CageSport MMA returned to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday night with it 10 exciting fights from local talent. The card was headlined by Team Quest’s Brandon Pitts vs. AMC’s Brent Knopp.
Knopp, a teammate of UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, attacked from the bell, pushing the pace in the opening seconds of the bout. Pitts quickly tied him up against the cage to slow him down, but that wouldn’t stop Knopp, who separated and landed some heavy shots. The second round started off fast and furious as Knopp swung for the fences and connected. Pitts returned fire and the crowd came to it’s feet. The two slugged it out until Knopp landed a blow that made Pitts drop to his knees, while Knopp pounded him with shots until the referee called an end to the bout, giving Knopp his third win of his professional career.
Emmanuel Sanchez edged Brandon Dudley in a closely contested fight. The two traded submission attempts and escapes for three full rounds, as well as showing some intense stand-up. In the end, Sanchez was given the split decision victory over Dudley.
Jerome Jones impressed everyone with his knockout of the night performance against Jeff Degenhardt. The bout wasn’t 10 seconds old before Jones connected to the side of Degenhardt’s head, instantly knocking him out. Despite the very quick KO, Degenhardt showed true sportsmanship by raising his opponent’s hand and even cracking a smile during the announcing of the winner.
The show was commentated by former reality star Danny Bonaduce, former UFC announcer Jeff Osbourne, and Strikeforce bantamweight Meisha Tate.
CageSport XXI Full Results:
Brent Knopp def. Brandon Pitts by TKO, R2
Emmanuel Sanchez def. Brandon Dudley by Split Decision
Jerome Jones def. Jeff Degenhardt by KO, R1
Ryan Mulvihill def. Jacob Boyse by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R3
Jared Torgenson def. Byron Sutton by Unanimous Decision
Damon Wood def. Sean Villava by KO, R1
Julian Erosa def. Jason Gybels by KO, R1
Richard Foster def. Matt Kovacs by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1
Christian Ortiz def. Chris Wheaton by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1
Andy Paves def. Jose Rico by Unanimous Decision