Unified MMA 15 – Recap – Shady Defends Title, Rother and Scarcello Victorious
Mirage Banquet hall was packed wall to wall yet again and the fighters on the card did not disappoint. The main event delivered an entertaining back and forth battle but in the end it was Tim “Shady” Smith coming from behind to pull off the submission victory and defend his Lightweight Title. In the co-main event Ryan Rother also endured an early disadvantage to pull off the victory and may have earned a Lightweight Title shot with his fourth straight win.
- Fight of the Night – Tim Smith vs. Merrick Duggan
- Knockout of the Night – Ryan Rother
- Submission of the Night – Cody Ries
Tim Smith vs. Merrick Duggan
Round 1: They exchange a pair of leg kicks and both men connect with rights. Duggan lands a combo and they tie up against the cage where Smith looks for a double. Duggan defends briefly but Smith gets him to the mat and gets caught in a guillotine. Smith pulls his head out and stands before taking the back. Duggan escapes out the back and stand before dropping back down into side control and lands a body shot. Duggan unleashes some huge punches from the guard, before passing to half and continuing to drop bombs. Duggan stands and keeps pounding away before latching onto a guillotine. Smith is able to escape and take the back before working back to his feet. Both trade heavy leather for the final ten seconds of the round and the crowd explodes with applause as the round ends. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Duggan
Round 2: They exchange leg kicks and Smith lands another before Duggan connects with a big left hook. Duggan looks for a combo and falls short but lands a leg kick at the end. Duggan tries for the single but gets caught in a guillotine before slamming his way out to half guard. Duggan postures up and lands more big shots before getting back to his feet. Duggan keeps the pressure on and backs Smith down with relentless striking into the cage. Smith ties him up and slows the pace before jumping on the back. Smith locks in a rear naked choke and works to finish. Duggan tries to peel the arm from around his neck and briefly survives before being forced to tap. Smith showed a lot of heart as Duggan was all over him right from the opening bell.
Tim Smith submits Merrick Duggan by Rear Naked Choke in Round 2, 3:18
***Smith defends Unified Lightweight Title
Ryan Rother vs. Neal Anderson
Both are pawing with punches but neither landing until Anderson connects with a leg kick followed by a combo and a pair of solid knees right up the middle. Anderson gets the big double leg takedown to side control and Rother is able to get half guard. Anderson lands some body shots before getting caught in an armbar. Anderson easily defends and locks on a gogoplata. The submission looks deep but Rother takes some big shots while stilled trapped. Rother is finally able to pull his head out and stands. Anderson connects with a solid knee and they trade leg kicks. Rother connects with a big right that puts Anderson on the mat and prompts referee Kyle Cardinal to step in and call a halt to the bout. Anderson protests the stoppage but it’s already in the books.
Ryan Rother defeats Neal Anderson by KO (Punch) in Round 1, 3:05
Elvis Vukaj vs. Mike Scarcello
Round 1: Scarcello lands a combo followed by another and follows up with a big left and a right before looking for the takedown. Vukaj stuffs the takedown and they tie up before Scarcello is able to get the takedown to half guard. Vukaj works back to his feet but Scarcello drags him right back down. Vukaj again gets back to his feet and this time eats a knee but responds with a right. They seperate and trade bombs before Scarcello gets another takedown and takes the back. Vukaj again pops back to his feet and Scarcello presses him into the cage and lands the uppercut. Vukaj knees the thigh and they battle for position against the cage. Vukaj lands more knees to the legs and Scarcello comes back with a few rights and a big slam to half guard. Vukaj again is able to work back up and Scarcello again knees the legs and lands shots. They both let their fists fly and trade huge shots before Scarcello scores the takedown just as the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Scarcello
Round 2: Both land hard shots and Vukaj lands a leg kick and connects with a right. Scarcello responds with some hard punches and gets the double leg takedown and briefly gets top position before Vukaj gets back up. Scarcello continues to tenderize the legs with knees and is able to avoid the trip takedown. Scarcello presses him into the cage and lands some shots before they break apart and trade punches. Vukaj lands a solid kick to the body and Scarcello gets another big takedown to full guard. Vukaj gets back to his feet and they trade punches. Scarcello again lands a big takedown to half guard and Vukaj lands a couple elbows to the body as the time winds down. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Scarcello
Round 3: Vukaj throws a head kick that falls short and can’t connect with a flying kick and Scarcello goes back to the well landing yet another big double to side control. Scarcello connects with some short elbows and begins to chip away with little punches. Scarcello traps the arm and lands a few more shots. Vukaj looks to work back to his feet but Scarcello stays heavy and keeps him on his back and lands more blows. Vukaj sweeps to north/south briefly but Scarcello regains the advantage and works back to side control where he lands a pair of rights. Vukaj again looks to sweep but Scarcello is able to stay on top and chips away with more punches. Vukaj finally makes it back to his feet and lands a few body shots before Scarcello tries for one final takedown as time expires. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Scarcello
Mike Scarcello defeats Elvis Vukaj by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cody Ries vs. Justin Nanaquawetung
Nanaquawetung opens with a quick combo and gets the body lock. Ries is able to stay on his feet until Nanaquawetung gets the ankle pick takedown to full guard. Ries throws up a triangle before switching to an Armbar and forcing Nanaquawetung to tap.
Cody Ries submits Justin Nanquawetung by Armbar in Round 1, 0:48
Dustin Greentree vs. Aleksander Todosov
Round 1: Todosov lands a combo and avoids a leg kick before dropping him with a huge right. Todosov pounces and lands a few more big shots before Greentree gets back to his feet and eats a few shots from Todosov and they lock up against the cage. They jockey for position and Greentree connects with some knees to the legs and both exchange knees to the body. They’re still battling for position against the cage and again Greentree lands a few knees to the body. Referee Kyle Cardinal separates them after some inactivity and Todosov connects with a one-two combo and they tie up again. Greentree looks to muscle him to the ground but can’t drag him down and settles for a knee to the body before the round ends. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Todosov
Round 2: They exchange right hands and a big flurry. Todosov connects with a hard shot and follows up with a leg kick before Greentree responds with one of his own and they trade a few more. Todosov connects with a combo that stuns him and a body kick punctuated with a head kick that’s partially blocked. Greentree recovers and lands a combo, gets the clinch and drives a pair of knees to the body. They tie up against the cage and Greentree lands some body shots. A lull in the action prompts Cardinal to restart them in the middle of the cage. Todosov sticks a jab and and Greentree ties up again. Todosov lands knees to the body and the thigh followed by an elbow. Another lull and another restart. Greentree lands a leg kick followed by a shot and Todosov slips to the mat. Greentree lands a few kicks to the legs and Todosov stands and they tie up as the round ends. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Todosov
Round 3: Todosov connects with a jab and Greentree answers back with a leg kick. Todosov lands a push kick to keep him at bay and lands a leg kick. Todosov lands a shot to the body and they do battle against the cage. Greentree looks to stomp the feet and lands shots to the body. Cardinal again restarts them after the pace slows and Todosov lands a leg kick and Greentree respond in kind. Todosov gets the combo and a solid body shot. Greentree connects with a right and looks for the single and gets the takedown to half guard and drives him into the cage. Greentree lands chipping punches to the body an an occasional elbow. Todosov replaces his guard and looks for the triangle as the time runs out. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Greentree
Aleksander Todosov defeats Dustin Greentree by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Ryan O’Kurly vs. Jay Vadeboncoeur
They feel each other out and paw at each other before Vadeboncoeur connects with some stiff right jabs. O’Kurly responds with a pair of leg kicks an Vadeboncoeur continues to land one right at a time. O’Kurly looks for a spinning kick attack but falls short. Vadeboncoeur starts to put punches together and sends O’Kurly reeling. Vadeboncoeur connects with several big shots that drop O’Kurly who turtles on the mat and referee Andy Social steps in before any unnecessary damage is inflicted.
Jay Vandeboncoeur defeats Ryan O’Kurly by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 2:13
Bruno Marques vs. Landon Boser
Marques and Boser clash leg kicks to open the bout and again but Boser catches a kick and looks for the takedown. Marques rolls through and lands in full mount. Boser gets the sweep to full guard and looks to stand. Marques latches on with a kneebar attempt but Boser pulls out and gets to his feet. The tie up and Marques lands some uppercuts before they separate. Marques wildly pursues the finish with his corner imploring him to slow down and relax. Marques listens and connects with a combo before Boser latches onto a guillotine. The choke looks deep and Marques looks to be in trouble. Boser jumps guard and continues to work but Marques eventually is able to pull his head free and lands in full guard. Marques gets back to his feet and Boser follows but gets dropped with a nice 1-2 from Marques who follows up with some shots on the ground. Boser makes it back to his feet only to eat several more hard punches against the cage that prompt referee Andy Social to step in and call a halt to the bout.
Bruno Marques defeats Landon Boser by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 2:52
Dannita Goulet vs. Kayla Matton
Round 1: Goulet sticks a few jabs and they exchange punches. Goulet drops Matton against the cage with a solid left but she pops back to her feet. Goulet unleashes a flurry of punches but Matton survives and gets some space. Goulet connects with another jab and a couple lefts. Goulet gets the clinch and lands a few knees to the body. Matton gets separation and ducks under a shot to secure the body lock. Goulet is able to break free and connects with several hard lefts. Matton responds with a nice body shot and they exchange punches with Matton connecting with a few as the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Goulet
Round 2: Matton lands a hard body shot and a right and Goulet responds with a nice combo against the cage. Matton gets distance with a push kick and unleashes a barrage of punches. Matton doesn’t give her a second to recover and keeps the pressure on and referee Andy Social steps in as Goulet is not defending against the shots.
Kayla Matton defeats Dannita Goulet by TKO (Punches) in Round 2, 0:52