On Saturday, the Peninsula Fighting Championship showcased its third event, PFC: 3, at the Soldotna Sports Center. The show featured eight fights — including a PFC bantamweight championship fight — and an array of exciting finishes. A perfect ending to what many, in the PFC promotion, consider a disappointing year.
The resurrection of the Peninsula Fighting Championship has provided a renewed opportunity to expose the Kenai Peninsula to the sport of mixed martial arts. The goal from here on out is to provide a consistent showcase of local and statewide MMA talent through PFC events. Saturday night was a perfect example of theory moving to practicality.
Below are the results of PFC: 3:
Jonathan Thomason def. Robert Merrill via TKO at 1:02 of round two. Nathan O’Keefe def. Barring West via submission (rear-naked choke) at :29 of round one. Seth Kroll def. Trevor Huskey via TKO at :17 of round one. Josh Kronbach def. Felix Bobby via submission (strikes) at 2:59 of round two. Lucas Murray def. Steven Harding via submission (arm-triangle) at 2:03 of round one. David Teufel def. Tyler Ming via DQ (illegal strikes to the back of the head) at :17 of round two. Cameron Crawford def. Mike Anderson via TKO at 1:51 of round one.
The main event featured current PFC bantamweight champion Victor Rodriguez squaring off against challenger Kory Spooner in a rematch from PFC: 2 in March. In their first fight Rodriquez dominated Spooner both on the feet and on the ground, winning by submission due to strikes in round one.
Their rematch at PFC: 3 felt a lot like those eerie moments of déjà vu. It’s the same feeling Neo had in “The Matrix” except instead of Agent Smith, it was Agent Rodriguez. During the bout Spooner tagged the champion with some timely elbows and punches, however, in the end the more experienced fighter won. Rodriguez retained his title via submission due to strikes in round one.
As Rodriguez hovered over Spooner — much like the famous picture of Mohammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston — I couldn’t help but feel as though the champion was disappointed with his performance. Here’s what Rodriguez had to say about the victory.
“I tried to stand up with him, I really wanted to knock him out. I’ve been training my one-two combos in the stand-up game and I wanted to stand with him,” he said.
Rodriguez continued, “He went to the ground and didn’t want to stand up so I continued with the body shots and he tapped out. I’m disappointed with that but I got the win.”
After the fight Cameron Crawford, who defeated Mike Anderson by TKO, challenged Rodriguez for a shot at his bantamweight belt — setting the stage for an epic showdown between two fierce competitors.
“He looks legit and to be honest it’s going to motivate me to train hard,” Rodriguez said of Crawford. “I’m going to train hard and stay focused.”
PFC: 3 was a huge success for many reasons. The promotion was able to re-establish itself within the community, the card featured exciting athletic competition and, of course, all the fighters got paid promptly — in case you were wondering.
While some might have missed last Saturday’s PFC event because of holiday travel, plans or general chaos, never fear. The Peninsula Fighting Championship has tentatively slated an event at the end of March in 2013.
For those that were able to attend, let me know what you thought of the PFC: 3 event on Twitter at @scottlevesque.
Scott Levesque writes a weekly column for the Clarion on mixed martial arts. He will cover MMA at the local, state and national levels. His handle on Twitter is @scottlevesque.