RFA 44- Moises vs. Freeman Results
*Written on location from the St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO
Thiago Moises vs. Zach Freeman
Unfortunately for the hometown crowd and Zach “Alter Boy” Freeman, his shot at the RFA Lightweight title was truly over after five minutes. Jiu-Jitsu ace and defending champion Thiago Moises vowed pre-fight to not utilize his specialty, looking for a knockout in his second defense.
It looked like Freeman was taking the first round early on as Moises is forced to back up as he charges across the RFA Octagon. Freeman lands, is forced back, repeat. Moises catches his break and drops Freeman with an overhand right–into–an omoplata (arm/shoulder lock.)
The contest could have easily been stopped in the third round after Freeman went stiff after a right hand. Only hitting the canvas forces him back to a conscious state. Through the rest of the 25 minutes, Moises simply had to score and not get injured. Freeman looks more than tired, something’s wrong. His long hair has also become an obvious hindrance to seeing incoming punches.
The audience is just waiting for the clock to run out as the punch count rises in the fourth and fifth with Moises only using grappling as needed to suffocate the efforts of the blue corner.
A member of Freeman’s camp later wrote on his Facebook page for Freeman, “ZACH IS IN THE ER HE HAS A BROKEN RIGHT HAND FROM A BLOW IN THE FIRST ROUND. HE ALSO HAS A POSSIBLE BROKEN TIB IN HIS RIGHT LEG FROM THE SECOND ROUND, POSSIBLE BROKEN LEFT FOOT (sic.)”
It was a shutout for the Brazilian in the eyes of the judges. Moises will now take on an unknown challenger from Legacy FC merge with the other divisions’ belts when the new Legacy Fighting Alliance forms in January.
Thiago Moises def. Zach Freeman via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-26, 50-45)
Nick Urso vs. Ken Porter
Jackson-Wink MMA’s Nick Urso did what he needed to early by forcing the action with his cage control and takedowns. He has Porter on the defensive with an early rear-naked choke but can’t sink it in. Urso then had the edge on the feet and in response to this, Porter attempted to make the bout a grappling match. Missouri’s “Sensation” then spent practically 14 of the full 15-minute contest trying to goad Urso into his guard in favor of jiu-jitsu.
Porter counters with a pair of guillotine attempts of his own to finish the first and begin the second. Urso scored points from then on, but Porter wouldn’t need any drastic medical work or recovery time. He doesn’t abandon the gameplan of pulling guard and it costs him up until the last 60 seconds.
Urso probably needed some Advil after the leg-triangle choke from Porter he found himself in, but he holds on to take a dominant “W”.
Nick Urso def. Ken Porter via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Zach Fears vs. Adam Osmoe
The mantra for Zach Fears coming into RFA 44 was, “Zach Fears No one.” that included the protege of UFC Hall of Fame member Matt Hughes, Adam Osmoe. The opening stanza belonged to the Illinoisan thanks to the standard wrestling one would learn under Hughes. The striking seemed to favor Osmoe, but he tired out heading back to his corner.
Osmoe then suffered his first loss when the Missouri favorite in Fears (now 6-2) mirrored the women’s bout by taking Osmoe’s neck.
Zach Fears def. Adam Osmoe via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:52 of Round 2
Emily Whitmire vs. Kelly D’Angelo
5-0 firefighter Kelly D’Angelo made her joint professional and RFA promotional debut after tearing up the local scene with four finishes (three by knockout/TKO.) Decorated in the colors of her day job and fighting out of the matching corner, D’Angelo got to work early.
Exploding out of her corner and making the first minute or so a boxing match (her standard modus operandi) she then struggled to keep it there for the rest of the stanza after defensive clinching and being on the negative end of a takedown. Well-paced ground shots from Emily Whitmire arguably give her the round.
The referee stands them up, but Whitmire leads her dance partner in the clinch again before the bell.
Things appear to even out in the second round as D’Angleo once again has the striking advantage, landing biting jabs. She clinches with Whitmire a third time but circles out to avoid the ground again.
When it does head there to finish the second, Whitmire spends the majority of the time attempting to free her head from the leg triangle of Berger MMA’s blue-chip prospect while D’Angelo simultaneously works her opponent’s arms.
Whitmire gets yet another takedown, but this time it’s to her detriment as she leaves her neck exposed. D’Angelo ends her night from there to become 1-0 as a professional.
Kelly D’Angelo def. Emily Whitmire via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 3:46 of Round 2.
Drakkar Klose def. Hugh Pulley via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joey Miolla def. TJ Brown via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:32 of Round 2
Enrique Gonzalez def. Luke Nelson (Watson Martial Arts) via Unanimous Decision (30 -27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sean Woodson def. Kevin Brown via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:35 of Round 1
Local Amateur Bouts
Corbin Howard def. Aaron Harvey via Kimura at 1:29 of Round 1
Luis Felipe (Watson Martial Arts) def. Damian Newman (Hahn MMA & Fitness) via TKO @ 2:54 of Round 2
*All photo credit to Jim Range/KnuckleJunkies.com