Training partners of mine include athletes training out of long man jiujitsu Koloa, as well as athletes out of boars nest kauai and KPAL boxing.
What style of fighting do you train?
I train, Muay Thai, boxing, kick boxing, jiujitsu and wrestling. I favor the stand up game but am comfortable on the ground as well liking the ground and pound game too.
When and why did you start training for fighting?
Reason why: I started training for fighting around 21. Being that I’m a competitor, I gave fighting a try and ended up liking and eventually loving every bit of the process leading to the fight itself.
What does it mean for you to fight in X1 World Events?
To be a contracted X-1 fighter to me is a big deal. Being as they’re the top fight promotion coming out of Hawaii helping us local fighters to attain dreams of ours leaves me grateful for all the exposure and all the opportunities they give us to display our love for the sport as well as the arts and to put on a nice show for the audience and supporters to enjoy. Seeing locals from the Hawaiian islands in the UFC/ ONE/ LFA/ PFL and other big name promotions gives us local fighters hope in an attainable dream thru hard work, dedication, and blood sweat and tears.
What was your job before you started fighting?
Outside of fighting and training, I’m a union electrician. Our job is pretty strenuous, physical, and laborious at times and demands a lot out of our body and mind. But as soon as we’re done for the day, I kill some caffeine and it’s straight to the real work. Not being so privileged to have the whole day training and perfecting my arts has its downs, however training before and after work and getting in quality training is all that matters at the end of the day.
How can people follow you?
I can be reached on social media thru Instagram- @55_DCummings Facebook- @daylancummings
In a valiant attempt to up the standards of MMA in Hawaii, X1 MMA #47 did not disappoint.
HONOLULU, HAWAII- Blaisdell Arena June 24, 2017
by Bryanna “Pink Ranger” Fissori
A full card of entertaining matches kept the Blaisdell audience engaged as well as nation and international fans watching on the live feed. This early summer show is the prelude for what’s to come for the next show on August 12th when matches won and lost on the June card serve as catalysts for bouts to come, titles to be won and fights years in the making finally coming to fruition.
Lolohea Mahe defeated Raymond Lopez via Unanimous Decision
Pro Mma SHW 3X5 Minute Rounds
When big boys fight, there is always a good chance that whoever has the best cardio will literally be the last man standing. Round one was a lot of wall work with positions switching on the cage and not allowing space for either to throw the dangerous heavy punches expected of the big boys. Moving someone else’s mass around the cage is exhausting at any weight class, and both fighters were showing signs of fatigue by the end of round one.
Co Main Event
Tony Lopez defeated Tipo Lafaele via Unanimous Decision
Pro Mma SHW 3X5 Minute Rounds
Lopez started the bout kicking but a slip early on put him his back and the ground and pound from Lafale nearly ended t the fight in the first minute. Lopez was able to grab the heel of Lafaele setting up for a kneebar. Though unsuccessful, it bought him the time to recover. The striking pace stayed surprisingly high for heavyweights with Lafaele landing and Lopez taking the storm. The tides changes toward the middle of the round with Lopez landing several hard blows that seems to slow Lafaele, who was then backed to the cage and met with knees and elbows that took them to the bell at the end of round one.
Isaac Hopps defeated Daniel Friend via Unanimous Decision
Pro Mma 145lbs 3X5 Minute Rounds
Landing the takedown early in round one, Friend worked hard strikes to the body as Hopps worked to control Friends’s posture from the closed guard. Hopps used the wall to get up, opening up a large cur over the outer eyebrow of Friend I the struggle. The technical stand up trade from these two harnessed the agility of lighter fighters backed with power that seemed much heavier than their weight class.
Kaeo Meyers defeated Paul Lopes via 1st Round KO
Pro Mma 155lbs 3X5 Minute Rounds
I’m going to be honest, even though this fight was short (approximately 25 seconds), I missed most of it because I was wiping the blood off of my laptop and arms.
Justus Faaiu defeated Paul Norman via Unanimous Decision
Pro Mma 205lbs 3X5 Minute Rounds
Norman came in looking for the takedown and was able to make it happen within the first minute of action. Transitioning into a modified backmount Norman was riding high forcing the armbar attempt as the only option he slide off the front. Though the attempt unsuccessful, Norman maintained pressure in the ensuing scramble. The remainder of the round was spent with Norman throwing punches from backmount with Faaiu defending the occasional rear naked choke threat.
Federico Vento defeated Joey Vonblankenburg via Unanimous Decision
Amateur Mma 125lbs 3X3 Minute Rounds SEC Vacant Title
Namakana Pakala defeated Marcus Gamble via Unanimous Decision
Amateur Mma 205lbs 3X3 Minute Rounds SEC Vacant Title
Donovan Parrilla defeated Ioane Kim via Unanimous Decision
Amateur Mma 135lbs 3X3 Minute Rounds SEC Vacant Title
Chris Randoplh defeated Chuck Amerson via 1stRound Guillotine Choke
Amateur Mma 170lbs 3X3 Minute Rounds SEC Vacant Title
Roy Cooper defeated Titus Strickland via Split Decision
Amateur Mma 155lbs 3X3 Minute Rounds SEC Vacant Title
Joe Manuia defeated Devin Yamada via doctor stoppage (cut over eye)
Amateur Mma 135lbs 3X3 Minute Rounds
Kyle Kaahanui defeated Daylan Cummings via Arm Triangle choke 1st Round
Amateur Mma 170lbs 3X3 Minute Rounds
Lopaka Lono defeated Dane Polas via Unanimous Decision
Amateur Mma 155lbs 3X3 Minute Rounds
Mike Fowler defeated Brandon Fraser via TKO 1stRound
Amateur MMA 160lb 3 x3 Minute Rounds
Brandon Madamba defeated Taylor Mamiya via RNC in 2nd Round
MMA 135lb 3 x 3 Minute Rounds
Cyru Edayan defeated Shaun Somera v Unanimous Decision
Mahalo to Xclusive MMA and Bryanna Fissori for the results write up
Cooper Retains Welterweight World Title with Knockout
By Kyle Galdeira @kylegaldeira –Photos available at www.HawaiiMediaSource.com
Ray “Braddah” Cooper III has been a mainstay in the local mixed martial arts scene, and he hopes to raise his profile to the next level. After Saturday night’s impressive performance, he may be in line to do just that.
Cooper kept his Welterweight (170 lbs.) World Title with a convincing knockout victory over Charles “Felony” Bennett in the main event of the X-1 World Events MMA #48 at the Neal Blaisdell Arena. The fight, which was held before a crowd that nearly filled the arena’s lower bowl, was also broadcast live via pay-per-view.
“Thank you (Bennett) for coming out and challenging me,” Cooper said. “This belt is staying here until I get to the UFC. When I get there, you guys (currently fighting in the UFC) are going down, that’s my belt.”
“I don’t remember what happened,” said Bennett, perhaps only half joking, who normally fights at 145 pounds. “I love you all, Hawai’i.”
CO-MAIN EVENT: Sale Sproat def. Rafael Brewster via KO at 50 seconds into first round, for Middleweight (185 lbs.) World Title (3X5 min. rounds)
Sproat made quick work of Brewster, using a punch to the left side of his foe’s head to halt the hitman early. After hitting the canvas, Brewster could not fight back, and the fight was stopped just 50 seconds after it started, much to the delight of the local fans who were supporting Sproat, a cowboy and rancher from Moloka‘i.
“Thank you everybody who supported me, you know who you are,” Sproat said.
Russell “The Muscle” Mizuguchi def. Michael “Smash Boy“ Nakagawa via split decision, for State Flyweight (125 lbs.) Title (3×5 min. rounds)
Mizuguchi took Nakagawa to the ground midway through the second round, and delivered a few punches and elbows to his foe’s head as he controlled the action. The remainder of the round was spent on the canvas with very little going on – the bell put a welcomed end to the stalemate.
“I came in as the underdog…Dana White, give me a call!” said Mizuguchi.
Bill Takeuchi def. Justin Hugo via TKO (referee stoppage) at 3:53 in third round, for Bantamweight (135 lbs.) World Title (3X5 min. rounds)
The combatants felt each other out over the first two minutes, and just moments after Takeuchi caused a cut on Hugo’s nose, the fight was halted as Hugo took a low blow via Takeuchi’s whip kick. Once the action resumed, Takeuchi controlled the pace and pinned Hugo against the cage before delivering a series of punches and knees to Hugo’s head, which combined to open a large gash on the opponent’s forehead.
Rudolph Schafforth def. Tipo Lafaele via head-and-arm choke 3:02 into first round, super heavyweight (3X5 min. rounds)
Two large humans squared off in this bout featuring two 260-plus pounders, which excited the crowd as the lumbering fighters traded destructive blows. Two minutes into the opening round, Schafforth connected with a vicious right-handed uppercut that dropped Lafaele. Schafforth then gained control of the local fighter and secured the submission via head-and-arm choke three minutes into the first round.
“I know he’s a tough brawler, so I just tried to keep my chin down,” said Schafforth.
Juan Gonzalez def. Kaeo Meyer via unanimous decision, lightweight (155 lbs.) professional bout (3X5 min. rounds)
In a shocking decision to start the Main Card, Meyer fell via unanimous decision despite controlling the action throughout the fight. Meyer took control early with multiple strikes to the head, then braved a few big counters from Gonzalez. Meyer’s wicked right hook left a large cut under Gonzalez’ right eye as blood streamed down the foe’s face. Gonzalez did not give in, though, and ran the local fighter into the cage as the fighters flopped to the canvas. Meyer countered, though, and gained position to land a handful of overhand punches to end the first round.
Davy Malaythong submitted Daylan Cummings in a 170-pound bout just 15 seconds into the final preliminary fight. A corner attendant said Cummings tapped out after suffering a separated shoulder.
X-1 World Events has helped launch the mixed martial arts careers of multiple elite-level fighters including the UFC’s current Featherweight Champion Max Holloway as well as former UFC champion Dan “The Beast” Severn.
Weigh In Friday Aug 11 @ 4pm at the Blaisdell Arena