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Payant KO’s Borga, Quinones wins decision at Premier FC 25

By Brian Woodman Jr.

(March 10 -- Agawam, MA) Sarah Payant (3-4) defeated Jessica Borga (0-1) in a 135-pound bout before a boisterous crowd at the Chez Josef dining hall, which hosted Premier FC 25. Payant, who trains at Champions MMA, earned the win by TKO due to strikes at 1:33 in the second round of the main event.
    Payant dominated the fight, clinching with Borga and bringing her to the ground early in the fight. But Borga, who has a 5-2 amateur record and trains at Gladiator BJJ, went for an arm bar twice as they rolled during the first round. Payant, who was in and out of Borga’s closed guard, managed to get a bully mount during the second round and launched a ground-and-pound attack that prompted the referee to wave the fight off. 
    The previous fight was also a women’s bout -- a 120-pound fight between Destiny Quinones (1-0) and Lisa Blaine (2-1). Quinones, who trains at Next Level MMA, won by unanimous decision. Quinones generally dominated the ground-heavy fight, ending the first round with an arm bar attempt and attempting a rear naked choke during the second. Blaine, who trains at Ultimate MMA, attempted a few guillotines during the course of the fight.
    Quinones ducked under a spinning back fist during the third round and attempted a double leg takedown that Blaine countered with sprawling. 
    In a twist of sorts, both of the women’s fights featured a ring card guy instead of a ring card girl.

Jessica Borga, left, versus Sarah Payant during Premier FC 25.
Photo by John Fulcher
Lisa Blaine, left, versus Destiny Quinones at Chez Josef on March 10.
Photo by John Fulcher
    The main card opened with a 185 pound fight between Jesus Cintron ( 1-0) of Team Old School and Reginaldo Felix (2-2) of Team Link. Felix clinched with Cintron, went to the ground with him, started to ground-and-pound and won at :59 in the first round by TKO due to strikes.
    The bout originally scheduled to open up the second part of the evening was a 155-pound bout between Alex Ortiz (0-0) of Golden Falcon and Keenan Raymond of RCBJJ. “I was ready,” said Ortiz regarding the scratched fight as he engaged in a little trash-talk and braggadocio following the announcement.
    The next fight, a 170-pound bout between Rodolfo Barcellos (1-0) of Xtreme Ambition and Myles Reid (0-3), took an interesting turn. Reid, who trains with Team Old School, caught at least three of Barcellos’s kicks, pouncing on him a couple of times and actually permitting him to get back up to strike at one point. But Barcellos went to the ground and engaged a standing Myles, securing a submission by heel hook at 1:52 in the first round.
    The evening started with seven amateur fights.
    The first was a 180-pound bout between Anthony Benavides (2-0) of Ultimate MMA and Nick Fernandez (0-1) of Battlecrew MMA. Benevides generally dominated the fight, bringing Fernandez to the ground during each round and attempting ground-and-pound attacks after clinching with him against the fence. Fernandez briefly turned the tables during the third round and attempted some ground-and-pound but it was not enough and Benevides won by unanimous decision.
    Chris Almestica of Team Link made quick work Austin Schalla from Dexters during the 155-pound bout that followed. Almestica submitted Schalla at 1:20 in the first round with a rear naked choke. 
    Kevin Braga (1-0) of SSSF earned an unanimous decision over Blaze Robinson (0-3) of Team Ravenous during a 130-pound bout. Braga attempted to drop bombs from inside Robinson’s half guard during the first round and wound up in his full guard during the second after attempting to take his back. Robinson stepped up the pace after the referee stood the fighters up during the third round, launching a punching combination to the body but Braga brought him to the ground again and wound up on top as the fight ended. The judges scored it 29-28.
    Billy Goff (2-1) of Dexter Vale Tudo defeated Harrison Adamo (no record provided) of Ultimate MMA by TKO at 1:28 in the second round. Goff fought at 160 pounds while Adamo was contracted for between 150 and 155.
    Adamo attempted a bully mount with ground-and-pound as the first round ended. But the referee stopped the fight during the second round as Goff rained bombs on Adamo.
    The next fight, a 185-pound bout between Jideofor Ojukwu (1-1) of SSSF and Yi Ju (1-1) of Team Radical, ended in obvious controversy. Ju unleashed a punching combination that put Ojukwu visibly off balance and prompted the referee to end the fight at:29 in the second round. But a conscious Ojukwu threw his hands up and expressed disbelief and what he clearly considered to be an early stoppage. The crowd booed loudly at the outcome.
    Kenny Campion (3-3) of Golden Falcon earned an unanimous decision over Justin Kristie (2-3) of Ultimate MMA during a 140-pound bout. He started the second round but dropping Kristie with a straight high kick and pouncing on him to attempt some ground-and-pound, Kristie attempted to counter with a leg triangle. Champions wound up in Kristie’s half guard and tried for bombs as the round ended. 
    Kristie slipped another high kick by Champions during the third round and grabbed his waist, bringing him to the ground and engaging in vigorous rolling. The fight went back and forth from there with Kristie attempting two submissions and Champions going for ground-and-pound.
    The last amateur fight, a 165-pound bout, ended quickly. Local favorite Aaron Reverdez (2-1) of Team Juniko volume-punched his way to knocking out Jason Showers (2-7) of Xtreme Ambition at :52 in the first round. 

Correction: Sarah Payant trains at Gladiator BJJ and Jessica Borga trains at Champions. This was not correctly reported in our story and we regret the error.
AMMO Fight League: House of Pain
MMA event of St. Patty’s Day

MMA fighters Ryan Sanders and Jon Manley
Ryan Sanders kicks Jon Manley during the main event at AMMO Fight League: House of Pain, which was held on March 17 at the Big E in West Springfield. Manley won the fight by unanimous decision.
Photo by John Fulcher
By Brian Woodman Jr.

(March 17 -- West Springfield, MA) A professional 170-pound bout between Jon Manley (11-4) and Ryan Sanders (15-9) headlined AMMO Fight League’s latest MMA event at the Big E. The organization scratched a 205-pounf fight between William Knight and Wesley Hall, which was the event’s only other scheduled bout, due to what promoter Bill Vigil (AKA Bill Idol) described as a problem with one of the fighters making weight.
   The evening also included 10 amateur MMA fights and four submission-only grappling bouts.
   Manley, who runs his own martial arts school in Easthampton, MA, earned an unanimous decision over Sanders after three five-minute rounds that went back and forth. Sanders, who trains at Young’s MMA, landed a few solid high kicks to the face during the fight and both fighters exchanged strikes. But Manley used his wrestling skills and a few punching combinations to generally remain in a dominant position.
   The main card opened with a featherweight bout between Jacon Strohman of Fighting Arts Academy and Jose Hercules of Thornton Martial Arts -- both of whom were making their debuts. Strohman lifted and dropped Hercules before getting a bully mount and punching his way to a first-round TKO at 2:48.
   Demetrius Plaza (2-0) of Black Hole Jiu-Jitsu secured a win over Jonathan Colon (0-1) of Plus One Defense during a welterweight bout, submitting him by arm bar at 2:04 in the third round. Plaza brought Colon to the ground with a double-leg takedown in the first round and attempted a rear naked choke. Plaza took Colon down twice during the following round -- Colon attempted a guillotine choke from the ground but Plaza generally dominated the round. Plaza caught a kick from Colon during the final round and threw him before winning the bout.
   Casey Norton (2-0) of Thornton Martial Arts earned an unanimous decision over Broderick Matticks (0-1) during a flyweight bout. Matticks wound up in Norton’s open guard during the first round and eventually attempted a guillotine while Norton attempted a leg triangle. Norton picked up and dropped Matticks during the second round -- he wound up on top and attempted body shots from the top as the round ended. The third round opened with Matticks attempting a guillotine as the fight went to the ground and ended with both fighters on the ground.
   Jordan Butler (1-0) made quick work of Fenix BJJ’s Joao Da Silva, winning by TKO at :26 in the first round.
   Jeremy Woolfolk (1-0) of Shark Zone defeated Jon Gruber (2-2) by unanimous decision. Woolfolk generally dominated the heavyweight bout, during which Gruber received a warning from the referee after hitting his opponent in the cup. Gruber attempted a few spinning back fists and actively engaged in the striking exchanges, while Woolfolk leaned towards power punches and ground-and-pound. 
   Shawn Rego (1-0) of the Regiment Training Center defeated Steve Romano (0-2, according to Tapology.com) of Thunder MMA by TKO at 1:56 in the second round during a lightweight bout. Rego lost his mouth guard at one point, prompting a referee’s stoppage, but he took Romano down twice and attempted ground-and-pound. Rego kneed Romano’s legs in the clinch during the second round before lifting over his shoulder and slamming him into the may. The referee waved the fight off and a ringside physician examined Romano.
   Jason Francisco defeated Meylis Charyyew (both 2-1, based on information from Tapology.com) by majority decision, with one judge ruling the 185-pound bout a draw. Francisco brought Charyyew down twice during the first round, with single and double-leg takedowns, but both fighters came off well during the striking exchanges. Francisco took Charyyew’s back during the second round and almost got a guillotine -- Charyyew wound up on top as the round ended. The referee deducted a point from Charyyew during the third round and the fight went to the ground again.
   The next bout was contracted at 148 pounds, according to information from the promoters. Sam Ayers of Fighting Arts Academy (2-1, based on information from Tapology.com) earned an unanimous decision win over Brando Rose (0-1) of Punishment Striking. 
   Rose brought Ayers to the ground during the first round -- Ayers wound up on tiop and mounted a ground-and-pound attack as it ended. During the second round, Rose landed decent shots before the two fighters clinched. Ayers landed a straight shot to the jaw and a lower leg kick as the third round opened -- after some clinching Ayers lifted Rose and dropped as the round ended.
   The next fight was an energetic flyweight bout between David Durao (1-1) of Underdog BJJ and Matt Franco (0-1). 
   Durao knocked Franco to the ground during the second round but had to avoid a heel hook attempt. He took Franco down with a double-leg attempt as the second round ended. He repeated this at the end of the third and won by split decision.
   The next fight was for the organization’s welterweight belt. It ended with a visibly exhausted Angelo Richardson of Golden Falcon submitting Elias Morales by rear naked choke at :43 in the third round. Richardson struggled to get a dominant position during the first two rounds but after a striking exchange during the third they cinched -- they wound up on the ground and Richardson secured the win from the bottom.
   The grappling matches preceded the MMA bouts.
   Fabio Rivera Nicholas Caggia submitted Fabio Rivera during the first match by kimura via side control.
   The next matches (Kyle Hodgdon versus Kevin Shaughnessy and Isabella Bruno versus Liko Rhines) ended in a draw. Gianna Ganiele submitted Cadence Nadaal by arm bar during the final match.
   The promotion cancelled a match between Gabriel Souza and Ray Shawdee.

Editorial correction: Casey Norton is from Team Thunder MMA. Broderick Matticks is from Thornton's. This was incorrectly reported and we regret the error.