Monday, 31 March 2014 07:15
(Pic courtesy of Chastity Cortijo, FightNightPics.com)
Dead Serious MMA X took place on Saturday night at Scheutzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey, and my ears are still ringing from the repeated roars from the crowd. I can't remember the last time I heard a crowd that loud, if ever.
They had good reason to cheer. Frankie Perez stacked the card with top amateur fighters from the New York and New Jersey, and his matchmaking was impeccable.
A dozen fights took place, including three championship tilts. And all the fights rocked. This was Dead Serious's first show of 2014, and there was no better way to ring in the new year.
Dead Serious, in just ten shows, is already the big boy on the block, and it seems that every fight camp on the East Coast wants to get on the action.
And talk about action...wow. This card had it all. The undercard established future title contenders, and two new champions were crowned in the title fights.
In what was probably the most anticipated fight of the night, undefeated Juan "Baby Face" Galarza took on hard hitting Ron Templeton for the vacant Dead Serious lightweight crown. Templeton was able to avoid Galarza's outstanding ground game with some excellent takedown and submission defense, and he used his excellent striking skills to win a unanimous decision and the Dead Serious crown. It was an amazing performance by Templeton, and I look forward to seeing him defend his belt.
In the co-main event, Anthony Genovese and undefeated Brandon Urquijo battled it out for the vacant Dead Serious bantamweight title. Genovese proved himself to be very tough, and he kept pushing forward, but Urquijo's speed were the difference in the fight. Urquijo kept Genovese off balance with blinding hand and foot speed, and he connected with legs kicks, jabs and uppercuts enroute to a unanimous decision victory and the Dead Serious crown. Urquijo was a crowd favorite, and he is quite the showman in the cage, so I'm definitely looking forward to his first title defense.
In the main event, Dead Serious featherweight champion Sergio DeBari took on number one contender Aldo Orinvil. DeBari, a BJJ brown belt, took Orinvil down and looked to ground and pound, but Orinvil had his moments in the fight as well. In the second round, while on the ground, DeBari accidently hit Orinvil below the belt twice, which resulted in a point deduction. When the cards were tallied at the end of the fight, the result was a majority draw, which saw DeBari retain his title. Some of Orinvil's fans in the attendance were upset with the low blows, but with the draw they might get to see a rematch. Still, it was an exciting technical match, and both fighters have reason to be proud of their performances.
As I said earlier, Dead Serious Promotions attracts top camps to its shows, and there are always VIPs in attendance. I introduced four current and former UFC fighters to the crowd, including former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez, former UFC contender Kurt Pellegrino, current UFC contenders Nick Catone and Al Iaquinta. And cornering one of the fighters was Ray Longo, of Serra Longo, who train UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Also there was Ring of Combat featherweight champ James Jenks. And of course, our DJ as always was the undefeated Ring of Combat number one lightweight contender Frankie Perez Jr., who fights for the Ring of Combat crown on May 16.
But the VIPs didn't stop there. Reffing some of the fights was BJJ legend Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, who is a fantastic addition to the NJSACB.
Speaking of the NJSACB, they did their usual outstanding job at the show. These official are world class, and it's always an honor to work with them at these shows. Lead by counsel to the NJSACB Nick "Luscious" Lembo, the NJSACB is the best in the world, and New Jersey is lucky to have Nick and his team presiding over these fights.
All in all, it was yet another amazing night of action brought to you by Dead Serious Promotions. The next Dead Serious MMA show is scheduled for May 31 at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey. Check out their website for ticket info. And also check out Dead Serious Fight Gear's website for some amazing MMA apparel and fight gear.
If you missed the action live, you can catch the replays on GoFightLive. It is money well spent.
Here are the official results from all of the Dead Serious X bouts: