OMMAC 12: Bad Vibes Report
Andy Ogle and Shay Walsh closed a great night of action at the Olympia with a contender for UK Fight of the Year.
In the opening round, Ogle took his opponent’s back, got his hooks in and applied a deep rear naked choke. For the best part of a minute, he squeezed but Walsh miraculously stayed conscious and in the fight. Eventually, Ogle gave it up and opted to close the round by landing clubbing punches.
Ogle also took the second frame; pushing his man up against the fence and scoring multiple takedowns. Shay Walsh came out for the final round knowing he needed a stoppage. The Lancaster and Morecambe MMA man looked serious and landed a few meaty punches early. Sensing danger, Ogle clinched up and took the fight to the canvas but Walsh managed to struggle to his feet. The remainder of the fight was edge of the seat stuff, Shay defied exhaustion to push for glory while Ogle stifled and tied up at every opportunity to hang on to what he’d got. Andy Ogle wins by unanimous decision. Great fighters, great fights.
Andy Ogle had asked fans on the Cage Warriors forum to vote for his ring walk tune and the result of the poll was predictable but still amusing. Ogle went to war with this song ringing out.
Dave Hill and Dave Lee went at it like dogs in a bone dispute. The pair treated the crowd to a high level display of aggressive grappling. Rising star Hill prevailed, snaring Lee in a Triangle four minutes and twenty three seconds in to retain his OMMAC Featherweight title.
In the night’s other title fight, James Doolan was majestic. The Scot is untouchable at the Olympia-now unbeaten in four appearances. On his last visit, he held UFC new boy Vaughan Lee to a draw, despite being clinically dead for two of the three rounds. This time, he made his defence of the Bantamweight strap look like a walk in the park. With his back to the fence, the Dinky Ninja grabbed Dino Gambatessa ,slapped on a guillotine, wrapped his legs around him, and earned the tap a mere one minute and thirty seven seconds into the contest.
Mick Sinclair made an impressive return to the cage, stopping Tom Maguire in the first round. It was a dynamic display from first to last. The English Bull Terrier was relentless, jumping on his opponent from the off. The end came with Maguire face down on the canvas as Sinclair unleashed accurate punches forcing the ref to intervene.
Mark Glover looked momentarily stunned after taking a few clean shots from Stuart Davies. Sensing victory, Davies steamed in, locking the Kaobon man up in a Thai clinch and unloading brutal knees against the fence. Glover toughed it out and took charge later when the fight hit the ground. He secured an Arm Triangle that looked set for success before being interrupted by the bell. In the second, the momentum stayed with Glover as he impressed standing before another Arm Triangle drew the submission.
Mike Wilkinson extended his unbeaten record with a unanimous decision win over Brian Moore. On the night, the game SBG Dublin fighter had no answer to Wilkinson’s takedowns.
Ben Murphy stepped up to face Tony Moran on one day’s notice. After tasting the former boxer’s power in the opening seconds, the late replacement wisely decided not to trade with Moran and clinched up. Moran was always in control and scored a TKO win thanks to a stiff right hand that stopped Murphy in his tracks.
Christian Smith was too cute for the dependable Aurilijius Kerpe. The star of Antonio’s Gym tried his usual game plan, taking centre cage and firing out solid one-twos. Smith picked his moments and took him down at will. The Tap or Snap fighter dominated the third round, dropping some mean elbows from the top, and deservedly got the nod from all three judges.
The fight will be remembered for a farcical incident in the second round when the Olympia smoke machine was set off by mistake. During the short break in the action, the ring girls frantically waved their round cards to clear the gloom while the
referee yelled technical advice: “Pull the fucking plug out”.
Lee Chadwick submitted Thomas Siaucila with a North/South choke.
In the opener, Chris Hoban took a unanimous decision over Ben Rose.
Joe Frazier was a small heavyweight who made the best of the tools he’d got. His highlight reel shows him getting up again and again to take the shots of the hardest hitting boxer in history. Smokin Joe won the Fight of the Century, but his greatest performance was a defeat. Ahead on the cards in Manilla, his trainer Eddie Futch refused to send his blind and battered boxer out for the final round. uttering the immortal words: “I’m getting you out of there, but no-one will ever forget what you’ve done here today”
I never will.