Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hierarchy III Review

Hierarchy Fighting Association sets the Modano Ice Arena on Fire!!!

Scott Brown needed to show just how good he can really be when pressed. Facing a seasoned fighter like Rick Morais in the Main Event of Heirarchy III in Westland on Saturday night; he had to. And he knew it. Although Morais has had his fair share of knockout victories, Brown was ready to face the music once the cage door shut.

After a brief moment standing, it was Morais who scored a surprising takedown; bringing the fight to the floor and landing a few strikes. The two battled for position when suddenly, Brown reversed the tide and latched on to a tight ankle lock. Morais could only bare the pain for a short moment as he was forced to tapout. Scott Brown successfully made his first Welterweight Title defense in less than two minutes.

In what was surely the Fight of the Night, Taylor’s Will Woodford went toe to toe with Sean Dunn of Dearborn Height’s for three rounds. Fighting out of Stars & Strikes, like Brown, everyone knew Dunn was going to bring it. Everybody else just didn’t know who Will Woodford was. The two fought tooth and nail for Dunn’s Featherweight Title in the Co-Main Event. In the end, the Hierarchy fans were treated to a great show.

Woodford took round one with excellent cage control but almost gave it up as Dunn locked up a tight triangle choke towards the end. Round two saw Woodford getting the better of the stand-up game but Dunn hung in there tough as both finished it by trading blows. The third and final round started off with a little bit of the clinch game. Woodford changed levels, got a takedown and went to his ground and pound. Dunn was able to get up but got brought down again. It ended as Woodford transitioned between strikes and submission attempts to close it out. Judges Alex Hudson, Kenan Kerim and Brandon New all saw it 29-28 for Woodford as he claimed the Hierarchy Fighting Association Featherweight Title with the victory.

The Fighting Mandell Brother’s of Dearborn Heights had a good evening of work as Derrick won the HFA Bantamweight Title by defeating Marcus Wheeler of Detroit by arm triangle submission. Nathan knocked out Jermey Seiler of Ypsilanti in the first round of their Welterweight match up.

New Boston’s CJ Proud made his triumphed return after being on the sidelines for 8 months by winning the HFA Lightweight Title. Proud and Canton’s Chris Wolfgang fought hard over the course of three rounds that saw Proud win via split decision when it was all over. It was so close that Promoter’s Richard Browe and Matt Haskell may set an immediate rematch.

Stars and Strikes’ Dustin Babler rounded out the Title bouts by winning the HFA Flyweight Title against Toledo’s Antonio “The Pitbull” Gonzales by way of guillotine choke.

Other Stars and Strikes’s notable were Donnie Laramie, Doug Babler, Kevin Crunk, Daniel Story, Alex Balli and Chris Stevenson. Laramie, Story and Stevenson looked outstanding in their respective weight divisions.

Quincy Rice’s Jackson MMA students Brandon Maher and Brandon “Sequoyah” Sandford also made some noise by finishing both of their opponents inside of three rounds.

In attendance for the evening were MMA Legend Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge, Jerry Millen of Millen Media, Master of Ceremonies Pete “Mr. Throwdown” Trevino Jr., Channel 95.5’s Ace and Greg “Mr. Positive” Balteff, Michigan MMA Veteran’s Daron Cruickshank and Danny McIntire.

Heierarchy IV is currently being planned for a late September or early October date and venue to be determined.

Hierarchy III: Quick Results

Scott Brown def. Rick Morais via submission (ankle lock) Round 1, 1:43 (retains HFA Welterweight Title)

Will Woodford def. Sean Dunn via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 and 2-28) wins HFA Featherweight Title

Derrick Mandell def. Marcus Wheeler via submission (arm triangle) Round 2, 1:11 (wins HFA Bantamweight Title)

CJ Proud def. Christopher Wolfgang via split decision (29-28, 29-28 and 28-29) wins HFA Lightweight Title

Dustin Babler def Antonio Gonzales via submission (guillotine choke) Round 1, 1:11 (wins HFA Flyweight Title)

Donnie Laramie def. Gary Pardon via TKO (strikes) Round 1, 2:05

Doug Babler def. Goose Zilla via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 1:52

Brandon Maher def. Joey Palmer via verbal submission (unable to answer bell for Round 3)

Brandon Sandford def. Aaron Gilmore via submission (armbar) Round 1, 1:35

Kevin Crunk def. Shawn Vanwashanova via submission (armbar) Round 1, 1:47

Daniel Story def. Murray Schafer via TKO (strikes) Round 1, 1:41

Kyle Millimen def. Bryon Morden via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 2:26

Chris Stevenson def. Tyler Telycenas via submission (body strikes) Round 1, 1:36

Alex Balli def. Kevin Martin via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 1:49

Nathan Mandell def. Jeremy Seiler via knockout (punch) Round 1, 0:54

Vaughn Bell def. Russ Trammell via TKO (strikes) Round 1, 2:52

Fight Night Awards

Fight of the Night: Will Woodford vs. Sean Dunn

Knockout of the Night: Nathan Mandell

Submission of the Night: Scott Brown

Event Photos


Story and photos by: David Doig
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