The 24th Rumble on the Ridge, presented by Joe DeRobbio's COGA Combat Games and the Snoqualmie Casino, turned out yet another fantastic night of MMA fights with 11 bouts in total taking place, 6 pro & 5 amatuer. The ROOT Sports TV crew was once again in house as Jeff "The Fish" Aaron called the action with UFC fighter Martin Kampmann and The Ultimate Fighter Season 15 winner Michael Chiesa - both fresh off wins at the TUF Finale June 1st - sharing color commentary duties. Other notable MMA celebs in the house included UFC Fighter Sam Sicilia who also was victorious on the TUF Finale card, UFC Bantamweight Bryan Caraway who will be fighting on UFC 149 in Calgary July 21st, and Strikeforce fighter Ryan Couture.
During one of the intermissions, Unlimited Hydroplane drivers Brian Perkins (Albert Lee Appliances) & J. Michael Kelly (Beacon Plumbing) were called in the cage to promote the upcoming Seafair race on Lake Washington. Ring Announcer Terry "The Real TJ" Johnson asked if they wanted to fight it out right there in the cage and next thing everyone knew they were grappling on the mat with Kelly getting Perkins back and applying a rear naked choke. Kelly came out of the scrap a little bloody but it was all in good fun.
The main event was a pro 170 lb showdown between Ian "The Mule" Williams (5-0), fighting out of Jeff Hougland's Combat Sport & Fitness in Enumclaw WA, and Justin "Psycho" Larsson (5-2) from the Twin Dragons fight camp out of Aberdeen WA. Williams The fight started with Williams throwing a left and Larsson ducking under and getting the takedown. Williams grabbed his neck as they went to the mat and worked for the guillotine choke finish. Larsson from side control was able to escape and then landed a number of punches from Williams' back as Williams tried to use the cage to get the fight back to the feet. Larsson wouldn't have it though, keeping him against the cage and working for a choke of his own. Williams isolated an arm and went for a Kimura which Larsson twisted out of but he wound up on the bottom. Williams rained down punches and then took Larsson's back for the RNC but Larsson fought off the choke till the end of Round 1.
In the 2nd, the pair clinched up against the cage with Williams landing with a series of knees that hurt Larsson. The fight went to the mat and Williams worked for a guillotine again but Larsson was able to reverse and get Williams' back. Larsson fired off a couple shots and then landed with a knee to the head which unfortunately was illegal as Williams was not yet standing. On the re-start, Williams came out with a big head kick that sent Larsson sprawling, and then he quickly finished Larsson on the ground for the TKO at 2:16 Rd 2.
The night's best fight was the Co-main event that saw a 145 lb rematch between Ludus FC's Drew "The Eternal Fire" Brokenshire & Charon "The Dream Catcher" Spain repping Team Guerin. The pair had met as amateurs back in 2009 on a NW Fight Challenge card with Brokenshire getting the 3rd round armbar win. This time Brokenshire would again come out on top but only after 15 hard fought mintues and the reading of the judges scorecards. The first round was close and was spent much of the time with the fighters clinched against the cage. Brokenshire took the round with better cage control and more damage done in the brief standup exchanges. The 2nd round went clearly to Brokenshire who displayed great footwork and landed some good shots before getting Spain against the cage and taking him down. He then worked his ground game, controlling Spain on the ground while landing shots for the rest of the round. The third round Spain came out for broke, missing with a big high knee as Brokenshire had him against the cage. The fight went to the ground and as Brokenshire trapped an arm and looked to work in some shots, Spain threw his legs over and hooked Brokenshire's head and just like had Brokenshire in trouble as Spain tried for a fight ending submission. Brokenshire stayed patient though and eventually was able to break free and get top position again and keep it, though Spain did well in defending. Brokenshire punctuated the fight by dropping a couple elbows before the bell ended that opened a cut up on Spain. In the end, all 3 judges saw it 30-27 for Brokenshire who moves to 3-0 as a pro.
"Insane" Dave Courchaine, fighting out of Spokane's Sikjitsu & SOBMMA, took out Rock Solid Fighter Craig "Bullet" Jackson with a 2nd round TKO in a pro lightweight matchup. Jackson came out throwing some nice leg kicks but Courchaine's heavy hands turned it in his favor, dropping Jackson with a big right. Courchaine moved in on top and was patient in his approach in throwing down strikes. Jackson did get Courchaine's leg at one point and looked to have a kneebar locked in but Courchaine and his trick knee (listen to post-fight interview) was able to escape. In the 2nd, Jackson looked for an immediate takedown but Courchaine defended well and then got his own takedown where he wasted no time in finishing Jackson with strikes at 1:10 of the 2nd.
In the night's first pro bout, Sikjitsu's Nathan Gow had little trouble with Felony MMA's Elliot "The Stormin' Morman" Gilbert in a 145 lb matchup. Gilbert came out on the attack, landing a knee to the body and then throwing wild punches. Gow stayed patient, slipping under a punch and getting the double leg takedown. From there, it was all Gow as he first worked for an Arm Triangle and then eventually taking Gilbert's back and sinking in the Rear Naked Choke at 2:47 into the first round. With the win, Gow moves to 3-0 as a pro while Gilbert falls to 0-3.
Nathan Gow's older brother, Josh won his last amateur fight before turning pro in an exciting fast paced 145 lb affair with Combat Sport & Fitness' Paul DeVeglio. DeVeglio got the intial takedown but Gow went immediatley for the arm from the bottom, working for a kimura finish. The fight eventually went back to the feet where the fighters exchanged furiously and it was Gow who connected with a big right hand that sent DeVeglio to the mat. DeVeglio defended by grabbing Gow's leg, driving hard and getting the takedown. But Gow once again worked an arm into a Kimura, this time finishing at 2:18 of the first.
All the fights from Rumble on the Ridge XXIV can be seen online at FightFlixx.com. The next Rumble on the Ridge is September 8th at the Snoqualmie Casino. COGA Combat Games will also hold a fight event at the Swinomish Casino in Anacortes WA on July 14th, dubbed "Battle at the Bay". More info is available at CogaFC.com.
Bout 1 - Amateur 145 lbs
Pete Nicacio (Ivan Salaverry MMA) def Mike Savage
by Technical Submission (Ref Stop - Guillotine Choke) @ 0:20 Rd 1