by M. Robert Hicks (Photo courtesy of Teresa Bergen)
VOORHEES, NEW JERSEY – On Saturday November 11, GHK Productions presented Combat in the Cage: Back to Beginnings II. Not only was it a packed house but a great night of amatuer MMA action.
Jesse Briggs (Renzo Gracie/Ricardo Almeida) started the night with a bang as he submitted Mike Salisky (Ocean County MA) with a match ending armbar at 2:43 of Round 1.
Neil Mendez ( Cordella Clan BJJ) defeated Jeff Cressman (Team MFS/Daddis) by TKO at 2:15 of Round 1 and Jonathan Zarnosky (Team MFS/Daddis) got caught up in a triangle choke by Andrew Galvao (Team RGDA) at 1:29 of the first round.
Jose Urbaez (Red Dragon Dojo) gave up his back early in round 3 and Andrew Riddles (Renzo Gracie/Ricardo Almeida) took full advantage of the opportunity catching him in a rear naked choke. Shane Ott (Anthracite Combat Club) gassed early in his fight against Bryan Edwards (Team MFS/Daddis), but was still able to apply an armbar that ended the fight late in round 3.
Joel Nott (Shamrock Submission) submitted Massimo Barrella (Goju-Ryu) at 2:45 of round 1 with an extraordinary display of Jiu Jitsu skill. Tuan Pham (Team MFS/Daddis) won by unanimous decision against Chris DiPietro (fight Factory) and Joe Cargado (Team MFS/Daddis) made Matt Feroni (Choice MA) turn purple with a front head lock that ended the fight at 1:15 of round 2.
Ricardo Romero (Advanced MA) defeated Dave Concepcion (Team Quiet Storm) with a head/arm choke submission at 2:23 of Round 1 right before Mike Groves (Team MFS/Daddis) cinched a rear naked choke on Steve Gaugler (Zen Dragon) at 2:17 of Round 1.
Mark Makowski (Team MFS/Daddis) took the unanimous decision against Kenny Goy (Advanced MA) as did Aaron Salisbury (Team RGDA) when he took on Aaron Meisner (Team MFS/Daddis) late in the evening.
The last match of the night was a title fight for the USKBA Amateur MMA Northeast Middleweight Championship as Al Iaquinta (Militech NY) took on Phil Ferraro (Eclectic MA) for the belt. It was an even fight as submission attempts came and went from both competitors. Iaquinta exhibited excellent submission defense as well as ground skill that ultimately won him the decision.