RFO Big Guns 14 Recap
On Saturday Oct. 18 the Fairhaven Hall on the Richland County Fairgrounds filled up with eager MMA fans that were ready for a night of exciting fights. Revelation Fight Organization hosted a total of 14 fights, four professional and ten amateur at RFO Big Guns 14. Of those 14 fights, only four went to a decision. The amateur main event was highlighted by a bantamweight title fight. The professional end featured a fight that the fans were so excited for you couldn’t even hear the announcer introducing the fighters. All in all the event was yet another success for the promotion.
170 lbs: J’Mar Moore vs Caleb Stewart
In what was arguably the fight of the night, these two fighters making their MMA debuts utilized crisp striking and pin point technique. Caleb almost finished the fight in the second round after attempting both a triangle and armbar but saw both submissions fail. Going into the third the fight was very close. J’Mar made that irrelevant after breaking away from the clench up against the cage and landing a right hook. The shot was enough for a walk away KO at 1:12 of round 3.
135 lbs Title Fight: Jeffrey Mack vs Aaron Neighbors
The amateur main event saw Aaron Neighbors take back his bantamweight belt. Neighbors appeared to always end up in the better position following scrambles. That along with multiple successful takedowns and a few submission attempts earned him the unanimous decision win.
135 lbs: Charlie Gathers vs Ray Yanez
From the very beginning Gathers, a native of Pennsylvania, was all over Yanez. Gathers found a home for his heavy leg kicks on the left leg of Yanez which caused a nasty bruise. After a great first round of striking, a takedown by Gathers in the second round led to a rear naked choke at 3:52.
125 lbs: Cody Gabelman vs Darnell Pettis
After a lengthy layoff, Gabelman returned to the cage and started right where he left off. A majority of this fight took place on the ground where Gableman moved from side control to mount as he pleased. Pettis had little chance to showcase his skills as he was on the defensive the entire fight. In the second round Gabelman put an end to the domination by sinking in a rear naked choke at 4:48. Gabelman is now 2-0.
135 lbs: Lloyd Thornton vs Josh Longood
Longood’s professional debut was nothing short of picture perfect. The fan favorite found success with his striking and grappling early on. Even when taken down by Thornton he threatened with a guillotine. In the second round Longood secured a takedown and worked his way to a D’arce (announced as an anaconda) choke that brought on the tap at 2:09.
145 lbs: Marc Salser vs Mike Williams
The main event lived up to all the hype that surrounded it. Salser the former professional boxer looked to win on the feet with a few takedowns added in while Williams looked to use all aspects of MMA. Heated striking exchanges found their way to the ground where Williams used sweeps and reversals to gain the dominate position. Williams threatened with several submission attempts but Salser was able to escape each time. Finally from the mount, which was achieved by an aforementioned sweep, Williams was able to transition to an armbar that forced Salser to tap. The submission came at 1:54 of round 2.