New England mixed martial arts fans were treated to a night filled with quick finishes as Cage Titans “Glory” came to the Local 103 Union Hall in Dorchester Saturday evening.
The night featured a ton of great action as every main card battle ended in the first or second round. Headlining the event was a bantamweight contest between two of the regions top 135ers as veteran Dan Bonnell of Team Renzo Gracie took on rising prospect Billy Giovanella of Connor’s MMA.
Giovanella made quick work of his opponent to keep his undefeated record intact, finishing Bonnell via technical knockout less than two minutes into the first round.
The fight immediately went to the ground with the Connor’s MMA product pressuring from the top position for the duration of the bout. Giovanella utilized solid elbows and ground-and-pound strikes while constantly advancing his position, eventually finishing the fight viciously from the mount position.
Giovanella looked like a beast in the cage and I can’t wait to what’s next for this undefeated prospect.
In the night’s co-main event, Triumph MMA’s Cody Anderson made a successful pro debut against Allaire’s Hector Sanchez.
Anderson immediately pressured in for the takedown, but Sanchez defended well in the opening seconds. However, after a huge right by the Triumph MMA product forced Sanchez to backpedal, Anderson shot right back in and secured an enormous slam.
The referee quickly called an end to the fight following the slam as Sanchez appeared to have injured his shoulder. Hope everything is okay with Sanchez, but an awesome pro debut for Anderson.
Two local standouts also made successful pro debuts as Doomsday MMA’s Joe Cloutier and Redline’s Kin Moy both took home first round submission victories.
Cloutier was able to secure a keylock just over two minutes into the round after surviving an early guillotine attempt from opponent Josh Mellen of Maximum Fitness. Moy put on an even more impressive debut, dominating Josh Beauparlant, who took the fight on a week’s notice, both standing up and on the ground before securing an armbar from mount.
“It takes balls to get in the cage, but it takes even more balls to take a fight on a weeks notice,” Moy said in his post-fight interview, thanking Beauparlant for taking the bout. Moy looked impressive in his first pro bout and I look forward to seeing the Redline product as he ascends the rankings.
Rounding out the main card was an amatuer heavyweight title fight between champ Nick Fontecchio of Connor’s MMA and challenger Edward Gillis of Doomsday MMA.
Despite a dominant first round put on by Fontecchio, Gillis was able to storm back in the second frame, besting the champ during an early round slugfest to take home the Cage Titans title. Both men came out swining in the second round, but Gillis was able to connect with a solid shot to Fontecchio’s jaw, instantly knocking him out just 17 seconds into the round.
“Tough kid, I’m still seeing stars from the first round,” Gillis said in his post-fight interview. “It was huge, I was in the gym everyday. Everyone man, thank you very much.”
Check out the full results from Saturday’s fights below:
Fight of the Night – Welly Sanchez vs. Evan Aubrey
Knockout of the Night – Edward Gillis
Submission of the Night – George Nassar
Billy Giovanella def. Dan Bonnell via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:53
Cody Anderson def. Hector Sanchez via referee stoppage (injury) – Round 1, 1:06
Joe Cloutier def. Josh Mellen via submission (keylock) – Round 1, 2:21
Kin Moy def. Josh Beauparlant via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:45
Amatuer Heavyweight Title Fight:
Edward Gillis def. Nick Fontecchio via KO (punch) – Round 2, 0:17
Hiago Fontura def. Tim Leary via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 1:05
George Nassar def. Shayne Stephenson via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:20
Lorenzo Kane def. Stephen Kimball via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 0:58
Ricky Bekerian def. Chris Suarez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Evan Aubrey def. Welly Sanchez via majority decision (28-28, 28-29, 28-29)