by Ken Pishna (Photo by April Pishna)
(Luke Holdorf raising hand of Jack Johnson – Photo by April Pishna)
KICK DOWN 21: STRIKERS
To end the year in style, Kick Down promoter Steve Alley stacked his final fight card of 2005 with sixteen fights. That usually sounds like a bit of overkill to me, but on a cold night in Denver, Colorado, with only three of those fights going to a decision, it was just about perfect.
There were quite a few entertaining fights, but a handful of fighters stood above the rest. Opening the night in what has become a Kick Down tradition was a title fight between Luke Holdorf and Jose Luis Murillo, two veteran Kick Down fighters. In another display of his emerging skills, Holdorf showed why he earned a share of the Kick Down MMA Fighter of the Year award, by patiently defending Murillo’s takedown before submitting him with an arm bar less than a minute and a half into the first round.
The Kick Down Kickboxing Fighter of the Year went to an undefeated Jack Johnson. And on Saturday night, he kept that streak alive to finish out the year. Following a very competitive first round where both fighters landed their share of heavy blows, Johnson came out possessed for the second round and Augie Lopez could find no way to exercise the demons. Johnson unloaded on Lopez, finally knocking him out with a brutal combination that left him unconscious before he ever hit the canvas.
Joey Welch won for the sixth time in his last seven attempts, choking out Orlando Martinez early in the second round. Rookie fighter Chad Klingensmith was very impressive in his debut. The Brad Gumm-trained fighter, despite the tenacious attempts of Jeff Gee, systematically went to work on the ground, finishing the fight with a key lock in less than two minutes.
With every show, Kick Down gets better and better. The matchmaking is maturing as a consistent stable of fighters and camps continue to return to fight for the promotion and the production of the show continues to improve as the Kick Down nears its fifth year in existence. It remains one of the leading fight shows in the region.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS:
Luke Holdorf def. Jose Luis Murillo by Arm Bar at 1:25 of Round 1
Chad Klingensmith def. Jeff Gee by Key Lock at 1:56 of Round 1
Joey Welch def. Orlando Martinez by Guillotine Choke at 0:34 of Round 2
Gary Borum def. Jeremy Vuklich by TKO at 0:52 of Round 2
Patrick Jiner def. Greg Gompert by Unanimous Decision, 3 Rounds
Eric Fagyas def. Lannon Quintana by Split Decision, 3 Rounds
Vincent Vigil def. John Sargent by Rear Naked Choke at 2:17 of Round 1
Adrian Ramirez def. Eric Acocella by TKO at 1:50 of Round 3
Simon Gonzales def. Kevin Davis by Rear Naked Choke at 1:36 of Round 1
Elliot Von Eichel def. Rocky Ramirez by Arm Bar at 0:51 of Round 2
Preston Schart def. Isaac Schaaf by Guillotine Choke at 0:33 of Round 2
Spencer Hooker def. Reed O’Malley by Rear Naked Choke at 1:38 of Round 2
Char McGregor def. Melissa Adams by Majority Decision, 3 Rounds
Jamie Schoen def. Zo Fifield by TKO at 0:41 of Round 2
Alex “Bud” Whipple def. Tom Kerr by KO at 1:59 of Round 1
Jack Johnson def. Augie Lopez by KO at 1:57 of Round 2