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This Weekend in Fights! (June 30th) featured the Montreal debut of Instinct MMA, Resurrection Fighting Alliance in Nebraska, Championship Fighting Alliance in Florida, and Madness Fighting Competition in Aruba.

Instinct MMA held it’s fourth event and their first in Montreal at Centre Pierre-Charbonneau. The event had many exciting bouts, delivering a great show for local fans. The main event was headlined with a Welterweight showdown between two knockouts artists in Grudge Training Center’s Brandon Thatch and Quebec standout Martin Grandmont.With the combination of skill sets it was apparent from the opening bell that this bout would not go to the judges score cards. However, the result was not what many may have been predicted as Thatch submitted Grandmont with a rear-naked choke. After  a few exchanges of high kicks, Thatch brought the bout to the mat where he delivered a few strikes forcing Grandmont to give up his back. With the opening Thatch took advantage sinking in his hooks and the choke to end the bout in under two minutes.

Quebec fan favorite Thierry Quenneville returned to MMA after semi-retirement to take on UFC and STRIKEFORCE  veteran Luke Caudillo in Lightweight action. Quenneville pushed the pace and kept his distance throughout all three rounds picking his spots with combos and backing away. Quenneville stayed calm and even did a little trash talking but fought a very safe fight to win all three rounds on the judges score cards in a very successful return.

Former Dallas Maverick, ECW & OVW pro wrestler turned kickboxer turned MMA fighter Radu Spinghel and France native kickboxer and Tristar trainee Oulmoudéné Najebe squared off in a Heavyweight bout. Najebe made short work of the seven footer by shoving him to the mat for a 43-second TKO.  Najebe  pounced on Spinghel and  pounded him out, forcing the referee to step in when Spinghel wasn’t defending himself.

The fight of the night was a Middleweight bout between Strahinja Gavrilovic and Derek Parker. Parker was won both rounds one and two, by connecting with repeated legs kicks to Gavrilovic’s lead leg to the point that a huge visible welt was forming and Gavrilovic was hurt with each kick. Parker was very cocky and threw very powerful strikes, but ate some in the process and was caught late in the third round. Gavrilovic landed a huge right hand dropping Parker to the mat, where he followed up with some ground and pound that was halted by the referee. (Intinct MMA 4 Quick Results below – Round-by-Round Coverage Hear.)

Resurrection Fighting Alliance of RFA held their third event at the Viaero Event Center, in Kearney, Nebraska. TUF 2 Winner Joe Stevenson and Gay Porn star Dakota Cochrane headlined the event.  A 16-time UFC veteran Joe “Daddy” Stevenson joined the UFC after winning Season 2 of the Ultimate Fighter in 2005 by defeating Luke Cummo. With a total of 16-bouts over six years, Stevenson was release after dropping after losing four straight fights. His opponent Dakota Cochrane a veteran of 16 porn films attempted to make Season 15 of the Ultimate Fighter but lost a split decision to James Vick. A Nebraskan native, Cochrane most notable defeated Jamie Varner for Titan Fighting Championship, but went 0-2 in RFA since. Nonetheless the two took to the cage.  Cochrane snapped his two fight losing skid and improved his RFA record to 1-2 when finished off  Stevenson in a very familiar position; behind him. Cochrane submitted Stevenson with a rear-naked choke 64-seconds into the second round adding a fifth loss in a row for Stevenson. (Full RFA 3 – Stevenson vs. Cochrane event results below.)

Taking place at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida Championship Fighting Alliance held the seventh event that featured DREAM & STRIKEFORCE veteran Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante taking on Bellator veteran and CFA mainstay Luis Palomino in the main event. Palomino increased his win streak to four in a row, with a third round knockout. (Full CFA 7 – Never Give Up event results below.)

Aruba based Madness Fighting Competition featured some very familiar names to the Quebec MMA scene with Evan Nedd and Johan Croes. Nedd was featured on the first two Instinct MMA events, and Croes is an Instinct MMA, XMMA, TKO and the Stephane Patry run Titans Fighting standup only promotion. MFC’s inaugural event took place at the Joe Laveist Sport Park in San Nicolas, Aruba on Saturday night with a combination of pro and amateur bouts. Both Evan Nedd and Johan Croes lost their bouts in devastating fashion. Nedd got dropped with a big right hand from him opponent Adrick Croes. After taking the hit Nedd attempted a takedown, but Croes sprawled and they were back to their feet. Croes then threw a front kick that knocked Nedd out cold. Johan Croes took on Hyram Rodriguez who submitted him in the second round with a beautiful armbar submission. (Full Madness Fighting Competition 1 event results below.)

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Friday Night Fights –

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Instinct MMA 4 results:

Brandon Thatch def. Martin Grandmont via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:55 in Round 1

Thierry Quenneville def. Luke Caudillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Oulmoudene Najebe def. Radu Spinghel via TKO (punches) at 0:43 in Round 1

Strahinja Gavrilovic def. Derek Parker via KO (punches) at 4:05 in Round 3

Cody Donovan def. Peter Nolan via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:41 in Round 1

Kevin Lee def. Mansour Bamaoui via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Scott Marckini def. Pascal Chambodie via submission (arm-bar) at 4:37 in Round 1

Remy Bussieres def. Dave DeLorenzi via TKO (punches) at 3:57 in Round 1

Christ Franck def. Jason Riley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Cedric Mongeon def. Guy Poulin via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:59 in Round 1

Michael Karkula def. Loyd Galindo via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:54 in Round 1

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Saturday Night Fights –

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Resurrection Fighting Alliance 3 – Stevenson vs. Cochrane results:

Dakota Cochrane def. Joe Stevenson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 1:04 – Round 2

Chidi Njokuani def.  Bobby Cooper via Unanimous Decision

Bubba Jenkins vs. Jesus Adame via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 1:08 – Round 1

James Krause def. Amir Khillah via Split Decision

Jordan Rinaldi def. Mark Dickman via Unanimous Decision

Nick Macias def. Sean Wilson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 1:03 – Round 2

Aaron Ely def. Matt Manzanares via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 3:21 – Round 2

T.J. Hepburn def. Jeremy Mier via TKO (Punches) – 4:59 – Round 1

Carl Postma def. Anthony Alirez via KO (Punch) – 0:19 – Round 1

Julian Marquez def. Tony Rodriguez via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – Round 1

Jesus Sandoval def. Duane Johnson via Unanimous Decision

Erin Smith def.  LaNita Jackson via TKO (Retirement) – Round 1

Brandon Neujahr-Gomez def. James Donahue via TKO – Round 1

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CFA 7 – Never Give Up results:

Luis Palomino def. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante via KO (Punch) – 1:41 – Round 3

Lazar Stojadinovic def. Jordan Parsons via KO (Punch) – 1:11 – Round 1

Abel Trujillo def. James Warfield via Unanimous Decision

Michael Trujillo def. Alan Arzeno via Split Decision

Luis Firmino def. Johnavan Visante Jr. via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) – 4:31 – Round 1

Sean Soriano def. Victor Delgado via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:44 – Round 1

Sabah Homasi def. Jose Caceres via Split Decision

Dave Morgan def. Josh Mercado via Unanimous Decision

Haender Rodriguez def. Patrick Williams via TKO (Punches) – 4:30 – Round 1

Gabriel Varona def. Evan Baxter via TKO (Punches) – 1:36 – Round 2

Joey Rodriguez def. Jayson Jones via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:51 – Round 1

Sky Moiseichik def. Wesley Dunlap via TKO (Punches) -4:21 – Round 1

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Madness Fighting Competition 1 results:

Pro:

Adrick Croes def. Evan Nedd via KO (Head Kick) – 3:19 – Round 1

Aaron Ware def. Cristiano Machado dos Santos via TKO (Retirement)

Hyram Rodriguez def. Johan Croes via Submission (Armbar) – Round 2

Rayen Brete def. Joziro Boye via Split Decision

Amateur:

Anthony Ignacio def. Harmond Girigori via TKO (Punches) – Round 3

Marco Dupersoy def. Michael Franken Unanimous Decision

Elvis Perez def. Za Flanegin via DQ (Cage Holding) – Round 2

Jerimaya Dijkhoff def. Lando Albertsz via TKO (Injury)

Pascualino Antanela vs. Shandirck De La Cruz via Unanimous Decision

Arthur La Mour def. Maurits Kelly via TKO (Punches) – Round 2

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