September 13, 2006

by Tom Call – MMAWeekly.com

Mixed Martial Arts Debuted in San Francisco in front of about 3,000 spectators at the legendary San Francisco Cow Palace. The crowd seemed enthusiastic and many personalities from the world of mixed martial arts were on hand to watch the event. Attending the fight included Chuck Liddell, Frank Shamrock, David Terrell, Gilbert Melendez, Tyson Griffin, and Phil Baroni.

In the main event Jake Shields dominated UFC vet Steve Berger. As the first round began there was a brief exchange in the center of the cage before Shields shot for a takedown. After securing the takedown the reminder of the round saw Berger playing defense a Shields was on the attack. Berger showed his toughness just making it through round 1 as he took some vicious ground and pound. The second round started out the same with Shields landing a big shot followed by a scramble that saw Shield end up in the mount again. The fight was stopped at 1:26 of the second round after Shield landed several unanswered blows. Shields, who is currently the #7 welterweight in the MMAWeekly Rankings, showed that he belongs in the big shows fighting the best fighters, as he was very impressive.

Uriah Faber, formerly known as the “California Kid,” changed his nickname to the “Cerebral Assasin” but the results were the same. Faber won via TKO after landing a nasty forearm strike that opened up a huge gash over SportFight Champion Enoch Wilson’s eye. This fight was fought at a fast pace with Faber controlling most of the ground action before landing the strike that finished the fight at 1:21 seconds of round 2.

Nam Phan was also successful stopping Aric Nelson by TKO at 4:11 seconds of the second round. Phan dominated the action, as Nelson at times seemed more interested in showboating. Nelson’s corner was warned between rounds by the California State Athletic Commission.

Cesar Gracie Fighter Moses Baca and Team Shamrock fighter Dave McMillian put on the fight of the night as Baca earned a razor thin split decision. The face was past and both guys really showed a lot of heart. The action was non stop on there feet and on the ground. This fight was easily fight of the night!

In other disturbing news Shannon Ritch and Brian Ebersole participated in a fight that set Mixed Martial Arts back years. I have been to many fights and this was probably the worst I have ever witnessed. The fighters barely engaged and were involved in some conversation on the ground. Brian Ebersole was declared the winner initially when Ritch tapped. However the fight was then ruled a no contest and both fighters were suspended indefinitely on the spot my California Athletic Commissioner Armando Garcia. I spoke with George Atkins the matchmaker for the event and confirmed the suspension was for “Not fighting” and “putting on a fake fight” Atkins then commented “I told them to fight.” So congratulations to the California Athletic Commission for recognizing the worked match and taking swift action.

Results –

– Jake Shields defeated Steve Berger 1:26 of round 2 TKO.

– Uriah Faber defeated Enoch Wilson 1:21 of round 2 TKO.

– Nam Phan defeated Aric Nelson 4:11 of round 2 TKO.

– Jeremiah Metcalf defeated Jamie Hants :59 of round 3 TKO.

– Shannon Ritch and Brian Ebersole ruled no contest.

– Marlon Simms defeated Sal Guillena :28 round 1 TKO.

– Jason Pietz defeated Vincent Perez 1:39 of round 1 via TAPOUT.

– Moses Baca defeated Dave McMillan via SPLIT DECISION.

– Alaneder Crispim defeaed Gigo Gara 1:48 of round 1 via TAPOUT.

– Marco Falcon defeated George Rodriguez :41 of round 1 via TAPOUT.

– Nick Theotkos defeated Josh Hancock :58 of round via TAPOUT.