Saturday July 21, 2007 – The Ontario Convention Center
Cerritos College assistant wrestling coach Jesse Juarez grinded out a 5 round Unanimous Decision against heavily favored Jaime Fletcher. Fletcher did his best to keep the fight on its feet but Juarez’s superior wrestling turned out to be the deciding factor in the fight. Each round resembling the last with Juarez faking a punch then taking Fletcher down with a single. Riding out each 3 minute round with ease Juarez’s only scare was in the final stanza when Jaime latched on an armbar and a triangle attempt but each submission was avoided with a slam. With his first win at IFC he becomes the events first Middleweight champ.
After an unusually quick standup Lee Chapman knocked out Mike Penafiel at 1:10 gone by in the First.
Ben Jones landed some big shots early but couldn’t recover from a hard groin shot from his opponent Nick Braker in the first. Jones complained of discomfort between rounds but still came out for the second. Jones once again landed a few good shots early but the groin shot took its toll allowing Braker to take Jones to the mat. After a brief struggle Braker was able to get Ben’s back and the Rear Naked Choke at 1:59 in the second.
Team Punishment trained Travis McRoberts started slow but ended strong in his fight with Bobby Sanchez. The fighters were warned at the end of the first round and made up for it in the second engaging in an intense grappling match that left McRoberts fighting off a Rear Naked Choke. McRoberts escaped the choke got back to his feet and countered with a choke of his own; a jumping guillotine. Sanchez attempted to escape but quickly tapped after the fighters went to the mat. McRoberts get a much needed win by Submission at 1:09 in the second.
Maurice Douchette won by KO after he landed a hard right to the chin of John George with only 22 seconds gone by in the first.
In MMA-Fighters fight of the night Emre Ozgur eeked out a close decision against Joseph Silva. The heavyweights exchanged a few kicks before crowd favorite Emre secured a takedown. Emre moved to full mount and hammered down numerous rights as the crowd roared.
A battered George survived the first and came out strong landing some heavy shots as Emre once again took the fight to the mat. After Emre fought off a guillotine attempt he was swept by George who ended the round in Emre’s guard.
With a renwewd vigor Silva came out in the third looking to show the judges that the first round was a fluke. Silva landed one hard right after another to the face of a visibaly tired Ozgur but Emre not be out done fired back landing a right of his own. The round ended with Silva landing a hard one two to the face of Emre. The once Pro Emre crowd booed as Emre was granted the Descion. Abe Belardo 28-28, Gene Lebell 29-28, Luis Cobian 29-27.
Miguel Linares defeated Pete Sabala won by Rear Naked Choke at 1:22 in the second.
In the most unusual fight of the night Bryan Joplin defeated Nick Willert via TKO at :14 in the second but Joplin wasn’t done fighting. After getting dropped with a right and hammered by a few lefts from the turtle Nelson Hamilton stopped the fight and Joplin went off to celebrate. Hamilton looking to help Joplin was dragged to the ground with a judo throw from a visibly dazed Joplin. Joplin took side mount and continued to hold Hamilton down as officials rushed into the cage stood nick up then fought off more takedown attempts from a still dazed Willert. After Willert came to he profusely apologized to a good natured Hamilton.
Bryan Joplin Nick Willert TKO 1 0:14
Randy Bowers Ernie Calma Submission (Guillotine Choke) 2 0:56
Miguel Linares Pete Sabala Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2 1:22
Emre Ozgur Joseph Silva Decision (Majority) 3
Maurice Doucette John George KO 1 0:22
Travis McRoberts Bobby Sanchez Submission (Guillotine Choke) 2 1:09
Nick Braker Ben Jones Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2 1:59
Lee Chapman Mike Penafiel KO 1 1:10
Jesse Juarez Jaime Fletcher Decision (Unanimous) 5