PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Despite losing its main event one day prior, the FCFF’s Rumble at the Roseland 103 showcased plenty of local talent on Saturday.
The Full Contact Fighting Federation (FCFF) is the world’s longest-running amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion and hosts its events at the Roseland Theater in Portland.
MMA combines various forms of martial arts, including boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling and jiu-jitsu into one sport.
Giles Smikle was expected to fight Peter Lysenko for the vacant FCFF Lightweight Championship but withdrew from the bout on the day of the weigh-in. According to FCFF Promoter Heather Standing, it turned out Smikle was battling homelessness and the fight was scrapped because he was unable to complete his paperwork to be licensed in time despite the Oregon State Athletic Commission offering him an extension.
Standing said Smikle was unclear about his housing situation and was difficult to reach in the days leading up to the event. When Lysenko’s team, Straight-Blast Gym, learned that Smikle was not licensed by the deadline, they pulled him from the fight as well to avoid an unnecessary weight cut.
Despite that loss, there were still three vacant FCFF Championships on the line and the Welterweight Title bout between Phelan Carron and Carson Cooper was bumped up to the main event slot.
Following a competitive and explosive first round, Cooper began to visibly fade while Carron picked him apart with leg kicks and takedowns. In the third round, Carron took Cooper down and finished the fight with ground-and-pound.
At the post-fight press conference, Carron reflected on the lighthearted and entertaining buildup to the fight. “I’m pretty friendly,” he said. “This is a sport, it’s not a street fight. We’re here to represent our skills.”
In the co-main event, Ross Johnsrud outpointed Matt Lawson in a back-and-forth, technical fight to claim the FCFF Featherweight title. After the fight, Johnsrud stated that while he often aims for a finish, he enjoyed the opportunity to “go to war for five rounds.”
Before that bout, the undefeated Devon Jackson won the FCFF Flyweight Title after taking Alex Youngbauer down and getting the TKO stoppage. At the press conference, Jackson discussed his recent training with UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway. “I got to train at that level and push the pace,” he said. “I kind of like that grind.”
Sam Wilson lived up to his nickname “The Hurricane” and had the crowd on their feet following his stunning eight-second knockout victory over Quenton Hansen.
Also, after nearly seven years away from the sport, 35-year-old Nathan Allen accepted his fight against Johnny Jackson as a short-notice replacement. While his long layoff and uncertain future make it premature to label him as a prospect, it is a no brainer to include him in the discussion of the most impressive performances of the night.
After surviving a knockdown early in the first round, Allen made a shocking comeback shortly after when he secured an armbar from the bottom.
In addition, Jalen Heard earned a unanimous decision win over Abdul Khodzhazade that thoroughly impressed Heather Standing, who mentioned Heard being a possible contender for the lightweight title in the future.
The FCFF’s next event, Rumble at the Roseland 104, is slated for September 21.
Complete results of Saturday’s fight card
170 Title: Phelan Carron def. Carson Cooper – TKO (punches) – R3 (2:03)
145 Title: Ross Johnsrud def. Matt Lawson – Decision (unanimous)
125 Title: Devon Jackson def. Alex Youngbauer – TKO (punches) – R1 (2:23)
145: Sam Wilson def. Quenton Hansen – KO (punches) – R1 (0:08)
195: Nathan Allen def. Johnny Jackson – Submission (armbar) – R1 (1:52)
155: William Mora def. Willy Santana – Decision (split)
125: Jo Middaugh def. Kaleo Owan – Decision (unanimous)
145: Jordan Stauffer def. Jacob Sprague – Submission (armbar) – R2 1:39
155: Jalen Heard def. Abdul Khodzhazade – Decision (unanimous)
145: Joe Fricilone def. Nathan Monaco – TKO (punches) – R1 1:35