Annandale, VA – Strike Off Fighting Championships, Episode 11 took place this past Saturday, October 7th at the Richard Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale, Virginia. Strike Off FC ‘s appeal stems from their presentation of talented local MMA fighters in an easy to access venue.
On a busy weekend of activities in Washington D.C. area, combat sports fans were treated to a line-up of seven thrilling fights, none of which would go the distance. Submissions and knockouts decorated the cage this evening and the crowd showered support of their favorite fighters by yelling encouragement along the way.
The big fellas would open the show with heavyweights Cedric Savage lining up against Chris Stanton at the first bell. Stanton would move forward to try to take the initiative from Smith who was caught off balance early while on the receiving end of a strike from Smith. This fight quickly moved to the ground where Smith would put his grappling skills on display taking control of the outcome and ending the evening for Stanton with a rear naked choke at 2:39 in first round.
Steven Parsons of Glen Allen, VA would be next against Latif Idris from Venice, CA at 125 lbs. Parsons would make quick work of Idris who never had an opportunity to throw a punch. Parsons was the aggressor early and as Idris tried to circle away. Parsons found the right moment to cut off Idris’ escape with a throw away left and a right hand over the top, immediately dropping Idris in his stance. The KO win went to Parsons in the opening seconds of the first round.
Brandon Mason fighting out of Method MMA would submit his opponent Chevelle Womack from Largo, MD via triangle choke claiming a nice win with stellar technique.
Chris Rollins was all business against his opponent, Shawn Joffe when the two met at 145lbs. Rollins was the taller fighter with a reach advantage, so the expectation would be that he would try to keep the fight at range and pick off Joffee as he came inside. But if was Rollins who would pressure Joffee on the inside, pressing him to the cage and inflicting all manner of damage from the clinch with knees and elbows. Joffee to his credit refused to go down easy, giving a valiant effort in a losing cause. Rollins would take the win with a KO late in the first round.
At 170 lbs., Jason Brown, also of Method MMA would cement is his victory against Mikaeel Middleton from North Carolina with what looked to be a flying scissor takedown that he converted to a leg lock for a submission win. Before that nifty move, Brown and Middleton exchanged heavy shots with both men arriving to the cage seemingly built for battle.
It was a race to see who would connect their hands first and Marino came through with flying colors lifting Kermon off his feet and clearing his hips to make way for the slam to mat. Kermon would be in trouble for the remainder of the fight. As he tried to rise from the mat, he would expose his back and Marino took advantage quickly by sliding in position and sinking in a deep rear naked choke that gave Kermon no chance to recover from.
The final fight of the evening would take place at 155 lbs. pitting Mischa Christensen from Baltimore, MD against Alan Stephenson of Goochland, VA. The signature of this match was the movement of Stephenson early on. Christensen was a step behind most exchanges with Stephenson choosing to circle and fire at will. When Christensen would try to advance, Stephenson would circle out and leave behind an upper cut or check hook as something to remember him by. Christensen decided to change the course of the fight by going inside and pressing Stephenson to the cage and eventually too him down with a single leg. They didn’t seem to serve him well either as Stephenson established his guard from the bottom and deftly setup a triangle chose that would spell the end for Christensen.
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About the Author:
Darryl Keeton is an avid striking, grappling and wrestling fan living in Upper Marlboro, MD. He is a Certified Personal Trainer and holds a black belt in ITF Tae Kwon Do with additional training in Combat Jujutsu, Boxing and Muay Thai.