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King of the Cage Groundbreaking: Full Results

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.

Round 1:

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.

Round 2:

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.

Round 3:

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.

Round 4:

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.

Round 5:

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

Round 1:

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.

Round 2:

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.

Round 3:

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

Round 1:

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

Round 1:

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

Round 1:

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

Round 1:

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

Round 2:

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.

Round 3:

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

Round 1:

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

Round 1:

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.

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Live Results – King of the Cage: Supernova

The Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California played host the King of the Cage’s Supernova event on Saturday March 17th. The event was headlined by triple champion and KOTC star Juan Archuleta. Archuleta put his KOTC lightweight championship on the line against Brandon Hastings. Results from the event can be read below.

Main Card Results:

King of the Cage Lightweight Championship: Juan Archuleta (c) def. Brandon Hasting via TKO in Round 1 at 0:24.

Archuleta comes out aggressive with a good mix of strikes. He pushes Hasting to the cage and lifts him up for the slam. Hasting comes crashing down to the mat and Archuleta lands a couple of strikes before referee Mike Beltran notices that Hastings arm is severely broken. Hasting’s arm got caught underneath him as he came down from Archuleta’s slam snapping his arm in half. The crowd erupts in excitement but when the replay is showed the crowd gasps collectively. After several moments Hastings is able to leave the cage under his own will and Archuelta’s celebration continues.

Ryan Fillingame def. Zach Juusola via Split Decision.

Juusola is clearly the bigger fighter in this lightweight bout and is using his size to counter the speed of Fillingame. After a few minor exchanges Fillingame pressures Juusola up against the cage but does little to score a tackdown. Juusola lands a knee below the belt of Fillingame and the fight is stopped. Fillingame bounces around for a few moments but then signals to the official that he is good to go. The referee reposition the fighters back on the cage but the two quickly break apart and meet at the center of the cage. Juusola seems content with waiting to counter the strikes of Juusola and the round ends with both men standing in the center of the cage.

The second round continues just like how it ended in the first. Both men do not appear sluggish but Juusola is clearly looking for his opening and will not trade shots with Fillingame . Juusola does a little taunting after a left hand lands by Fillingame. Fillingame starts to put on the pressure a little more but Juusola does a good job avoiding any real damage. Fillingame is clearly the aggressive fighter but cannot land anything significant. Juusola remains content with looking for his specific opening and will not force the action at all. The crowd begins to boo as the round comes to an end.

Fillingame starts the third round with a few spinning kicks but winds up in the guard of Juusola. Juusola back crawls up the cage and lands a few elbows to the side and head of Fillingame . Both men get back to their feet and Fillingame starts throwing strikes at a high volume. Juusola does not seem worried about the striking game of Fillingame and remains calm. He starts to stalk downFillingame and lands a few significant strikes up against the cage. Fillingame manages to escape. The round and fight ends rather unceremoniously.

Kevin Holland def. David Gomez via TKO in Round 1 at 3:34

Holland comes out the aggressor and lands a front kick that sends Gomez to the cage. The two are tied up but quickly break apart. Holland lands another front kick but Gomez absorbs it better the second time around. Holland uses his length to dive in and out with his strikes. Gomez has a more traditional Muay Thai stance while Holland is very light on his feet. Holland lands another front kick that sends Gomez across the cage. Holland is smiling in the cage and look extremely comfortable against Gomez. Holland continues the pressure and lands a series of punches and kicks that has Gomez reeling against the cage. A left hook drops Gomez to the canvas and before Holland can inflect any more damage the referee stop the bout.

Cynthia Arceo def. Peggy Ross via TKO in Round 2 at 3:38.

Arceo knocks down Ross with a straight front kick to the chest shortly after the opening bell. Ross quickly gets back to her feet and throws kicks and punches. Both women are light on their feet and have a lot of movement. Arceo fakes a few kicks before landing a straight right hand. Arceo is comfortable throwing kicks and lands another front kick that drops Ross. Ross does not back down and throws wild punches to try and escape Acreo’s pressure. Arceo continues to throw kicks from all angles and mixes in a array of punches. Ross seems outclassed in the striking game as Arceo showed a wide variety of weapons. The first round ends with both women exchanging a set of strikes.

Ross drops Arceo with a right hook but Arceo quickly recovers. Arceo goes back on the attack and pressure Ross to the cage. Arceo looks recovered from the right hook and continues her attack. Ross is though but cannot seem to figure out Arceo. A right hook followed by a spinning back kick to the midsection gets the crowd excited. Ross escapes but gets dropped by a hard straight punch. Arceo follows it up with short elbows against the cage and a right kick to the face drops Ross to the canvas forcing the referee to stop the fight.

Preliminary Card Results:

Thor Skancke vs. Aaron Williams Ruled a Majority Draw

Williams quickly goes in for the takedown and lands it. Skancke gets back to his feet and lands a few knees. Williams shoots again but Skancke sprawls nicely. Williams continues his pressure and goes again for the takedown. Skancke grabs ahold of Williams’ ankle and goes for a heel hook. Williams rolls out of it and the two get back to their feet. Skancke gets a hold of Williams and lands a few knees to the head. Williams manages to survive but lands a low blow and the fight is stopped. Skancke only needs a few moments and the action resumes. Williams is knocked down by a leg kick. Skancke gets on top of Williams and lands a few strikes before bing reversed. There is a ton of back and forth action with both men changing positions and control. Skancke finds himself in control of Williams’ head in a headlock but lands an illegal knee to the head. The referee stops the bout and a point is taken away form Skancke. The fight resumes and Williams pressures Skancke to the fence. The round ends with both men up agains the fence.

Skancke comes out aggressive to start the second round but Williams gets Skancke to the canvas and sinks in a school yard choke. Skancke escapes and gets in Williams’ guard. Both men get back to their feet. Williams takes the fight back to the ground and now the fight has turned into a grappling match with Williams looking for the constant takedown. Skancke pulls guard much to the surprise of the crowd and lands short punches to the side of Williams’ face. Williams does little to advance his position and Skancke gets back to his feet. Skancke lands a knee to the top of Williams’ that drops him. The round ends before Skancke can inflect any more damage.

Williams again goes in for the takedown but Skancke lands on top and starts to reign down punches and elbows. Williams gives up his back and manages to get back to his feet. He pressures Skancke back up the fence and puts the pressure back on Skancke by forcing him to carry his weight up against the fence. The referee breaks them up but Williams again pushes the fight back to the fence. Skancke attempts a kimora but Williams escapes and lands a few short elbows. The crowd erupts with excitement as the action sways back and forth for each man. Williams keeps the pressure on Skancke. The men sprawl and exchange control but Williams ends up on top. The round ends with Williams in side control landing knees to the side of Skancke.

Johnny Munoz Jr. def. Musa Tolliver via submission in Round 1 at 3:23.

After a few moments of feeling each other out Tolliver lands a punch that sends Munoz down. Tolliver goes in for some ground strikes but is wrapped up my Munoz. Munoz pushes Tolliver up against the fence and lands knees to Tolliver’s thighs. The two men reverse each other before Tolliver takes the fight to the ground and gets in Munoz’ guard. Tolliver tries spinning out of Munoz’ guard but leaves his arm open for grabs. Munoz grabs ahold of it and sinks in the armbar forcing Tolliver to tap.

Darren Smith def. Mike Flach via TKO in Round 2 at 0:39

The two men exchange kicks in the center of the cage. Flach takes control of the center of the cage with Smith circling. Flach goes for the takedown but ends up pushing Smith towards the cage. The two exchange knees and Smith lands one below the belt of Flach, it is the third low blow in the first four fights. After a few moments Flach is ready to fight. Flach goes for a head kick but it misses and Smith is able to grab ahold of him and push him to the cage. Flach reverses it and goes for a takedown. Smith lands a few knees to the midsection of Flach. Round one ends with the two men pressed up against the cage.

The second round starts with Smith pressing the action. He lands several hard shots to Flach. Flach tries to avoid the pressure from Smith but the shots continue to land from Smith. Flach becomes overwhelmed and drops to the canvas. Smith follows up with several elbows and the fight is stopped.

Daniel Hernandez def. Bobby Sanchez via submission in Round 1 at 1:40.

Hernandez takes control of the center of the cage. Sanchez goes for a takedown and lands it. Hernandez gets back to his feet but Sanchez pulls guard. The two men grapple on the gourd before Hernandez gains side control and lands a few hard elbows. Sanchez give up his back and after a few strikes Hernandez sinks in the rear naked choke and Sanchez is forced to tap.

Chris Fajardo def. Steve Ramirez via TKO in Round 1 at 4:51

Fajardo lands a leg kick and pushes Ramirez back. Fajardo goes for another leg kick but it is caught by Ramirez. The two men exchange strikes and the crowd quickly erupts by the action in the cage. Fajardo lands a low blow and the action is stopped. Ramirez regains himself and the two pick up right where they left off. The two men are confident in their stand up as they throw caution to the wind. Fajardo pushes Ramirez to the cage but Ramirez does not back down as he continues to throw strikes. Fajardo lands a right hand that drops Ramirez. Fajardo follows with some ground strikes but Ramirez quickly grabs his leg. Fajardo opts to break away and have Ramirez stand up. The action continues with both men refusing to back down. Fajardo is landing more shots than Ramirez and it starts to show on Ramirez’ face. Fajardo continues to land on Ramirez and drops him to the canvas. Ramirez tries for an armbar but fails. Fajardo then starts to land elbows and cuts Ramirez wide open. Referee Mike Beltran watches intensely to see Ramirez defending himself. Fajardo lands a few more hard elbows and right as the signal for the final 10 seconds of the round is sounded Beltran stops the bout.

Jonathan Noriega vs. Armando Murillo Ruled A No Contest

Murillo starts off with a spinning kick that misses. Noriega grabs ahold of him and presses him towards the cage. Murillo lands short punches as Noriega throws knees the the thighs and foot stomps. Murillo reverses but Noriega escapes. Murillo gets ahold of Noriega and lands a huge suplex. Noriega gets back to his feet. Murillo pounces back onto Noriega but lands a knee to Noriega’s groin that stops the action. Noriega is on the canvas for a very long time. Officials enter the cage and it is determined that Noriega’s cup was broken by Murillo’s strike. The blow was so hard that Noriega actually vomits in a bucket provided by ringside officials. The bout is called off by referee Jason Herzog. Murillo quickly runs over to hung Noriega who has seemed to regain a little of his composure. The bout was officially ruled a no contest at 2:21 of round number 1.