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Combat Sports Challenge 29
Hampton, VA
February 21, 2009

Promoters of CSC 29 were happy to join with other sports managers to assist the city of Hampton in their first annual Hampton Sports Festival. Athletes from across the country traveled to Hampton in order to be part of this three-day Sports Festival, full of exhilarating competitions, seminars, and clinics. Featured were Kickboxing, Muay Thai in a ring, MMA in a cage, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and No Gi Submission Grappling. CSC 29 started off with seminars by WEC top contender Jeff "Big Frog" Curran and UFC Veteran Roberto "The Spider" Traven. A novice undercard, in which newer fighters could test their skills and abilities, took place during the afternoon. Despite their novice status, these fighters put on a skillful, technical, hard-hitting show. The main fight show featured open class fights, along with four WKA National Titles and one WKA World Title match, with fighters coming in from gyms all over the country to showcase the best talents to be found.

The first US Title fight featured local fighter Shawn Steen, 2008 WKA North American Champion, from Hybrid Academy, taking on 2009 WKA US Team member Scott Sawade from Real Fighters, Kentucky. Both fighters battled out all five rounds, from the first to the last bell, with Steen having the slight power advantage and ultimately taking the unanimous decision for the WKA US Men's Lightweight (-60 kg) Title.

In the second title fight of the night, Osvaldo Dominguez of Sitan, Philly, home of WKA Professional North American Champion Rami Ibrahim, faced New York fighter Niko Tsigaras, former USKBA Champion, of Lion's Martial Arts, who agreed to take the fight last-minute when Osvaldo's opponent dropped out. Despite the eleventh-hour notice, Niko came out prepared to win the title, which he did by knockout barely more than one minute into the first round, becoming the new WKA US Welterweight (-67 kg) Champion. Also filling in as a last-minute replacement fighter, Greg Rowe of Five Points Muay Thai, New York, took on local favorite Chase Walden of Hybrid Academy. In another hard-hitting fight that went all five rounds, Chase used his length and reach to both disrupt his opponent's timing and balance with several well-timed footjabs throughout the bout, winning him a unanimous decision and the WKA US Middleweight Title.

For the WKA Women's Welterweight Title bout, Lindsay Scheer, 2009 WKA World gold medalist, of Real Fighters, Kentucky, rematched Caressa Kibler of Elite Muay Thai, Florida. In a very competitive bout, where Kibler appeared the busier fighter, it was Scheer's powerful punches that gave her the edge for her win by unanimous decision.

In the Light Welterweight World Title defense, former World Champion Brandon Mickens of Team Combat, Virginia, faced current World and North American Champion, Sitan Philly's Tim Amorim for a third time, with this match being the tie-breaker between the two warriors. Mickens came out with strong Dutch-style combinations, scoring repeatedly on Amorim, who was issued a standing eight-count in the first round. Amorim still seemed a little dazed in the second round as Mickens looked for the knockout. In the third round, Amorim changed strategies to nullify the punching power of Mickens by looking to clinch and knee as much as possible; both fighters seemed content to trade knees in the clinch. The fourth round started with both fighters seeming focused and intent on gaining the upper hand. After several exchanges, Amorim delivered a leg kick that caused Mickens to go to the canvas, grasping at his knee. With Mickens unable to continue, the referee declared the contest a TKO for the current and remaining WKA World Champion.

In a special event pro bout, Team Combat’s Carlos David Oliveira took on challenger Dan Jones. Both fighters came out hyper-charged with energy. During a grueling first round, Jones fought off Oliveira’s takedown attempts, at first successfully with use of the cage fence. Oliveira took a few heavy strikes from Jones, who was no novice at boxing, but Oliveira kept Jones busy enough with takedowns to neutralize most of the damage. Finally, however, Oliveira hit another takedown, but this time, as it was not against the cage, Jones was not able to use the fence to stand up. Oliveira landed a few strikes and then, to no one’s surprise, turned to his superior Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills and put Jones in an Armbar that ended the fight only two minutes into the first round.

See full results here.

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