The Isle of Capri is becoming one of the premier venues for MMA fights. On May 15th, 2010 they teamed up with Mark Romano and Noel McMichaels to bring some of the south's finest talent together for a show that won't soon be forgotten. As usual, they did a fantastic job and Mississippi was well represented.
I was particularly impressed with the way the setup has evolved. Everything seemed to run very smoothly. Noel, Mark, Chris, and of course, Ben Boren of the Isle of Capri, had everything down to a science and it showed. I spoke with Ben before the fights began and he told me of how much work went into such an event and how last minute changes could throw everything off kilter. Well, you couldn't tell if they had any issues at all because the entire event seemed to run like a very well oiled machine. I shouldn't be surprised considering the dedication to perfection the four of them consistently show.
The fight card consisted of ten events, three of which were title fights for ICC belts. Attendance was strong and was made up of people from all walks of life, some with whom had the opportunity to speak. One gentleman had won tickets from a radio station and was attending his first live fight, a couple of newlyweds were excited to attend their first live fight as well, and two fellows were from way out west. You would have thought they were attending a nationally televised network event from their excitement level. From one hand shake to the next, the theme was the same. The basic response I got from over a hundred or so people I met was that they were first, excited to be there; second, impressed with the show; and finally, got their money's worth for every minute in attendance.
I couldn't agree more. This was one of the best MMA events I have ever attended. Every fight was exciting and the night was topped off with John David Shackelford's theatrical entrance and dominance in the cage. It was a great ending to a great night.
Mike Cain and Chris Gates were outstanding referees for the night.
Dana Gates, Grady Hurley and Joe Milligan were the judges and did a superb job.
Here are the fight results:
Canyon Boykin defeated Tony Ulman
Julio McKinney defeated Stephen Flores
Jesse James defeated Kevin Kirkland
Eric Potts defeated Randy Oller
Dustin Phumphrey defeated Kevin Glona
Thomas Vasquez defeated Landon Rhodes in the ICC Bantam weight title fight
David Lindsey defeated Issac Ware for the ICC Light weight title
Joel Cooper defeated Tyler Smith for the ICC title belt
Perry Williams defeated Jerrod Osthoff
John David Shackelford defeated Mike Foster
All wins were impressive. Eric Potts of Amory MMA, Perry Williams of Paragon in Corinth, and John David Shackelford of The Fight Clinic in Olive Branch all won outstanding matches. Issac Ware of TBJJ fought hard and showed he had a huge heart in his match. Some of the people around me said his was one of the best scraps they have ever seen live or on television.
Each fight had more than we expected. I for one expected at least a couple of slow fights but it never happened. Every fighter on the card came to do battle and left it all in the cage. Thanks go out to every one of the above named fighters for doing such a phenomenal job and entertaining us all with heart and professionalism.
Thanks to Larry Eurek for video recording the event. To any of the fighters, Larry can get you a digital copy of your fight by round so you can post it onto your facebook page for only $15. Email Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org and order yours today. That is a cheap price to pay to advertise yourself and Larry is the only guy I know that can pull off getting you the video in a version you can use like this.
Thanks also to The Isle of Capri Casino and Ben Boren for having us all there and doing a great job of setting up the venue and marketing the event. We can help by contacting the Isle of Capri and telling them how much we enjoyed the event.
Here are some pictures from the fights taken by Misty Romano: