AFC 18 Recap


AFC-THUMBJust returned from another excellent Aggression Fighting Championship show at the Bear Mt Arena. Estimated gate was 1450, the crowd was thin until just before start time but the tables all filled up and the stands grew thicker as we drew closer to the main card.

Amateur MMA
Marcos Da Silva vs Jason Driese
Round 1: The two touch gloves, Marcos Da Silva(Axe Capoeira) throws some feeling out kicks. Driese controls center center cage keeping Da Silva on his heels. Da Silva lands some nice body shots and clinches,  scores some solid knees. Da Silva lands a thunderous knee that crumples Driese. Da Silva lands on top but Driese sweeps quickly and gains mount, Driese throws down about 30 seconds of GNP. Da Silva bucks his way out from mount and scrambles to his feet. Jason Driese lands a nice take down to finish the round.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Driese

Round 2: Driese gets a takedown into guard, Da Silva works for an arm bar from guard, then hip bumps to mount. Jason Driese bucks out and lands a little GNP in the guard. Another hip bump forced scramble ensues with Driese finishing the round on top.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Driese

Round 3: Both rookie fighters come out tired, a big right from Marcos Da Silva drops Driese to guard. Da Silva hangs out in the guard escaping twice to land some big right hands from standing. Marcos Da Silva calls Jason Driese to his feet who  obliges  and quickly clinches him against the cage. After dancing in the clinch, Da Silva drags Driese down  to mount. Da Silva finishes landing punches from to position. 10-9 Da Silva.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Da Silva
Marcos Da Silva gets the split decision nod, 29-28×2, 28-29

Ty Dagis vs JR Cuevas
Round 1: Ty Dagis shows his game plan early and controls JR against the cage pressing for a takedown, gets it, and gets stuck in closed guard. Dagis passes to half guard and lands some knees to the body. Cuevas gets his closed guard back and keeps it for forever with no much more happening.
Top MMA News scores it 10-9 Dagis

Round 2: JR Cuevas kicks from outside until Dagis pressures him back against cage and grinds out the takedown, gets single leg into closed guard. JR Cuevas holds the full guard until Davis finally passes to half later in round.
Top MMA News scores it 10-9 Dagis

Round 3: Dagis pressures immediately, gets takedown again. Passes half guard once again, Cuevas sweeps out and gets to his feet briefly before getting hauled down again. JR Cuevas digs for last hope kimura from the bottom in the last 15 seconds, but the round ends.
Top MMA News scores it 10-9 Dagis
Dagis wins by scores of 30-27 across the panel.

Shane Jung vs Guy Gauthier
Lots of energy from both corners and fans coming into the cage.

Round 1: Jung scores a quick takedown, Gauthier gets up with back against cage. Shane Jung attempts standing guillotine but aborts and scores takedown. Gauthier wall walks again and looks for his own takedown. He gets reversed on the cage and eats plenty of knees before pulling guard. The round gets stopped 4 second s left on clock?
Top MMA News scores it 10-9 Jung

Round 2: Body kick-cross combo from Guy Gautheir opens the round. They clinch and Gauthier pulls a guillotine that gets the tap from Jung at 1:20 into round 2.
Guy Gauthier submits Shane Jung by Guillotine Choke in Round 1, 1:20

Alexi Argyriou vs Thomas Proppe
Round 1: Fighters clinch right off the bell. Alexi Argyriou breaks and lands jab, then a big kick setting up a takedown. Thomas Proppe scrambles up before being taken down again and pounded out by Argyriou with strikes at 1:45 into the fight.
There is lots of hype around Alexi, rumor has it he’s going pro soon.
Alexi Argyriou defeats Thomas Proppe by TKO (strikes) in Round 1, 1:45

Taylor Parker vs Dillon Brown

Round 1: Pressure from Parker off the bell puts Brown against cage. Dillon Brown reverses and gets a takedown. Parker tries a guillotine and rolls through to mount but can’t hold it and Brown scrambles to his feet. Brown hits a double leg, transitions to the back and taps out Taylor Parker with an rear naked choke at 2:02 of round 1. Excellent pro debut for Brown.
Dillon Brown submits Taylor Parker by Guillotine Choke in Round 1, 2:02

Miles Anstead vs Ash Mashreghi
Miles Anstead rushes in and scores a nice double leg into half guard, Ash Mashreghi turns away trying to stand, gives up his back and gets hauled back to the mat. Mashreghi manages to stand with Anstead still hanging onto his back then tries a rolling knee bar and gets to half guard. Ash Mashreghi sweeps into half guard and gets to side control, Anstead escapes and stands but gets taken down. Mashreghi lands some bombs in the guard then passes to side control and drops some  elbows. Anstead escapes side control again to standing and gets a takedown to mount then transitions to the back finishing the round with a tight rear naked choke in place.
Top MMA News 10-9 Ash Mashreghi for damage done while in side control, close round to score.

Round 2: Anstead opens with another takedown into side control, he lands some knees before losing position. Miles Anstead latches on a guillotine while getting swept and rolls through for the mounted finish at 0:40 of round 2.
Miles Anstead submits Ash Mashreghi by Guillotine Choke in Round 2, 0:40

Tristan Connelly vs Jonathon Dubois
This fight had lots of chatter going on about whether Jonathon Dubois should be medically clear to fight due to being KO’d at the last Five Star show in Dawsons Creek. Word is they only suspended him for 7 days so today he was fit to fight again. A little short in my opinion, alas the fight went ahead.Tristan Connelly usually fights at 155 but managed to tip the scales at 180 for this MW fight.

Round 1: Dubois rushes and stuns Tristan Connelly before pulling a guillotine. Tristan Connelly lands in side control, transitions to North South  and throws some knees to the shoulder and ribs. Connelly hits some huge knees, takes Jonathon Dubois back, flattens him out, scores some GNP and elbows before securing a nice rear naked choke finish at 2:48 of round 1.
Tristan Connelly submits Jonathon Dubois by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 2:48

David Perron vs Kalib Starnes

Round 1: There is a long feeling out process with both fighters hesitant to throw first. Kalib Starnes gets a takedown into half guard, Perron gets guard and tries a guillotine attempt. He aborts the attempt and holds onto a tight guard/rubber guard. David Perron thinks omaplata but aborts, Starnes stands and drops back into guard with a right  hand.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Starnes

Round 2: Big flurry from Starnes to open the round. David Perron clinches and doesn’t let Starnes get the takedown. Small exchange against the fence by the fighters. Kalib Starnes lands a knee and high kick then a spinning back kick that barely misses garnering cheers from his Axe Capoeira corner men. Starnes keeps David Perron back to the fence and unloads a volley of punches until Perron drops and the ref steps in. Great TKO victory for Starnes at 4:05 in round 2.
Kalib Starnes defeats Tristan Connelly by TKO (Strikes) in Round 2, 4:05

Michael Hill (red) vs Joel Powell (blue)

Round 1: Nice combo from Joel Powell to end the short feeling out period. Powell lands a big right setting up the takedown into side control then scores with elbows. Powell works from side control onto Michael Hill’s back, gets hooks, but Hill scrambles to his feet. Joel Powell stays glued to Hill’s back and gets another takedown. Hill gets up and turns into Powell with 10 seconds on the clock.  He holds Powell on the cage to finish.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Powell

Round 2: Michael Hill lands a nice spinning kick. Powell clinches and gets takedown, then gets Hill’s back with hooks in. Joel Powell gets mount but Hill escapes and gets up. Powell keeps his chest glued to Hills back and continually drags him to the mat. Hill gets up and free for a 30 second slobberknocker finish to the round.
Top MMA News scores it 10-9 Powell

Round 3: Nice right hand from Hill starts the round, good counters from Powell though Hill is on the offensive. A big left from Michael Hill rocks Powell. The two men trade outside position in the clinch on the fence before letting it all go with 5 second on the clock.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Hill
Joel Powell defeats Michael Hill by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Joel Powell earns the split victory and the shot at Ryan Ford!

12 Responses to “ AFC 18 Recap ”

  1. Jamie Locke says:

    A couple more points from the show:

    Had a chat with Jason Heir before the show. He’s excited about the new commission coming in, thinks it’ll be great overall for the AFC and mma in the province. They are looking to hold an event in Vancouver as soon as they can. Darren estimates late summer.

    I am interested to see what the commission does with amateur fights. BFL and AFC have developed a safe, fair and deep amateur circuit. This circuit is providing both recreational fighters as well as those planning to go pro a chance to gain experience and fight in front of friends and family, I hope they keep it going.

    Speaking of amateurs, Alexi sounds like he’s ready to go pro. That should be fun.

    Dillon Brown also looked great in his pro debut. The amateur experience he gained before going pro paid off. Hopefully all the new breed of athletes takes advantage of this.

    Miles Amstead is a bad ass, really looking forward to seeing more from him. AFC’s WW roster is pretty deep, I’d like to see him face a better record for his next fight. Bill Fraser and Ash were both great fighters with sub par records, I think Miles will climb the ladder quickly when he beats some opponents with better paper trails. That being said, Ash Mashreghi is probably the best WW around with no wins, the guy is an animal who just can’t seem to get a pro win.

    Tristan Connely entered the cage wearing his new BJJ purple belt (The Rhino Keith Owen), this guy is always entertaining. He’s a scrappy lightweight always looking for fun fights and puts on a show. This fight was a last minute booking, we all know he isn’t a mw and that Dubois had no business fighting last night. Tristan is a great local draw, I’m sure if he stays in the business we’ll see lots of fun fights from him in years to come.

    Starnes said post fight his gameplan was to wear down Perron in the first with heavy grappling, then look for openings standing in the second. He executed his plan perfectly and got the W, looking healthy for the Hague match up next month. Apparently pre fight last night he weighed in around 230lbs.

    Perron didn’t land the shots he needed to last night and again lost to a more experienced athlete. His fans were in fine form as usual and cheered their man in defeat just as they would a victory. I look forward to Perron getting back in there and working his way back up the ladder.

    I think Starnes will be able to out strike Hague, wondering what will come after that.

    Hill and Powell was a fun fight, not sure why someone would give it to Hill. Powell vs Ford should be fun and scrappy as well, I think Ford takes it.

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  4. AMLEHTC says:

    Why Pav, why can’t you guys just get along or in the very least stop with the senseless mudslinging? I like both promotions but this promoter squabbling is stupid

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  5. Darren Owen says:

    I know most people would say don’t even justify him with a response but he needs to be exposed as a liar.
    To promote an event in Manitoba you need to pay a $4000 bond to the commission, which they hold until after the event to ensure all fighters are paid and anything else connected to the event. Such as Police costs and Commission fees. Commission fee’s must be paid up front a week before the event ($4,950) if it’s not paid the event will not be sanction and the show will be cancelled. So to have outstanding commission fees would be impossible. The police are connected with the province of Manitoba therefore if there were outstanding fees the bond would be used to cover those fee’s. I received my full bond ($4,000) check this past Friday. If you would like to waste Joel Fingard’s time to call and ask him to clarify the commission office number is 204-945-1788. Also I’d be happy to send Keith Grienke proof of our full bond repayment.

    You’re making yourself look pathetic and you’re slandering. You keep doing your thing and we’ll keep doing ours. Best of luck with your next event.

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  6. LOL says:

    This petty Bs by Pavelich, is just making him look worse.
    Pretty soon he’ll have no fighters wanting to fight for him,just out of sheer embarrassment ,no matter how much he pays!

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  7. Jamie Locke says:

    I’d love to see Mike Hill vs Karl Bergen on the late summer Vancouver card.

    I am sure they’ll be much higher profile fights on the card, but this would be an awesome local draw and a solid scrap.

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  8. Jamie Locke says:

    Advin Omic vs Derek Medler would also be a good top contender fight on that card.

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  9. PUCK says:

    I’m not sure about what “they’ still have to pay but from the pics I saw the crowd couldn’t have been more than 3-400 poeple in attendence? It looked mighty empty in that big rink. So I hope AFC is doing OK and keeps putting out more shows. And MMA just got a lot more expensive to run a show now too?

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  10. jamon says:

    the “top mma promotion in canada” should not have amma imho

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  11. jamon says:

    and ford is now spinning his wheels at afc, until he can travel, if ever….its really to bad cause hes a dynamic fighter that is very polarizing and needs a bigger stage

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  12. Mike R says:

    I bought my ticket from Tristan, who sold over 100 tickets himself. There was way more than 3-400. There was about 400 on the floor. I was jealous cuz they had food. I counted 18 dinner tables and another group of 9 tables all were full except 1. Then the other half of the floor was packed with a couple hundred. Then there was another couple hundred in the boxes plus all the people in the bowl seats. I would estimate 1300-1400. I was really happy with the show. Great fights and a good flow. I really like aggression and ill always watch the shows.

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