Cageside View - Images from Steele Cage 3

Sean MaloneContributor IAugust 9, 2010

Cageside View - Images from Steele Cage 3

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    Steele Cage MMA’s biggest and most ambitious fight card to date treated MMA fans to a night of high energy and cage-rattling action.  A very vocal throng of fight fans descended upon the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco to take in the fights.  Sure, the draw of UFC legend Chuck Liddell, who was the night’s special guest, was the driving force behind the promotion, and the attraction for many of the fans in attendance, but the action in the cage did not disappoint.

Joey Gorczynski Takes Out Joe Christopher

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    In the evening’s main event, Oklahoma’s Joey Gorczynski (17-9) used his impressive wrestling acumen to befuddle, stiffen, and eventually submit Joe Christopher (10-4) over two rounds.  The fight, which was a rematch from a 2009 battle, was controlled by the ground game of Gorczynski who persistently tried to lock in a guillotine choke throughout the opening stanza.  Christopher was able to weather the assault, and in the second round, looked to be making inroads in the fight.  Gorczynski put an end to any momentum Christopher was building when he sunk in a rear naked choke/neck crank hybrid that forced Christopher to tap.

    The official time of the submission was 3:52 in round two.  With the win Gorczynski captured the Steele Cage welterweight title.

    (Photos © Edward Garza)

Joseph Sandoval Stops Douglas Frey in a War

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    In the evening’s co-main event, Fitness Fight Factory’s Douglas Frey (8-4) and Bighead MMA’s Joseph Sandoval engaged in a war, however, in the end Sandoval was able to come out the victor.  Things started out at a fever pitch as Frey pounced on Sandoval from the opening bell and utilizing the muay thai clinch battered and beat Sandoval around the cage with vicious knee strikes.  However, things soon soured for Frey who seemingly hit a fall in his energy level and Sandoval quickly took advantage.  With an iron jaw, and a will forged from the same metal, Sandoval rallied back to pepper Frey with a variety of punches.  Things continued to favor Sandoval in the second round as Frey tried in vain to take the fight to the ground, Sandoval countered with some deft movement and boxing.  A big right hand staggered Frey and the ensuing flurry from Sandoval was all the referee needed to see to call a halt to the bout at 2:24 in the second round.

    (Photos © Edward Garza)

Ira Boyd Submits Shawn Smith in Two

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    Ira “Hurricane” Boyd (9-10) SUB 2 (Rear Naked Choke) Shawn Smith (1-2)
    Time of Submission: 0:52 in round two.

    Boyd is one of North Texas’ more experienced fighters and this fact manifested itself Friday night aganst Smith.  After some tentative moments in round one, the pace quickened in the second round and Boyd quickly took Smith’s back to sink in a rear naked choke.

    (Photos © Edward Garza)

James Hall Submits Kyle Simpson

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    James Hall (5-2) SUB 2 (Arm Bar) Kyle Simpson (1-1)
    Time of Submission:  2:32 in round two

    In a the battle of Texas big boys, Gun Barrel’s James Hall was able to use his edge in wrestling to slam and smother the advances of Simpson.  Things ended in the second round when Hall was able to pass Simpson’s guard and clamped in an armbar to end the night.

    (Photos © Edward Garza)

James Gray and Daniel Gipson Engage in Slugfest

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    James Gray (1-2) UD 3 Daniel Gipson (1-5)
    Scores: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28

    In what was an extremely competitive and entertaining three round affair, Stephenville’s Gray was able to control the fight using a mixture of wrestling and boxing.  Gipson had his moments, especially in the second round, but in the end it was Gray who emerged victorious.

    (Photos © Edward Garza)

Roy Spoon Dominates David Jackson

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    Roy Spoon (5-2) SUB 1 (Rear Naked Choke) David Jackson (0-3)
    Time of Submission: Not given

    Here is the complete recap of the fight: Spoon lands a high kick, slams Jackson down hard, sinks a rear naked choke and the fight’s over.

    (Photos © Edward Garza)

Ali Ileiwi Impressive in Victory over Vo

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    Ali Ileiwi (2-2) SUB 1 (Heel Hook) Van Vo (1-5)
    Time of Submission: 1:52 in round one.

    Fort Worth’s Ileiwi may still be new to the pro fight game, but he is beginning to make a name for himself locally.  After eating a low kick from Vo, Ileiwi quickly took the fight to the ground where he deftly slipped in the heel hook to end the night.

    (Photos © Edward Garza)