In just over two minutes, welterweight up-and-comer Brandon
Thatch put his striking and grappling skills on display on
Friday at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., acing previously
unbeaten Mike Rhodes
in the headliner of Resurrection
Fighting Alliance 7.
Thatch, 27, was expected to face rugged Brazilian Leandro
“Batata” Silva until a leg infection forced Silva out of the
bout. Rhodes took the fight less than two weeks' notice, meeting
the Coloradan prospect at a 172-pound catchweight. However, in
spite of the opponent switch, the
Grudge Training Center fighter didn't change up any part of his
aggressive, dynamic game when the bell rang.
After feeling out Rhodes on the feet, “Rukus” clipped the tip of
Rhodes' chin with a nifty reverse crescent kick, sending the
fighter into scramble mode. Thatch was relentless after dinging
Rhodes, keeping the pressure on the hurt fighter. As Rhodes tried
to scramble away, Thatch wrapped up his opponent from behind,
yanking him down to the mat and right into back control. From
there, Thatch easily sunk the rear-naked choke to record his eighth
consecutive victory at 2:22 of the opening round.
Now 9-1, Thatch has finished all nine of his pro wins in the first
round, with Rhodes being just the second of his victims to make it
past the two-minute mark. Rhodes falls to 4-1 the defeat.
Coveted featherweight prospect Mirsad
Bektic showed precisely why he's accrued such hype, remaining
undefeated with a quick-and-dirty pounding of Littleton, Colo.'s
The Serbian-born 22-year-old cracked Macias with a hard right hand
and planted him on the canvas with a blast double almost
immediately. From there, it was academic for the
American Top Team fighter. When Macias tried to play wrist
control, Bektic hammered him with unanswered punches before
trapping Macias' arm and unloading a torrent of right hands that
left referee Tom Johnson no choice but to call the contest.
Unbeaten Bektic blasted Macias with ease.
The win moves Bektic to 6-0 as a pro with five stoppages, this
after a 4-0 amateur career with all of his wins via
Colorado Springs, Colo.'s Jeremy
Kimball won his ninth bout in 10 outings, earning a
second-round rear-naked choke victory over Chidi
Njokuani at a 180-pound catchweight.
It was actually the savvy-striking Njokuani who claimed back
control first, sinking in both hooks early in the opening round.
Kimball was able to escape and then stave off any serious strikes
from Njokuani in the first before actually enacting his game plan
in the second stanza. The Thomas Denny
understudy got to Njokuani's hips and dragged him to the mat,
eventually getting back control off of a blown takedown from the
rear waistlock. Kimball sunk his hooks and then the choke, earning
the W at 1:51 of round two.
Infinite MMA product Tommy
Thompson moved to 5-0 with ease, blowing away an unprepared
Banks. Just seconds into the contest, Banks threw an awkward,
errant Superman punch and tried to follow with a low kick. Instead,
he walked straight into a crushing right cross from Thompson and
went down in a heap. Follow-up punches from Thompson forced the
stoppage just 20 ticks into the contest.
Denver bantamweight Zac Chavez
won a well-appointed split decision over Danny
Mainus. After sustaining an eye poke and a low blow within
seconds of one another in round two, Chavez spent most of the
bout's second half beneath his opponent. However, he threatened
with armbars and triangles in the second frame and then frantically
hammerfisted and elbowed Mainus from full guard in the final
With his chest and arms covered in his opponent's blood, Chavez
earned 29-28 scorecards from judges Mark van Tyne and Hale
Hilsabeck, while judge Eric Garcia had it 29-28 for Mainus.
Chavez got things bloody from bottom.
At 185 pounds, Las Cruces, N.M.'s Billy Colon
needed a major comeback to top Grudge rep Vinnie
Lopez. A winner of five straight heading into the bout, Lopez
smashed Colon from pillar-to-post on the feet for 10 minutes but
opted for a takedown early in the third round. “The Puerto Rican
Assassin” quickly locked up a fight-ending armbar, earning the tap
72 seconds into the final frame.
In amateur action, Allen
Washington took three 29-28 scores over Jose
Keven Hernandez at 145 pounds; Kentucky's Gina Begley
caught a guillotine on local favorite Shannon
Culpepper 51 seconds into the second round at 130 pounds; and
Deaguero wrestled his way to three 30-27 scorecards against
Gravley. In a pair of bantamweight tilts, Carlos
Huerta out-grappled Jason
Huntley to a shutout unanimous decision of his own, while
Smith tapped Toby Lopez
with a calf slicer in just 59 seconds.