While the summer heat made the temperature inside the Diamond W Arena feel sweltering in the sleepy town of Alvarado, Texas, it could be said, in oft repeated cliché, that the action inside the cage was equally as hot. Saturday night, Texas Amateur Fighting League staged their first amateur MMA promotion from the confines of the rodeo arena in Alvarado.
The promotion, entitled North Texas Ultimate Fighting: The Induction, was an eight fight card featuring some very superb amateur talent from Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. A respectable and much energized crowd gave the amateur event the air of a professional fight and those in attendance went home more than satisfied by the action witnessed.
In the evening’s main event, Michael Lytle (4-1) captured the North Texas Ultimate Fighting 155 pound title with a second round submission over Burt McDonald (3-2). Lytle came out fast, landing some solid knees to the body of McDonald. But McDonald would rally to close out the opening round.
A slugfest ensued in the second round as Lytle and McDonald traded punches, much to the delight of the crowd. But, McDonald would make a fatal mistake after pulling Lytle into his guard; Lytle was able to deftly maneuver McDonald into a tight triangle to end the fight.
On the undercard, heavyweight Luke Hoffman weathered some early takedowns by his opponent Hugo Munoz to rally back and eventually stop him at the end of the third round. Munoz came out and looked to use his grappling to take the fight to the ground. Hoffman showed commendable poise in weathering Munoz’s attack an working to keep the fight on their feet where his striking would give him an edge.
Arguably the most vocal contingent of fans in attendance belonged to Michael Alexander, fighting out of Travis Lutter MMA, who survived some harrowing moments at the hands of Texas Black Belt Academy’s Donnie Bedore to rally for a third round TKO.
In a battle of wrestling versus jiu-jitsu practitioner, wrestler Coda Yazzie emerged victorious with a third round rear naked choke submission over David Cashion.
Texas Fighting Syndicate’s Jesse Rogers scored a second round guillotine submission over Texas Black Belt Academy’s Daniel Jimenez.
Aaron Bowman, an active Marine, looked impressive in submitting Alfredo Sarinana with a third round triangle.
Nelson Salas utilized a swarming attack to eventually catch and submit a very game Sidney Cawdrey with a second round triangle.
In what may have very well been the fight of the night, Joseph Ferguson and Eddie Grey battled in a wonderfully brutal and spirited three round affair. It was classic slugfest and in the end, it was Grey who took the nod from the judges. Scores were 30-27, 30-27, and 30-28 on the judges’ scorecards.
(Photo © Edward Garza)