The second edition of the T.C.W Extreme Int Ultimate Cage Wars took place in Winnipeg Manitoba on June 18th in front of a capacity crowd that looked to push close to 3000 loud fans. The event went through an abnormally bad string of bad luck with fighters dropping out, but in the end matchmaker and main event headliner Krzyysztof Soszynski crafted an entertaining and fast paced evening
The second edition of the T.C.W Extreme Int Ultimate Cage Wars took place in Winnipeg Manitoba on June 18th in front of a capacity crowd that looked to push close to 3000 loud fans. The event went through an abnormally bad string of bad luck with fighters dropping out, but in the end matchmaker and main event headliner Krzyysztof Soszynski crafted an entertaining and fast paced evening along with his partner Tony Condello, despite setbacks that included car accidents, injuries, and a fighters dropping out for unknown reasons. The 12 fight card had only two fights go past the first round and no fights going to the decision, and saw the emergence of some good young talent breaking out in the only caged Mixed Martial Arts event in Canada.
The main event of the evening was crafted in part with an inquiry on the Underground Forum for an opponent on very short notice. Ricardo Francois who was set to fight Soszynski, inexplicably dropped out of his main event appearance only a few days before the event and the event was almost without its headliner. The power of the Internet brought in the wily veteran Ron Killing Fields who bravely stepped in to answer the call. Fields had recently dispatched of Chris Fontaine who is a training partner of The Experiment and has stepped in with the likes of Jeremy Horn and Falaniko Vitale in past events. Krzysztof Soszynski (Pronounced Kris-tof So-zin-ski) proved that pronouncing his name is not the only scary thing about him and as the fight started he rushed in with a barrage of punches forcing his opponent to the cage and worked the clinch takedown to take the fight to the ground. He was able to pass the guard and eventually worked on an armbar from sidemount that proved to be unsuccessful and Ron Fields escaped to the top position. Soszynski didnt waste too much time from there however securing an armbar from his back to force the tap out and the win at 2:35 of round one. It must have been a long night for the matchmaker as he was on the phone and running around the arena working the event right up until it was time for him to step into the back and begin warming up for his fight in the main event!
Team Tompkins fighter Aaron Tregear stepped in on short notice to take the place of Jason St. Louis who got in a car accident and fought Lee Mein student Jesse Bongsfeldt in the semi main event of the evening. In an inspiring show of heart Jesse Bongsfeldt took a steady stream of punishment from Tregear for almost two and a half rounds before a knee from the clinch dropped him to the mat where Tregear pounced on his opponent and finished off the fight with a few well placed punches, forcing the referee to step in and halt the action. Rounds 1 and 2 played out in similar fashion with Tregear controlling most of the standup and grinding away at Bongsfeldt on the mat with a steady ground and pound attack, Bongsfeldt was able to reverse and take top position a few times but was could not mount enough offense to put Tregear on the defensive or any extended period of time. Aaron Tregear wins in impressive fashion at 1:46 of the third round.
In the first fight of the evening to go past the first round, Chris Horodecki systematically dismantled his opponent for 2 plus rounds before the doctor who was watching the action cage side saw that a cut on Macdonalds left eye had just become too much of a hazard to let the fight go on. The Polish Hammer was relentless in his attack and punished from the clinch with knees and punches, from the ground with elbows, and from the stand up with a variety of flying punches in a performance worthy of the MMA Ring Report Fighter of the night award. His opponent MacDonald showed an impressive heart and had no quit but the young 17 year old fighter out of the Team Tompkins Acadamy who missed his prom night to fight in this event, would not let up. The Team Munduruca fighter tried takedowns and reversals and was successful in getting the top position a couple of times but Horodecki was explosive from the bottom as well, getting to his feet and reversing off his back the few times he found himself there. Early in the third round the ringside doctor told the ref to stop the fight while the action was progressing and Horodecki got the win via doctor stoppage against MacDonald whos left eye had turned dark grey and swelled up too much for the doctor to let the action continue.
Cody Dillman stepped in on short notice and got the guillotine victory over fan favourite Alex Sung. Sung started off getting a takedown on Dillman but it wasnt long before Dillman secured a slippery and well executed reversal to get back to his feet and sunk in the standing guillotine at 57 seconds of the first round. Sung initially refused to tap and tried to fight off the submission attempt but eventually the pain became too much to bear and the tap out came, but not before what appeared to be an injury to Sungs throat. The medical staff on hand came to look over the young fighter in what was the scariest moment of the night, but eventually he left on his own steam to the applause of the crowd. It was an impressive performance for Dillman who is also a promoter of a grappling tournament in White Rock, British Columbia.
In a very entertaining bout the man known as the Mental Oriental showed the heart of a champion but his opponent Justin Houdini Tavernini was too much sinking in the tight armbar to force the referee to halt the fight. Leong started quickly securing the takedown off the initial exchange but could not mount much offence from the top and Tavernini instead worked his submission game from his back looking for the guillotine, and an armbar that looked like it had almost found its mark. Leong showed some good defense and escaped but eventually the kickboxer, Tavernini was able to re-secure another armbar from the back. This time Leong fought valiantly to fend it off but the pain forced him to scream and the referee stopped the fight due to a submission at 4:20 of the first round.
Shawn Tompkins fighter Chris Clements controlled his fight from bell to finish grinding his opponent Brad Calder out at 1:40 of the first round. Clements started fast throwing hard shots from the get go on the feet and when it went to the ground the aggressive striker threw devastating punishment from the mount and back mount positions passing up submission attempts to rain down a volley of strikes instead . Calder tried valiantly to roll out of the bad position but could not do enough to deflect the punishment and the referee eventually stepped in and protected the outgunned fighter from further punishment.
Shah Franco product Bill Boland dominated his fight from start to finish using strong stand up skills and a powerful ground attack to win his first fight. Jeff Sutherland, a man known affectionately to the locals as Pizza could not defend the aggressive pound attack of the policeman from Ontario despite the crown chanting Pizza throughout the bout. Boland dropped his opponent on the feet and continued his assault as it went to the ground and the referee had no choice but to step in at 2:28 of the first round.
Kevin Manderson was able to take the rear naked choke victory at 2:23 of the first round against John Laing after taking his back following some clinch work in the inaugural round of action.
Capoeira practitioners put on an athletic display during the break
Jon Henderson took a shot early and went down at the hands of his game opponent Lee Gaudet but took the top position after a stand up and elbowed his way to an impressive ground and pound victory at 3:44 of the first round.
Curt Mckinnon was able to sink a tight triangle choke on Jacob MacDonald at 1:29 of the first round to continue with the fast action of the preliminary fights.
Grant Tennant got the big slam and took the mount and pounded out his opponent Scott Gaulton at 1:23 of round one.
Jerin Valel was efficient in his attack and quickly dispatched of his opponent Shayne Slade by getting the takedown, passing the guard, and pounding away from mount until the ref stepped in to halt the action at 1:40 of round one.
The next Ultimate Cage Wars event is set to take place on October 22nd 2005 at the Winnipeg Convention Center and they also have 2 shows tentatively scheduled for 2006.
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