UP-N-Comers 7 Results
The Up and Comers 7 fight card definitely saved the best for last.The amateur mixed martial arts cards showcased 11 fights and the last two of the night were crowd pleasers on Saturday night in Fresno.
In the main event, Anthony Williams did just enough to earn a split-decision victory against Tim Eastom to capture the Northern California amateur lightweight championship.Williams and Eastom went back and forth at each other in a very entertaining fight that really could have gone either way.But in the end, the judges felt Williams did enough and gave him the decision, 29-28.5, 28.5-29.5 and 29-28.Williams improved to 6-1 as an amateur, and Eastom, the crowd favorite out of Fresno, fell to 4-1.
The co-main event featured the most brutal knockout of the night.
Richard Parra landed a vicious combination to knock out Benjamin Amezquita 1 minute, 51 seconds into the second round. Both fighters came out with a lot of energy and did not hesitate to throw any punches, but it was Parra’s that landed and forced Amezquita to receive extra attention from the ringside doctor following the bout.
In another exciting bout, Radames Garcia improved to 4-1 with his victory over Benjamin Castaneda. The two fighters went back and forth in a nonstop affair, but Garcia earned the unanimous decision victory.
The submission of the night easily went to Nick Bustamante. He wasted very little time in taking the fight to the ground where he locked in a rear-naked choke and choked out Remington Reeves in just 1:31. Bustamante is 4-0 as an amateur, and Reeves is 2-2.
In the most animated fight of the night, Leo Cantu defeated Jorge Casco via unanimous decision, much to the dismay of the pro-Casco crowd. Both fighters struggled with their stand-up, but Cantu proved to have the better ground game and better stamina in the final round of the fight.
Brandon Hester improved to 5-1 with a knockout victory against Anthony Montez. Hester finished Montez at the 1:13 mark of the second round. Montez fell to 3-3 as an amateur.
Michael Ortega won the Northern California cruiserweight title with a win over John Mathison. The fight was stopped early in the third round after an unintentional foul by Ortega. The judges awarded him with the unanimous decision victory as he improved to 2-0.
Lamar Reed defeated Jonathan Chaplin to win the Northern California CAMO middleweight title. Reed improved to 4-0 in his amateur bouts while Chaplin fell to 7-3.
Selma’s Nic Contreras put on a wrestling clinic in his amateur debut against Andrew Skyers. Contreras dominated the fight from the opening bell. Skyers landed a couple of shots, but as soon as Contreras closed the distance, he took his opponent down and controlled the fight. Visalia fighter Sandor “Sandman” Escobar improved to 2-1 as an amateur with an impressive first-round knockout against Fresno’s James Spear. Both fighters came out swinging, but as Escobar closed the distance, he landed a pair of short uppercuts that sent Spear to the canvas. Escobar immediately jumped on his opponent to finish the fight in just 57 seconds.
In the first fight of the night, Tulare’s Galen Williams defeated Samuel Pryor via unanimous decision in each fighter’s amateur debut. Williams dominated all three rounds to pull out the easy decision.