Combat Corner Fight Team Dominant at NAFC “Battle in the Ballroom”
On Saturday September 28th local fight fans once again flooded the historic Eagles Club Ballroom for an action packed card from the North American Fighting Championship. As always the NAFC put together a card that showcased the top up and coming professional prospects from the Midwest. The NAFC continues to be a stable for major MMA organizations looking for young talent that are ready to take it to the next level. At “Battle in the Ballroom” fans got a chance to see some of these fighters that may not be on the local circuit for much longer. The Combat Corner Professional fight team had four fighters on the card that stepped up and showed they are ready for the next step in their MMA career.
In the midst of the main card we saw a lightweight scrap as Gilbert Digiulio of Chicago’s Gilbert Grappling, found himself up against Combat Corner sponsored and Roufusport fighter Jordan “The Psycho Hammer” Griffin. Griffin got the better of Digiulio everywhere the fight and dominated the fight through all three rounds. Griffin even played to the crowd as the chanted his name late in the third round while laying some ground and pound on Digiulio. Though the fight went to the judges’ scorecards it was clear who the winner was as he picked up the unanimous decision.
In the very next fight we saw another lightweight bout that featured Branden Bell, of Ironworks Training Center, as he saw himself matched up with the always dangerous; Combat Corner sponsored, Rob Couillard, from Roufusport. Early in the first both fighters looked to stand and bang and Couillard was getting the better of the exchanges but when it got to the ground Couillard showed superior ground game. In just 2:01 of the very first round Couillard locked in an armbar that forced his opponent to tap out.
In the Welterweight division Quinton McCotrell of 11th Dimension from Joliet, Illinois was to face off against Combat Corner sponsored fighter Zak Ottow from Pura Vida BJJ. Sporting a Fu Manchu mustache and a look of determination Ottow took to the center of the cage and exchanged with McCotrell but late in the 1st Ottow was on his back on the ground with McCotrell on him. At the start of the second Ottow came out with a flurry of punches and kicks and when the opportunity came for Ottow to get McCotrell’s back, Ottow locked in a rear naked choke that forced McCotrell to tap.
In the main event of the evening in the bantamweight division James Porter of Hollywod MMA in Ft. Wayne Indiana was set to face Combat Corner sponsored fighter, current RFA flyweight champion, “The Phenom” Sergio Pettis from Roufusport. It was clear early that Porter wanted no part of Pettis’ dangerous stand up game as he look to take him down early. On three separate occasions Porter got Pettis down but every time he did Sergio got close to a submission and on the third time “The Phenom” locked in a Kimura at 2:33 of the 1st round that forced Porter to tap. After the fight Sergio took the microphone and begged that Dana White and The Ultimate Fighting Championship give him a contract. In the few days that have followed the fight it has been reported that Sergio Pettis (9-0) has signed with the UFC and will likely make his debut at UFC167.