Review & Photos by Brian Robertson for MMAWeekly.com
(Photos courtesy of Brian Robertson – MMAStation.com)
SAN DIEGO – The 28th installment of Total Combat was again an amazing event. The show was seven fights of non-stop action with some solid up-and-coming fighters.
The main event of the night was filled with flurries of punches from heavyweight prospect Joey Beltran of North County Fight Club, as he successfully stopped Phil Friedman of Xtreme Couture in just 50 seconds of round one.
In the most controversial fight of the night, Joshric Fenwick of San Diego
Fight Club battled to a draw against Alliance MMA’s Rolando Perez due to a point deduction for a head-butt by Fenwick. Fenwick escaped three deep armbars that had him in a desperate position. Each time, he reversed and unleashed a decent ground and pound attack. Perez was clearly the crowd favorite and displayed some lighting fast hands and some devastating kicks. Fenwick put on a wrestling clinic virtually taking down Perez at will, but was no match for the speed of Perez standing.
Fight of the Night honors go to Nick Garcia, making his pro debut out of North County Fight Club, and Kevin Dunsmoor of The Boxing Zone. These bantamweights put on an aggressive back and forth battle. They traded punches and rapidly changed positions on the ground the entire fight. In the third round, it appeared that Garcia had the fight won with a guillotine choke, but Dunsmoor slid out, eventually mounted Garcia and unleashed a flurry of punches. Dunsmoor took the fight by unanimous decision, but it was much closer than the scorecards suggested.
As a side note, Garcia was taken to the hospital after the fight due to a concussion.
Joe Nichols of Leverage MMA made short work of Kris Kohl as the referee stopped the fight at 2:58 of round one due to strikes.
In other action, David Espinoza of Pacific Martial Arts needed only 59 seconds to defeat Jason Henshaw, who was making his pro debut. Henshaw, from Undisputed, succumbed to a north-south choke following a slam.
Fighting out of Dojo Americana, Mark Olsen won his pro debut by defeating
Beau King of Team Quest. He utilized an effective ground and pound attack in the second round that caused the referee to stop the fight.
Jose Rodriguez of North County Fight Club easily defeated Paul Almanza of Hostility MMA in Ventura. Almanza wanted no part of Rodriguez standing and repeatedly fell to the mat after a few strikes in hopes of a ground battle.
-Joey Beltran def. Phil Friedman by TKO (Strikes) at 0:50, R1
-Joe Nicholas def. Kris Kohls by TKO (Strikes) at 2:58, R1
-Joshric Fenwick drew with Rolando Perez, R3
-Kevin Dunsmoor def. Nick Garcia by Unanimous Decision, R3
-David Espinoza def. Jason Henshaw by Submission (North-South Choke) at 0:59, R1
-Jose Rodriguez def. Paul Almanza by TKO (Strikes) at 1:54, R2
-Mark Olsen def. Beau King by TKO (Strikes) at 0:35, R2