I had the pleasure of attending my first Lonestar Beatdown event Friday night at a packed house at The Gym in Arlington. The feature bout was between Chris Rose and Jason David Frank (the actor who played one of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). It was a cage-rattling, fast-paced bout that ended about as quickly as it started.
Frank pulled out the TKO win, but you could tell that he is still a very green MMA fighter. He seemed to run out of gas toward the end of the fight; I'm sure he'll be working on that aspect of his game prior to facing steeper competition. When the announcer asked him about a potential fight against Jean-Claude Van Damme, Frank replide, “If he wants to fight, I'll fight him.”
As for the rest of the bouts, I was pleasantly surprised by the skill set of the fighters on the card. Many of the fighters in the amateur event showcased professional-level talent.
I was especially impressed with Brad Mitchell, who defeated Nik Felder to take the lighweight belt. His stand-up game was superb, and he certainly could take a punch. Mitchell said declared that he'll go pro after one more title fight. Lets hope one of the DFW promotions snatch him up when he's ready.
My Fight of the Night honors goes to Quaint Kempf vs. Tristin Grimsley. This was an absolute barn-burner that kept the fans involved from bell to bell for all three rounds. Ultimately, Grimsley, who was cornered by WEC fighter Will Campuzano, won the match in a close split decision. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a rematch between the two just around the corner.
Lonestar Beatdown results:
Jason David Frank defeated Chris Rose via TKO in the first round.
155 title -- Brad Mitchell defeats Nik Felder via TKO in the fourth round.
145 title –- Steven Peterson defeated Jeremy Hontz by tap out due to strikes in the first round.
Evan Thompson defeated Aaron Culpepper via TKO in the first round.
Tristin Grimsley defeated Quaint Kemp via split decision.
Eli Tamez defeated Nelson Salas by tap out due to armbar in the first round.
Evan Cutts defeats Peywand Honargohar by tap out due to rear naked choke in the second round.
Drew Ratichek defeated Luke Hoffman due to a doctor stoppage at the end of the first round; cut over Hoffman's eye.
Kendrick Holloway defeated Rob Williams via tap out due to guillotine choke in the first round.
Phillip Miller defeated Joe Schnau via tap out due to armbar in the first round.
Joe Trevino defeats Steven Ngo via tap out due to rear naked choke in the second round.