|On July 22nd the 10th installment of ICE, with promoters Kerry Meat Truck Schall and Monte Cox, returned to the location of their biggest show to date, the Metropolis Night club in Fairfield, OH. The last time that ICE invaded Metropolis in January, Jeremy Horn was fighting for free!
On July 22nd the 10th installment of ICE, with promoters Kerry Meat Truck Schall and Monte Cox, returned to the location of their biggest show to date, the Metropolis Night club in Fairfield, OH. The last time that ICE invaded Metropolis in January, Jeremy Horn was fighting for free! With each show getting more and more fans in attendance at Toris Station, it was only fit to return to Metropolis, where ICE has signed a multi-show contract, to bring the fans of Cincinnati Mixed Martial Arts action. Schall and Cox putt together a solid line-up of new up and comers, some regular ICE favorites, and a Heavyweight tournament to boot. The production of the event as a whole was not quite as strong as ICE events past, they had some lighting problems and the crowd seemed to be much thinner then usual. The fights themselves were solid, mixed in with the occasional mismatch, with only two fights even getting past the first round, you know there was going to be plenty of KOs and submissions to go around.
Scott Hill vs. Greg Lajoye
Hill, fighting out of Loveland, OH took on local Cincinnati fighter Greg LaJoye in the opening fight of the night. Hill looking to strike early, pressed the fight from the beginning. At one point, Hill picked up LaJoye and performed a huge slam that shook the cage, while on the ground, Hill worked a little ground and pound, but decided to stand back up. LaJoye seemed happy to stay on the ground and while watching what Hill would do, Hill grabbed one of his opponents exposed legs and attempted an ankle lock submission. LaJoye defended well and at one point, returned the favor, attempting a leg lock of his own. Eventually leaving the leglock behind, Hill went back into the guard of LaJoye to resume his ground and pound and after dropping a few solid blows, went for the perfect key lock. LaJoye had no other option but to tap out midway into Round 1.
Jared Pautsch vs. Dave Gandee
Numerous Miletich Fighting Systems fighters were represented in ICE 10 and in the 2nd fight of the night, Team MFS member Josh Pautsch took on Dave Gandee out of Charleston, WV. Round 1 began with Pautsch throwing a right hand and immediately going for the takedown. From there, Pautsch worked his ground and pound, strong elbows in particular, dropping them at will to the side of Gandees head. Gandee did his best to defend, and slowly tried to make his way back to his feet, but during the scuffle, Pautsch was able to sink in a guillotine choke and forced Gandee to tap at 2:48 into round 1.
Ken Bushorn vs. Chris Malgeri
The third fight of the night pitted Beavercreek, OH fighter Ken Bushorn out of The Killing Fields fight team against Chris Malgeri, making the long trip from Madison Heights, MI. Unfortunately, the trip down from Michigan was much longer than the fight itself. As round 1 began, Malgeri looked to set up a strike by landing some solid Muay Thai leg kicks to Bushorn. Following up one of the strikes, Malgeri was able to grab Bushorn, slide to his back, and eventually transition into a perfect armbar before Bushorn knew what hit him. Bushorn had no option but to tap or suffer a dislocated elbow, and tap he did at :36 seconds into round 1. A very solid performance by Malgeri, who we hope gets to display more of his fighting ability in an up coming ICE show.
Trevor Garrett vs. David Skiar
ICE favorite and veteran Trevor Garrett stepped back into the cage against David Skiar fighting out of the Premier Fitness gym in Honolulu, HI in the 4th fight of the night. Both fighters looked to control the tempo of the fight early, and both came out swinging for the fences, but after tasting a few solid right hands, a stunned Skiar looked to take the fight to the ground. Garrett defended the takedown attempts well and looked for his opening to finish the fight with a KO. Garrett almost seemed like he was chasing Skiar around the ring, knowing that he had his opponent stunned and looking to finish. Skiar finally got the clinch and saw his opportunity to take the fight to the ground. As Skiar looked to possibly slam Garrett, he mistakenly put his head down, opening up a submission attempt. Garrett sunk in a guillotine choke and althoughSkiar held on as long as he could, it was obvious he was running out of breathe, and eventually succumbed to the hold and tapped at 1:52 of round 1.
1st Round of 4-man Tournament
Trevor Overturf vs. Mojo Horn
Local Cincinnati fighter Mojo Horn made his much anticipated return to the cage, after suffering numerous injuries, against Trevor Overturf of Pendelton, IN. Horn, with the backing of a huge fan base, looked to get back into winning form after defeating Gerald Pierson over 7 months ago at the ICE 7 show. Standing in his way was a young Overturf who looked more than willing to stand with Horn, unfortunately, it would be the wrong game plan for Overturf. As the bell sounded, both fighters looked to take the other out with strikes. Both worked the clinch with Muay Thai knees, and Horn looked to be landing the bigger knees and elbows. Horn, then landed the good night knee, when he landed one flush to the chin of Overturf sending him crashing onto the floor. After a few seconds with the doctor, Overturf looked to be alright and left the ring on his own accord. Horn was victorious at :29 seconds into round 1 and remained very fresh as he made his way into the finals of the 4 man tournament.
1st Round of 4-man Tournament
Ryan Antle vs. Gerald Pierson
Unfortunately, local ICE favorite Gerald Pierson was in an automobile accident on his way to the show and was not able to participate. Everyone in attendance was looking forward to the possible rematch between Horn and Pierson, but it was not to happen. Ryan Antle, fighting out of Davenport, IA and Team MFS, was awarded the win by default and easily moved into the finals. With Antle coming in on a free pass and Horn finishing his 1st round opponent quickly, the finals looked to be a very solid bout between two evenly matched well rested fighters.
Kit Kiev vs. Ryan Farhat
Team MFS member Kit Kiev made the long trip from Bettendorf, IA to take on Winchester, KY fighter Ryan Farhat. Farhat looked to take the fight to the ground early and as he threw a right hand, immediately went in and was successful in getting the takedown. Landing in Kievs guard, both fighters worked to gain position, scrambling to ensure the other would not get the upper hand. Kiev worked the left arm of Farhat and almost successfully locked in a kimura but Farhat defended well and landed a few punches of his own. As Kiev moved to defend, Farhat saw his opportunity and quickly took the Miletich Fighters back, slowly Farhat worked the rear naked choke and although Kiev defended well, he soon succumbed to the choke and was forced to tap at 1:39 of round 1.
Tim Wood vs. Henry Baird
The eighth fight of the night had Tim Wood fighting out of Huntington, WV taking on New London, OH fighter Henry Baird. Wood looked to take the fight straight to his opponent and as the bell sounded, locked his arms around the smaller Baird and executed a perfect slam that ignited the crowd. Woods looked to be a very good striker from the top and landed numerous punches and hammer fists that seemed to take their toll on Baird. Knowing he could not take too much more punishment, Baird attempted a reverse to get Wood off of him, but gives up his back instead. From there, it was hunting season for Wood. Landing numerous punches to a defenseless Baird, special guest referee Rich Franklin had seed enough and called a halt to the fight at 1:19 of round 1.
Shawn Coffman vs. Rod Housley
The 9th fight of the night featured a Heavyweight showdown between 225 lb. New London, OH fighter and ICE veteran Shawn Coffman taking on big Rod Excessive Force Housley, fighting out of Meat truck Inc. in Cincinnati. With two heavyweights battling it out, you knew this one was going to end with fireworks. Coffmans corner knew that for their man to have a chance of winning, he needed to stay on his feet. As the bell sounded, both fighters threw bombs, Housley landed some solid punches, catching Coffman with some punches and well-timed knees from the clinch. Not backing down an inch, Coffman retaliated with some big blows of his own, which at times stunned the big Cincinnati police officer. As both men tired after throwing so much leather, Housley made his move and quickly threw Coffman to the floor. In trouble, Coffman tried to defend the Housley attack but to no avail. Housley landed some thunderous blows from the side and Franklin had no option but to stop the fight at 1:32 of round 1. Housley, extremely excited with his victory, leaped onto the top of the cage and almost flipped over to the other side. Luckily, he made his way back over the cage and notched another victory to name. With two straight victories now in ICE events, look for Housley to move into the bigger shows.
Jason Dickinson vs. Ron Fields
Jason Dickinson, fighting out of Muncie, IN, took on ICE favorite Ron Killing Fields, in the 10th fight of the night. Fields, who has been on a submission tear, looked to keep his winning streak alive against a game Dickinson. As round 1 began, Fields looked to work his Muay Thai skills, landing solid leg kicks and strikes. Dickinson, was able to time some of the strikes and force Fields against the fence, working some punches to the face. Fields was able to maneuver his way off of the fence and took Dickinson to the ground. From there, Dickinson took a hold of Fields leg, possibly looking for a leg submission, but as he held onto the leg, Fields reached around and worked for his own submission hold from the back of Dickinson. Making the mistake of holding onto the leg, he exposed the back of Dickinson, and Fields was able to lock in the side choke and forced Dickinson to submit at 1:23 of round 1.
Finals of 4-man Tournament
Ryan Antole vs. Mojo Horn
The tournament final pitted two extremely fresh fighters in Team MFS fighter Ryan Antole taking on Meat Truck Inc fighter Mojo Horn. As round 1 began, both fighters looked to trade early. Both fighters exchanged well, with each landing significant and effective punches against the other but eventually, Antole was able to get the clinch and forced Horn against the fence. After trading a few solid knees, Horn looked to reverse and put Antoles back against the fence. From there, Horn fell onto his back and worked for a submission, he locked in a kimura from the guard and tried to pull Antoles arm up, but the submission attempt was too late as the bell sounded and the first fight of the evening lasted past the first round.
Round 2 began where round 1 had left off, fast and furious, with both fighters looking to land the big strike to end the fight. Horn landed a nice punch that stunned Antole, and pushed him up against the fence, with the crowd erupting Horn found himself going for the kill. He followed up with some more punches and landed a huge knee that floored Antole. Franklin immediately stopped the fight, as Antole made his way back onto his feet. Although it seems the fight might have been stopped a little prematurely, this reporter has no doubts that if the fight had gone on 20 seconds longer, Horn probably would have finished the fight. Despite fighting an opponent that did not fight in the first round of the tournament, Horn was declared the tournament champion at :46 seconds into round 2 by TKO.
Neal Rowe vs. Jesse Chilton
The main event of the evening pitted Indianapolis, IN fighter Jesse Chilton, sporting a 5-0 record, taking on Meat Trucks own Muay Thai specialist Neal Rowe. As round 1 began, Rowe looked to set up the strikes early, landing some leg kicks and after finding his opportunity immediately went for the successful takedown. From the guard it seemed Rowe was looking to ground and pound, when suddenly Chilton performed a perfect reversal and got Rowe on his back. From there, Chilton performed some ground and pound of his own, mixing in punches with effective elbows to the face. Rowe defends well from the bottom and at one point, almost caught Chilton with a triangle. It was not meant to be however and after escaping the triangle, Chilton maneuvered his way to mount. Time was on Rowes side and before any real damage could be done, the bell sounded ending round 1.
The excitement picked up in round 2 as, once the bell sounded, Rowe was able to get the takedown once again. At one point, Rowe was in the guard when Chilton reversed position, but before Chilton could mount an attack, Rowe re-reversed position and found himself in the mount position. Chilton being as slick as he was, eventually got out of the mount and even made his way back up off the floor taking the back of Rowe, but he couldnt get a choke in, and Rowe worked his way back to his feet and both began to work the Muay Thai clinch. Round 2 came to a close with Rowe working to get a kimura locked in, but ran out of time.
With the scorecards very close, both fighters knew this fight was still up for grabs. Both fighters looked tired as round 3 began. Rowe, still looking for the strike to end the fight, managed to grab Chilton and force him against the fence. Rowe began to land some short shots, but Chilton was defending well when suddenly, Rowe went for the guillotine choke and fell to the ground, hoping to end the fight with a submission. Rowe winced in both pain and fatigue as he squeezed the hold with all his strength but being the resilient fighter that he is, Chilton, slowly worked his head out of the hold, escaped ,and dropped a few punches as round 3 came to a close. The crowd was silent as the decision was read aloud. Through a close and controversial split decision, Chilton was declared the winner with the scores of 29-28, 29-28, 28-29. The crowd showed their disapproval of the decision, with the majority thinking that Rowe should have pulled out the decision. -MMARR-