by Jeremy Luchau for PalaceFightingChampionship.com
LEMOORE, CALIF. — He was one of the main reasons that the Palace Fighting Championship’s “Fast and Furious” mixed martial art’s event sold out so quickly. And he wants to come back in July and fight for the middleweight title.
“This is just like my home. I don’t get the butterflies here like I did when I fought in other shows,” Elk Grove’s Scott Smith said following a technical knockout of Visalia’s Troy Miller (1-3) Thursday at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.
“I want to be here for every show,” Smith (11-3) added. “And I want to fight for the 185-pound title here in July.”
Smith took Miller down and unleashed two brutal elbows to the bridge of Miller’s nose ending the fight in 1:06 of the first round.
Smith wasn’t the only big-name fighter that won impressively at the PFC2.
North Hollywood’s Lodune Sincaid (10-4) won by technical knockout over Lemoore’s Kenny Ento (6-2) in 2:09 of the second round.
Much like Smith, Sincaid is looking forward to a return trip to the PFC.
“I absolutely want to come back here and do it again,” said Sincaid, who made a valiant comeback after being cut with multiple elbows in the first round. “This is a top-rate show and this was a great opportunity for me.”
The Sincaid-Ento clash was easily the fight of the night.
“I came out a little rusty in the first round. I haven’t fought since August,” Sincaid said. “He was really long and I can usually pound people out from guard, but I wasn’t able to with him. I probably should have just tried to pass, but I think that apparently, for the fans, the blood was pretty appealing.”
The pair fought at a catch weight of 195 pounds, but Sincaid looked like much the bigger man in the fight. He scored a takedown and worked the body early in the first round.
But Ento worked for a triangle and unleashed a flurry of elbows that opened a few big cut on Sindcaid’s head. After the doctor checked the cut, Sincaid again took Ento down only to find himself in the same position. Ento slapped on a triangle and let loose an onslaught of elbows that turned Sincaid into a bloody mess.
In the second round, Sincaid took Ento down, passed to side and then mounted. Sincaid took Ento’s back and landed heavy shots. Ento was able to weather the storm for a while, but Sincaid was able to finish the fight from that position.
“Lodune is back for 2007,” Sincaid said. “I have a team now in West Coast Jiu-Jitsu and I’m ready.”
The main event pitted Columbus Ohio’s Sims (18-8-1) and Hanford’s Van Palacio (1-2). The pair fought to a no contest in a heavyweight bout.
The fight was stopped after an unintentional knee to the groin 54 seconds into the first round. Sims bloodied Palacio’s nose in the cinch, but that’s where Palacio landed a knee that stopped the fight.
“I’m very disappointed. Did he just come out here for a paycheck or what,” Palacio said. “I came here to fight. I threw a knee across his body and it landed on the inside of the leg. I came in here on six days notice for this fight and he’s had a while to prepare.”
In a lightweight showdown, San Bernardino’s Shad Smith (9-6-1) won the PFC lightweight championship with a submission victory over Lemoore’s Poppies “The Tachi Kid” Martinez (10-3) in 1:10 in the third round.
“That’s how I planned on winning,” Smith said. “I’m really tired and I partied way too much last night. I know that he has a hard head and can take a punch.”
Martinez shot for a single early in the third round and got stuck in a guillotine and was forced to tap out.
“I’m excited about having the belt and I can’t wait to come back and defend it here in the PFC,” Smith said. “I told Poppies in the ring ‘lets do this again’. I know I will be in way better shape next time.”
In the first round, Smith threw one punch and Martinez took him down, but was caught in a guillotine briefly. Martinez went for a heel hook and then in a scramble Smith had a choke briefly. Martinez was able to fend off Smith and the round ended with Martinez in a body triangle and Smith peppering him with shots.
But Martinez controlled the whole second round. He took Smith’s back early in the round and landed punches often.
Phoenix Arizona’s Richie Hightower (7-1) had the most impressive knockout of the night. He stopped Fresno’s Andy Maccarone (7-3) with a huge right elbow in 36 of the first round of their middleweight bout.
“I guess I pushed the pace and then we tied up and I saw the opening,” Hightower said. “I’ve been working on that a lot. I prayed for a quick finish, but I didn’t think it would end that way.”
Oroville’s Shawn Bias (12-3) defeated Chico’s Giovanni Encarnacion (0-1) in a 145-pound bout by submission in 1:04 of the first round.
“I wish that he would have had some more fights, but he was strong and came out and did his thing,” Bias said. “The choke just came perfect. He stayed on his knees and left his neck out.”
Bias mounted early in the round and then in a scramble was able to sink a guillotine.
“I want to come back here and fight for the PFC featherweight title,” Bias said. “I’d like to fight Randy Spence for the title. I hope he heals up soon, I’m also sorry that my back flip wasn’t prettier. It’s something I’m still working on.”
There were whispers of a possible featherweight title match between Bias and Fresno’s Casey Olson (4-0), who just inked a 3-fight deal with the PFC and will make his PFC debut in July.
In a 150-pound catch-weight fight, Brazil’s Rani Yahya, a student of the legendary Rickson Gracie who now trains out of Los Angeles, improved his record to 10-2 with a submission victory over Sacramento’s Louie Moreno (1-2) by guillotine choke in just 23 seconds of the first round.
“I was expecting maybe two rounds. I’m always expecting the worst,” Yahya said. “A fight can end at any time. I was happy I could finish the fight early. I like the chokes, but I will find a way to end it any way. He left his neck out, so I attacked it.”
Yahya looked outstanding in his PFC debut. He is an international fighting veteran of the K1-Hero’s shows and Jungle Fights in Brazil and his Central California debut was highly anticipated. There was a huge buzz before his bout and the fans were ready to see what he had to offer.
Yahya didn’t disappoint, ending the fight almost as quickly as it started.
“Rani is an internationally known jiu-jitsu and submission prodigy, we were very excited to be able to bring him to the PFC and he definitely showed why he is considered one of the best kept secrets in mixed martial arts,” said Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Entertainment Director Christian Printup.
“I was very intrigued when he arrived with Oscar “The Boxer” Muniz as one of his trainers. With my experience in promoting professional boxing as well as mixed martial arts for the last six years, I was very familiar with Oscar’s boxing legacy, and as Rani continues to develop his stand up, couple that with his jiu-jitsu prowess and it’s very clear that he is destined to fight in the spotlight of the major shows in America.”
In other bouts:
— Visalia’s Darren Crisp (4-1) knocked out Anaheim’s Scott Brommage (0-2) in a lightweight fight in 1:35 of round one.
“It felt great out here tonight,” Crisp said. “It felt really good to finally be here and fighting in the PFC.”
As one of the fan favorites, Crisp went to work on Brommage landing heavy left hands. Crisp dropped Brommage with a left early in the round and later finished the fight with a left kick to the head.
“I was hitting him with left hands pretty good. I dropped him once and I thought the fight was over right there,” Crisp said. “My corner helped me setup the kick. Doug Marshall said to throw it to the head, because we noticed that he kept dropping his hands when I’d kick.”
— In a bantamweight fight, Sacramento’s David Espinosa improved to 3-0 with a technical knockout of Albuquerque’s Ed Tomaselli (3-3) in 1:52 of the first round.
Espinosa scored an early takedown and worked his hands. Espinosa landed a huge right hand and then pounded Tomaselli out.
“I wanted to stay on my feet a little,” Espinosa said. “We came out and there a leg kick and then we got in a body lock and I took him down. I felt him trying to come up into a triangle or something, but I just kept pounding and then landed that Urijah Faber overhand fatality right.”
— Phoenix Arizona’s Vince Lucero (18-11) knocked out New London Connecticut’s Mike Dexter (4-3) in a heavyweight fight in 36 seconds of the first round. Lucero rocked
Dexter with a knee and finished the fight with an uppercut in the corner.
— Philadelphia’s Lamont Lister (3-2) defeated Tulare’s Rafael del Real (3-5) in a heavyweight contest by split decision. Lister pushed the pace in the first period and landed the heavier shots.
Del Real scored a takedown early in the second and mounted where Del Real landed shots. Lister was able to work out and then scored a takedown of his own. Lister worked punches from the back, but Del Real was able to weather the storm and reversed Lister before the end of the round.
Lister sunk a deep choke early in the second, but Del Real was able to work out and into Lister’s guard. The round would eventually end with Del Real on top.
— In a middleweight bout, Fresno’s Jimmy Dexter (1-3) beat Ohio’s Eli Moreno (1-2) by technical knockout in 1:18 of the first round. Moreno took Dexter down early in the first round, but got stuck in a triangle. Dexter couldn’t finish from the bottom, but was able to roll Moreno to his back and hold the triangle and finish the fight with strikes.
— In a welterweight fight, Porterville’s Morris Aldaco (5-0) defeated Taft’s Doug Hunt (1-1) by technical knockout in 2:17 of the third round. Hunt took a heavy left in the first round and was dropped and then mounted. Aldaco finished the round strong.
Hunt came out with a wild haymaker to start the second, but Aldaco avoided the bomb and took Hunt down. Aldaco finished the round mounted and throwing heavy shots.
In the third round it was more of the same, Aldaco took Hunt’s back and Hunt attempted to roll out, but was mounted and then rolled to his stomach where the fight was finished.
— Lemoore’s Mike Martinez (1-0) defeated Taft’s Tommy Contreras (2-1) by unanimous decision in a light heavyweight fight.
Martinez scored a takedown midway through the first round and mounted. He peppered Contreras with punches and attempted an armbar as the round ended.
In the second round, Contreras attempted a throw, but Martinez powered into a mount. Martinez worked punches and elbows and eventually cut Contreras over the left eye.
Contreras scored a big slam in the third, but the pair was moved to their feet for lack of action on the ground. Contreras scored another takedown after a wild kick by Martinez and that’s where the round ended.
— In a clash of heavyweights, Visalia’s Mike Cook (3-1) defeated Taft’s Scott Wimmer (0-1) by technical knockout in 17 seconds of the second round. Cook dominated the fight and ended it with a punch to the throat and Wimmer could not continue.
The sold out, standing-room-only crowd of 1,800 enthusiastic and appreciative fans were well entertained in the PFC’s “Fight Club meets the Night Club” atmosphere, complete with PFC dancers delighting the crowd with choreographed dance routines in miniature PFC rings. The show also featured elaborate lighting and video elements and one of California’s best-known live DJ’s, DJ Erb, mixing his brand of music in between the action.
The night was made complete with Printup, announcing the signing’s of K1 2004 Las Vegas Grand Prix runner up and undefeated professional boxer Dewey “The Black Cobra” Cooper, who will make his MMA debut at PFC 3 on July 19th in a light heavyweight bout.
Also former Fresno State all-American wrestler Casey Olson, a WEC and Strike Force veteran and largely considered one of the most promising lightweight prospects in the sport will compete in July.
An intriguing bout pitting Lemoore native Chris Botelho versus UFC veteran Jason Von Flue in a welterweight contest that got off to a heated start with both men exchanging words during their in ring introduction to announce the bout.
Also scheduled to compete in their mixed martial arts debut are a pair of regional boxing champions, as Hector Alatorre, a 14-1 lightweight boxer who has been featured twice on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” and the current WBE Lightweight Champion and reigning WBE Heavyweight Champion Manuel “El Toro” Quezada, who carries a professional boxing record of 18-4, with 13 knockouts. Quezada is a former member of the US Junior National Tae Kwon Do team, and brings a professional kickboxing record of 19-3, which includes two impressive wins over K1 veteran Carter Williams.