LAS VEGAS, Feb. 1 -- Chalk it up as 10 in a row for Nick Thompson (Pictures).
In fact, make that 18 wins in his last 19 fights, as "The Goat"
endured an early assault to submit John Troyer and cap off a stellar
night of mixed martial arts action that was Bodog Fight's first
card in Las Vegas.
All seven of the scheduled contests were entertaining, but the
featured bout was clearly the highlight of the men's battles.
Thompson was a bit skeptical entering the bout because he knew
virtually nothing of Troyer. He said that sometimes young, untested
fighters like to storm out of the gates and attack their opponents,
which is precisely what Troyer did.
Thompson delivered a few hard left hands to the face of the
hard-charging Troyer, but the reigning HOOKnSHOOT middleweight
champion quickly scooped up Thompson and slammed him down hard to
Thompson's nose was immediately broken, and blood poured from his
nostrils. Troyer followed that up with a series of anxious punches,
but he couldn't capitalize on the slightly woozy Thompson.
"He hit me in the face, can you believe that?" Thompson joked after
the fight. "I'm not sure what busted up my nose, but it sure hurt.
He's a strong guy and he came to fight."
However, Thompson cleared his head and fended off an armbar attempt
from Troyer. Soon Thompson was teeing off on his foe after a
A thudding right hand from Thompson bloodied Troyer's nose, and
when Troyer became almost entangled in his own corner, Thompson
stood up and dragged him by his right foot a few feet toward the
center of the ring. From there, "The Goat" continued to rain
punches down from half-guard.
Troyer gave up his back to avoid more punishment, and he was
stopped by a rear-naked choke at 3:46 of the first, allowing
Thompson to retain his welterweight belt.
If Kaitlin Young and
Sara Schneider never
fight again, it would be a travesty.
The lankier Young routinely served Schneider heaping helpings of
punches, but the shorter Schneider just kept coming forward.
Whenever Schneider was deposited onto her back, which was often,
she always found a way to snake on an armbar. Young wriggled free
every time in the first round, and toward the end of the opening
stanza, she sprung back to her feet and administered a stunning
left head kick.
A short right hand followed, and it seemed as though it was
curtains for Schneider, who latched onto another armbar attempt
right at the bell.
The torrid pace continued into the second, when Young dropped her
opponent with a massive straight left hand. However, as usual, the
spunky Schneider's octopus-like maneuvers sucked the overzealous
Young into yet another armbar attempt. This time Young wouldn't
escape, and she tapped out at the 35-second mark of the second
(Pictures) quickly set the pace
against Chris Kennedy
(Pictures) with a sizzling right hand
seconds into their welterweight contest. Kennedy stumbled into a
standing guillotine attempt, but Baczynski couldn't find the
leverage to force the submission.
Kennedy then brought his adversary to the ground, but after a
stalemate, referee Herb Dean
(Pictures) stood up the fighters. From
that point forward it was all Baczynski, as he unfurled a vicious
right cross that dropped Kennedy. He then pounced on his wounded
opponent and rained down punches until Dean halted the fight at
Featherweight Chad George
(Pictures) made quick work of Rick Screeton. George was caught
early in the guard, where Screeton tried a gogoplata. Having none
of it, George slammed Screeton, whose body went limp when his head
hit the canvas.
George landed a few punches for good measure, but referee Steve
Mazzagatti was already waiving it off. The official time of the TKO
came just 39 seconds into the fight.
In the other women's bout, Angela Magana (Pictures) scored an impressive second-round
win via armbar. The fight was a classic back-and-forth battle in
which Lyn Alvarez was landing many punches while Magana
continuously pressed for chokes and armbars. However, it was
Magana's submission prowess that shined, as she got the sub at 1:25
of the second.
Light heavyweight Aaron
Simpson made it look a little too easy against Scott Dingman, who was making
his pro debut.
The two clinched right off the bat, and that led to a trip takedown
for Simpson. When the fighters hit the canvas, Simpson was already
in full mount. From there he bombarded his opponent with
Dingman couldn't sweep or buck Simpson off, and eventually he had
to be rescued by Mazzagatti. The official time of the TKO came at
2:40 of the very first round.
After an eventful two rounds with Bryan Humes and Ryan Murray taking turns walloping
each other with punches and kicks to every inch of their respective
bodies, the larger Humes dropped Murray with a perfect left
uppercut, right cross combo. Murray went down Queer Street, and
just as Humes was trying to land more punches, referee Yves Lavigne
stopped the heavyweight bout 1:30 into the third round.