Evangelista Stops Thornburg at The Warriors Cage 17 "Conflict"
By:Daniel "BigTrip" Quintana
The Warriors Cage was back at it, at the Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville, Ca. June 21st, 2013. A brand new 26 by 26 Cage was ready to be broken in as the promotion put on its second event of the year with The Warriors Cage 17 "Conflict".
Strikeforce Veteran Billy "Bad Ass" Evangelista out of Fresno, Ca took on Josh Thornburg out of Lodi, Ca in the main event. Evangelista would control the fight taking Thornburg to the ground where he worked his ground and pound landing some good elbows in rounds one and two. Thornburg representing Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu attempted to get the fight to the ground on occasion and would pin Evangelista along the cage but couldn't complete the take downs. Thornburg entered the final round looking gassed and flopping to guard to avoid any offense Evangelista would throw his way. Evangelista began to land at will and finished a downed Thornburg with a hard right hand that forced referee Cecil Peoples to stop the fight 1:31 in round 3. Giving Evangelista the tko win.
In the co main event Modesto Ca's "Bad" Brad McDonald met Thomas Diagne from San Jose, Ca. McDonald came out looking for the KO as usual, but Diagne who trains out of AKA was having non of it. Diagne took McDonald down where he landed some punches. McDonald would get back to his feet, but it was Diagne who would land some hard spinning back kicks to the body. Along with some knees from the clinch that opened up a cut on McDonald as the first round came to a end. Referee had the Dr check McDonald's cut during the break. The Dr decided the damage was bad enough to where McDonald couldn't continue, and the fight was stopped. Making Thomas Diagne the winner by Dr stoppage.
Porterville's Adam Calderon moved his record to 4-1 in impressive fashion, with a relentless attack on Sacramento's Sam Garrett. Calderon landed some nice combos, before landing a punishing kick to the body that sent Garrett to the canvas. Calderon followed up with some more punches until the referee stepped in to stop the fight 1:44 in round 1.
Tule River's Owen Rubio and Ruben "Warpath" Villareal went all three rounds in their bout. Rubio was able to land more shots and was the busier of the two throughout the fight. Judges scored it a unanimous decision for Owen Rubio.
Springville's Brandon Cohea earned his first win over Dakota Bell. Cohea was able to stay calm after Bell landed some hard punches in round one. Cohea landed leg kicks and some punches of his own in round two, taking anything Bell threw his way and giving it right back. After round two, Bell was unable to answer the bell to begin round three, giving Brandon Cohea the win.
Ryan Reneau defeated Matt Salazar by KO in what was awarded the fight of the night. After two back and forth rounds Reneau landed a big right elbow that dropped Salazar :42 seconds into round 3.
Bakersfield's JC Llamas picked up submission of the night honors with his win over Anthony Wedlock. Llamas needed only :30 seconds to lock up a rear naked choke that forced the tap in round 1.
Noah Schnabel defeated Josh Herrick by submission. Herrick controlled the first round nearly locking up a choke after taking Schnabel's back in round one. In round two its was Schnabel who found a rear naked choke of his own that forced the tap 1:07 in round 2.
William "Little Bear" Johnson was awarded knock out of the night with his win over Tony Vera. Johnson blasted Vera with a head kick that put Vera out in only :21 seconds of round 1.
Carlos Becerra defeats Cameron Ramirez, after three rounds of action judges scored the fight a unanimous decision for Bacerra.