Saturday, June 25th the Virginia based Strike Off Fighting Championships continued their run at bringing PRO MMA fights to the region with Strike Off 8: Road to Grand Prix held at the Richard J. Ernst Cultural Center in Annandale, VA.
The headliner for the event featured a Lightweight Championship bout between Francisco Isata vs. Noe Quintanilla at 155-pounds with the co-main event showcasing Micah Terrill vs. Brett Shoenfelt at 170-pounds.
If you’ve never seen a pro-MMA event before, the Strike Off Championship series presents a great opportunity to get a feel for the sport in your own backyard. Strike Off does a great job of putting on a high-level professional event with action in the cage, properly staged music and only short periods between fights. The card for the night featured fighters from area camps including Freedom MMA, Kaizen MMA, Evolve Academy, Conquest, Disciple MMA, Ground Control Academy and Martinsville Fight Club.
With eight fights on display for the evening the crowd was entertained by area competitors giving their all to savor the taste of combat under the bright lights. Many of the participants showed up with a strong following of family and friends who cheered them on as they made their gladiator entrance to the cage. Even if you didn’t know all of the fighters it was fun to make your pick before they entered the cage. Sometimes based on an air of confidence, music they chose or some tell-tale body language they may have given off.
Everyone seemingly came to fight on this night, but one of the standout wins was Ahmet “The Turk” Kayretli from Kaizen MMA who set-up his timing perfectly to land a knee from hell against the forehead of Michael Ballard from Georgia. Ahmet took his record to 6-1 with the win and will be someone to watch in future fights to come.
The co-main event between 32-year old, Micah “See Me” Terrill of Crofton, MD from team Conquest and 26-year old, Brett “Showtime” Shoenfelt of Altoona, PA from Dignan-Brumbaugh MMA was decided quickly as Shoenfelt, who looked relaxed and steady early in the fight, miscalculated on a take-down attempt and gave way to hammer fists by Micah Terrill for a first round victory.
The championship match between 31-year old, Franscisco Isata of Silver Spring, MD from Disciple MMA and late notice stand-in, 36-year old, Noe Quintanilla Roanoke, VA from Martinsville Fight Club was for the Strike Off FC Lightweight title. In a battle of wills, Quintanilla seemed to never be able to get comfortable as he was repeatedly taken down by Isata during the match. After starting off as a striking contest between the two, Quintanilla quickly found himself defending a rear naked choke as Isata struggled to finish him. The remaining two rounds were repeats of the first with Isata out-pointing Quintanilla with take downs and ground control and Quintanilla in defense mode. In a fight that didn’t seem as close as the score card, Isata easily won the bout with the judges score card of 30-27 becoming the new Strike Off Fighting Championships Lightweight Champion.
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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 Taekwondo and is also a practitioner of Combat Jujutsu, Boxing and Muay Thai.