hand and concluded the first round by landing several blows via ground and pound. The second round, however, was a different story.
Wong and Pierre engaged in a standup battle throughout the first half of Round 2, with both fighters appearing to lose steam. Pierre seemed to be worse for wear, as he began to tire out as the round wore on. Wong was able to press the action forward, and wound up taking Pierre’s back, going for submission attempts, and landing consecutive shots to his opponent’s head.
When Pierre was unable to answer the bell for Round 3, Ryan Wong was declared the winner via TKO at 5:00 of Round 2.
The next bout featured San Shou trained fighter Thomas “No Mas” Diagne (2-3) versus Alex Trevino (5-3) in a lightweight encounter. Throughout the bout, Diagne showed off his exceptionally powerful kicks while keeping Trevino at bay and off rhythm. Diagne’s array of kicks included spinning back kicks, side kicks, and hook kicks, which were eerily reminiscent of his trainer at American Kickboxing Academy, UFC middleweight Cung Le.
The most anticipated fight of the evening was the MMA debut of female muay thai sensation Miriam Nakamoto, who went into the matchup with a perfect, 15-0 muay thai record, as well as the WBC and WKC world muay thai titles. Nakamoto’s opponent, Elizabeth Phillips, also made her pro debut after amassing a respectable 3-1-1 record as an amateur.
Nakamoto’s diverse striking prowess was evident from the opening bell as she tagged Phillips with combinations and lethal leg kicks that echoed across the San Jose Civic Auditorium. Nakamoto’s takedown defense and athleticism was also on display as she thwarted all of her opponent’s attempts at taking the fight to the ground. A game Elizabeth Phillips withstood over one-and-a-half rounds of battering. However, she ultimately succumbed to Nakamoto’s superior striking.
The referee stopped the fight following several unanswered knee and elbow strikes, capped off by a flying knee strike to the head, thereby declaring Nakamoto the winner by TKO at 3:39 of Round 2.
The main event of the evening featured Cesar Gracie trained Lucas Gamaza (6-3) taking on Wayne Phillips (5-6) in a 3-round welterweight contest. Gamaza started the fight off strongly with a varied attack on both the feet and ground, decisively winning the round. However, Phillips pressed forward and battled back throughout Rounds 2 and 3, scoring a takedown early in the third. But, Gamaza would not relent either, attempting various submission attempts from his back as the final round concluded.
After a closely contested meeting, the judges awarded Gamaza the split decision victory (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
“Art of Submission” starring Ernie Reyes Jr., MMA Legend Frank Shamrock, and UFC lightweight contender Gray Maynard debuts on September 21, 2012 at Century CineArts 6 at Santana Row at 3088 Olsen Drive in San Jose, California.
For more information, please visit www.artofsubmissionfilm.com.