Another great Asylum Fight League took place on Saturday night. The card was stacked as always with top amateur talent from NJ and the East Coast. Carl Mascarenhas and Ed Talmo did a great job running the event, and the show even featured a female fight, which was a first the Asylum.
The main event saw reigning and defending Asylum Fight League champion Jimbo Hoffman making quick work of challenger Aaron Hicks, finishing him in 25 seconds with a D'Arce choke. Hoffman is a beast and it's always a pleasure watching him fight. I'm already looking forward to his next title defense.
In the women's bout, Ashley "Baby Tyger" Weakley, who has been featured on this site before, blasted out her opponent, the very tough Laura McKinley, in just 23 seconds of the first round. McKinley was not happy with the stoppage--she was never off her feet--which just proves how tough and determined she is. But in NJ, especially in the amatuer ranks, the saftey of the fighters is paramount and referee Donnie Carolei was correct in the stoppage. Laura will fight again at another Asylum show, as will Baby Tyger Weakley. In fact, it's possible that Weakley could face Michelle Augustin, who was in attendance as a NJ official, shadow judging the fights.
And speaking of Donnie Carolei, the man is not only a great referee, but he's also a snazzy dresser. He showed up to the event in a powder blue suit, with matching shoes, before changing into his official ref uniform. Those blue shoes actually found their way onto my feet before the women's bout because I had forgotten my shoes at home and was doing the ring announcing in my socks. Hey it's not called the Asylum for no reason. Thanks Donnie, for letting me walk a mile in your shoes!
Here's a video of the blue-shoe introduction, shot by my broadcast partner Paul Miles of MidAtlantic Mixed Martial Arts. Complete results after the jump.
Laura McKinley (115-108) vs. Ashley Weakley (115-208)
McKinley 138. Weakley 134.4
Weakley wins via TKO referee stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 0:23 of round one.
Steve Dobisesky (110-103) vs. Daniel Holmes (113-502)
Dobisesky. 206.4. Holmes 206.2
Holmes wins via guillotine at 0:18 of round two.
Aaron Hicks (108-552) vs. Jimbo Hoffman (110-710)
Hicks. 147.8. Hoffman. 147.6
Hoffman wins via d'arce choke at 0:25 of round one.
Jimmy Finck (105-566) vs. Roy Koforth, Jr. (114-192)
Finck. 195.8. Koforth. 191.4
Finck wins via north-south choke at 0:48 of round two.
Mike Taibl (103-176) vs. Michael Katz (111-033)
Taibl. 169.4. Katz. 171.8
Katz wins unanimous decision three rounds, 29-28, 29-28 and 30-26 Vera.
Chris Edwards (101-885) vs. Terry Laberdee (101-648)
Edwards. 142.4. Laberdee. 145
Edwards wins via KO punch at 0:07 of round two.
David Kupusnick (110-404) vs. Alfred Amoroso (115-201)
Kupusnick. 221.2. Amoroso. 232
Kupusnik wins via TKO referee stoppage due to strikes at 0:16 of round two.
Frank Bianchino (115-175) vs. Christopher DiGiorgio (108-457)
Bianchino. 138. DiGiorgio. 139.4
DiGiorgio wins unanimous decision three rounds, all three judges 30-27.
Stephan Regman ( 110-104) vs. Chris Booker (115-241)
Regman 167.6. Booker. 163
Regman win KO punch at 0:30 of round two.
Akeim Leonard (115-263) vs. Jason Ward (109-307)
Leonard. 207.8. Ward. 203.4
Ward wins via rear naked choke at 1:07 of round one.
Nick Scianna (111-034) vs . Matt Dowling (109-275)
Scianna. 189. Dowling. 186.2
Dowling wins via TKO doctor stoppage due to cut at 3:00 of round one.
John Lance (115-098) vs. Chesley Budgell (115-302)
Lance. 167. Budgell. 160.4
Budgell wins via triangle at 2:44 of round one.
Jason Kramer (115-557) vs. Steve Mullaney (115-349)
Kramer 153.6. Mullaney. 152.2
Kramer wins via armbar at 2:38 of round one.
Anthony Sepulveda (115-387) vs. Anthony Bernardi (108-174)
Sepulveda. 143.8 Bernardi. 145.6
Sepulveda wins split decision three rounds, 29-28, 29-28 and 27-30 Vera.
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