by Ken Pishna (Photos courtesy of April Pishna)
(TOP: Vincent Vigil chokes his way to the Last Man Standing title; BOTTOM: Tony Kelley knocks out Brian Cristina – Photos courtesy of April Pishna / Kickdown)
DENVER, COLORADO – The Kickdown held their 29th edition this past weekend and it turned out to be one of the more exciting fight cards they’ve had in some time. Before a full house, Sean McPeck kicked off the night in style by knocking out Nate Kimberlin with a solid right hook to the jaw a mere 20 seconds into their fight, the second bout of the evening.
The feature of the event was a 4-man tournament dubbed “Last Man Standing” which saw Vincent Vigil and Preston Scharf quickly move past their first-round opponents into the final. They fought a tough battle in the main event with the John Hackleman/Chuck Liddell trained Scharf leading through the first round. But Vincent Vigil, out of Colorado Springs-based Kongo Do, continued to emerge as one of the better young fighters in the region as he submitted Scharf with a Guillotine Choke as round two began.
Other highlights included Luke Holdorf’s return with an impressive Guillotine Choke victory of his own over Adam Bobay. Runner up to knockout of the night had to be Tony Kelley as he came back after being out-positioned in the first round to put Brian Cristina flat on his back with a straight right that knocked the heavyweight fighter out cold.
The Colorado mixed martial arts scene has become overrun with promoters looking to make a quick buck in the sport lately, but along with Sven Bean’s Ring of Fire, the Kickdown – promoted by Steve Alley – has remained a guiding light in the shadows of controversy that have fallen over Colorado.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (PROFESSIONAL)
Vincent Vigil def. Rex Payne by TKO at 1:44, Round 1
Preston Scharf def. Tim Ouimette by Kimura at 0:51, Round 1
Luke Holdorf def. Adam Bobay by Guillotine Choke at 1:37, Round 1
Tony Kelley def. Brian Cristina by KO at 0:38, Round 2
Vincent Vigil def. Preston Scharf by Guillotine Choke at 0:40, Round 2
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (AMATEUR)
Sean Logsdon def. Scott Roberts by TKO at 5:00, Round 2
Sean McPeck def. Nate Kimberlin by KO at 0:20, Round 1
Tommy Thompson def. Jamie Addie by Guillotine Choke at 0:24, Round 2
Lannon Quintana def. Dan Romero by Unanimous Decision
Manuel Gallardo def. Patrick Jiner by TKO at 2:58, Round 2
Chris Woods def. Mark Korzionowski by Rear Naked Choke at 1:28, Round 1
Christopher Thompson def. Alex Whipple by Unanimous Decision, 3 Rounds
Kate Martinez def. Lynn Rice by Unanimous Decision, 3 Rounds