AX Combat 2 Play-by-Play


AX Combat LogoAx Combat is putting on their second show in Calgary tonight.

Top MMA News Awards

  • Knockout of the Night: Ryan Machan
  • Submission of the Night: Hayden Harrison
  • Fight of the Night: Ryan Machan and Josh Powell

Here is Cody Bargholz’ play-by-play:

Ryan Machan vs Josh Powell
Round 1: Josh lands a nice left to the body and Ryan responds with a hard right that lands flush on the jaw. Both fighters are swinging hards. Ryan lands another right and Josh clinches up with Ryan and pins him in the corner. Josh lands two hard knees and Ryan lands an uppercut as he escapes. Ryan lands a couple of hard right hands and Josh grabs a single leg on instinct and almost takes Ryan down. Josh recovers in the clinch and the lands a hard right of his own. Ryan keeps landing hard overhand rights but Josh is coming back with combination to the body and the head. Josh clinches up and Ryan takes him down with a trip but Josh rebounds up to his feet instantly. Josh then gets a takedown and moves to back mount. Ryan rolls and Josh starts landing some hard shots from top position. Ryan stands up but Josh still has his back. Josh moves him to the corner and lands a few upper cuts. Ryan lands another hard right and then a left hook stunning Josh. Ryan grabs his neck and drops back with a guillotine attempt but Josh escapes. Ryan is looking for a triangle but Josh is wise to it. The round ends with Josh on top.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Ryan Machan

Round 2: Josh lands a couple of leg kicks before Ryan starts checking them. Josh lands a punch and then Ryan buckles Josh with a hard hard leg kick. Josh recovers and pins Ryan in the corner. Ryan turns Josh against the ropes and lands a hard knee to the body. Ryan lands two more hard leg kicks. Josh is working on a single leg and Ryan is working for a guillotine. Ryan shoots in for a single leg but and nearly gets the takedown but Josh circles and recovers. The fighters are still clinching in the corner and Josh is landing a few great short punches. The referee separates them and action resumes in the centre of the ring. Ryan lands two huge looping right hands. Both fighters are starting to slow down. The fighters clinch up in the corner with Josh pressuring Ryan up against the turnbuckle. Ryan lands a knee to the body and then drops for a guillotine. Josh escapes and the referee immediately moves the fighters to the centre of the ring and then stands them up. Josh ends the round swinging. This was a very close rounds.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Josh Powell

Round 3: Ryan lands a few leg kicks and Josh responds by pushing him into the corner. Josh is looking really tired. Ryan lands a hard kick to the body. Josh is stalking Ryan but Ryan is making him miss and he keeps coming back with kicks to the body. Josh closes the distance and takes Ryan’s back on the feet but Ryan quickly spins out of it. Ryan lands a hard left hook to the body and then another. Ryan clearly has more energy now. Josh charges in and clinches up with Ryan in the corner. Ryan powers out and starts landing knees to Josh’s thigh. Josh lands a right of his own and Ryan comes back with a huge overhand right then follows that up with three left hooks, a right then another left hook that drops him to he canvas. Ryan moves in and starts landing unanswered right hands before the referee stops the fight.
Ryan Machan defeats Josh Powell by TKO in Round 3, 4:24

Allan Munroe vs. Jesse Fox
Round 1. Aaron starts the round off by landing two hard leg kicks. He then lands a huge looping left hook that drops Jesse. Aaron pounces on top of Jesse and starts landing some hard right hands before the referee moves in and stops the fight.
Allan Munroe defeats Jesse Fox by TKO in Round 1, 0:35

Curtis Blackmore vs. Aaron Gallant
Round 1: Curtis lands one hard body kick and attempts another but Aaron catches it and takes Curtis down. Curtis is working to escape but Aaron is controlling position well. Curtis is working on a Kimura and locks it in from the bottom. Curtis rolls to escape and Aaron mounts him and is still threatening that arm. Aaron escapes and stands up with Curtis still on his back and drops down with a hard right. Aaron decides to fall back into Curtis’ guard. Curtis is again working to sweep but Aaron is controlling position well. Curtis is working for a Kimura again but the fighters are getting sweaty and Aaron escapes easily. The referee restarts the fighters in the centre of the ring and Aaron lands a few hard shots to the body but Curtis opens up a cut above and beneath Aaron’s eye just before the round ends. At the end of the round Aaron tells his corner that he can’t see.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Aaron Gallant
Curtis Blackmore defeats Aaron Gallant by Doctor Stoppage in Round 1, 5:00

Amateur MMA

Hayden Harrison vs. Chris Chapman
Round 1: Haden throws a jab or two then clinches and drags Chris down. Chris get right back up and Hayden starts landing knees to the body. Hayden is pinning Chris up against the ropes and landing a lot of knees to the body of Chris Chapman. Chris is landing a few knees of his own now but Haydn is racking up more points. Chris turns Hayden but Hayden turns him back and goes back to landing hard knees to the body and to legs. Hayden is really roughing Chris up in the corner now. Chris is attempting to trip Hayden but the round ends before he can secure the takedown.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Hayden Harrison

Round 2: Chris starts off the round by landing two hard right hands that hurt Hayden but Hayden composes himself and takes Chris down. Hayden drops down for a heel hook but Chris escapes and takes top position. Chris is landing shots to Hayden’s body. Hayden throws his legs up and almost instantly locks in a triangle. Chris tries to escape by turning but is forced to tap. This was a great fight.
Hayden Harrison defeats Chris Chapman by Triangle Choke in Round 2, 1:50

Alex Moran vs. Aaron Barr
Round 1: Alex is pumping out his jab gauging the distance. He lands one and Aaron immediately shoots in for a double leg and puts Alex on the Matt. Alex scrambles and Aaron drops down for a guillotine. Alex escapes and is landing a lot of hard shots. Aaron really doesn’t have great defence on his feet. The fighters clinch up and Alex is scoring with hard knees. Aaron takes him down again. Aaron is landing peppering shots to the body and Alex is working for a triangle. Aaron get up and Alex immediately picks him up and slams him down landing in side control. Alex quickly passes to mount but Aaron sweeps him and is now on top in Alex’ guard as the round ends.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Alex Moran

Round 2: As soon as Alex throws his first jab Aaron immediately shoots again and secures the takedown. This time Aaron lands in half guard. Alex works his way back onto his feet and takes Aaron down but immediately stands up again preferring to keep this fight standing. Aaron rushes in and clinches. Alex is sprawling to avoid the takedown but Aaron eventually gets it. Aaron passes into half mount and uses excellent head and shoulder control to transition to side mount and then into full mount. Aaron locks in an arm triangle and moves back into side control to try to finish the fight but Alex defends well and survives the round.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Aaron Barr

Round 3: Alex lands a hard right hand to start the round off. Aaron retaliates by charging in again but this time Alex defends the takedown. Aaron shoots in again and this time is successful. Alex is working for a Kimora from the bottom but quickly gives it up. Aaron uses head and arm control again to pass into side control and then to mount. Alex rolls him and stands up. Aaron look tired but immediately shoots in and slams Alex down to the mat with a huge double leg takedown. Alex is on the bottom with Aaron in his guard. Alex is on his back but still looking for a submission from the bottom. Aaron slides out and is maintains top position. Aaron is content to wait out the rest of the round in top position.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Aaron Barr
Aaron Barr defeats Alex Moran by Unanimous Decision

Jon Cummings vs. Mustafa Zidan
Round 1: The fighters start off slow and cautious and are feeling each other out. Jon charges in with a one two combination but Mustafa easily circles and defends. Jon lands a leg kick. The fighters circle and Jon charges in again towards Mustafa attempting to clinch up but pays the prices because Mustafa lands a nice combination to the body while backing up into the corner. The effort did pay off for Jon, the fighters clinch up in the corner. Jon is trying to drag Mustafa down but Mustafa keeps getting back up. Jon finally secures the takedown and takes Mustafa’s back. Jon is relentlessly looking for an RNC. Mustafa is resisting but Jon clearly has great back control. Jon secures the choke.
Jon Cummings defeats Mustafa Zidan by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 2:20

72 Responses to “ AX Combat 2 Play-by-Play ”

  1. Graham Weenk says:

    how has attendance been? I know in the past attendance in Calgary has been poor… When Kurt southern fought charlie zac in Raw Combat, with Dan Hornbuckle, The Crow, Bibiano amoung others on the card about 800 (at the most) people showed up to the Max Bell, always seemed tough to get good crowds out in Calgary for some reason

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  2. Graham Weenk says:

    i hope the Ax combat guys found a way to get the Calgary public out to support the fights!

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  3. Thanks Advin… I heard that Ryan paused for a sec waiting for the ref to step in and when he didn’t, Ryan had no choice but to continue.

    Sounds like there may have been some weird placements of the fighters after they got tangled with the ropes as well. (ie…standing them up rather than putting them back in the same position on the ground)

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  4. Graham Weenk says:

    rings just don’t work for mma, nice visibility for the crowd but that is the only upside

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  5. Chase Degenhardt says:

    I thought the stoppage was a touch late.. I was screaming “stop it!” about two or three shots before the ref got there.. I don’t think its an easy job being an mma ref.

    The crowds for both Ax shows have been pretty good. Not quite sellouts I don’t think but I could be wrong, you’d have to ask Steve.

    I would love to see Sean Quinn on an Ax card. I will try to convince big ugly Steve for ya bro.

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  6. Jamie Locke says:

    When are we going to see you back in the cage Chase?

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  7. Chase Degenhardt says:

    January is a near certainty.

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  8. Advin Omic says:

    Graham an FYI, the only way I’d fight any of your guys is in a ring…rings rule for mma hahaha! (only if your fighting a badass wrestler)

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  9. Sean Quinn says:

    I’d fight Graham’s guys in a fox. I’d fight those bastards with a box.
    I’d fight Graham’s guys in a mouse. I’d fight those motherfuckers with a mouse.
    I’d fight Graham’s guys here or there. I’d fight Graham’s guys anywhere.
    I would fight them in the rain i would even fight them on a train.
    I’d fight them while they’re in a goat. I’d certainly fight them on a boat.

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  10. BigBoi says:

    Like we need to hear about your sex life.

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  11. Adam Lorenz says:

    I would fight Sean on a lawn.
    I would fight Sean with Goldie Hawn.
    I would kick Quinn with my shin.
    I would hit Quinn in the chin.

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  12. Sean Quinn says:

    I would sex them, in the back.
    I would sex them, in their crack.
    Id make sexy on their thigh, and blow my sexy in their eye…s.

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  13. Jay Kay says:

    You really need some help you know that?

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  14. Sean Quinn says:

    Your face needs some help!!

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  15. ASSASSIN says:

    Beauchamp did a great job. Great guy, decorated ref.
    The illegal show was in castlegar. Punk ass wannabe promoters risking the safety of fighters and causing problems for us. Just For anyone who doesnt know, fighters competing on unsanctioned illegal shows will not be licensed in Calgary without an MRI and a 90 day suspension. This includes ANY and ALL shows in the province of SK. So whatever promoters are telling you, it’s your right to ask questions and get accurate answers. There are some in particular that are not to be trusted. You want the fastest track to a career as an MMA fighter, Treat it like a business and make intelligent decisions on which promotions you become involved with.

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  16. ASSASSIN says:

    Chase is correct about the attendance. Been some strong positive feedback about both shows. MMA fans are here, we just have to make sure, they know we are comin. My vision for the future of AX and MMA in calgary is big and bright. I don’t do things to be second place, stay tuned AX3:RISE has intentions of making some noise.

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  17. Jamie Locke says:

    I was under the impression that those Castlegar shows were legit… No commission there?

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  18. Graham Weenk says:

    thanks advin! i take that as a great complement to our fighters here

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  19. Graham Weenk says:

    rings are brutal tho with guys falling thru the ropes, hanging on the ropes or even diving between them to defend take downs. and then the constant confusion when guys get caught up in them, do they stand up? do they reset in same position? never any consistency one show to the next or even one time to the next during a single fight.

    the reset is always off too, angles change pressure changes always one guy or the other is gonna get the jump on the restart.

    Cages work better.

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  20. Graham Weenk says:

    Really good to hear solid crowds are coming out! definitely time for Calgary to have a strong promotion with a good following

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  21. Jay Kay says:


    A ring specifically designed for MMA (there are a few in Canada) my preference. The ropes are tighter together, strung a bit tighter and the bottle rope is closer to the ground. The ring allows for more strategy and forces cleaner takedowns as oppossed to sloppy ‘on the cage’ ones.

    Sadly most promotions using a ring are using a wrestling or boxing ring which isn’t designed for MMA.

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  22. Graham Weenk says:

    Gonna have to disagree, the restart in position thing never works right, and guys crawling out to avoid being hit(even in mma rings ex. Ryan Ford vs Pete Spratt 1) or guys hanging out by the ropes so they can wrap their arms around them to avoid take downs (ex. Fedor vs Lindland).

    At least once every Dream/Pride etc. there is a fight greatly affected by the restarts. And the stand ups are even worse, guys squirming from bottom mount to the ropes and getting a stand up without having any ability to actually get out.

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