HUMBLE, TX, December 22, 2012 – Elite MMA’s Trevin “The Problem” Giles claimed the Garcia Promotions middleweight championship last night at the Humble Civic Center in the main event of Cage Combat 12. Facing off against Silverback Fight Club’s Eric “The Monster” Thompson, Giles did indeed end up causing problems for his opponent as he predicted. The two fought hard through four rounds of action with Giles being the aggressor through the majority of the bout with well-timed jabs and even more timely takedowns. Taking Thompson’s back late in the fourth round; Trevin landed a big shot that seemingly rocked an already exhausted Thompson. As the bell rang, Thompson would not get up to go back to his corner and actually had to be dragged to his stool by teammates. Referee Jake Montalvo sought to give “The Monster” a few moments to recover but he could not gather his will to fight in enough time and Montalvo called the bout giving Giles his first title and fourth amateur win to remain undefeated since beginning his career in January of this year.
Meanwhile in the co-main event of the evening, another war would take place involving two ladies in Corpus Christi’s Paulina Granados and Houston’s Stephanie Alba. Reprising their first bout from January 2011, the two fought a really close fight throughout five rounds of action that exhausted and battered both competitors while winning TXMMA Fight of the Night honors. It all came to a split decision in the end with Paulina ending it out to get her own fourth win to stay undefeated along with her first title as an amateur. Alba meanwhile drops to 2-2 as an amateur but will no doubt continue to remain a force and look to build off an otherwise impressive performance that certainly left a mark on her opponent.
Aside from the two headlining bouts there were several other notable highlight performances coming out of Cage Combat 12 as well.
The TXMMA Knockout of the Night went to San Antonio native Chris Lopez who ended his amateur career with a 16-second KO of Elite MMA’s Mike Eaglin in their welterweight bout. All it took was one shot (a counter left hand) to floor the big man before Lopez jumped on with some vicious ground-and-pound to put an exclamation to his victory. The Team Tooke / Jace Pitre MMA fighter will now move on to make his pro debut on the March 1st Legacy Fighting Championship card set for Cowboys Dance Hall when he takes on 1-2 pro Julian Shore.
Also impressing was Lopez’s fellow Team Tooke / Jace Pitre MMA fighter Cameron Graves who scored a huge win over his most experienced opponent yet in Paradigm’s Edgar Juarez. Coming off a highlight-reel headkick KO over Jose Ceja at Cage Combat 10 this past July, Cameron would deftly finish the triangle-armbar combo in the second round of this highly entertaining affair. In speaking to promoter Eric Garcia after the fight, his desire is to now see Graves take on Joel Scott for the organization’s bantamweight title sometime likely in early 2013.
Below are all the results from the Cage Combat 12 card held on December 21st in Humble, TX.
Cage Combat 12 – Quick Results
185 lbs.: Trevin Giles (Elite MMA) over Eric Thompson by TKO, RD4 (couldn’t answer bell) <TITLE>
110 lbs.: Paulina Granados (American Revolution) over Stephanie Alba (4oz) by split decision <TITLE>
170 lbs.: Chris Lopez (JP MMA/ Team Tooke) over Michael Eaglin (Elite MMA) by KO (:16), RD1
135 lbs.: James Deherrera (Windy MMA) over Yan Digalov (Paradigm) by TKO, RD3
135 lbs.: Cameron Graves (Tooke/JPMMA) over Edgar Juarez (Paradigm) by submission (armbar), RD2
185 lbs.: Jeremy Lieder (Ground Dwellers) over Max Trevino (Laredo MMA) by TKO, RD1
155 lbs.: Kyle Villarreal (4oz) over Julian Rios (One MMA) by TKO, RD2
145 lbs.: Jake Heffernan (GB Woodlands) over Jose Ceja (P. Head) by submission (armbar), RD2
185 lbs.: Kendrick Holloway over Tommy Wood by TKO, RD1
162 lbs.: Arthur Ashton (Elite MMA) over Sayed Hamideh (Tooke/J MMA) by TKO (injury), RD2
135 lbs.: Carlos Alonzo (Laredo MMA) over Luis Ibarra (4oz) by submission (armbar), RD1
TXMMA Fight Night Awards
Fight of the Night – Paulina Granados vs. Stephanie Alba
Knockout of the Night – Chris Lopez, :16 KO of Mike Eaglin in RD1.
Submission of the Night – Cameron Graves, triangle/armbar over Edgar Juarez, RD2.
Cage Combat 12 Photo Gallery by Mike Calimbas
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