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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
Shaun Somera Vs Roland Batangan Amateur Mma 155lbs 3X3 Minute Rounds
Card Subject To Change Due to fighters pulling out Sick or Injured.
X-1 World Events 47 June 24,2017 Blaisdell Arena
X-1 World Events looks to start the summer off right by bringing the heat back to the Blaisdell Arena on June 24th with a stacked card of local talent.
Expect the whole Oahu south shore to shake with the super heavy weight showcase of big boys in the main and co-main event match ups. Both hailing from the islands, Lolohea Mahe (8-4-0) will take on Raymond Lopez (3-1-0) for the main event, preceded by local boy Tipo Lafaele taking on Rudy Schaffroth of Oregon. Both fighters are undefeated as pros. The promotion promises to secure the cage doors tight for this one as Schaffroth’s last fight earlier this year ended in a no-contest when he threw his opponent through a door that malfunctioned. No one wants to end up with one of these huge beasts in their lap.
Filling out the rest of the main card, in the 145 pound weight class Isaac Hopps (2-3-0) is coming off a win in the X-1 cage and looks to continue the momentum against Daniel Friend (1-2-0). Both look to get their records back on track at an even 50 percent, and with a lot at stake and some proving to do, this match up could make for a real barn-burner.
Kaeo Myers (0-0-0) will make his pro debut against Paul Lopes (0-3-0), with their combined pro/am records looking very similar and making this a match that has some serious potential.
At 205 pounds, with a short amateur career Justus Faaiu (0-0-0) will make his pro debut against Paul Norman (1-4-0) who has been an active competitor since 2009. Though experience can be a key factor, so can the vitality of a newer fighter.
The undercard is comprised of some great amateur matchups including several title contentions between competitors who are experienced and skilled enough to have earned the belt shot and right to perform on one of the biggest stages Hawaii has to offer.
With X-1’s strong history of giving a platform to rising championship talent like UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway and many others, the stacked card for X-1 Events #47 is a great opportunity to watch Hawaii’s up an comers as they climb the ranks.