Fans of Mixed Martial Arts got a great show Sept. 7 at the BlueWater Resort & Casino as King of the Caged presented “Reaction Time.” There were some professional fights as well as amateur fights. Some of the nine fights on the card went the full distance, while others were over in a hurry.
In one of the biggest bouts of the evening, a new King of the Cage Junior Welterweight Champion was crowned. Two professionals, Richie Palomino of Santa Ana, Calif. and the Champion, Nick Angeloni of Norco, Calif., fought for the title in a bout that was scheduled for five five-minute rounds. It was over in less than a minute.
Angeloni tapped out at 39 seconds into the first round. Palomino received the belt as the Junior Welterweight Champion. This marked Angeloni’s first loss in five fights.
The co-main event was an epic battle in the 125-pound Flyweight class between Aaron LaFarge of La Habra, Calif. and one-handed Geoffrey Villareal of San Diego. A professional bout, this fight went the full length of three five-minute rounds. LaFarge won by a unanimous decision of the three judges by scores of 30-25, 30-26 and 30-26.
After the fight, LaFarge thanked his trainers, family and sponsors. He also thanked the fans at the BlueWater.
“I want to thank everyone for coming and spending your hard-earned money,” he said.
In the main event, Johnny Munoz of Norco, Calif. defeated Ian King of Reynoldsburg, Ore. in a 140-pound professional fight. The fight lasted well into the third of three five-minute rounds. The referee stopped the fight at 3:32 in the third round when Munoz forced King to submit with a rear naked choke hold.
There was only one Parker fighter at this event, Christopher Tahbo of Mixxed Bloodz MMA. He lost his 205-pound class matchup with a fan favorite at the MMA events at the BlueWater, Brooks Callaghan of Blythe, Calif. This one didn’t last long, as the referee stopped the fight at 1:42 into the first round. Callaghan was declared the winner by technical knock-out.
Callaghan and Tahbo were coming off wins at River Wars, the previous KOTC event held in May at the BlueWater. Callaghan improved his record to 4-0, while Tahbo is now 1-1.
It was a good night for the Callaghans as Brooks’ brother, Bryce, also won his match. He defeated Jonell Kimbrough of Hemet, Calif. in a 155-pound amateur bout that went the full three rounds. Callaghan won in a unanimous decision by the three judges, 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
Another fighter from Blythe, Trevon Tyndale, didn’t fare as well in his bout with Alan Martinez of Norco, Calif. The 135-pound matchup was over in the first round. The referee stopped the fight at 2:39 into the first round and Martinez was declared the winner by a TKO.
One other fight went the full distance. Freddie Johnson of Corona, Calif. defeated another fighter from Corona, Joe Montoya, in a 145-pound amateur bout. Johnson won by unanimous decision, with each judge scoring the fight 30-27.
In other fights, Patrick Kelley of Corona, Calif. defeated Derek Wilson of Chinle, Ariz. in a 185-pound amateur bout. The referee stopped the fight at 29 seconds into the first round and Kelley was declared winner by knock-out.
Austin Wourms of Phoenix defeated Andrew Lazo of Riverside, Calif. in a 155-pound professional bout. Lazo tapped out at 3:45 into the first round.
King of the Cage is one of the largest mixed martial arts promoters in the country. Founded in 1998, they are headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. They hold MMA events all over the nation. Their events are featured on MAV TV. On the same day they had the event at the BlueWater, they held a second show, “Capital Punishment,” in Harrisburg, Pa.
To find out more about King of the Cage, go to their website, www.kingofthecage.com.