Badhoevedorp, Holland, 12 October 2003, The 2 Hot 2 Handle promotion recently sponsored an International Mixfight Association amateur rules mixfight and muaythai event. The event took place in Badhoevedorp, Holland and featured fighters looking to get a feel for mixed martial arts competition.
Badhoevedorp, Holland, 12 October 2003, The 2 Hot 2 Handle promotion recently sponsored an International Mixfight Association amateur rules mixfight and muaythai event. The event took place in Badhoevedorp, Holland and featured fighters looking to get a feel for mixed martial arts competition. Having said that, some fighters on the card did have some prior experience in mixed martial arts. The mixfight bouts consisted of 2 x 5 minute rounds and had rules very similar to the RINGS format; rope escapes, 8-counts and no head strikes on the ground. The muaythai bouts were amateur rules bouts; the rounds were of short length but no extra protective gear was worn. The referees included the likes of Gilbert Yvel, Ronny Rivano and Tjerk Vermanen and the participating gyms included Fysio Sportline, Sportschool Khattiya Chayanan, Jurojin, Sportschool Onno Pouw, Sportschool Harry Gorter, Sportschool Lex de Groot, Budo Academie Physical, Loeks Gym, Hybrid Dojo Belgium, Karuma Dojo, Sportschool Remco Pardoel and Rock Gym.
1 - Mixfight
Minh Ho (62.8kg, Physical)
defeated by TKO R1 2:43
Sammy Muskita (66.6kg, Henny Pleisier)
After a brief exchange the fighters hit the ground, and despite a seemingly significant weight disadvantage, Ho used his superior grappling skills to secure a rear naked choke, forcing Muskita to make a rope escape. When the fight resumed, the two fighters exchanged some strikes and in the process Muskita sustained a knee injury forcing referee Ronny Rivano to end the bout.
2 - Mixfight
John Aerts (81.5kg, Jurojin)
defeated by TKO (Strikes) R1 1:28
Jeroen Paalman (79.7kg, Harry Gorter)
Aerts started the bout quickly landing some good shots. Although he forced an 8-count, his advantage was quickly lost as he received a yellow card for kneeing his opponents back. However, he quickly regained the lead by landing some more good shots and forcing another 8-count. Yet again, the advantage was lost as he received a second yellow card; this time for hitting the head on the ground. Not surprisingly, he followed up with another barrage of strikes, forcing an easy TKO win.
3 - Mixfight
Ronny Janmaat (71.4kg, Lex de Groot)
defeated by TKO (Stoppage due to bleeding) R2 0:07
Bensen Ni (70.8kg, Physical)
This fight was fought mostly standing with Janmaat having the upper hand at all times. Janmaat did his Chute Boxe trunks justice by showing good knees and punches from the clinch. Ni weathered the storm initially by scoring a takedown, but after an eventual referee standup, Janmaat took the initiative and scored an 8-count and thereby ended the round in his advantage. The second round was a quick affair as Janmaat landed a big kneethat oppened a cut and forced the referee to end the bout.
4 - Mixfight
Gegard Mousasi (81.2kg, Jurojin)
defeated by TKO (Stoppage due to strikes) R1 1:05
Xander Nel (78.1kg, Onno Pouw)
In the quickest fight of the night, Gegard Mousasi put on a brutal boxing clinic and finished off his opponent in just over a minute. Mousasi has extensive experience in boxing competition and has now made a transition to MMA. Using an effective sprawl he kept the fight standing and punished his opponent with hard punch combinations. On the second 8-count, Nel was unable to recover in time and the fight was stopped.
5 - Mixfight
Song Theule (70.8kg, Loeks Gym)
No Contest (2x kicks to the groin)
Audy Cijntje (66.8kg, Khattiya Chayanan)
What could have been a very good fight unfortunately ended in a quick no contest as Cijntje accidentally kicked his opponent in the groin on two separate occasions. The second groin strike was especially hard and even broke a bone on Cijntjes foot.
6 - Muaythai N
Sander Moerman (67.3kg, Jurojin)
defeated by TKO R1 (2x 8-count)
Guido Brandenhorst (67.4kg, Pardoel Sports)
The first muaythai bout of the evening was very well balanced. Both fighters traded good blows but the advantage was in favor of Moerman. He scored an 8-count in both rounds and thereby was awarded the TKO victory.
7 - Muaythai C
Marco Albers (70.8kg, Loeks Gym)
defeated by TKO R2 1:17
Errol Arrindell (70.2kg, Rock Gym)
The second and last muaythai bout was also very well balanced. The first round featured much back and forth action. However, Arrindell clearly weakened as the bout progressed and in the second round he was given an 8-count for delaying, and shortly thereafter he was counted out as he couldnt continue due to exhaustion.
8 - Mixfight
Willy Ni (74.4kg, Physical)
defeated by Choke Submission R1 2:00
Willem Brand (73.8kg, Harry Gorter)
In a fight between two 16-year olds, Ni clearly had the advantage in the ground game and Brand was the more aggressive standing. Ni avoided Brands strikes and pulled off a good judo throw, working his way to mount where Brand made a rope escape out of panic. Ni once again followed the same procedure, pulling his opponent to the ground and working to mount. However this time Brand was unable to make a rope escape because they were positioned in the center of the ring. Ni secured a forearm choke and forced the tap.
9 - Mixfight
Hendrik Blokhuis (68.5kg, Physical)
defeated by Armbar Submission R1 3:19
Rene Bloothoofd (70.8kg, Loeks Gym)
Blokhuis wanted no part of Bloothoofd standing. He kept taking the fight to the ground and attempted submissions. First he managed to secure an armbar from mount, forcing Bloothoofd to make a rope escape. Blokhuis repeated the same takedown, mount and armbar combination, but this time forced his opponent to tap as they were in the center of the ring.
10 - Mixfight
Soner Kavakli (75.6kg, Khattiya Chayanan)
defeated by TKO (3x 8-count)
Michael Meijer (73.3kg, Karuma Dojo)
In a very quick and impressive display, Kavakli started off with a huge punch combination and forced an 8-count. When the fight resumed he immediately came back in with big punches and quickly scored another 8-count. He finished off the job with a yet another combination that knocked out his opponent. Kavakli vs Gegard Mousasi could be a good match for the future.
11 - Mixfight
Rick Pool (69.6kg, Loeks Gym)
defeated by Unanimous Decision (3-0)
Ralf Schouten (68.4kg, Physical)
In this bout both fighters spent the majority of the time on the ground fighting for positions. The first round was in favor of Pool as he secured better positions and occasionally landed some bodyshots. The second round was much more balanced with both fighters having some good positions but neither being able to finish. The decision was awarded to Pool as a result of his advantage from the first round.
12 - Mixfight
Gewik Mousasi (91.3kg, Jurojin)
defeated by TKO (3x 8-count)
Jaap de Groot (94.8kg, Khattiya Chayanan)
In the bloodiest and most controversial bout of the night, Mousasi deafeated de Groot in a fight that many feel should have been halted much earlier for various reasons. Right off the bat both fighters went at each other with strikes. de Groot landed a punch causing heavy bleeding from the nose of Mousasi. After a brief doctors check, the fight resumed and Mousasi scored a takedown. He attempted a leg submission but gave up on that and got back the top position on the ground. From there he landed a heavy strike to his opponents face. Whether the strike was intentional or not is hard to say, but the corner of de Groot felt it was grounds for disqualification. Mousasi received a yellow card for the foul, de Groot was given an 8-count and the bout was resumed standing. Mousasi came out throwing heavy punches at his opponent and scored a second 8-count. Shortly thereafter he finished off the job with some more heavy punches. The team of de Groot has filed an official complaint to the IMA and has requested for the result of the match to be altered. In any case, like him or not, just about everybody wants to see the infamous Mousasi back in the ring again.
13 - Mixfight
Yves Lambele (87.2kg, Hybrid Dojo)
defeated by TKO (towel thrown by corner) R2 3:26
Daan Klaver (89.3kg, Fysio Sportline)
Klaver initially used his significant height advantage to dominate the standup portion of the fight. Lambele therefore was forced to take the fight to the ground, though even there Klaver dominated initially. In the first round Klaver looked to be well on his way to victory when he secured a rear naked choke and forced a rope escape. However he appeared to gas out by the start of the second round and despite his reach advantage he started eating many punches from his opponent. After a brief visit to the ground, the fighters resumed standing and Lambele landed a good combination, dropping his opponent. Soon thereafer he finished off the job with another knockdown after which Klavers corner threw in the towel.
14 - Mixfight
Gideon Akkermans (91.9kg, Pardoel Sports)
defeated by Ankle Lock Submission R1 1:55
Haik Soukiasian (88.9kg, Jurojin)
The main event of the night ended up being somewhat of a disapointment. Both fighters came to the ring with relatively extensive MMA backgrounds. Akkermans has various bouts in Holland and the UK while Soukiasian has a 3-0 record in Holland and even competed in an MMA exhibition bout in a scarcely known 2H2H show in Tanzania. Akkermans started the fight scoring a takedown. Soukiasian reversed from his back and immediately went for an ankle lock. Akkermans defended well and secured the mount. Soukiasian again reversed and attempted another ankle lock. However Akkermans countered with an ankle lock of his own and forced Soukiasian to tap.
Overall it was an enjoyable event with impressive fights. Especially Kavakli and Gegard Mousasi were very impressive and a match between them would be a great idea for a future event. Perhaps a rematch between Gewik Mousasi and Jaap de Groot could settle the bad blood. Also, Cijntje vs Teule sans the groin shots is another good matchup for the future.