Twenty-six amateur fighters went to war this past Saturday night at the Richland County Fairgrounds. For many of these young fighters, it was their very first time stepping into the cage. Their promotion of choice was the Revelation Fighting Organization.
RFO saw yet another packed house at RFO Mansfield Mayhem 14. Throughout the fight card the crowd cheered, booed, chanted and stood to their feet. It was very clear that the fans were passionate about MMA. While many of the fighters making their debuts put on great performances, the featured fights of the evening lived up to expectations and stole the show.
Xavier Nash vs Joe Goyette
The first of five featured fights took place in the welterweight division. The first round belonged to Goyette who earned a takedown and landed some ground and pound. Nash was able to recover and dominate the latter two rounds with takedowns and ground control. Nash did just enough to receive a unanimous decision nod from the judges, moving him to 7-2.
Kyle Glorias vs Alex Carroll
This bantamweight bout was over as quickly as it started. Right after the glove touch, Carroll landed a straight right that put Glorias on his butt. Carroll followed with a vicious barrage of ground strikes en route to a :16 win by way of tapout due to strikes.
Adam Roll vs Victor Guarriello
Guarriello dominated this flyweight fight from the very beginning. Several takedowns throughout the first and second rounds combined with smooth transitions on the ground led to a TKO from back mount at 2:56 of round 2.
Chris Tripi vs John Gunther
This fight proved why these fighters are considered two of the best amateur welterweights in the state. The first round saw Gunther taking the fight to the mat and controlling Tripi without landing many shots. Tripi came out in the second, landing multiple leg kicks and jabs. That is until Gunther took it right back to the ground. The final round was finished off with even more dominate wrestling by Gunther. He won by unanimous decision handing Tripi his first lost.
Drew Schottenheimer vs Josh Longood
In the featherweight main event, Longood used flashy striking and quick takedowns to curb any success that Schottenheimer had. In the second round Longood earned another takedown, transitioned to Schottenheimer’s back and sunk in a deep rear naked choke seconds before the end of round two. Longood moved to 7-1 and hinted at turning pro.
The other winners included:
Laurence Wilder, Mike Seibert, Roger Oswalt, Memaran Sunsearay, Ronnie Tisdal, Blake Bitticker, Tom Murfield and Tanner Murat.