by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
DENVER – Premier Championship Fighting made its debut Friday night at the foot of the Rocky Mountains at the National Western Stadium Arena.
The main event put a somewhat lackluster finish on the night as Brazilian import Gustavo “Ximu” Machado treated grizzled veteran John Cronk to several takedowns and a plodding ground and pound attack en route to a unanimous decision victory, giving him the first ever PCF middleweight title.
In the co-main event, Chris Camozzi ended up on the wrong end of an early takedown, but once he got the fight back to the feet, he dominated. He put Tony Barker down with a left-right boxing combination that seemed to set the tone for the rest of the bout.
In round two, Camozzi ended up on Barker’s back ground and pounding his way to a TKO victory and Barker’s 185-pound Rocky Mountain Bad Boyz (RMBB) professional title.
Known as a proficient grappler, Camozzi’s striking game appeared very much improved in this fight. He said afterwards, “Yeah, I’ve been working on that a lot.”
With another fight scheduled just two weeks from now, Camozzi has to be nearing the point where one of the bigger promotions will swoop in and sign him away from the local scene.
In just 28 seconds, Daniel Lima fended off the attack of Daniel Douglas, dropped him with a right cross and submitted him with a rear naked choke. He improved his record to 4-1 and added the RMBB 170-pound professional title to his trophy case.
In a 115-pound women’s professional bout, Alicia Gumm raised her mixed martial arts record to 2-0 with a dominant performance over Oklahoma’s Tammie Schneider. After taking her opponent down in the opening moments, Gumm quickly attained back mount and methodically pounded her way to a TKO victory.
Thirty-seven-year-old journeyman Cruz Chacon faced an early onslaught from Brian Cravin, but used his years of experience to endure the younger fighter’s ground and pound and secure an armbar that left him reeling in agony on the canvas.
Eric Fagyas is the perfect poster boy for amateur fighters that should go professional. And now, he’s also the RMBB amateur 155-pound champion. Though he fought a very tough Alfredo Corona, Fagyas was never in trouble throughout their three-round battle and dominated en route to a unanimous decision.
With a 14-1 amateur record following this win, Fagyas is showing the poise and the skills that come with all of that seasoning. He should be fighting professionally and it shouldn’t take him long to land in one of the top tier promotions.
“I feel good. I think I’m ready to go pro. That was probably my last amateur fight,” said Fagyas following his victory.
In a battle for the RMBB amateur 185-pound title, Chino Montoya weathered an early storm by Lumumba Sayers to capture the belt with a rear naked choke.
Premier Championship Fighting
National Western Stadium Arena
Friday, Oct. 26, 2007
Professional Bout Results
Gustavo Machado def. John Cronk by Unanimous Decision, R3
Chris Camozzi def. Tony Barker by TKO (Strikes) at 2:22, R2
Douglas Lima def. Daniel Douglas by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:28, R1
Alicia Gumm def. Tammie Schneider by TKO (Strikes) at 3:04, R1
Cruz Chacon def. Brian Cravin by Submission (Armbar) at 1:26, R1
Amateur Bout Results
Eric Fagyas def. Alfredo Corona by Unanimous Decision, R3
Chino Montoya def. Lumumba Sayers by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:33, R1
Cathilee Albert def. Ann Wyborny by TKO (Strikes) at 1:43, R1
Jesse Henley def. Ron Muir by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:32, R1
Nic Bushman def. Miguel Martinez by Unanimous Decision, R3
Seth Bregman def. Jorge Rangel by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:20, R1