Last night was very entertaining down at the Asbury Park Convention Hall for Extreme Challenge 78: Conquest. Where should I begin… there was a live metal band jamming riffs about 6 feet from my head; jacked-up, tattooed dudes mixing together with the “finest” Jersey Shore females; and EMTs that paid more attention to all the ass walking by than they did to poor Lewis Pascavage, who got BLASTED in the face by not one, but two illegal kicks by Carlos Eduardo. Oh yea, and we saw some good fights too.
Fight of the night goes to Bret Kohan vs. Braden Bice. Kohan is a beast. Starting off this Heavyweight bout, Bice looked a little out of place. Kohan is a hulking athlete, while Bice’s physique is the “before” picture of a Stacker2 ad. Nonetheless Bice took it to Kohan with punches and getting a takedown. Kohan locked Bice in a guillotine choke and started to squeeze. Out of nowhere, Bice leans back and lifts himself with Kohan attached to his neck, then slams him to the ground. He does this AGAIN, this time Bice stacks him up high, dropping Kohan on the top of his head! Kohan shakes it off and sinks the guillotine in tight for the tapout victory. All of this action inside about 2 minutes. The crowd went f-ing ballistic.
Featherweight Blair Tugman put on a clinic against Glen Ortiz for a unanimous decision. The left side of Ortiz’s face looked like a raw porterhouse.
In a quick Welterweight battle, Tom Gallechio gets rear naked choke tapout victory over Scott Argott. At the bell, Argott threw 3 BOMBS that Tom absorbed and countered. Just as quick, Gallechio gets the takedown, secures the back, and sinks in the choke. It was a lot of action for a quick fight. The crowd was really into it the whole night. Side note, Gallechio wrote “FREE CARLOS” on his back as a shout out to fighter Carlos Moreno. Moreno’s fight against John Murphy was canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances”. Carlos missed the fight cause he’s in jail.
The the guys on the Amateur card gave it their all too, for some of them it was their first MMA fight. EC 78 Amateur fights that had the best action:
Super Welterweight Dan Carbonal won with a nice triangle choke vs. Jon Froh.
In his first MMA match Super Middleweight Frank Bloise went 3 rounds for a unanimous decision. Both he and Patrick Rivera showed a lot of heart, but Bloise maintained pressure scoring points in the 3rd round to secure the win.
Also in his first MMA fight, fellow College of New Jersey alumi Dan Flounders lost in his debut to Taun Pham by kimura. These two weren’t supposed to fight each other, as both fighters opponents failed to make weight, Flounders bumped himself up to see his first action.
At 2:59 of the 1st round, Lester Caslow became the new Amateur Middleweight Champ. Caslow was quick on his feet, securing Ryan Vernay‘s back, pummeling Vernay’s right kidney with punches. Caslow did a nice job a posturing up to stay on the back, eventually slipping in the rear naked. Vernay didn’t tap, he went to sleep.
And new Amateur Super Middleweight Champ was crowned as Adolfo ‘Dirty’ Sanchez clinched and kneed Joel Nott for 3 rounds in a unanimous decision. For an Amatuer, Sanchez looked like a Pro, keeping non-stop pressure on Nott. Sanchez kept Nott on the fence for 15 minutes, using dirty boxing and a flurry of knees to wear him down. During the fight, ‘Dirty’ Sanchez twice caught Nott in the ball-bag with a knee, getting a warning from the ref. Undaunted, Sanchez kept his head moving, changed levels, and did not let up on Nott the entire fight.
Afterward we ran into Sanchez at Pete and Elda’s (for those keeping score at home, I have 12 P&E t-shirts). There is nothing ‘dirty’ about him, Adolfo is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.
HUGE thanks to Rob Guarino and the entire Rhino Fight Team for letting us hang with them, and treating us like one of the boys. Especially George Sullivan for all of his insight, thanks George!