03-06-2006, 03:18 PM
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MFC 6 Boardwalk Blitz review
Mixed Fighting Championship 6
Boardwalk Blitz Review
In an event plagued by injury and illness, Mixed Fighting Championship succeeded in putting together an exciting and entertaining show. Losses from the show began long before the day of the event with the delay of the first MFC title belt due to a knee injury for contender Eddie Alvarez. Held in a new venue, Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, problems continued when the highly anticipated fight between UFC veteran, Din Thomas and Ryan Healy fell apart as Healy came down with a staph infection.
The action began quickly with Steve Bruno facing Landon Showalter in one of the night's best bouts. Showalter held the edge going to the judges, even though the fight went back and forth with Bruno giving an impressive showing. The night continued with several standout matches including a lightning fast wins by Franklin Ferrer over Jason Byrd by TKO, and Nardu Debrah beating Rob Roy by a speedy submission.
Derrick Noble who stepped up to face Prater for a shot at Alvarez in June. While the match was very close, Prater couldn't impose his game plan on Noble who took the fight to the ground, and prevented Prater from mounting an offensive. Noble won a unanimous decision on the judge's cards and a title shot in June.
Controversial, but entertaining, Bloody Knux regular, Beau "OMA" Taylor, was on hand to corner Tulsa Top Team Matt Wiman in a lackluster bout against UFC veteran Nick Agallar. Journeyman Agallar showed his fighting skills controlling Wiman, and doing just enough to ensure a victory, while never taking any chances to end the fight. Unable to launch an offensive, Wiman seemed worn down by frustration as much as anything his opponent threw at him by way of counter punches. The judges sided with Agallar who earned the victory, but failed to entertain the fans.
The first round of John Kolosci facing Marco Ruas Vale Tudo fighter, Eric Tavares, showed the Brazilian's technique including trademark Ruas foot stomps. The American weathered the storm, and after a dominant first round, Tavares faltered. Kolosci fought back hard, winning a TKO through sheer heart.
Easily the fight of the night came in MFC's first ladies bout, with Tara LaRosa facing Roxanne Modafferri who holds 2 victories over the opponent responsible for LaRosa's only loss, Jennifer Howe. LaRosa came out with something to prove, but Modafferri showed the strength of her chin, surviving heavy hands, taking LaRosa to the mat. On the ground LaRosa showed her grit powering out of tight submissions and battering her opponent with a constant barrage of blows. Both warriors fought their hearts out, but in the end LaRosa's strength and athleticism trumped Modafferri's technique and toughness in the eyes of the judges.
The night continued with some exciting matches and a quick victory's by MFC veteran Jay Jack, but the night ended on a low point. Fight Factory's Stephen Haigh faced Matt "Sung" Lee, in a match that looked on paper to be exciting, but rang hollow in the ring. Stephen and Matt's similar styles led to cautious exchanges and a second round draw. The judges elected to see a third round, but with the exception of a few flurries by Lee resembled a fighter shadow boxing. Lee's judges decision victory proves the adage that styles make fights, and opponents perfectly matched can lead to a unexciting stalemate.
Outside of the thrills in the ring, MFC also released their fourth DVD. If USA versus Japan lives up to the production quality of their previous releases, it will be a must have for any mixed martial arts fan. In spite of challenges to the card and venue, Mixed Fighting Championship's sixth show delivered. Several great matches set up excitement for future shows, June promises to bring the best of MMA back to Atlantic City with their next event.
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Last edited by Johnny Toetags : 03-06-2006 at 03:24 PM.