by M.R. Hicks
RAHWAY, NEW JERSEY – GHK Productions puts on some great shows. Rumble In Rahway II was no different. There was an obvious determination in the air as amateur fighters from the tri-state left their gyms and attempted to see if all those hours of training paid off.

The night started with a bang as Ryan Vernay (Evolution MA) took on Ryan Ringi (United MMA) in a heavy handed bout that ended within the first minute of the second round by way of TKO due to strikes in favor of Ringi.

The next fight between Jorge Makdissi (hand2hand) and Mike Prokop (Rhino Fight Team) went the distance resulting in a victory for Prokop. The big boys followed and came out swinging when Super Heavyweights Mike Tenny (Pitts Pen) won via split decision against Shane Dever (Rhino Fight Team). William Mayorga (Planet Jiu Jitsu) got the decision over Robert Peach (Team MFS/Daddis). The judges were working overtime as Anthony Rodriguez (Cornerstone MA) took the decision over Chris Pagotto (Bangor Vee Jitsu).

In one of the more intense bouts of the night, Super Lightweight Nick Maurillo (Planet Jiu Jitsu) put a vicious armbar on Steve Onaszko (Ultimate Dragon MMA) ending the match early in round 1.

The Referee stopped the Cruiserweight match between Derrick Strong (Campbell’s kickboxing) and Daniel Akinyemi (Rhino Fight Team) due to a cut over Campbell’s eye early in round 1.

Matt Makowski (Team MFS/Daddis) set a match winning rear naked choke on Robert Gittens (Hawk Frazier) in round 3. Tom Brown (Pitts Pen) lost to Erik Luker (Planet Jiu Jitsu). After a number of submission attempts by Luker went unsuccessful – he eventually caught Brown in a rear naked choke that won him the fight in round 2.

Joe Cargado (Team MFS/Daddis) won by way of split decision against Dennis Toral (Rhino Fight Team) as the judges once again were called upon to earn their money. Al Laquinta (Thaisport) gave David Elias (Core MA) a Jiu Jitsu lesson in armbars ending their fight in round 3 and Francis Evans (Team Maxersize) and Jeremiah Lormand (Evolution MA) went the distance resulting in a win for Evans.

The USKBA Amateur Super Welterweight North East Championship was what we were all waiting for. Pitts Pen’s own Ryan Broderick put up a valiant fight but was clearly dominated by Modern MA fighter Matt McManmon. Broderick spent the majority of the fight on his back as McManmon steadily scored points. It was a fairly uneventful match, but a good time was still had by all.