The Gladiators 49 under card featured nine MMA bouts and three submission grappling matches last night. Fan favorites such as Danny Boy Downes and Paul Martinez brought their fans with them and didn’t disappoint. Of the nine MMA bouts only one went to a decision and all were action packed.
The evening started out with submission grappling matches using rules and scoring in accordance with NAGA. Team Matamoros went (3-0) for the night in submission grappling and was determined not to let anyone come onto their turf and steal the show.
In the first match, Chuck Gruber of Fox Valley Grappling and Jason Kazmierczak of Matamoros Jiu-Jitsu squared off in a 205lb light heavyweight bout. Unfortunately, the match was almost a stalemate once the bout hit the mat with very little action as neither opponent was able to get anything going within the allotted time limit. Kaz outpointed Gruber (2-0).
In what was probably the most competitive grappling bout of the evening, Travis Hanson of the Fox Valley Grappling Club took on Scott Huston “We Have A Problem” of Matamoros Jiu-Jitsu. This was a match where Hanson was the bigger man at 225lbs vs. the 205lb Huston. However, Huston was higher ranked with a purple belt vs. a white belt in Hanson. Huston showed Milwaukee what Royce Gracie showed the world in the early nineties. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, better technique should prevail over strength and size in the long run. Huston won via kneebar at 3:23.
Ryan “The Beard” Williams of Matamoros Jiu-Jitsu decisively outpointed Chris McIntyre of Badgerland Jiu-Jitsu in Madison. Williams racked up points by using good transitions. Despite the final score being (8-0) I am quite sure McIntyre was not awarded points for his sweep when Williams had knee on stomach. Williams in turn swept McIntyre to full mount in the closing minute. I could be wrong regarding the scoring, as I am not a competitive grappler.
The first amateur MMA fight of the evening was probably the closest and hardest to call. Pete Miller of Third Heaven MMA took on Ryan Landry of Neutral Ground in a 155lb lightweight battle. The first round took place entirely on the ground. Landry attempted many sweeps but was not successful. Neither fighter utilized ground striking and left the round as a question mark in the eyes of the judges. The second round was clearly Landry’s and he achieved full mount from a takedown set up with strikes. His attempted heel hook and rear naked choke may have not finished Miller but cemented the second round as his for the taking. Miller then won the third round highlighted attempted arm bar. When the judges read the cards (30-29) for Landry, (29-28) for Miller, and (29-28) for Landry who won the bout via split decision.
Jimbo Abate of Rockford Kickboxing & Jiu-Jitsu threw some big lefts that dropped Steven Gonzales of Gracie Fighting in a 205lb light heavyweight battle. He immediately mounted Gonzales and unleashed some of the fiercest ground and pound of the evening. It was over before it even got started at 18 seconds in round one via TKO – referee stoppage.
In 135lb bantamweight action, Chris Hart of Third Heaven MMA defeated Matt “Pitt Bull” Ellis of Roufusport via rear naked choke at 2:33 in the first round. Ellis had a hard time dealing with the clinch of Hart early on. Hart unleashed some effective ground and pound that reinforced the reason why I am a writer and not a fighter.
Jake Kazmierski of Choice Martial Arts in East Troy took on Brad Funk of Carlson Gracie in Chicago in a 155lb lightweight bout. The match would be a classic match-up of striker vs. grappler. While Kazmierski showed some great striking including a head kick and a big knee to Funk, he was not able to deal with Funk excellent takedowns in the first round. In round two, Funk unleashed a big left hook and got himself a double leg takedown. After working for and achieving the full mount, Funk unloaded a barrage of ground and pound. Kazmierski showed his toughness and survived the round. In between rounds doctors came out to check on Kazmierski who was on wobbly legs. Doctors stopped the match in between the second and third round. Funk won via TKO – doctor stoppage.
197 lb Dwayne Davis stepped up to fight heavyweight Leland “Tank” Brown of Waukesha MMA on short notice. Apparently he must not have attended the rules meeting prior to the bouts. While achieving top position in the first round he unloaded a big and illegal knee to the head of “Tank”. The referee stopped the bout and Davis was deducted a point. Later Tank would have Davis against the fence. Davis grabbed the fence and was warned. Davis again grabbed the fence and was deducted another point. In the second round Davis pulled his mouthpiece out and tossed it across the cage. Leland “Tank” Brown won the match via DQ in the second round.
"Smoking Joe" Blake of Waukesha MMA wasted no time in his 155lb lightweight fight against Ben Gladem of Janesville. Blake fended off a guillotine attempt from Gladem to win via rear naked choke at 1:23 in round one
Danny Boy Downes of Roufusport defeated Jerold Steer of Minneapolis via TKO referee stoppage in 45 seconds. His ground and pound stoppage was set up with a thunderous head kick that energized the crowd. Wisconsin Combat Sports awarded Downes knock out of the night for the amateur bouts. Downes in turn, increased his amateur MMA record to (4-0) and will now become a professional fighter. No opponents have yet been discussed for his first professional bout.
Reed Ehmke of Neutral Ground in Milwaukee faced Ed Schultz of Team Dawg in Walworth in a 170lb welterweight bout. “Reed-Diculus” Ehmke fended off a guillotine after getting the takedown. Ehmke then got full mount from side control. From full mount he unleashed some ground and pound until Schultz gave Ehmke an arm. Ehmke wins via armbar at 1:02 in the first round earning submission of the night for the amateurs. Ehmke’s amateur record is now (4-0) and there are rumors that he may be going pro in his next bout.
In the final amateur bout of the evening, heavyweight Paul "Big Papi" Martinez of Roufusport quickly finished Michael "The Psyco" Garcia of Garcia Fighting in Milwaukee. Garcia tapped out from the heavy hands of Martinez. Martinez wins via submission due to strikes at 23 seconds in the first round. Martinez will next fight in the King of The Cage amateur heavyweight tournament next month. The winner of the sixteen man tournament will be awarded a professional contract with KOTC. Martinez who is (3-0) as an amateur should pose a threat in that tournament.
All in all, the amateur fighters put on just as good of a show as the professionals last night. I would like to thank Scott Joffe and Duke Roufus on behalf of Wisconsin Combat Sports for promoting a great show. Stayed tuned to for Tyler Welch’s write-up of the professional fights on the card. It should be published in the next day or so.
Amateur results are below:
Gladiators Fighting 49 – The Warriors
Wisconsin State Fair Park
Undercard – Amateur Bouts
Submission Grappling -205lbs*
Chuck Gruber (Fox Valley Grappling-Appleton, WI)
Jason "Kaz" Kazmierczak (Matamoros Jiu-Jitsu-Milwaukee, WI)
Kazmierczak wins via points 2 to 0
Submission Grappling -225lbs*
Travis Hansen (Fox Valley Grappling-Appleton, WI)
Scott Huston "We Have A Problem" (Matamoros Jiu-Jitsu-Milwaukee, WI)
Huston wins via kneebar at (3:28)
Submission Grappling -185lbs*
Chris McIntrye (Badgerland Jiu-Jitsu-Madison, WI)
Ryan "The Beard" Williams (Matamoros Jiu-Jitsu-Milwaukee, WI)
Williams wins via points 8 to 0
Pete Miller (Third Heaven MMA-Lake Mills, WI)
Ryan Landry (Neutral Ground Jiu-Jitsu-Milwaukee, WI)
Landry wins via Split Decision (30-29), (29-28), (29-28)
Light Heavyweight -205lbs
Jimbo Abate (Rockford Kickboxing & Jiu-Jitsu-Rockford, IL)
Steven Gonzales (Gracie Fighting-Milwaukee, WI)
Abate wins via TKO (referee stoppage) – RD 1 – (0:18)
Chris Hart (Third Heaven MMA-Lake Mills, WI)
Matt "Pit Bull" Ellis (Roufusport-Milwaukee, WI)
Hart wins via Rear Naked Choke – RD 1 – (2:33)
Brad Funk (Carlson Gracie-Chicago, IL)
Jake Kazmeierski (Choice Martial Arts-East Troy, WI)
Funk wins via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) – RD 2 – (5:00)
Leland Brown (Waukesha MMA-Waukesha, WI)
Brown wins via Disqualification – Refused to fight with mouthpiece.
Ben Gladem (Independent-Janesville, WI)
"Smoking Joe" Blake (Waukesha MMA-Waukesha, WI)
Blake wins via Rear Naked Choke – RD 1 – (1:23)
Jerold Steer (Fight Club Minneapolis, MN)
"Danny Boy" Downes (Roufusport-Milwaukee, WI)
Downes wins via TKO (Referee Stoppage) – RD 1 – (0:45)
Ed Shultz (Team DAWG-Walworth, WI)
Reed Ehmke (Neutral Ground Jiu-Jitsu-Milwaukee, WI)
Ehmke wins via Armbar – RD 1 – (1:02)
Paul "Big Papi" Martinez (Roufusport-Milwaukee, WI)
Michael "THE PSYCO" Garcia (Garcia Fighting-Milwaukee, WI)
Martinez wins via Submission (due to strikes) – RD 1 – (0:23)