Article & Photos by Greg Peterson / Greg’s Photography Inc.
PORTLAND, Oreg. – Saturday, May 5, 2007 in Portland, Oregon at the Rose Garden Arena, Matt “The Law” Lindland and Randy “The Natural” Couture once again produced an incredible night of fights. Sportfight XIX, otherwise known as “Cinco de Mayhem” gave the audience everything they could want in a mixed martial arts event.
There were 11 fights on the card that included a highly anticipated main event rematch between Enoch Wilson and Travis Bush. By the end of the night there were 2 knockouts, 4 tapouts, 3 referee stoppages, 1 disqualification for biting and 1 unanimous decision.
Out of 11 fights, the only one that went to judges’ scorecards was once again the main event between Wilson and Bush. These two warriors previously battled at Sportfight 18 in a fight that ended in a draw. This time around the judges unanimously decided that Travis Bush pushed the action and received the win to become the new Sportfight Champion.
The co-main event could definitely be considered Mayhem. Everyone knew that Ed Nuno vs. Eddy Ellis could only result in an all out war. Both fighters have displayed their skills and abilities in previous Sportfights and by doing so have built an incredible fan base. The Sportfight fans were almost evenly split on whom they wanted to win and cheered the fighters thru the entire fight. There was never a dull moment as both fighters exchanged kicks and punches. Ellis did get a couple of takedowns and caught Nuno in a rear naked choke that seemed to be the end of the fight. However, Nuno escaped the choke and reversed the action with his well-known “Bam Bam” style and knocked out Ellis at 4:53 of Round 2. The new Sportfight Welterweight Champion is Team Quest’s own Ed “Bam Bam” Nuno and no one was happier than the former Welterweight Champion and Team Quest teammate Chris “The Professor” Wilson, who retired his belt due to being signed by the International Fight League (IFL).
Other Mayhem fights of the night included a submission by Team Quest’s Jon Krohn over Whisper Goodman. Krohn once again proved that he is a warrior in 205 lbs. weight class and continues to give the crowd what they want… huge takedowns, amazing strikes, and nonstop action that included the final arm bar submission.
The Blake Fredrickson vs. James Birdsley fight could only be described as Mayhem. These two battled evenly exchanging punches, takedowns and reversals that kept the crowd on their feet. At one point Birdsley released a barrage of punches, Fredrickson dropped his guard and smiled to the crowd and let Birdsley’s punches land. After taunting Birdsley, Fredrickson started landing his barrage of punches and knocked out his opponent’s mouthpiece several times. In the third round, while Fredrickson was trying to secure an arm bar, Birdsley bit Fredrickson’s inner thigh. Once Referee Dave Hagen was made aware of the bite and the doctor confirmed it, Hagen immediately disqualified Birdsley and informed him that was completely unacceptable. Definitely a Mayhem ending to what was a nonstop action fight.
For the first time in Sportfight history, medical personnel took a fighter out of the ring on a stretcher. An interesting fact considering there have been 19 Sportfight events and more than 200 bouts, especially considering how often that happens in other professional sports. Tim Sternod vs. Mike Pierce was shaping up to be a great fight when Pierce got his third huge takedown and Sternod landed with his arm behind his head. Sternod immediately started screaming and doctors came to his side to discover his left arm was broken just below the shoulder. This was an unfortunate loss for Sternod; hopefully he will recover and return to the ring for another battle.
Travis Bush def. Enoch Wilson by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ed Nuno def. Eddie Ellis by KO at 4:53, R2
Blake Fredrickson def. James Birdsley due to Disqualification (biting)
Jonathon Krohn def. Whisper Goodman by submission (armbar) at 2:10, R3
Josh Bennett def. Paul Weremecki by TKO (strikes) at 2:52, R1
Dave Culbertson def. Tyson Jefferies by submission (guillotine) at 0:53, R2
Steve Storwick def. Greg Thompson by KO at 1:25, R1
Mike Pierce def. Tim Sternod by submission (shoulder injury) at 0:11, R2
Jon Clift def. Casey McEuin by TKO (strikes) at 1:38, R2
Peter Aspenwall def. Lynn Bentley by submission (key lock) at 1:42, R1
Travis Bell def. Rob Stalcup by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:53, R1
Randy Couture and Matt Lindland bring Sportfight back to Portland on Saturday September 8, 2007. As always log on to www.sportfight.tv and www.gregsphoto.com for results and more info on Sportfight.