Unified MMA 14 – Recap – Smith Defends Title, Milko, Duggan and Drummond Win
Another packed house and another entertaining card from Unified MMA last night at the Mirage Banquet Hall. After some bad blood at the weigh ins between Tim “Shady” Smith and Matt Spisak, the Lightweights did not disappoint as Smith defended his Lightweight Title and the two put on a Fight of the Night performance and squashed the beef after the fight.
- Fight of the Night – Tim Smith vs. Matt Spisak
- Submissions of the Night – Mark Drummond’s Inverted Triangle and Justin Nanaquawetung’s Leg Scissor Choke
Tim Smith vs. Matt Spisak
Round 1: After an intense stare down prior to the fight, Spisak opens by rushing in and tying up against the cage where he looks for a single. Smith lands little shots and Spisak connects with a knee to the body. Spisak lands a right and Smith responds with a leg kick. Spisak drags Smith to the mat with a single and lands in full guard. Smith pushes him off and just misses an upkick and Spisak picks him up and slams him to the mat. Spisak stands and Smith again looks for an upkick before throwing up a triangle attempt. Spisak escapes and takes the back, Smith tries to spin out but Spisak keeps the position. Smith is finally able to spin to guard and begins landing a barrage of solid rights. Smith moves to full mount and continues to rain down punches. Spisak gives his back and Smith looks for a rear naked choke before moving back to mount and connecting with a few hammer fists and Smith steals the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Smith
Round 2: Smith lands a pair of leg kicks and Spisak ties him up against the cage where they trade knees. Smith looks for a single before they separate and trade punches. Spisak briefly moves to the back before switching to a single and tries to drag Smith to the ground but Smith ends up on top and lands punches. Referee Kyle Cardinal pauses the action, although it’s unclear what the foul committed by Smith was. On the restart Smith lands a combo and a hard right. Smith lands a combo followed by a knee before they lock up against the cage. Smith lands a knee to the body and Spisak works for a single but Smith looks for a guillotine and falls to guard before rolling to a mounted guillotine. Smith releases the submission attempt and lands elbows and punches before switching to body shots. Smith takes the back and sinks a rear naked choke briefly before moving back to ground and pound but Spisak survives the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Smith
Round 3: Spisak connects with a right and Smith responds before locking up a guillotine and drops to the mat. Spisak pulls out but Smith lands an upkick and gets the sweep before taking the back. Smith begins working for a rear naked choke but releases and lands punches. Another rear naked choke attempt and Spisak defends and Smith releases and begins pounding away with relentless shots that force Cardinal to step in and rescue Spisak from any further punishment.
Tim Smith defeats Matt Spisak by TKO (Punches) in Round 3, 2:50
Jarod Milko vs. Chase Maxwell
Round 1: The two trade punches before clinching and trading some more. Milko gets the takedown to full guard and looks for a guillotine but Maxwell escapes and they get back to their feet. Milko lands knees followed by a leg kick and gets another takedown to north/south where he lands a few hammer fists. Maxwell looks for a single but Milko moves to half guard and Maxwell gets his guard back. Milko stands and passes to half guard but again Maxwell is able to regain guard. Maxwell works back to his feet but Milko attempts another guillotine and drags him back down. Milko releases and lands a few shots and Maxwell tries a guillotine attempt of his own as the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Milko
Round 2: Maxwell lands a leg kick and Milko responds with the same and gets the takedown but Maxwell pops right back up and gets a double of his own. Maxwell takes the back and knees the legs before working for a rear naked choke. Maxwell lands several hammer fists and still has the back. Milko stands with Maxwell on his back before flipping forward in an attempt to free himself. Maxwell retains the position and locks in a body triangle. Maxwell spends the remainder of the round working for the choke and Milko defends and survives the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Maxwell
Round 3: Milko gets the big double leg against the cage and locks up a guillotine. Maxwell defends and works back to his feet but Milko is still working for the choke and rolls, looking to lock it in but Maxwell survives and gets back to his feet. Maxwell pulls his head free and Milko gets the takedown but Maxwell pops back up and eats a knee. Milko works for a double against the cage but Maxwell defends with elbows. Milko takes the punishment to get the takedown and connects with an elbow. Maxwell stands and Milko lands an elbow to the thigh and gets him back down to north/south. Milko rides the back from the side and connects with some shots. Maxwell again works back to his feet and Milko lands some knees before Milko again drags him right back down with a trip takedown. Milko lands a few more rights and the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Milko
Jarod Milko defeats Chase Maxwell by Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Neil Doty vs. Merrick Duggan
Duggan lands a big right and they tie up against the cage. Duggan takes the back and lands shots before working for the rear naked choke. Duggan releases and moves to full mount where he drops a pair of huge rights before flattening him out and dropping some hard lefts. Duggan sees an opening and sinks the rear naked choke forcing the quick tap from Doty.
Merrick Duggan submits Neil Doty by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 1:38
Cassian Alexy vs. Mark Drummond
Round 1: Drummond lands a leg kick and Alexy responds with a takedown to half guard. Drummond scrambles out and ends up in full guard. Alexy throws up an armbar attempt and Drummond pounds through it. Alexy switches to an omoplata but Drummond rolls out and Alexy moves to the back. Drummond avoids a choke and spins to guard before posturing up and landing some shots. Alexy tries for another armbar from the bottom but Drummond defends and looks for a guillotine attempt. Alexy sweeps and takes the back and lands a shot. Drummond lands two massive back elbows before Alexy slips and arm under the neck and works for a rear naked choke in the final seconds. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Drummond
Round 2: Drummond has a high kick blocked but follows up with a right elbow that connects. Drummond gets the takedown to full guard and postures up and lands some shots. Drummond switches to a few elbows and Alexy makes another attempt at an armbar from the bottom. Drummond defends and lands a shot to the body and a couple big lefts. Drummond chips away with a few short elbows and some more body shots. Alexy gets to his knees and Drummond moves to north/south and locks in a slick inverted triangle and there’s no escape and Alexy taps.
Mark Drummond submits Cassian Alexy by Inverted Triangle in Round 2, 3:03
Dwight Chowace vs. Josh Dugas
Chowace lands a pair of solid leg kicks and they exchange punches. Chowace scoops Dugas up and gets the huge slam eventually landing in half guard. Dugas sweeps him to half guard and passes to full mount. Chowace leaves his arm out and Dugas seizes the opportunity and locks in a vicious armbar, forcing the quick tap out from Chowace.
Josh Dugas submits Dwight Chowace by Armbar in Round 1, 1:03
Corey Knapp vs. Michael Banin
Knapp rushes in and Banin connects with a few little shots as Knapp looks for the takedown. Banin looks for the guillotine but Knapp defends and continues working for a single. Banin lands a pair of elbows that drop Knapp to his knees. A pair of follow up elbow land to the back of the head and prompt referee Vern Gorman to step in. Knapp appears to be unconscious on the mat and the Doctor is called in to check on him. Gorman subtracts two points from Banin although it doesn’t appear Knapp will be able to continue and indeed Gorman eventually calls the fight off due to the illegal strikes giving Knapp the win by disqualification.
Corey Knapp defeats Michael Banin by DQ (Illegal Elbows) in Round 1, 1:31
Brent Haley vs. Cole Campbell
Haley lands a jab but Campbell gets the big double leg takedown against the cage and takes the back. Haley escapes and Campbell looks for an armbar from the bottom. Campbell switches to an omoplata and back to an armbar. Haley reverses and ends up in side control only to have Campbell sweep and end up in side control himself. Campbell takes the back and sinks the rear naked choke and gets the quick and emphatic tap from Haley.
Cole Campbell submits Brent Haley by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 1:42
Zach Burroughs vs. Justin Nanaquawetung – Amateur
Round 1: They trade shots and tie up against the cage where Nanquawetung looks for a guillotine choke. Nanaquawetung lands a knee and gets the takedown to full guard. Burroughs looks for a triangle and switches to an armbar. Nanaquawetung pulls out and Zach is in guard before transitioning to the back and looking for a rear naked choke. Nanaquawetung uses textbook defense and frees himself from the choke and spins, landing in side control. Nanaquawetung lands some solid elbows and takes the back as the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Nanaquawetung
Round 2: They exchange leg kicks and Nanaquawetung gets the better of a scramble getting the takedown to guard. Burroughs gets the sweep to guard and Nanaquawetung is working for a kimura from the bottom. Burroughs pounds the body and drives him into the cage. Burroughs moves to the back but Nanaquawetung shakes him off and gets to side control. Nanaquawetung gets the crucifix position and locks in a leg scissor choke forcing Burroughs to tap.
Justin Nanaquawetung submits Zach Burroughs by Leg Scissor Choke in Round 2, 1:50
Eric Huang vs. Josh Tse – Amateur
Huang gets the big double to side control before standing and dropping a powerful right. Huang goes right back to side control and passes to full mount. Hunag postures up and rains down some huge shots. Tse gives up his back and Huang looks for a rear naked choke but Tse spins and is mounted again. Huang goes back to the relentless flurry of punches and Tse leaves an arm exposed while defending and Huang seizes the opportunity and locks in an arm triangle. Tse briefly survives but is ultimately forced to tap.
Eric Huang submits Josh Tse by Arm Triangle in Round 1, 2:41
Abel Burroughs vs. Will Robbins – Amateur
Round 1: Burroughs lands a leg kick and Robbins comes forward with some wild shots. Robbins lands knees to the thigh as Burroughs looks for a guillotine. A knee from Robbins lands low and referee Andy Social pauses the action. They trade jabs on the restart and Burroughs gets the takedown to side control. Robbins lands shots from the bottom and Burroughs tries to pass but Robbins has him locked down. Robbins continues landing shots from the bottom. Burroughs lands body shots before posturing and standing to land some solid punches in the final ten seconds. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Burroughs
Round 2: Robbins lands a big right and Burroughs responds with a single to full guard. Robbins chips away with little punches from the bottom and Burroughs is doing nothing from the top, prompting a stand up from Social. Burroughs connects with a combo and Robbins gets a big double leg takedown to full guard and lands shots before getting to north/south and looking for a guillotine. Robbins lands about a dozen solid knees to the body and switches to punches. Burroughs looks to get a single but can’t finish the takedown before the round ends. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Robbins
Round 3: Robbins secures a headlock and uses it to get the takedown but Burroughs rolls through and lands in full guard. Robbins is connecting with solid shots from the bottom while Burroughs lays on top not striking or looking to pass. Robbins throws up an armbar attempt and Burroughs pulls out. Burroughs passes to half guard and Robbins continues with the punches from the bottom while Burroughs lays on him. Social stands them up and they trade leg kicks before Robbins connects with a combo as the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Robbins
Bruno Marques vs. Matthew Holinaty – Amateur
Round 1: Marques lands a leg kick and Holinaty connects with a right. Marques comes back with another leg kick and Holinaty responds with one of his own. Holinaty lands body kick and follows up with a right. Marques connects with a right of his own and ties up and trades punches with Holinaty. Marques with a leg kick and Holinaty responds with one to the body. Marques fires a combo and a leg kick and another body kick lands for Holinaty. Marques drops Holinaty with a right and hesitates for a few seconds before swarming with punches. Referee Andy Social watches closely and the end looks near but time runs out and Holinaty barely survives the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Marques
Round 2: The Doctor is called in between round to check on Holinaty’s ankle. Holinaty is fine to continue and they exchange leg kicks to open the round. Holinaty lands a shot and Marques slips to the mat but pops right back up. Marques connects and Holinaty responds with another body kick and the effects are beginning to show on the ribs of Marques. Marques sticks a jab and a pair of leg kicks and Holinaty comes back with a combo. Holinaty lands another body kick and a solid right and they both trade punches. Holinaty sneaks an uppercut in and Marques responds with a right and gets the takedown but Holinaty gets right back to his feet. Marques connects with a right and a wild combo just prior to the end of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Marques
Round 3: Marques sticks a solid jab and the two exchange wild punches before tying up against the cage. Marques unleashes another wild combo and lands another accurate jab. Marques with a leg kick and Holinaty knocks out Marques’ mouth guard and Social pauses to replace it. On the restart Marques connects with another stiff jab and ducks under a shot and lands a right that briefly buckles the knees of Holinaty. The two trade little shots for the final seconds of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Marques