Review & Interviews by Spaniard, Photos by Warren Anderson
Full Contact Fighting Federation's "Rumble at the Roseland" has long been a staple in the Portland community, no less so than the Trail Blazers, Voodoo Donuts, and the Rose Festival. And on May 19th, the FCFF held its 63rd fight night at the Roseland Theater to a packed house, with a truly stellar Mixed Martial Arts card full of talented amateur fighters from the around the Northwest. 14 amateur MMA fights took place inside "The Slammer", and included 3 title fights and 1 superfight.
The main event was the Heavyweight Championship between defending champion, Alive MMA's Nick Biron, and 503 West Coast Jiu Jitsu's Damion Martindale. This fight was over fast, ending in upsetting fashion for Martindale who felt he could have done more after the stoppage from the referee. Biron caught Martindale with a left hook and a clean two punch that sat him down fast, and the ref stopped it at 1:53 of Rd 1 for a TKO victory for Biron who is still the FCFF Heavyweight Champ.
The most talked about and heavily anticipated bout behind the scenes was the co-main event which was a rematch title bout between current FCFF lightweight champion, Sportslab fighter Will Hill, and challenger Clint Patterson from Team USA. The two had met once before in a previous championship bout where Patterson got the submission win. Leading up to this bout, Hill talked about how he was a much different fighter now from that previous fight. Yet, once the action began, it took only a 1:16 for Patterson to sink a deep rear naked choke and take the title away from the Hill to become the new FCFF 155 lb Champion.
In his first bout at 205 lbs, Jeremy Morse from 503 West Coast Jiu Jitsu came in with a solid game plan in facing Jordan Hinchman from All Heart Fight Team and he stuck to it, winning him the 205lb FCFF title. Morse came out punching his way to the takedown, and once he got it he landed ground and pound points which was key to getting the unanimous decision. He continuously got top position throughout the entire fight, never letting up until the bell sounded to end the bout. In the end, all three judges saw it his way, making Morse the new FCFF 205lb champion.
Team Quest standout, Tarrence Williams, came out with a huge crowd looking to see if his goose egg would stay. Backed by his wrestling prowess, William's fight game is getting better with every scrap. This time it was Williams' hands that took the fight to another level when he fought Grant Burger in a 170 lb Superfight and threw lightening fast punches that stunned Burger until Burger keeled over. Tarrence pounced on him and the referee stopped the match for Burger's safety at 1:06 in. Williams stays undefeated and moves on to the next fight. Afterwards, he talked to NWFS about the possibility of holding belts in two different weight classes.
Alive MMA's Kody "Crazy Legs" Hammond took on Next Level Martial Arts' Tyrell Pless in a bout that showed that patience is indeed a virtue in MMA. Hammond got the early takedown and started to work Pless on the ground, but Pless reversed him. Hammond stayed patient though and maneuvered Pless right into a Triangle Choke for the win at 2:14 in the very first round, getting the submission of the night. After the win Hammond spoke to NWFS in an exclusive interview about wanting a shot at the FCFF title.
The FCFF goes on the road for their next event on June 9th with "Cage Fights in Tillamook" at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds, before returning back to the Roseland Theater on July 21st with Rumble at the Roseland 64. Info at thefcff.com.
Bout 1 - 160 lbs
Abraham Campos (Pendleton) def Mark Duncan (Klamath Falls)