Photos & Review by April Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
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Another exciting night of fights played out in Denver for Kickdown 35 “Friday Night Fights” on March 2, 2007 at the Red Lion Hotel. The night started off smoothly and fights ended quickly as not a one went to the judges for a decision.
The main event of the night saw local favorite Colby Snyder go up against Danny Wilson. Both fighters tried the standup game in this one with kicks and punches being thrown, but it ended on the ground with Colby on top and the fight being called in the first round at 1:41 from referee stoppage due to strikes.
Current Kick Down Professional Lightweight title holder, Luke Holdorf, defended his belt against Billy Walters, showing some impressive defensive skills as he managed to maneuver out of an armbar. Fortunately for Holdorf and his title, he turned it around on Walters and ended the fight with a rear naked choke at 1:36 in the first round.
Another local fan favorite Tom Johnson debuted with his first professional MMA fight against Chris Cisneros giving the fans a good showing of ground skills as they rolled for most of the two rounds. Johnson had control of the first round with ease, but Cisneros quickly came in and took control in the second ending the fight at 1:06 with a rear naked choke.
Another highlights was a title fight between Eric Fagyas and Manual Gallardo with Fagyas coming out throwing punches and taking down Gallardo. Fagyas then successfully sank in a rear naked choke in only 1:14 of the first round making him the new Kickdown Lightweight MMA Amateur Champion.
At the end of the night, the fights were fought, the beer was downed, and the fans were entertained. Now that’s Friday Night Fights.
Colby Snyder def. Danny Wilson by TKO (Strikes) at 1:41, Round 1
Luke Holdorf def. Billy Walters by Rear Naked Choke at 1:36, Round 1
Chris Camozzi def. Gary Borum by TKO (Strikes) at 3:19, Round 1
Chris Cisneros def. Tom Johnson by Rear Naked Choke at 1:06, Round 2
Eric Fagyas def. Manual Gallardo by Rear Naked Choke at 1:14, Round 1
Shaun Ogle def. Keith Allen Green by TKO (Strikes) at 0:28, Round 1
Joey Banks def. Cameron Thurgood by TKO (Strikes) 0:55, Round 1
Matt Swortwood def. Ryan Blair by TKO (Couldn’t answer bell) at 3:00, Round 2
Anthony Sanchez Jr. def. Tyler Hall by TKO (Strikes) at 1:10, Round 2
Ender Chadwick def. Ben Shattuck by Rear Naked Choke at 2:27, Round 1
Kevin Carter def. Anthony Werner by Guillotine Choke at 1:35, Round 1
Henry Schmitz def. Patrick Jiner by TKO (Strikes) at 2:41, Round 2