Mike "MAK" Kyle did enough on two judges' scorecards to capture the KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship away from Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez. Just two fights ago, Lopez was 18-2 and held both the KOTC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight titles. Now, Lopez has lost both titles in back-to-back fights and had indicated before this fight that if he lost, he would likely retire. Given the end result of this fight with Kyle was a very close split decision, Lopez will hopefully backtrack on the retirement talk and work towards getting himself a rematch with the new light heavyweight champ.
In the co-main event, Nick "Afrozilla" Gaston brutalized former UFC fighter Darrill "The Boss" Schoonover (TUF 10) in the second round with elbows that opened up a huge gash on Schoonover's forehead that lead to a fight stoppage. The fight went back and forth, and was a very entertaining heavyweight scrap. Schoonover tested Gaston's chin for the first time in his career, stunning Afrozilla with some big shots, before Gaston was able to come back and seal the deal late in the second round. While Gaston is only 3-0, he is an incredibly athletic monster of a man who is more than ready to compete for the KOTC Heavyweight Championship against Tony Johnson right now. Gaston will likely end up in the UFC or Strikeforce sooner rather than later.
KOTC Flyweight Champion Abel "The Silent Assassin" Cullum made short work of Josh "The Destroya" Montoya with a rear-naked choke just over a minute and a half into the first round. KOTC Welterweight Champion Quinn Mulhern also scored a rear-naked choke submission victory, but his was in a non-title affair, and it took a couple of rounds longer against Joey "The Takedown Wizard" Gorczynski.
In a candidate for Fight of the Year, the KOTC Sanchez rivalry produced its second straight split decision. KOTC Bantamweight Champion Angelo "The San-I Warrior" Sanchez and KOTC Interim Bantamweight Champion Donald Sanchez fought in a rematch to crown an undisputed KOTC Bantamweight Champion. While their first encounter produced a split decision victory for Angelo Sanchez, this time it was Donald Sanchez who was on the right end of two judges' scorecards. If ever a fight in the history of fights deserved a rubber match, it is this fight. After two highly contested and incredibly entertaining split decisions, with one going to each guy, not completing the trilogy would be borderline criminal on the part of KOTC.
In the opening fight of the night, top welterweight prospect Sam Oropeza brought his undefeated record to 4-0 against Koa Ramos. Oropeza is a product of the Philadelphia Fight Factory along with top female fighter Tara LaRosa.
Mike Kyle (16-7) won by SD over Tony Lopez (18-4). [25:00]
Nick Gaston (3-0) won by TKO over Darrill Schoonover (10-2) in R2. [8:13]
Abel Cullum (18-3) won by SUB over Josh Montoya (5-4) in R1. [1:38]
Quinn Mulhern (12-1) won by SUB over Joey Gorczynski (17-9) in R3. [10:53]
Donald Sanchez (20-10) won by SD over Angelo Sanchez (8-3). [25:00]
Sam Oropeza (4-0) won by SUB over Koa Ramos (6-2) in R1. [0:50]
Complete MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets.
UD = Unanimous | SD = Split Decision | SUB = Submission | R = Round
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Donald Sanchez vs. Angelo Sanchez
KO OF THE NIGHT: Nick Gaston (over Darrill Schoonover)
SUB OF THE NIGHT: Abel Cullum (Rear-Naked Choke over Josh Montoya)
QUICKEST WIN: Sam Oropeza over Koa Ramos in 50 seconds
GOAT OF THE NIGHT:( Tony Lopez