By: King Eddie
Star Elite Cagefighting along with Man Up And Stand Up carry a reputation for giving the up and comers from Hawaii their shot at the fight life. From Kickboxing to MMA and everything in between, some of Hawaii's biggest names have come through this pathway, and this past Saturday at "The Fix", we saw yet another installment of the event, with a new crop of future legends in the making on display.
Choosing fights that stood out, well that is quite the hefty task seeing as all of the bouts blew the doors off of the cage. But I shall do my best to outline some of the nights action.
To be honest, the ladies ruled the evening in my eyes. Each of the bouts featuring female fighters took off at the bell and didn't let up until it was over. Technique, Skill, Heart, Chin, Grit. . . they had it all. One such bout was a clash between Kayla Kanaha and Jai Hale. Jai has become one of my personal favorites to watch in the few times that I've seen her fight, and Kayla Kanaha followed in the trend as she made her debut. Let the record show that both of these young ladies are amateur fighters, but they each went out and put on a show that was exciting and professional in appearance. The back and forth battle between Hale and Kanaha had the crowd on their toes. Control of the points teetered back and forth as each young lady pushed forward in a striking fury. But by the end of the match, Kanaha had taken full control. Her power and precision beamed as she backed Hale against the cage and unloaded bombs. Jai most definitely prevented an easy night for Kanaha, but by the end of the fight it was clear that the newcomer had stolen the show.
In yet another female bout, Caitlin Kalieta and Richelle Silva went to war. The first round was a story in which the main character was Silva's right hand. Nearly every time she wanted to land it, the just tossed it overhand and Klieta's chin was it's destination. But little did we know what apparently Caitlin was hiding of beard of titanium, because she was little more than shaken by each thunderous hit. The tide began to turn as Caitlin began to land flurries of her own. Punches in bunches became the catalyst for a turning of the tides. Into the second round, Silva uncorked even more vicious haymakers, but Kalieta planted herself firmly into the drivers seat. The fight ended when Caitlin delivered a flurry that Silva just could not come back from. The TKO stoppage ended what was a clear candidate for fight of the night.
In the obvious fan favorite fight of the night, the SEC XMA Champion, Tofi Mika defended his belt against the talented challenger, Jai Torche. When the bell sounded there was little time for action, as it only took 28 seconds and a thunderous headkick to put the fight to a close. Tofi Mika went into his bag of tricks and pulled out an old favorite. It was an amazing display of perfect timing and technique all rolled into one. His emphatic display of excitement afterwards showed just how much emotion the Knockout victory brought out. It would be his best feeling of the evening. . . or would it? Moments after Tofi defended his title with a highlight reel knockout, rather than standing with arms raised, he dropped to one knee, right there for all to see, and he proposed to the mother of his child, and the love of his life. Spoiler alert folks. . . she enthusiastically said yes! Congratulations to a great champion on a great step in his life. It was a beautiful display and quite possibly a first for our local fight scene.
Needless to say, more than mere fights took place at "The Fix". Just be sure to grab your ticket next time SEC and Man Up and Stand Up so that you can witness the excitement for yourself.