By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Tonight I had the pleasure of covering Maverick MMA’s inaugural event. It consisted of six professional bouts and two amateur bouts with a title fight for each. It was held at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA. Let’s have a look at what happened at this event’s great opening night.
Ciovel Cuevas defeated Dominick Terriot via unanimous decision.
Mike DeLouisa defeated Timmy Tyler via submission (head and arm choke) 1:11 into round 1. DeLouisa was crowned the amateur welterweight champion.
Tommy Espinosa defeated Greg Saumenig via TKO (elbows) 1:57 into round 1
Jon Romero defeated J.A. Dudley via submission (rear-naked choke) 2:33 into round 1
Rick Nuno defeated Steve Jones via TKO 1:17 into round 2
Alec Hooben defeated Mike Wade via TKO (punches) 0:58 into round 1
Mike Trizano defeated Tim Kunkel via KO (punch) 0:51 into round 1
Trizano was crowned the Maverick MMA lightweight champion
Scott Heckman defeated Steve McCabe via submission (D’Arce choke) 1:12 into round 1
The Return of Heckman
The main event had two fighters with a combined total of over 60 professional fights. Heckman was able to get McCabe to the ground and sink in a D’Arce choke and win his first fight back since his retirement last year.
Trizano has KO power
The co-main event which was a very anticipated fight with the crowd was cut short of the thought of three round war. Both fighters came out ready to fight but Trizano landed a big bomb early in the first round which put Kunkel out. Trizano has claimed the lightweight title.
Wade came out and caught Hooben seconds into the first round. Hooben was clearly dazed but maintained and got back to his feet. Less than 40 seconds later Hooben had flipped the fight knocking Wade to the mat. A series of punches rained down causing the referee to stop the fight.
He was El Numero Uno tonight
Jones came out ready to brawl. Nuno was taking his shots when he could but clearly lost the first round. Second round began and Nuno was on his back. Determined to get up he broke free throwing and landing blows which caused a referee stoppage.
Romero can finish
Romero and Dudley exchanged punches briefly then Romero went to work. He pinned his opponent against the cage where a struggle for position ensued. Romero got the better of this one taking his opponent to the mat. He was able to sink in the rear-naked choke causing his opponent to tap.
Elbows, elbows, and more elbows
Espinosa was on point tonight. He took Saumenig to the mat early and went to work. Tactful ground and pound opened up the opportunity for Espinosa to throw some elbows. Elbow after elbow was landed to the head and face causing a referee stoppage.
No joke rear naked choke
Michael DeLouisa stepped into the octagon determined to leave with the welterweight title. DeLouisa and Tyler exchanged blows which ultimately led to an opening for Tyler to be taken down. DeLouisa sunk in a flawless rear naked choke causing his opponent to loose consciousness.
Dominant ground game
Cuevas dominated this fight for all three rounds. Territo was taken down early in each round and held there with ground and pound and submission attempts. Cuevas was a clear winner via decision.
I have to say that this was a great night of fights. This promotion is one to watch out for. I spoke with Willy Sisca post event and they are shooting for Maverick MMA 2 in the same venue in June. I recommend coming out to see for yourself. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA