AFC 16 Play-by-Play – Curtis Brigham Wins AFC Bantamweight Title

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AFC-THUMBKeith Grienke is in Winnipeg, Manitoba catching all the Aggression Fighting Championship 16 action from the Winnipeg Convention Centre. On the card is a fantastic main event between Mike Adams and Curtis Brigham for the AFC Bantamweight title. Tickets for the event are still available at Ticketmaster. If you can’t get to the event, here is a written play-by-play.

Top MMA News Awards:

  • Fight of the Night: Four round championship battle between Curtis Brigham and Mike Adams
  • Submission of the Night: Curtis Brigham for being the first person to finish Mike Adams
  • KO of the Night: Great striking by Travis Gervais who pounded out the win.


On to the Play-by-Play:

135lbs- Curtis Brigham vs. Mike Adams
***Bantamweight Title Fight
Huge size difference here.  Height/reach for Brigham.  Strength should be Adams.
R1. Hard leg kick by Adams. The clinch up with Adams’ back on the cage. Adams turns him around and punches Brigham’s thigh. They keep trading positions. Brigham punching Adams midsection. That must be like hitting concrete. Still clinched and they continue reversing positions. Knee by Brigham and punch by Adams. Knee by Brigham x 3. The two have yet to disengage. Adams throws a left and Brigham tosses him down hard. Side control by Brigham. Adams rises. Brigham upkicks Adams hard. Slip by Adams. He rises and goes for a takedown. Brigham on his back and attempts an arm bar. Somehow Adams gets out. He rises and kicks Brigham on the ground. High side kick by Adams that Brigham moves around and takes him down by the back. Brigham with back control throwing punches. Hooks in now. Brigham lands some elbows and wins the round.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Brigham

R2. Hard body kick by Adams. Loud. Adams pushed him to the cage and lands a left. The two are tied up again landing the occasional knee. Left scores by Adams. Leg kick by Adams and a kick to the head drops Brigham. Body kick by Adams when Brigham rises. Knee by Brigham followed by a right that lands. They break and Adams swings and misses and Brigham kicks and hits groin. Quick restart after break. Adams with leg kick and spinning back hits Brigham’s back. Clinch. Thai plum by Brigham allows him to get some knees in. The get to the canvas where Adams lays in Brigham’s guard. Adams in half guard now landing a few lefts. Brigham landing elbows on the bottom to Adams side. Adams landing hard elbows and Brigham catches an arm bar. Adams slips out.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Adams

R3. Nice fight so far. Side kick by Brigham lands. The two exchange leg kicks and Adams lands one to the midsection. Brigham throws Adams down and is arm hunting. He has Adams’ right arm tied up and is across Adams back looking for a kimura on his left. He drops elbows instead and Adams gets to his feet but is still tied up. Back down in the same position and Brigham is landing rights. Adams on his feet and unable to shake Brigham. Brigham still riding the back landing rights to both sides of Adams head. Brigham on his back now retaining the position though. Finally Adams escapes and is in Brigham’s guard. He lands a left and a couple forearms. Double punches by Brigham. The two trade with Brigham still on his back. Brigham tries to lock his shoulder but Adams slips out. Brigham upkick and Adams leg kick.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Brigham

R4. Awesome competitors. Kick to the body by Adams and one by Brigham. Another one by Adams and they lock up. Brigham catches the next one and pushes him down. Riding the back throwing punches. Adams rolls and Adams has hooks in. Brigham looking for the arm bar and Adams tries to get out of it. He rolls and rolls and he finally taps. Could the winner head to UFC Winnipeg? Great fight between talented, talented guys.
Curtis Brigham submits Mike Adams by Arm Bar in Round 4, 1:19
Curtis Brigham is the AFC Bantamweight champion

140lbs- Brent Fryia vs. Louis Fisette
R1. A hug to start things off. Fisette then charges Fryia and takes him down. Fryia works his way off the mat with no damage and tosses Fisette to the matt. Fryia with a left elbow. He drops two lefts onto Fisette but Fisette gets him into a triangle and arm bar. Fisette taps him out with a triangle arm bar. Impressive bjj from Fisette.
Louis Fisette submits Brent Fryia by Triangle Arm Bar in Round 1, 1:34

170lbs- Chris Stranger vs. Jarod Milko
Stranger comes out to Lunatic Fringe. I believe CBC’s Wab Kinew usually rapped for him before.
R1. Leg kick by Milko and jab by Stranger. Jab by Stranger and leg kick too. High kick blocked by Milko. Leg kick by Stranger. Grazing head kick and leg kick by Stranger and Milko lands a glancing right. The two clinch up with the two landing a few light knees. Milko grabs Stranger’s head and lands a knee. Double jab by Stranger as they separate. Right lands by Stranger as does the counter right by Milko. Milko catches a leg and takes Stranger down. He rises quickly. Very evenly matched. Leg kicks land by Stranger and Milko just misses with the head kick. Leg kick by Stranger. Stranger ducks under a Milko flurry and wraps up. They break and Stranger scores with leg kicks. Milko comes in behind a right and goes for the takedown. He picks up Stranger and gets him on his back. Side control for Milko. Stranger lands some rights on the ground an Milko tries to get the kimura. Close round but I give it to Stranger. He landed more strikes and the takedown did not make up for that.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Stranger

R2. Leg kick by Stranger. Front kick by Milko who grabs a leg and drags down Stranger by his leg. Milko jumps on him and lands continuous blows. Stranger turtles up in defense and the ref warns him to show improvement a few times. Milko relentlessly throwing rights and Adam Cheadle stops the fight. Good stoppage.
Jarod Milko defeats Chris Stranger by TKO (Strikes) in Round 2, 0:47

Roland Delorme is interviewed next and says his training is going well and he can’t wait for UFC 161 in Winnipeg. He thanks Gorilla Jacks and WAMMA and all his training partners and Curtis Brigham.

Curtis Demarce comes on at intermission. He thanks Adam Lorenz for making weight. He says he had bad advice in California where he trained and says the rules are different here in Canada. He says he has stuff to deal with as a result. He thanks Steve Fader and Darren Owen. He thanks his supporters and asks them for their continued support.

155lbs- Travis Gervais vs. Budd Wright
R1. Gervais with the kick. As Wright jabs, Gervais kicks groin accidentally. Restart. Left by Gervais and then two kicks. More strikes by Gervias. Gervais looking good. High kick blocked by Wright. Gervais wraps him up for a takedown. Side control and Gervais lands elbows and a few left knees. Full guard by Wright now. Gervais stands up and lands huge body shot and leg kick. Gervais grabs him for a throw but Wright lands on top in Gervais’ guard. Mistake by Gervais to take this to the ground. Gervais kicks him off and they both rise. Right by Gervais lands. Body shot and the two land jabs. Gervais lands knee. High kick lands by Gervais and then scores a left jab. Knee to the midsection has Wright looking for a stop but ref says it was stomach. Gervais double legs him and lands about 20 punches and elbows and it is stopped. Gervais’ best performance. Very dominant. Ruthless.
Travis Gervais defeats Budd Wright by TKO (Strikes) in Round 1, 3:34

Dwight Sutherland vs. Mitch Fryia
R1. Finally, a glove tap. Two leg kicks by Fryia and then Sutherland tries a jumping punch. Fryia wraps him up though and slams him down to the ground. Fryia stands up and Sutherland holds on to him and then jumps off as he may have got slammed again. Punch by Fryia lands. He kicks again but catches a few from Sutherland. Fryia likes the kicks and then ducks under to score a double leg takedown. Fryia stacks Sutherland against the cage. Sutherland scrambles up with a wizzer and then jumps on Fryia’s back. Fryia hand fights off the RNC choke with two minutes left. Fryia escapes and drops down with a Guillotine. Sutherland escapes and lands a punch. Fryia jumps off the ground to get Sutherland’s back. Now Fryia has the RNC on but decides to drop some punches before resuming his RNC attempt. Difficult with the fence at his back so Fryia repositions. 10 seconds left and the choke is deep but Sutherland toughs it out.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Fryia

R2. Kick by Fryia but Sutherland lights him up. Fryia says this is nonsense and double legs him down. Sutherland rolls and Fryia ends up in side control. He lands some knees and then some elbows. 4 elbows land. They shuffle position and Fryia lands a few more elbows. Sutherland is looking for the arm bar from the bottom. Now he locks on the triangle from the bottom and, incredibly, gets the tap. This kid scores more come from behind, subs from the bottom than anyone in Canadian MMA.
Dwight Sutherland submits Mitch Fryia by Triangle Choke in Round 2, 2:23

155lbs- Mark Durant vs. Lee Gaudet
R1. No glove touch and the two are keeping out of each other’s range. Gaudet chases down Durant and Durant goes for a takedown but gets wrapped up. Gaudet gets on Durant’s back working for an arm bar. Durant scrambles out but Gaudet gets his back with hooks in. Gaudet lands some lefts and has a body triangle on. Gaudet working for the RNC while Durant hand fights. Gaudet lands a right. Gaudet flattens Durant out but Durant will not tap. Durant explodes out of the RNC attempt and is now in top position. Gaudet locks on a triangle and forces the tap.
Lee Gaudet submits Mark Durant by Triangle in Round 1, 3:44

170lbs- Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz vs. Ash Mashreghi
R1. No glove touch and Mashreghi pushes Ksiazkiewicz back as they exchange punches. The two exchange leg kicks when Mashreghi drops Ksiazkiewicz hard with a punch. Ksiazkiewicz recovers while getting hit. Ksiazkiewicz gets up but gets kneed in the head hard. He drops a knee to avoid further knees and wraps up Mashreghi around the waist and Ksiazkiewicz get Mashreghi down. Ksiazkiewicz is in Mashreghi’s guard. Ksiazkiewicz gets Mashreghi’s back and gets the hooks in. Ksiazkiewicz has the RNC in around the chin and finally sinks it under. Great recovery by Ksiazkiewicz
Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz submits Ash Mashreghi by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 1:55
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58 Responses to “ AFC 16 Play-by-Play – Curtis Brigham Wins AFC Bantamweight Title ”

  1. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:

    Gervais is a fuckin beast!

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  2. kid lightning says:

    way to go milkman xo

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  3. Shane BTP Mountney says:

    Sucks for Mitch…

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  4. TK says:

    Holy crap, early night!

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  5. QuinnFan says:

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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  6. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:

    Congrats to Curtis Brigham, class guy and great and talented fighter!

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  7. caleb says:

    how has no one mentioned the fact curtis sunk a nightmare on the guy!
    big congrats to all wamma fighters!

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  8. Joe Doerksen says:

    Brigham was impressive tonight. WAMMA went 5-0, good night for that team.

    1-1 night for CFC. Proud of my team mates, W L or D.

    Gervais is looking good in the gym and in the cage. Works hard, will continue to improve.

    Have trained with Milko and Stranger in the past. I picked Stranger to win, Milko was impressive.

    Despite only having seven fights, the show turned our pretty good. Congrats to everyone who competed, and to the promoters for putting together a quality night of fights.

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  9. Gervais was so much better than the last time I saw him fight on Rumble on the Rez in the Pas.

    Completely different fighter!

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  10. QuinnFan says:

    How about Gervais vs Beaumont next.

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  11. Louis Fisette says:

    I am honestly so proud of all the wamma guys! After winning my fight I sprinted to see the doctor then sprinted back to the change room all in hopes of seeing the boss fight! Wamma was built around that man and damn is he a class act! I guess I can accept living in his shadow!

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  12. cj says:

    Hill vs Bringham for title, do it up AFC!

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  13. Gervais never fought in the Pas. Was supposed to be didn’t have an opponent so didn’t make the trip up there.

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  14. Yeah… just realized that. I confused him with David Quangvan.

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  15. Andy says:

    Hope afc continues in winnipeg. The convention centre was pretty empty.

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  16. Herk says:

    Good fights for all local fighters. Very happy for our boy Lee! Gervais is an animal, I hope they get him some fights with top guys so the kid can get a shot at the big shows.

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  17. QuinnFan says:

    Gervais should actually fight someone who fights back for once, everytime this dude fights its against guys with low testosterone and can’t fight for chit, put him up against demarce (no way in hell godmother and co take that fight) or beaumont. Travis “Tomato Can crusher” Gervais

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  18. Seriously, Godmother? Lets see you post that with your real name. (Exactly, I didn’t think so)

    Budd Wright had an amateur record of 6-0 with an amateur title. This was Gervais’s most experienced opponent yet.

    The kid hasn’t had any amateur experience and has had 3 pro fights. Don’t think it’s fair to say he’s a can crusher, and not willing to fight some tough guys. Gervais is coming along just fine and is fighting tougher competition each time.

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  19. Herk says:

    I agree with Marc, add your name if you are going to call others names. It’s not like they can do anything about it.

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  20. Herk says:

    All I am saying is that this is not high school and if you are going to call people names, own it. You are not going to get a wedgie in the hall.

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  21. Herk says:

    Anyway, this page should be about the fighters who get in the cage not bashing their coach or gym.

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  22. Jerobe says:

    Jesus Christ Curtis Brigham is a fucking beast. Much respect. No wonder those guys from WAMMA are tearing it up.

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  23. Graham Weenk says:

    Congrats Brigham!!great win, good to see you as the champ!

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  24. smash says:

    I think Hill would run through Brigham like diarrhea ;)

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  25. smash says:

    So would Fraser, Turner, Pelletier, and all the other fighters under the age of 46. ahahaha jks

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  26. smash says:

    Wait, I take that back, Fraser and turner are old too.. shit.

    BRIGHAM vs. ADAMS should have been for the Seniors Division Bantamweight Title! lol

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  27. walker says:

    Ahahahah its true

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  28. being 31 puts me in the geriatric league???

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  29. Cody Rempel says:

    I assume he thought that after retiring for 7 years you’d be a lot older… I thought so! lol

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  30. walker says:

    Lol didn’t u see this guys sherdog pic?? He looked 12 at the time.

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  31. Graham Weenk says:

    Brigham Hill is a fight that makes sense for sure, champ vs champ

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  32. smash says:

    Dammit.

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  33. lol, i know, i hope sherdog updates my pic, i’m sporting some grey now!

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  34. Gnp says:

    congrats to Curtis on his win, with hill on his way to ufc …fraser and brigham great match up…..and yes …both guys a little north of 30….who cares….

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  35. Topmmafan says:

    Gervais is a awesome fighter and has a lot of skills, and has a lot more to show i look forward in seeing him again! He never disapoints the crowd and always puts on a good show. Maybe if there was less people scared to fight him he would get that fight against demarce! Can’t wait to see more from this guy!

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  36. QuinnFan says:

    Who is scared of Gervais? I doubt anyone is. I am sorry but Demarce would work Gervais inside of two rounds. Would be a good fight.Like I said earlier, Gervais vs Beaumont is the fight to make or vs chemelli.

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  37. QuinnFan says:

    As far as brigham goes, nobody is beating that guy for a long time.. he will retire with that belt or go to the UFC. Nobody else at 35 has much to offer brigham on the ground only way he loses is if he gets KO’d

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  38. lol says:

    @ smash

    turner vs brigham?????

    brigham would tear him up inside the first.

    no offence to turner, but he barely beat Perez, who is not at the same level as Brigham.

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  39. QuinnFan says:

    lol @ the thumbs down on my post about how demarce would beat gervais. Demarce beat marcus davis and whitson..although he was robbed on the decisions, put gervais against davis or whitson and see what happens. Demarce doesnt get enough credit.

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  40. Gnp says:

    Quinn fan …. No disputing mr brigham jits… But I think he would have his hands full with someone like Fraser…and although smash,s analogy is colorful., I tend to agree with him josh hill just to strong for him… But hey anything could happen

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  41. Joe Doerksen says:

    Gervais vs Demarce is actually an interesting fight. I think Gervais should get two or three more fights behind him to close the experience gap. But that would be a hell of a fight.

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  42. QuinnFan says:

    Well at least joe agrees

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  43. lol says:

    @GnP

    Hill too strong for brigham???

    Sean Sherk wasnt even too strong for Brigham!

    Sure Brigham lost that fight, but that was later in the third round.

    It was years ago, when Curtis was not nearly as good!

    Do not underestimaate Curtis Brigham!

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  44. smash says:

    @ lol
    Randy Turner is the real deal man, he beat top quality guys like …. well you know he beat the best Canadians like ….. ahhh forget it.

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  45. AMLEHTC says:

    It’s sad this website is coming to a time where people, instead of talking about how someone does good or about what fight matchups would be great, now only throw mud at one another or go out of their way to disrespect another fighter or comment on fighter’s personalities when they’ve never met the person. I’ve got caught in the moment and done it as well, but it would be nice if this site became more about constructive criticism instead of meaningless slander.

    Congrats to Mr.. Brigham and all the fighters that night.

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  46. Sweet Dreams says:

    At Bantamweight; technique, hard work, and consistency reign supreme and Brigham is the newly anointed King who I’m sure will welcome all deserving challengers. Winnipeg MMA is wicked healthy with a bright future. Great show regardless of the decreased quantity of fights. Fantastic battles last Saturday at the Convention Centre Winnipeg, MB, Yeeeeeaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finishes galore is what makes a great eve of scraps! Subs, brutal finish by Gervais, and a fuckin brilliant 4 round Main Event. Who designed that belt? Great work on the weightiness! It was heavier than Brigham but lighter than Fisette’s ego………….just kidding wee little bread.

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  47. EPerez says:

    Brigham would finish Fraser, would take Turner handily and would beat Hill. Josh has no one at all anywhere near Curtis’ level on the floor. Mike Adams was 7-1 going in and had never been finished and no disrespect to Adams, but it looked like he should not have been in there with the Boss.
    Take it from the people that see him on a regular basis, he is actually getting better.

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  48. Gnp says:

    Well that’s your opinion , and you are entitled to it , especially as a wamma guy!!! But myself I see Fraser beating him standing and hill

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  49. Gnp says:

    Hill beating him on the feet and from the top ….I’m more than sure Fraser and hill are also improving steadily as well…both would be interesting fights

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  50. all interesting fights for sure! we have a great division and lots of guys who would make for great and tough matches for me, looking forward to the test

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