Denver’s Fight to Win promotion hosted “Super Heroes” from the National Western Stock Show Complex on Saturday, May 19. The event featured nine professional bouts, as well as two amateur fights and one amateur kickboxing match. Headlining the event was recent Ultimate Fighter combatant Chase Hackett against Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Adam Schindler.
The Fight to Win lightweight belt was on the line between Chase Hackett and Adam Schindler, but Schindler suffered an injury in the first round and the fight was declared a no-contest.
The two engaged early, with Hackett briefly taking Schindler’s back. Hackett looked for a head kick, which Schindler caught and as the two fell to the mat, Schindler landed awkwardly in pain.
The referee stepped in and declared the fight a no-contest. Hackett, although at no fault, apologized to the crowd for the way the fight ended. Schindler was helped to the locker room, clutching his right knee.
Welterweight Josh Cavan pushed his record to 5-1 by taking out Steven Simmons by second-round rear-naked choke.
Cavan pressed forward aggressively to score with takedowns in both rounds.
In the first frame, Cavan battered Simmons’ body from the top position. The work paid off in the second as he took Simmons’ back and locked in the choke, forcing a tap.
The night’s fight of the night took place between middleweights Adam Stroup and Todd Meredith. Much to the dismay of the crowd, Meredith was announced the winner.
Stroup hurt Meredith badly in the opening round, landing a barrage of knees that bloodied Meredith and nearly forced a stoppage. However, Meredith recovered and bounced back in a close second round. The third round saw both men push to the end of their gas tanks, with Meredith doing just enough to take a decision win.
In a strong display of takedown defense and grappling ability, Josh Huber avenged a past loss to Manuel Gallardo. Huber stuffed an early takedown attempt and quickly took Gallardo’s back. Once there, Huber punished Gallardo with knees to the body before locking up a rear-naked choke and forcing the tap.
Matt Simms decided that he would end his career on a high note, finishing Alvino Montoya in just over two minutes and then retiring afterwards. Simms scored early on the feet, but Montoya secured a takedown. Simms swept into full mount, moved to Montoya’s back and finished the welterweight affair with a rear-naked choke.
Featherweight Johnny Torres started slow but finished strong, scoring a TKO over Vellore Caballero. Torres scored with a takedown early in the fight, but did nothing with it, prompting the referee to warn both fighters for stalling. Once back on the feet, Torres unloaded on Caballero and forced the referee to intervene.
Middleweight Josh Goldberger moved his record to 2-1 with a one-sided display of grappling against Michael Matthews.
Goldberger scored with multiple takedowns and nearly ended the fight in the opening round with an armbar and then a triangle, but Matthews managed to escape both and survive the round.
Goldberger gained the full mount in both of the final two rounds and claimed a decision win.
Heavyweight Gabe Beaupurthuy needed just one minute to score a submission win over Roger Minton. Beaupurthuy quickly put Minton on his back and locked in an americana from side control that forced Minton to tap.
Making his professional debut on just one week’s notice, featherweight Joey Banks needed only 39 seconds to dispatch of Jeremy Martinez. Banks connected early with an illegal strike to the back of Martinez’s head, but once the action restarted, Banks overwhelmed his opponent.
In a women’s amateur kickboxing bout at 115 pounds, Lauren Sugihara claimed a unanimous decision win over Crystal Parrish to capture the title.
J Keven Hernandez earned the amateur featherweight belt by dominating Dominic Garko from the opening bell. Hernandez pummeled Garko with strikes before taking his back and securing the fight-ending choke.
Flyweight Nick De Foire started slow but survived the first-round wresting attack of Gabe Flores. De Foire scored with his hand throughout the second and third rounds en route to a unanimous decision win.
Chase Hackett vs. Adam Schindler declared a no-contest (injury). Round 1, 1:54
Josh Cavan def. Steven Simmons by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 0:39
Todd Meredith def. Adam Stroup by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Josh Huber def. Manuel Gallardo by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:12
Matt Simms def. Alvino Montoya by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:21
Johnny Torres def. Vellore Caballero by KO (strikes). Round 1, 4:49
Josh Goldberger def. Michael Matthews by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Gabe Beaupurthuy def. Roger Minton by submission (americana). Round 1, 0:57
Joey Banks def. Jeremy Martinez by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:39
Lauren Sugihara def. Crystal Parrish by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) (a) *
J Keven Hernandez def. Dominic Garko by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:31 (a)
Nick De Foire def. Gabe Flores by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) (a)
(a) denotes amateur bout, * denotes kickboxing bout
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