by Clinton MacDonald & Stephen Goldsworthy for MMAWeekly.com
(Photos courtesy of John O’Neill)
CFC 7 – The Battle of the Big Top
Middleweight Championship bout
–Ron Verdadero v
Hector “Shango” Lombard
Crowd favorite and
CFC veteran Hector “Shango” Lombard returned to Sydney, Australia, to defend
his CFC championship belt against the tough Hawaiian Ron Verdadero.
After a warm welcome,
Shango wasted no time landing a big right hand that put Verdadero down. Lombard
chased in, but Verdadero was already recovering from the hook. Lombard took the
opportunity to get his stunned opponent’s back,
standing up and delivering a huge suplex that almost put Verdadero out again.
Quick to finish it off, Lombard delivered some vicious ground strikes, eventually
forcing the TKO.
Lombard left with
another win and title defense, and dedicated his performance to the country he
now calls home – Australia. His most devastating performance to date, it will
be intriguing to see how he matches up to the stiffer competition in the US.
Lightweight Championship bout
-Rob Hill v Bernardo
Controversy reigned in
the final round of the Eliminator tournament from the CFC#6 card, as comeback
kid Rob Hill took on undefeated Brazilian Bernardo Trekko.
Trekko opened his
account with a stiff right that caught Hill by surprise but did not damage him.
A clearly stunned Hill turned angry, starting to work his strikes and forcing
Trekko to search for his ground skills. Trekko landed a takedown from the
clinch but Hill was quick to get back to his feet. Trekko relentlessly worked
Hill for another takedown from the clinch, succeeding again.
Trekko worked his way
to half guard before Hill, trying to escape, gave up his back but the round
ended before Trekko could use the advantage.
The opening of the
second round saw a fierce exchange, with Trekko getting another takedown only for
Hill to capitalize by reversing and landing a couple of monster punches that went
undefended. Hill, utilizing his tremendous ground striking through the
Brazilian’s guard, earned his way to a TKO victory and a world championship.
There was some
confusion in the stoppage, as Trekko seemed unharmed when he rose. But senior
referee Steve Perceval saw that Trekko had been “flash” KO’d and as he was
showing no defense, intelligently called the stoppage. In true Brazilian style,
drama erupted cage side with Trekko’s corner attempting to storm the cage, one
succeeding, walking straight up to Perceval waving his finger directly in front
of the referee’s face. It was neither calm, nor respectful.
A poor end to
the night for a well-deserved champion. A little respect from both the crowd and
opposition corner was poorly lacking.
Fight 7 – 70kg
-Adrian “The Hunter”
Pang v Denis Kelly
Irishman Kelly came
out striking, but slipped a quick kick to the groin of Pang. The fight was
stalled to allow Pang recovery. Kelly apologized and the fight resumed. Both
exchange and briefly clinch.
Pang forced his way
inside to clinch. Moving to the Thai clinch, he slipped a knee on Kelly that
stunned him. Pang dragged his opponent to the ground but was unable to finish him
struck from the guard of Kelly, turning it up toward the end of the round where
he landed some solid elbows. But, with the clock having run out, Pang could not
take the victory at that point.
The start of the
second round saw Pang come out kicking, but Kelly managed to counter with the
right hand. Pang fought his way back, landing a combo that put Kelly down. This
time, the Irishman did not have luck on his side and “The Hunter” went on to
finish the fight by TKO.
Fight 6 – 65kg
-Richie Vas v Ross
surfer Richie Vas made short work of his opponent Ross Macleod. Hitting a huge
right overhand, Vas left MacLeod on the floor, much to the delight of the fans.
There’s nothing like a 12 second stoppage to get a crowd on its feet, let alone
a largely parochial one.
Fight 5 – 77kg
-Jon Levens v Chris
“The White Sniper” Johnson
Both fighters came
out swinging. Levens showed no fear of his world-class kickboxing opponent, and
with good reason as he quickly muscled his way inside Johnson and threw the New
Zealander to the mat. From here Levens moved straight to the mount and took
Johnson’s back soon after.
After a scramble, the
fighters got back to their feet. Johnson was looking to use his striking
pedigree to open up on Levens, but again Levens persevered and went to take
Johnson down. There was a break called for a cage grab in this clinch.
Johnson landed a
couple of hard shots on Levens before being taken down once again. Levens
worked hard to secure position, taking mount and full back control quickly. He
then worked for a choke that forced Johnson to tap out.
A side note to this
fight is that Chris Johnson had only five weeks training in ground fighting
before taking this fight.
Fight 4 – 70kg
-Tony Ourico v Jason
Harris went into this
fight aggressively but was taken down by Brazilian fighter Ourico. Moving to
half guard, Ourico threw an unnoticed knee to the head of Harris. Still in half
guard working ground and pound, Ourico threw another knee to Harris’ head,
stalling the fight while the referee tended to the matter. Harris took his time
to recover, clearly shaken by the strikes. Ourico, seemingly confused by the
ruling, received a warning and the fight resumed when Harris said he was able
Harris came back with
some solid leg kicks and worked to clinch his opponent. Some loose knees were
thrown from both fighters before Harris found himself hanging onto a guillotine
choke. Harris pulled guard to try and secure the submission, but the
experienced jiu-jitsu fighter in Ourico emerged and he passed to the mount.
Round 1 finished with
Ourico on Harris’ back. Although Ourico fought off a choke, he seemed to be in
more control of this round.
Harris again came out
aggressively at the start of the second round, throwing a variety of strikes
from leg kick to spinning back fist. Nothing significant landed and Ourico
moved in to take the clinch and avoid more strikes. After an even wilder
clinching episode, Harris wanted nothing to do with it, upper-cutting his way
from Ourico’s grasp and moving back to his favorite position of striking.
Harris found a good
groove, landing leg kicks and really mixing his strikes, using superman punches
and high kicks to set up his punches.
Harris slipped late
in the round, giving Ourico another chance to clinch. Ourico took the back,
though Harris was quick to get back into half guard. Harris pushed Ourico away
and the round finished with Harris throwing up kicks at his opponent from his
A close round with
both fighters getting making their own chance. Harris coming out slightly more
aggressive gave him this round.
The final round was
uneventful and saw the two men spending most of their time clinching, with no
significant strikes thrown. Ourico pushed for several takedowns without landing
any. Harris tried body shots in the clinch but did not phase Ourico. Ourico did
little while clinching, forcing a break. Neither threw any committing strikes.
As the round drew to
a close, Ourico tried one more takedown but failed to get it in time.
The fight goes to deserved
Jason Harris by judge’s decision.
Fight 3 – 105kg
-Jeff King v Lucas
Jeff King charged in
to start the fight, ending up clinched and pressed against the cage by 117kg Kung
Fu practitioner Lucas Browne. Browne was much stronger in the clinch, bullying
his opponent to the mat where he worked efficient elbows and forearm strikes.
Moving to side control, Browne continued his assault on the now bloody King.
King worked his way back to guard but was met with a massive elbow strike from
After a scramble from
the guard, King found fortune in his favor, as he ended up reversing position
to side control on Browne. This did not last long as Browne created a scramble
of his own and got back to the dominant position, though King worked his guard
King, going for an
armbar late in the round, wound up slammed hard by the powerful Browne who
dropped some huge fists on his stunned adversary. The fight was called soon
Lucas Browne wins by
Fight 2 – 62kg
-Kian “Karnage” Pham
v Phil Lai
Victorian Phil Lai
started the fight well. With an air of confidence he looks to pick his shots,
working a clinch and landing some solid knees to the midsection of Kian Pham.
During the clinch game, Pham jumped guard only to be put down hard on his back
by Lai. On the ground, Lai continued to work and advance position on a relatively
flat looking Pham. Lai attempted to take a knee, but aborted and went back into
half guard where he worked in some more strikes.
The fight stagnated,
forcing the referee to stand the pair up.
Standing, Lai tried
showboating with windmill punches and a Nick Diaz-esque cockiness. Nothing from
Lai landed but he did get the crowd worked up.
Round 1 ended with
Pham finally working a takedown, but with no time to do anything with it.
Round 2 began with
some strikes, including a kick to the groin on Pham that the referee failed to
notice. More loose strikes were thrown before “Karnage” came alive, landing a takedown
and advancing position quickly to half guard. Pham worked his way to the back
of his opponent quickly, grabbing a rear naked choke and forcing the tap out
Although cocky through
the fight, Lai respectfully acknowledged the talent displayed by his opponent.
Fight 1 – 93kg
-Rawdon Lee v Hohepa
The opening fight
started off with some moderate striking from both fighters until Roots Jiu-Jitsu
trained Rawdon Lee pushed for a clinch, dragging his opponent down a few
On the ground Lee
worked hard with some solid ground and pound, opening his opponent Ngarimu up
and moving to half guard as a result.
With Ngarimu flat on
his back, Lee worked some more ground and pound until he found Ngarimu’s neck
wide open and applied a forearm choke. Ngarimu tried to defend but the weight
of Lee was too much, the choke sinking deep enough to force the submission.
Lee wins by forearm
The promotion will be back at Luna Park on May 22 for CFC 8.