by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com (Photos courtesy of April Pishna)
Denver, Colo. – Braving temperatures that started out in the lower teens and dropped to single digits by the time the fights were over, a standing room only crowd filled the Red Lion Hotel in Denver, Colo. Saturday night to witness the a superb night of fights at local stalwart the Kick Down.
In the main event, Luke Holdorf of Aurora, Colo.’s House of Martial Arts, improved his professional record to 6-1 and took the Lightweight Championship from The Pit’s Preston Scharf in a mere 43 seconds. Showing himself to be somewhat of a submission wizard, Holdorf traded strikes with Scharf for a few moments before he secured a guillotine choke as he was lifted into the air and held on for the tap out as the fight hit the mat. If Holdorf can round out his striking game, he could be a legitimate national contender, especially if he could drop down to the 145-pound class.
A longtime staple of the Kick Down, Colby Snyder put on a textbook, if brief, clinic on how to dismantle your opponent. In 32 seconds, Snyder managed to lift Jason Drake over his head and slam him to the mat, punish him with knees in a Thai clinch, then drop him with a left hook and finish him off with a ground and pound flurry. Advancing his record to 3-1, Snyder is a guy that, if he continues to improve at his current pace, will be emerging on the national scene very soon.
Could it be any faster? Not by much. Kamalu Keave captured the Light Heavyweight Amateur title by dropping Frankie McIvery with one punch as they met in the center of the ring. Keave followed him down with a short flurry to punctuate the record-setting 8-second knockout.
In the first ever women’s mixed martial arts fight on the Kick Down, Louise Johnson dominated throughout the fight, gaining full mount in all three rounds and dropping punches, hammer fists and forearms down on Lacey Whitlatch, who did an admirable job defending the blows, but couldn’t seem to escape the position. After two solid rounds of full mount striking and a carbon-copy beginning to the third, referee Curtis Thrasher had seen enough and called a halt to the punishment 30 seconds into the round. Johnson had a tremendous amount of support from the crowd, which included many of her military buddies; she is part of the Army’s Special Forces.
In defense of his Lightweight Amateur Championship, Lannon Quintana had to go all three rounds with Josh Huber. The two warriors rocked each other several times, Quintana nearly knocking Huber out at one point, but Huber also gaining a near submission with a tight triangle choke.
But before the shine could even where off his victory, Quintana took to the mic and announced that, “As of tonight, I am vacating this title… If I never fight again, I’ll still be happy.” With that, he left the ring.
Isaac Colon of Kongo Do Dojo in Colorado Springs, Colo. fought the proverbial war with Ryan Scollard to capture the first ever Kick Down Jr. Featherweight Amateur Championship. The two traded heavy hands, which Colon had the edge on, and several near submissions for two rounds, before Colon locked on a rear naked choke early in the third round for the win.
LIGHTWEIGHT PRO CHAMPIONSHIP:
Luke Holdorf def. Preston Scharf by Guillotine Choke at 0:43, Round 1
Brian Cristina def. Gary Borum by TKO (Strikes) at 1:57, Round 1
Colby Snyder def. Jason Dake by TKO (Strikes) at 0:32, Round 1
Pete Vandervort def. Joey Welch by Armbar at 1:22, Round 1
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP:
Kamalu Keave def. Frankie McIvery by KO at 0:08, Round 1
Rustin Hughes def. Matt Vigil by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Louise Johnson def. Lacey Whitlatch by TKO (Strikes) at 0:30, Round 3
Anthony Sanchez Jr. def. Frank Jaramillo by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Santana Sol Martinez def. Mario Lane by TKO (Strikes) at 2:31, Round 3
Lannon Quintana def. Josh Huber by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Clint Lippoldt def. Joey Banks by Triangle Choke at 1:31, Round 2
JR. FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP:
Isaac Colon def. Ryan Scollard by Rear Naked Choke at 0:42, Round 3
Michael Garcia def. Anthony Werner by Guillotine Choke at 1:30, Round 1