Earlier this year UMMAXX CEO Tom Yerace brought the concept of bringing in top level talent from other regions to face Ohio’s top fighters. Apparently it is working and it is allowing UMMAXX to stand apart from their competitors. This past Saturday night the Medina Community Center played host to UMMAXX 9, and a packed house. Matchmaker and UFC vet Josh “Heavy” Hendricks did a great job reaching outside of Ohio to match up fighters he hadn’t seen in action with those he sees regularly.
The night started off with Fall River, Ma/Team Gillett amateur Jay Greenberg winning a unanimous decision over Ohio’s Chad Booth. Greenberg got in trouble early by getting mounted, then giving up his back, Booth sunk in a deep RNC but Greenberg showed tremendous heart by battling his way out. From that point on it was all Greenberg as he used his definitive reach advantage to pick Booth apart with his jab. Booth himself proved to have a good chin and showed no quit. Greenberg is now 1-0. Also fighting out of Team Gillett was Brazilian Kaline Medeiros. Medeiros took on Evolve MMA’s Shannon “Pretty Pink” Floyd out of Ohio. This was in my opinion the fight-of-the-night. Both women were completely content to slug it out. Medeiros was landing the bigger shots and seemed to be stronger but Floyd was no slouch. In the 3rd round Medeiros was able to get a big slam but Floyd was able to get back to her feet only to be dropped by a big right. Medeiros then pounced on her fallen opponent and finished her with unanswered shots. Medeiros improves to 1-1.
In other amateur action, Ohio’s Darren Branch defeated N.Carolina’s Ryan Conn by RNC. Branch was able to survive a brutal spinning back fist by Conn, once he collected his thoughts he worked for the submission and sunk it in. Evolve MMA’s Joe Foutty defeated Roger Frydrydoski by KO in rd 1. Tony Dipiero TKO’d Keith Shinn in round 1. Jonny Murphy submitted Brian Dressler in round 1, earning submission-of-the-night. Ricky Garrett won via TKO in round 1 over Brandon Walker.
In pro action, Ohio’s Torrence Taylor defeated N.Carolina’s Matt Covan by TKO in the 1st round. It was a spirited fight which earned the two combatants fight-of-the-night. The most anticipated bout of the evening pitted Ohio’s #1 ranked featherweight Cody Stevens, against New England’s #1 ranked featherweight Jason McLean. The match would be short lived however. Stevens an accomplished Muay Thai fighter, threw a leg kick in the first exchange of the fight, when McLean checked the kick the sound of a bone snapping could be heard from the back of the building. Stevens broke the Tibula and Fibula bones in his lower leg. McLean is now granted a shot at the UMMAXX featherweight title. Another fighter with New England roots was Chandler Holderness. Holderness took on the very dangerous UFC vet Ryan “The Lion” Madigan. Had this fight stayed standing the advantage would go to the World Champion Kickboxer Madigan but Holdernes was well aware of this and took the fight to the ground. Once on top Holderness controlled Madigan’s arms and pounded away until the ref was forced to step in. Holderness wins by TKO in round #1. Coming off a loss to former UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia, Jason Riley was able to get back to his winning ways with a TKO victory over Joel Wyatt in round 2. The win gives Riley a shot at the heavyweight title. Speaking of the heavyweight title.. Joe McCall took home the belt and KO of the night with his win over Patrick Barrantine. This sets up a McCall vs Riley heavyweight title fight for UMMAXX 10 which will take place on February 27th.
UMMAXX 9 was a great event with some very exciting match-ups. It’s always good to see fighters from different regions compete and UMMAXX allows the fans to see that. I expect big things from this promotion in the years to come!