185 lbs Title Bout- Bob Rech (Team DNA) vs. Chase Owens (CO MMA)
Bob Rech is escorted to the cage by his team and coaches, including Jessica Zomcik, who will be competing later on the card. Owens is brought out to the cage by NAAFS Pro Series Champ AJ Aeschlimann, who I thought was a member of the Instigator Fight Team, but I shouldn’t be shocked by the closeness of the fighters in the MMA community. Rech is announced as being Bob “The Train” Rech. I would have also appreciated Bob “Shhhhhhh”Rech, but not up to me I guess.
Owens locks up a tight bodylock, but Rech is furiously defending the takedown. Owens keeps looking for the takedown and nearly gives up a guillotine. Owens eventually gets a takedown, but finds himself briefly in position to be submitted by gogoplata, which would have left me stunned. Rech pushes off his back and reverses position and goes into Owens’ guard. Rech to full mount, but is unable to do much with it. I’m going to score that tough round for Bob Rech 10-9, based on submission attempts, a tough initial takedown defense, and the position reversal.
Owens looks tired in the corner, while Rech seems fresh despite 3 minutes of action. Owens lands a nice left body kick and Rech shoots deep for takedown. Rech briefly finds himself in a guillotine, but is able to work his way to side control. Rech lands some knees from the side control, but is swept by Owens and finds himself on the bottom. Owens appears to have split Rech open around Rech’s right eye. Owens is tough on top and is doing a nice job of keeping his hips low to the mat, to prevent being rolled. Owens takes Rech’s back. Rech slips free and quickly jumps on top of Owens. Tough round to score. I am glad that I just have to tell you what’s going on inside the cage and not decide the outcome. At any rate, I’ll give that round to Owens, so on my officially unofficial scorecard, I see this fight knotted up going into the 3rd round.
Rech scores a quick takedown and Owens catches Rech in half guard. A scramble finds Rech out front with Owens on his knees, defending a guillotine attempt. Owens drives forward and takes Rech down. Owens moves to side control, but a scrambling Rech ends up on top. Owens attempts a kimura, and Rech spins to defend. Owens scrambles to the top and gains full mount. Owens moves to Rech’s back and this fight is going to the scorecards. I am estimating that Owens took the fight 29-28. The official judges decision has Chase “Why You Do ‘Em Like That” Owens winning the 2010 NAAFS Amateur Series Middleweight Title by way of unanimous decision.