What a night of action at the Tadmor Shrine Center. Coming into the event, I was a little skeptical. For starters, the card featured nine fighters making their debut. Additionally, only six competitors had more than five fights; just one had a winning record. You can see why I was a little doubtful.
I was wrong, very wrong. There were several remarkable fights and some stellar performances including an upset victory over Austin Meese.
Submission of the Night: Marquis Johnson
Knockout of the Night: Cameron McIntosh
Fight of the Night: J’Mar Moore and Austin Meese
The main event had a lot of hype. UFC superstar Cody “No Love” Garbrandt made a promo video urging fans to tune into Caged Madness 44. It helps that his cousin, Austin Meese (2-2), was competing in the featured bout.
The hometown fighter J’Mar Moore (3-0) was booed in his hometown as Meese fans came out in full force to support their beloved fighter. The highly anticipated fight was a back-and-forth, fast-paced match. Much of the action that took place in the opening round was the fighters feeling each other out, trying to make no mistakes.
During the next two rounds, the fighters loosened up a little connecting with several successful combinations. The two ended up going the distance. The time between the final bell and when the scores were announced seemed unbearably long and frustrating.
It was a close fight and it honestly, in my opinion, could have gone either way. Once announcer George Phillips read the final scores the crowd erupted, both for and against the decision.
Many thought that Moore was just going to be a stepping stone for Meese. Moore proved to be more of a challenge than anticipated and pulled off the upset a lot of us didn’t see coming. The undefeated Akron native has quite the future ahead of him.
Although the fight itself didn’t last long, just under one minute, Cameron McIntosh (1-0) made quite the impression. The 20-year-old fighter made his debut against Brandon Shepherd (0-1) who was also making his amateur debut.
During the broadcast, friend of BluegrassMMA Ryan Cavanaugh, informed the listeners that we should watch this bout closely. McIntosh who trains out of Victory MMA with the likes of professional fighters Andrew Law and Dru Schottenheimer. Needless to say, Cavanaugh was correct.
The ending reminded me of Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva at UFC Ultimate Brazil. McIntosh moved forward landing shot after shot until Shepherd was no longer able to hold on. This youngster is one that has quite the future.
The 23-year-old fighter from Cleveland, Ohio waited until he was ready before he stepped into the cage. Maybe he waited a little too long as he showcased a skill level I thought was on par with more experienced fighters.
Much like the McIntosh fight, this bout was just as quick. Isaac Camargo (1-0) finished his opponent, Garret Davidson (0-1), just 0:50 seconds into the opening round. Both fighters were making their amateur debut but by the technique Camargo put on display one would think he was no stranger to being in the cage.
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