Story by Bryanna Fissori
X1 “The Return” served as a testing ground for the Hawaii MMA community on multiple fronts. The once dominant promotion “X1 World Events” hosted its first MMA card in years at Aloha Stadium, a location that has not been used for combat sports in years, headlining a Hawaii fighter who has not graced the cage in years.
All of these returns were met with warm welcome from fans across the island. The event featured 19 match ups, 10 of which were part of the professional card. Rear naked chokes (RNC) were in high demand, with 4 out of the 10 pro bouts finishing from the position.
The semi-main event featuring the women 125lb bout was a major highlight of the evening. Every fan was on the edge of their seat as Hawaii’s Rachel Ostovich battled out three tough rounds against Misha Nassiri from California. Ostovich came out with thoughtful intention as she set up for repeated takedowns. Nassiri stayed composed and proved to have a strong defense against the grappling of Ostovich who had two armbar attempts in the first round. The second round started cautiously as well, but ended with a flurry of switching positions and ground and pound leading into a strong third round where Ostovich was able to secure back control for the majority of the round before taking Nassiri’s arm for the win late in the round. After the bout Ostovich accepted the promotions offer for a title fight.
The highly anticipated main event did not go the way most island MMA fans were hoping, but there no less respect for 40 year old local fighter and former Strikeforce, Bellator and X1 veteran Falaniko Vitale. Both Vitale and opponent Jamie Jara came out hard landing significant blows and jockeying for dominant pressure against the cage. Vitale was rocked in the first round but recovered and stood his ground. Jara landed some more big punches in the second round keeping the pressure on before ending the bout with rear naked choke.
The X1 promotion made the announcement that they will be offering Vitale a position with the company as their commissioner of MMA. The promotion asserted a number of times that their goal is to help fighters get to the next level. The degree of competitive spirit and technical skill demonstrated by all 38 fighters on the card looks promising for the future of athletes climbing the ranks through the X1 promotion.
EVENT RESULTS -
Jamie “El Cucui” Jara def Falaniko Vitale via RNC rnd 2
Semi Main Event
Rachel Ostovich def “The Princiess of Punishment” Misha Nassiri via armbar rnd 3
170lb - Collin “Monsoon” Manasanas def Blake Troop via unanimous decision
155lb - Kaleo “Lights Out” Kwan def Chris Kirtley via TKO rnd 1
155lb - Jordan Baily def Robby “Supernatural” Ostovich via north/south choke rnd 2
149lb Catch Weight - Matt “Cowboy” Comeau def Jason “Nuk” Miknuk via RNC rnd 1
170lb – Maki Pitolo def Coats Cobb-Adams via unanimous decision
145lb – Ed Thommes def Spencer Higa via RNC rnd 1
145lb – Issac Hopps def Nui Wheeler via RNC rnd 1
125lb – Charlie “El Guerrero” Alaniz def Ian Dela Cuesta via unanimous decision
Heavyweight - Clint “Grizzly” Daniel def Tipo “Pako” Lafaele
135lb – Jared Miyamoto def Joey Von Blankenburg
125lb – Shojin Miki def Jair Rocha
205lb – Andrew “Hammah” Sanchis def Alvin Kanehailua
120lb Women Catch Weight – Angela Lee def Jada “The Pretty Assassin” Pereira
170lb – Ka’u Eggers def Clem Halemano
125lb – “Ferocious” Federico Vento def Jared Gonda
Christian Lee def Charles Naone
Wilber Alvarez def Mana McAllister
WHAT: X-1 Jara vs Vitale
WHEN: Friday, September 26
WHERE: Aloha Stadium
Official Press Release- X-1 World Events MMA 9/26
X-1 World Events MMA is back in action with “The Return” Friday September 26th at Aloha Stadium. Under new leadership with a new vision, X-1 is bringing to you the most stacked Mixed Martial Arts card Hawaii has seen in years.
Headlining this card is UFC and Bellator veteran, and the current X-1 Middleweight World Champion, Falaniko Vitale who puts his impressive 30-10 record against California’s Carnage MMA product and Strikeforce veteran, Jaime “El Cucui” Jara. Vitale has fought the world’s elite in mixed martial arts, but will be putting his skills to the ultimate test against, the Brazilian Jiu-Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and blue-collar brawler, Jaime Jara.The Co-Main event features newly signed Invicta FC female fighter, Rachael Ostovich.
The Team Jesus is Lord fighter, representing Mai’ili, Hawaii will have her hands full as she takes on the Middle Eastern “Princess of Punishment" Misha Nassiri who battles in and out of the cage as a military Sergeant by day and an MMA fighter by night. Guaranteed fireworks from these 2 highly touted pro prospects.X-1 is also making this night a family affair as Rachael’s brother and Fiancé will be competing on the same card. Robby “Supernatural” Ostovich will be going toe-to-toe against 3-1 King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge veteran Jordan Bailey in his biggest fight to date, and Arnold Berdon, will be making his pro debut against Tough-as-nails fighter Kelii Palencia.Fan favorite Raquel Pa’aluhi, training out of Xtreme Couture in Vegas via Wai’anae, Hawaii, will also be on the card making her final cage appearance as a Hawaii resident and looks to leave Hawaii with a bang, but her opponent, cage veteran Tierra Arnold has plans to send her packing with a loss.With over 20 bouts, top MMA talent from across the state of Hawaii will be competing on this amazing night of fights including Bellator veteran, Hilo’s Chris “The Maverick” Cisneros, Maui’s Jair Rocha, and top fighters from the island of O’ahu will be represented on this action packed card. Kaleo Kwan, Collin Mansanas, Nui Wheeler, Ian Dela Cuesta, Former UH football standout Clint Daniel, Tipo Lafaele, Jada Pereira, Angela Lee and many more…
The Return of X-1 MMA - A NIGHT OF FIGHTS YOU DON’T WANNA MISS!
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