Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California played host the King of the Cage Groundbreaking event on Saturday May 6th. Despite the frosty weather conditions in the outdoor setting, the fighters did not allow it to hold them back as the night was filled with plenty of finishes. The event was headlined by an Atomweight championship bout as champion Andy Nguyen took on challenger Bi Nguyen in an intense and action filled fight.
The bout had an interesting layer to it as Bi was last fighter to defeat Andy. The fight, which took place in July of 2016, also happened to be Bi’s pro debut. Since their first meeting, both fighters have rattled off two consecutive wins. Andy was victorious in a King of the Cage bout against Cassie Rob and then went over to Japan and defeated Miyu Yamamoto for the Rizin promotion. Bi has been equally as busy as she defeated Katie Saull in the TKO Fight Alliance promotion and then defeating Jayme Hinshaw for a King of the Cage event. Saturday night was Bi’s third fight in 2017. The main event fight turned out to be a gritty and intense affair with neither fighter willing to back down. The fight would go the full 25-minutes with Andy coming out on top. A third bout is rumored to be in the works and when asked about a tie breaker with Bi, Andy stated she would take on whoever they put in front of her.
The night also saw former professional skateboarder Jason Ellis enter the cage for the second time in his pro MMA career as he took on veteran and King of the Cage staple Gabe Rivas. There was a bit of smack talking leading up to this bout which got the crowd emotionally into the fight. The fight was not a technical masterpiece but the crowd was into every minute of it and after surviving a few scary moments Ellis was able to secure a submission victory with just one second left in the bout.
You can read a round by round breakdown of all the fights from Saturday night’s Groundbreaking event below.
Main Card Results:
Atomweight Championship: Andy Nguyen def. Bi Nguyen via unanimous decision.
Both fighters take the center of the cage and exchange strikes. Andy wraps up Bi and pushes her to the cage. After a few moments of inactivity the referee separates the women. Andy lands punch and kick combination that pushes Bi to the cage. Bi forces herself forward with a punching combo. Both women share the center of the cage and trade strikes. Bi chargers forward and gest caught by Andy. The punch sends Bi back and she falls to the canvas. She quickly recovers before Andy can swarm and the bell sounds.
Andy comes out aggressive and lands a punching combination on Bi. Bi keeps moving forward and wraps up Andy. Bi takes down Andy and lands a few hammer fists and punches. The referee stands them up even though Bi was keeping busy on top. Andy takes advantage of the stand up and charges at Bi landing a few punches. Andy continues to press forward landing kicks and punches.
Andy starts the round by pressing forward and throwing punches and kicks. One of her punches lands and cuts Bi open above the eye. Bi senses Andy’s momentum and goes for a takedown and lands it. Andy is able to get back to her feet and clinch up. The two fighters trade knees. Andy lands a hard knee to the body of Bi. Bi goes lands a double leg takedown and lands in the guard of Andy. From the guard Bi connects with a few elbows to the face. Andy reverses and is now on top but Bi goes for an armbar. Andy manages to escape and moves into the guard of Bi. From there Andy lands more punches that worsens the cut on Bi’s face. Bi holds the top of Andy’s head preventing her from doing any more damage. After a few moments of inactivity the referee stands them up. The bell sounds before the two can engage.
Andy and Bi meet in the center of the cage and exchange. Both fighters are still bouncing around and have incredible stamina as we enter the championship rounds. They trade kicks but neither fighter lands anything significant. Both seem to be a little more cautious this late into the fight. Andy charges forward and lands a punch to Bi but is taken down right after. Bi does little to advance her position and the referee stands them up. As they gather themselves Bi lands a right hook but Andy responds with a left/right combo of her own to close out the round.
Andy lands a right hook to start the round. Andy’s cardio is still holding up as she is throwing combination after combination to start the fifth round. Despite the high volume of strikes from Andy, Bi is not backing down. Andy continues to stalk Bi and throw combos. So far this round has been all Andy, as Bi has not got any real offense in. Bi goes for a takedown and lands it late in the round. She gains side control but moves to Andy’s guard. Andy wraps Bi’s head then hooks bother her arms. Andy’s defense from the bottom stops any offense from Bi and the round ends.
Jason Ellis def. Gabe Rivas via submission (key lock) in Round 3 at 4:59
Ellis lands crisps punches and kicks while Rivas finds his range. Ellis is throwing at high volume while Rivas is looking for that one knockout punch. Rivas lands clean and has Ellis going backwards. Ellis continues to circle as Rivas stalks him. Rivas lands a hard left hook and Ellis feels the power behind the punches. Despite being hit hard, Ellis still remains composed and ties Rivas up stopping any momentum. Rivas has Ellis rattled up against the cage as the bell sounds.
Ellis looks refreshed at the start of the round. Rivas misses with a few strikes and Ellis lands a takedown up against the cage. Ellis moves to side control and fights for wrist control. Rivas tries to reverse but Ellis remains heavy and smothers him. Ellis pins a wrist down and lands a few elbows before the round ends.
Both men embrace in a hug to start the round. Rivas takes control of the center of the cage and lands a few left hooks. Ellis’ face is busted open and red around the eye. Rivas is stalking Ellis and lands a straight left. A straight left drops Ellis but he quickly gets back to his feet and lands a takedown. Rivas scrambles to his feet and lands a few more punches. Ellis takes the fight back to the ground and peppers Rivas with punches and short elbows. Ellis gets the full mount and attempts a key lock. Ellis get proper leverage on the key lock and Rivas verbally submits with just one second left in the fight.
Roosevelt Roberts def. Andrew Kauppila via TKO in Round 1 at 0:23
Roberts comes out swinging and catches Kauppila completely off guard. Roberts throws and flurry of punches and kicks. Kauppila tries to back away but Roberts connects with a punch that sends Kauppila to the fence. Roberts senses the finishes and lands a series of punches that crumbles Kauppila. Roberts follows up with punches and the referee stops the bout.
Humberto Bandenay Ramirez def. Salim Mukhidinov via submission (armbar) in Round 1 at 2:40
Salim lands a combination of kicks before landing a takedown. The two pepper each other with punches. Salim does a cartwheel to change positions and gets back into the guard of Humberto. As Salim throws down punches Humberto catches his right arm and locks in an armbar. Salim tries to escape but Humberto puts more pressure on the arm and Salim taps out.
Adel Altamimi def. Bobby Sanchez via submission (armbar) in Round 1 at 0:18
Sanchez catches a leg kick by Altamimi and takes him to the ground. Sanchez appears to have a guillotine choke but Altamimi quickly escapes and sinks in an armbar. Sanchez quickly taps and appears to have hurt his elbow from the deep armbar.
Alex Thompson def. Dejon Daniels via unanimous decision
Thompson pushes forward and presses Daniels to the cage. Daniels pushes off and lands a hard kick to the body of Thompson. Thompson presses Daniels to the cage again. The two dirty box and jockey for position. They break apart and trade shots. Thompson is chasing Daniels down. Both men box for a little before Daniels throws in some kicks to mix it up. Daniels is looking comfortable and throwing more combinations. The two trade shots for
Thompson lands a heavy kick to the body of Daniels. Thompson follows it with a takedown and moves to side control. Thompson does not go for a submission but rather smothers Daniels. Daniels gets back to his feet but is taken back down. Thompson stays in side control but still is not searching for a submission. Thompson gets the full mount but is reversed by Daniels. The two get back to their feet and trade shots. Thompson looks a little tired as he throws a sloppy kick. Daniels lands a left hook but Thompson closes the distance and pushes him to the cage. While pressed against the cage Daniels eats a hard knee from Thompson. The bell sounds as the two are up against the cage.
Thompson lands another takedown but does little damage while in the guard of Daniels. The referee stands them up and the two trade hard punches. Thompson lands another takedown but has little offense while in side control. After a few moments the referee stand them up again. After a couple of exchanges Thompson lands yet another takedown. Daniels manages to hip escape but Thompson is still hovering over him and lands a few hard hammer fists before the bell sounds signaling the end of the fight.
Andrew Lazo def. George Pelayo via TKO
Mike Segura def. Demarcus Brown via submission
Amateur Bout Results:
Amateur Jr. Lightweight Championship: Anthony Jimenez def. Michael Reddeman via TKO in Round 1 at 2:11
Jimenez shoots for a takedown and gets it. He hammers Rdddeman with hammer fists. Reddeman attempts armbar but Jimenez slams his way out of it. Jimenez continues to land heavy shots. Reddeman has no answer for the ground and pound by Jimenez. Reddeman crawls his way to the fence but still has Jimenez all over him. Jimenez postures up and lays down punches. The referee step in and stops the bout.
Wade Rogers def. Robert Torres via submission (head and arm choke) in Round 1 at 0:49
The two heavyweights come out swinging. Rogers lands a few strong kicks and knees. Torres lands hard punches that send Rogers back against the cage. As Torres charges forward Rogers is able to take him down with a judo throw. Rogers gains side control and sinks in a head and arm choke. Torres has no answer for the submission and taps out.
Frederick Powell def. William McClendon via submission (guillotine choke) in Round 1 at 0:46
McClendon catches a leg kick from Powell and tries for a takedown but Powell stops him. The two men break off and circle each other before Powell lands a few hard strikes. McClendon goes for a takedown but Powell wraps his legs around him and brings him down to the canvas with a deep guillotine choke. After a few seconds McClendon is forced to tap.