VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (August 15, 2008) - I was drunk. These were not the words of a thirsty fan who came to
watch the fights at Summer Slugfest 2. They were the words of main
event fighter and fan favorite Shane Wilson, who needed less than a
full round to rout his opponent in the finale of Summer Slugfest 2 . If
Wilson was truly drunk during his bout with Kit Warren, you have to
wonder how good his performance would have been had he come in sober
and put in the effort to match his ability.
Wilsons hand speed and head movement were too much for Warren whos ring entrance which had him coming out of a van accompanied by a loud team of motorcycles lasted longer than his effort in the ring.
The fight started with a rather rigid Warren looking to stick and move, but Wilsons head movement kept the punches finding air, and when Wilson found his range, his punches found Warrens face. Thunderous lefts and rights found their mark, and found it often, following a swarm of strikes Warren could not retake his senses and the fight was over.
Gabriel Varga over Chuck Mady
Gabriel Vargas impressive performance showed off aggressiveness and finishing ability that has been absent in recent fights. Despite a perfect record and convincing victories - if there was a knock against the talented striker - it was his apparent lack of killer instinct. If this performance was meant to remedy that, it was his opponent who paid for it with a dose of bitter punches that capped Vargas most impressive victory to date.
It started off quite competitively with Chuck Mady working the hands and firing of high kicks that whizzed by the face of Varga. Varga stayed patient, and landed a nice leg kick in return before using his range to cut off the ring. Trapped in his own corner, the Windsor native had no answer for a salvo of body shots that had him dropping his guard to protect his body.
Varga answered by firing of lightning fast combinations high to keep his opponents defenses guessing, and eventually forcing him to turn his head out of the ropes waving his gloves. It all started with volley of vicious body shots that stifled the talented, but seemingly undersized foe, and Varga secured the ISKA championship belt for his efforts at 1:28 of the first.
Adam Gabel over Myles Dearden
Fan favorite Adam Gabel, coming off an impressive knockout performance in his last fight, came out with an entourage and vocal fan approval in the first of two semi main events on the card. A new leaner physique also accompanied him to a fight that saw him dominate and finish at 1:08 of the first stanza.
His lighter frame did nothing to take away from his trademark power punches which were on display as he knocked his opponent to the mat twice. Myles Dearden from Nanaimo was game, but looked overmatched from the outset, and the second big standing punch dropped him to the mat for good, where he was met by Gabel who pounced on him and finished with mat-shaking punches.
Brady Nelson over Tim Jeffries
Brady Nelson survived an early ground assault, and near choke in the first round, to take over the second with the stand up over a fatigued Tim Jeffries. The cornermen for Jeffries implored him to take the fight to the ground where he found his first round success, but he didnt, or couldnt, and it cost him. A Nelson uppercut rocked Jeffries and the follow-up exchange sent him tumbling to the ground where he stayed. It was not the ground position his corner was looking for as the referee looked over the downed fighter who was no longer able to defend himself.
Reuben Brownlee over Max Dalsin
Reuben Brownlee secured the rear naked choke over Max Dalsin in an entertaining back-and-forth contest. Dalsin landed the more damaging blows standing up, but Brownlee showed resolve enduring the onslaught, and finding a way to take it to the ground where he secured the rear naked choke to finish the fight.
In other action
MMARR had Matt Huff defeating Nathan Swayze but it was called a draw after three rounds of kickboxing.
Chase Ingalls was able to use his superior hands to take out the tough Cody Heatherton at 1:40 of the first round.
Christian Allaart fought Lee Mueller to a draw after three rounds in a fight MMARR had Allaart winning.
Cory Hastings defeated San Jav Sharma via decision after three rounds.
Alex Meyer was able to get a victory in front of the hometown crowd with a dominating ground and pound victory over Mark Kennedy.
Shane Douglas defeated Bryce Alliston due to a Doctor stoppage due to eye injury.
In the fight of the night Joe Walker of Island MMA defeated Peterecs Alex Tribe.
Shawn Buttler decisioned Dave Keenan after three rounds of boxing.
James Brooks defeated Peter Vaningen at 44 seconds of the first.
Jag Dhallwal defeated Aaron Bendall at :31 of the second round.
Look for more coverage of Summer Slugfest 2 courtesy of Kira Curtis in the coming days.