Ashburn, VA - The biggest crowd in the 12 year history of the CageZilla promotion was on hand Saturday night for another sample of competitive mixed martial arts at the Silver Eagle Group in Ashburn.
On this night, most of the contests of the 14-fight card were decided in the ring. Those that did fall to the judges however, were close enough to keep the crowd guessing on the outcome.
At intermission, the prodigal sons and daughters of CageZilla returned home to be recognized as Hall of Fame inductees for their contribution to the franchise.
* Not in attendance.
The two main event title fights on the card this evening featured Nikol Aguirre of BETA Academy vs. Whitney Pyles of Tech MMA at 130 lbs. and Josh Jackson of The Fort MMA vs. Scott Bucsok of Team XCWT.
The Aguirre and Pyles title match got going first and Pyles jumped all over the Aguirre at the start with a straight lead right hand followed by machine-gun flurries that took Aguirre to the canvas.
Amazingly Aguirre was able to regain her composure and pull Pyles into guard, controlling her posture while Aguirre used the time to recover from the onslaught. Pyles got careless and Aguirre turned the tables quickly, attempting a triangle choke and placing Pyles in immediate danger. Now it was Pyles turn to show her composure as she squirmed, moved and shook, never allowing Aguirre to quite sink in the choke and the first round ended with Aguirre releasing her advantage at the bell.
The remainder of the fight was a chess match of sorts with Pyles countering with combinations when the opportunity was there and Aguirre taking stabs at singles with intermittent leg kicks. It was a very close fight in the end with the judges naming Whitney Pyles as the winner by split decision.
Josh Jackson and Scott Bucsok would close out the show at 170. Jackson sauntered out to the middle of the ring as Bucsok circled to his left. 4 seconds later Jackson exploded with an overhand left that he deftly hid behind a range finding jab.
Even with a controlling top position, Jackson pushed off to keep the fight standing. Having tasted success with his hands, he was determined to return to the well. It was clear Bucsok wanted to make this a grappling match but Jackson would have none of it. When Bucsok did manage to get the match to the ground, he couldn't manage any offense and Jackson would eventually fight his way back to his feet. Bucsok was never able to find his way to the fight, almost stumbling in on take down attempts and receiving multiple head shots on his entries. Jackson would sprawl, push off, deliver strikes and start the process all over again. Finally after a barrage of punches delivered by Jackson, the ref had seen enough and stepped in to save Bucsok from further damage. Jackson was declared the winner by TKO.
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About the Author:
Darryl Keeton is an avid striking, grappling and wrestling fan living in Upper Marlboro, MD. He holds a black belt in ITF Tae Kwon Do with additional training in Combat Jujutsu, Boxing and Muay Thai.