Amateur Combat Sports was back in full effect at the historic Michigan Theatre in Jackson this past Saturday night! Promoter Jason Stoner knocked another one outta the park! And this time ACS was on a mission…to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cystic fibrosis is a disease passed down genetically through families that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body. It is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults. It is a potentially life-threatening disorder. With General Admission at a mere five dollars, practically everyone was able to come out and witness all the MMA excitement. Defyant Industries’ Anthony Lebron screened up a batch of limited edition t-shirts especially for this event, available for only $15 at the show. There was a HUGE raffle, with prizes such as gym memberships, clothing and other merch, local goods and services and much more! This event, with the support of the AWESOME, dedicated Jackson area fans, was able to raise some money for a noble cause.
The action kicked off quick, with Ohio’s Ryan Gabrio versus Lansing’s Tom Rzanca. The fight went to the ground right away. After a brief scramble for position, Ryan ended up in top in side control. He quickly shot his hand under his opponents neck and rolled all of his weight onto his shoulder, putting enough pressure on the neck to get the tap and the win via shoulder choke. The third fight of the night was especially interesting – a grudgematch – between cousins. Patrick Schuler and Eddie Dolson both came out swinging for the fences, and it didn’t take long before Patrick landed a hook that spun Eddie around, then landed another HARD shot to seal the deal. Getting deeper into the night, the eighth fight featured a pair of exceptionally talented welterweights, Jackson MMA’s Tim Decker and I.D.C. MMA’s Martinez Bradley. Decker suffered a really bad cut on the forehead early on in the fight. MIRACULOUSLY, Jackson MMA’s expert cutman, Rob Tuthill was able to close the cut, and the fight continued back and forth all the way to the judge’s score cards. All three judges scored the contest 29-28 in the favor of Decker. What was also impressive about the fight was that Martinez had just fought a similar three round war to the decision just a week prior! Hats off to both warriors for an entertaining fight. Immediately following, it was another interesting match of styles as Jackson MMA’s Billy “Hands of Mayhem” Warner took center cage against I.D.C. MMA’s Emanuel Buck. These two fought both on the feet and the ground non-stop for all three rounds, once again making the judges earn their keep. All three concluded that Billy Warner got the better of the exchanges, with all three scoring it 29-28. Kudos to both for a tough fight! Next up were the 125ers, Jackson MMA’s Anthonio Alejandro against Alma’s William Tackett. Tackett tried to take the cheap shot off of the glove tap, but late in the first round, karma served him his just desserts, as Alejandro KO’d him with a well-timed shot. The Main Event of the evening was a Lightweight shootout for the vacant Amateur Combat Sports 155 pound strap. Jackson MMA’s Jeremee Wood faced off against Target Martial Arts’ Chris Binschus. The pace was fast and furious throughout the whole fight, until Jeremee secured a takedown. After a series of transitions, Jeremee ended up in side control, grabbed the head-and-arm triangle, and worked it in until his opponent was ALL the way asleep RIGHT at the end of the round. Congratulations, Jeremee on the win and the title! And a HUGE amount of respect goes to the always battle ready Chris Binschus, who took the fight on fairly short notice when Jeremee’s original opponent decided he wasn’t up for the challenge.
Now for the staff…ensuring quality, safety and continuity! Starting with the cage enforcers…the lead referee for the event was FightMichigan’s T.J. Corwin, joined by local fighter Michael Lemmo and heavy-handed Heavyweight, Rob “The Hooligan” Taylor. Helping work the cage door was John Price (YEEEEEAH, BUDDY!). Judges for the evening were Don “Grampa” Williams, FightMichigan’s own Shannon Hale, and Keystroke Computer Repair’s (as well as ACS web guy) Jason “Muggzie” Mugg, who was also pulling double duty on the stopwatch. The MC’s for the evening, keeping hte crowd hyped and informed, were Jackson Radio Works’ local radio personality Marc W. Daly, joined by none other than GenesisFC’s Josh “Rage” Lawrence. Video footage of the event was taken courtesy of Noah Dolce. Still photography for the event was shot by Michigan Combat Photography’s Chris Rabior, with the gallery posted here. All in all it was yet another exciting night of ammy MMA action, with more to come on December 3rd. More event details will be released SOON, and when they are, you’ll find ’em right here. ‘Til next time, folks, here are you results…