Promoter Joseph Donofrio put on another of his world-class MMA events on Saturday night (January 14) and treated the large crowd at The Palace of Auburn Hills, to an exciting night of full-contact thrills.
“New Year’s Revolution”, presented in association with Impact Fight League and Palace Sports and Entertainment, featured six men’s title fights and one women’s, plus 16 fights in total.
Also on display were the beautiful cage girls, thumping music, blazing light shows and the superb work of ring announcer Phil “The Voice” Davey to truly create an unparalleled MMA experience in the Midwest.
In the night’s main event, Zack Burns defended his Impact Fight League Welterweight Championship by taking a unanimous decision over Tom Grisham.
Burns kept his distance and stifled Grisham’s aggression with quick leg and body kicks. Grisham seemed baffled by Burns’ careful attack and spent much of the fight following him around the cage.
Grisham finally found some success in the fifth and final round, but it was not enough.
Boxing legend Jackie Kallen was among the glitzy crowd seated around cageside.
All of the night’s matches were competitive and exciting and the credit must go to matchmaker Al Cooper.
Donofrio is scheduled to return to the Palace in February for another MMA show.
Compiled by Samuel Crawford, Jr.
Bout 1: Will Watson defeated Jordan Guthrie by second round tap out. One of the bloodiest MMA bouts in recent memory ended with Watson submitting Guthrie in the second round. In the first round Guthrie was struck with a punch that resulted in blood freely flowing from his face.
Bout 2: Trey Suthers defeated Jason Pomeroy by TKO in the second round. After a close first round Suthers ended things in the second with a monster right hook to the jaw, dropping Pomeroy to the floor. The referee waved the fight off immediately.
Bout 3: Genearo DeJesus defeated Anthony Nitecki by TKO in the first round. The fighters traded kicks early until the action went to ground and DeJesus forced a referee stoppage due to strikes.
Bouts 4: Rich Stafford defeated Anthony Roosevelt by Unanimous Decision. Roosevelt started fast, scoring early with kicks before Stafford took control the rest of the way punches and knee strikes.
Bout 5: Michael Jordan defeated Austin Delargey by tap out in the first round. Jordan struck quickly, gaining a grip on Delargey’s ankle and forcing the submission.
Bout 6: Antoine Williams defeated Konner Kuppe by tap out in the second round. This bout featured back and forth action with Kuppe taking the first round before Williams took control in the second, forcing a tap out with a rear naked choke.
Bout 7: Rachel Smith defeated Chrissie Daniels by tap out in the first round. Smith closed the show early with a rear naked choke.
Bout 8: Fred Turberville defeated Russell Campbell by tap out in the second round.
Bout 9: Raylen Davis defeated Kris Lusch by tap out in the second round. After a close first round that featured accurate striking from both fighters, Davis took over on the ground in the second and forced the tap out.
Bout 10 (Flyweight Title Bout): John Walker defeated Joel Vincent by TKO in the first round. Walker dropped Vincent with a well executed knee strike followed up with effective punches, forcing the referee stoppage.
Bout 11 (Bantamweight Title Bout): Jacob Butler defeated Otis Caldwell by TKO in the first round. Butler forced the stoppage with punishing punches.
Bout 12 (Lightweight Title Bout): Roland Saucedo defeated Kameron Snyder by tap out in the first round. After both fighters traded jabs early, Saucedo executed a perfect guillotine choke to secure the victory.
Bout 13 (Middleweight Title Bout): Charlie Cosens defeated Cody Wall by TKO in the third round. After two rounds of good back-and-forth action, Cosens finished things off with knee strikes and punches.
Bout 14: (Featherweight Title Bout): Vince Murdock defeated James Holloway by TKO in the third round. In the fight of the night, Murdock and Holloway showed great skill and heart, both scoring with devastating strikes before Murdock ended things with a barrage of punches in the third round.
Bout 15: (Female Featherweight Title Bout): Allanna Jones defeated Carolyn Biskup by TKO in the first round. Davis used her accurate striking skills to score the TKO victory over the tough Biskup.