The Michigan Combat League was back in town with another stunning fight card this past Friday with what could be hailed a tribute event, Domination. The name “Domination” was a DIRECT shout out from pro fighter, promoter and trainer Jake “Superman” Short to one of his top students and proteges, Dom “The Dominator” Sindone. Anyone who has followed Dom’s career will be quick to confirm that he has fought and beaten an A-list of the BEST ammies in the entire Midwest, and holds just about every Bantamweight title belt in the State! Now Dom is ready to take his unbelievable skill set to the pro level. This event would also be the event where Dom would personally hand over his Michigan Combat League title to the winner of an exciting four man tournament. The venue for the event was once again the spacious and gracious Knights of Columbus’ Diamond Park Center in Lincoln Park. The cage was IMMACULATE, being nearly a virgin competition area with some excellent graphics courtesy of Caged Animal Productions. If you’d like to rent this killer enclosure for your next event, just click that red link and get in touch with those guys! There was a host of great gyms, trainers and teams in the house, showing off the fruits of all their hard labor and providing some of the areas top talent, such as Michigan Extreme Combat Sports, Team Sindone, Team Juice, Jacked N Tan MMA, Team Savage, Team Wolf Pack, Team Mighty Dragons, The Institute of MMA, The Family, Team Cage Rage, A2 Fitness, Team Heavyweights, Luna’s MMA, and Team Redemption. As the house lights went down, the volume went up, and Mr. Throwdown announced to the anticipating crowd that the action was about to begin!
The first two fights of the evening were the preliminary matchups in the aforementioned Bantamweight tournament to determine who would move one step closer to being personally awarded the Dominator’s vacated title strap. And one of the first warriors to step up to that challenge was none other than Dom’s younger brother, Mike “The Maniac” Sindone, as he took on Team Wolf Pack’s Clinton Montgomery. It was apparent that both of these competitors wanted to be the one to take home the belt, as demonstrated by their immediate will to engage. Mike tried to lock on a guillotine choke early on, but Clinton was able to defend it. After some good clinch work and pummeling, Clinton was able to land a HARD knee that briefly staggered Sindone. Sindone pushed through and secured a solid takedown. After working himself into position, Mike was able to lock on a slick rear naked choke for the tap and the win, moving him on to the final round of the tourney. The next prelim of the tournament would find Team Mighty Dragon’s “Sinister” James Salisbury facing The Family’s Anthony “Lil’ Spaz” Baldwin. All I can say is this…Salisbury comes out to FINISH. While Anthony is no slouch in the cage either, James took control of the pace right away, leaving Anthony caught in defense mode. After a rapid and exciting exchange on the feet, the fight went to the ground. Shortly thereafter, James transitioned into side control and was able to end the fight and move on to the tourney finals with an BEAUTIFUL Bulldog choke submission. The fifth fight of the night was a battle of the BIG BOYS for the MCL Super Heavyweight title belt featuring Team Sindone’s Derek “Bad News” Carter squaring off against Team Heavyweight’s Eddie “The Silverback” Borom. Carter secured the takedown early on, and held position throughout the first half of the round, while the two fighters exchanged strikes on the ground. With a quick reversal, Eddie was able to take the dominant position back and unleash some brutal ground and pound for the finish and the belt with only seven seconds left to go in the round. Nice work, Eddie! Fight number seven was a WAR…pitting Luna’s MMA’s Trent Taylor against Team Mighty Dragons “Cannon” Kenny Duvall. Round one was a flurry of non-stop action, with an unbelievable number of great transitions and sweeps, along with some striking on the feet and the ground. The second round was equally as fast-paced and exciting, with a little bit of everything on display throughout the round. In the third round, Taylor was able to control position quite effectively, and dish out some punishment on the ground. After three really INTENSE rounds by both fighters, the judges awarded the unanimous decision victory to Trent Taylor. The ninth fight of the evening was a great matchup in the Middleweight division featuring Luna’s MMA’s “Mighty” Mike MacArthur and Team Mighty Dragon’s Kyle Latta. There was an exciting exchange of hands early on, followed by a BIG slam by Latta. Mike continued to defend and work for a series of submissions from the bottom as Kyle rained down some heavy ground and pound. Round two kicked off and the two warriors engaged once more. Kyle was able to get off the line first, landing a BRUTAL, knockout inducing shot at under the thirty second mark in the second round. The next fight on the card was an explosive match pitting the champs from two other organizations against one another for the MCL gold. Jacked N Tan MMA’s Anthony Nitecki (Current New World Karate Bantamweight Champion) took the stage against Team Cage Rage’s Thomas Fudoli (Current Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting Bantamweight Champion). The two combatants clinched up right away in round one, and Nitecki fired off a long, punishing series of right knees to Fudoli’s body. Anthony then perfectly executed a snapping judo throw, ending up in side control. After a series of transitions, Fudoli was able to sweep and reverse the situation and ALMOST finished a tight rear naked choke at the end of the round. Round two started up and both warriors took the center right away. The exchange that took place on the feet was amazing, with Fudoli getting the better of it. After a series of HARD shots, Nitecki went down, Fudoli pounced and forced a stop to the fight via TKO, taking home the MCL belt to add to his WXC belt! Next up was a match that was PURE GOLD on paper…AND was a contest for the MCL Featherweight belt – Team Savage’s Jerome “The Ox” Ottler versus the Institute of MMA’s Mario “The Infamous Spider” Aguilar. The fight started with a brief feeling out on the feet and a striking exchange. Mario was able to get the fight to the ground and was able to control position well, while Ottler was able to fire back effectively from the bottom. Round two began and almost after a brief setup, Mario threw a LITERALLY stunning heel kick to Jerome’s face, sending him down towards the canvas. Mario’s experience was clear, as he saw the opening and came in with a devastating finisher flurry before his opponent made it all the way down. Mario adds the MCL 145 pound belt to his impressive collection! Now, it was on to the MCL Flyweight title…Jacked N Tan MMA’s Chris Bohacek versus Team Redemption’s Tyler “The Terminator” Kirk. The two engaged right away, with the fight going down and Kirk taking control early on. Tyler was able to lock on a VERY tight triangle choke for the tap and the 125 pound strap. On to the Lightweight division, the gold was on the line as Team Savage’s Will “Freshwater” Frost faced off against Team Juice’s Terry “Mr. Perfect” Travesty. This fight started with a LOT of pummeling from the clinch, and it was apparent that both of these guys had worked this position many times before. Terry lands a SWEET double leg takedown, Will works his way back up. Terry repeats the HARD takedown. Will Frost grabs a NICE armlock from the bottom, and is still working for the finish as the horn sounds. As referee Daron Cruickshank signaled the start of round two, both came out ready to engage. Will let the hands go and got off first, landing a series of vicious shots for the KO victory at only SEVENTEEN SECONDS in round two, walking away the NEW 155 pound MCL champ. Now it was time to decide who would be the next MCL Bantamweight champion and the winner of the 4 man tourney. “Sinister” James Salisbury returned to the cage after a dominant first round fight to meet Mike “The Maniac” Sindone, who also had a great opening fight. As I mentioned earlier, James comes out to finish, as did Mike. Mike landed a HARD shot immediately, causing James to go down. He grabbed Mike’s leg as he went to the mat, but the referee was already stopping the fight. Gotta watch for the flash knockout…safety first, folks! The end of the action came at a mere THIRTEEN SECONDS into the bout, making Mike “The Maniac” Sindone the NEW MCL Bantamweight badboy to beat! It was truly a magnificent sight to see Dom Sindone have the honor of presenting his title to his own kid brother, Mike, who had the night of a lifetime! Congrats to ALL the fighters, fans, trainers, sponsors and staff (see below) who made this the biggest and baddest MCL show to date!
Now it’s event staff time…the guys and gals who put it all together and make things happen! Starting with promoter Jake “Superman” Short, who puts in TONS of work at each and every event to bring the Downriver area (where he was born and raised) the best mixed martial arts action humanly possible. Gotta respect that! The referee for the ENTIRE event was Michigan pro fighter, trainer and quintessential badass Daron Cruickshank. Judges for the evening was another local pro fighter, our good buddy and GenesisFC promoter, Josh “Rage” Lawrence, joined by yet another AWESOME fighter, Cody “Mr. Wonderful” Stamann and Mr. Zach Vasicek, who did a phenomenal job of doubling as judge AND timekeeper for the event. The announcer for the event was one of our fave peeps out there and ultra-experienced emcee, Pete Trevino Jr., with Eternal Entertainment Group’s Joey Ruckus backing him up with the sounds and keepin’ the tables spinnin’ round and round. A quick shout out to Joey’s buddy and ours, DJ Trevy Trev, who was out enjoying some well-deserved R&R and was absent this time around…see ya next time around! Cageside medics for the evening were the ready and capable duo of William Gifford and Rachel Grazioli. The MASTER camera guru in charge of capturing and editing all the great footage was the experienced and just plain awesome Shiloh Blu. For FABULOUS footage from this and MANY, MANY other events, check out Shiloh’s YouTube page. Capturing TONS of great still shots for the event was another homie of ours, Detroit Fightography’s Mario Perez. A shout out to the Hooter’s cage girls, reminding the crowd that the great fights are NOT the only reason to get out of the house and to an MMA event! Speaking of which, the Michigan Combat League will be back in action again SOON, and they get even bigger, better and badder with every outing. And the instant the date and info are dropped, well have it all available for ya right here! So be ready, and until the next go-round, here are your results…