Wreck MMA: Event Recap
Wreck MMA catered to the packed Robert Guertin arena this past Saturday evening, and there weren’t many left disappointed. The only disappointment would be for those in attendance who’s favorite fighter didn’t win. There were some great match ups, with the best fighters in the region taking each other on. There were tons of team shirts in the crowd supporting the local clubs, and it was a great display of Club Patriotism, coupled with the scores of Military folk in attendance.
The night started off with some presentations and a rundown of what the Solider On Charity is about, what it enables Canadian soldiers to do when they return from battle, and the opportunities it creates for those who wouldn’t necessarily have as many options. The gentleman in the ring discussing this had lost both his legs, and was now running marathons. Very touching story and charity.
Bout 1 – Randy Turner (OAMA Ottawa) vs Josh Hill (Iron Tiger, Stony Creek)
The first bout of the evening has Josh Hill coming out to Journey’s “Dont’ Stop Believing” from Kru Alin Halmagean’sIron Tiger gym from Stony Creek. This school is arguably producing Canada’s top strikers, and despite the fact Hill was about to take on a local fan favorite got a rise from the Pro Turner crowd due to the Journey playing. Josh Hill debuted earlier this year and had fight of the night showing great striking. Randy Turner comes out and gets a huge pop from the Military contingency in the crowd as Randy is a current member of the Canadian Military.
The bout starts off with Hill instantly going for a takedown, where he is able to land a few elbows and transition to mount. He gets Turner’s back but Turner has good defence to the submission attempt, but is eating a few punches in the process. Turner lifts Hill and slams him down but it doesn’t change the position. The round ends with Hill on Turner’s back where he spent most of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Hill.
Round 2. Hill starts out with a takedown and Turner is able to get full guard. Turner is working for an Oma Plata shoulder lock from his back but Hill shows great patience and defence and is back in Turner’s guard where he is able to land some strikes and opens up a cut over Turner’s left eye with an elbow. Hill is able to pass guard into side control where he is able to land some decent elbows as Turner doesn’t allow Hill to get the mount. Turner is able to get Hill in his guard as the round ends. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Hill.
Round 3 starts out withboth fighters feeling each other out on their feet. Turner is looking a bit more tired, but in typical military fashion, he isn’t looking for an easy path and is looking to push the action. Hill pushes Turner to the corner and Turner is able to get Hill’s back and get the takedown but is reversed and Hill has Turner’s back again after a brief scramble. Turner stands up with Hill on his back and intelligently walks back to his own corner so he can get some expert advice from his corner tandem of Renzo Gracie and Pat Cooligan. Turner slams to the ground and they both get to their feet where Hill is able to land a hard overhand right and follows with a takedown into side control. Hill gets mount briefly but isn’t able to land any shots or maintain position and goes back to side control where he stays on top and ends the fight throwing knees to the body and elbows to the head of the tough Turner. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Hill.
Josh Hill defeats Randy Turner by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
Bout 2 – Benoit Guillonet (BTT Canada, Montreal) vs John Cholish (Renzo Gracie BJJ, New York)
Both fighters lock up in a clinch right away and are looking to land some strikes with Cholish landing some good knees to the body. Cholish lands a good kick to the body and gets the takedown where Guillonet gets on top and is in Cholish’s guard. He then stands up and passes to Cholish’s half guard. Both fighters are displaying some great Jiu Jitsu skills combined with striking in a very technical battle. Guillonet is able to defend all sub attempts and land some decent strikes as the round ends. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Guillonet.
Guillonet is looking a little more worse for the wear going back to his corner. The second round starts and Cholish lands a big right hand that knocks out Guillonet’s mouthpiece. He pounces and lands some good punches forcing the referee to stop the bout at :13 seconds of round 2 with a great TKO victory.
John Cholish defeats Benoit Guillonet by TKO (Referee stoppage due to strikes) at 13 seconds of Round 2
Bout 3 – Anna Barone (Fit MMA, Ottawa) vs Josee Aupry (Team Machado, Ottawa)
These two women have already met before in an Amateur MMA match a few months ago and Josee won the decision. There was some controversy as Barone felt she should have got the win. Both athletes are looking to prove they should have won the decision last time and you can guarantee neither is looking for this one to be left in the judges hands.
The fight starts out and they are both looking to stand. Aupry lands a big right hand that Barone doesn’t like and is dropped. Aupry pounces and lands a few shots before the referee is forced to stop the bout. Barone is protesting but her eyes were pretty glazed and even while protesting she didn’t look like she knew where she was. This was a good stoppage by the referee and there shouldn’t be any valid arguments on why it was stopped. (Please note I was about 2 feet away from Anna when she was getting hit)
Josee Aupry defeated Anna Barone by TKO at 39 seconds of Round 1
Bout 4 – Mitch Gagnon (Team Shredder, Sudbury, ON) vs Stephane Bernadel (OAMA, Ottawa)
Gagnoncomes out and gets a louder rise from the crowd than expected, but it’s soon drowned out by the cheers from the Pro OAMA crowd when Bernadel is called to the ring.
This has two of the country’s up and coming 145ers squaring off. The bout starts and they are feeling each other out on their feet with neither fighter committing too much. Gagnon corners Bernadel and pounces with a flurry of punches to the head. Bernadelwisely covers up but shots are still landing and despite decent defence is dropped from a big shot and Gagnon jumps into a Guillotine and locks it on. Bernadel defends but soon after is forced to tap out. Gagnon is no worse for the wear and Bernadel gets back to his feet, a little bloody, but more disappointed than hurt.
Gagnon really looked great in this bout and should move up the ranks as he improves to 5-1 with his lone loss being a decision loss to the top ranked Will Romero.
Mitch Gagnon defeated Stephane Bernadel by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 38 seconds of Round 1
Bout 5 – Yannick Galipeau (Speedy Gym, Montreal) vs Louis Phillipe Carle (Fit MMA, Ottawa)
This bout was scheduled to take place at 170 pounds, but Galipeau came in an unheard of 17 pounds overweight. Thankfully, Carle was gracious enough to accept the fight and esure he was at 173 pounds so the commission would allow the fight to take place. (There must not be more than a 15 pound differential between the fighters to be sanctioned by the Quebec Athletic Commission).
Galipeau starts off the fight with a big spinning back kick, that he nearly decapitated Nick Ring withlast month in Edmonton, but this time he didn’t have the same success and Carle was able to capitalize on the missed kick, secure the takedown and instantly attack Galipeau’s arm. Galipeau defends but Carle is persistent and Galipeau is forced to tapout from the bout and ever trying to make 170 pounds again. Top MMA News spoke with his management and he is going to stick to the 185 pound division in the future.
Louis Phillipe Carle defeats Yannick Galipeau by Submission (Armbar) at 45 seconds of Round 1
Bout 6 – Roland Delorme (WAMMA, Winnipeg) vs Remi Morvan (OAMA, Ottawa)
This bout pitted a few of the country’s top prospects against each other. A year ago, Morvan was an unkown prospect working his way up the ranks. This year Delorme is the same unknown guy looking to do the same and piggy back off the success of Morvan.
The bout starts out with a brief feeling out process and Delorme is looking to keep it standing. Remi shoots in and closes the distance and gets the takedown. He is looking for a Guillotine but Delorme defends well and is able to get on top and is now in Morvans half guard. Morvan goes for a Kimura, and Delorme stays composed, maintains his top position, lands a few shots, and escapes the attempt, getting back to his feet.
Morvan clinches and ends up in Delorme’s guard where he looks for a triangle choke as Morvan defends. Delorme goes for the armbar and Morvan defends well, Delorme is persistant and gets top position while still working for the arm, Morvan is forced to tap out as Delorme secures the very tight and deep armbar.
Roland Delorme defeats Remi Morvan by Submission (Armbar) at 4:21 of Round 1
Bout 7 – Chris Vorano (Karma, Toronto) vs Igor Gracie (Renzo Gracie, New York)
They start out with Gracie landing a big left that drops Vorano, but he is able to get back to his feet before Gracie can capitalize. Gracie shoots and gets the takedown landing in side control. He works to mount, lands a few strikes and in traditional Gracie Jiu Jitsu style, gets the Rear Naked choke when Vorano gives it up when he is hit from mount.
Igor Gracie defeats Chris Vorano by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:50 of Round 1
After the bout, Ring announcer Robin Black interviews Renzo Gracie and asks about his recent news. Gracie discloses that at 43 years old he has signed a 6 fight deal with the UFC and he is looking forward to submitting Matt Hughes in his first bout on April 10th when the UFC goes to Abu Dhabi for the first time.
Bout 8 – Sean Quinn (Siam Muay Thai, Regina) vs Nick Denis (Ronin, Ottawa)
This bout pits two of Canada’s top Bantamweights against each other and it starts off withboth fighters looking to keep the fight on their feet. Quinn is landing the majority of the strikes and is really taking it to Denis. Denis capitalizes on a caught kick, and takes down Quinn. Quinn is able to get back to his feet and is back to landing big punches. He is hitting Denis with knees, kicks, punches, and, whenever clinched, elbows. He has Denis in SERIOUS trouble and drops him. He is pounding away and the referee is close to stopping the bout. Denis wraps him up and Quinn breaks away allowing Denis back up where he continues to brutally dismantle him. Quinn has Denis on the ropes and Denis lands a beautiful uppercut, that puts Quinn in serious trouble. Quinn’s instincts are good, and on auto-pilot he is looking for the takedown. Denis lands another hard shot and puts Quinn on his back where he lands two more shots to secure the TKO victory.
This was a VERY exciting bout with lots of strikes. Despite the loss, Quinn should be very proud of his performance and definitely proved he belongs in the ring/cage with anybody in this country at 135 pounds.
Denis also showed tremendous heart, and was able to whether the storm, take some punishment, and prove that not matter what shape he looks, he CAN still knock people out. Big win for Denis.
Nick Denis defeats Sean Quinn by TKo at 3:42 of Round 1
The bout starts with both fighters looking to keep it standing. Holst is landing the harder strikes including a few head kicks, a big overhand right, and some knees to the body.
Khatib gets the takedown but Holst is instantly all over his arm. Khatib intelligently defends the armbar attempt as Holst transitions into a triangle choke. Khatib stands out of it and they are both back on their feet. Holst lands a hard head kick and a big knee which drops Khatib in the corner rolling his eyes in the back of his head. The bout was very close to being stopped here, and if Holst would have thrown a strike at this point, the ref was ready to pull him off and award the TKO victory. Instead, Holst goes for the Rear Naked Choke, and the referee stops it before it is fully on.
It could have went a few more seconds to ensure it was going to end the fight, but there was no dispute to anybody except Khatib who didn’t believe he was finished.
Once he ate the big knee and was dropped he did nothing to defend and it was a great call by the referee. the only difference is if the ref didn’t call it when he did, Khatib would have just went to sleep. The choke was on pretty quick, and he wasn’t doing anything to defend it.
Mark Holst defeats Nabil Khatib by Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:21 of Round 1
Khatib doesn’t like the stoppage and is pleading his case to Renzo, but there is no argument he can use that changes the fact he was being beaten to the punch and got dominated.
An impressive note on this, is that Holst competes as a Lightweight, and was up an entire division for this matchup.
Look for big things from Holst at his natural weight of 155 pounds.
Bout 10 – Sean Pierson (Iron Tiger, Tapstar) vs Fabio Holanda (BTT Canada, Montreal)
This bout has a few of the country’s top Welterweights going head to head with long time Canadian fan favorite Sean Pierson, against BJJ Black belt Fabio Holanda, the head of BTT Canada.
The fight starts and Holanda lands a BIG right that drops and stuns Pierson. Holanda rushes in and is unable to land any additional strikes and goes for a heel hook. Pierson keeps his composure and defends well, as he gets back to his feet with Holanda staying on his back. Pierson holds on to Holanda’s ankles as he lands a HUGE right hand to Holanda’s unprotected head. Holanda’s corner calls for him to protect his head, as Pierson continues to land blow after blow leaving Holanda unconscious on the mat. Great performance by Pierson with the victory, moving himself up the Canadian Welterweight ranks.
Sean Pierson defeats Fabio Holanda by KO at 1:41 or Round 1
Pierson does his pattented backflip off the top rope in celebration.
This capped off a very exciting night of action, with Matchmaker Alex Caporicci putting together some great bouts, President Nick Castiglia running a good show, and the entire Wreck crew were solid all around, from the President to the volunteers. Everybody involved with this organization is passionate and they have a solid fanbase in the Ottawa region ready to support their every move.
Top MMA News awarded the following
Fight of the Night: Nick Denis vs Sean Quinn
KO of the Night: Sean Pierson
Submission of the Night: Roland Delorme