SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Max Griffin
outworked fellow welterweight up-and-comer Kito
Andrews over five toe-to-toe rounds in the main event of
Coast Fighting Championship 5 and left Sacramento's Jackson
Sports Academy with the promotion's 170-pound crown.
Roseville, Calif.'s Griffin was on fire from the start, walking
through impressive power punches to land combo after combo on the
Team Alpha Male fighter. It looked as though “Max Pain” was going
to finish the bout with strikes on the mat in the opening frame,
but Andrews survived the early onslaught to rebound in the second
The champion Andrews spent a good portion of the round controlling
Griffin against the fence and working ground-and-pound, but it was
also the last time Andrews was close to having the upper hand in
Andrews answered the bell for the third looking visibly gassed and
Griffin took over from there. The 27-year-old Griffin danced around
and countered Andrews attempts at power shots with stinging combos
each and every time, riding his superior gas tank to the
championship and earning scorecards of 50-45, 50-45 and 50-47.
Despite earning the tidy decision, Griffin's left eye appeared
badly damaged from Andrews' power shots. “I can't see a
motherf---ing thing right now!” he mused in his post-fight
Team Alpha Male fared better elsewhere, as up-and-comers
Fili and Anthony
Avila both earned solid stoppage victories.
Fili, the WFC featherweight champion, retained his title in
dramatic fashion against game challenger Adrian Diaz
of Stockton, Calif.. “Touchy” got touched early by Diaz's jab
before taking his man to the floor and threatening with rear-naked
chokes. Diaz's defensive wrestling proved more solid in the second
round, but in the third, Fili came out aggressive with wild,
swinging punches. Diaz tried to counter the champ but ate a hard
right hand from the champ that put him down and out. The
22-year-old Fili swarmed with punches until referee Jason McCoy
stepped in at 1:29, improving his MMA mark to 12-1.
Fili's aggression paid off.
“I want to cry, fighting is my life,” said an emotional Fili,
before inviting the crowd to his house for an afterparty.
Fili's compatriot Avila had no trouble taking the vacant WFC
lightweight belt, easily besting an outmatched Shad Smith, who
DeJesus in the bout on a less than a week's notice.
Avila unloaded body shots on the journeyman early before picking up
the So Cal fighter with a double-leg, carrying him to the middle of
the cage, slamming him and going to work from side control. “The
Shark” then hopped on Smith's back and pounded away on him until
referee Dan Stell called a halt to the action at 3:52 of the fight.
With the win, Avila improves to 11-1.
Pittsburg, Calif.'s Justin
Baesman topped Mikhail
Venikov in their welterweight title eliminator, as “The Raw
Deal” earned the tapout via rear-naked choke at 2:43 of the second
Venikov seemed in control most of the fight, stalking the Bay Area
on the feet before putting him on the mat. However, when Venikov
missed an attempted neck crank on the floor, Baesman swept him,
took his back and sunk the rear-naked choke for the win, upping him
record to 12-3. Venikov falls to 3-1.
At 165 pounds, Turlock, Calif.'s “Lethal” Lewis
Gonzales did not live up to his nickname against Oregon's
Emanuel Sanchez, relying on top position grappling and top control
to coast to three 30-27 scores and a unanimous decision victory,
making him 8-0 as a professional.
Alpha Male's Mario Soto
easily outgrappled Charley
Huston at 150 pounds, dominating from back mount before getting
the rear-naked choke at 3:35 of round one, while his fellow
featherweight teammate Daniel
Romero took only seven seconds to earn a controversial stoppage
of veteran Art Becerra.
Becerra went down off Romero's first punch, sending Dan Stell into
action immediately with Becerra protesting to no avail.
Fili and Avila made it a good night for
Team Alpha Male's trophy case.
Christy was on the defensive early against Bellator vet
Rigmaden before “The KO Kid” landed an overhand right out of
nowhere that put Rigmaden down at 2:07 of the first round.
It did not take long for
Williams to dispatch Kory Morford in their 210-pound catch-weight affair,
needing just 81 seconds to punch out his opponent.
At lightweight, Jordan
Bailey guillotined Anthony
Charnell 1:42 into the first round, while Juan
Quesada submitted Antoine
Smith via rear-naked choke at 3:11 of the second round.
In amateur CAMO action, Anthony
Hernandez armbarred Eric Smith
43 seconds into the second round of their lightweight contest;
Lopez landed an 80-second triangle on Michael
Hutchins at 135 pounds; heavyweight Thomas
Fallon knocked out Terrell
Bosen in 91 seconds and Sam Gifford
took a split decision over Roque Reyes
at 145 pounds.