Santa Ana, California – October 15, 2012 – Badbeat 7 presented by Budweiser took place on Friday the 12th of October, 2012 at the World Famous Commerce Casino (Commerce, CA) with an all professional 11 bout fight card. The full capacity crowd in attendance and thousands viewing the BAMMA USA channel via the New LiveStream internet platform witnessed an outstanding night of MMA action.
’The Real Deal’ Chris Beal Remains Undefeated
One of BAMMA USA’s prospects, ‘The Real Deal’ Chris Beal won his Main Event fight over Shad Smith by unanimous decision moving his undefeated record to 7-0. “Every prospect needs those watermark fights against a true veteran to be considered worthy of moving on to the next level. Chris got that test tonight and he passed it with flying colors,” remarked Brett Roberts, BAMMA USA CEO, shortly after the contest. The bout started a little slow as a cautious Beal looked for his openings but by the end of the first round, Beal was landing some kick-punch combinations. Round two saw some ground work by both fighters as Beal countered a couple of submission attempts with some ground and pound. Beal highlighted round three with some relentless knees and effective strikes as he pinned Smith up against the cage. In the post-fight interview, Beal was disappointed that he could not finish his opponent but given the fact that he was battling an illness and that his cardio was not up to his standards, he was happy to still get the win and keep his record perfect at 7-0.
Jasper Keeps His Winning Streak Going
In the Co-Main Event, Mike Jasper moved his record to 6-0 with a TKO victory over Kyle Bolt. In the progression of any top athlete there is the test of adversity. Jasper got that test in the first round of his fight as Bolt landed a punch that knocked Jasper to the mat and by most accounts, Jasper lost that first round. He responded in the second round like a seasoned veteran, waiting for an opening. Jasper found that opening and landed a left hook that dropped Bolt. From there Bolt looked to hold on but Jasper’s striking dominance caused the referee to stop the bout. Jasper once again finishes a bigger opponent in the Middleweight Division silencing his critics that say that he is too small for the weight class. As one announcer, RJ Clifford, stated on the live broadcast, “this kid is destined for big things.”
GoPro “Hero of the Night” Fight
The crowd was on their feet cheering loudly at the conclusion of the fight between Sevak ‘The Silverback’ Magakian and Nick ‘No Limit’ Piedmont. They were appreciative of the all-out effort both fighters had displayed during their toe-to-toe three round battle. When this bout was announced, it had “fight of the night” potential due to the experience and training that both fighters receive. Magakian was on The UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter” and trains with the current Strikeforce Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey. Piedmont has fought in Bellator FC and trains with current UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz and current Bellator Lightweight Champion Mike Chandler. In round one, Piedmont struggled to find his range with his strikes while Magakian looked for and got several takedowns. Piedmont found his range in the second round but it was Magakian’s straight left jabs that bloodied Piedmont’s nose. The striking exchanges between the two appeared to be technical and calculated. Early in round three, Piedmont hurt Magakian with some overhand rights but Magakian refused to go down. Piedmont kept the pressure on by delivering power punch after power punch but Magakian’s chin was up to the task. Magakian returned fire once Piedmont tired from his assault. At one point both fighters were throwing everything they had at each other but neither fighter gave in and in the end, the decision as to a winner was left to the judges. As it turned out, they couldn’t decide either declaring a split draw. In their post-fight interviews, both fighters were open to a rematch. I’m sure the fans want that too.
Culley Escapes with a Late Victory
One of the most experienced fighters on the card needed that experience to record a late come from behind victory. Chris ‘The Urban Legend’ Culley had 26 professional fights before entering his bout with Tom ‘The Grinder’ Gloudeman, 16 of those ending in victory for him. As an MMA veteran, Culley knew going into the third round that he was losing his fight. Gloudeman had frustrated Culley by tying him up against the cage and pressing him on the ground with submission attempts for two rounds. Culley did not have a chance to display his striking ability until he found some space with about 90 seconds left in the fight when he followed up on a double knee attempt with a short right elbow that found its mark, dropping Gloudeman, and after a few more punches, forced a stoppage by the referee. His post-fight celebration was indicative of a fighter who knew that he had just grabbed a victory from the jaws of defeat, as Culley dropped to his knees raising his clasped hands into the heavens.
Valdez Puts on a Submission Attempt Display
Eric Brown’s last two appearances in the BAMMA USA cage had lasted a combined 33 seconds, both resulting in victories. Jorge Valdez not only took Eric Brown the distance but he also earned a split decision win over him. This fight was an exhibition of submission attempts by Valdez. He took Brown to the ground and transitioned from one submission attempt to another. The crafty Brown would escape from those repeated submission attempts but he could not mount any dangerous offense of his own. In the end, two judges decided that Valdez’s attempts outweighed Brown’s escapes, thus giving Valdez the split decision victory.
Hernandez Wins in Rare Manner
John Hernandez looked to remain undefeated against Mike ‘Pale Horse’ Smith in a Light Heavyweight contest. The game plan for Hernandez was to take the fight to the ground, neutralizing Smith’s punching power, and he did just that, early in the first round. Once there, Hernandez used a very rare choke hold to render his opponent unconscious. The Von Flue choke is seldom seen in MMA but those watching Badbeat 7 were witness to its devastating effects.
Ware Moves His Record to 4-0
Terrion ‘Flash’ Ware goes the distance for a Split Decision win over Marvin ‘The Mad Lion’ Madariaga. Ware’s boxing style complemented Madariaga’s Muay Thai striking style as both fighters mixed it up early and often. Punch combinations in round one progressed to a slugfest in round three. In the end, two judges gave the edge to Ware keeping him undefeated in the Bantamweight Division.
Casarez Wins by Split Decision
Bronson Casarez and Anthony Frank engaged in a ground battle to see who would remain undefeated in the Flyweight Division. This fight could have gone either way as both fighters spent significant time in the dominant position. Both fighters attempted and escaped numerous submission attempts. In the end, two judges gave the edge to Casarez and thus moving his record to 4-0.
Gonzalez Wins by Guillotine
Adam Gonzalez applied early pressure against Tony Stewart in round one of their fight, tripping Stewart, establishing position and landing some strikes. But it wasn’t until Stewart attempted to get up off the mat that Gonzalez applied a tight guillotine choke causing Stewart to tap just over a minute into the first round. Stewart suffers the first loss of his career as Gonzalez remains undefeated at 3-0.
Scolesdang Makes Quick Work of Hansen
Ron Scolesdang landed a short left hook to Mike ‘Mighty Mouse’ Hansen’s chin just 26 seconds of round one that laid out Hansen “flat like a starfish”. Some finishing strikes by Scolesdang were enough for the referee to stop the contest. Scolesdang moves his record to 2-0 in the Bantamweight Division.
Schommer debut a success
One fighter was going to get their first win as an MMA professional as both Nick Piecuch and Chris ‘Buffalo’ Schommer made their professional debuts against one another. Schommer opened with leg kicks followed shortly by a trip that lead him to gain side mount. From there he delivered some damaging hammer fists causing the referee to stop the bout 1 minute and 39 seconds of the first round.
BAMMA USA supported National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by featuring the color pink in the signage above the entrance to the Badbeat cage, supplying the referees and cutmen with pink wristbands, and having BAMMA USA staff wear pink ribbons during the Badbeat 7 show. The scheduled fight between Steve ‘The Dream’ Magdaleno (9-3) and Jason ‘Trouble Maker’ Williams (4-4) was cancelled due to a late injury sustained by Williams. The unprofessional actions by Xavier ‘X-Man’ Stokes of not showing up to weigh-ins and subsequently not having all his medicals in order lead to the fight night cancellation of his bout against Gil Guardado (1-0). BAMMA USA has requested disciplinary action be taken against Stokes by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for his actions. Light Heavyweight Mike Smith is retiring from the Unites States Marine Corp after 20 years of service and numerous deployments, BAMMA USA thanks him and all the men and women of our armed forces for their service. The Badbeat 7 broadcast was carried live and free of charge on the internet via Livestream. Replays continue to play on the BAMMA USA LiveStream channel, just follow the link on www.BammaUSA.com. Friday, January 11, 2013 was announced as the date for Badbeat 8.
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BADBEAT 7 PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER
WHEN: Friday, October 12, 2012
WHERE: Commerce Casino
6131 Telegraph Road
Commerce, CA 90040
Main Event- 145 lbs: ‘The Real Deal’ Chris Beal (7-0) defeated Shad Smith (12-16-2) by Unanimous Decision
Co-Main Event- 185 lbs: Mike Jasper (6-0) defeated Kyle Bolt (4-2) by TKO, Rd 2
9. 145 lbs: Nick ‘No Limit’ Piedmont (6-3-1) and Sevak ‘The Silverback’ Magakian (12-3-1) Split Draw**
8. 145 lbs: Chris ‘The Urban Legend’ Culley (17-10) defeated Tom ‘The Grinder’ Gloudeman (7-2) by TKO, Rd 3
7. 155 lbs:. Jorge ‘The Envy’ Valdez (5-2) defeated Eric Brown (3-3) by Split Decision
6. 205 lbs: John Hernandez (2-0) defeated Mike ‘Pale Horse’ Smith (0-2) by Von Fue Choke, Rd 1
5. 135 lbs: Terrion ‘Flash’ Ware (4-0) defeated Marvin ‘The Mad Lion’ Madariaga (1-1) by Split Decision
4. 125 lbs: Bronson Casarez (4-0) defeated Anthony Frank (1-1) by Split Decision
3. 170 lbs: Adam Gonzalez (3-0) defeated Tony Stewart (1-1) by Guillotine Choke, Rd 1
2. 135 lbs: Ron Scolesdang (2-0) defeated Mike ‘Mighty Mouse’ Hansen (0-1) by TKO, Rd 1
1. 205 lbs: Christopher ‘Buffalo’ Schommer (1-0) defeated Nick Piecuch (0-1) by TKO, Rd 1
**=GoPro ‘Hero of the Night’ (Fight of the Night) Award Winner
Badbeat 8 Presented by Budweiser
January 11, 2013
Inside ‘The Ballroom’ at the World Famous Commerce Casino
6131 Telegraph Rd, Commerce, CA 90040
Doors open at 6PM; Fights start at 7:30PM
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