by Dan Dougherty (Photos by Thomas Michael Rozdzynski)

Total Fight Challenge 11: Bad Blood


(Photos courtesy of Thomas
Michael Rozdzynski,


Ind. – To say that Total Fight Challenge 11 was anything less than a
success would be a gross understatement. On Feb. 9, 2008, in at the Hammond
Civic Center, 32 mixed martial artists threw down in one of the most
entertaining combat sports events in the Midwest. Like something out of a
B-rated action movie, the night was full of non-stop, emotion fueled action,
and believe it or not, a tad bit of heartbreak on the side.


To start
the night off, the first two bouts ended in the very first round, both by
triangle chokes that seemed to come out of absolutely nowhere. The action was
hard pressed by all of the fighters to open the event, until the sixth bout,
between Dan New and Phons “Evil Little Asian Dude” Attanaphone. Perhaps the
correct wording should be between Dan New and thin air, due to the fact that
the “Evil Little Asian Dude” was evil enough to be introduced (in person) at
the beginning of the event, but not come out for his actual fight. Dan New won
by disqualification (no-show).


With the
crowd being a bit restless and disappointed from the last fight, the next two
fighters were under the gun to deliver an exciting comeback; and when Laquine
Swift and Mike Cannon went to war, it was an absolute [bad] blood bath. Cannon
came out with a huge slam and was dominating Swift for the bulk of the bout
until he accidentally kneed Swift in the head on the ground. The ref was quick
to catch this and stand them up, but apparently, Swift wouldn’t have it. He
attacked Cannon during the stand-up, which opened up the gateway for chaos. The
fight was ruled no-contest.


Normally, I
wouldn’t write about such actions, but I feel it is necessary to bring the
point across that MMA is a very emotion fueled sport. There comes a level of
professionalism, however, that every fighter must maintain even under
circumstances that seem unfair. This was obviously something Swift was not able
to do, and it put a scar on MMA’s growing popularity.


Moving on
to the later bouts of the night, Dan Bolden and Anthony Gomez went to war. The
stand-up game was clearly being won by Bolden throughout the fight, as Gomez
was taking a lot of shots that didn’t seem to affect his iron jaw. Contrarily,
when the fight went to the ground, Bolden was in a world of hurt. Gomez had a
tight, solid jiu-jitsu game and refused to let him up for any air. At one
point, it looked as though Bolden’s arm was going to be turned backwards when
he refused to tap to an Americana attempt, but the bell at the end of the round
saved him. Unfortunately for Bolden, his luck was too little, too late, as
Gomez took his back in the last round and unleashed a barrage of ground and
pound action to force the referee to end the fight at 2:00 in round two.


The next
fight of the night, between Quinton MC Cottrell and Juan De Dios Magana was one
of the few fights that went the distance. In summary, the fight could be
described in three terms; clinch, takedown, ref stand-up. The stand-up game was
weak on Cottrell’s side, as he didn’t land a single shot on Magana. Most of his
points were scored by takedowns, where he did hardly anything damaging on the
ground and barely made any attempts to pass Magana’s guard. Magana pressed most
of the action on his feet, and ended up taking the bout by unanimous decision.


Johnson and Charles Wilson were the next two warriors to be thrown into the
ring, and Wilson put on a highly entertaining standup show. It’s few and far
between that you see a fighter like Wilson, who is very liberal in throwing high
axe-kicks and relatively “flashy” moves. It was clear that he wanted to keep
the fight on his feet, but Johnson wouldn’t have it as he took Wilson down
several times, and even scored one of the biggest slams of the night. It would
seem as though Johnson had a tighter ground game than Wilson, but that theory
was disproved in the second round when Wilson mounted Johnson after a takedown
of his own, and eventually arm barred him for the win at 4:23 of round two.


Alas, we
move on to our main event of the evening between Jason Tabor, and former World
Extreme Cagefighting titleholder Eddie Wineland for the Total Fight Challenge
135-pound title. Tabor, who was clearly a wrestling-based fighter, was having
one hell of a time dealing with Wineland’s inhumanly crisp stand-up game. Tabor
scored a fast takedown in the first round, but it was a futile effort, as
Wineland met nearly every attempt after that with a vicious sprawl. Tabor spent
the bulk of the rest of the fight eating shot after shot from Wineland that eventually
led to his knock out by means of a straight right hand at 4:42 of round two for
the TFC title.


Over all,
even with a few bumps along the road, the event was a success. It was an
allegorical paraphrasing of MMA’s present life-span showing strategy in combat,
a bit of controversy, but when it comes down to it, just some good old
fashioned beat-downs.


Buckley def. Miguel Gamez via Triangle Choke at 0:41, R1

Pylipow def. Phil Mattio via Triangle Choke at 1:20, R1

Coker def. Shawn Terrance via Verbal Submission at 4:30, R2

Maldanado def. Jim Peterson via Unanimous Decision

-Tom Ciezki
def. Seth Racky via TKO at 2:23, R1

-Dan New
def. Phons Attanaphone via Disqualification (no show)

Swift vs. Mike Cannon ruled No-Contest

Estrada def. Mike Bodziak via TKO at 1:04, R1

-Will Codo
def. Mark Sinclair via Guillotine at 1:01, R1

Norvelle def. Joe Melendez via TKO at 1:24, R1

Nowaczyk def. Jeremia Craft via Rear Naked Choke at 0:44, R1

-Leo Perez
def. Kevin King via Armbar at 4:14, R1

Gomez def. Dan Bolden via TKO at 2:00, R2

-Juan De
Dios Magana def. Quinton MC Cottrell via Unanimous Decision

Wilson def. DeRay Johnson via Armbar at 4:23, R2

Wineland def. Jason Tabor via KO at 4:42, R2