Despite several road blocks, including disapproval from the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, Shine Fights is going forward with its one-night, eight-man lightweight grand prix tournament tonight (Sept. 10) from the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma.
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The 155-pound tournament will feature Charles Bennett, Drew Fickett, Rich Crunkilton, Carlo Prater, Kyle Baker, James Warfield, Dennis Bermudez and Shannon Gugerty.
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Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps and post-fight analysis. Without further delay, see below for the latest SHINE Fights 3 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action!)
SHINE FIGHTS 3 LIGHTWEIGHT GRAND PRIX QUICK RESULTS:
Drew "Knight Rider" Fickett defeats Carlo "Neo" Prater via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:02 of round one
Carlo "Neo" Prater defeats Charlie "Hollywood" Brown via unanimous decision
Drew "Knight Rider" Fickett defeats Dennis Bermudez via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:02 of round one
Dennis Bermudez defeats Shannon Gugerty via unanimous decision
"Alley Cat" Kyle Baker defeats James Warfield via split decision
Rich "Cleat" Crunkilton defeats Carlo "Neo" Prater via split decision
Drew "Knight Rider" Fickett defeats Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:34 of round one
SHINE FIGHTS 3 LIGHTWEIGHT GRAND PRIX PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
Drew "Knight Rider" Fickett vs. Carlo "Neo" Prater
Round one: Fickett runs out and shoots for a takedown right away. He gets it and Prater has full guard. Body punches from Fickett. He gets warned by the referee to get to work. Fickett stands and passes to side control. Fickett controlling Prater nicely here and he takes full mount. Big punches from Fickett. Prater gives up his back and Fickett is working for the rear naked choke. Prater escapes, but Fickett has full mount again. Prater gives up his back again and now Fickett sinks in the choke. Prater taps and Drew Fickett has just won this tournament in dominating fashion.
Final result: Drew "Knight Rider" Fickett defeats Carlo "Neo" Prater via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:02 of round one
Carlo "Neo" Prater vs. Charlie "Hollywood" Brown (both Crunkilton and Baker were unable to continue after their first round wins)
Round one: Gloves touch and we're underway. Leg kick from Brown. Prater fires back with one of his own. Another from Brown. Another from Prater. Brown again. Prater again. Brown flashing his jab and now he unloads with a combination. Prater leans in and just avoids a combination from Brown. High kick from Prater. Leg kick from Brown. Hard leg kick from Brown almost causes Prater to lose his feet. Another leg kick from Brown. Another. Prater now scores with one. High kick gets blocked by Brown. Unintentional low blow from Brown, but Prater is okay to continue. Small exchange and a brief clinch. Body kick from Brown. Leg kick from Prater. Push kick from Brown. Inside leg kick from Brown. Prater with a combination of punches. Prater catches a kick and switches to a double leg attempt. Brown defends it well and unloads with a combination of punches that wobble Prater momentarily. Into the clinch with Prater pinned in the corner. Overhand right misses from Brown on the separation. Leg kick from Prater. Nice exchange and Prater scores a takedown right at the bell. I still think Brown won the round with aggression and striking.
Round two: Brown opens up with a leg kick right away. He misses on another. Prater connects with one. Prater shoots and Brown sprawls nicely. Prater still has it and he drives Brown into the corner. Brown reverses and unloads some knees to the legs and body. The referee says one of them was low and he calls for a pause in the action. Leg kick from Prater. Brown answers with another. Prater shoots and drives Brown into the ropes. Knees from Brown. Brown tries for a trip, but Prater does well to defend it. Knees from Prater now and he scores with a trip takedown. Brown has full guard. Prater working punches to the body. Nice ground and pound from Prater here. Brown looking for a triangle, but he has nothing. Prater unloading ground strikes from the top. Prater has his back now and Brown stands and gets him off. They separate and Brown leans in with punches. Brown shoots now, but Prater defends it well. Prater sweeps and gets another takedown. Full guard for Brown. Prater rolls for a kneebar, but Brown punches his way out and takes the top position just before the bell. Prater's round there.
Final result: Carlo "Neo" Prater defeats Charlie "Hollywood" Brown via unanimous decision
Drew "Knight Rider" Fickett vs. Dennis Bermudez
Round one: Fickett runs out and takes the center. Bermudez clinches right away and Fickett takes him down. Bermudez works back to his feet and Fickett tries for a guillotine. He lets it go. Bermudez with a right hand and Fickett slips to the ground. Bermudez standing over him with Fickett telling him to come on down into his guard. Bermudez obliges and Ficett reverses right away. Fickett quickly takes his back and starts working for the rear naked choke. Bermudez is defending well, but Fickett is relentless. Body lock now for Fickett and now he sinks the choke in and Bermudez taps right away. Another quick victory for Fickett and he's in the final. Very impressive.
Final result: Drew "Knight Rider" Fickett defeats Dennis Bermudez via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:02 of round one
Rich "Cleat" Crunkilton vs. Carlo "Neo" Prater
Round one: Cleat with a leg kick. He shoots and Prater defends well against the ropes. Crunkilton still looking for the takedown. Body punches from Cleat. Prater pushes out and eats a couple of kicks. Nice jab from Prater. Cleat ducks under a high kick and goes right back into the clinch. Nice knee from Prater to the head. Huge slamming takedown from Prater and he has side mount. To the other side now. Ground strikes from Prater. Crunkilton gets half guard. Now a closed full guard. The referee moves them to the center. Crunkilton with a nice reversal and he takes the top position. Prater has half guard. Body punches from the bottom from Prater. Cleat stands and Prater takes advantage and gets back to his feet. Cleat catches a kick now and drives Prater to the ground and through the ropes. The referee wants a timeout to make sure everything is okay. Back underway. High kick misses from Prater. Cleat with a left hand. Cleat eats a knee and tries a for a takedown off of it. Prater defends it well and gets separation. Nice punches from Cleat and he scores a takedown. Prater reverses and takes the top position. He stands and Crunkilton follows. Still in the clinch. Cleat's nose is bleeding now. They separate and Prater tries a flying knee and ends up on his back. Crunkilton on top as the bell sounds. Close round.
Round two: Cleat opens up with punches and kicks before initiating a clinch. Prater with a flying knee attempt that misses. Crunkilton drills him with two hard punches. Driving takedown from Crunkilton. Prater works back to his feet, but Cleat has him in the corner. Takedown from Cleat again but Prater is right back up. Cleat with punches and kicks. He's been very aggressive so far in this round. Big left hand from Cleat. Another nice takdown from Cleat. Into side control. Prater works back to his feet and Crunkilton misses wildly with a right hand. Cleat drives him into the ropes with a double leg. Prater defends and pushes for separation. Leg kick from Cleat. Double leg attempt from Cleat gets nowhere. Into the clinch. Knees from Prater. Cleat pushes out and unloads with punches. Back into the clinch momentarily. Big exchange with Prater landing a knee. Body kick from Crunkilton. Takedown scores now for Crunkilton. Prater has full guard. The referee moves them to the center. Cleat tries to pass to side control. He gets to half guard. Cleat stands and Prater follows as the bell sounds. Crunkilton's round for sure there. Could be a third round, though.
Round three: Big exchange right away and Crunkilton scores with a takedown. Prater works nicely back to his feet. Nice body kick from Cleat. Double leg attempt from Crunkilton. Prater defends and gets separation. Nice left from Cleat and he tries for another double. Prater shrugs it off and Cleat backs him into the corner and tires for another with 90 seconds to go. Prater pushes him off and circles out. Jabs from both fighters before clinching again. Knees from Cleat. Double leg try again for Cleat. To the ground momentarily before they both pop back up. Nice right hand from Prater. He tries a flying knee and Cleat is backpedaling. Combination from Crunkilton now. Takedown attempt from Crunkilton and he gets it at the bell. Cleat was pretty tired in the round, but I still think he did enough to win the round.
Final result: Rich "Cleat" Crunkilton defeats Carlo "Neo" Prater via split decision
James Warfield vs. "Alley Cat" Kyle Baker
Round one: Warfield charges forward right away with a body kick. Baker grabs his groin claiming a low blow and the referee calls for a pause in the action for the unintentional strike. Back underway. Warfield circling. Nice body kick from Baker. Right hand from Warfield. Kicks land from both fighters. Spinning backfist misses from Warfield. Baker stalking Warfield. Push kick and a missed spinning backfist from Baker now. Hard left hand connects from Warfield now. He follows it up with a nice leg kick. Baker answers with one of his own. Flying knee attempt from Warfiled. Into the clinch now with Warfiled pinned in a corner. Knees from Baker. Punches to the body now from Baker. Foot stomps from Baker. More body punches and an uppercut. A low blow from Warfield again and there's another halt in the action. Back underway. Warfield unloads with big punches right away. He misses on another flying knee and falls to the canvas. Back up and he tries a flying kick now to the body. Baker connects now with a counter punch that sends Warfield backwards. Big exchange and Warfield connects on a big right hand. Baker is bleeding badly. Another big exchange with kicks and a knee from Warfield. Warfield scoops him up and slams him into the mat. The referee wants a timeout to check the cut. Its right above his left eye. Back underway. Spinning back kick gets blocked by Baker. Wild right hand connects for Warfield. Baker lands a nice body kick. Into the clinch and Baker is drilling Warfield with body punches. Nice knee from Baker now. Warfield pulls guard with a guillotine attempt at the bell. Warfield's round.
Round two: Baker on the stalk right away. He eats a leg kick. Now he fires back with one of his own. Nice right hand from Warfield. Body punch from Baker. Kicks from both fighters. Hard leg kick from Baker. Another to the body. Warfield pushes Baker into the corner and tries a flying knee. He misses and goes tumbling over the top of the ropes and out of the ring. He's okay and we're back underway. Baker misses with a body kick then eats one. Warfield leans in with a combination of kicks and knees. Baker into the clinch and he lands a nice combo of uppercuts. Right hand from Warfield. Warfield misses with a wild right. Baker connects on a leg kick. Warfield catches Baker leaning in and tosses him to the floor. He pops right back up. Into the clinch again and knees to the body from Baker. Warfield leans in with a nice combination of punches. Into the clinch against the ropes. Baker teeing off with punches as Warfield leans out of the ropes to save himself. Warfield swings for the fences and misses. Warfield catches a kick and unloads a right hand. Right hand from Baker now and Warfield ends up on his back. Baker standing over him and now he has side control on the ground with 30 seconds to go. He takes Warfield's back and he's looking for the rear naked. He lets it go and now he has his back again. Big punches from Baker before the bell. Definitely his round. We're looking at a third round.
Round three: Warfield circling to start. He catches a leg kick and throws a couple right hands. Warfield slips again and is on his back. Baker is all over him with punches from side control. Elbows to the body from Baker. Warfield tries to escape and Baker has a D'arce choke. He lets it go and tries for a double leg. Through the ropes again both fighters go. The referee stands them up and we're back underway. Right hand misses for Warfield. Baker initiates a clinch and goes to work with body punches after driving Warfield into the corner. Knees from Baker. Warfield reverses and tries a single leg takedown. Baker sprawls and unloads body punches. Elbows to the body now. The referee wants a stand up and gives a yellow to Warfield. The fight ends there and Baker is going to win this decision.
Final result: "Alley Cat" Kyle Baker defeats James Warfield via split decision
Shannon Gugerty vs. Dennis Bermudez
Round one: Gloves touch and we're underway. Bermudez shoots right away and pushes Gugerty into a corner. Gugerty powers his way out and gets separation. Leg kick from Gugerty. Into the clinch and Bermudez gets a toss takedown. Gugerty right back to his feet and they're into the clinch again. Knees from both fighters. Bermudez pins Gugerty into a corner again and continues with knees. Knees from Gugerty now and he gets separation again. Nice punch kick combo from Bermudez. Into the clinch again after an exchange and Gugerty gets pinned into a corner again. More knees from Bermudez. Gugerty defending the takedown well. Gugerty reverses the position momentarily, but Bermudez takes it back. Gugerty tries a trip takedown but can't get it. They separate and Gugerty misses with a wild right. Bermudez leans in with a big right hand that gets blocked. Gugerty shoots but gets nowhere with it. Back into the clinch and Gugerty gets stuffed on a takedown try. Knees from Bermudez. Nice right hand from Bermudez. Gugerty with his back against the corner again with 30 seconds remaining. Bermudez tries a trip takedown and both fighters go tumbling through the ropes and onto the floor outside the ring. Wow! The bell sounds there. Gugerty is holding his head, but both guys appear to be okay to continue. That round was Bermudez's.
Round two: Nice right hand from Bermudez to open the action. He misses on a push kick. Gugerty with leg kicks. Back into the clinch now. Gugerty tries for a trip unsuccessfully. They separate now and Gugerty lands a leg kick. Nice counter right from Bermudez just grazes Gugerty. Bermudez fakes a shot and lands a right hand. Straight right from Gugerty. Bermudez is the aggressor here. Jabs from Bermudez. Back into the clinch and Bermudez has a standing guillotine. Gugerty falls to the mat and Bermudez has half guard after letting go of the choke. Ground strikes from Bermudez. The referee wants to move them to the center now. Back underway. Gugerty with full guard. Bermudez stands and Gugerty follows him. Wild right from Bermudez and they're right back into the clinch. Gugerty trying the same guillotine as Fickett, but Bermudez avoids it and lands on top on the ground. Now he has Gugerty's back and he's landing punches. Bermudez stands and Gugerty follows him. They separate with 30 seconds remaining. Leg kick from Bermudez. Nice combinations from Bermudez before the bell. He's going to win this fight.
Final result: Dennis Bermudez defeats Shannon Gugerty via unanimous decision
Drew "Knight Rider" Fickett vs. Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett
Round one: Fickett takes the center and shows a couple of jabs. Now he lands one that sends Bennett into the ropes. Into the clinch and Fickett is working for the takedown. Big slam from Fickett. Krazy Horse with full guard. Right to mount. He's looking for an armbar, but Bennett takes advantage and gets back to his feet. Fickett misses with jabs and then gets drilled with a right hand by Bennett. Nice right from Bennett. Fickett with a double leg and he gets it. To half guard. Bennett working for a kimura. Krazy Horse with a fantastic sweep and he takes the top position on the jiu jitsu black belt. Into side control for Bennett and he's looking for a keylock. Fickett gets his guard back. Punches to the body from Bennett. Fickett looking for and armbar and he's got it. Krazy Horse stands and Fickett still has his arm. Fickett lets go after a slam and he has full guard again. Nice ground strikes from Bennett. Fickett tries a triangle. Now an armbar. Back to their feet now. Fickett with a standing guillotine. Now he tries to pull guard by locking in a body lock. Krazy Horse falls to his back and he has no choice but to tap. Very nice submission win for Drew Fickett.
Final result: Drew "Knight Rider" Fickett defeats Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:34 of round one