Monday, 05 September 2011 14:29
Evolutions Fighting Championships 7, Summer Bash, is in the books. The Rahway Rec Center was buzzing as the fighters gave it their all in the cage. Promoter Steven Katz did another bang up job of delivering the goods, but it was the fights themselves that stole the show.
Ariel "Mermaid" Solano showed some great stand up techniques against tough Mike Colon in their 126 pound title tilt. Solano dominated the exchanges with his fast hands and his takedown defense was a thing of beauty. Mike was in the fight the whole way and even rocked Solano briefly, but the Jungle Gym fighter, trained by Justin "Chim Chim" Garcia took it in stride enroute to a 3 round decision in a fight that won fight of the night honors.
In the co-main event, my teammate at Team Renegade, Taylor Costantino, took on Dwayne Holman for the 147 pound title. It was only Taylor's second fight, and he'd stepped up when Mark Agnew couldn't make the fight due to travel issues. Taylor gave it everything he had and earned the respect of the crowd and of Holman in dropping a 3 round decision. Holman, for his part, looked great. His hands were fast and powerful and his take down defense again Costantino was excellent. I train with Taylor and was impressed by Holman's ability to keep the fight where he wanted it, because Taylor's takedown technique is brutal. A very excellent fight by both guys.
In the main event, another Jungle Gym fighter and Ariel's brother, Caleb "Calo" Solano, the Evolution Interim champ, took on the reigning and defending champ Ben Syers. Ben, another team Renegade fighter trained by Anthony Sansetti, is known for his hands, and Calo was careful to keep his distance and look for the takedowns. The fight was exciting and both men had their moments. Solano was effective with his leg kicks early, but as the fight went on, Syers started closing the distance and landing punches. The fight went to the cards and Solano came away with a split decision victory. He is now the undisputed Evolution Fighting Championships champion.
The other 11 fights on the card were also excellent, and the crowd went away totallty satisfied at the end of the evening. I had a blast doing the ring announcing, and I'm already looking forward to the next show, which is scheduled for November. This event was sponsored by Dead Serious Fight Gear, which will be putting its own show next month. For details about that, check out their website at DeadSeriousMMA.com.
If you want to see a bunch of great pics from this event, check out Kevin Wuchter's photos here: Final Round Photography
And don't forget to check out my new website: RearNakedJoke.com. Because MMA is serious business!
Here are the official results: