Denver’s Fight to Win promotion put a Halloween twist on their latest event as they hosted “Zombies” from the National Western Complex.  The event featured five professional and seven amateur bouts.  Nine of the evening’s twelve fights never made it through the first round in a fast-paced night of action.

Holland derails Cavan’s undefeated run

Welterweight Chris Holland bounced back nicely from a quick knockout defeat by scoring one of his own against Josh Cavan.

It took only 20 seconds, as Holland landed a left hand followed by right that buckled the knees of Cavan.  A second right put Cavan out for good as Holland evened his record at 3-3 with the win.

Hackett runs through Stonehouse

Chase Hackett (top) drops an elbow against Ian Stonehouse (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

Lightweight Chase Hackett needed less than a round to dispatch of Ian Stonehouse in the night’s co-main event.

Hackett used a low leg kick to sweep the legs out from under Stonehouse and land in the top position.  From there, the Tachi Palace veteran made sure that Stonehouse would never get up.  A barrage of elbows softened up Stonehouse enough for Hackett to move to mount.  Stonehouse rolled to escape, but Hackett took his back and locked in the fight-ending rear-naked choke.

The win is the second straight for the Factory X trained Hackett since returning from a lengthy absence due to injury.

Lee gets back on track, takes decision from Korzenowski

Jason Lee (R) celebrates the decision win (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

In a middleweight collision, Grudge Training Center product Jason Lee fought for the first time since suffering his first defeat as he battled Mark Korzenowski.

Korzenowski used solid takedown defense and repeated kicks to the body in the opening frame to keep Lee from finding any rhythm.

In the second and third rounds, Lee controlled the action by repeatedly pressing Korzenowski and working for takedowns.  A number of big shots connected in the final round that sent Korzenowski crashing to the mat.  He would survive and unleash an onslaught of knees as the fight closed.

Even with the late effort from Korzenowski, Lee proved to be too much and earned a unanimous nod from all three judges.

Manzanares outstrikes Addie, forces stoppage

Jamie Addie (standing) scores a takedown against Matt Manzanares (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

In flyweight action, Matt Manzanares took on Jamie Addie, who was making his pro debut.

The pair traded early and often in the opening frame.  Manzanares scored with a big knee that bloodied the nose of Addie.  Addie answered with a big takedown near the end of the round.

Round two featured Manzanares finding a home for his right uppercut.  He delivered it flush with Addie’s jaw on more than one occasion and blood continued to pour from Addie’s face.

Before the final round could begin, the cageside doctor declared that Addie had suffered a broken jaw and the fight was waived off.

Nelson chokes out journeyman Buschman

Undefeated lightweight LT Nelson locked horns with veteran Nick Buschman in the night’s first professional bout.

The South African Nelson needed just over a minute to keep his perfect record intact.  Buschman scored with a single leg takedown and move to side control, but Nelson effortlessly regained his guard and latched onto Buschman’s neck.

Buschman was forced to tap to the guillotine.

Undercard Summary

On the night’s amateur undercard, a number of first-round finishes wowed the crowd.

Adam Stroup looked very comfortable off of his back as he quickly submitted opponent Zach Walsh following a takedown.  The armbar appeared to break Walsh’s arm before he could tap.

Noted wrestler Cody Mumma used a huge double leg slam to move to mount and lock in an arm triangle against Brian Linzmeyer.

The night’s biggest display of resiliency came from J. Keven Hernandez, who turned purple while Anthony Werner applied a rear-naked choke.  However, Hernandez escaped, reversed the position, and forced Werner to tap from the same submission.

A back-and-forth battle between Alonzo Garcia and David Treanor was highlighted by a slick escape from Treanor.  Garcia had Treanor’s back with both hooks, but Treanor used a back somersault to land in the top position.  It wasn’t enough, however, as Garcia took home a decision win.

Anthony Lee had a successful fight debut as he scored a quick TKO win over Chris Goettsch.

Nick Meyer proved to be too much on the mat for Garth Heth, moving to the mount and unloading on his fellow middleweight to force a referee stoppage.

Matt Tucker scored his first win by delivering a series of punches from mount against Tyson Vigil.


Chris Holland def. Josh Cavan by KO (punch). Round 1, 0:20

Chase Hackett def. Ian Stonehouse by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:55

Jason Lee def. Mark Korzenowski by unanimous decision (29-28 x3).

Matt Manzanares def. Jamie Addie by TKO (doctor’s stoppage). Round 2, 5:00

LT Nelson def. Nick Buschman by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 1:08

Adam Stroup def. Zach Walsh by submission (armbar). Round 1, 2:34

Cody Mumma def. Brian Linzmeyer by submission (arm triangle). Round 1, 1:21

J. Keven Hernandez def. Anthony Werner by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:40

Alonzo Garcia def. David Treanor by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).

Anthony Lee def. Chris Goettsch by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:38

Nick Meyer def. Garth Heth by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:42

Matt Tucker def. Tyson Vigil by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:31

Top Photo: Chris Holland (L) delivers a right hand against Josh Cavan (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)