Helster MMA held their second show last Saturday night at the famed Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. Not only was the place sold out, fans had to be turned away because the venue was over-capacity. That's the kind of crowd that every MMA promoter would love to see show up. And the lucky fans who made it inside were treated to 15 great fights, including 4 title tilts. So it was a great evening for everyone, myself included. As ring announcer, it's always great to be before a big crowd, and Helster MMA delivered the crowd, and the fights, in a very successful outing.
As always, New Jersey's Nick Lembo was on hand to preside over the event, and his team of officials did their usual outstanding job. When it comes to officiating, New Jersey is as good as it gets, and whether it's the UFC or Bellator or a smaller local promotion, Nick and his staff perform spectacularly.
Speaking of spectacular, the fights in cage were exactly that. We had subs and KOs galore, and 4 new champions were crowned. This sets up some very interesting title possiblities for Helster's next show, which is scheduled for October.
This card was totally stacked and it was fun watching the fighters bring out their best in the cage. Sharif "Bamm Bamm" Jones, The Philadelphia Bad Boy, was back in action and he didn't disappoint. Jones stopped his opponent in round 2, and he is definitely on the radar for a Helster title shot in the future.
All four titles were vacant so we crowned 4 new champions at this show. Jimmy Cerra took the Helster 147 pound belt with a rear naked choke victory over the very tough Mike Padilla. Cerra wasted no time enjoying his championship by macking with one of the cage girls. To the winner goes the spoils!
In the 168 pound division, Jamie Allebach wasted no time in securing the title by securing an arm-triangle submission against Mike Pastor. It took Alleback just over a minute to get the win, and he looked very impressive. He's another guy to keep your eye on.
Scott Krampetz and PJ Palmer went toe to toe for three rounds in the 154 pound title fight. Krampetz put on a gutsy performance, but Palmer was on his game and PJ walked away with a unanimous decision and the Helster strap.
In the finale, Jordan Stiner was able to lock up a kimura in the second round against highly skilled Bill "Kick" Borawski. Stiner looked great in winning the belt, and I look forward to see him, and all the champions, defending their titles in the future.
The show itself was run very well. No detail was overlooked, and I had a great time MCing. Carl and Karen did a bang up job on this event, and I'm sure that October's show will be even bigger and better. Now is the time to take notice of Helster MMA. Like the fighters they showcase, they bring it each and every time out.
Here are some pics (courtesy of Kevin Wuchter...check out the complete collection at FinalRoundPhotography.com) and the official results of all bouts from last Saturday's card:
Sergio DeBari vs Jimmy Orfanos
Both fighters weigh 147
DeBari wins via rear naked choke at 0:35 of round three.
Kyle Decker vs Brian Moylan
Decker 146.3. Moylan. 145.8
Decker wins via unanimous decision in three rounds, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 Tanco.
Oleksandr Shevtsov vs Bryan Baldwin
Shetsov 175.5 Baldwin 179.7
Shetsov wins via split decision in three rounds 29-28 Sinclair, 29-27 Vrlaku, and 28-29 Tanco.
Jermie Ortiz vs Teddy Land
Both fighters weigh 153.2
Ortiz wins via standing guillotine at 2:52 of round one.
Brian Giraldo vs Adam Pakiela
Giraldo 164.9. Pakiela 167.4
Giraldo wins unanimous decision in three rounds 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 Sinclair.
Alex Reidy vs Steven Calero
Reidy wins unanimous decision in three rounds 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 Tanco.
Matt Lavelle vs Robert Ovalle
Lavelle 182.5. Ovalle 178
Ovalle wins unanimous decision in three rounds, all three judges 29-28.
Ray Bartee vs Fred Hemmerich
Bartee 220 Hemmerich 218.5
Bartee wins via TKO due to verbal tap at 0:35 of round two.
Frankie Roberts vs Ronald Fenimore
Roberts. 154.3 Fenimore 155
Roberts wins via rear naked choke at 1:58 of round two.
Bobby Scott vs Craig Hannigan
Scott 209 Hannigan 206.3
Scott wins via kimura at 0:40 of round two.
Robert Cannici vs Sharif Jones)
Cannici 153.5. Jones 155
Jones wins via TKO physician stoppage due to facial laceration at 1:32 of round two.
Mike Padilla vs Jimmy Cerra
Padilla. 147.4. Cerra 145.7
Cerra wins via rear naked choke at 2:13 of round three.
Jamie Allebach vs Mike Pastor
Allebach 168. Pastor 165.5
Allebach wins via arm triangle at 1:19 of round one.
Scott Krampetz vs PJ Palmer
Krampetz. 154 Palmer. 155
Palmer wins unanimous decision in three rounds, all three judges 30-27.
Jordan Stiner vs Bill Borawski
Stiner 161.5 Borawski 161.3
Stiner wins via kimura at 1:50 of round two,