Dominion Warrior made their first-ever MMA promotion in Texas an exciting one as large, vocal, throng of fight fans descended upon the Plano Centre in Plano, TX to witness the 12-bout card.
In the evening’s main event Saekson fighter Charles Byrd walked away with the Dominion Warrior welterweight title with a dominating performance over local icon Ira “Hurricane” Boyd. After some early tentative moments Byrd struck first with a trip takedown that allowed him to quickly slip in an arm triangle choke that forced Boyd to tap.
The official time of the submission was 2:11 in round one.
The official Following the fight Boyd announced his retirement from the sport after twelve years of being a professional fighter.
Javier Obregon survived some rocky moments in his bout with Austin’s Derrick O’Neil to emerge with a firs round rear naked choke victory. O’Neil came out firing some punishing kicks that prompted Obregon to take the fight to the ground. After some moments of jockeying for position Obregon was able to take O’Neil’s back and slip in the rear naked choke.
The official time of the submission was 4:47 in the opening round.
In spirited battle Saekson’s Albert Borcado was able to submit Joe Leyendecker with a second round arm bar. Not wanting to stand and trade with a trained muay thai fighter, Leyendecker quickly looked to take the fight to the ground. However, on the ground Borcado displayed some superb jiu-jitsu chaining submission after submission on Leyendecker in the opening round. Credit has to be given to Leyendecker for never relenting to Borcado’s attacks in the opening round. However, Leyendecker’s luck would soon run out in the second as Borcado gets the fight on the ground and after threatening with a kimura, slipped in an arm bar that forced the tap.
Vaughn Govia and Marin Moreno engaged in bloody, grinding fight that boiled down to a battle of wills. Moreno had Govia hurt early with some kicks in the opening round but Govia was able to rally back to finish the round strong. Govia was able to open up a nasty cut over Moreno’s cheek with some devastating elbows from the mount. Govia controlled the action but Moreno never stopped coming even catching Govia in a nasty triangle. Still, it was Govia who continued to land the cleaner, more effective shots and in the end it was this aggression that propelled him to victory via unanimous decision.
The judges’ scorecards read 299-28, 29-28, and 30-27 all in favor of Govia.
Phalanx MMA’s Alex Madrid weathered an early assault from Houston’s Yonny Osuna to rally back for a second round submission victory. Osuna had success early in the fight winging wild, albeit hard, hooks that caught Madrid off guard and put him on the defensive. Madrid would close out the round with some sneaky knees from the clinch. Osuna again came out aggressive to start the second round but this time Madrid seemed prepared for the attack and landed a perfect counter straight right hand that put Osuna’s lights out. Osuna was clearly out but recovered quickly and Madrid, having followed Osuna to the ground, was then forced to end the fight definitively by slipping a rear naked choke that forced the Osuna tap.
The official time of the submission was 0:52 in round two.
A bit of comedy ensued Saturday night when heavyweights Julian Walters and Randy Reyes apparently forgot to wait for the pre-fight instructions and went to trading leather prior to the bell ringing. The overanxious fighters drew laughter from everyone, including themselves. However, once the fight was officially underway things got less fun for Reyes who was was beaten throughout the round by some vicious knees and punches from the much taller Walters. Round two faired even worse for Reyes who after slipping from thrown a kicks was caught in a Walters Americana that forced him to tap.
The official time of the submission was 0:25 in the second round.
Austin’s Cameron Martin needed little time in disposing of the inexperienced Jesse Riley in one round. At the start of the round Riley shot in for a double leg takedown but Martin immediately caught him in a guillotine. After repositioning the hold Martin was able to for Riley to tap as a result of the standing guillotine.
The official time of the submission was 0:44 in the opening round.
In a demonstration of heart and attrition Brandon Mitchell scored a second round TKO victory over Houston’s Daniel Rodriguez. From the onset it appeared that Mitchell’s muay thai would be too much for Rodriguez who ate an uncanny amount of punishment from Mitchell’s powerful kicks and devastating knee strikes while in the clinch. Mitchell even scored repeatedly with a few flying knees. However, Rodriguez would no go quietly and managed to rally back to rock Mitchell with some looping hooks while held in the clinch. Though rocked, Mitchell would come out at the start of the second round like a man possessed. Unleashing an unrelenting barrage of punches Mitchell effectively beat Rodriguez into submission as the referee was forced to jump in to stop the fight.
The official time of the stoppage was 0:35 in round two.
Saekson fighter Ivan Cole inarguably sealed up “Knockout of the Year” honors here in North Texas following his highlight reel head kick knockout of Gino Escamilla. The awe-inspiring end came at the end of a very competitive fight as Escamilla used his superior ground skills to control the pace early on. However, Cole would come back strong in the second round getting the mount and scoring with some punches and elbows from the mount. But then the third round came and in one fluid motion Cole launched a picture perfect head kick that landed with such authority that the sound of foot on face reverberated in the convention center. Escamilla went down like a ton of bricks but was soon able to leave the cage under his own power.
The official time of the knockout was 2:11 in the third round.
Heavyweights Hernan Porras and Raul Ponce put on a wild, albeit brief, slugfest with Houston’s Porras emerging victorious. After both fighters took turns trading leather and knees in the clinch, Porras connected with a thunderous right hand that backed Ponce up. On unsteady legs Ponce slipped and Porras immediately leapt on the opportunity and battered Ponce with a barrage of hammer fists until the referee was forced to jump in and save Ponce from further punishment.
The official time of the stoppage was 1:18 in the first round.
Muay Thai striker Rohan Mitchell, fighting out of Dominion Gym, made his pro debut a successful one as he put on a clinic on using the knee in the clinch to batter David Cortez. After being softened up by Mitchell’s punishing knees, Cortez went down from a brutal body kick that forced the referee to waive off the fight.
The official time of the stoppage was 0:41 in the first round.
In the night’s opening bout, Octagon MMA’s Jesse Palmer made short work of Harold Baxley fighting out of Houston. After Palmer landed a straight right and immediately followed it up with a quick takedown. A high-caliber jiu-jitsu fighter, Palmer immediately took full mount where a quick barrage of punches forced Baxley to give up his back and succumb to the rear naked choke.
The official time of the submission was 1:30 in the opening round.