MMA fans got to see a great card put together in part by Skip Kelp (Superfights MMA) and Kim Couture (KC Concepts). Xtreme Couture fighters took seven out of eight fights in a Night Of Combat II that left the fans wanting more!
The Co-Main event featuring Rick Roufus (4-3), a six-time world kickboxing champion and UFC veteran Hector Ramirez (7-3-1) was a fifteen minute battle which both fighters left it all in the ring.
Ramirez won the fight via unanimous decision but Roufus landed several impressive strikes in the first round, including a spinning backfist that staggered the “Sick Dog”.
All three judges scored the fight 29-28. Ramirez added another win to his resume.
In the co-feature, Jay Hieron (16-4) won a bloody unanimous decision over Chris Kennedy (6-6).
Hieron went to work with a devastating ground and pound game letting Kennedy know immediately that Jay’s elbows should be called weapons of mass destruction which left Kennedy bloody and a fist size welt on his forehead in the second which only got worse.
“He’s a warrior,” Hieron said. “He was bloody and kept going.”
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to use my elbows,” Hieron said. “That’s my weapon.”
All three judges scored the fight 30-27.
Kennedy, a local Las Vegas fighter, stepped up on short notice after Bryson Kamaka, who had been scheduled to fight Hieron, tested positive for marijuana during pre-fight testing by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Mike Pyle (17-5-1) won via submission over Brian Gassaway (28-18-2).
Pyle used a ground and pound attack before finishing with an armbar at 4:21 of the first round.
“I made sure I got a good clean takedown,” Pyle said. “I kind of wanted to pound him out and make him quit, but I’ll take the submission.”
Gideon Ray (15-10-1) completely helpless against John Alessio’s (24-11) heavy hands.
Alessio knocked out Gideon in just 45 seconds into the first round and a bit of payback for some heated words at wiegh-ins which prompted Gideon’s cheap shot shoving tactic.
Gideon continued to show little class when exiting the ring with an ice pack on his forehead, Ray threatened some of Alessio’s supporters sing ringside and was held back by his camp.
Chalk one one up for the good guys!
Josh Haynes (11-10) beat Sean Salmon (15-5), at 2:49 of the second round with an achilles lock.
Haynes dropped Salmon with a heavy left hook early in the first. In the second, Haynes again dropped Salmon with a straight right. Salmon with a solid chin held on for second time and got up to continue the fight. When the fight went tot he ground Haynes not known for his ground game took complete control and ended the fight with a submission.
Night of Combat II results
-Ryan Hass defeats Ian Omalza by submission (Armbar) at 3:09 of R1.
-Elena Reid defeats Stephanie Palmer by TKO (Punch) at 0:53 of R1.
-Patrick “Kui” Gonsalves defeats Shawn David by submission (Kimura) at 3:51 of R2.
-Jonathan Mix defeats John Halverson by TKO (strikes) at 4:25 of R1.
-Josh Haynes defeats Sean Salmon by submission (achilles lock) at 2:49 of R2.
-John Alessio defeats Gideon Ray by TKO (Strikes) at 0:45 of R1.
-Mike Pyle defeats Brian Gassaway by submission (Armbar) at 4:21 of R1.
-Jay Hieron defeats Chris Kennedy by unanimous decision.
-Hector Ramirez defeats Rick Roufus by unanimous decision.
By: Scott Haney