Baroness Emma Orczy, probably most famously known as being the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel, once said, "A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate."
Since she died in 1947, there's a good chance that she wasn't talking about crowds at a mixed martial arts fight. Or she was just really ahead of her time.
That's not my indictment of MMA fans, far from it, it is the that small number, that lone voice in the crowd during a fight who yells for their favorite fighter to "get up!" or "hit him!" regardless of position or even plausibility.
There was a time when I, being amongst the masses, thought it was the spectators that were the civilized ones, sitting back in comfort with little risk of getting punches as the animals fought in their cages. Or something like that.
There was a time when I didn't like women's MMA. Even the idea of WMMA was unsettling to me. I didn't want women to fight. I wanted them to be the sensible ones, leaving the fighting to men who either didn't know any better or who were just working to get over their own childhood issues.
Women were supposed to be the gentler sex. And I didn't think that trying to be sexist, it just worked out that way.
I'm sitting her watching and covering the fights not because of the 16 men's fights on the card, but because of the 5 women's fights on the card. Now I'm facinated by the drive for women to step into the cage. I sit in admiration as I know how much harder they need to work to even get noticed or just to keep up in MMA gyms comprised mainly, if not soley, of male fighters.
Now I just dig watching two chicks try to mess each other up. Women are finishers. They have a different kind of drive not so scared about a loss or a need to just grind it out and hope to win the judges. They throw hands and try to mess each other up.
I dig that. I wish more men fought like women.
So I sit out here with the savages talking about what they would do different and how some fighter sucks because of a reason that is so asinine that I can't help but shake my head. At least 95% of the crowd is enthusiastic and respectful, but those 5%... well, the Baroness appreciates you proving her point.
Why did I write all that? I think I drink too much. Or not enough.
AMATEUR UNDERCARD (3 minute rounds)
Micah Roberts vs Sam Khom (145)
Round 1) Knom just barely avoids throwing a knee as Roberts extends his glove for the tap. They exchange strikes and Khom ends up in top half guard...I think, sorry, stopped paying attention there for a second. Roberts quickly takes control as Khom stands and gets the double leg takedown. Khom is outclassed on the ground and Roberts is able to transition to an armbar. Khom doesn't tap, but yells out in pain and the ref stops the fight. Khom still holds his arm as the results are announced.
Results: Micah Roberts defeated Sam Khom via armbar at 2:!0 of the 1st round.
Richard Welch vs Khaled Afara (125)
Round 1) Richard starts out with a spinning back kick, completely underestimating the size of the cage. Khaled closes the distance and starts to throw punches. Welch with a front kick that misses, but gets the takedown, going for an arm-in guillotine...still going...still going...
Round 2) Khaled doesn't want to turn it into a wrestling match and starts throwing heavy hands that get Welch to turn his back. Khaled clinches and gets the fight to the ground, going for his own arm-in guillotine. Khaled, however, is able to get a hook and turn him over to mount, still going for the arm-in. Some punches, another arm-in, it's Khaled's round.
Round 3) Again Khaled comes out with heavy hands and closes the distances into closed guard. Welch is going for an arm-in and holding...and holding...Khaled gets free and looks pissed, demanding Richard stand up, Richard does, throws a kick, gets it caught and eats a punch as Khaled ends the match with a takedown.
Results: Khaled Afara defeats Richard Welch via unanimous decision (30-27 on all)
Jahan Galehdari vs. Bob Howden (145)
Round 1) Jahan (not going to spell his last name over and over again) is giving up a lot of height and reach and Howden exploits it early. Jahan is forced to close the distance and take the fight to the ground. Howden turtles, but Jahan is unable to get hooks and Howden reversed the position and gets mount. The round ends with Jahan in half guard.
Round 2) Jahan opens up with a takedown and lands in Howden's full guard. Howden works for a triangle and Jahan is able to pull his head out. Howden switches to an omoplata and is able to roll Jahan to bottom side control. Jahan is in trouble for most of the round as Howden controls the pace on the ground.
Round 3)... it just didn't look good for Jahan. What do you want from me? I wasn't taking notes when I watched it and I can't remember the third round, but I think Jahan lost it.
Results: Bob Howden defeats Jahan Galehdari via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Sam Nelson vs. Ed Albrecht (145)
Round 1) Nelson comes out with a muay thai stance and starts working combinations. Albrecht retreats and looks a little slow off the punch...oh...oh...about two minutes into the fight it has become fairly clear that Nelson came with full intentions of making this a muay thai match and Albrecht doesn't appear to know muay thai. This is rough and Albrecht is saved by the end of a three minute round.
Round 2) Yup, still a muay thai fight. Yup, Nelson is still winning.
Round 3) More muay thai... and Nelson walks away, holding his butt...huh? Ah, evidently Nelson was kicked “right in the butthole”. Is there anyone out there that has that sound byte? Please!? Anyway, there's a takedown at the end, I'm no sure who did it. It doesn't matter. Sorry, it just doesn't
Results: Sam Nelson defeats Ed Albrecht via unanimous decision (30-27 on all)
Rey Trevino vs. Erik Diaz (195)
Round 1) So, there's these two big white guys fighting, I'm a little surprised it is a 195 fight... Okay, I'm not gonna lie to you, I missed which was which, so I'll just wait until there are results.
Results: Erik Diaz defeates Rey Trevino via submission due to armbar at 2:53 of the 3rd round (handily)... I feel a little bad not giving Diaz more attention, he controlled the fight start to end. A really strong performance.
Jay Paulson vs. Lucas Luloff (170)
Round 1) Okay, I'm in the announcers chair. All you get is results. Typing and talking is hard.
Results: Jay Paulson defeats Lucas Luloff via submission due to triangle at 2:32 of the 1st round
Post fight thought: Paulson came out like an animal, took a HUGE chance standing up when he was in an armbar instead of stacking and nearly got tapped out, but credit to him escaping and immediately setting up a triangle.
Charles Anozie vs. Sam Hernandez (145)
Results: Charles Anozie defeats Sam Hernandez via submission due to rear naked choke at 1:36 of the 3rd round
Post fight thought: Charlie seemed to look past several opportunities to get back control in the first two rounds, but still, he finished strong and got the submission. Can't really s*** on that.
Jacob Pouliot vs Juan Pablo Hernandez (145)
Results: Juan Pablo Hernandez defeats Jacob Puiliot via TKO at :27 of the 2nd round
Post-fight Thought: Make no mistake, that wasn't a TKO, Pouliot was out on his feet with that overhand right and Hernandez might have ended the first round 10-8 with some BRUTAL shots.
Cipriano Sanapaw vs. Caleb Merth (135)
Results: Caleb Merth defeats Cipriano Sanapaw via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Post-FIght: After the first two rounds the fight was split at a round a piece, but Caleb was able to put it together and control the third round. Easily the fight of the night so far.
Dakota Gray vs. Colton Pasvogel (155)
Results: Colton Pasvogel defeats Dakota Gray via referee stoppage at ...something of the 2nd round.
Post-fight: Pasvogel controlled every step of that fight. Absolutely outstanding grappling against an outstanding grappler.
Chuck Cook vs. Sean Strube (135 lbs Title Fight)
Results: Sean Strube defeats Chuck Cook via submission due to armbar at 1:51 of the 1st round
Post-Fight: That was a spectacular performance by Strube. Confident and patient on his feet and incredibly fast with the armbar from finish from the bottom. Outstanding and dominant title win.
PRO UNDERCARD (5 minute rounds)
Kevin Schulz vs. Jason Huntley (130)
Results: Kevin Schulz defeats Jason Huntley via unanimous decision (29-28 on all).
Post-fight: Huntley showed excellent wrestling and ground control, but I think the difference was Schulz actively pursuing the pass and finish as well as his advantage on the feet.
Ben Miller vs. Ben Locken (165)
Results: Ben Locken defeats Ben Miller via TKO at 2:26 of the 1st round
Post-FIght: Locken wins a muay thai fight. No, really, he owned it on the feet and had no interest in the ground. Very nice display.
Justin Transgrud vs. Isiah Pitts (170)
Results: Isiah Pitts defeats Justin Transgrud via unanimous decision (30-27 on all)
Post-Fight: Transgrud got his eye F***ED up!
AMATEUR MAIN CARD
Emily Christian vs. Elane Santiago (105)
Results: Elane Santiago defeated Emily Christian via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Post-fight: Could have gone either way. Santiago was controlling the fight against the cage, but Christian was getting the better of the punches off the break. Another way of saying it: it looked like a hockey fight.
Shotgunned a beer. Feel better.
Katie Shepherd-Adelman vs. Bonnie Stoehr (130)
Results: Bonnie Stoehr defeats Katie Shepherd-Adelman via TKO at... something of the 1st round
Post-fight: Honestly, not much to say, they both traded shots and Bonnie caught Katie with something I wasn't able to see and finished like a champ.
Jessica Ertl vs. Kelsy Johnson (105)
Results: Jessica Ertl defeats Kelsy Johnson via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Post-FIght: Jessica Ertl did an excellent job of controlling the fight from the clinch and keeping the action against the cage.
Rashelle Cook vs. Katie Anderson (120)
Results: Rashelle Cook defeats Katie Anderson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Post-fight: That was a lot of kicking by Katie and punching by Rashelle. My head hurts.
Linsey Williams vs. Jessica Fresh (115 lbs title fight)
Results: Linsey Williams defeats Jessica Fresh via submission due to triangle at... the 2nd round
Post-Fight: What the f*** did I just see? How did Linsey's arm not break to that armbar?! I want more rounds! Fight more rounds! Fresh's corner is not happy, believing there was a tap to the armbar. It looks like they will contest the win with the commission.