HeatXC 5: Punishment Recap
Top MMA News was on hand at the Mayfield Trade Center in Edmonton, Alberta for HeatXC 5: Punishment for a night of all out wars. A close to capacity crowd was treated to a great night of fights with lots of explosive action from some promising young prospects.
Top MMA News award for Fight of The Night goes to the impressive debut of Ryan Ford protege Scott Payne against fellow newcomer Devon Neville. Payne picked apart Neville with combos and rarely threw one punch at a time. Payne was aggressive but controlled and showed impressive patience. Once Payne saw his opening he turned on the energy and finished the fight with a vicious flurry that surely made his corner man Ryan Ford proud. An honorable mention goes to Ryan Getschel and Marty Melynchuk, neither fighter knew the meaning of the phrase “pace yourself” as they went toe to toe from bell to bell in the first round until they could barely keep their hands up and kept the crowd on their feet the entire fight.
Top MMA News award for Knockout of The Night goes to fast rising welterweight Keto Allen. Not long after the opening bell Keto Allen secured a belly to back position and proceeded to suplex Jason Gorny not once but twice in quick succession before finishing up with some devastating punches on the ground. Keto Allen improved to 5-0 and motioned for a title shot following the bout. Look for Keto Allen to take a step up in competition after two impressive victories since a near 18 month layoff.
Steve Dubeck vs. Curtis Poulin
Poulin comes out with an unorthodox stance and eats pair of leg kicks from Dubeck. Both trade shots before Dubeck forces Poulin into the corner and lands a double leg takedown landing in side control. Dubeck lands a big right and passes to full mount with ease. Dubeck softens him up with body shots before posturing up and laying on the ground & pound. Poulin gives up his back and Dubeck lands a few shots before Poulin escapes out the back and gets to his feet. Both men meet in the center and go toe to toe for a full minute. In the middle of the exchange Poulin loses his mouthguard and after a brief pause in the action the referee steps in to replace the mouthguard. The action restarts right where it left off with another flurry of punches by both with a few knees mixed in from Poulin. Dubeck is landing the heavier shots and Poulin continues to land a smattering of knees in the exchanges. Poulin looks exhausted as Dubeck lands an easy double leg as the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Dubeck
A telegraphed spinning back fist misses it’s mark from Poulin. Dubeck comes forward and both trade shots until Dubeck secures a double leg landing in side control before moving to full mount. Dubeck works the body with punches and then postures up for some ground & pound. After a lull in the action where Dubeck is unable to get anything going from the mount position, Dubeck is able to land a few more body shots. Poulin tries unsuccessfully to buck Dubeck off as the second round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Dubeck
Poulin opens the round with a Harold Howard like somersault kick attempt that falls short of it’s target. Poulin follows up with a slow spinning back kick that again fails to connect and allows Dubeck to fall right into side control. Dubeck passes to full mount and rains down punches forcing Poulin to turn over and give up his back. Dubeck takes the opportunity to land a few more blows before Poulin spins out. Dubeck is now in full mount again and lands body shots and head shots until time expires. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Dubeck
Steve Dubeck defeats Curtis Poulin via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Scott Payne vs. Devon Neville
Payne lands a combo and is met with leg kicks and a body kick from Neville. Payne lands a big right followed by a combo against the ropes. Neville lands another kick to the body and the two trade shots. a big right lands from Payne and Neville responds with a body kick and a shot that hits the target. Payne comes back with a solid right that bloodies the nose of Neville. After a Neville jabs catches Payne in the eye he takes a moment to recover and the two restart. Payne comes out with a flurry of punches and Neville responds with a few of his own. Neville looks to connect with a head kick but Payne avoids it and lands a big right as the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Payne
Payne can’t find the mark with his combo and eats a few leg kicks from Neville. Payne corners Neville and lands a combo with a leg kick. Neville escapes to the center only to have Payne rush in and land and other combo in the corner. Neville lands a leg kick which is met by a big left and another combo. Payne continues to string together punches with another combo against the ropes. Neville lands a few of his own but again Payne backs him up with a combo. Neville lands a few shots before the bell sounds to end the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Payne
Payne lands a pair of inside leg kicks to open the round. Both men are circling cautiously before Payne lunges forward with a Superman punch. Neville lands a body kick and Payne continues to pick apart Neville with combos. Payne connects with looping lefts and rights before he sees an opening and lands a huge right that drops Neville and Payne follows him down and finishes him off with vicious ground and pound until the referee steps in to rescue Neville from any further punishment.
Scott Payne defeats Devon Neville via TKO (Punches) at 3:53 of Round 1
Danny Valimaki vs. Patrick Gladue
Valimaki comes out quickly with a big double leg takedown right into full mount. Valimaki postures up and rains down punches before grabbing a hold of a kimura attempt. The submission looks tight however Gladue doesn’t tap out despite the pained expression on his face. Valimaki releases the submission and goes back to the ground & pound, forcing the referee to step in to call a halt to the bout.
Danny Valimaki defeats Patrick Gladue via TKO (Punches) at 0:56 of Round 1
Garret Nybakken vs. Jevon Marshall
Marshall opens with a leg kick and Nybakken ties up and looks for a single leg which is defended against the ropes by Marshall. Nybakken uses a judo throw to take him to the ground and winds up in the guard. Nyabakken lands a few shots before passing to half guard for a brief moment. Marshall fights to get his guard back and looks to stand up. Nybakken seizes the opportunity and sinks in a guillotine choke. Nybakken evens his record at 1-1 against Marshall with the submission victory and gains his revenge much to the delight of the busload of supporters he brought with him.
Garret Nybakken defeats Jevon Marshall via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:25 of Round 1
Ryan Fortin vs. Logan Jarrell
Fortin comes out gunning with a combo. Both are cautious and begin circling. Fortin secures the clinch and lands knees before throwing Jarrell down to the mat. Jarrell returns to his feet and lands a leg kick. Fortin lands another combo which is met by a leg kick from Jarrell. Fortin lands a flurry and secures the clinch, landing bout a dozen knees followed by a few uppercuts before Jarrell is able to escape the position. Fortin continues to clinch and land knees at will and finally drops Jarrell to the mat. Jarell gets back to his feet only to be met with a pair of big lefts from Fortin. Jarrell tries to muscle the 6’8″ Fortin to the mat and the two heavyweights nearly go tumbling through the ropes. The referee frees them from the ropes and restarts them in the center of the ring. Jarrell is able to land a powerful double leg takedown as the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Fortin
Jarrell rushes in but gets caught in the clinch again and absorbs more knees. Jarrell frees himself and shoots in but gets caught in a guillotine attempt against the ropes. Fortin continues to punish Jarrell with knees and uppercuts from the clinch. Fortin lands several more knees before sinking in a guillotine choke forcing Jarrell to tap out. As Fortin releases the submission Jarell collapses to the ground in exhaustion.
Ryan Fortin defeats Logan Jarrell via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:06 of Round 2
Jason Gorny vs. Keto Allen
Gorny opens with a leg kick and follows up with a body kick. Allen catches the kick and takes Gorny down. Allen immediately takes his back and Gorny stands up, but Allen has a vice like grip around the waist of Gorny. Allen unleashes a beautiful belly to back suplex, slamming Gorny to the mat. Allen keeps his grip and proceeds to pick Gorny up and suplex him again with devastating force. Allen follows up with merciless ground & pound until the referee steps in to save Gorny from any further damage. Gorny remains on the ground for several minutes while doctors examine him and when he gets to his feet he appears to have injured his shoulder.
Keto Allen defeats Jason Gorny via TKO (Slam and Punches) at 1:16 of Round 1
Ryan Getschel vs. Marty Melynchuk
Both look to end the fight early as they come out throwing wild hay-makers. Getschel begins to land with a knee and a big body kick. Getschel continues to connect with the knees and is met with big looping shots from Melynchuk. The two tie up against the ropes and the referee has to force himself between the two combatants to issue a warning to Melynchuk to refrain from holding the shorts. After the restart, Getschel lands a kick to the body and the two tie up against the ropes. They both exchange shots in close before separating and throwing more bombs. A combo connects by Getschel followed by an uppercut that drops Melynchuk. Getschel gains full mount and lands punches until the round comes to a close. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Getschel
The two exhausted fighters come out of their corners and Melnychuk lands a combo before Getschel fires back with a few of his own. The two tie up against the ropes and stall for a moment. They get seperation and walk around with neither looking eager to move forward. The referee implores them to fight on and they meet in the center of the ring and trade shots. Getschel looks for the takedown but gets caught in a guillotine choke. Getschel taps out and the largely pro Melynchuk crowd erupts in near chaos.
Marty Melynchuk defeats Ryan Getschel via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:23 of Round 1
David Heath vs. Jason Kuchera
Heath opens with a body kick and a trio of huge clubbing leg kicks that can be heard throughout the venue. Kuchera fakes a right punch and lands a leg kick. Heath lands a jab and another leg kick. Kuchera lands a 1-2 combo and Heath responds with a combo of his own. Kuchera shakes it off and Heath says “don’t worry, there’s more coming”. The two exchange shots and then back off before trading another combo. Heath lands another big leg kick followed by a flurry of punches in the final ten seconds of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Heath
Both continue to throw punches with Heath landing the more frequent and more damaging blows. Heath follows up with another leg kick. Kuchera pushes forward with a combo with Heath able to avoid most of the shots. The round continues with both throwing a smattering of punches with neither landing with an consistency. The action finally picks back up when Heath comes out of nowhere with a Superman punch that lands. Heath continues the attack with steady jabs followed by a big right that bloodies the nose of Kuchera. Heath lands a big left hand followed by a head kick just before the end of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Heath
A leg kick to open the round from Kuchera is met with a trio of kicks to the body from Heath. The two trade shots and Heath begins to get the better of the exchange with a pair of rights. Kuchera attempts to respond but his combo is easily avoided by Heath. Kuchera lands a few weak shots and Heath lands another head kick. Kuchera’s offense again comes up short as he struggles to close the distance. Heath comes forward with a few lefts and a combo of punches. Heath, smelling blood rushes forward with a violent flurry that knocks Kuchera down and Heath follows up with heavy leather on the ground until the referee has seen enough and calls a halt to the bout.
David Heath defeats Jason Kuchera via TKO (Punches) at 4:45 of Round 3