Kickdown Classic 10 Recap
by Jason Martinez
April 17, 2004
Hello fight fans, Jason Martinez bringing you another ringside report. Last I wrote, I covered Kickdown
Classic 9 (KDC) this past February so I am amped to bring you this write-up! Martialartsradio.com
owner Steve Alley seems to be on the right track with his shows as they always offer multiple title
matches. KDC 10: Battleground was no exception as we were treated to eight NHB/MMA bouts - three of
which were title matches. We also witnessed five stand-up matches, one for a belt. Without further delay,
let's get down to business!
Fight 1 - Light Heavyweight Title Bout (vacant)
Never to keep the crowd waiting, our first match was for the vacant light heavyweight NHB belt. Mario
LaRosa (6'2", 200 lbs.) came to the ring with a 6-2 record in NHB; Mario was our first fighter out of Chuck
Daly's Kongo Do Kickboxing school in Colorado Springs, CO. His opponent, fighting out of rival Colorado
Springs school, The Defense Institute, had a 5-3 record, Jeremy Brown (6'1", 198 lbs.). Jeremy wastes no
time in shooting for a double leg. Mario, with a nice sprawl, keeps Jeremy from scoring the takedown. As
Jeremy continues to look for the take down, Mario holds position and slides in a forearm for an attempt at a
front choke. Mario, sinking the choke deeper, rolls into guard and extends his hips. Jeremy stays working,
and is eventually able to escape the hold. Jeremy is able to attain mount from Mario's guard. At 2:18 of the
first round, Jerome Locke (the ref) steps in to stop the fight due to Mario turning his back as Jeremy rains
down strikes. Jeremy Brown becomes the new menís light heavyweight champion for the KDC.
Fight 2 - Lightweight Bout
The line-up continues with another NHB battle. Danny Orona (5'4", 150 lbs.), with a record of 1-0, was our
second fighter to represent Kongo Do Kickboxing. Across the ring, May Tec Warriors' (Thornton, CO.),
Antonio Sena (5'6", 148 lbs.), with a record of 1-3, would be the challenger. Danny is the aggressor as he
lands a solid leg kick, followed by a straight right punch. Sena, seeing an opening, shoots for a successful
double leg and lands in half-guard. As both men work for position, it is Sena that is able to secure a key
lock to the left arm of Orona for the tap out at 1:09 of the first round.
Fight 3 - Kickboxing Lightweight Bout
Our first Kickboxing match saw Marlon Canete (5'9", 150 lbs.) making his fight debut for Keith Shmelzer
and Vic Brabo's Team Freedom Fighters out of Golden, CO. Also making his fight debut for The House Of
Martial Arts in Aurora, CO. was Jack Johnson (5'8", 150 lbs..). Both of these warriors held nothing back as
they began to throw blows with no feel out. Canete starts with the better connections, as he scores with a
low leg kick, followed by a left, right, straight. Johnson looks more off balance than hurt as he slips to the
mat. I don't think the ref calls it as a knock down as he restarts the action. Johnson, frustrated for falling,
comes back strong, pushing his man to the ropes twice with combo's. Johnson capitalizes on his position
by keeping Canete on the defense until the bell.
Second round - Both men are aggressive as they each connect with flurries - Canete stopping Johnson in his
tracks with a solid right cross. Johnson feeling the effect of the hit, ties up Canete in a corner. Canete is able
to land a few more combo's as Johnson is only able to muster a few single shots.
Round Three - both men look extremely gassed as they throw single shots to start the round. Johnson lands
two kicks to the body, which look to steal the remaining wind from Canete's sails. Johnson controls the rest
of the round, landing combo's that end Canete in a corner three times before the bell. Johnson is able to
edge a split decision win over Canete with the Judges scores as follows - 29-27Johnson, 30-29 Canete,
Fight 4 - Welterweight Bout
Team Scorpion's (Rapid City SD.) Josh Usera (5'8", 155 lbs..), with a record of 1-1, would return to the ring
to take on Rex Payne Jr. (5'11", 155 lbs.), who's coming in with a record of 0-1, hailing from New Orleans,
LA., and fighting for Team Anaconda. This would be our third NHB fight. There is a short feel out as Payne
attacks the legs with kicks. Usera, finding his reach, lands with a nice right. Payne, walking right through the
punch, lands a few blows of his own. Payne continues to come forward checking with the leg kicks. Usera,
waiting for the shot, stops Payne where he stands with another right to the jaw. Usera moves in for the
clinch, landing knees to Payne's gut. At 22 seconds of the very first round, Payne walks into the third right
that puts an end to his night.
Fight 5 - Kickboxing Welterweight Bout
Kongo Do's third fighter, Billy Dixson (5'9", 157 lbs..), coming in with a record of 2-0, took on 3-D Martial
arts' (Clarence Thatch's school in Denver) Jason Burton (5'8", 157 lbs..), with a record of 2-2, in the
second Kickboxing bout of the fight card. Dixson controls the action with low leg kicks followed by flurries
that allow Burton to work Dixson to the ropes. While on the ropes, Burton lands the better punches, Dixson
landing kicks to escape. Again, Burton is able to corner Dixson and land before the sound of the bell.
Second round - Burton looks to check the leg kicks as well as attempt a few of his own. At 56 seconds of
the second round, Dixson lands his kick, followed by a right straight down the pipe to floor Burton. I did not
think Burton was as hurt as he was until the ref hit seven on his count. When Burton made no attempt to
stand, I knew Dixson had won the fight.
Fight 6 - Light Heavyweight Bout
Les Harness (6'0", 200 lbs..), with a record of 1-1, was yet another Kongo Do fighter taking on Brighton
Co.ís. Team Dog Pound Joe Sena (6'0", 200 lbs..) who was making his debut. We see the fighters meet in
the middle and go toe to toe. Each lands there fair share of shots, but it is Sena that catches Narness with a
hard right that puts Harness on his back. Harness still game, shoots a heel kick from the mat - this allows
enough time for him to stand back up. Unfortunately for Harness, Sena connects with a monstrous right that
drops Harness again. Sena is able to land one more strike before the ref steps in at 37 seconds to end the
Fight 7 - Kickboxing Super Heavyweight Bout
This third kickboxing brawl was between two Super Heavyweights - both coming from Rapid City, SD. Tony
Kelly (5'9", 245 lbs..) with a record of 6-1, came to the ring representing Dynamic Martial Arts. Pat James
(6'1", 255 lbs..), sporting a 1-0 record, was our second stable mate of Team Scorpion. We start with a feel
out followed by Kelly striking the legs. James keeps moving forward, lands a few leg kicks, right punch
combo's. James comes on strong before the bell, scoring with a flurry of punches.
Second round - We see back an forth action - each man stunning the other, but not able to finish. Kelly
lands a beautiful left hook to the ribs, then goes upstairs for a thumping right to James' head. Due to the
combo at the end of round two, Pat James is unable to answer the bell for the third round.
KDC 10 Action
Fight 8 - Kickboxing Middleweight Bout
Rob Graff (5'11", 174 lbs..), with a record of 1-1, from the Defense Institute returned for his seventh
appearance in the KDC. This would be a kickboxing bout against House of Martial Arts' Colby Snyder (5'8",
172 lbs..), coming in with a record of 4-2. There was no time lost as these two were butting heads at the bell.
Snyder stays his distance as he lands a straight left, then a right high kick to the head. Graff, not liking the
attention, rushes Snyder to the ropes where he throws a flurry of punches, and a kick that lands as a knee.
Graff receives a warning for kneeing, and the action continues. Snyder is able to land first with a low kick,
left, right punch. Graff's answer - rushing Snyder to the corner with wild punches. Graff lands a few punches
before they clinch; We have a ref break, and Snyder again combo's, Graff pushing him to the ropes. Snyder
lands another high kick to the head to end the round.
Second round - Graff starts to answer back with counters off the combo's of Snyder. Just when Graff seems
to have found his ring presence, Snyder lands his low kick, left, right punch combo, and Graff rushes him to
the ropes. Snyder is able to fend off most of the rushes with leg kicks. Snyder ends strong with a straight
right punch that stuns Graff.
Third round - Snyder continues his game plan as Graff tries to push him to the ropes. Snyder finally starts to
circle out so he does not get caught on the ropes. Graff does not pick up the pace as Snyder wins by
Fight 9 - Middleweight Bout
Our ninth (fifth NHB) fight features another one of Kongo Do's men, Phil Tafoya (5'8", 170 lbs.), with a
record of 3-2. Joey Welch (5'7", 170 lbs.), coming in with a record of 1-1, was opposite Tafoya, representing
Team Dog Pound. This match was quite uneventful as the action ended the same way every time there was
a stand-up. Tafoya throws a low kick that is caught by Welch, and then Tafoya gets the double leg. We have
a stop in action to move the fighters to the middle of the ring. Tafoya does an excellent job of nullifying the
attack of Welch, as he stays busy with feet on thighs.
Second round - Tafoya throws the low kick which Welch catches for the double leg. Another move to the
middle restarts the action with Welch in Tafoya's guard. There is a stand-up due to lack of action. Again,
Welch gets the takedown. Welch stands while still in guard to land a few shots. This gives Tafoya enough
leverage to reverse position. The round ends with Welch pulling guard.
Third round - Both looking gassed out, Tafoya again makes the mistake of kicking - Welch gets the double
leg but no action has the ref standing the fighters up. This time, Welch flick's a few punches out, and Tafoya
tries to counter. Welch clinches and begins to land knees and strikes. Tafoya looks to turn his back as he
grabs the ropes. At this point, the fight is over - unfortunately, our ref does not agree. A good 20-30 seconds
pass, Tafoya, holding onto the ropes, does not get a warning. The crowd begins to get irate as they scream
for the ref to get the fighters off the ropes. Tafoya eventually taps out at 2:35 of the third round.
Fight 10 - Super Lightweight Title Bout
Up for grabs in this fight was the super lightweight NHB title. Josh Barlow (6'0", 152 lbs..), sporting a record
of 3-1, representing Team Scorpion, took on Beau Whipple (5'8", 152 lbs..) with a 11-2 record who
represents Team War Party out of Denver. Whipple looked to be the aggressor as he connected with a left
low kick, right punch combo. Barlow unfazed, countered with a left hook. Again, Whipple comes in with a leg
kick but it is Barlow who connects with a straight right that puts Whipple on the canvas. Whipple recovers
quickly as Barlow jumps on him for some ground and pound. Unable to finish Whipple, Barlow attacks the
legs with submissions. It looks like Whipple will survive as Barlow stands-up with Whipple's leg still locked.
In an amazing move, Barlow applies a standing Achilles ankle lock at 33 seconds to win the super
lightweight NHB belt.
Fight 11 - Middleweight Bout
In what was the turn around fight of the night, Kongo Do's Donnie Lyles (5'10", 178 lbs..) began his career
against Pat Smith's Team Torcher student, Joe Trujillo (6'0", 178 lbs..), with a record of 1-0 in our seventh
NHB battle. Trujillo came in with a sculpted physique plus Pat Smith's tutelage which had me thinking this is
a mismatch. Lyles, surprising all in attendance, immediately clinches and gets an outside leg trip landing in
Trujillo's half guard. Lyles is unable to maintain position as Trujillo reverses into mount. Underestimating
Lyles, Trujillo sits up and tries to finish the fight with strikes. Lyles easily reverses and gains mount. Now it
is Lyles' turn to deal some punishment. Lyles lands two shots to the face as Trujillo gives his back. Lyles
sinks in his hooks and at 1:14 of the first round, Trujillo is tapping to a rear naked choke. Lyles proved to all
in attendance that training hard and never giving up gets you a long way in our sport. I will take nothing away
from Lyles by saying - I can't wait for a rematch!!!
Fight 12 - Kickboxing Welterweight Title Bout
Advantage Martial arts' (Arvada, CO.) Byron Sowell (5'11", 160 lbs..), with a record of 2-0, was set to take
on Donald Cerrone (6'0", 160 lbs..), also undefeated at 4-0, who fights for Team Freedom Fighters. The
winner of this Kickboxing match would earn the men's lightweight kickboxing title. I was very impressed with
Sowell as he seemed to stick to his game plan. Although Cerrone had the heavier handed single shots, it
was Sowell who stayed the pace with better combo's and effectively using the ring. Cerrone landed a push
kick to the gut, followed with a right that had Sowell hitting the floor. Sowell quickly gets up but still receives
the standing eight count. Cerrone runs across the ring trying to land his flying snap kick which misses.
Sowell counters with a right that sends Cerrone to the ground and gives him a standing eight count.
Second round - Cerrone begins to string punches together for some nice combo's. Sowell still trades with his
man but is unable to hurt Cerrone. Before the bell, Cerrone puts Sowell back down for an eight count.
Third round - Is all Cerrone, as he score's three knockdowns before the ref declares him the winner and new
lightweight kickboxing champion.
Fight 13 - Main Event - Middleweight KDC Title Bout
Our main event was the long anticipated rematch from KDC 7 (Oct. 4, 2003), between Matt DeWolf and
John Sargent. In their last meeting, DeWolf landed a left hand in his guard, which gave Sargent a gash over
the right eye that stopped the bout with seconds remaining in the first round. DeWolf received the Belt;
Sargent received 17 stitches and has had six months to heal. A little background - Matt DeWolf was handed
his first loss against Rob Graff at KDC 8 (Jan. 17, 2004). Strange but true, this bout ended in much the same
way as DeWolf/Sargent I. Graff landed a glancing blow that fractured DeWolf's nose. The fight was stopped
by the doctor and Graff became the belt holder. At our last Kickdown, KDC 9 (Feb. 20, 2004), Graff gave up
the belt to pursue his stand-up career.
Now back to our Main Event at KDC 10, the men's middleweight NHB title match. Matt DeWolf (5'9", 185
lbs..) with a record of 7-1 and a Team Scorpion team member would rematch California's self trained John
Sargent (5'7", 185 lbs..), sporting a record of 2-1, to see who would become the true champion. Much like
there first meeting, Sargent scores the double leg takedown into DeWolf's guard. Sargent attempts to pass
guard with no luck. Making the mistake of extending his arms, DeWolf takes advantage with a textbook arm
bar. At 1:04 of the first round, DeWolf is able to make Sargent tap out to become the champion for the
second time in Kickdown history.
From - Jason Martinez (with a little editing from us - Highlights, color, etc...)
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