by Ricarod Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com (Photos by Michelle Mauricio)
STOCKTON, CAL. – Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu fighter Steve Heath made a successful return to MMA after a three-year hiatus to submit local fighter Phil “The Pain” Collins on Saturday night in Stockton, California. The other highlight of the night was the American debut for Shooto veteran Kenichiro Togashi.
In the main event, Steve Heath made a successful return to MMA in his hometown of Stockton, California submitting local fighter Phil “The Pain” Collins. Heath made quick work of the overmatched local fighter, quickly taking Collins to the ground. From there, Heath used his ground savvy to transition to north-south position where he applied a choke shortly thereafter, forcing Collins to tap at 3:14 of the first round.
Shooto veteran Kenichiro Togashi made a successful American debut, submitting late replacement Darren Crisp. Togashi showed tenacity in the early stages of the fight, working hard to get Crisp to the ground and finally getting a beautiful trip takedown. From there, Togashi easily transitioned to mount, isolating an arm and setting up the armbar as Crisp popped up. Togashi showed excellent technique as he rolled over Crisp and secured the armbar at 2:14 of the first round.
WEC and Strikeforce veteran Casey Olson was upset by Nor Cal Fight Factory lightweight Isaih Hill by split decision.
Chuck Booz once again defeated nemesis Lou Russell, stopping him with strikes at 2:39 of the first round.
Hometown fighter J.C. Cearley submitted Donny Easterling with a rear naked choke at 1:52 of the first round.
Nor Cal Fight Factory fighter Alvan Cacdac knocked out Travis McRoberts with an impressive slam, only fifty seven seconds into the first round.
Tony Johnson stopped Steve Hernandez with strikes, thirty-four seconds into the second round.
Urijah Faber trained fighter Joe Benavides stopped Justin Smitley by doctor stoppage, opening up a cut after a barrage of punches at 1:21 of the third round.
Rolando Velasco submitted Jesse Bowan with an arm triangle choke at 2:31 of the third round.