Hard Knocks 32 – Play-by-Play
Hard Knocks Fighting Championship 32 is being held in Calgary, Alberta tonight at the Century Casino. If you are in Calgary, why not purchase a pair of tickets HERE and watch some live MMA. If you can’t make the fights, you can always watch it on their Internet PPV HERE. Of course, Top MMA News will keep you abreast of the action right here with our play-by-play. All you need to do is keep refreshing this page:
Fight of the Night – Dia Grant vs. Rolando Cespedes
Submission of the Night – Rolando Cespedes
KO of the Night – Aaron Gallant
Here is the Hard Knocks Fighting Championship 32 play-by-play:
Advin Omic vs. Michael Madrid
Round 1: Advin starts the action off with a high kick that just misses and Michael returns the favour. Mike lands a cracking leg then catches Advin’s knee attempt. Advin punishes him for it with a series of short uppercuts before Michael lets the leg go. Both fighters are keeping busy on their feet but Advin is landing slightly more shots. Michael is definitely using better striking technique than he did in his fight against Ryan Machan though. Advin is finding a lot of success with his side kicks. Michael lands a nice jab to Advin’s body and follows it up with a great leg kick. Advin nearly took Michael down with a great leg trip but Michael grabbed the cage to avoid the take down. Advin drops down and dumps Michael on this back. Advin stands up and drops a few bombs down on Michael before the round is over. Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Advin Omic
Round 2: Michael moves in with a hard shot to Advin’s body and narrowly misses a huge right hook. Micheal is starting this round off strong and Advin is looking a little tentative after absorbing a few of Michael’s body shots. Advin pins Michael up against the cage and just as he drops down for a double leg Michael pulls guard with a guillotine attempt. Advin and starts escapes starts doing damage from inside Michael’s guard. Advin stands up then immediately drops back into Michael’s guard. Michael stands up and starts throwing hugs shots in a flurry at Advin but nothing landed cleanly. Advin covers up and pushes Michael up against the cage then takes Michael down. Advin is landing a lot of peppering shots from top position but Michael s is doing well at defending from his guard. This was a really close round. Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Advin Omic
Round 3: Michael charges forward and takes Advin down. Advin tries to stand up and but Michael takes Advin’s back standing. Advin turns out of it and pins Michael up against the cage. Advin locks up with Michael and takes him down. When Michael tries to get up Advin and quickly sinks in the rear naked choke.
Advin Omic submits Michael Madrid by Rear Naked Choke in Round 3, 2:06
Aaron Gallant vs. Mark Maruzs
Round 1: Both fighters start the round off with a bang. They are throwing bombs but Aaron soon pins Mark up against the cage. Aaron lands an accidental low blow and acknowledges it to the referee immediately. The fight quickly resumes in the centre of the cage where Aaron lands an awesome right hook followed by a left hook that drops Mark. Aaron lands a kick to Mark’s body just as referee Brian Beauchamp stops the fight. What a finish!
Aaron Gallant defeats Mark Maruzs by TKO in Round 1, 1:43
Dia Grant vs. Rolando Cespedes
Round 1: Rolando comes out swinging landing a great combination before Dia takes Rolando down. From bottom Rolando attempts an arm bar but Dia escapes and continues to do damage from top position. Rolando has a very active guard but Dia is going a great job keeping up with him. Rolando gives up his back and Dia takes it sinking in both hooks. Rolando tries to roll forward but Dia has great control and is staying with him landing a lot of strikes while working for the rear naked choke. Dia passes to mount and Rolando almost sweeps him but Dia recovers back mount. Roland tries to stand up but Dia drags him back down. Dia is working hard for the choke but Roland manages to turn him and get top position. This really is an amazing ground fight. From Dia’s guard Roland is dropping a lot of elbows. They aren’t landing cleanly but they are adding up. This was a strong finish for Rolando but Dia dominated the vast majority of the round. Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Dia Grant.
Round 2: Rolando throws a huge uppercut that just misses. Dia ducks under it and shoots for a double leg takedown. Dia completes the takedown and secures top position inside Rolando’s guard. Rolando is working for a triangle choke and hooks Dia’s leg but can’t get the triangle locked up. Dia moves Rolando to the centre of the cage and continues to drop short elbows to Rolando’s face. Rolando attempts an arm bar and Dia rolls to escape it. Rolando stays with him forcing Dia to roll again but this time Dia fully escapes and recovers top position inside Rolando’s guard. Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Dia Grant
Round 3: Dia immediately takes Rolando down but Rolando pops back up. Dia throws a couple of head kicks then shoots again for a takeown. This time on the way down Rolando locks in an arm in guillotine. Rolando squeezes hard and forces Dia to tap. Wow what a comeback!
Rolando Cespedes submits Dia Grant by Guillotine Choke in Round 3, 0:36
Elliot Duff vs. Matt Kristufek
Round 1: The fighters exchange strikes at the beginning of the round before Matt takes Elliot down. Elliot sweeps Matt to side control but then Matt sweeps him again and the fighters stand back up. Matt is fearlessly moving forward and attacking but Elliot’s strikes look a lot more explosive than Matt’s. Matt throws a side kick and Elliot catches it and takes him down landing in side control. From side control Elliot is landing huge shots to Matt’s body. Matt grabs a hold of an ankle and starts working for a heel hook. Matt locks it in and forces the tap.
Matt Kristufek submits Elliot Duff by Heel Hook in Round 1, 4:27
After the fight Matt told the audience that he felt the ankle pop so he let the submission go. Elliot didn’t tap so locked it up again and this time held the submission untill Elliot tapped.
Terry Nichol vs. Craig Shintani
Round 1: Both fighters are exchanging really fast leg kicks but they don’t have a lot of force behind them. They pretty much exchange low kick for low kick, side kick for side kick until Craig decides to clinch up and pin Terry up against the cage. Craig is landing knees to Terry’s thighs but they are dangerously close to his groin. Terry tries to turn Craig but Craig is doing a great job controlling him. Terry is landing knee strikes of his own and both are doing close to equivalent damage. Craig throws a few foot stops then drags Terry down to the canvas. From guard Terry attempts a sweep but Craig holds position. Terry manages to power back up to his feet just as the round ends. Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Craig Shintani.
Round 2: Both fighters look really evenly matched on the feet. In round two Craig’s striking output is a slightly higher. Terry moves in and clinches up with Craig but Craig immediately turns him and pins him up against the cage again. Craig drops down for a single leg and completes the takedown quickly passing into side control. Terry doesn’t take a lot of damage from bottom and gets right back up to his feet. Craig is still pinning him up against the cage though. Terry lands a couple of hard knees to Craig’s body with his back against the cage but Craig takes him down again and passes to back mount as Terry struggles to get back to his feet. Craig sinks in both hooks and locks in the rear naked choke forcing Terry to tap.
Craig Shintani submits Terry Nichol by Rear Naked Choke in Round 2, 3:59
Justin Schmit vs. Josh Griffin
Round 1: The fighters clinch up against the cage and Justin scores a great takedown. Josh manages to get back up to his feet though but Justin is still pinning him up against the cage and landing knees to Josh’s thighs. Justin drops down, picks Josh up and slams him down to the canvas. In Josh’s guard Justin is really not doing much damage from top position though. After a while Justin stands up and really start dripping bombs on Josh before dropping back into his guard. The action slows and referee Brian Beauchamp stands the fighters up. Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Justin Schmit.
Round 2: The fighters very tentatively touch gloves then clinch up in the centre of the cage. Josh pins Justin up against the cage but Justin quickly turns him and drops down for a single leg. Josh is doing a great job pushing down on Justin’s head and defending the takedown and after the fighters reach a true stalemate Brain separates the fighters. Justin charges forward and gets the takedown. From top position Justin postures up and lands a few hard shots. Josh tries to stand up but Justin takes his back then the mount. The crowd goes wild but Josh quickly sweeps Justin then passes to mount and than gets back mount. Josh starts throwing illegal heel strikes to the Justin’s kidney so Brian stands the fighters up and docked a point from Josh. Topmmanews scores the round 10-8 (After a one point deduction) Justin Schmit.
Round 3: Justin charges in secures a massive takedown to start the round. Justin passes to mount and starts reigning down blows. Josh starts to sweep and Justin attempts a week arm bar as he looses position. Josh shucks it off and gets top position Justin sweeps him but then Josh locks in an arm bar from guard and submits Justin.
Josh Griffin submits Justin Schmit by Arm Bar in Round 3, 1:48
Mike Goehr vs. Shane Ryan
Round 1: These two fighters both look amped for this fight. They land a few powerful kicks in the centre of the cage and Shane charges in for a takedown. Shane would have completed the takedown but Mike egregiously grabbed onto the fence. The fighters separate and really start throwing bombs Mike lands a huge right hand that stuns Shane. Mike sees that Shane is hurt and charges in for the kill. Mike is hurt and he drops for a takedown. Shane easily defends the takedown and starts landing hard body shots but then he lands a powerful right hand to Shane’s ear earning him a standing ovation from the fans! Shane crumbles to the mat and the referee stops the fight. This was an amateur fight though and it was clearly a blow to the head of a downed opponent that ended the fight so many of the fans will be surprised by the outcome of the fight.
Mike Goehr versus Shane Ryan was ruled a No Contest
This was a great decision by the Calgary Combative Sports Commission and referee Adam Cheadle. Mike was clearly in the wrong here but I don’t believe the blow was an intentional foul. If the illegal blow would have been ruled intentional Mike would have lost the fight by disqualification. As a bonus for the fans promoter Ari Taub committed to booking an immediate rematch to make it up to the fans.
Daniel Garcia vs. Keegan Oliver
Round 1: Keegan looks a lot bigger than Daniel so I expect that defending Keegan’s takedowns will be even tougher than usual. Garcia extends his arm to touch gloves but but Keegan refuses to touch gloves and instead charges in with a blast double leg. Daniel easily stuffs the takedown attempt though. Daniel throws a leg kick but Keegan eats in and shoots for a takedown successfully. From top position Keegan passes to half mount but Daniel recovers guard and starts wall walking up the cage. Keegan picks him up and drops him back down to the canvas. After the actions slows referee Brian Beauchamp stands the fighters up. Keegan pins Daniel up again the cage and starts landing knees to Daniel’s thighs. Daniel is looking around the cage in frustration. I’m guess he hasn’t seen any of Keegan’s fights up till now. This was a dominant round for Keegan. Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Keegan Oliver.
Round 2: Keegan charges for a takedown to open the round but this time Daniel punishes him with a massive right hook to the jaw as he charged in. Keegan pushed through the strike and completed the takedown nonetheless. Daniel walks up the cage but again Keegan picks him up and drops him down on his back. Keegan passes to side control then in an effort to stand up Daniel gives up his back. Keegan takes his back but Daniel powers back up to his feet anyway. Keegan maintains his body lock and takes him down again. After only a short time in guard the referee stands them up. Keegan rushes in and secures double under-hooks with Daniel up against the cage but the round ends before he has the chance to complete another takedown. Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Keegan Oliver.
Round 3: At the first hint of a strike from Daniel, Keegan shoots for a single leg takedown and completes it. Keegan secures half mount. Again Daniel gives up his back and manages to stand up with Keegan on top of him. Keegan takes him down and Garcia is right back up against the cage with Keegan in half mount. Brian stands them up again. Garcia throws another strike and Keegan clinches up with him up against the cage as the round ends. For Garcia to have any chance in this fight he really needs to start defending Keegan’s takedowns. Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Keegan Oliver.
Round 4: Keegan shoots in for a double leg and Garcia defends it! Daniel is taunting Garcia with both his hands down. Garcia throws a punch and Keegan shoots in a takes Garcia down. Daniel gives up his back and powers up though before Keegan can’t gets his hooks in. Keegan still has his back and manages to drag him back down but still can’t get his hooks in. Daniel rolls but Keegan maintains top position in Daniels guard. Daniel raises both his hands up to let Keegan punch him in the body so Keegan happily obliges. After three or so shots Keegan lands a crushing elbow to Daniel’s solar plexus. Not surprisingly Daniel had enough of that and started defending himself again. Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Keegan Oliver.
Round 5: Garcia opens the round with a knee attempt but Keegan catches it and rushes him with double leg takedown attempt. Keegan completes the takedown and passes to mount but Garcia sweeps him and gets top position for the first time in the fight. Garcia lets Keegan up for some reason and tries to throw another knee. Keegan catches it again and takes him down. After only a short time in Daniels guard Brian stands the fighters up. There is no way Garcia’s corner can complain that the referee didn’t give them a chance in this fight after all these stand ups. Keegan takes him down again with an awesome hip toss and starts dropping shoulder strikes to Daniel’s midsection and elbows to the body from Garcia’s guard. This was a dominant performance by the new champ. Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Keegan Oliver.
Keegan Oliver defeats Daniel Garcia by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
***Oliver Wins Amateur Flyweight Title
Anton Tokarchuck vs. Bryce Barry
Round 1: Anton looks really confident with his reach on the feet but only manages to land one significant strike before Bryce shoots in with a double leg and takes Anton down. From top position Bryce does a decent job punishing Anton to his body before dropping back with a heel hook attempt. Anton escapes the heel hook and gets top position but Bryce is still working on an ankle lock of some sort while Anton is just pounding his body from top position. Bryce really needs to give up on the ankle because he is in no position to finish the fight. Eventually Bryce crumbles from thumping shot directly to Bryce’s liver which ends the fight.
Anton Tokarchuck defeats Bryce Barry by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 2:39
Louie Grover vs. Bruce Tran
Round 1: Bruce looks really relaxed for this being his first fight. He is also really fast on his feet. Louie didn’t waste too much time standing with him though before rushing in and taking him down. Louie passed to mount really easily and started dropping some hard body shots eventually transitioning to an arm bar attempt. Bruce easily avoided the arm bar and attempted to stand up. Before he could get to his feet Louie took his back and dragged him back down eventually locking up an rear naked choke and forcing Bruce to tap.
Louie Grover submits Bruce Tran by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 2:10