TFC makes successful return to Eagle Arena

Posted by Matt Giancarlo on March - 29 - 2010 with Comments Off on TFC makes successful return to Eagle Arena

Friday, March 26th featured a top level of amateur fighters in the Chicagoland and NW Indiana area, who battled at the Total Fight Challenge.  This was the second TFC event held at the Eagle Arena in Burbank, IL and was once again a successful night.

The event kicked off in the middleweight division in a bout among Jimmy Casteas and Kris Blaney.  Quickly, Casteas took the fight to the ground and maintained top position.  In the process, he was able to pepper Blaney with punches until he could expose the back of Blaney.  Casteas then teed off with faster harder punches, causing the ref to stop the fight due to TKO early in the first round.

A highly touted debut of Torres Martial Arts fighter Bobby Joe Maldonado defeated Nick Pointer via Guillotine Choke.  Maldonado was able to get a takedown, and on a sweep attempt by Pointer, Maldonado locked his arms around the exposed neck and sunk in the choke.

In the bantamweight division, David Gallegos faced off against Gary McFadden.  McFadden was able to control the pace of the fight, and pick his shots against Gallegos, but suddenly a suprise overhand-right by Gallegos landed to the jaw of McFadden, causing a suprise flash-knockout, giving Gallegos the win. 

Jake Nauracy, a highly ranked Bantamweight from Torres Martial Arts quickly defeated Josh Johnson in 40 seconds via arm-triangle choke after landing a hard punch causing a cut underneath Johnson’s eye.  Nauracy advanced his record to 4-0, including all submission victories in under a minute of the first round. 

Again in the bantamweight division, a fight among Dan Aguirre from Team No Ego fought against Dexter Wright of Chicago Fight Team.  This fight was for a vacant 135lb amateur title for the Total Fight Challenge.  First round Dexter Wright immediatley went for a takedown.  After a difficult time of finishing it, he eventually had Aguirre on his back and was able to control the fight.  However at the very end of the round Aguirre secured an omoplata to transition to top position, but the bell soon rang.
Second round came with a takedown instantly by Dexter Wright.  Defending the submission attempts by Aguirre, Dexter was once again able to maintain top position, and just like the first round, was once again cought in an omoplata right before the bell rang.
Third round started off with Aguirre throwing a knee to Wright, but was picked up and slammed back down to the canvas.  With little action, the ref stood the fighters back to their feet, however Dexter gained another takedown within seconds after the standup.  With little left of the round, Dan Aguirre was able to still keep working, and loaded a triangle choke, forcing Dexter Wright to tap out, giving Aguirre a Rocky-like comeback win, and received the Total Fight Challenge Amateur Bantamweight title.  Ring announcer Ray Flores announced that the first in line for the title would be Jake Nauracy. 

Main event ended quick with Rich Molina defeating Luis Robles for the Lightweight Amateur title in the very first round.

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