Rumble on the Ridge IV: Boiling Point Results

Mike Hayes Defeats Devin Cole

Porter pacing while Johson recovers from a kick to the groin.

Rampage Jackson made a celebrity appearance.

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Bristol Marunde v. Justin Davis

Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest growing sports in America, and Saturday night (August 15, 2009) at the Snoqualmie Casino’s Rumble on the Ridge IV: Boiling Point was definitely hot. This was Washington State’s first outdoor mixed martial arts (MMA) event and judging by the sell-out crowd of 1,760 fans who attended the pro-am MMA event, it was a huge success. This was the fourth installment of Punch Drunk Promotions’ Rumble on the Ridge series, which matched 24 fighters in 12 bouts. Fourteen fighters competed at the amateur level and six fighters competed as professionals.

Rampage Jackson made a celebrity appearance.

Rampage Jackson made a celebrity appearance.

Shown in the photo above pro Bristol Marunde faced off with Justin Davis.  The fight started with the larger Davis attacking with left and right strikes, ultimately catching Bristol off guard.  When Bristol stumbled back dropping one knee to the mat, Davis thought he would close in for the kill, but that was his first mistake.  Everyone knows you don’t corner a wounded grizzly bear, but apparently Davis did not know the danger of going after Marunde when he appeared to be wounded.  Throwing wild punches left and right Davis closed in pressing Marunde against the wire mesh of the cage.  That’s when Marunde took over.  In one fell swoop Marunde lifted and slammed Davis to the mat and proceeded to pound and ground the man from Yelm, Washington.  Marunde who calls Sequim, Washington his home town, toyed with Davis and then ended the fight at 2:19 in round 2 with a devastatingly quick submission, a rear naked choke.  [Bristol Marunde happens to be the son of this author.  Yes, I started this commentary with my favorite fighter.]

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Bristol Marunde with a rear neaked choke on Justin Davis

The second pro fight was a victory for Jade Porter over Chanti Johnson.  It was the most controversial fight of the evening as Porter accidentally caught Johnson in the groin with a kick and dropped him to the mat, not once but twice.  The second time Johnson had a hard time getting back into the fight, but heart overcame body (with encouragement by Rampage Jackson from the side), and he persevered to the end.  Porter won by decision.  Crowds at MMA events tend to express their emotions freely and without delay, which means they booed in this case at the judge’s unanimous decision.

Porter pacing while Johson recovers from a kick to the groin.

Porter pacing while Johson recovers from a kick to the groin.

The main event of the evening was a rough knock down and drag out between Mike Hayes and Devin Cole.  Hayes matched Cole on his feet, but every time they went to the mat, it was Cole who had the upper hand, or should I say the upper fist.  It was a brutal fight and a matter of sheer will to get through each exhausting round.  In the end, Cole had dominated in points throughout each round and won by unanimous decision.

Mike Hayes Defeats Devin Cole

Mike Hayes Defeats Devin Cole

More photos for your viewing pleasure:

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Here are the complete fight results:

PRELIMINARY BOUT #1 NOVICE MMA 145

COLIN PORTER—VS—TONY SANCHEZ

Sanchez def. Porter via submission (guillotine choke) at :59 of Round 2

PRELIMINARY BOUT #2 NOVICE MMA  155

GEORGE GAITIN—VS—KIM THORTON

Thorton def. Gaitin via KO at :16 of Round 1

PRELIMINARY BOUT #3 A-CLASS MMA 145

MIKE ROSS—VS—ZACK BRUSS

Bruss def. Ross via unanimous decision

BOUT #4  A-CLASS MMA 135

BRITT BEULING—VS—JAY BROADEN

Broaden def. Beuling via unanimous decision

BOUT #5  A-CLASS MMA 145

JAE MANDANS—VS—ADRIAN LAZANO

Mandans def. Lazano via TKO at :50 of Round 2

BOUT #6  A-CLASS MMA 145

KASEY WHITE—VS—CODY HOUPERT

White def. Houpert via KO :08 of Round 1

BOUT # 7  A-CLASS MMA 145

JAMEN OLNY—VS—JASON ZENTGRAF

Zentgraf def. Olny via by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:54 of Round 1

BOUT #8   155 AMATEUR TITLE

LUPE HUDGENS—VS—JEFF HATTON

Hudgens def. Hatton by referee stoppage at 1:47 of Round 2

BOUT #9  MMA 135 AMATEUR TITLE

DEX MONTENEGRO—VS—BILL SULLIVAN

Montenegro wins by disqualification (illegal blows) at :40 of Round 1

PRO-BOUTS

BOUT #10  MMA 145

CHANTI JOHNSON—VS—JADE PORTER

Porter def. Johnson via unanimous decision

BOUT #11  MMA 185

BRISTOL MARUNDE—VS—JUSTIN DAVIS

Marunde def. Davis via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:19 of Round 2

MAIN EVENT

BOUT #12  MMA HEAVY WEIGHT

MIKE HAYES—VS—DEVIN COLE

Cole def. Hayes via unanimous decision

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About Snoqualmie Casino

Located at I-90 east, Exit 27, Snoqualmie Casino is the closest gaming center to Seattle and the first on the Eastside.  Comprised of over 170,000-square-feet of entertainment space, the Vegas-style venue features 50 table games, 10 poker tables, and 1,700 state-of-the-art slot machines.  From live concerts featuring nationally-acclaimed country, rock, and jazz artists, to performances by the nation’s hottest comedians, to the non-stop action of amateur MMA fights, Snoqualmie Casino is the Northwest’s premier venue for sports and entertainment.  Five restaurants, three unique lounges and bars, and a plush cigar lounge round out the total entertainment experience.  With unrivaled natural surroundings and majestic views of the Cascade Mountains, Snoqualmie Casino offers classic elegance in a sophisticated Northwest setting. For additional information, visit www.snocasino.com.

Author Chuck Marunde has written numerous articles for Ultimate Grappling Magazine and is currently the Editor in Chief of the online newspaper SequimNews.net.

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