United Combat Sports
"Caged Combat II" - Nov 19th, 2010
Spirit Mountain Casino
Grand Ronde, Oregon
by Spaniard, Photos by Mike Renouard
United Combat Sports sold out the Spirit Mountain Casino Event Center in Grande
Ronde Oregon this past Friday night for Caged Combat II. Mixed Martial Arts fans in abundance showed up to watch 11 action packed bouts and get the chance to rub elbows with MMA legend Wanderlei
"The Axe Murderer" Silva.
The main event
had Lightweight fighters Jake "Irish Warrior" McKnight out of
Grand Ronde and Massimo "The Zen" Capussela engage in a striking war right off the bat that earned both of them Fight of The Night honors. Capussela, an Italian fighter
with the Wand Fight Team out of Las Vegas, landed a front kick that stunned
McKnight and had the Grande
Ronde forest patrol officer digging deep. And
dig deep he did. McKnight was swimming through strong punches from Capussela off his back and
throw his legs up into a triangle and trap Capussela. Capussela was stuck, and as the tap was signaled by the Referee Dave Hagen at 3:20 the crowd
went nuts as their local hometown fighter pulled out a storyline
finish in the first Rd.
The co-main event saw the return to action after an absence of 3
years of veteran pro Nick "Bulldog" Gilardi, now out of Next Level
MMA, going up against Chris "The Ginger Ninja" Ensley of Team Asylum. Ensley who fought 8 times in 2010 came in with heavy experience. The two came out and exchanged a
bit until "The Bulldog" took it to the ground. From there it was all Gilardi as he passed guard, landed elbows
& consistently looked to finish Ensley, which he did by Armbar at 3:12 in
Team Chaos fighter, Matt "Slow Mo" Slosser, put on a striking clinic, as he battled it out with Team Asylum fighter
"Nasty" Nate Becker. Becker took some hard punches and proved he has a granite chin as the shots Slosser landed
were precise and rock hard. Slosser broke his right hand on one of those punches and was taken directly to the hospital after. Slosser wouldn't need his right hand however as his left hand put Becker down for good at 3:55 and earned Slosser his first professional victory by highlight reel KO.
Undefeated Desert Dog fighter Jason "Gut Check" Gybels withstood an onslaught of punches and takedowns from Wand Fight Team fighter John George. George won the first round
on most of the judges' score cards, but Gybels wasn't letting it get past the second. Gybels took it to George
in the 2nd round, reversing and bloodying him, & eventually sinking a tight rear naked choke that forced George to tap at 1:58.
United Combat Sports is quickly becoming a leader in producing quality
pro/amateur MMA shows in the NW. Their next show "Resolution II" will be held at the Salem Oregon State Fairgrounds
on January 22 and will will include The 2nd Annual Health,
Fitness, and MMA Expo followed by live Cage Fights!