Chuck O’Neil earned a bloody and precious W over UFC vet Marcus
Davis. | Photo: William Musacchia
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Heavily-favored Marcus Davis
found himself up against a true challenge for the first time since
his UFC departure, as former “Ultimate Fighter” Season 13 alum
Chuck O’Neil shocked his fellow Octagon veteran with a split
decision victory in the main event of Warrior-1
MMA 7 “Reloaded” Saturday night at the BankUnited Center.
The two New England natives exchanged opening rounds, in a hotly
contested bout that took place all over the cage. O'Neil was able
to use his reach to keep his distance on the smaller Bangor native
despite him being the more classically-trained boxer.
In the third period, O'Neil took top position and blasted “The
Irish Hand Grenade” with a nasty elbow, cutting the notoriously
paper-skinned veteran. O’Neil maintained his dominant position even
after referee Jorge Alonso stopped the bout so doctors may check
the cut as blood began to spew.
The damage done proved to be enough as Davis could get in no more
offense before the bell. Judges Mark Streisand and Jean Warring
scored the bout 29-28 for the Bridgewater, Mass., native, while
Hector Gomez saw it 29-28 for Davis. Sherdog.com saw the bout 29-28
The victory represents a signature win for O’Neil, now 9-4 in his
campaign. It was the first action for O’Neil since he dropped a
unanimous decision to fellow cast member Chris Cope at
the TUF 13 Finale in June. Davis falls to 20-9 with the loss.
After an 18-month lay-off, James Edson
Berto returned to against adopted Miami hometown favorite,
Palomino in a lightweight contest. From the opening frame, it
was apparent that Berto’s time off was of considerable hindrance,
as he looked to have slowed from prior performances, and was easily
outstruck by the native Peruvian.
The MMA Masters product controlled the bout from bell-to-bell,
effectively shutting out the returning Berto. The Bellator veteran
even badly hurting the “Tiger” with one of his own favorite
attacks, a flying knee, Berto would however live to see the judge’s
decision, but had little else to celebrate, dropping scores of
30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for the victorious Palomino.
Palomino had little trouble with Berto.
15 pounds north of lightweight, Strikeforce veteran Nathan Coy
Mikesz from bell-to-bell in a one-sided welterweight
Coy, a former Team Quest rep now training out of American Top Team,
repeatedly took the Key West, Fla., native to the mat, badly
mashing his face up with hammerfists and elbows from the top
position. After 15 minutes, it was a no-brainer for the former
Oregon State wrestler, who earned a unanimous 30-27 decision from
judges Mark Streisand, Jean Warring, and Hector Gomez.
It was a tough opening frame for Kim Couture,
who found herself considerably outclassed by kickboxing convert
Montero in their 135-pound contest.
As Couture looked to wing punches, American Top Team's Montero --
who once fought Gina Carano
in her muay Thai career -- used an array of kicks coupled with
crisp punches to dominate the opening frame, even dropping Couture
with a teep to the head. Couture came out looking to wrestle in the
second frame, but found little success. The Las Vegas-based fighter
then reverted back to looking for the one-shot kill, finding
herself outstruck for the remainder of the bout.
Coral Springs, Fla.,-based Montero took three 29-28 scorecards for
the unanimous decision victory, earning the first win of her pro
MMA career. With her third straight loss, the 35-year-old Couture's
pro mark now stands at 3-6.
Homasi and John Manley
fought 15 closely-matched minutes, with both men taking
advantageous positions through different points of the fight ,
showing off their positional dominance and submission attempts.
However, it was the Team Link product Manley who was ultimately the
more consummate grappler, as he walked away with the nod as the
judges unanimously scored the bout 29-28 in his favor.
Lightweight and local fan favorite Allen Arzeno put an end to
Waters’ night after being controlled for much of the first
stanza. Arzeno came out for blood in the second, crushing the
Canadian with a flying knee to the body and a sharp right cross.
After additional strikes on the ground, referee Jorge Ortiz had
seen enough, calling the bout at 3:12 of the second frame.
Carrillo got only a short night of work as he put out Joseph
Watson with a stiff uppercut as he came in for a takedown, just
37 seconds into their 180-pound contest. The MMA Masters product
left his foe from ATT splayed out with the lone punch and
mercifully walked away before referee Jorge Alonso could
Montero mopped up Couture.
It was all smiles for Lake Wales, Fla., welterweight Kenny Moss
who cleanly outstruck American Top Team’s Bruno Reis de
Maria before setting up a submission victory in the second
frame. The stop came at 1:46 of round two when Moss got top
position and drove his shoulder into de Maria's throat, forcing the
St. Louis native to tap.
Brugnoni needed only 57 seconds to oust Melbourne, Fla.'s
Wynn from the cage, as the American Top Team featherweight
forced a tap via guillotine in the very first period.
Evolution MMA welterweight Michael
Trujillo came out looking to impress, absolutely leveling
Orlando native Eric Raposo
with an overhand right and follow-up punches in just 57
Debuting welterweight Anthony
Garavito thoroughly dominated Davaun
McKoy in the grappling department, cutting through the American
Top Team product’s guard and working his way into mount seemingly
at will. The Miami native eventually forced the tap via keylock at
2:57 of the final frame.
Denis Sejdievski in a bout between debuting lightweight
strikers. After a thrilling 15 minutes, Margate, Fla.'s Quinones
took home a unanimous decision victory (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).