With the energy of the UFC Fan Expo right down the street, the South Point Arena was electric with live music, food trucks, sponsor & vender booths and a host of big name attendees.
It Ain’t Chemo was in the building with two of their Cancer Warriors competing and had both Ryan & Randy Couture with them to support the cause. Jake Ellenberger, Krzysztof Soszynski, Robert Drysdale and James McSweeney were also their supporting their teams and enjoying the night of fights.
Festibrawl delivered again with a great night of action that featured 3 Championship Fights, 2 Women’s 125 lb Tournament Fights & 7 KO’s. Two of the nights early stoppages happened in astonishing times of 7 seconds and 5 seconds respectively. After witnessing the 7 second knock out delivered by It Ain’t Chemo’s Hansel Aquino, no one expected that his mark would ever be bested, especially on the same night. Veronica Rothenhausler did just that though with the 5 second knock out she delivered en route to becoming the new 145 lb Tuff-N-Uff Champion. Justin “The Grave Digger” Driggers also had an impressive outing with a 1st round knock out victory that was set up with a nasty head kick followed up by two big right hands. It was his first victory by K.O. and I’m sure it won’t be his last.
Rachael Cummins had the only submission of the night with an impressive rear naked choke win that will advance her to the Tournament Final. She secured the finish quickly and it’s sure to be an interesting match up as she faces Christine Ferea for the 125 lb Title on August 18th in Mesquite.
In addition to Veronica Rothenhausler’s title victory, there were two other title fights contested at Festibrawl. Andrew Stramler of Drysdale Jiu Jitsu showed that he’s not just a ground fighter as he caught his opponent with a solid right hand that set up his hammer fist finish. Stramler is now the Tuff-N-Uff Light Heavyweight Champ and is ready to defend it as soon as possible.
The Main Event featured a rematch between the reigning 125 lb Champ, Tolin “The Hawk” Garcia and Art “The Spider Monkey” Nicholas. Had you seen these two guys before the fight, you would have thought they were training partners, best friends or family of some kind. Once they stepped in the cage though, it became abundantly clear that they both meant business. Tolin showed true determination as he refused to let a vicious low blow end the night early. After a lengthy delay that allowed “The Hawk” to fully recover, Garcia continued in his wrestling and grappling dominance to defend and retain the 125 lb title. A much improved Art Nicholas made it a competitive affair, but just didn’t have quite enough to get the decision.
Full Event Results:
Tom Morales defeated Magdo Santana via Split Decision
Hansel Aquino defeated Kyle Neal via 1st round K.O.
Justin Driggers defeated Zach Holbrook via 1st round K.O.
Rachael Cummins defeated Chrissy Lim via 1st round Rear Naked Choke
Lenon Ford defeated Kris Silva via Split Decision
Dylan Jarhling defeated Michael Kreple via 1st round Doctor Stoppage
Shai Lindsey defeated Jeff Wright via 1st round T.K.O.
Christine Ferea defeated Kristi Lopez via Unanimous Decision
Donavon Frelow defeated Jesse Romero via 1st round T.K.O.
Andrew Stramler defeated Cory Hendricks via 1st round K.O. (Light Heavyweight Championship)
Veronica Rothenhausler defeated Ashlee Evans-Smigh via 1st round K.O. (Featherweight Championship)
Tolin Garcia defeated Arthur Ncicholas via Unanimous Decision (Flyweight Championship)
Be sure to catch all the action next time at Tuff-N-Uff!
MJ on MMA