Fonfara Tops Ngumbu in Slugfest ; Honchak Handles Hashi at Invicta FC9; Green Stops Torres at FC 31


Fonfara wins, eyes Stevenson

By Brian Campbell |
Light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara has a knack for making fun and competitive fights, and Saturday night was no different.

One fight removed from a good showing in a loss to division champion Adonis Stevenson, Fonfara rebounded by outpointing a game Doudou Ngumbu at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Fonafara won a
unanimous decision on judges’ scores of 98-92 and 97-93 (twice).

The Polish-born Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs), who fights out of Chicago, was his usual fan-friendly self in the ring by taking nearly as good as he gave. But he overcame a slow start against
the awkward Ngumbu (33-6, 12 KOs) by establishing his jab and outlanding his opponent 173 to 110, according to ShoStats.

Ngumbu, 32, a native of the Congo who fights out of France, used his herky-jerky style and a series of wide punches to confuse and stun Fonfara in the early rounds. But the momentum of
the bout clearly changed in Round 5 when Fonfara rocked Ngumbu with a right hand, forcing him to retreat into the ropes.

From there Fonfara boxed well in a competitive fight as Ngumbu began to rely more and more on throwing one punch at a time.

Fonfara, who went to the body throughout, closed the show in style with a dominant final round and appeared to hurt Ngumbu with combinations in the final minute.

The victory puts Fonfara, 26, one step closer toward his goal of securing a rematch with Stevenson, whom he rallied against to score a late knockdown before dropping a competitive
unanimous decision in May.

Kameda edges Hernandez by split decision
All-action Tomoki Kameda made the third defense of his bantamweight title in a fight that was much closer on the scorecards than it appeared.

Kameda (31-0, 19 KOs), of Japan, overcame swelling and a cut above his left eye to hold off a determined Alejandro Hernandez by split decision. All three judges scored the fight 115-

The bout was the second straight in the U.S. for Kameda, who captured his title in the Philippines when he defeated Paulus Ambunda by unanimous decision in August 2013. But he wasn’t
able to come through with a knockout, despite appearing to get the better of the action throughout.

The durable Hernandez (28-11-2, 15 KOs), of Mexico, continued to come forward throughout in a fight that featured decent stretches of two-way action.

Hernandez opened a cut above Kameda’s left eye in Round 9 and poured it on in the closing round. But Kameda controlled the action when he needed to behind his jab and landed the
cleaner and harder shots on the inside.

Fortuna KOs Cotto in wild fight
Hard-hitting junior lightweight Javier Fortuna remained unbeaten with a one-punch knockout of Abner Cotto. But it wasn’t without more than a few bizarre moments along the way.

Both fighters were docked points in a fight that featured low blows, pockets of action and a few questionable calls from referee Lou Hall.

Puerto Rico’s Cotto (18-3, 8 KOs), the cousin of middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, knocked Fortuna down in Round 2 with a punch that clearly landed to the back of his head. But Hall
inexplicably ruled both a knockdown and a point deduction from Cotto.

Things took a turn for the worse in Round 4 when Fortuna (26-0-1, 19 KOs), a native of the Dominican Republic, was hit with a trio of low blows, with the third one forcing him to the
canvas. Hall decided against taking a point away from Cotto.

After the final bell to end the round, Fortuna swung and missed with what would have been a blatantly late punch. After a delayed reaction, Cotto dived face first to the canvas despite
not getting hit, causing Hall to deduct a point from Fortuna.

All of the drama was for not as Fortuna took matters into his own hands in Round 5, connecting flush on a counter left at close range to floor Cotto, who was unable to beat the count.

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Iowan flyweight Barb Honchak made her second successful title defense at Invicta FC 9. | Photo: Dave Mandel/

Barb Honchak drowned Takayo Hashi in the clinch.

“The Little Warrior” retained the Invicta Fighting Championships flyweight title with a unanimous decision over Hashi in the Invicta FC 9 headliner on Saturday at the River Center in
Davenport, Iowa. Honchak (10-2, 5-0 Invicta) swept the scorecards with 49-46, 50-45 and 50-45 marks, as she recorded her ninth consecutive victory.

Aside from a pair of takedowns, Hashi (15-5-1, 0-1 Invicta) was ineffective. Honchak repeatedly corralled her along the fence, uncorking the occasional standing elbow but mostly
controlling the Japanese judoka in tight spaces. Not much took place on the feet, outside of a few Honchak leg kicks and sporadic jabs from both women. A Pat Miletich protégé, the 35-
year-old champion has not lost a fight since suffering back-to-back decision defeats to Cat Zingano and Angela Magana in 2010.

In the strawweight co-main event, Karolina Kowalkiewicz kept her perfect professional record intact with a split decision against Japanese prodigy Mizuki Inoue. All three judges scored
it 29-28, two of them siding with Kowalkiewicz (6-0, 1-0 Invicta).

Kowalkiewicz’s incredible workrate earned her the win in a battle of elite prospects.

Inoue (8-3, 1-1 Invicta) spent much of the 15-minute matchup navigating the length of the KSW veteran. Kowalkiewicz kept the 20-year-old on the end of her punches, unleashing powerful
combinations. Inoue did her best work in round two, where she executed a takedown, settled in side control and later climbed the Pole’s back. In position for a potential choke, Inoue
fired away with distracting punches, only to see Kowalkiewicz force a third round.

The two strawweights held nothing back down the stretch, trading liberally at a distance and in close quarters. Kowalkiewicz did just enough to spring the upset.

Takedowns, repeated choke attempts and heavy ground-and-pound carried Raquel Pa’aluhi to a unanimous decision over Kaitlin Young in a featherweight showcase. A short-notice
replacement, Pa’aluhi (4-4, 1-1 Invicta) swept the scorecards with identical 29-28 marks.

Young (7-9, 0-4-1 Invicta) enjoyed early success, as she opened multiple cuts on the Hawaiian with crisp two-, three- and four-punch combinations. However, her momentum proved
fleeting. Pa’aluhi struck for a takedown in the second round, transitioned to mount and eventually settled on the Minnesotan’s back. From there, she piled up points with unanswered
punches and sought the finish via rear-naked choke. Young survived, but her confidence was shaken. The scene repeated itself in round three, where Pa’aluhi landed another takedown and
moved to mount before shifting to the back and nearly finishing it with punches and hammerfists.

Once viewed as one of women’s MMA’s most promising prospects, the 29-year-old Young is winless in her last five appearances.

Pa’aluhi gritted out a tough, bloody win.

Elsewhere, Jackson-Wink MMA product Jodie Esquibel struck in combination and mixed in timely takedowns, as she took a unanimous verdict from Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc in a featured
atomweight duel. All three judges scored it the same: 30-27 for Esquibel (5-1, 3-1 Invicta).

Outside of a desperate guillotine choke attempt in the waning seconds of round three, Rivera-Calanoc (8-8, 1-3 Invicta) spun her wheels. Esquibel punched effectively to the head and
body behind a consistent jab, all while sprinkling in various kicks. The 28-year-old executed takedowns in the second and third rounds, showing her superiority in all phases.

Rivera-Calanoc has lost four of her last five fights.

Finally, Pancrase and King of the Cage alum Amber Brown eked out a split decision over Team Quest’s Liz McCarthy in an atomweight showcase. Two of the three cageside judges scored it
for Brown — 30-27 and 29-28 — while a third cast a dissenting 29-28 ruling in favor of McCarthy.

Lee brutalized Sinn with her striking.

Brown (4-1, 1-0 Invicta) benefitted from a bloodletting. The 25-year-old New Mexican opened a gnarly gash above McCarthy’s right eye with a second-round knee strike. Before long, blood
covered both fighters and much of the canvas. Brown also did effective work in close quarters, firing knees from the Thai clinch along with a few standing elbows.

McCarthy (2-2, 1-2 Invicta) leaned heavily on takedowns and her top game — she also attempted an armbar — but the damage she absorbed overshadowed her efforts.

In preliminary action, Amanda Bell (3-2, 1-1 Invicta) put away Maria Hougaard Djursaa (5-6, 0-1 Invicta) with punches 4:55 into the first round of their lightweight scrap; Karate
Mafia’s Andrea Lee (2-0, 1-0 Invicta) bagged a unanimous decision against Shannon Sinn (1-2, 0-1 Invicta) in their three-round battle at 125 pounds, drawing 30-27 nods from all three
judges; Syndicate MMA export Jamie Moyle (1-0, 1-0 Invicta) took a unanimous verdict from Jenny Liou Shriver in their 15-minute strawweight encounter, sweeping the scorecards with 30-
27s across the board; and Last Stand Fight Team’s Kelly McGill (2-0, 1-0 Invicta) claimed a unanimous decision over newcomer Maegan Goodwin (0-1, 0-1 Invicta) in a three-round clash at
145 pounds, earning 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 marks from the judges.


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Desmond Green destroyed former bantamweight king Miguel Torres at Titan FC 31.

Desmond Green made his intentions known in Titan Fighting Championship. The man wants some gold.

The 25-year-old Tristar Gym representative knocked out former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Miguel Torres with a knee strike, right uppercut and follow-up hammerfists in the
Titan FC 31 main event on Friday at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. Green (13-3) brought it to a decisive close 46 seconds into round one, as he improved to 4-1 in his past five

Backed up to the fence, Torres (43-8) ducked for cover. In his haste, he put himself in harm’s way, ran into a knee from Green, ate a right uppercut and fell to the canvas in a dazed
state. “The Predator” pounced with opportunistic hammerfists that left Torres unconscious. The Carlson Gracie protégé had never before been finished so quickly.

Green’s performance helped those in attendance forget about the original headliner — a five-round lightweight title fight that was cancelled when champion Mike Ricci failed to make
weight and challenger Yoshiyuki Yoshida subsequently withdrew.

In the light heavyweight co-main event, Deep veteran Ken Hasegawa kept his undefeated record intact with a unanimous decision over Matt Thompson All three cageside judges scored it the
same: 29-28 for Hasegawa (9-0-1).

Outside of a brief third-round punching burst and attempted triangle-armbar, Thompson (19-10) was never much of a factor. Hasegawa was the superior fighter in all phases, as he piled
up points with takedowns, ground-and-pound and clubbing overhands with both fists. After a puzzling referee restart — Hasegawa was in side control at the time — late in the third
round, Thompson had the Japanese judoka reeling with straight punches for a brief moment, but the finish he needed was not in the cards. Hasegawa returned to a dominant position and
resumed his attack with elbows and punches from above.

The defeat halted Thompson’s five-fight winning streak.

Meanwhile, Hayder Hassan stopped onetime Gladiator Challenge champion Felipe Portela with a crushing right hook and follow-up hammerfists in the first round of their welterweight
showcase. Portela (8-2) succumbed to the blows 3:23 into round one.

Hassan (6-1) was in control from start to finish. The powerfully built American Top Team export punched in combination behind a stiff jab and mixed in thudding leg kicks when the
opportunity presented itself. With his back to the cage, Hassan lured the Blackzilians representative into an exchange, cracked him with a right hook and then forced referee John
Hosegood to act.

The 32-year-old Hassan has won four fights in a row, three of them finishes.

Elsewhere, American Top Team’s Sirwan Kakai submitted the previously unbeaten Joe Barajas with a third-round rear-naked choke in a featured encounter at 135 pounds. Kakai (11-2)
finished it 4:30 into round three, as he won for the 11th time in 12 outings.

Barajas (10-1) enjoyed some early success but lacked the firepower necessary to give his counterpart pause. Kakai turned the tide with repeated leg kicks and wore down the Team Xplode
MMA prospect with variety in the standup. Counter left hooks, standing elbows in the clinch and close-quarters knees all found the mark. In the third round, Kakai answered a takedown
from the Californian by wheeling to his back and sliding into position for the choke. He then cut off all escape routes, forcing Barajas to tap.

Finally, Grudge Training Center’s Tyler Stinson paired stinging counter left hands with chopping leg kicks, as he eked out a split decision over Jose Figueroa in a welterweight
showcase. All three cageside judges scored it 29-28, two of them siding with Stinson (28-10).

Figueroa (13-7), who operates out of an American Top Team affiliate in Orlando, had the Bellator MMA veteran reeling more than once but never fully capitalized. Stinson was the
aggressor throughout, particularly in the second and third rounds, as his commitment to leg kicks proved increasingly profitable. Figueroa’s mobility grew more and more compromised,
the snap in his punches less and less crisp.

Stinson, 28, has rattled off five wins in six appearances.

In preliminary action, former M-1 Global champion Kenny Garner (14-7) took a unanimous verdict from Scott Barrett (15-5) in their 15-minute heavyweight duel, sweeping the scorecards
with 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 marks; American Top Team’s Steve Montgomery (8-2) knocked out Brock Jardine (9-5) with a knee strike 26 seconds into the second round of their welterweight
scrap; Michael Graves (4-0) submitted Rafael Souza (6-3) with a rear-naked choke 2:37 into round two of their clash at 170 pounds; Mike Bruno (12-7) walked away with a unanimous
decision in his three-round lightweight tilt with Kamrin Naville (7-8), earning 29-28 scores from all three judges; and William Sizemore (1-0) submitted Matt Wagy (3-3) with a
guillotine choke 50 seconds into the third round of their bantamweight affair.

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