Category: Event Results Written by Edward Walz Hits: 899
Sacrifice Fighting Championship held their first card on New Year's Eve at the Hidden Cove Sportsplex in Bourbonnais, IL. The card was originally scheduled to be a Pro/Am card but complications arose with the Illinois Athletic Commission. It's rumored that there was some difficulty in securing officials on this night, most likely due to the holiday. The show proceeded by adding more amateur fights to the card, including two title bouts, and UFC veteran Brian Ebersole was on hand to meet the fans and provide commentary with Ray Flores.
The main event would be for the 155 pound SFC championship between Said and Done's Eric Papineau and Boneyard's Dennis Fisher. The best fight was certainly reserved for the main event as the two fighters fought for the full 5 rounds. Fisher did a great job fending off Papineau's takedown attempts and kept the fight standing where he was able to land some quality shots in the fight. Both fighters attempted various submission holds that could of potentially ended the fight but each competitor was up to the challenge. After a strong first round by Papineau, Fisher seemed to gain confidence as the fight progressed and fought a great fight, capturing the title with a split decision victory. In the post fight interview both fighters were respectful and complimentary. When asked by Ray Flores of the possibility of a rematch in March, both fighters were open to the suggestion and I certainly wouldn't mind watching them step into the cage one more time.
The co-main event featured David Longoria and Jason Crose. Longoria trains with H.I.T Kickboxing in Griffith, IN and Champion Jiu Jitsu in Arlington Heights, IL. Crose was the second Boneyard fighter that would be seeking championship gold tonight. Early in the contest Longoria was able to take Crose down with a nice slam and then mounted his opponent. Crose was able to reverse his position, gaining the top position however Longoria is a dangerous fighter from his back. Longoria secured the triangle choke and captured another title belt by submission in just 1:21 in the first round. Longoria was excited to come back in March to defend his new Championship belt.
All the fighters fought hard but one particular fight stuck out tonight, Jake Rose and local fighter Ty Isley. It was the first time entering the cage for each fighter and put on an entertaining show. Isley had the edge when he was able to utilize takedowns but Rose had the edge in the stand up. Both fighters experienced some damage in the bout with Rose dislocating his shoulder and breaking his collar bone, Isley was bleeding from his nose but both fighters persevered and finished the fight. The fight ended in a draw (which should never happen), with one judge deadlocked at 28-28. Great heart was shown by these two young fighters and it was exciting to watch.
On Saturday, March 17th, SFC will return to Hidden Cove but this time will feature professional fights as well. Local fighters Donnell Sykes, Curtis "The Joker" Bailey and Bobby "The believer" Reardanz are all scheduled to appear on the card.
Tristan Erenberg def Aaron Pouncey via TKO (strikes) 1:45 Round 1
Jake Rose & Ty Isley fought to a draw
Cory Eckhoff def TJ Nestor via submission (rear naked choke) 2:56 Round 1
Michael Dann def Davis D. via verbal submission 1:59 Round 1
Aaron Plumley def via submission (guillotine) 1:31 Round 1
David Longoria def Jason Crose via submission (triangle) 1:21 Round 1
Dennis Fisher via Eric Papineau via split decision
Due to some last minute changes, I apologize for any errors with the names and will update Aaron Plumley's opponent when provided.