Euclid, Ohio

Three of New Englands top fighters in their respective weight-classes found success in Euclid, Ohio at UMMAXX 10. Nate Kittredge and Glenn Brown of The Green Mountain Boys and Jason McLean all won against some of the top fighters Ohio has to offer. Brown and McLean took home titles while Kittredge’s bout was a non-title fight. Kittredge got things started with what was arguably the fight-of-the-night in a 3 round war with Matt Masterson. While the stand-up action was fairly close, Kittredge controlled the ground game and the judges awarded him the split decision.

Jason McLean, who is the American Fighting Organization featherweight champion, added another title to his resume as he defeated Paul “Str8 Outta” Compton (TKO) with a devastating head kick in the 1st rd. McLean is quickly getting a reputation as one of the better featherweights NOT in the WEC but that may be changing soon!

Coming off the biggest win of his career over John Benoit, Glenn Brown looked equally impressive over the very tough Torrance “The Tyrant” Taylor. Like the Kittredge/Masterson fight this was another all out war, only this was a 5 rounder for the lightweight title. Brown’s game-plan was to avoid the devastating kicks of Taylor’s and use his wrestling to control the ground game which he was able to do for the most part. Taylor was able to land  kicks to Brown’s legs as the fight got into the latter rounds which appeared to be taking it’s toll but Brown was still able to shoot for takedowns and control the fight on the ground. It was enough for the judges to declare Brown the split decision winner and NEW UMMAXX lightweight champion.

This was by far one of the best regional shows I’ve been to. The matchmaking from UFC vet Josh ‘Heavy’ Hendricks was outstanding, from the amateurs to the title fights, they were all evenly matched. I wish some of the New England promotions would follow suit by bringing in top tier talent from out of state.