Story by: BRYANNA "PINK RANGER" FISSORI/
Destiny MMA’s last fight card of the year was held Saturday, November 1 at the Blaisdell Arena. The event was complete with the high standards of professionalism fans and fighters have come to expect from the promotion. Fighters were also brought in from outer islands and the mainland to take on the best Hawaii had to offer on Destiny Na Koa VII, and allowing many Oahu fighters to test their skills outside of the normal pool of competitors.
One of the changes to this card, which is uncommon to the island fight scene, was that there were 15 fights on the card instead of the normal 20 plus. The bouts were all quality match-ups, even on the undercard. This was not a free-for-all fight card. Fans and fighters alike seemed to appreciate the event wrapping up at a reasonable hour.
170lb Main Event
Zane Kamaka def CJ Marsh by Unanimous Decision. This may not have been the flashiest fight of the evening, as both fighters appeared to want to play the roll of counter-fighter. There was a lot of movement around the ring during the long feel out periods, but cage control Kamaka made it obvious that he was controlling the center of the cage. That control along with a higher percentage of connecting punches secured the win.
Maki Pitolo def Takilesi Uluilakepa via Rear Naked Choke in Round 2. The first round of this match up was a battle of cage pressure, reversals and knees. Both fighters came out kicking in the second with Uluilakepa landing a body kick of the bat, which was answered with a head kick by Pitolo. They made their way to the ground where Pitolo was able to rain punches before transitioning to the back for the submission win.
Ryan Delacruz def Tony Sanchez via Majority Decision. This exciting matchup was fast paced, starting with a few hard exchanges before hitting the ground. Sanchez made some serious efforts towards leg and ankle submissions as well as a guillotine, all of which Delacruz was able to evade. Sanchez continued the ground attacks in the second round after punching his way in for the takedown. Delacruz landed some big elbows during the round, but his biggest achievement may have been escaping an armbar attempt, which appeared to be locked in pretty well. Delacruz was able to come in with punches in the final round to score some points, eventually finding his way to Sanchez’s back and side where he was able to land some significant punches.
Arnold Berdon def Zachary Chavez via Knee KO in round one. This bout consisted mainly of cage pressure and takedown attempts with reversals for both fighters. Berdon landed a heavy knee in the clinch to get the knockout win.
Micah Abreu def Derek Mahi via Unanimous Decision. This bout was a rematch between two powerful fighters. Both fighters spent a lot of time working cage pressure during all three rounds trading submission and takedown attempts. Both fighters connected with big elbows in the second round. There were a few big exchanges in the third round for both fighters, but Abreu secured the win with a crucial takedown that allowed him to control top position and dominate on the finish.
125 lb Amateur Title
Cheyden Leialoha def Kevin Natividad via Unanimous Decision
135lb Amateur Title
Martin Day def Ryan Mondala via Spinning Back Kick KO in Round 2
115 Amateur Women’s Title
Angela Lee def Audry Perkins via Armbar in Round 1
155 Amateur Title
Makana Fronda def Kainui Meyers via Standing Guillotine in Round 1
145lb Amateur Title
Matt Lascola def Jason Recamara via Unanimous Decison
Adam Azimov def Micah Todd via Armbar in Round 1
155 lb Kids Kickboxing
Christian Lee def Nainoa Dung via Majority Decision
Jared Gonda def Keanu Reiny-Aloy via TKO in round 1
Rodney Mondala def Manakiai Punahala via Unanimous Decision
Kenji Saito def Randy Duenas-Nemocat via Majority Decision
Photos from this event will be posted here this afternoon: http://www.mmahawaii.com/events/3335-destiny-na-koa-vii-saturday-november-1-blaisdell-arena.html