Former WEC and UFC middleweight Nissen Osterneck picked up a quick submission victory over Robert Thompson in the main event of Carolina Fight Promotions: Bash at the Bach Saturday night at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
According to CFP general manager Doug Muhle, the event was a sell out with 3,200 tickets sold and they turned away another 1,000 people the night of the event. There were also over 200 people at VIP/Sponsor tables, around 30 South Carolina Commission members, at least 20 members of the press, including a crew from the local NBC affiliate, and around 100 staff, pushing total attendance in excess of 3,500 people.
Osterneck, originally from Myrtle Beach, bounced back from a recent KO loss to Gerald Harris by quickly taking his opponent, Thompson, to the ground and working to submit him. Osterneck secured a triangle on Thompson early. As Thompson tried to back out, Osterneck quickly transitioned into a fight ending armbar that left Thompson clutching his left elbow after the fight.
Featherweight Jon Owens earned a shot at the CFP featherweight belt with a first round armbar victory over Justin Dalton. Owens trains at Evolution MMA in Wilmington, North Carolina, and will likely receive his title shot against current champion, Cesar Llamas on February 27th in his home town. The losing Dalton trains at Eight Point Fitness in Winston-Salem, NC a gym that went 0-3 on the night, losing all three by stoppage.
The first professional fight of the evening was a three-round war featuring local favorite Tomar Washington earning a unanimous decision victory over Monte Hall in the best fight of the evening. Hall took round one with cage control and clinch work, but neither did much damage.
Washington turned things up in round two, however. Hall closed the distance and clinched with Washington, holding him against the cage early, sometimes grabbing on which Washington complained to the referee about. Washington took Hall to the ground, though, where he worked punches and elbows from side control before a referee stand-up. Hall clinched again and Washington drove him against the cage near Hall’s corner. As Washington’s fingers poked through the cage, Hall’s corner complained to the referee about him grabbing the fence. Washington responded to their complaints by flipping them off, then taking Hall down. Once on the ground Hall tried for a Kimura to close out the round.
In the third round the two fighters had a short striking exchange before hall clinched and pushed Washington against the cage. There he tried to work knees but landed an inadvertent groin shot the referee missed. The fighters were separated and exchanged punches before Washington got Hall’s back standing. He scooped up Hall and slammed him to the canvas. Once on the ground Washington mounted hall and rained down punches forcing hall to give up his back, however they were against the cage which helped hall avoid much real damage in the position, leading to a referee stand up. Following the stand up the fighters exchanged on their feet before Washing took Hall down, closing out the fight in his guard.
The official results for “CFP: Bash at the Beach” were:
- Nissen Osterneck def. Robert Thompson via submission (armbar) – Round 1
- Jon Owens def. Justin Dalton via submission (armbar) – Round 1
- Tomar Washington def. Monte Hall via unanimous decision
- Amos Collins def. Bobby Shanor via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2
Shanor was dominant in the first round with strong take downs and top control, but Collins took over in the second leading to the submission finish.
- Steve Chinners def. Carlos Perez via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 1
Chinners took Perez down early and didn’t waste any time securing the fight ending choke once Perez gave up his back.
- Drew Allen Stewart def. Kenny “Abdullah” Hicks via TKO (strikes) – Round 2
Hicks had the advantage early as they exchanged strikes, but Stewart secured a takedown and closed out round one with vicious ground and pound. In round two, Stewart wasted little time before taking the fight to the ground and finishing what he started at the end of the first round, forcing the referee to call a stop to the contest.
- Matt Williams def. Nate Yokoyama via submission (Rear Naked Choke) — Round 1
- Jordan McDonald def. Crystal Parrish via TKO (Strikes) — Round 1
Despite looking like the more tentative fighter during introductions, McDonald quickly took Parrish to the ground, worked to a mount and rained punches forcing the referee to intervene.
- Chris Cain def. Thomas Watkins via submission (armbar) – Round 3
Cain was dominant during all three rounds, going for multiple submission attempts from top position before securing the fight ending armbar in the third round.
- Derek Brunson def. Steve Bontatabus via TKO (strikes) – Round 1
Brunson stormed Bontatabus knocking him down with a strong right then rained punches form top position forcing a referee stoppage in less than a minute.
- Chris Clark def. Gary Cook via TKO (strikes) — Round 2
Clark and Cook traded head kicks in the opening round, before Clark got back control in the second and finished Cook off with punches.
- Pat Defranco def. Walker Vivian via unanimous decision
Though he caught Vivian with a knee below the belt, Defranco used multiple guillotine attempts and ground control to earn the unanimous decision.
A matchup between Jeff Hunt and Daniel Skipper was canceled at the last minute due to a severe family emergency that called Skipper away, while a bout between Robert Abrantes and Bouathong Keolatvahn was canceled on Friday after Abrantes failed to make weight by eight pounds.