Review & Photos by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
LAS VEGAS – Amidst the hustle and bustle of 140,000 techno-geeks descending upon Sin City, MTX Audio continued its commitment to mixed martial arts at the Riviera Hotel & Casino.
MTX Audio already sponsors its own MMA fight team (including fighters such as Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Jamie Varner, Ultimate Fighter veteran Jesse Forbes, Bodog veterans Ray and Steve Steinbeiss, and many more), but Tuesday night, it hosted its very first MTX Fight Night. The event featured many of MTX’s fight team members and was tied-in to the Consumer Electronics Show that overtook Las Vegas this week.
Forbes dominated the main event, never giving Victor Moreno a chance to make the fight competitive. He quickly took the fight to the ground and proceeded to rain down various blows, but it was a barrage of heavy forearms to Moreno’s head that determined the outcome early in round one.
“I felt good, came in, in good shape,” said Forbes after the bout, adding, “I’ve got a fight in the WEC coming up here real soon,” referring to the promotion’s Feb. 13 event in Albuquerque, N.M.
Steve Steinbeiss also dominated his match-up with Wayne Andrews. It took him about half-a-minute longer than Forbes, but he took Andrews down and finished him off with an arm triangle choke.
Surprisingly, Steinbeiss seemed a little disappointed after the fight, saying, “I wanted to give everyone a knockout. I would have been happier if I could give everyone the knockout.”
Not all the fights finished as quickly as the two feature bouts though. Brett Chisum and Robert Scott fought a back-and-forth battle that went the distance, but sure didn’t lack for excitement. The two exchanged takedowns and each took control at various points, but it was Scott with his heavy hands doing more damage that eked out a split decision victory on the judges’ scorecards.
Chris Kennedy scored the TKO victory in another stunning battle, as Brendan Tierney wasn’t able to answer the bell for the third round.
Known for his grappling, Jacob McClintock scored the quickest victory of the night, but not in the way you’d expect from a jiu-jitsu brown belt. He scored a knockout over Adam Liston in just 39 seconds of the first round.
Estevan Payan, an infantryman that has served three tours of duty in Iraq, proved his mettle in the ring on Tuesday night, submitting James Watson by triangle choke in the round two.
MTX FIGHT NIGHT
-Jesse Forbes def. Victor Moreno by TKO (Strikes) at 1:38, R1
-Steve Steinbeiss def. Wayne Andrews by Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 2:11, R1
-Robert Scott def. Brett Chisum by Split Decision, R3
-Chris Kennedy def. Brendan Tierney by TKO (Couldn’t Answer Bell) at 5:00, R2
-Jacob McClintock def. Adam Liston by KO at 0:39, R1
-Estevan Payan def. James Watson by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:09, R2