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MMA History: Part I - Before the Storm (1995-2000)


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[I]January 2, 1995 - Chicago, IL: Lakefront Sports HQ [/I] [B]Jennifer Lawler (WCL President):[/B] Hey Mack, the other owners are here. [B]Mike Swain (WCL Owner):[/B] Go ahead and take them upstairs to the briefing room, I'll be there shortly. [I]WCL Briefing Room[/I] [B]Mike Swain:[/B] My fellow owners, the reason I called for this meeting is to hear your views on the state of MMA. [B]Ietsuna Hisamatsu (ALPHA-1 Owner):[/B] At first, the fans in Japan thought it was just a glorified kickboxing promotion. Once the matches got going though, the ALPHA-1 events began selling out like crazy. The fact that I got no heat from the authorities so far is a nice bonus. [B]Sophie Alliss (WEFF Owner):[/B] So far I been able to keep my head above water. It also helps that the Canadian authorities regard WEFF as just another kickboxing promotion. Since WEFF is a female only promotion, I got no worries from the boxing interests. [B]Jerome T McCallum (BCF Owner):[/B] Same as Sophie here in the money department. Since MMA in Britain is still a new concept, both the authorities and the boxing interests have turned a blind eye to it. [B]Mark Wallace (GAMMA Owner):[/B] My worries is not about money, fans, or the heat, but about both Richard Eisen and the boxing interests. We all saw what happened to boxing once Donald Leroy and his cronies took over. Same deal with Eisen and the old pro wrestling territories. If we don't deal with those two now, Eisen and Leroy will have their goons in DC put all of us out of business. [B]Mike Swain:[/B] Don't worry yourself Mark; when I first launched WCL, I knew the day would come when both Leroy and Eisen would try something like this. I therefore propose that we create an oversight organization for MMA. [B]Sophie Alliss:[/B] So what's this oversight body gonna to be called? [B]Mike Swain:[/B] It would be called the World Mixed Martial Arts Commission, or WMC for short. [B]Jerome T McCallum:[/B] How much power is this WMC gonna have? [B]Ietsuna Hisamatsu:[/B] What about our own interests? [B]Mark Wallace:[/B] And don't forget, how is this WMC gonna handle the heat. [B]Mike Swain:[/B] The WMC is gonna have these powers: [LIST=1] [*]Establish an unified MMA weight class structure. [*]Administer fighter drug tests and drug suspensions. [*]Handle any issues between our promotions. [/LIST] As for MMA event rules; the promotions will continue to have full power to edit the rules as they see fit. Regarding the territories: [LIST] [*]GAMMA shall have veto power regarding future male MMA promotions in the USA. [*]WCL shall have veto power regarding future female MMA promotions in the USA. [*]Both GAMMA and WCL shall have veto power regarding future combined MMA promotions in the USA. [*]ALPHA-1 shall have veto power regarding future male, female, and combined MMA promotions in Japan. [*]WEFF shall have veto power regarding future male, female, and combined MMA promotions in Canada. [*]BCF shall have veto power regarding future male, female, and combined MMA promotions in the UK. [*]All other territories not already mentioned above are considered open territories. [/LIST] With this proposal, we keep most of the power to ourselves; give the needed minimum powers to the WMC; and the territorial veto provisions will keep both Eisen and Leroy from muscling in on our turf. [I]when I finished outlining my plan, a smile appeared on all the other owners' faces.[/I] [CENTER][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/55/755/4/4/30/2961404300100162739EIMFkR_th.jpg[/IMG] [B]THE WMC BOARD[/B] [IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/55/755/6/66/78/2246666780100162739MlGAfw_th.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/55/755/0/95/63/2990095630100162739vweZDT_th.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/72/172/9/7/49/2620907490100162739JGdGWh_th.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/73/73/7/67/74/2458767740100162739nxiCvU_th.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/52/552/1/48/35/2545148350100162739jJPhmM_th.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER]
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WCL Roster as of January 2, 1995

 

WCL Heavyweight Division (136 - 160 lbs)

 

Name
Age HeightWeight Hometown
Fighting Style
Alexis Colby 23
5'10"
145
Denver, CO
Kempo
Amanda Daniels 24
6'0"
136
New York, NYWrestling
Amy Lawson
24
5'7"
153
Long Beach, CA
Judo
Beth Swain
26
5'5"
138
Chicago, IL
Jiu-Jitsu
Buffy Hefner
22
5'9"
155
Las Vegas, NV
Judo
Debbie Clayton
27
5'7"
140
Chicago, IL
Jiu-Jitsu
Diva Sanchez
24
5'10"149
Las Vegas, NV
Tae Kwon Do
Helena Ruthledge
28
6'0"
155
New York, NY
Muay Thai
Jessica Cortez
23
5'4"
136
Los Angeles, CA
Karate
Karen Curtis
25
5'4"
136
Milwaukee, WI
Sambo
Kendra Oates
24
6'0"
155
Kansas City, MO
Hapkido
Leilani Lambert
24
5'10"
136
Honolulu, HI
Jiu-Jitsu
Maria Bermundes
24
5'9"
150
Chicago, IL
Jiu-Jitsu
Mercedes Lopez
24
5'7"
140
Las Vegas, NV
Kick Boxing
Phoenix Strong
24
5'10"
149
Las Vegas, NV
Karate
Tomoe Lancaster
26
5'7"
140
Chicago, IL
Jiu-Jitsu
Yong Lee
24
5'5"
136
Honolulu, HI
Tae Kwon Do

 

 

WCL Lightweight Division (100 - 135 lbs)

 

Name Age
HeightWeight Hometown
Fighting Style
Amanda Cortez
24
5'4"
115
Los Angeles, CA
Karate
Anika Riley
24
5'5"
124
New York, NY
Karate
Anita Brooks
23
6'0"
120
Los Angeles, CA
Karate
Brandi Alexander
23
5'5"
125
Miami, FL
Submission Fighting
Catherine Arbuckle
22
5'4"
120
Munice, IN
Judo
Charis Tang
24
5'9"
135
Honolulu, HI
Jiu-Jitsu
Gianna Russo
19
5'7"
119
La Malbaie, Quebec
Jiu-Jitsu
Heidi Hoffman
24
5'5"
124
Las Vegas, NV
Kick Boxing
Katherine Williams
26
5'6"
135
Boston, MA
Submission Fighting
Katie Thomas
24
5'9"
125
Miami, FL
Submission Fighting
Katrina Thiel
28
5'7"
135
Chicago, IL
Tae Kwon Do
Kimie Lancaster
24
5'6"
127
Chicago, IL
Jiu-Jitsu
Loni Lee
24
5'5"
124
Honolulu, HI
Jiu-Jitsu
Mai Ishii
24
5'4"
121
Honolulu, HI
Judo
Matilda Swain
24
5'4"
120
Chicago, IL
Jiu-Jitsu
Monica Masters
24
5'8"
129
Newcastle, England
Judo
Sarah Vaughan
28
5'7"
133
Phoenix, AZ
Submission Fighting

 

 

WCL Heavyweight ChampionDiva Sanchez

WCL Lightweight Champion - Kimie Lancaster

 

 

 

 

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[CENTER][IMG]http://inlinethumb34.webshots.com/20705/2199109580100162739S600x600Q85.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER] [B]January 10, 1995 The results for ALPHA-1 36: Breaking Point held in Kanto, Japan[/B] [LIST=1] [*]Naoki Itoh beat Wade LeCavalier (TKO, Round 1 - 5:29) * [*]Curt Kitson beat Jacob Matthaus (Decision) * [*]Kunimichi Kikuchi beat Brian Barnes (KO, Round 2 - 0:24) ** [*]Ricardo Fernandes beat Tessai Satou (Decision) ** [*]Matthew Dean beat Yoshinobu Tanaka (Submission, Round 3 - 2:22) *** [/LIST] [B]Attendance:[/B] 1,433 [CENTER][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/55/755/4/4/30/2961404300100162739EIMFkR_th.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER]
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[CENTER][IMG]http://inlinethumb54.webshots.com/43061/2427819350100162739S600x600Q85.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER] [B]January 13, 1995 The results for GAMMA: Van Den Hauwe vs. Rivero held in Los Angeles, CA[/B] [LIST=1] [*]Glen Pimm beat Gary Sampson (Decision) * [*]Simon Vine beat Jason Dalglish (KO, Round 3 - 0:42) ** [*]Vincent Chapin beat Milton Harvey (KO, Round 2 - 3:39) ** [*]Maartin De Vries beat Linfield Ballard (Decision) ** [*]John Rivero beat Bryan Van Den Hauwe (KO, Round 1 - 2:52) ** [/LIST] [B]Attendance:[/B] 3,963 [CENTER][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/55/755/4/4/30/2961404300100162739EIMFkR_th.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER]
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[CENTER][IMG]http://inlinethumb35.webshots.com/44066/2231693240100162739S600x600Q85.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER] [B]January 16, 1995 The result for WEFF 37 held in Vancouver, British Columbia[/B] [LIST=1] [*]Brooke Rockerfeller beat Sonya Charlton (Decision) * [*]Park Seong beat Ayame Kondo (TKO, Round 1 - 1:49) ** [*]Chelsea Lawson beat Hester Maclean (Decision) ** [*]Chiyo Yanagimoto beat Yutsuko Sasaki (KO, Round 1 - 8:54) ** [*]Tammy Westenra beat Veronika Sablikova to win [COLOR="Purple"][B]WEFF Heavyweight Title[/B][/COLOR] (TKO, Round 1 - 8:54) ** [/LIST] [B]Attendance:[/B] 436 [CENTER][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/55/755/4/4/30/2961404300100162739EIMFkR_th.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER]
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[CENTER][IMG]http://inlinethumb25.webshots.com/44248/2816757230100162739S600x600Q85.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER] [B]January 27, 1995 The results for BCF: Kawano vs. Yamada held in London, England[/B] [LIST=1] [*]Taufik Wijaya beat Giovani Silva (KO, Round 2 - 3:28) ** [*]Davis Spyrou beat Tucker Plumm (KO, Round 3 - 3:50) *** [*]Doug Hansen beat Go Yamamoto (TKO, Round 3 - 4:46) ** [*]Carlos da Guia beat Matsudaira Satoh (KO, Round 2 - 0:22) ** [*]Tadamasa Yamada beat Eien Kawano (TKO, Round 3 - 3:43) ** [/LIST] [B]Attendance:[/B] 1,259 [CENTER][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/55/755/4/4/30/2961404300100162739EIMFkR_th.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER]
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[CENTER][IMG]http://inlinethumb14.webshots.com/43789/2747180190100162739S600x600Q85.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER] [B]February 20, 1995 The official card for WCL 21: Lee vs. Lancaster[/B] [LIST=1] [*]Loni Lee vs. Kimie Lancaster (Champion) for [B][COLOR="Green"]WCL Lightweight Title[/COLOR][/B] [*]Anika Riley vs. Brandi Alexander [*]Debbie Clayton vs. Alexis Colby [*]Heidi Hoffman vs. Matilda Swain [*]Beth Swain vs. Buffy Hefner [*]Helena Ruthledge vs. Diva Sanchez (Champion) for [B][COLOR="Blue"]WCL Heavyweight Title[/COLOR][/B] [*]Katherine Williams vs. Katie Thomas [*]Mercedes Lopez vs. Phoenix Strong [*]Kendra Oates vs. Leilani Lambert [*]Monica Masters vs. Anita Brooks [/LIST] [CENTER][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/55/755/4/4/30/2961404300100162739EIMFkR_th.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER] Feel free to post your predictions and comments. To help you while making your predictions, I attached the match write ups from WCL 1 to WCL 20 in html format. I'll be posting the match results tomorrow.
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[B]Loni Lee [/B]vs. Kimie Lancaster (Champion) for WCL Lightweight Title Anika Riley vs. [B]Brandi Alexander [/B] [B]Debbie Clayton[/B] vs. Alexis Colby Heidi Hoffman vs. [B]Matilda Swain [/B] [B]Beth Swain [/B]vs. Buffy Hefner Helena Ruthledge vs. [B]Diva Sanchez [/B](Champion) for WCL Heavyweight Title [B]Katherine Williams[/B] vs. Katie Thomas Mercedes Lopez vs. [B]Phoenix Strong [/B] [B]Kendra Oates[/B] vs. Leilani Lambert Monica Masters vs. [B]Anita Brooks [/B]
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[CENTER][IMG]http://inlinethumb54.webshots.com/43061/2427819350100162739S600x600Q85.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER] [B]February 27, 1995 The results for GAMMA: Ono vs. Gallego II held in Las Vegas, NV[/B] [LIST=1] [*]Yukichi Sato beat Linfield Ballard (Split Decision) * [*]Leon Banks beat Jacob Matthaus (Decision) ** [*]Gempachi Higa beat Glenn Pimm (TKO, Round 3 - 3:33) ** [*]Maarten De Vries beat Travis Jones (KO, Round 3 - 2:48) ** [*]Gabriel Gallego beat Toson Ono (Split Decision) ** [/LIST] [B]Attendance:[/B] 532 [CENTER][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/55/755/4/4/30/2961404300100162739EIMFkR_th.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER]
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[CENTER][IMG]http://inlinethumb34.webshots.com/20705/2199109580100162739S600x600Q85.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER] [B]March 1, 1995 The results for ALPHA-1 37: The End is Near held in Kinki, Japan[/B] [LIST=1] [*]Susumu Katoh beat Bradley Dixon (TKO, Round 3 - 2:39) * [*]Ayame Kondo beat Louise Griffin (KO, Round 1 - 0:39) ** [*]Phoebe Bergman beat Yoko Kobayashi (TKO, Round 1 - 3:47) ** [*]Noach Van Der Capellen beat Rudolphe Gygax (Decision) ** [*]Curt Kitson beat Heiji Endo (KO, Round 3 - 9:55) *** [/LIST] [B]Attendance:[/B] 974 [CENTER][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/55/755/4/4/30/2961404300100162739EIMFkR_th.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER]
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[CENTER][IMG]http://inlinethumb14.webshots.com/43789/2747180190100162739S600x600Q85.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER] [B]March 5, 1995 The official Blurcat.com predictions for WCL 21: Lee vs. Lancaster[/B] Loni Lee (11-7) vs. Kimie Lancaster (12-7) [Champion] for [B][COLOR="Green"]WCL Lightweight Title[/COLOR][/B] [I]Kimie Lancaster via TKO[/I] Anika Riley (12-8) vs. Brandi Alexander (7-7) [I]Brandi Alexander via TKO[/I] Debbie Clayton (14-5) vs. Alexis Colby (2-6) [I]Debbie Clayton via TKO[/I] Heidi Hoffman (10-6) vs. Matilda Swain (8-7) [I]Matilda Swain via Submission[/I] Beth Swain (10-6) vs. Buffy Hefner (1-0) [I]Beth Swain via TKO[/I] Helena Ruthledge (8-9) vs. Diva Sanchez (11-7) [Champion] for [B][COLOR="Blue"]WCL Heavyweight Title[/COLOR][/B] [I]Diva Sanchez via TKO[/I] Katherine Williams (3-6) vs. Katie Thomas (16-4) [I]Katie Thomas via Decision[/I] Mercedes Lopez (9-6) vs. Phoenix Strong (8-8) [I]Mercedes Lopez via TKO[/I] Kendra Oates (2-5) vs. Leilani Lambert (6-6) [I]Kendra Oates via Decision[/I] Monica Masters (2-3) vs. Anita Brooks (0-0) [I]Anita Brooks via Decision[/I] [CENTER][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/55/755/4/4/30/2961404300100162739EIMFkR_th.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER]
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[CENTER][IMG]http://inlinethumb47.webshots.com/2478/2385232770100162739S600x600Q85.jpg[/IMG] [I]VHS Cover for WCL 21[/I][/CENTER] [B]WCL 21: Lee vs. Lancaster March 6, 1995 Los Angeles, CA[/B] [B][I]Monica Masters vs. Anita Brooks[/I][/B] Round 1 Flat start to the round; thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Masters is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Brooks blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Masters is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves her off balance. Brooks is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Masters can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Masters some problems later on. Masters moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Brooks is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Masters before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Masters off, since that moment she has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Masters goes for a trip, but Brooks cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Brooks may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Brooks by 10-9. Round 2 Masters starts strongly, hitting two stiff jabs to the gloves, stinging the hands of Brooks. The third strike is a meaty left hook that narrowly misses. If that had hit, Brooks may well have been decapitated. Despite leaning backwards, Brooks throws a mighty kick that explodes across the chest, Masters staggers back. That was an enormously powerful blow, and Masters didn't see it coming at all. They circle for a moment, sizing each other up. Brooks throws a flurry of jabs, but Masters blocks them easily. A right hand from Masters lands below the eye, and a straight left glances off the shoulder. Another exchange doesn't see either fighter get an advantage. Masters throws a heavy left, but Brooks goes underneath it. Another hard kick from Brooks, this time smashing into the left thigh. Masters almost get knocked down. She throws a left hook in retaliation which misses by a mile, and gives Brooks the chance to hit another big kick, this time to the ribs. The round has been pretty even, with the exception of those kicks by Brooks which have really made a big difference. As the round comes to an end, it looks like those will make sure that Brooks wins the round on points. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Brooks. Round 3 Masters tries to work an angle from the start, but is kept back by some sharp kicks, one landing painfully across the outside of the calf. Brooks steps in and throws some punches, landing a crisp jab to the shoulder. Masters lands a jab of her own, but gets hit with a vicious waist-high kick when stepping in to follow up. Good tactics so far from Brooks, she is basically controlling the tempo and positioning of this fight through intelligent use of sharp, accurate kicks. Masters comes in fast, faking left then going right, and gets close enough to throw some body blows. Brooks gets in a right hand of her own, then a beauty of a high kick. It lands right on the ear, causing Masters to back off quickly. If that had had more power, it might well have scored a knock out. The round is almost over. Brooks has controlled this one; Masters is finding it very difficult to find a way around those kicks. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Brooks. Anita Brooks wins the match, getting a score of 30-27 from all three judges. [B][I]Kendra Oates vs. Leilani Lambert[/I][/B] Round 1 Tentative circling to begin with. They meet in the center, but quickly fall into a clinch. Oates gets a nice shot in to the ribs. Lambert gets a pair of punches to the side of the head, but they lacked power. The referee breaks them up eventually. Oates presses forward, flicking out straight rights. Lambert leans in to throw a looping left hand. Oates avoids it, and it allows her to throw a powerful counter punch that catches Lambert right above the ear. Great punch. Oates moves in and throws a devastating right hand. Lambert just about manages to parry it, but it still caught her on the shoulder. Lambert throws a right hand counter, but Oates swats it aside and lands a big left to the chest. Lambert clinches up again. So far, Oates's power is allowing her to control this round, Lambert is simply being out-gunned thus far. They end up next to the cage. Lambert gets in a couple of nasty right hands to the chest. That's the first time this round that she looks to have actually hurt Oates. Oates pushes Lambert up against the cage and unloads with three big right hands. One got through and caught Lambert above the left eye, the other two hit home across the chest. Lambert clinches up again to avoid getting obliterated, and the round ends before they are broken up. The 1st round ends. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Oates. Round 2 Lambert comes out quick and immediately starts pressing Oates back toward the cage. Lambert tries to use the position to her advantage, pinning Oates in to prevent her from moving freely, but the exchange of punches that follows is clearly won by Oates, who catches Lambert with a wicked right cross during the flurry of blows. Lambert tries again, but Oates is looking sharp and parries away any dangerous shot, getting in a few crisp jabs of her own along the way. Lambert finally backs off, realizing that this isn't working. Oates is showing superior ability with her hands, they're fast and accurate; Lambert isn't able to cope with them at close quarters, being made to look slow and ragged in comparison. Lambert switches to using raking right hands and looping punches, keeping Oates back, but its effectiveness is limited as Lambert's punches are easily parried away, and Oates can still hit the occasional right hand. The round ends with that being the pattern. Oates has used her better punching technique and hand speed to confound Lambert, and has controlled this round almost entirely. End of round 2. Blurcat.com gives that one to Oates by 10-9. Round 3 Lambert comes out fast, but gets hit with a counter right hand strike when she throws a left hand which was too high. Oates moves in and hits a nice body shot before they clinch. Lambert gets in a short, sharp jab to the side of the head; it looked to hit right on the ear. Oates didn't like that, and scores with two knee strikes and a punch to the cheek. They break apart. Oates swings and hits a nice right hand. Lambert fires off a series of sharp jabs, all hitting gloves. She throws out a looping left, but gets tagged with a punch to the jaw and stumbles to the ground! Oates dives in to finish her off, but she scrambles back up quickly and they end up facing off on their feet again. Replays show that the punch barely connected, it was more of a stumble on Lambert's part than anything else. It might not look that way to the judges though. Oates looks more confident after that, and puts together a nice chain of strikes, ending with a scathing low kick that catches Lambert on the outside of the calf. She definitely felt that. Time is running out; Oates will probably take this round on the judges' score cards, primarily due to that one dubious knock down. The 3rd round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Oates. The official scores are: 30-27 (twice), 29-28 for Kendra Oates. [B][I]Mercedes Lopez vs. Phoenix Strong[/I][/B] Round 1 The two fighters circle. Strong flicks out a couple of jabs, then an unconventional looping right hand. Lopez easily side-steps it, but trips and falls to the ground! She is up quickly, before Strong could get in. Replays confirm that it was purely a stumble; the punch was well wide of the mark. Lopez moves in, ducks under a big right hand, and gets two crisp jabs in before getting smothered into a clinch. One of those jabs landed hard, Strong is a little rattled. They struggle in the clinch, both throwing small punches to the back and ribs. The referee separates them. Strong forces Lopez back up against the cage, and starts throwing jabs. She looks to be keeping Lopez in position, waiting to unload a big punch. Strong does, lunging in with a huge right cross, but Lopez saw it coming and goes underneath it, scoring with a right hand to the gut on the way past. Strong turns and tries to follow up immediately, but gets tagged with a wicked left hook that drops her to one knee. Strong is up quickly, causing Lopez, who was about to dive in, to back off. Replays show that the punch connected, but Strong was already going downward to duck the punch, so it wasn't as powerful as first thought. Strong throws a high kick, but it doesn't do anything but cause Lopez to step back. The time expires without anything further of note happening. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Lopez. Round 2 Exchange of punches to start, nothing really hit though. They go into a clinch, and the pace disappears as both fighters try and get the advantage. Eventually the referee separates them. Jab from Lopez, who then has to react quickly to avoid a right hook that was aimed right at the chin. Lopez puts on a burst of energy and fires off a big sequence of punches, maybe twelve or thirteen in a row, although not many actually connected. Strong covered up well, and gets in a couple of shots of her own before moving out of range again. Lopez looks for an opening. Low kick from Strong, almost to the groin, although it didn't look intentional. They come together in a clinch again, and it returns to a stalemate. Not a great round by anyone's standard, but that flurry should mean that Lopez will take the round on points. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Lopez. Round 3 They circle to start, both throwing a few tentative jabs. An uppercut misses its mark from Strong, providing the first moment of real action. Lopez hits a nice combination of body shots to set up a big right hook, but Strong side-stepped to safety. A few punches get thrown, but there's a lack of real action to talk about. Lopez is being slightly the more aggressive, but neither fighter is really going for it. They come together again and exchange punches, but no big shots get through, and they end up clinched for a while. The referee separates them, but the time is ticking away and this round looks like it's going to the judges. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Lopez. All three judges give a score of 30-27 to Mercedes Lopez. [B][I]Katherine Williams vs. Katie Thomas[/I][/B] Round 1 Thomas moves in quickly to begin, trapping Williams against the cage. Looks like a statement of intent, Thomas is going to try and out-wrestle Williams. Thomas works for position, and tries to get in a hard shot to the face; Williams turned out of it and got free though, no damage done. Thomas comes in again, looking for the grapple, but gets sent back with a succession of three crisp jabs and a speculative high kick. Williams hits a low kick, and then moves in for a jab. Thomas saw it coming and unloads with an enormous punch to the jaw. Williams goes down immediately, she has been knocked clean out by the power of Thomas. The official time of the knock out is 2:18 of round 1. [B][I]Helena Ruthledge vs. Diva Sanchez (Champion) – [COLOR="Blue"]WCL Heavyweight Title[/COLOR][/I][/B] Round 1 Slow start; nearly a full minute of circling, occasional fakes, and long-range jabs. Neither fighter is creating much. Ruthledge works an angle, but takes a low kick to the shin when she advances. They clinch, and end up with Sanchez backed up against the cage. Ruthledge gets a couple of right hands to the body, but her attempts at knee strikes are deflected by Sanchez, who uses her legs well to defend. Ruthledge pulls free and takes a step back, then powers in a right hand. Sanchez gets out the way, ducks under a second right hand, and backs up to the center. Ruthledge follows, and we're back to circling. Uninspiring action so far, they've both been fairly devoid of inspiration. Ruthledge hits a couple of right hands, both hitting gloves, then a left hand to the body that connected. That was the best shot of the round so far. Sanchez tags her with a flicked jab to the cheek, but it had virtually no power on it. Sanchez leans in to a looping left, but it puts her off balance and it's only at the last second that she gets her chin out of the way of a vicious right cross that comes back. If that had hit, we may have had a knock out. Time runs out with them standing, circling again. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Ruthledge. Round 2 Ruthledge drives Sanchez back toward the cage with a series of snap jabs. Ruthledge throws a waist-high kick, but Sanchez throws a powerful head kick at the exact same moment, and it's Sanchez's that connects first. Ruthledge collapses the floor, limp, out cold. Sanchez got an enormous amount of power on the kick, and it landed perfectly. Great strike to finish the match. Sanchez wins via 2nd round knock out with the official time being 0:58. Diva Sanchez successfully retains the WCL Heavyweight title. [B][I]Beth Swain vs. Buffy Hefner[/I][/B] Round 1 Hefner comes out fast, but gets hit with a counter right hand strike when she throws a left hand which was too high. Swain moves in and hits a nice body shot before they clinch. Hefner gets in a short, sharp jab to the side of the head; it looked to hit right on the ear. Swain didn't like that, and scores with two knee strikes and a punch to the cheek. They break apart. Swain swings and hits a nice right hand. Hefner fires off a series of sharp jabs, all hitting gloves. She throws out a looping left, but gets tagged with a punch to the jaw and stumbles to the ground! Swain dives in to finish her off, but she scrambles back up quickly and they end up facing off on their feet again. Replays show that the punch barely connected, it was more of a stumble on Hefner's part than anything else. It might not look that way to the judges though. Swain looks more confident after that, and puts together a nice chain of strikes, ending with a scathing low kick that catches Hefner on the outside of the calf. She definitely felt that. Time is running out; Swain will probably take this round on the judges' score cards, primarily due to that one dubious knock down. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Swain. Round 2 Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Hefner is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Swain blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Hefner is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves her off balance. Swain is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Hefner can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Hefner some problems later on. Hefner moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Swain is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Hefner before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Hefner off, since that moment she has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Hefner goes for a trip, but Swain cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Swain may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. The round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Swain. Round 3 Hefner throws two high punches, and then steps in for a hook to the body. Nice combination, but Swain defended with ease. They clinch up next to the cage, but a short struggle only ends with them separating and coming back in. High right kick from Swain, Hefner got caught trying to come in from a bad angle. She's down! Swain quickly moves in for the kill. Swain is firing off punches while kneeling across Hefner's upper body in a half-mount, and there's not a lot Hefner can do about it. She needs to get out of there, or at least pull guard, but can do neither as she can't get her hips free. Swain rains down the punches even faster, and Hefner is just getting pounded into oblivion; even though she managed to block three quarters of the shots coming in, that's still five or six good shots that have gotten through. Those five or six shots are enough for the referee at any rate, as she calls an end to the match, obviously feeling that Hefner was getting overwhelmed by that barrage. The official time is 1:41. [B][I]Heidi Hoffman vs. Matilda Swain[/I][/B] Round 1 Hoffman hits a jab. Swain responds with a huge kick that takes out Hoffman's legs, sending her crashing awkwardly to the ground. Swain gives on top of her and fires off a barrage of punches. Hoffman tries to cover up, but she is getting obliterated by the sheer number of punches coming down. The referee pulls Swain off, it's over! The official time of the TKO is 1:38 of round 1. [B][I]Debbie Clayton vs. Alexis Colby[/I][/B] Round 1 Clayton meets Colby in the center. They exchange tentative long-range punches. Colby steps in to press the action, but gets caught with a right hand. Clayton scores with a left too, then a crisp jab. Colby backs off, that exchange did not go in her favor by any means. Clayton presses the advantage and gets in a couple more jabs, forcing Colby onto the back-foot, all the way until she is up against the cage. Clayton stands just in range and starts throwing occasional straight rights, forcing Colby to try and react in time. Colby parries a few shots away, but also gets caught with a couple. She steps forward and tries to get a clinch, but Clayton keeps away from it and continues to flick quick jabs out. Colby is really getting schooled so far, Clayton's hand speed and technique have allowed her to completely control everything about this round; Colby hasn't been able to generate anything of note. Colby tries to change that by coming after Clayton, but Clayton meets her in the center and exchanges punches, again winning the encounter comfortably. The final minute of the round sees Colby try two more times, and in neither can she manage to break Clayton's control. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Clayton. Round 2 Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Clayton puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Colby defended well. Straight right from Colby in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight; the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Clayton probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Colby gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Clayton. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Clayton. Round 3 Clayton starts tentatively, and scores with a few sharp leg kicks. A straight left connects, and Colby is forced backward to avoid an uppercut. Good start from Clayton. Colby tries to come inside, but eats a kick to the thigh. They clinch briefly, but it goes nowhere. Looping right hand from Colby, but it only caught Clayton on the shoulder. Another kick connects from Clayton, and that sets up a nice combination to the body. The accuracy of her kicks has been excellent so far, and is keeping Colby from doing very much. Both fighters circle. Right hand from Colby, that one definitely registered, but I don't think it had much power behind it. The time ticks away without anything further of interest happening. End of round 3. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Clayton. The three judges all give the match as 30-27 to Debbie Clayton. [B][I]Anika Riley vs. Brandi Alexander[/I][/B] Round 1 Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Riley puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Alexander defended well. Straight right from Alexander in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight; the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Riley probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Alexander gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Riley. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Riley. Round 2 Alexander throws the first punch of the round, a high searching jab that didn't carry a great deal of threat with it. Riley throws a one-two combination in return, neither connecting, then steps in and delivers a hard kick to the outside of the thigh. Alexander steps back, throwing a right hand as she does to buy herself space. They circle, and then move in again to exchange strikes, neither fighter getting a clear advantage. They come together again and the same result. It has become something of a stalemate at the moment. They come together to exchange strikes for the third time, and this time they wind up in a clinch. Riley hits a knee to the ribs. A couple of shots to the back from Alexander. They struggle all the way back, with Alexander ending up backed up against the cage. Riley hits another knee, but there wasn't much power behind it. Alexander stomps downward onto her foot. Alexander manages to reverse their positions, but that only lasts about thirty seconds before it gets reversed once more. Riley gets an arm free and tries to throw a big shot to the cheek; Alexander ducks under it and gets the arm back under control. The referee finally breaks them up, and we're back to where we started. Alexander tries a high kick to start, but Riley saw it coming and easily avoids it. They come back together in the center, and it's Riley who gets the first sustained attack of the round, hitting two hard body shots and a jab that caught Alexander on the nose. Alexander hits a straight right, enough to stop Riley from following up any further. The time expires with them standing. Not a great round for either of them or the crowd, it was very scrappy. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Riley by 10-9. Round 3 Dull first sixty seconds to the round, as neither fighter looks willing to commit much to attack. They're both looking for angles to come in from, but they're constantly countering each other. A crisp jab from Alexander that almost found its way through the guard is the sole highlight as we reach the minute mark. Alexander looks to be working an angle. Riley ducks out of the way of a punch, then back steps quickly, just in time to avoid the uppercut that was coming. Better from Alexander, although no damage has actually been done yet. Alexander steps back, and Riley comes after her, sensing an opening. Alexander suddenly puts the brakes on and swings for the fences, driving a right hand to the chin. Riley couldn't get out of the way in time and takes it full force. She goes down like a puppet with her strings cut, she is out cold. Alexander goes to follow up to be sure, but the referee cuts her off, calling a halt to the match. Alexander wins via third round knock out at 2:57. [B][I]Loni Lee vs. Kimie Lancaster (Champion) – [COLOR="Green"]WCL Lightweight Title[/COLOR][/I][/B] Round 1 Lancaster and Lee circle to start. Lee throws a couple of looping punches, neither hitting, while Lancaster sits back, waiting for an opportunity to attack. Lee comes in closer, looking to unload with a right hand; that misses, and it allows Lancaster to slip a nice jab in, catching Lee just underneath the right eye. Lancaster comes in and scores with a straight left, then bounces a right hand off the body. Lee misses with a right cross, and then backs off. Lancaster stalks her, forcing Lee back up against the cage. Lancaster doesn't rush in, instead standing back and throwing the occasional punch. Lee throws a big left hand in response, but it misses by quite a margin. Lancaster pounces, hitting lefts and rights. Lee covers up from the first two punches, and then clinches up to prevent any more coming in. They're up against the cage, Lancaster in the dominant position. They remain that way as the time ticks down. Lancaster throws the occasional knee, but can't really do much with her arms tied up like that. The referee finally tells them to break, and they return to the center. That clinch ate up a lot of time though. Lee comes in hard and fast, bobbing and weaving, and throws a couple of big shots. Lancaster parries them with her gloves and scores with a well-executed counter punch, hitting just above the eye. They come in close again, throwing punches, but wind up clinched again. The time expires with them like that, and that round will definitely go down in Lancaster's favor. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Lancaster. Round 2 Lee hits some tentative punches, then comes in fast and forces Lancaster to back up against the cage, where they clinch. Lee hits a nice body shot, but takes two short punches to the side of the head in return. Lancaster tries a trip, but it doesn't go anywhere. They separate, with Lee having to stay sharp to avoid a scorching right hand from Lancaster. Lancaster comes in hard and fast, throwing a scorching right hand, but it's a long way wide and Lee is able to clinch up. Lancaster hits a knee to the ribs, then a second. She goes to the well once too often though, as the third knee gets caught, and Lee uses it for leverage to complete a takedown, ending up in Lancaster's guard. Lancaster is forced to cover up as Lee starts hammering away with enormous strikes from the guard, trying to simply power the shots through. Some do cause some damage, landing as Lancaster tries unsuccessfully to throw some counters. Lee transitions to side control without any issues; and starts finding the punches down again, this time with more leverage and therefore more power. Lancaster tries to defend them, but a lot of them are getting through. The referee finally has enough and calls an end to the match, feeling that Lancaster was getting overwhelmed. Official time of the TKO is 3:15 of the second round. Loni Lee wins the WCL Lightweight title. [B][I]Quick Recap[/I][/B] [LIST=1] [*]Anita Brooks beat Monica Masters (Decision) * [*]Kendra Oates beat Leilani Lambert (Decision) ** [*]Mercedes Lopez beat Phoenix Strong (Decision) *** [*]Katie Thomas beat Katherine Williams (KO, Round 1 - 2:18) **** [*]Diva Sanchez beat Helena Ruthledge to retain [B][COLOR="Blue"]WCL Heavyweight Title[/COLOR][/B] (KO, Round 2 - 0:58) *** [*]Beth Swain beat Buffy Hefner (TKO, Round 3 - 1:41) *** [*]Matilda Swain beat Heidi Hoffman (TKO, Round 1 - 1:38) *** [*]Debbie Clayton beat Alexis Colby (Decision) *** [*]Brandi Alexander beat Anika Riley (KO, Round 3 - 2:57) ***** [*]Loni Lee beat Kimie Lancaster to win [B][COLOR="Green"]WCL Lightweight Title[/COLOR][/B] (TKO, Round 2 - 3:15) **** [/LIST] [B][I]Attendance:[/I][/B] 2,433 [B][I]Live Gate:[/I][/B] $144,760 © 1995 Lakefront Sports [CENTER][IMG]http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/55/755/4/4/30/2961404300100162739EIMFkR_th.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER]
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