Epic 24 – Battle for the Troops 2 at the Rock Church

While the NBA playoffs were prepping for a busy Saturday night that included three Game 7’s and Las Vegas was buzzing with anticipation for the Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view event, there was one event in San Diego that you needed to be at. If you missed it then I feel bad for you. The good news? You can join the party next time and get some real value out of your entertainment dollar.

On Saturday, May 3, while the heat was blazing and the skies were blue in San Diego, Jason Stewart, CEO of Epic Promotions, brought non-stop, entertaining and exciting MMA action to the Rock Church in support of the San Diego military community. What was being hailed as “Battle for the Troops 2” the event included over a dozen fights between some of San Diego’s best mixed martial artists representing world-class gyms in the southern California area. In addition to exciting fights fans were treated to good local food, nearly 50 sponsors and a handful of luxury automobiles that you just don’t get to see every day.

The Rock Church was host to the Epic Event and proved to be a fun venue for the Epic Team and fans alike. For me it was the first time that I could fathom MMA and the Church coming together, but after talking to Epic CEO Jason Stewart and Pastor Tommy Mosley I realized that the relationship between the two are closer than you may think. In addition to strong support from the church the Epic event was able to raise money in support of the local San Diego military community as some of the proceeds from the day were donated to a local military charity organization.

The fights started promptly as the crowd funneled into the church, a DJ played some classic hip-hop music to get the crowd going and the fans prepared for a full day of MMA action. The stage was lit with flashing lights, ESPN radio contingent were ringside to broadcast the action and even some UFC stars, such as Dominick Cruz, Dean Lister and Chris Leben made an appearance. The fans were great as they supported all of the amateur fighters who had the guts to enter the cage and showcase their skills.

The Fight Voice was present on Saturday and watched all of the action. Our crew was able to analyze the fights, talk with the Epic Team, ring announcer and Epic TV Host, Carlos Kremer, and some of the fighters. A complete recap of the action is included below. Look out for more articles about this event coming to The Fight Voice over the next few days as we continue to bring feature stories about the local MMA contingent to the San Diego community.

Match #1
Welterweight James Harbinson of Alliance MMA defeats Timothy Molinar in his Epic debut via rear choke in round 1.

Match #2
Victory representative fighter Ryan Rosas landed kicks from the opening bell of round 1 on the lead leg of Ben Wilde from SD Combat Academy to seal a unanimous decision with all judges scoring the bout 30-27.

Match #3
Jeffery Creighton of The Arena pulled out a victory over jiu-jitsu technician Robert Lopez and improved to 2-0 in his MMA career.

Match #4
Flyweight striker Brian Wilkinson gave fight fans their first TKO as he dominated Saul Ayon.

Match #5
The streak continued for Victory MMA as fighter Arjuna Arreola won his Epic debut by pulling out a decision against Dominique Hoskins.

Match #6
Middleweights Christopher Lloyd of Throwndown Elite Training Center and Defiant fighter Idakob Ter-Petrosyan let the hands go in match #6 as Petrosyan was able to pull the upset victory with a decision victory against the state-ranked Lloyd.

Match #7
The Rock Church was represented as featherweight fighter Phillip Madrid of Victory MMA pulled out a TKO victory over Jacobe Powell due to referee stoppage.

Match #8
In what was the story of the day, Geoffrey Villareal, who fights without the use of his left hand, inspired the crowd as his relentless pressure and lack of fear inside the cage created an opportunity to submit Gracie Humaita jiu-jitsu technician Eddie Estevez. The story of Villareal created an instant appreciation from the crowd and his skills inside of the cage proved that this kid could do anything he puts his mind too.

Match #9
Joey Bryant-Sowka ended things early by landing a big knee to the midsection of Ellelazar Ramos Garcia. The vicious knee put Garcia to the ground and had him withering in pain for a few moments following the action.

Match #10
Ernie Necochea of Gracie Hemet faced off against Alex Trinidad from The Arena MMA at 170lbs. and the theme of the day continued as The Arena fighter Trinidad pulled out the victory.

Match #11
The big boys came out for the eleventh fight as the heavyweights stepped into the cage. State ranked Sergio Marroquin showed some serious boxing as he stuck Francisco Chavez with two stiff jabs that caused Chavez to buckle. Chavez attempted to close the distance, but the hands of Marroquin were too much to handle as Chavez was put down to the canvas 13 seconds into the fight.

Match #12
In the main event of the evening Chris Carradus and Devlin Tyler ended the card with a bang. In what was a very good back-and-forth battle, Devin Tyler came out victorious and made his brethren at The Arena proud as he took home the belt and was crowned new Lightweight champion.

Check back on THEFIGHTVOICE as our crew continues to cover the Epic Promotion and bring San Diego updated coverage of the local MMA community.

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