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RoundKick Rumble IX
Snow, more snow, and even more snow, a little ice, a closed interstate, several closed highways, snowed in fighters, a snowed in ring announcer and more snow. That pretty much sums up March 2nd and 3rd in the Midwest. However, there was a bright side to the blizzard in Des Moines, IA …RoundKick Rumble IX.
This amateur and pro fight card had so many things going against it, yet it was one of the best fight cards Pete and Pam Peterson have ever promoted. Our hats are off to the Petersons and their staff! PSDA partnered with the US Army to produce a fabulous night and the crowd showed their appreciation to the fighters with incredible support.
Before the results, a pat on the back goes to Able Mahaffey, Ryan Clark, Rocky Gabriel and Cody Moberly. In spite of their opponents failure to make it to the event, they put on a good show in their exhibition bouts.
IR Super Cruiserweight
Danny Sturm, 2-1-0, Team RoundKick, Ankeny, IA vs Logan Wirth, 1-2-0, Team Geyston, Springfield, IL
Round 1: Sturm opened with a jab/cross combo followed by body and leg kicks. Wirth stayed upright and focused. He soon was able to time Sturm and effectively evade. Sturm’s hands kept Wirth occupied and prevented Wirth from landed any solid hits. The round ended in a flurry of punches by both fighters.
Round 2: Sturm continued the same strategy from round 1. Wirth tended to grab and push Sturm when he needed to stop Sturm. Neither fighter was really hurt, but Sturm was able to land left hooks to Wirth’s head. Wirth was not afraid to advance and landed a straight left punch to Sturm’s head. Just before the bell, Sturm executed a jumping straight punch to Wirth’s head.
Round 3: Sturm started the final round with an onslaught of right/left hooks and was able to land many. Wirth was also swinging but not making solid contact. As the fighters began to tire, Wirth began to take control of the fight in the middle of the round. Sturm began using more kicks to Wirth’s body and legs. At the end of the bout, Sturm and Wirth gave all they could with obviously heavy arms.
The judges scored it 28-29, 30-27, 30-27, split decision, Danny Sturm
John “Crazy” Mendeitta, 2-1-0, Team RoundKick, Pleasant Hill, IA vs Tony Overlin, 0-1-0, Team DeVore, Mt. Zion, IL
Round 1: A feeling out round for both fighters. Each fighter seemed reluctant to mix it up throwing occasional punches but neither with much effect. The edge probably went to Crazy for a series of back leg leg kicks to Overlin’s front leg.
Round 2: Overlin started the round with a series of punches trying to take early control of the round. Crazy was successful in stalling the attack by tying Overlin up and then proceeded to attack Overlin with the leg kicks to finish the round.
Round 3: Both fighters came forward with punches to start the round. Overlin leaned in with his head down and caught a right upper cut on the jaw earning him a standing 8-count from Referee Terri Storm. The rest of the round finished with flurries of punches from both fighters.
All judges scored the fight 30-26 in favor of John “Crazy” Mendeitta.
IR Light Middleweight
Brian Schulz, 0-1-0, Team RoundKick, Pleasant Hill, IA vs Will Ryan, 1-0-0, Team Geyston, Springfield, IL
Round 1: Schulz dominated the opening seconds of the bout and it took a few moments for Ryan to respond. Schulz never let up until Ryan slipped and hopped right back up. Schulz controlled the movement with his hand work all over the ring. Ryan had a difficult time working his strategy, but was able to throw an occasional leg or body kick.
Round 2: Schulz began this round as well, but Ryan was ready this time. Using kicks, Ryan was able to keep Schulz at a distance. In the middle of the round, Ryan was still throwing kicks, but not as strong. Schulz was able to get inside where he was stronger and began using legs as well. Something was working in Ryan’s favor as he again gained control and bloodied Schulz’s nose.
Round 3: Ryan started the final round with kicks. Schulz responded, but Ryan was able to effectively fight while stepping backward. Schulz pushed Ryan all over the ring, which frequently ended in clinches. However, this bout was IR, so the referee had to break them up. Ryan bounced back quickly and in the last 30 seconds of the round, Ryan threw a series of round kicks to tire and slow Schulz.
All three judges saw the fight 28-29 in favor of Ryan.
Shawn Ellis, 0-1-0, Red Dragon Fight Team, Des Moines, IA vs Eric Newingham, 2-2-0, Team DeVore, Mt. Zion, IL
Round 1: From the opening bell both were fighting for position. Repeated head punches to Ellis led to an 8 count by referee Carl Duncan. After the count, Newingham continued to throw right crosses to Ellis’s head and the corner threw in the towel at 1:25 of the round.
MTR Light Heavyweight
Jason Tart, 0-2-0, Team RoundKick, Pleasant Hill, IA vs Jake Fox, 2-0-0, Janjira Muay Thai, Wichita, KS
Round 1: Tart started the fight with 3 strong kicks to Fox’s legs and body. Fox appeared unphased and came back with a series of left and right punches backing Tart up. Fox then proceeded to throw kicks of his own followed by powerful knees to Tart’s body in the clinch to finish the round.
Round 2: The round started much the way the first round ended. Fox controlled the clinches with his knees to Tart’s body and backed Tart up with punches and kicks when not in the clinch.
Round 3: An exhausted Tart tried to survive the round by holding Fox but only succeeded in taking more knees to the body.
All judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Jake Fox
IR Light Heavyweight
Jeff Cunningham, 2-2-0, Team RoundKick, Boone, IA vs Chris Perry, 2-2-0, Team DeVore, Mt. Zion, IL
Round 1: Cunningham was patient while stalking Perry around the ring. He came forward with a left hook/right cross combination that should have put Perry down but somehow Perry fought back. Still, it only took Cunningham a few more seconds to land a devastating left hook square onto Perry’s chin putting Perry down on the canvass which ended the fight when Referee Terri Storm stopped the fight at 1:08 of the round.
IR Light Middleweight
Adam Brown, 4-3-0, Team RoundKick, Pleasant Hill, IA vs Casey Wiley, 0-3-0, Team DeVore, Mt. Zion, IL
Round 1: For the first time of the evening, the fighters started out cautious. Throughout the round, controlled exchanges led to a display of blocking and footwork drills. At the end of the round, Brown was able to land a couple of punches to the head.
Round 2: Wiley began with several high kicks. Brown joined in and they exchanged simultaneous round kicks. Wiley continued, but dropped his mouthpiece. At time in, Wiley was all legs. Brown looked for his opportunity and in the last 30 seconds of the round, Wiley looked winded. The crowd yelled for Brown to attack. At the bell, Wiley’s mouthpiece again dropped out of his mouth. Referee Mike Storm warned Wiley to keep his mouthpiece in his mouth.
Round 3: Wiley chose to use his legs again and increased his speed and power slightly. Brown landed a strong leg kick to counter. The fighters closed in and ended up in a clinch on the floor. Wiley walked around the ring tired and Brown capitalized by cutting off the ring and using punches. In the final seconds, the crowd and Brown’s corner were screaming for a big finish.
The judges scored the split decision 30-27, 28-29, 29-28 in favor of Brown.
PRO MTR Light Middleweight
Marshal Blevins, 2-0-0, Miletich Fighting Systems, Davenport, IA vs Douglas Edwards, 0-2-0, Janjira Muay Thai, Wichita, KS
Round 1: One of the big differences between pro and amateur = speed of the techniques. The fighters used quick exchanges. Each fighter went down in a pair of flash knockdowns. Both worked efficiently in clinch. Edwards used combinations well and Blevins was able to follow up quickly.
Round 2: Edwards looked for an opportunity to get in close. He found it by catching Blevins’ round kick and forcing a clinch. In clinches, Edwards used his height advantage to put pressure on Blevins. Blevins was able to grab Edwards and land a knee squarely in the body. Edwards pushed forward and Blevins ended up on the ground in another flash knockdown. Both fighters still looked comfortable in the fight as if the game plan was going their way.
Round 3: They both threw harder techniques in the final round, but not as many combinations. Blevins showed to be a little more in control of the round by managing the movement and slowing or completely blocking Edwards’ advances. Neither fighter seemed to be affected by the other’s techniques. The last 10 seconds was a clinch.
The judges scored the fight 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 unanimously for Blevins.
PRO MTR Light Middleweight
Jeremy Stephens, 1-0-0, Des Moines Mixed Martial Arts, Des Moines, IA vs Ricky Cabrales, 0-1-0, Janjira Muay Thai, Wicjita, KS
Round 1: Stephens had plenty of energy and opened with a jumping right punch to Cabrales’ head. He continued with a jumping left knee to the body. Both landed, but Cabrales stayed strong. Stephens then delivered 3 left jabs to Cabrales’ body. Cabrales was getting visibly annoyed and received a flash knockdown from a punch. The following clinch had both fighters throwing hard knees. Stephens began to taunt Cabrales and then dropped Cabrales by repeated assaults with head punches and then pushed him to the ground. Cabrales couldn’t get up immediately and received an 8 count. The round ended with Stephens delivery a series of knees.
Round 2: Stephens started cutting off the ring immediately. Cabrales knew to expect the jump knee and effectively blocked it when thrown. Cabrales was repeatedly caught in the corners or on the ropes. Stephens was able to bridge the gap with his hands and followed up with his knees. Cabrales was able to squeeze Stephens in a clinch, but not able to block everything or deliver devastating blows. A series of punches and knees knocked Cabrales down again which led to another 8-count. Stephens taunted Cabrales again after the knock down earning him a warning from the referee for his behavior in the corner between rounds.
Round 3: In the first 5 seconds of the last round, Stephens knocked Cabrales down again with a series of punches. Sweat in Cabrales’ eye made it difficult for him to see, but he continued with the warrior spirit.
At 54 seconds into the round, Referee Mike Storm stopped the fight when Stephens delivered punches to the head and Cabrales was on the canvass again.