by MMAWeekly.com (Photos courtesy of Cage Combat)
Cage Combat Fighting Championships returned to the Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Feb. 16 to a sold-out crowd of over 2,500 fans.
The night’s action started with a bang as Team USH fighter Andrew Valladerez recorded a devastating first round knockout over his Philip Ramirez. In the night’s main event, Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance member and local hometown favorite Rick Cheek defeated a very game Richard Blake by knockout to be crowned the Cage Combat Fighting Championships first heavyweight champion.
Fans in attendance were treated to a card filled with knockouts and submissions, as well as appearances by some very special guests including: UFC veterans Chris Liguori, Tyson Griffin, Frankie Edgar, Josh Thomson, David Terrell, Nathan Diaz, K-1 veteran Travis Johnson, Rumble on the Rock champion Jake Shields and Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.
Official results of the night’s action are below. Highlight coverage of this event will appear on an upcoming show of “Inside MMA” on the HDNet television network.
Rick Cheek def. Richard Blake by KO at 2:05, R1
Anthony Rubalcava def. Kawika Morton by TKO at 1:15, R2
Kyle Pimentel def. Rick Reeves by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:19, R2
Danny Castillo def. Noah Schnable by TKO at 2:42, R2
Jeremiah Metecalf def. Josh McDonald by KO at 3:40, R1
Andy Miranda vs. Terrance Dickens Technical Draw (Unintentional foul by Dickens)
Justin Smitley def. Ricardo Almondia by Unanimous Decision, R3
Bobby Cearley def. Ray Doxie by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:36, R2
Marcello Cassero def. Kyle Rideau by Submission (Armbar) at 1:29, R1
Chris Quitiquit def. Tony Boyles by Unanimous Decision, R3
Andrew Valladerez def. Philip Ramirez by KO at 0:47, R1