Rise Fighting Championship - July 8th, 2006
The Portland Expo Center - Portland, Oregon
Review by Michael Angelo
Ringside Photography by Omar Santiago
Additional Photography by Mike Renouard
Island Promotions, LLC introduced the inaugural Rise Fighting Championship
to the fight fans of Portland, Oregon by bringing top talent from around
the nation (along with providing health insurance and accommodations
for each of the fighters) to battle it out at the Portland Expo Center.
Being scheduled on the same night as UFC 61, there still was a
decent draw of fans ready to see action LIVE & in person;
and with a very professionally run event and an evenly matched card,
Rise FC did not disappoint. Ring announcer Amin Mottahed began the evening
introducing the fighters from the Blue Corner, then the Red Corner,
as the fighters all came to the ring in old-fashioned Pride-style.
After meeting our warriors for the evening, we were treated to a great
highlight reel of "The Prodigy", BJ Penn, and then BJ himself came to the ring
for a quick interview where he took the time to express his gratitude towards
the fight fans of the Northwest. Shortly thereafter... it was time to RISE!
Bout 1: Welterweight (170 lbs)
Stradler started this match with swift takedowns, but both fighters had good submission attempts and defense for each other throughout the First Round. Early in the Second, Groves ate a groin kick that he was unable to answer to within the allotted 5 minute period,
forcing the bout into a No Contest.
Bout 2: Heavyweight (205 lbs)
Kile Beck (Portland Thai Boxing - Portland, OR) by Unanimous Decision
For all three rounds, Kelly Gray & Kile Beck gave us some good grappling, striking, and clinch work, never letting up on the heavy hands. Both fighters showed great conditioning & kept the fight moving at a good pace for heavyweights. Although there were a couple of "incidental contact" issues in the first round, both fighters showed good spirit & put on an entertaining fight. After three rounds the Unanimous Decision went to Gray for dominating the majority of the bout with thunderous slams & knees.
Apgar (Real Combat Martial Arts - Pittsburgh, PA) by Rear Naked Choke @ 2:29 Rd 1
After a strong take down
of James Apgar, JD Chatelain quickly landed a ton of bombs on Apgar from the mount. Apgar was eventually unable to intelligibly defend himself, causing the ref to stop the fight at 2:29 in the 1st round.
Brent Primus (Team Megaton) by Knockout @ 1:32 Rd 1
Moreno dominated the First Round with superior striking & leg kicks until
he dropped Primus with a clean, but brutal knock-out at 1:32 in the First Round.
Avena blasted Carotenuto with a nasty head kick and vicious strikes
that dropped Frank, allowing Avena to slam downward
Tyler Moug (DFCC - Roseburg, OR) via Guillotine Choke 1:11, Rd 1
Tyler Moug & Josh Long banged for most of the duration of this quick fight
until Long aggressively jumped into a guillotine choke, fell to guard
& secured the submission for the "Big V".
Khristan "The Sandman" Geraci (Real Combat Martial Arts) by TKO, 1:57, Rd 2
Lukesh dominated the First Round on the ground with strikes & hard knees from the side
mount. Lukesh took Geraci down in the Second Round, passed guard to mount, and
dropped the bombs until the ref stopped the bout at 1:57.
Albert "Always Bad" Manners (BJ Penn MMA - Hilo, HI) by Unanimous Decision
Andrews dominated the First Round with 3 takedowns and superior grappling and submission attempts, almost finishing the fight with an ankle lock that had Manners grimacing in pain. The Second Round was a grappling clinic put on by Andrews, displaying smooth position transitioning, guard passing, submission attempts, and strikes. Manners survived one armbar attempt that had his arm resembling Gumby's. The Last Round was the war of the night. Back-and-forth action had Keisuke Andrews' hometown audience on their feet franticly chanting his name. In the end, the Unanimous Decision went to Andrews, but without a question "Bad Manners" brought a battle and delivered the Fight of the Night with Andrews.
Many THANKS to RiseFC's exclusive photographer, Omar Santiago,
for his contribution to NWFS with his fantastic images.
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