September 4th, 2004 was the date that ICE made its return to the Metropolis Nightclub, which housed a crowd of screaming MMA fans and this time they would not disappoint. What was the second of a multi-show contract, promoters Kerry Schall and Monte Cox looked to deliver an action packed night of fights,
September 4th, 2004 was the date that ICE made its return to the Metropolis Nightclub, which housed a crowd of screaming MMA fans and this time they would not disappoint. What was the second of a multi-show contract, promoters Kerry Schall and Monte Cox looked to deliver an action packed night of fights, headlining with UFC veteran LaVerne Clark making his comeback into competitive MMA. As it turned out, the return of Clark, 2 co-main events and an 8 man tournament was more then enough action to satisfy the crowd in attendance.
Justin McElfresh vs. Eric Thompson
The 1st fight of the night pitted Justin McElfresh out of Cincinnati against Eric Thompson out of Team Voodoo in Louisiana. In round 1, Thompson, who closely resembles Kevin Randleman, looked to strike early, but McElfresh was able to rush Thompson up against the fence in the early going and stifle his attack. Thompson fought to stay on his feet and as McElfresh went for a guillotine, Thompson was able to grab a leg and pick up McElfresh and viciously slam him onto the floor. Round 1 came to an end with Thompson working from the top.
Round 2 began with Thompson looking for the fight ending right hand. Throwing wild haymakers, Thompson missed, but was able to get close enough to get the takedown on McElfresh. McElfresh defended well and both fighters were stood back up due to inactivity. Both fighters traded a few right hands as the bell sounded ending round 2.
With McElfresh visually tiring and with blood pouring from his mouth and nose, Thompson looked for the kill in round 3. Thompson looked to take the fight back to the ground and was successful in throwing McElfresh onto the canvas and performed some ground and pound. McElfresh showed a lot of heart trying to fight back and even made his way back to his feet. Both fighters traded muay thai knees with Thompson eating a few solid shots to the chin. In one last submission attempt, Thompson pulled guard and locked in a guillotine choke, but the bell sounded and ended the round. With both fighters giving their all, the judges scored the fight 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27 for the unanimous decision victory going to Eric Thompson.
Vito Woods vs. Brandon McCoy
Vito Woods, traveling from Michigan and representing Team Shoot, took on local Dayton, OH fighter Brandon McCoy representing The Killing Fields in the 2nd fight of the night. Woods came out looking for a quick finish, getting close enough to lock in a guillotine on McCoy. McCoy stayed clam and slowly worked his way out of the choke and found himself in the guard of Woods. But as he was about to start raining down punches, Woods performed a perfect reversal and rolled his way on top of McCoy. Raining down bombs was an understatement, as numerous punches landed to the head and face of McCoy who was almost out. The only thing that saved McCoy was the bell as it sounded with Woods throwing away from the top.
The break in between rounds was what McCoy needed as he gained his senses and when round 2 started, he immediately went and got the takedown on Woods. McCoy threw some punches, but was again reversed from the bottom, with Woods landing on top once again. McCoy was again in danger as Woods began dropping down some heavy leather. With McCoy defending the punches, Woods took full mount and with the round coming to an end, Woods locked in a neck crank and McCoy could not withstand the punishment any further and was forced to tap at 2:43 of round 2.
Trevor Garrett vs. Kenny Stevens
ICE veteran Trevor Garret again found himself in a tough matchup against Team Voodoo member Kenny Stevens. Garrett, who once raced motorcycles before he took up fighting, always gives 110% when entering the cage, and he was going to need to give that to get past a very game Stevens. The opening round began with both fighters viciously throwing heavy leather to the delight of the crowd. During one of the exchanges, Garrett was able to grab a leg and slammed Stevens to the canvas as the pro Garrett crowd cheered in excitement. Garrett began to land some punches, but Stevens defended well and was able to reverse Garrett from the bottom and almost worked his way to taking his back. Garrett got out of the predicament and both fighters made their way back to their feet and immediately began throwing once again. What seemed like a right hand connected to the head of Stevens that forced him backwards and Garrett took advantage of the fall and pounced onto Stevens. Suddenly, Garrett attempted a leg lock, but Stevens was prepared and worked his way out of the hold, but before he could take advantage of Garrett on his back, the bell sounded to end round 1.
The psyched up crowd cheered on their local fighter as round 2 began but Stevens looked to be the aggressor as the bell sounded as he pushed up Garrett against the fence. Trying to throw some overhand rights, Stevens made a crucial mistake and dropped his head. Garrett seeing his opportunity, locked in a guillotine and forced Stevens to tap at :34 seconds of Round 2. Stevens was disgusted at the outcome and Garret was excited with his victory and the crowd gave a standing ovation for their victorious local fighter.
Kenny Jerrell vs. Ryan Rinscheid
1st Round Fight #1
The 8 man tournament was developed to decide which two participants who would fight for the ICE championship at ICE 12 in Nov. The first fight of the tournament pitted Crazy Kenny Jerrell out of Georgetown, KY taking on Team Shoot member Ryan Rinscheid. Round 1 opened with Jerrell performing a huge throw on Rinscheid and landed in the guard. Neither fighter could mount any type of attack and special referee Rich Franklin was forced to restart both fighters. As each fighter circled the cage, Jerrell landed a solid right hand that layed out Rinscheid. Jerrell was victorious by KO at 1:38 of round 1 and found himself one win away from fighting for the ICE title.
Tim Wood vs. Jason Bryant
1st Round Fight #2
The other first round match of the tournament pitted Tim Wood from Huntington, WV against Louisville Fight Club member Jason White Lion Bryant. This fight did not last very long as Bryant connected with a big right hand that dropped Wood immediately after the opening bell rang. Bryant then pounced on the downed Wood and threw four to five punches to the head and face of Wood. Taking a good amount of punishment, Wood was forced to tap from strikes and Bryant was the winner in a quick :18 seconds of round 1.
Eric Bilaman vs. Eric Meyer
1st Round Fight #3
The third tournament fight pitted local Cincinnati fighter Eric Bilaman against Team Voodoo member Eric Meyer. Meyer looked very prepared, and even had UFC veteran Rich Clementi in his corner shouting instructions. When the opening bell rang, Meyer was able to secure a body lock on Bilaman and performed a judo-like throw taking Bilaman to the canvas. Meyer then began dropping some big punches as Bilaman covered up to defend. Bilaman defended well enough and was making his way back onto his feet, but Meyer being experienced in submissions, immediately took his back and locked in a standing rear naked choke that Bilaman could not escape from. Bilaman had no where to go and was forced to tap at :48 seconds of round 1. Meyer had advanced into the next round of the tournament and his opponent would be determined in the next fight.
Larry Cloud vs. Jasper Aldridge
1st Round Fight #4
The final 1st round fight of the 8 man tournament pitted Meat Truck Inc. member Larry Cloud taking on STAFF Fight Team member Jasper Aldridge of Alabama. Aldridge, who looked more like a used car salesman than a Mixed Martial Artist, looked very confident as he entered the cage, running around while working the crowd with a huge grin on his face. Aldridge proved that looks can be deceiving as he and Cloud traded bombs in the opening part of round 1 with Aldridge landing the more significant shots and even stunning Cloud early in the fight. Aldridge was even able to take down the smaller Cloud and work a little ground and pound while driving his elbow into the throat of Cloud. Eventually referee Franklin noticed that the action was stalled and stood back up both fighters as the bell sounded ending round 1.
As round 2 began, Aldridge again was the aggressor and got the initial takedown once again. Noticing that Cloud was defending punches well from the guard, Aldridge decided to work a keylock from the side. Cloud tried to fight off the submission, but Aldridge eventually locked in the keylock and torqued Clouds arm and shoulder and forced him to tap at 1:03 of round 2, a very impressive win for Aldridge who moved into the next round of the tournament.
Alex Rosario vs. Anthony Smith
Team Shoot member Alex Rosario took on SACAN Martial Arts member Anthony Smith out of Cincinnati, OH. in the 8th fight of the night. Round 1 started off with Smith looking to be the aggressor and pressing the action early on. At one point during an exchange, Smith almost took the back of Rosario but failed and Rosario worked his way out of danger and got into Smiths guard. Rosario left his head down and neck exposed, which gave Smith enough time to sink in a guillotine from the guard. Rosario tried valiantly to maneuver his way out of the hold, but Smith kept the pressure on and eventually locked his legs around Rosario. Rosario found himself pinned against the fence, locked into a guillotine, and was forced to tap at 1:56 of Round 1.
Troy King vs. Mojo Horne
Coming in fresh off of his 4 man tournament victory at ICE 10, rising ICE star Mojo Horne looked to keep his win streak alive against Anderson, IN native Troy Cheeseburger King. Horne, as of late, has been ripping through the competition, ending his past three fights by KO. As round 1 began, Horne immediately worked his trademark muay thai knees. King, was defending well, and worked to stop the knees from doing any real damage. Horne worked his combinations and knees and one eventually got through, sending King crashing to the floor. Sensing that the end was near, Horne took the back of King and rained down punch after punch until Franklin has no choice by to stop the fight at :58 seconds of round 1. It was another impressive victory for the young gun Horne, who no doubt will find himself on bigger cards in the future.
Kenny Jerrell vs. Jason Bryant
Jerrell looked very confident heading into his semi-final round match against Bryant. Jerrell, who always seemed to have a smile on his face, and looked eager to get the match going. The round opened with each man circling the other, looking to throw. In a brief exchange, Jerrell landed a straight right hand that completely knocked out Bryant. Referee Franklin, quickly noticing that Bryant was out, immediately called a halt to the fight and Jerrell was declared the winner in one of the fastest KOs in the history of the ICE series. Jerrell had impressively KOd Bryant in :08 seconds and found himself with a future shot at the ICE title in Nov.
Eric Meyer vs. Jasper Aldridge
Already knowing that one of them would be facing Kenny Jerrell in Nov., both Meyer and Aldridge were hoping to get their shot at the ICE title. Meyer, who probably noticed that Aldridge likes to take his opponents down, took the initiative and immediately took Aldridge down after the opening bell. Aldridge looked for every opportunity from the bottom, and was almost successful at a reversal and even a kimura that Meyer fought out of. After successfully negating the submission attempts, Meyer began to rain down punches and even locked down one of Aldridges arm with his knee and landed some solid right hands directly to the exposed face of Aldridge. With no where to go, Aldridge was forced to tap from strikes at 1:48 of round 1. Meyer moves into the title fight against Jerrell in Nov. in what looks to be a very entertaining title fight.
Ricky Folse vs. Ron Fields
Ice veteran and true ironman Ron Killing Fields made his return into the ICE cage, riding a very impressive win streak along the way. Standing in his way was Ricky Pitbull Folse representing Team Voodoo. After the opening bell, Fields began his usual attack, setting up combinations with leg strikes. Fields then was able to get the initial takedown, landing directly in the full mount with Folse holding on. Fields tried to open up some space by pushing on to the face of Folse and began unloading rapid fire punches and elbows. Folse did an excellent job of keeping his hands in front of his face, with his arms and hands absorbing most of the punishment, and this proved to be crucial as Folse reversed Fields and found himself in his guard. Throwing bombs from the top, Folse began landing solid punches while Fields scrambled to get off the floor. Fields, who has submitted his past three opponents in ICE, attempted a triangle, getting very close. Folse, who saw the submission coming, defended well, and even slammed Fields into the side of the cage. From there, Folse accidentally threw a punch that hit Fields as a low blow and referee Franklin had to call a timeout to give Fields time to recoup.
Fields, after taking the unintentional low blow, was given a five minute rest period to shake off the effects. Even after the five minutes was up, Fields still seemed visually shaken by the blow. As the bell sounded, Folse came out rushing Fields, trying to get the big man down. Fields worked his muay thai clinch to perfection, landing a vicious knee to the stomach of Folse and after eating two to three of these knees, one hit solidly and Folse fell to the canvas. Fields jumped on his downed opponent raining down punches and Folse could not take any more punishment and verbally submitted at 2:59 of round 1. Fields came away with another impressive victory and now has his eyes set on a fight in the Extreme Challenge show.
Charles Trice vs. Rod Housley
ICE veteran and Heavyweight Rod Excessive Force Housley made his return into the cage taking on Charles Trice out of Team Shoot. Housley, coming into the event on a 2 fight win streak, looked to entertain the crowd that was on tap cheering him on. As round 1 began, both heavyweights looked to keep the fight standing. Both fighters were throwing some big punches, with neither really landing anything cleanly. Housley was able to grab the back of Trices head and deliver some devastating knees that Trice took and kept on coming. Trice grabbed a hold of Houselys shorts at one point and received numerous boos from the crowd. Knowing he could not take too many knees to the body, Trice was able to push up Housley against the fence to try to neutralize any further attack. Housley pounded away at the body trying to work his way off of the fence, and grabbed an underhook and quickly threw Trice to the floor. Once there, Housley showed why the local policemans nickname was Excessive Force and pounded Trice with numerous punches for which there was no defense. After noticing that Trice was not defending himself, Franklin called a halt to the contest at 2:34 of round 1. Housley continues on his tear through the ICE organization and hopefully onto bigger shows in the future.
John Moore vs. LaVerne Clark
The main event of the evening pitted undefeated John Moore taking on 5 time UFC veteran LaVerne Clark. Clark, who was looking to rejuvenate his career, and looked focused and determined to show the crowd a good KO. As round 1 started, both fighters looked to throw early. Surprising to most in attendance, Moore was more than willing to trade with the superior striker. At one point, Clark threw an uppercut with so much force and strength that ringside announcer Big Poppa Schnake said the force almost knocked him over in his chair! Clark was able to take down Moore and surprisingly displayed submission skills by locking in a tight neck crank and forced Moore to tap at 2:04 of round 1. Clark displayed some submission skills, surprising for a fighter who has been mainly known for his striking ability his whole career. Working with Miletich black belt Jason Reinhardt at Reinhardts gym in Decatur, Ill seems to have given Clark much more well rounded skills that he was once lacking early in his career. Clark has evolved into a more well rounded fighter and looks to make his splash back into the competitive world of MMA. Look to hear more from Clark in the near future.
Overall, ICE has proven once again that it is the premier mixed martial arts event in the state of Ohio. ICE 11 was filled with devastating KOs and enough excitement to satisfy any mixed martial arts fan. Top names in the sport lent their hand in helping out the event, with Rich Ace Franklin as special referee, Miletich black belt Jason Reinhardt as a special guest judge, Jorge Grugel and Rich Clementi on hand to support their fighters while also taking pictures and signing autographs for the fans. ICE has proven itself as being a premier mixed martial arts event, in which I, and the fans, cannot wait until the next one in Nov. Promoters Kerry Schall and Monte Cox should pat themselves on the back for a job well done.
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