by Neal Sauerberg for MMAWeekly.com
(Victor Moreno gets the win over Mark Bear – photo by Neal Sauerberg)
Saturday night, the Victory Fighting Championship hosted an evening of competition at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
In a highly anticipated battle for the lightweight championship, challenger Alonzo Martinez took on Luke Caudillo. It was the third time in less than three years the men met in the cage.
Caudillo won his last fight against Martinez by TKO in the second round. But, Martinez took the first meeting with a third round corner stoppage.
Saturday’s fight started with Martinez looking to shoot and go for the takedown. Caudillo, a Muay Thai instructor, was on his back in less than fifteen seconds. From there Martinez dropped a series of elbows. When he moved to Hartsell and then side control, it looked like Caudillo was done.
The champ sat up and rolled off his back, bringing the fight back to standup. From there Caudillo unleashed a vicious head kick that caught Martinez across the neck and chin. Although momentarily dazed, Martinez recovered and threw several spinning backfists in a row.
The first round ended with the challenger, Martinez, in control.
Action kicked off in the second round with both competitors trading shots. Martinez did not display urgency to go for a takedown as he had at the start of the fight. After several punching combinations the challenger tried a flying knee. He was immediately taken down.
In Martinez’s guard, Caudillo worked to rise up and throw elbows. Instead, he was drawn into a guillotine choke and submitted.
Martinez took home the lightweight title in the main event and improved his record against Luke Caudillo to 2-1.
Another highly anticipated fight by those in attendance was the matchup between longtime rivals Victor Moreno and Mark Bear. Victory Jay, of the VFC, said, “It took me three and a half years to get this fight together. These guys have hated each other since high school.”
Moreno started the fight looking to knock Bear out. In less than fifteen seconds, he caught Bear with a right cross that sent him to the ground. The next shot Moreno threw was blocked, but before he had even made contact, Mark Bear was tapping hard on the mat.
Moreno, fighting for Miletich in Des Moines, took the win in less than thirty seconds of first round.
Mike Adams def. Ryan Haas – TKO (Referee Stoppage) 2nd Round
Matt Delanoit def. Tony Cote’ – Submission (Guillotine choke) 2nd Round
Steve Pilkington def. Matt Bear – Submission (Head and Arm Choke) 2nd Round
Cory Lieberth def. Jason Purcell – Decision
Kendrick Johnson def. Josh Smidt – Submission (Arm Bar) 1st Round
Darin Brudigan def. Chuck Parmalee – Submission (Head and Arm Choke) 1st Round
Victor Moreno def. Mark Bear – Submission (Strikes) 1st Round
Alonzo Martinez def. Luke Caudillo – Submission (Guillotine choke) 2nd Round