In an industry that is defined by how many people you have lined up outside your business and willing to wait patiently to get in, a fight promoter like Rudy Silva, the CEO of The Hurt Business Promotional Group, must be in high demand. San Diego’s new, undisputed king of the fighting sports promoters certainly knows how to attract the fun crowd. He does it by giving his patrons what they want – great fights in a party atmosphere.
The critics will point their finger at the late start (almost 10 p.m.) which led to an early morning conclusion (1:54 a.m.), the big screen coverage of the fights that cut in-and-out at the most inopportune times, and the demented DJ who kept interspersing foul noise (you can’t call profanity music) with the classics. The majority of the people were there to support their fighter, watch the exciting matches, get a buzz on and as always check out the opposite sex. Celebrity guests included UFC fighter Dominick Cruz, the head coach of the Alliance Training Center’s Pro MMA team Eric Del Fierro, Rolando Perez, the legendary Jeff “the Pipelayer” Glover joined color commentators Carlos Kremer and Tony Lopez to give their thoughts on the bouts, the heavies from Victory MMA were there to include Dean Lister and we can’t forget the birthday boy, this giant robot who goes by the name of Robzilla. He traveled about the club having his photo taken with the ladies. The belle of the ball had to be this young lady who was turning heads all night long.
In Bout #6 it was featherweight sensation, 23 year-old Joshua Kim (2-0) of International Self Defense taking on 25 year-old Christian Leon (4-0) from The Arena. Despite having a point deducted in round one for delivering a knee to Leon’s head, Kim never failed to either match or outwork his opponent with both the punches and kicks. While switching stances, the righty would hit Leon with either hand. With each performance, both he and his twin brother Jonathan appear to be getting better and better. Kim was awarded a unanimous decision.
In Bout #7 it was 24-year-old Josh Quinones of Victory MMA in his debut versus the more experienced Troy Percy (1-2) unattached.
In Bout #6 it was Josh Kim from International Self Defense vs. Christian Leon from The Arena in a C.A.M.O. 145 lb. featherweight match.
One of the show-stoppers was Bout #9 featuring the odds on favorite Bruce Smith (5-1) of Victory MMA/City of Champions/Team 9MMA going up against 22 year-old Hunter (Spike) Carlyle (4-3) from Kokusai Budo. The end came by what appeared to be a guillotine choke leading to a submission at the 2:14 mark of round two. The amusing theatrics that followed the submission put a smile on most everyone’s face except for Bruce Smith.
In Bout #10, it was Jonathan Butler (1-0) from Victory MMA facing Tyler Meade (1-0) from the Arena. Meade comes away with the quickie victory by submission at the 1:37 mark of round one. It happened so fast, it may be that no one has a photo of the submission. We’re still checking.
In Bout #11 you had Gina Reyes of San Diego in her amateur debut going up against fellow rookie Gabriella Roberts from White Tiger Martial Arts. In her corner Reyes had both coach Manolo “El Huracan” Hernandez and flyweight sensation Ilima Lei Macfarlane who now fights for Bellator. Aside from a slight edge in strength for Roberts, it appeared both ladies did just about the same as it pertains to strikes, kicks and takedowns. As a result the fight ended up being a Mixed Decision Draw.
In Bout #12, it was Jonathan Kim (2-0) taking on Dylan Barrales (2-1) from Victory MMA in another classic match-up that ended with Kim getting the victory by way of a third round submission.
In Bout #13 it was Jefferson Creighton, now (4-2) coming away with the mixed decision victory over the always tough David Judd (4-4-2) of Right Cross to win the Lightweight title. Creighton won by being the more accurate of the two in the first two rounds and then held on in the third stanza as Judd pulled out all the stops.
Bout #14 featured 24 year-old Angel “Superman” Ramirez (3-0) from Alliance East going up against the 32 year-old Alex Thompson (0-1) from Team Quest, Temecula for the 185 lb. Middleweight Title. It was Ramirez landing the big overhand right to stop Thompson and earn the TKO victory.