One of the fastest rising MMA promotions on the east coast, Art of War Cage Fighting is back at it again Friday, February 16 at the 2300 Arena to present their 5th action packed event in just over a year. The main event will feature a middleweight contest between Martinez BJJ’s undefeated Kyle Daukas taking on Elijah Gbollie (5-2) which assures to have the fans on their feet as these two are lethal wherever the bout takes place.
The co-main event slot features Travis Foster facing Stephen Moleski at a 160lb. catchweight, as Moleski is seeks his first professional win while Foster is eager to keep his foe winless.
Other notables on the card feature Joe “BodyBagz” Pyfer whom is coming off of his knockout heard round the world against Adam Atiyeh and is looking to keep his undefeated streak rolling while retaining his middleweight belt against the gritty Sheldon Neighoff whom fancies some new hardware around his waist come fight night!
It all goes down Friday, February 16, and MyMMANews’ Adam Crist and “Beautiful” Bob Meloni have your live results covered below.
Complete Art of War Cage Fighting 5 Results below:
Kyle Daukus vs Elijah Gbollie
Gbollie leads with leg kicks but Daukuas returns the favor with leg kicks of his own and firing with hard jabs. Gbollie throws a lazy leg kick and Daukuas catches to follow Gbollie to the ground looking to secure an arm bar/triangle. The triangle is getting more secure but the Gbollie is able to narrowly escape Daukuas’ choke. Both fighters stand and Daukaus looks for a takedown again but Gbollie’s able to defend it and reign shots from back to the side of Daukaus’ head. Daukaus scrambles for a better position but Gbollie bounces on Daukaus seeing he is badly hurt. Gbollie stays poised to finish the fight and presses the action against Daukas once again on the ground. And closes the round with ground and pound.
The bell sounds and Gbollie lands an overhand right that staggers Daukaus and follows him to the cage pressing Daucaus back against the cage. Positions are reversed and both fighters struggle for dominant position. The Gbollie is steadily pressing Daukas with not much returned. Daukaus finally wakes up and starts firing inside elbows in the clinch to soften his opponent and begins his own barrage. Daukas lands one straight right that hurts his opponent and opens up a striking clinic that his Gbollie cant answer as Daukaus switches levels and takes the bout to the ground looking to secure the rear naked choke. With seconds left in the round, Daukas secures the choke and raises his hands in a hard fought victory to remain undefeated.
160 lb. catchweight
Travis Foster vs Stephen Moleski
The opening moments are all Foster
With bombs landing on Moleski at will until Moleski gets the fight to the ground, where he is most comfortable looking for an omoplata. Foster escapes and the round ends with Moleski seemingl6 frustrated with the punishment received in the opening stanza.
Foster keeps his distance before securing a takedown which lands him on top. However, in danger of Moleski’s submission attempts. They stand briefly before Moleski lands a straight right, dropping Foster flat on his back. Moleski follows Foster to the canvas threatening with submission attempts to close the round.
This round was Moleski from start to finish with Moleski’s grappling prowess as he transitions from submission attempts beautifully.
Winner by Unanimous decision: Steven Moleski
Ricky Nuno vs Allen Otto
Both fighters paw their jabs to open with Otto being the first to commit but Nuno returning with more fluent punch combos. Otto throws a lead knee which lands low for a short break in action. Upon continuing, Otto throws a leg kick with Nuno scoring a big overhand right to counter. The round comes to a close with Nuno being the busier fighter
Otto lands a left hook-straight right combo that dazes Nuno briefly before he returns back in Ottos face with his jabs. Nuno picks up the action in the later round stalking Otto with one-two combos consecutively. The crowd erupts in cheers for Otto but it isn’t long lasting as Nuno continues landing accurate punches.
Nuno presses the action but Otto found the distance he needed and landed a head kick that nearly ended the bout wobbling Nuno and Otto didn’t let up afterward picking his strikes at will to Put a stamp on this victory.
Winner by UD: Allen Otto
Joe Pyfer vs Sheldon Neighoff (title)
Pyfer leads with lead start a striking clinic on Neighoff
that Sheldon didn’t anticipate and it didn’t stop. Pyfer smelled blood early and teed off with accuracy of a sniper landing crisp with every punch until the referee saw enough to save Sheldon from anymore unneeded punishment and calls a halt to the bout.
Winner by TKO: Joe Pyfer
Andre Petroski vs Avery Sanchis (title)
Sanchis starts early with leg kicks and is the better striker Inc the opening round by mocking/laughing/inviting Petroski in but Petroski does little and seems hesitant. Without much action in the first, the round closes with both fighters staring and waiting on the other.
A lot of the same first round antics from Sanchis, wanting to toy with his opponent opposed to engage and Petroski makes him pay with a heavy double leg and slams Sanchis to mount and fires non stop shots on top to close the round.
Petroski scores an early takedown and keeps the bout there for the duration of the contest scrambling for position with several submission attempts to close the round strongly and with his title still intact.
WInner by UD: Andre Petroski
180 lb. catchweight
Jordan Grenyion Smith vs Nick Bord
Round 1 Smith lands a thudding straight to start the round with Bord returning the favor with a heavy slam echoing the arena. Both fighters popped up and Bord went to town with his striking, getting flashy- dropping hands and inviting Smith to engage.
Bord begins the round with his hands down but immediately regrets it as he is dropped by a left hook and Smith jumps on the downed Bord eager to keep the points adding up with his accurate, pin point precision that splits Bords left ear
Bord is pawing his jab out to clear the distance for a takedown landing him in side control. Bord is clearly taking his time listening to his coaches but doing enough to keep the action floored until the final seconds when referee Jimmy Chapel stands them back up. Smith tries to get the final say throwing bombs to close the fight but Bord shoots for another takedown as the bout comes to a close.
Winner by Split Decision: Jordyn Grenyion Smith
Frankie Foster vs Kevin Ranski
Foster pushes the action early clinching his opponent against the cage as both fighters grapple for the better position. Ranski turns Foster around to secure his position and dump Foster heavily to the ground for the remainder of the round.
Ranski utilizes his reach to keep Foster at bay for the opening moments with his crisp jab. This continues throughout the round until Foster shoots for a lazy takedown and is caught with a knee on the way down.
Foster secured an early takedown but Ranski is quick to his feet and utilizes his reach to pick Foster apart from the outside with his superior reach. The closing moments were spent on the ground with Ranski holding the guillotine until the final bell.
Winner by UD: Kevin Ranski
30-27, 30-27, 29-28