(George Sullivan: CFFC 26 August 17, 2013)
Winning a championship is not always the toughest part of being a competitor. It is defending the title that is often the biggest challenge. George Sullivan defended his title for a fourth time, Saturday night and continues to leave a trail of victims in his wake. Sullivan weathered a bit of a storm early on and did an exceptional job of staying focused and patient. “The Silencer” was tested by Jesus Martinez at CFFC 26, but Sullivan persevered and passed another test on his way to his sixth straight victory, fourth by KO/TKO.
Sullivan has admitted to not being a first round fighter, but he survived an aggressive attack by Martinez throughout the first round. Sullivan took a few solid punches from Jesus, but did not appear to be hurt by the strikes. Round two started off a bit like round one, but this time, while pressed against the cage, Sullivan landed a solid knee to the body that crumpled Martinez to the mat. Seizing the opportunity, Sullivan pounced on Martinez and delivered his trademark ground and pound that forced referee, Gasper Oliver, to call a stop to the bout at the 3:12 mark of round two. The CFFC Welterweight Champion improves to 14-3 and continues to improve and impress.
Recently signed middleweight, Duane Bastress won his co main event bout in dramatic fashion with what should end up being KO of the night. Mike Stewart is always a tough opponent, but Bastress used some precision striking and good movements to dominate Stewart for the first two rounds. The end came early in third round when Bastress landed a nasty head kick that dropped Stewart and Bastress managed to land a few more strikes before the fight was stopped thirty-three seconds into the round. An impressive CFFC debut, to say the least.
Submission of the night should end up going to AMA’s Mike Medrano. Medrano bounced back from a nasty injury that almost had him losing his leg. Medrano never gave up, recovered, and found himself back on track after a thirty-one second submission victory, Saturday night. Mike Santiago shot in for a takedown and before he knew it, found himself caught in a slick guillotine choke that forced a tap out. Just like that, Medrano is back and I expect he will be back in the cage as soon as possible.
In other action at CFFC 26, Aung La N Sang continued his winning streak with another impressive submission victory. This time it was a second round rear naked choke against Shedrick Goodridge. Gracie BJJ standout, Jordan Stiner won the battle of the unbeatens with a rear naked choke at the end of the second round over Donald Ooton. Pellegrino MMA vet, Lester Caslow also came away victorious over Brylan Van Artsdalen with a guillotine choke in what was a very entertaining matchup. George Sheppard, Peter Cole, and Christian Leonard all won their respective fights as well.
CFFC 26 had nine bouts on the card and only one went to a decision. It was an easy night for the judges, but an exciting night for the fans in attendance. There should have been a second championship bout Saturday night, but Charlie Brenneman’s short-notice opponent, Ronnie Rogers, had a tough weight cut and found himself in the hospital and the fight had to be scrapped. Mike Constantino, Brenneman, and AMA Fight Club handled the situation with a ton of professionalism, despite the disappointing situation. We will look forward to seeing “The Spaniard” compete on a future CFFC show. Check out www.cffc.tv for upcoming fight cards and ticket info.