Monday, September 20, 2005 (Cleveland, OH USA)
The stars aligned just in time for new Gladiators Fighting Series Promoter Greg Kalikas as the rain stopped as hoped and his Gladiators MMA event "Fight Nite in the Flats" blew the collective roofs off the Scene Pavilion with an array of explosive, jam packed fights this past Saturday night along the river in Cleveland, Ohio's famed "Flats" entertainment district.
by Scott Joffe,
Monday, September 20, 2005 (Cleveland, OH USA)
The stars aligned just in time for new Gladiators Fighting Series Promoter Greg Kalikas as the rain stopped as hoped and his Gladiators MMA event "Fight Nite in the Flats" blew the collective roofs off the Scene Pavilion with an array of explosive, jam packed fights this past Saturday night along the river in Cleveland, Ohios famed "Flats" entertainment district.
Presented by McCarthys Ale House, BetOnFighting.com and BetCris.com,
the tight, slick production choreographed by Kalikas produced one of
the bests nights of MMA fighting action in Cleveland ever. From the
first bout on, the intensity level just kept rising.
The location or the weather couldnt have been better, as the
ultramodern outdoor (open, but covered) amphitheater provided the
perfect backdrop for an amazing night of mixed martial arts fighting in
"the cage." With temperatures in the mid 70s and a beautiful breeze
blowing through, Kalikas took a gamble on Mother Nature and won.
Led off by an "Awesome Amateurs" undercard that produced some sizzling
exchanges, the crowd was treated to nothing but in your face, joint
popping tap outs, toe-to-toe Thaistyle shin kicks, gut wrenching knee
strikes and crisp, powerful punching. When these fighters went to the
canvas they usually went down hard, the action never subsided though
and eventually many of the bouts ended by arm bars and choke outs.
The Torrance "The Tyrant" Taylor vs. "Bad Josh Barden hard fought bout
that rounded out the undercard perfectly set the tone for what was to
come on the pro side. Taylor and Barden faced off in a mostly stand-up
3 rounder that saw Barden losing when the referee stopped the bout
midway through the 3rd round after Taylor connected with Bardens right
eye one punch too many.
Barden was an extremely tough comer, but Taylor dished out a ton of
punishment and after the bout, one could see that the Ohio State
Athletic Commission referee made the right call because quitting wasnt
an option for Josh Barden. Watch for both of these talented young guns
on future Gladiators Fighting Series MMA shows as Taylor and Barden are
two fighters to remember.
The pro bouts definitely didnt disappoint on this night, as the show
rolled on flawlessly paced by celebrity Ring Announcer and 4-Time World
Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion Duke Roufus along with the organizational
group led by Jake Digman and the Fight Nite crew who performed with military
precision. The crowd got into the action all the way, but stayed off
each other as no problems were reported by any of the many police who
came out to watch and enjoy the show. The fighting in the cage was
obviously too good to miss.
The crowd was especially out in force and loud and proud for local
favorites Jason "Dynamite" Dent and Jeff Cox. Fight
Nites Main Event between Ben "Berzerker" Rothwell and Allan Weickert
lasted less than 1 round, but it was a tasty round if your diet
consists of eating jabs and upper cuts with Rothwell serving as chef
Weickert should be commended though for taking the fight in the first
place as Rothwell towered over him by a good 6 inches and more than a
few pounds. When Weickert went to the canvas for the last time,
Rothwell unleashed a barrage of punches the rendered Weickert unable to
sustain any more damage from Rothwells bombardment and the referee
stepped in to affirm the fact. Rothwells flying knee that landed on a
collapsing Weickert along the way helped seal the deal in the end.
Weickert did all he could and took it to Rothwell with a smile on his
face, never backing down. In the end Rothwell overwhelmed a
tough-as-nails opponent that on paper he easily should have beat, and
he did - taking nothing away from Weickert and his gritty attempt or
Rothwells smart, patient style that led to his victory. It was a
worthy main event that produced a decent amount of fireworks in its
short existence, but in the end Rothwells size and experience was a
bit too much for Weickert to stomach.
All of the planned celebrity appearances came off without a hitch, as
well, with stars Rich Franklin and George Gurgel from Spike TVs
reality hit "The Ultimate Fighter" television show in attendance along
with WWEs "Tough Enough" reality show winner Dan Puder, UFC star Wes
"The Project" Sims and Pride fighter Dan Bobish. In a classy move,
each were presented with plaques during a special ceremony before the
main event and were warmly received by their minions.
If Kalikas Gladiators promotions keep going the way the first one
went, Clevelanders with an appetite for great MMA are definitely in the
right place at the right time as "Fight Nite in the Flats" was an
overserving of one great MMA bout after another. Look for additional
Gladiators MMA shows at the Scene in 2006.
"Fight Nite in the Flats" is additionally sponsored by
SportstalkNetwork.com, Celtic Media Group, The T-Spot, House of Pain
and the Pizza & Calzone Company.
Watch for official "Fight Nite in the Flats" results and expanded
write-up coming shortly.
For more information regarding Gladiators Fighting Series MMA in the
Cleveland area, contact: Greg Kalikas (330) 324-3034.
Complete Fight Nite in the Flats Results
Matt Brown over Evan Sarnicki - TKO 2:22 rd 2
Matt Masterson over Damien Parker RNC 0:37 rd 1
Casey Leonard over Walt Felix TKO 2:38 rd 1
Clint Zeedyk over Eric Truckovich TKO 0:54 rd 1
Torrance The Tyrant Taylor over Josh Barden KO 1:26 rd 3
Featured Pro Bouts
Jason Steeltown Taylor over Derek Collins Armbar 2:58 rd 1
Mike Bogner over Tommy Gun Ridenbaugh TKO 0:31 rd 2
Mitch Whitesel over Mark Miller Kimura 0:58 rd 1
Jason Dynamite Dent over Josh Bam Bam Souder TKO (ref stoppage-cut) 1:57 rd 2
Josh Hendricks over Joey Smith RNC 2:44 rd 1
Rob The Bullrider Wince over Greg Franklin Guillotine 0:38 rd 1
Jeff Cox over Braden Workman choke 4:20 rd 1
Ben Berzerker Rothwell over Allan Weickert TKO 3:45 rd 1
*Dont miss this weeks LIVE broadcast of PKW for a fight by fight break down of Fight Nite in the Flats. Show time is at 7PM EST right here on the "Voice of the Fight fan".....PKW!