Saturday, March 06, 2010
by Rodolfo Roman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — American Top Team standout Jessica Aguilar won for the second time in three outings, as she submitted Valerie Coolbaugh with a second-round rear-naked choke at Action Fight League “Rumble at the Rock 2” on Friday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The finish came 3:28 into round two.
Aguilar opened the striking with a first-round kick. Later, she went for a single-leg takedown, put Coolbaugh on the ground and worked from side control. Coolbaugh eventually escaped and stood, as both fighters exchanged blows. Aguilar nailed the Bellator Fighting Championships veteran with a combination of strikes, leaving Coolbaugh with a bloody nose at the end of the round.
In the second round, Aguilar dominated. She opened with a single-leg takedown and worked for an arm-triangle choke. Coolbaugh escaped, only to surrender her back. Aguilar capitalized, cinched the rear-naked choke and solicited the tapout.
Meanwhile, unbeaten Brazilian jiu-jitsu stylist Vagner Rocha showed off his considerable grappling chops, as he submitted Patrick Mikesz with an armbar 2:10 into the first round. Rocha searched for the submission from the start, as he scored with a double-leg takedown and drove Mikesz to the floor. Rocha went to work from there, as he landed the armbar and left his opponent no other choice but to tap.
The most explosive fight at the event, which was attended by Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, pitted heavyweight YouTube sensation Dhafir “Da Da 5000” Harris against Cedric James in his professional mixed martial arts debut. Harris stopped James on strikes 2:34 into the first round.
The bout was an all-out brawl from the beginning, as the two men unleashed on one another. James achieved full mount on Harris and landed heavy shots, but in a decision the fans did not approve, the referee elected to stand to the two heavyweights. Harris knocked down James with a powerful left, followed with two more punches and forced the stoppage.
Dan Cramer def. Ever Nunez — Unanimous Decision
Mike Bernhard def. Ariel Gandulla — Disqualification (Eye Gouge) R1
James Wynn def. Mike Ortiz — Unanimous Decision
Reynaldo Fuentes def. Kevin Osario — TKO (Punches) R1
Joe Ray def. Yoandi Inchaustegui — Submission R2
Ailton Barbosa def. Keith Johnson — Submission (Triangle Choke) R1
Brian Fuery def. Oscar Encizo — Submission R1