FULL V3 FIGHT REPORT!
On a steamy June evening, V3 Fights returned to a packed house at Minglewood Hall Saturday night with an impressive card featuring crowd favorites Tripp Carter, Ben Brewer, Jesse James Wallace and Tony Way. Three V3 title belts would be on the line, and all three belts would stay with the champs.
Way, V3’s reigning lightweight champ would quickly dispose of challenger, Brandon Rhodes in less than 90 seconds with a rear naked choke.
Welterweight champ Ben Brewer would overcome a crowd-angering punch during a mutual show of respect at the beginning of the first round to lock in a triangle choke, finishing challenger Dustin Taylor at 2:13 of the first round.
Brewer shook off the punch that resulted in the crowd booing Taylor during the entire fight, even downplaying it in the post-fight interview.
“Nerves get to you, and it’s first title fight,” Brewer said. “He said it was an accident.”
Featherweight champ Jesse James Wallace would need all five rounds to score a unanimous decision over Nick Davis, one of the few times Wallace has gone the distance during his V3 career.
Both fighters would spend the majority of the fight grappling on the ground and trading submission attempts. The fighters were almost evenly matched in the submission department, and were almost running on fumes by the time the fight ended. However, Wallace would begin the fifth round trading punches with Davis, teasing that fans can expect more of that from him in the future. However, the fight was so even that Wallace may have gained the upper hand with a fifth round takedown.
Crowd favorite Tripp Carter would also dominate a fight against Johnathan Vargas that would go the distance.
Carter would rely heavily on his boxing, delivering the quick and brutal pace that fans have come to expect from the fighter. Carter would stagger Vargas several times during the fight, but to his credit, the shorter challenger would keep moving forward, tagging Carter a few times when it seemed like he was in trouble.
While he continues to impress with every fight, Carter acknowledged he still has room for improvement in his defense.
“It was me going wild again,” Carter said. “Gotta keep my hands up.”
The night got off to a quick start with two action-packed fights between evenly matched fighters. Bantamweight Matt Weibel submitting Devon Staggs with a straight ankle lock 59 seconds into the first round. Weibel immediately scored a leg sweep takedown and overpowered Staggs as the fighters went to the ground.
Both fighters tried to lock in ankle locks, but Weibel would lock his in first. After the Staggs tapped, Weibel accentuated his win by spiking his mouthpiece. It would land in the crowd.
“(The leg kick) is my move,” Weibel said after the fight. “Nobody is going to get an ankle lock tighter than me. That’s the truth.”
Two fighters in two separate fights would thoroughly impress the crowd in two completely different ways.
Miles Micci would win the bloodiest and most brutal fight of the night against Trey Manley. The fighters reportedly went to high school together and have shared a mutual dislike that led them to refuse to shake hands before the fight. While both fighters seemed skilled, they had no interest in grappling or submissions. They each were looking for a knockout. Micci would try to execute a guillotine that was born out of desperation during the second round. Manley would get the edge several times, and was able to use “superman punches” to hurt Micci, leading to a TKO from strikes at 2:37 of the second round.
The fighters were able to put their disdain to the side for a second after the fight to shake hands.
Manley said after the fight that he injured his shoulder in training camp, which led to him taking several shots during the fight.
Welterweight Tyler Hill used his 5-inch height advantage to lock in a guillotine choke on Jerry Rowe 34 seconds into the first round. A clearly emotional Hill was especially gracious after the win.
“I’ve been trying to make it (on a card with V3) for a really long time,” Hill said.
Lightweights Blake Campbell and Dalton Pierce would trade takedowns, punches and kicks throughout the first round and a half, but Campbell would get the decisive takedown and rain hammer fists on Pierce, leading to a stoppage at 1:44 of the second round.
While he absorbed a lot of punishment, Campbell said he was prepared for Pierce, a veteran of 17 fights, winning nine of them.
“I train with experienced people every so it didn’t mean anything to me,” Campbell said. “But it sucks getting hit.”
Lightweight fighter Hunter Middleton would win a hard fought unanimous decision over Chris Warrick.
Welterweight Marcus Wallace would score a TKO at 1:40 of the second round over Rodd Bawcum, as would light heavyweight Alvin Williams, who only needed 31 seconds to dispose of Wes Sharp.
The first women’s bought in V3 history would be a dominating win by lightweight Amberlynn Orr, who dominated Sara Araz, who took the fight earlier in the day after Mandy Polk, Orr’s original opponent backed out.
Lightweight fighter Wade Johnson would show his nickname, “The Hammer” is well deserved, scoring a TKO on Adam Glenn at 1:06 of the first round.