by Dan Dougherty (Photos by Thomas Michael Rozdzynski)
(Photos by Thomas Michael Rozdzynski, ThruMyEye.com)
ST. CHARLES, Illinois – Combat Entertainment Group had the fists flying in the small town of St. Charles on March 15. Within the modest wall of the Arcada Theatre, 18 fighters, including Kevin English, prepared to do battle in one of the most entertaining mixed martial arts events the area has ever seen. The card was compromised of nine total bouts (originally 10, but due to commission complications, Dustin Neace was unable to fight), which included four professional and five amateur bouts.
Will Coto showed an impressive chin in his bout against Kris Zadorozny, eating punches left and right, but he eventually claimed victory with a knockout of his own. The fight was stopped at only 1:32 in the first round, by way of technical knock out, declaring Coto the winner.
Greg Lofink displayed an outstanding ground game against Brandon Munson. All three rounds of the match, Lofink dominated Munson on the ground, using impressive wrestling and jiu-jitsu skills to secure the win against Munson via unanimous decision.
The second half of the show proved to be just as exciting as the first half. Brandon Fink scored an incredibly skilled win against Nathaniel Bernal. Fink dominated the bulk of the fight, and finished it early in the first round with a rear naked choke.
The main event of the evening, between Kevin English and Jay Little, went to the ground early with English scoring a huge takedown. It didn’t last very long on the mat, however, as English ended the fight toward the end of the first round via armbar, securing his domination of Little.
Overall, the Combat Entertainment Group put on an exciting, well-rounded show with plenty of fighting to go around. Even the intermissions were entertaining, as they had a local cover band, 7th Heaven, play throughout. It was an extremely organized event, packed with non-stop action, and skilled fighters who showed nothing but heart throughout the entire night.
-Kevin English def. Jay Little by Submission (Armbar), R1
-Joe Melendez def. Dan Borke KO at 0:51, R2
-Cody Griffin def. Peter Becker by KO at 0:45, R1
-Brandon Fink def. Nathaniel Bernal by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:28, R1
-Greg Lofink def. Brandon Munson by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Tom Fitzpatrick def. Tim Mirando by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:25, R3
-Will Coto def. Kris Zadorozny via TKO (Strikes) at 1:32, R1
-Bill Gaydo def. Dan Fierro via TKO (Strikes) at 2:38, R1
-Josh Flowers def. Omar Perez by Split Decision, R3