On Saturday, PROMMA.INFO’s Brian Furby attended the “ICF 16: Resurrection” show at the ICF Fight Club in Cincinnati, Ohio. The ten-fight card was capped off by two professional fights – a catchweight match between George Oiler and Brandon Howard, and an ICF Lightweight Title match between Team Xtreme’s Chad Hinton and Justin Moore from 4 Seasons.
Play-by-play, full results, and my choices for the “of the night” honors follow the jump.
Steven Singleton vs. Daniel Harrington (155)
Singleton fights out of Team Vision. No team affiliation is announced for Harrington.
Harrington lands a leg kick but eats a left hook in the process. They trade multiple shots to the head and Singleton lands a solid left that stuns Harrington but Harrington moves back to his feet and Singleton almost drops him with another left hook that opens a cut above Harrington’s right eye. Harrington moves for a takedown and Singleton defends before ultimately going down, pulling guard and quickly sinking in a guillotine.
Steven Singleton wins via submission (guillotine) at :54 of Round 1.
Robbie Walker vs Trent Thomas
Thomas, making his MMA debut, fights out of Team Wreckoning. Walker, also making his MMA debut, fights out of Team Vision.
Thomas connects with a leg kick but eats a two-punch combo in the process. They trade punches and Walker lands a right that stuns Thomas and takes him down. Walker springs on his downed opponent and quickly sinks in the guillotine, ending the fight.
Robbie Walker wins via submission (guillotine) at :27 of Round 1.
Shiva Mahabir vs. Gregg Stracener (135)
Mahabir fights out of Son of Siam. No team affiliation is announced for Gregg Stracener.
Stracener lands a jab but Mahabir answers with a leg kick and shoots in after taking more punches from Stracener. Mahabir takes the top position but Stracener briefly has a guillotine attempt and lands body shots. Mahabir gets out, reverses and immediately takes Stracener’s back, landing multiple shots to the head and body until the ref steps in to stop it.
Shiva Mahabir wins via TKO (strikes) at :51 in Round 1.
Joel Miller vs. Yancy Martin (170)
Martin fights out of Walker MMA. Miller fights out of Fusion MMA.
Martin opens with a hard inside leg kick. Miller misses with a combo but lands a body kick and they clinch up. Miller scores a takedown but Martin takes the top position inside Martin’s guard. Martin stands and kicks Martin’s legs. Martin stands and lands a pair of body kicks. They clinch up and trade knees to the body. Martin works in body shots and lands more knees to the body. Miller lands a hard right as the two separate then another body kick. Martin misses with a left and Miller puts him against the cage before scoring a double leg takedown. Martin rolls and gets a hold of Miller’s leg and takes the top position on the ground. Martin passes guard into side control, then Miller pulls guard again. Miller is trying to control Martin’s wrists and pull Martin’s head down, then goes for an armbar as Martin tries to stand. Martin gets his arm out and takes top position again, inside Miller’s guard. The two remain in that position as the round ends.
Close round there, but Martin should have pulled out a win due to his striking and good position control.
PRO MMA sees it 10-9 Martin.
Martin lands a body kick to start, then misses with a right. Miller throws a body kick but Martin takes him down and gets side control landing shots from the top. Miller tries to sweep him but Martin keeps position and works on body shots. Miller tries to sweep again but Martin transitions to full mount position, landing more shots from the top. Miller does a good job of moving under Martin’s mount but can’t buck Martin off. Martin moves to get an armbar from the top but Miller gets out briefly before Martin takes top position again. Miller briefly works for a triangle then armbar, but Martin spins over the top of Miller and lands inside Miller’s half-guard. Miller almost sweeps Martin but moves to the full mount, landing more shots from the top to the head and body. Miller tries to sweep again but martin keeps full mount as the round ends.
PRO MMA sees it 10-9 Martin.
Martin lands a push kick to start but eats some hard punches in the process. Miller lands a number of punches before Martin clinches up and works knees to the body. Miller scores a takedown and Martin pulls guard. Miller lands a couple shorts shots from the top but Martin sweeps him and takes the top position, eventually moving to side control, working for a keylock but Miller gets his arm out. Martin lands some short shots from the top, but the ref stands them up. Miller misses with a right but then lands a combo before Martin takes him back down. Martin moves Miller towards the cage. Martin works from inside Miller’s guard but doesn’t land any shots and the ref stands them up. Miller misses with another right as they move together but Martin immediately moves in and scores the takedown as the round ends.
A better round for Miller. I think Miller likely edged that round out on the cards in spite of Martin’s takedowns, but it looks like Martin is going to win the fight.
PRO MMA sees it 10-9 Miller.
Yancy Martin wins via Unanimous Decision (no scores announced).
Doug Keefe vs. Joe Maiani (155)
Keefe fights out of Fusion MMA. Maiani fights out of Walker MMA.
Keefe throws a lazy combo that falls short, but then lands a leg kick and a second, but maiani catches the leg and takes him down, landing shots from the top. Maiani passes to side control and lands more shots from the top, kneeing Keefe in the shoulder and arm. Maiani has one of Keefe’s arms and legs tied up, and Keefe gets out but then Maiani passes to side control again, landing more shots from the top. Maiani lands head shots from half-guard and when Keefe scrambles, Maiani briefly moves to takes his back but stays on the side, landing more head shots. Keefe almost sweeps Maiani and lands an uppercut as the two stand, but Maiani scores another takedown as the round ends.
A dominant round for Maiani.
PRO MMA sees it 10-9 Maiani.
M opens with a right hook but Keefe answers and Maiani moves in for a single leg takedown and Keefe defends, but Maiani ultimately scores the takedown. Maiani takes side control, tying up one of Keefe’s arms and landing head shots from the top. Maiani lands more shots from the top. Keefe briefly works for a triangle but Maiani pulls his head out and then works his way back in, landing some body shots. The ref stands them up as the action slows. Once up, Maiani lands a push kick, then misses with a second. He shoots in but Keefe stuffs it and lands a few short punches before Maiani scoops him up for a takedown as the round ends.
Another good round for Maiani.
PRO MMA sees it 10-9 Maiani.
Maiani lands a front kick to start, then another, but is dropped by a hard right from Keefe. Keefe springs on him and lands head shots from the top as Maiani tries to pull Keefe’s legs out from under him. Keefe locks Maiani up in what looks like an anaconda and cranks it, and the ref steps in to stop it as Maiani appears to lose consciousness.
Doug Keefe wins via submission (arm triangle choke) at :56 in Round 3.
Brett Ewing vs. Wesley Barrantine (145)
Ewing fights out of Team Cruelty. Barrantine fights out of Team Vision.
Ewing lands a left hook to start and Barrantine answers with a right. Ewing moves in and takes Barrantine down, landing body shots from the top. Barrantine pulls guard but Ewing still works from the top landing more body shots. Ewing briefly postures up and lands some head shots and Barrantine tries to scramble beforely pulling guard again. Ewing lands more head shots from inside Barrantine’s guard and Barrantine looks for a triangle and Ewing picks him up ands slams him, then picks Barrantine up again but when Barrantine grabs Ewing’s leg, Ewing rolls Barrantine and moves out the back, pulling his arm and head free. Ewing takes side control , then full mount, landing head shots from the top as the round ends.
A nice submission attempt by Barrantine there at the end, but I think Ewing’s dominance and amount of strikes landed won him the round.
PRO MMA sees it 10-9 Ewing.
Ewing immediately shoots down and takes Barrantine down with a big slam. Ewing lands a couple shots from the top, trying to transition to mount. Barrantine pulls guard and ties up Ewing’s arms after Ewing lands a few shots. Ewing gets his arms free an lands more head shots and Barrantine pulls Ewing down to prevent him from posturing up. Ewing lands a few more shots but the ref stands them up as the action slows. Ewing lands a left hook once they’re restarted an Barrantine a right and Ewing scores a takedown, landing in top position. Ewing lands more shots from the top from inside half-guard and Barrantine tries to pull Ewing down to prevent him from posturing up. Ewing lands more shots from the top as the round ends.
PRO MMA sees it 10-9 Ewing.
Barrantine misses with a big overhand right and Ewing shoots in and takes him down. Barrantine ties up Ewing’s head briefly but Ewing gets it out and transitions to full mount, landing more shots from the top. Ewing continues to rain down shots from the top until the ref steps in to call it.
Brett Ewing wins via TKO (strikes) at :43 in Round 3.
Alexander Smith vs Eric Moell (135)
Smith fights out of Team Xtreme. Moell fights out of Invincible MMA. This match is for the vacant ICF (Am) Bantamweight Title.
Moell misses with a right and shoots in but Smith stuffs it and lands body and head shots from the top. Moell scrambles and tries to sweep and manages to pull guard. Smith tries to pass but can’t and Moell works on a triangle but Smith defends and lands a head shot. Moell lands a shot from the bottom and Smith works his way out of the triangle, landing more shots from the top. Smith lands hammer fists as Moell works for another submission from the bottom, and Smith manages to transition to full mount and land short head shots from the top. Smith lands more shots, but Moell manages to sweep him and take top position on the ground as the round ends.
Tough round to call. Moell was busier on the ground but Smith landed more strikes throughout. I think Smith will squeak by on the cards this round due to his striking.
PRO MMA sees it 10-9 Smith.
Moell lands a hard right hook to start and then shoots in and takes Smith down, but Smith immediately sinks in the guillotine and scores the quick tap, ending the fight.
Alex Smith wins via submission (guillotine) at :15 of Round 2 to become the new ICF Bantamweight Champion.
Marcus Finch vs. Richie Mayes (195)
Finch fights out of Team Xtreme. Mayes fights out of 4 Seasons.
Some range testing early. Mayes lands a right to the body and Finch and left and they clinch up, Mayes pushing Finch against the cage and then Finch reverses and lands a knee to the body. Finch lands another knee to the body as they separate, then a body kick and the two circle each other. Some left hooks from Mayes fall out of range but then he rushes in and Finch puts him against the cage and lands a knee to the body, then one to Mayes’s leg. Mayes lands some body shots from his position against the cage and Finch lands more knees to the body. Mayes reverses Finch against the cage, then spins and takes him down, working from side control. They trade body shots and Mayes works Finch towards the edge the mat, pushing him against the cage as the round ends.
A very close round. Mayes takedown was good at the end, but I think Finch’s control prior to that is going to win him the round. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it go either way in that round.
PRO MMA sees it 10-9 Finch.
Mayes connects with an inside leg kick to start the round, then another a moment later. Finch lands a body kick but Mayes lands a right in the process. Mayes misses with a leg kick. Mayes lands an inside leg kick, then a second light one, and misses with a back roundhouse. The two taunt each other as both refuse to engage. Mayes misses with a big right hook, then an inside leg kick a few moments later. Mayes then lands an inside leg kick, then an unintentional groin shot and the action is stopped as Finch is given time to recover. Mayes misses with a big right as the action restarts and then Finch connects with a right and doges a right from Mayes. Mayes clinches up and Finch lands knees to the body and grazes Mayes with a knee to the face (which are illegal in amateur MMA in Ohio) as the round ends.
A largely inactive round. Finch landed some good knees towards the end, but Mayes was the aggressor almost the entire round and I think that will win it for him on the scorecards.
PRO MMA sees it 10-9 Mayes.
Finch opens with a push kick and Mayes lands an inside leg kick. They circle and Finch sneaks in a jab. Finch misses with a huge left hook and Mayes connects with a short right hook. Mayes misses with a left hook and then Finch answers with a right. Mayes takes Finch’s legs out of from under him with an inside leg kick as Finch is swinging with a left, but he allows Finch to stand. Mayes lands a body kick, and the two taunt each other more. Finch lands an inside leg kick, and Mayes answers with one of his own. Finch lands a two-punch combo, and Mayes lands a right. Both land single shots to the head and Finch lands a push kick. Mayes grazes Finch with a big right, then connects on another. Mayes lands a two punch combo and Finch lands another push kick and scores a takedown as the round ends.
A tough one to score. Mayes was the aggressor for most of the round and even though Finch managed to connect on some decent shots and score the takedown at the end of the round, he’ll likely get out-pointed in the final round.
PRO MMA sees it 10-9 Mayes.
Richie Mayes wins via Unanimous Decision (no scores announced).
George Oiler vs. Brandon Howard (180) (PRO)
Oiler fights out of West Virginia MMA and Team Jorge Gurgel. Howard fights out of Elizabethtown, Ky.
Howard misses with a leg kick to open the action. Oiler lands a body kick and then moves in and takes Howard down. Howard almost rolls Oiler but Oiler kicks off the cage and stays in top position, moving to full mount, landing shots from the top. Howard rolls and Oiler immediately moves for a rear naked choke, landing some short shots to Howard’s head. Howard has control of one of Oiler’s arms and tries to roll him off, but it only allows Oiler to sink in the rear naked choke deeper. Howard punches back and hits Oiler in the face and rolls and Oiler pulls guard. Howard lands a couple good shots from the top, followed by more. They stand and Oiler lands a good knee to the body and the two trade head shots. Oiler lands an uppercut then two knees to the head. , followed by another and a hard right. He scoops Howard up and slams him for a big takedown, then moves to full mount, landing more shots from the top. Howard tries to roll, but Oiler keeps position and moves for the armbar and Howard throws knees to Oiler’s head from the bottom. Oiler keeps working on Howard’s arm and manages to sink in the armbar, securing the win.
George Oiler wins via submission (armbar) at 4:04 of Round 1.
Chad Hinton vs. Justin Moore (155) (PRO)
Hinton, the defending champ, fights out of Team Xtreme. Moore, the challenger, fights out of 4 Seasons. This fight is for the ICF Lightweight Title (PRO).
After some brief circling, and a few range-testing shots, Hinton connects with an inside leg kick. Hinton lands an outside leg kick and Moore lands a left. Hinton misses with a Superman punch and Moore shoots in, Hinton defends and the two go to the ground but Hinton stands and lets Moore stand. Moore lands a short right hook and Hinton grazes Moore with a head kick. Hinton connects with a hard right as Moore comes in, then follows it with a knee to the body. Moore pushes Hinton against the cage and Hinton scores with a knee to the body, then another and he takes Moore down and lands in mount. Hinton lands some hard punches from the top and on the second or third, KOs Moore, and has ref Greg Franklin rushing in to stop the action.
Chad Hinton wins via KO at 2:11 of Round 1.
A good night of fights. Here are my picks for Fight Night Honors.
KO of the Night: Chad Hinton over Justin Moore
No question here – a dominating performance by ICF Lightweight Champ Chad Hinton. Once the fight hit the ground, it was only seconds before Hinton put Moore to sleep.
Submission of the Night: Doug Keefe over Joe Maini
Going into the final round of the fight, it appeared Keefe was down on the scorecards and had to finish to win. He dropped Maiani with a right and then immediately sunk in what appeared to be an anaconda choke, but was announced as an arm triangle choke, to end the fight. (This fight also scored as my runner-up for Fight of the Night.)
Fight of the Night: Yancy Martin vs. Joel Miller
A great effort from both Martin, fighting out of Walker MMA, and Miller, fighting out of Fusion MMA. For three rounds, fans got to see these two promising amateurs battle it out on the feet and on the ground with Martin ultimately coming out the winner. Congrats to both guys on their performances.
By: Brian Furby