The nights first professional bout was contested for the RITC lightweight title. Jeff Fletcher (8-1) was originally set to take on Jade Porter, but instead fought Porter’s Power MMA team mate Jake Devree (6-3). On paper this seemed to be a good match up. On paper. Devree took the fight to the ground, mounted Fletcher, took his back as Fletcher attempted to scramble out, and subsequently locked in a rear naked choke forcing Devree to tap, all in a matter of 2:10.
The only fight to make it into the third round was the nights super fight between Beau Tribolet and Brian Bourgeois. This was unexpected considering the size of these two fighters. Tribolet, at 238 lbs, was nearly 50 lbs lighter than the 285 lb Bourgeois. The super heavyweight Bourgeois spent nearly five years outside of the cage and looked to end the fight early constantly pressuring Tribolet and chasing him around the cage and scoring a takedown.
Things started to come apart for Bourgeois in the second round however. He was taken down and ate some heavy shots to the body, and temple. Employing smart strategy, Tribolet drove his knee into the stomach of Bourgeois, constricting his breathing. By the time the third round came along, Bourgeois was gassed out. He was taken to the ground with ease and received a few more savage shots to the body before the fight was called. In the end, Bourgeois’ size and extended time away from the cage were his undoing.
The nights main event was another fight that looked good on paper. Aaron Brink, who’s fought everywhere and against everyone, stepped in the cage with skilled grappler Brad Peterson. As expected, Peterson’s wrestling and Jiu Jitsu experience were the deciding factor. Brink stayed aggressive but Peterson knew his best chance to win was to take the fight to the ground. Peterson employed some solid ground and pound before his first submission attempt, a rear naked choke. When he couldn’t force the tap, he locked in an arm bar. With just ten seconds left in the first round, Brink verbally submitted.
Sarria and crew have some work to do before their next show on March 19th. This event was supposed to be a 13 fight card. In a way RITC 149 was a step in the right direction though, based on the level of talent that showed up. Styles make fights however and stylistically these fighters did not match up well. It was a short card, with short fights, which generally is not what promoters look for nor is it what fans hope for.