Story by D. D. Mason - MMAHawaii Members
10 August 2007 – Hawaii’s Most Wanted (GOTKILLS) Waipahu FilCom Center
The mood was electric as the Fil-Com ballroom filled to capacity. A who’s-who of local and international MMA superstars dotted the crowd including; Chris Leben and Matt Hume who looked forward to seeing the stacked card of amateurs bang it out in the cage.
Steeled resolve and nerve-fueled determination mapped the fighter’s faces as they sat Indian-like taking in the night’s rules from the judges.
The cage 24 x 24, stretched towards the ceiling at over 12 feet high. Though it weighed over 4, 000 pounds the weight of all that steel could barely tip the scale against the heart all of the fighters showed tonight.
The format for the Hawaii’s Most Wanted (GOTSKILLS) fight card consisted of 3 rounds where the competitors would have a chance to show off their different skill sets. Round 1 kick boxing only. Round 2 boxing only with takedowns. Round 3 submissions grappling with no strikes.
The event began with an exhibition kickboxing match featuring very eager 5 year old competitors. Taz Kahalewai of Team Aniland was matched against Zion Lista of HMC. Back and forth action between the two youngsters showed that the future is indeed a sight to behold. Because it was an exhibition match both young fighters earned trophies and the roaring approval of the crowd for their performance.
The second match was an exhibition grappling only bout that had Justin Kahalewai of Team Aniland taking on Kickin’ It champion Jason Hanshiro of HMC. The bout started in a flurry. The first period had Kahalewai taking it to Hanshiro as he fought for a rear naked choke the majority of the period. The second period saw more of the same as Kahalewai fought for submission after submission, finally securing an arm bar as the bell sounded. The busier and more dominate of the two; Justin Kahalewai took the trophy for the bout.
The scheduled third match didn’t happen as Joey Sedeno’s opponent failed to make weight for the bout. Sedono, who trains Bullspen, was called to the ring to accept a trophy and an ovation for his dedication and discipline to the fight game.
The next scheduled match was a kick boxing bout that pitted Josiah Figueroa of the Natural Born Killaz, against Shawn Oritz of Kuapa Fight Club. Both fighters were 0-0 looking for their first win on tonight’s card. Round one both fighters were closely matched as they traded shots with the hands and feet attempting to find their range. In round two Ortiz would establish his range and pace with his kicks. In round 3 Ortiz would recover from an errant low blow to finish strong and earn his first amateur victory.
The fourth scheduldcontest set Nye Delasantos of Maili Soljahs, against Carl Barton of HMC. The first round had Barton showing his power as he peppered Delasantos with well placed combinations, and with one of them, sending Delasantos to the canvas. Quickly back on his feet Delasantos finished the first round strong. In round two the fighter’s switched to boxing with take downs, here Barton showed his superior wrestling as he was able to repeatedly take Delasantos to the canvas. An unfortunate ankle injury to Delasantos brought an end to an entertaining fight. Carl Barton was awarded the victory.
The fifth clash vied Justin Konia from Valentino Kickboxing, against Shawn Niao of Natural Born Killaz. Konia got the better the strikes in the first round. It was all Konia again in the second as a strong wrestling base helped him to take Niao to the mat during the boxing with take down portion of the bout. With a show of sportsmanship, that was common on the night’s card, the fighter’s went for it in the third round. Konia the more experienced wrestler was able to control Niao in route to a victory.
The sixth duel saw Brycen Yano from Valentino Kickboxing, against Brysen Vivas of HMC. The first round was exciting as both fighters quickly found their range and let their hands go, with Vivas strikes the more accurate. Vivas began the second round with an aggressive take-down that was heard around the ballroom enroute to a dominating second round. Round 3 was all Vivas as he was able to use his better ground game to control the pace of the submission only round to take the trophy for the bout.
The seventh scrap had Koloa Kahalewai of Team Aniland, measured against Shawn Niao of Natural Born Killaz. A 220 pound weight limit bout, these two were the big men of the card. Niao ate more of Kahalewai’s punches in round, but held his own, his counter-punching. Round two tested the tensile strength of the new cage as the big men’s bodies slammed against in their take down attempts. Kahalewai took the second round with two aggressive take-downs set up with strikes. The third round was about even as both wrestled for submission attempts. Koloa Kahalewai took the trophy for the scrap.
The eight match pit freelance fighter Brysen Ganaban against Van Shiroma of HMC.
Ganaban took the first round with accurate strikes that got off mere seconds before Shiroma’s. Round two had Shiroma giving the better strikes, as he felt Ganaban’s power on his chin as he went on to secure over three take-downs. Shiroma showed his elite ground game in round 3 drawing nods of approval from Chris Leben and Matt Hume who sat ringside as Shiroma went on to stymie Ganaban on the ground. With a big pop from the assembled crowd, Van Shiroma took the trophy for the match.
The next bout set Hans Lee of Animal House, against Walter Walker of HSD. Lee crisper with his strikes took the first round. More Hans Lee in the second as he smiled through Walker’s strikes to fight for and score take downs. Lee was more dominate in his submission attempts to take the trophy for the match.
The tenth match saw Kapena Abiley of Valentino Kickboxing fight Daniel Kim of HMC to a draw. Evenly matched over the course of the 3 scheduled rounds, this was a fight the spectators would like to see again on another card.
The crowd was hot for the eleventh match as Billy Takeuichi of the Bullspen entered the ballroom to a huge pop, as he went on to fight Sony Ortiz of Kuapa Fight Club.
The emcee had to hush and sit the standing crowd as Takeuichi put Ortiz to the mat with a solid kick. Shrugging off the ten count, Ortiz showed his heart as fast-paced he continued to bang with Takeuichi. Round two began at the same pace as the first, as Takeuichi, the better striker was able use his strikes to nullify Ortiz’s defense and take him to the mat. Round three, again the crowd had be calmed as out of their seats, they cheered Takeuichi’s submission attempts on. Ortiz valiantly defended, but Takeuichi the busier and more technical of the two took the round and the trophy for the match.
After a brief intermission to cool and recharge the crowd from the nights opening matches, the bouts continued; with an exhibition match that pitted Elias Delosreyes of Animal House, against Daniel Kim of HMC. Delosreyes got the better striking in the striking portions of the match, and he had the strength advantage to muscle out of Kim’s many submission attempts. The action extremely close to call resulted in a unanimous draw.
The next match was a kickboxing only fight which saw Rocky Gammit of Animal House, live up to his namesake against a very tough Kainoa Thomas of HSD/Team Hakuilua. The first round was all Thomas as with deadly accurate strikes he tested Gammit’s chin and body, landing a few that echoed off the walls of the Fil-Com ballroom. Gammit, bringing to life scenes from the Rocky sequels choose to egg Thomas on, as his frustrated corner begged him to let his hands go more.
Round two featured more thunderous blows from Thomas as his body-body-head combinations bumped a danceable rhythm off Gammit. Round 3 Thomas physically gassed played had played right into Gammit’s game, as he came alive and took the fight back to Thomas. The fight was awarded Gammit.
Kevin Grace of HMC stepped into the cage to scrap with Austin Figueroa of Team I Rush. The match proved to be Grace’s coming out party as with a punishing pace he introduced the audience and Figueroa to one of the most exciting fighters at 200 pounds.
Round one was all Grace, as with Street Fighter II-sized combinations he beat Figueroa around the cage. Round two, Grace setting up take-down after take-down, with laser accurate strikes. Round three, Grace taking the crowd and the fight to the WWE, as with a near gorilla-press Grace picked up Figueroa and easily walked him over to his side of the cage, where he ever so easily set him down and went for the submission. Figueroa still game defended well mostly working from his guard. The match and a loud ovation were awarded to Grace.
Michah Ige of Animal House entered the cage with a huge pop from the Fil-Com ballroom. He took on Makana Fronda of the Bullspen who got to show not only his skills but his heart to the cheering crowd. Round one began as surged on by the crowd, Ige went on to dominate with vicious strikes that saw Fronda cut and bleeding from above the eye, nose and mouth. Showing his warrior spirit, he convinced the medical staff that he was not out of the fight. Round two mostly Ige, as set up with strikes, he was able to score his quota of take-downs against Fronda, who determinedly attempted to drop Ige with solid punches. Round three Ige showing his deep BJJ game as he was able to secure a guillotine that ended the fight with a submission.
Yancy Medieros of HSD/Team Hakuilua stepped up next to take on Blu Montez of HMC. Round one was close as in the opening stanza as both fighters traded combinations, with Montez finishing the round with crowd pleasing combinations.
Medieros got into the zone in round two, as aided with crisp strikes and brute strength he was able to reverses and steal take-downs from Montez. Round three digging into to his wrestling and BJJ well, Medieros controlled the grappling with superior positions, and slick transitions. The fight was awarded to Medieros.
The only females on the card stepped into the cage next. Being lead into the ballroom by a huge entourage, Keshcan Taylor of Natural Born Killaz, stepped into the cage for her first amateur fight. Taking the fight on short notice, Taylor had only trained with her current team for three days. Kailyn Curren of Animal House entered the cage next to a huge pop from the crowd. Giving up a considerable weight advantage to Taylor, Curren showed no apprehension as soon as the opening bell rang. Round one began with Curren putting on a kick-boxing clinic. Combinations that featured slick spinning back fist, and back-spinning round houses got the crowd hyped as the round ended, the Fil-Com ball room on its feet. Curren continued to dominate in round two as she proceed to draw from her wrestling background and use leverage and speed to dominate and nullify Taylor’s takedown techniques. Round three began with Curren fighting for and scoring a take down on Taylor. Taylor, a quick study over the course of her three days of formal training went to and worked from her guard. The experience Curren, rained down submission techniques, but the stronger Taylor, was able to muscle out of them. The fight along with loud, appreciate accolades from the crowd was awarded to Curren.
The crowd still hyped from the last match cheered on the competitors from the main event as they made their way into the cage. Jay Bolos of Animal House entered first, followed by two time Kickin’ It Champion Chad Pavao of HSD/Team Hakuilua. Round one opened as both fighter’s quickly found their range and traded kick-punch combinations that kept the round closely contested. The din of the crowd kept the two fighter’s slugging at each other, seconds after the bell ending the round sounded. Round two began and nearly ended with a spleen-squishing body shot form Pavao that forced Bolos to take a knee, to attempt to regain his composure. Showing his martial-spirit, Bolos finished the round, but was physically off track after receiving the vicious blow. Round three opened with Bolos digging deep into the well as he shot for a takedown against Pavao. With keen hips, and an excellent sprawl, Pavao defended the shoot and with a smile and not toward his corner, sunk a fight ending guillotine that forced the tap.
All in all, the Hawaii’s Most Wanted (GOTKILLS) was a great card that show-cased some of the most promising of Hawaii’s amateur circuit.
MMA Hawaii Submission of the night : Chad Pavao—Guillotine Choke 3rd Round
MMA Hawaii Fighters of the night: Billy Takeuichi and Kailyn Curren
MMA Hawaii Fight of the night: Jay Bolos/ Chad Pavao
MMA Hawaii Highlight of the night: After recovering from an errant low blow to win his match Shawn Ortiz emulated the professionals, the only fighter of the night to leap atop and straddled the cage following his victory.
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