AFC 7 Recap: Armageddon Fighters Break Out
On Saturday, November 5th, in Colwood, British Columbia, Armageddon Fighting Championship invaded Bear Mountain Arena, marking their 7th event since the Vancouver Island based promotion originated in 2009. Co-Owners Darren Owen & Jason Heit, along with the entire AFC staff, have proved yet again what a fantastic show they are capable of producing, this time with an event entitled BREAK OUT. Top MMA News was on location for an up-close and personal cageside view of the action, here’s a look at how it all went down on fight night.
Top MMA News Awards:
- Fight of the Night: Nathan Swayze and Brad Robinson’s three round fight
- Submission of the Night: Jean Marc de Groot’s Arm Bar
- KO of the Night:Ty Daggis’ TKO victory
The entire roster of tuned up Armageddon athletes put their stamp on one thing in particular to this writer, that it absolutely does not take recognizable faces from big pay-per-views to entertain the people. While that was likely the factor that kept the arena from being filled to capacity with casual MMA fans, the large crowd in attendance was still abuzz for each and every fight. With seven amateur ( 3×3 min. rounds ) and five professional bouts ( 3×5 min. rounds, no AFC Championships were defended on this card ), there was something for everyone to enjoy. Each fighter throughout the night had a noticeable section of fans, cheering their chosen competitor to the finish, win or lose.
Island MMA Training Center of Victoria, a facility headed by Jason Heit, Keith Nadasen & Stan Peterec, looked outstanding as a unit. Derek “Mad Dog” Medler was dominant in his 1st round Guillotine Choke submission victory over Brian Grimshaw, a tough challenger who came into this bout with 5+ years of professional experience and only one loss in that entire span. Medler, who made his professional MMA debut at AFC 1 back in 2009 and has competed on each AFC card, remains undefeated at 7-0, with not a single opponent making it out of the 2nd round. The co-main event featured another local fan favourite, also of Island MMA, Karel “The Viking” Bergen. After an explosive stand-up display from Bergen that included numerous head kicks, opponent Dave Logan was finished halfway through the 1st round with a powerful Kimura lock. Karel moves to an also unblemished record of 5-0, with 3 finishes to his credit, and like Medler has gained each one of his victories under the Armageddon Fighting Championship banner. Is that the “Big Leagues” I hear calling for these two?
As impressive as they looked, the Submission of the Night belonged to another Island MMA teammate, amateur competitor Jean Marc de Groot. His ultra-smooth ground game garnered him an Armbar submission early in the 2nd round over opponent James Pratt. A notable mention as well to amateur Tyler Dolby of ZUMA, with his outstanding Rear-Naked Choke submission of Shane Jung. Working Dolby’s corner were ZUMA owner/head coach Adam Zugec and former Strikeforce World Champion Sarah Kaufman.
Tapouts seemed to be the theme of the evening, as Peter Nolan moved to 2-0 as a professional with a victory over Paul Cheng, in what was the bloodiest bout on the card. Nolan closed the distance early, nailing the massive Cheng to the canvas with a hard slam, then opening a large cut on the former CFL player with a devastating elbow. Cheng really showed his heart in this bout, but Nolan was relentless, grounding and pounding his way into an Arm-Triangle Choke with just under a minute to go in the 1st round.
The first two main card/professional bouts will surely be remembered, but no tapout finishes here. Matt Trudeau managed to dislocate the shoulder of Island MMA’s Tristan Connelly, causing a halt to the bout between rounds. Trudeau moves to 2-0 with the win. The next bout saw the return of Nathan “Road House” Swayze to the AFC cage, engaging in a Fight of the Night slugfest with Brad Robinson. Bear Mountain Arena was on it’s feet for these men, and they deserved it. Caution was thrown into the wind as they repeatedly exchanged in the stand-up department, with Swayze concentrating on working his taller foe with wild combos to the body. It worked for him, as he wore down his opponent and won a unanimous judges decision. Amateur fighters Dillon Brown, Dustin Porter, and Craig McLean also walked away from AFC 7 with unanimous decision victories to their credit.
In all of this carnage, there were no knockouts. The opening amateur bout of the event came the closest, being the only contest on the card stopped due to strikes. Ty Daggis came to the cage to get him some, and that’s just what he did. In a very aggressive start to the event, Daggis was just too powerful for his opponent Joel Conway, and got the ground & pound TKO victory early on in the second round. While it was a TKO finish, Ty takes home the Knockout of the Night bonus for the aggression he put forth.
The fighters may have been under the spotlight, but there were many other individuals who did their part. Keith Nadasen & Zak Hasnaoui did a wonderful job working the mic, pumping energy into the crowd between every bout. A big thank-you as well to Mike Downey, Megan Stack, Alistair Vigier, & Liz Lampard for their work promoting the event, and the West Coast Tap House for hosting the weigh-ins. And let’s also give credit to referees John Cooper & Jason Darrah for keeping the competitors in a safe working environment.
So that’s it for this time around with AFC here on Vancouver Island. Why should you go to the next Armageddon FC show? Why is it such an entertaining, competitive atmosphere? Simply put, these guys show up prepared, and will give you real bang for your buck. If I may steal a line from Joe Rogan, it takes fighters that will “..put their balls in a wheelbarrow and get up that hill..”, which is just what the AFC warriors did in both grueling battles and some brilliant submissions, leaving the fans in attendance eagerly anticipating their next live AFC event.
Top MMA News will bring you updates on AFC 8 when details begin to emerge, with sometime in early 2012 appearing to be the target at this time.
By Eric Wolaniuk ( firstname.lastname@example.org / Tweet @EWOLmma )
Photos courtesy of Shane Deringer/Shane Deringer Photography