by Ken Pishna (Photo courtesy of April Pishna)
Kris Hartman pounding out the win over Edwin Bonayon
(Photo courtesy of April Pishna)

A longtime staple on the Colorado combat sports scene, the Kick Down held the 27th edition of their fight show this past weekend in Denver, Colorado. The promotion is a combination of mixed martial arts and kickboxing bouts, and the competition on their most recent event was the usual standard of the top up-and-coming talent, headlined by an ISKA Modified Muay Thai rules U.S.A. kickboxing title fight.

In the main event, longtime Kick Down veteran and ISKA Colorado champ Jack Johnson battled his way to a majority decision victory over the holder of the California edition of the ISKA title, Stepan Zeytunyan. Both fighters threw some heavy shots on the other, but neither seemed to find their respective rhythm in the bout. Johnson, though, was active enough to outscore his opponent on two of the three judges’ scorecards.

In mixed martial arts action, Adam Bobay used his takedown abilities and a tough ground game to score a decision win over Jose Luis Murillo. But the MMA fight of the night was a back and forth battle between Victor Murillo and Sergio Perez in the evening’s opening bout. Perez started off quickly with various submission attempts, but it was Murillo who turned the tables as the fight wore on, overpowering Perez on the ground and pounding his way to a TKO victory in the third round.

Other standouts on the MMA side of the card were bodybuilder-turned-fighter Brian Christina, who won his debut fight with a powerful TKO victory over fellow heavyweight Justin Cohee. Pat James also looked impressive in his win over Justin’s brother, Lonny Cohee, as both fighters made their professional debuts.

The fight team of UFC veteran Brad Gumm also impressed with both of their fighters, as Chris Camozzi in his professional debut and Kris Hartman in his fight debut both scored TKO victories.


This was one of the first MMA shows in Colorado under the new “no amateur MMA” guidelines. That is a bit confusing and may even be a bit of a misnomer, as there are non-professional MMA bouts, but those bouts and fighters are now classified in Colorado under the term “elimination.”

We will get further into the issue, but the gist of it is that, in the past, amateur MMA fighters in Colorado did not have to be licensed by the state, and amateur bouts did not have to be sanctioned by the state (just by any recognized sanctioning body). The newly revised rules require all mixed martial artists to be licensed by the state, and for all “amateur” events to be sanctioned and overseen by Colorado’s boxing commission. Under these guidelines, the bouts and fighters are no longer considered “amateur,” but now are termed “elimination” bouts and fighters.

We’ll have more on this issue in the coming days.

Professional MMA Results

-Adam Bobay def. Jose Luis Murillo by unanimous decision after two rounds

-Rex Payne def. Pete Vandervort by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:16 of Round 1

-Chris Camozzi def. Damon Clark by TKO at 3:03 of Round 1

-Pat James def. Lonny Cohee by KO at 2:42 of Round 1

“Elimination” MMA Results

-Kris Hartman def. Edwin Bonayon by TKO at 3:44 of Round 1

-Brian Christina def. Justin Cohee by TKO at 3:30 of Round 1

-Abraham Gevshenian def. Ian Hlatky by submission (triangle choke) at 2:25 of Round 1

-Jamie Addie def. Steve Gaylord by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:34 of Round 1

-Victor Murillo def. Sergio Perez by TKO at 1:49 of Round 3

Modified Muay Thai Kickboxing Results (all amateur)

-ISKA USA Title bout: Jack Johnson def. Stepan Zeytunyan by majority decision after four rounds

-Roberto Rodriguez def. Jamie Schoen by majority decision after three rounds

-Lacey Whitlatch def. Melissa Secrease by unanimous decision after three rounds