On Saturday the Intensity MMA & Fitness Center hosted the latest (IKF) International Kickboxing Federation show at their South San Diego Gym. This was a first for Intensity to host such a large event with so many participants (52) coming from all over, from as far north as Los Angeles and as far south as Ensenada, B. C., Mexico to represent 13 separate gyms.
In Bout #1, it was David Papa of the Valor Fight Club, Logan Heights, SD, CA earning the victory over Odvan Vargas of the Mojac Gym, Tijuana, B. C., Mexico.
In Bout #2, it was Joey Splock of Team Rolando training at Team Quest, Encinitas, CA getting the win over Gael Rodriguez of the Reyes Gym in Tijuana, B. C., Mexico.
In Bout #3, Adrian Lopez of Intensity MMA, South San Diego got the best of Gomy Regalado of the Mojac Gym.
In Bout #4, it was Kevin Meza of the Mojac Gym securing the win over Christopher Rivera of the Alliance Training Center, Chula Vista, who was making his Muay Thai debut.
In Bout #5, it was Gustavo Regalado of the Mojac Gym gaining the walkover victory over Stephen Hill of the Alliance Training Center.
In Bout #6, it was Ian Reyes of the Reyes Gym getting the victory over Roberto Diaz of the Valor Fight Club.
In Bout #7, it was Ricky Hernandez of the Mojac Gym defeating Osmar Ignacio of the host gym, Intensity MMA.
In Bout #8, it was Gabriel Hernandez of Alliance Training Center defeating Victor Aguilar of Intensity MMA.
In Bout #9, it was Hachem Nessea of the Alliance Training Center getting the win over Randall Cattson of the King Tiger Gym, San Diego.
Bout #10 featured the invincible Said Sanchez of the Valor Fight Club getting the best of Ruben Guzman of Intensity MMA.
In Bout #11, it was Ernesto Galan Monreal of the Mojac Gym, Tijuana earning an unanimous decision victory over Christopher Moret of Intensity MMA. Plain and simple, Moret couldn’t keep up with Galan’s offensive output which at times was two kicks to one kick or three punches to one punch.
In Bout #12, it was Juan Quintana of the Durepss Fight Team, Tijuana, B. C., Mexico, the slicker striker and slashing kicker getting the best of Alejandro Hernandez of the Valor Fight Club to earn the win.
At the conclusion of Bout #13 the applause needle hit at an all-time high. Tiffany Ignacio of Intensity MMA and Azul Medina of the Valor Fight Club went nonstop and as a consequence the judges deemed it necessary to declare the bout a draw.
In Bout #14, Canelito Kristian of the Tostado Gym, Tecate, B. C., Mexico got the victory over Mike Casillas of Intensity MMA. It’s far too early to predict Mr. Kristian’s future, but he did show a lot of chutzbah on Saturday. The energizer bunny appears to be well schooled and he’s certainly exciting to watch.
Bout #15 featured an inter-gym match between Armando Arranaga (l) and Zaid Aldama (r) of Intensity MMA. From the photo below, it’s clear who came out victorious. Arranaga dominated from start to finish.
In Bout #16, it was Andrew Ramos of the Valor Fight Club getting the win over Evan Dlon of Team Rolando. Ramos took full advantage of his height and reach advantage to set up his attack and keep the shorter fireplug off balance and at a distance where he was then less affective.
In Bout #17, it was the big guy Richard Hernandez of Intensity MMA battling Eduardo Hernandez of the Entram Gym in Tijuana. Despite their size, both fighters showed great dexterity and went nonstop as they kept pounding each other. More than likely, Rich Hernandez won over the judges by landing the cleaner shots early, and then he hung on as Eduardo showed he was too legit to quit. With his staying power, Eduardo Hernandez made the judges’ decision a tough one.
Bout #18, another inter-gym contest, saw Aaron Cisneros and Adrian Muron, both from Intensity MMA, battle to a draw. Even though Cisneros looked to be the sharper puncher, the fact that Muron was a fill-in, last minute replacement, gave credence to the judges ruling the bout a draw.
Bout #19 featured Hermes Pinu of the Pacific Training Center, La Jolla taking on Javier Rios of Intensity MMA. Since Rios was a last minute replacement and deemed under sized, the match was declared a draw even though it was clear Pinu dominated with the more powerful and accurate kicks and punches.
The best defense is a good offense. In round one of Bout #20, it was Sebastian Hernandez of the Pacific Training Center dominating Miguel Hernandez of the Valor Fight Club with powerful punches to the head and kicks to the thighs that had Miguel Hernandez almost always backing up. With such a potent offense, the need to concern himself about his defense, hardly ever presented itself.
In Bout #21, it was Terry Broker of the House of Discipline, Spring Valley, CA getting the nod over Joseph Hernandez of Intensity MMA. The reason was clear enough, or should we say painful enough, Hernandez kept getting clobbered by Broker’s right hands to the face. Despite the urging of his grandfather who is a well respected boxing trainer, Hernandez concerned himself with the kicks and hardly ever had his guard up.
In Bout #22 Aristeo Arranaga of Intensity MMA and Sergio Porras of the Alliance Training Center went nonstop. In the end, the judges ruled it was a draw.
In Bout #23 it was Matt Rascon of American Boxing, Pacific Beach earning an unanimous decision over Emmanuel Raines of the Alliance Training Center. Even though it was Rascon dominating in the first two rounds, Raines never gave up and came on in the third and final round of this heated battle royale.
In Bout #24, it was Roy Vazquez of Alliance Training Center in his debut proving unstoppable in his beat down of Hector Bracamonte of the Durepss Fight Team. The 16 year-old’s accurate kicks and punches were scary good in the lead up to the knock out win (a body shot) in the third round.
Bout #25 saw Ivy Chu of the Pacific Training Center run roughshod over Jen Lane of Intensity MMA. Her combinations of slashing kick, hard kick, then roundhouse rights and lefts overwhelmed her opponent leading to the early second round stoppage.
In Bout #26, the final contest of the night, Nahdia Barrientos from Alliance Training Center, an outstanding USA Amateur boxer, got her first taste of IKF Muay Thai. Her opponent was Raily Allen of Team Rolando, Encinitas. After trading punches and kicks early on, Barrientos started landing this attention getting kicks – one to the face, followed by the harder kicks to the thighs and midsection. One combination of a kick, plus overhand right led to the first stoppage. Refusing to quit, Allen decided to give it another try. Seconds later, Barrientos landed this kick near the liver. With the excruciating pain on her right side, Allen intelligently took a knee. With the pain persisting, the blue corner decided it was best to call it a night.