Cowboy Fight Series held their inaugural show in January of this very year. Now, on the evening of the their third event, CFS has its most packed card to date with some returning faces to the CFS cage as well as some first time names to the card from across the region to make for an epic night of fights. With 14 bouts scheduled, CFS 3 launches the semi finals round of the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight tournament brackets with the winners advancing to compete in December for their respective weight classes Cowboy Fight Series championship title, and shot at a professional contract.
Marshall Shermer was expected to compete in the 145lb tournament against Conner Buell. However, due to unfortunate circumstances, Buell was forced out of the contest in the beginning of fight week with a fractured foot. Thus, advancing Shermer to the finals of the featherweight tournament bracket to face the winner of James Lyons vs Dallas Blake Manspile
In the main event of the evening, Zion Tomlinson (8-2) takes on David Gladfelter (8-3) in a middleweight tournament contest that is expected to explode in the center of the cage from the opening bell. While both fighters are extremely well rounded, as their records clearly display, its easy to anticipate an early stoppage in this contest as both combatants wins come vastly via KO/TKO.
Fighting in the welterweight tournament and taking the co-main event slot, undefeated, Tyler Bunting (5-0) takes on Mark Ari Lewis (5-5) as the well rounded Lewis looks to advance to the finals as well as hand Bunting his very first loss. Bunting, however, the Jiu Jitsu ace, has other plans as he comes with the confidence on his side against Lewis’ cage experience.
The event will be broadcast live via FloCombat.com.
Full Cowboy Fight Series 3 results below:
*Main event* (185 lbs)
David Gladfelter vs Zion Tomlinson
Round 1: Gladfelter lands a leg kick to open the contest. Tomlinson throws a headkick and fires a straight right upstairs. The fighters clinch against the cage and Gladfelter fires a knee low, landing square to the groin and causing a brief time out. The action resumes and Tomlinson wastes no time coming back throwing a teep kick to the face and following with a right headkick. Tomlinson kept the rhythm flowing and blasted a kick to the Gladfelters ribs causing Gladfelter to tie up and take Tomlinson to the canvas. Gladfelter lands some strikes from the top but Tomlinson reverses and scores his own ground and pound. Gladfelter gets the reversal and Tomlinson locks up a triangle choke and blasts hammerfists to the face to end the opening round.
Round 2: Gladfelter lands several successful kicks to the legs and body. Tomlinson eats them and charges forward blasting his own offense of ill intentioned strikes between punches to kicks and Gladfelter gets the bout to the mat. Gladfelter easily advances to full mount where Tomlinson scrambles for position but gives his back and neck up and Gladfelter wastes no time sinking in the rear naked choke to end the bout and evening.
Winner via Rear Naked Choke at 1:36 Into round 2: David Gladfelter
*Co Main event* (170lbs)
Mark Ari Lewis vs Tyler Bunting
Round 1: Bunting lands an inside leg kick that drops Lewis from the gate. Lewis regains his footing and returns the favor with a thudding leg kick of his own. The fighters engage in a feeling out process exchanging kicks. Bunting connected with a right hook that landed behind the ear that temporarily looks to wobble Lewis. Lewis fires back with a jumping side kick that lands with a bang. Bunting closes the distance and the fighters jock for position on the inside. Bunting scores the inside trip and lands in full guard of Lewis and he starts to work. Softening up Lewis with blows to the head to midsection, back to the head. Lewis explodes hunting submission attempts and gets ahold of Buntings foot briefly to close the round.
Round 2: The second round begins with A bang with both fighters head hunting early and happily exchanging leather. Bunting lands a leg kick to set up a Superman punch that lands flush and backs up Lewis. Bunting looks to capitalize and marches forward, but Lewis circles out and gets the fight to the ground where he hunts submissions again. Bunting stays top heavy and advances to half guard, then side control briefly. Lewis regains full guard and while Bunting begins looking for the ground and pound. Lewis bucks his hips and legs to scramble for submissions to put a close to the round.
Round 3: The last round begins and both fighters start fresh, keeping it standing and swapping punch combinations. An occasional kick will be thrown to mix up the action, but both fighters are looking to put the other out. Bunting lands a straight right that backs Lewis against the fence and Bunting closes the distance to dirty-box against the cage. Firing knees to the thighs, Bunting is scoring points in the later portion of the round and with several seconds left, Bunting scores the takedown for extra measure.
Winner via Unanimous Decision: Tyler Bunting
(155lbs) Rob Shermer vs Zach Krapf
Round 1: Shermer steps in for a lead leg kick following a solid body kick. Krapf is working his way inside, popping his strikes and kicks out to gauge distance. The two find a comfort zone and trade combinations on their feet for a greater potion of the round. The distance closes and Shermer jumps guard, dragging Krapf to the ground. Shermer scrambles for several submission attempts while Krapf looks to gain points with ground and pound from the top. The two stand for a final exchange to end the first round.
Round 2: Shermer begins the round throwing more consistently, but Krapfs punches are landing more significantly and harder. Shermer closes the distance and Krapf picks Shermer up above his shoulders for a heavy slam, landing in full guard. With a slight break in action, Krapf finally postures up to throw a heavy right hand, slightly connecting. The referee isnt impressed with the action and stands the fighters up. Both fighters close the distance firing up the middle with simultaneous knees. Unfortunately Krapf lands a knee to the groin, causing a small break to let Shermer recover. Once Shermer is able to resume, the rounds bell sounds.
Round 3: Shermer starts the round first again pawing his jabs out and following in with the kicks to the legs. Krapf is fighting with a bit more urgency this round. Krapf is stalking his opponent and piecing together his combinations beautifully. Shermer looks crisp, landing a grazing head kick that cuts Krapf wide open. Krapf changes levels and gets the fight to the floor again, landing on top. In the heat of the moment (seemingly) Krapf lands an illegal headbutt. The referee has no choice but to take a point and the action continues on their feet. Krapf is clearly disgruntled and so is Shermer, as Shermer blitzes forward with lead knees, backing Krapf against the cage. Krapf returned fire, but Shermer looked to put an end to the contest before the closing seconds. The clock counted down and both fighters were still standing and firing away for what could be fight of the night.
Winner via Unanimous Decision: Rob Shermer
(185 lbs) Tre Cook vs Rex Hazuka
Round 1: Hazuka strikes first with a heavy kick to the body. Cook lands a thudding hook and Hazuka changes levels for the takedown. Hazuka lands in side control, traps an arm underneath Cook and starts teeing off to the head. Some blows landed clean, however, some slipped and landed to the side and back of the head, so the referee calls a stop to the contest to give Hazuka a strict verbal warning. The action resumes and no sooner than it resumes, Hazuka locks up a standing guillotine, lifting Cook clear off of the ground and begins to walk him to the fence until Cook is forced to tap.
Winner via Standing Guillotine at 1:36 of round 1: Rex Hazuka
(155 lbs) Craig Willingham vs John Leancu
Round 1: Willingham comes blitzing forward landing punch combinations at will, bouncing his opponents head back. Willingham accidentally spits out his mouthpiece but that doesn’t stop him from marching forward and throwing thunderous right hands that are finding their mark at will. The referee calls a halt for Willingham to get his mouthpiece and the action resumes. Leancu is clearly hurt and circling the cage but he continues to throw to remain active. Willingham is stalking his prey at this juncture of the opening round, landing when he wants and opening a deep cut to the left side of Leancu eye to end the round.
Round 2: Willingham takes center cage control and starts this round differently with leg kicks to a push kick, backing Leancu against the fence. Willingham goes airborne twice, landing not just one, but two flying knees that Leancu eats. Leancu circles, but the punishment doesn’t end with Willingham staying on Leancu like a shark smelling blood. A punch combination upstairs drops Leancu in his tracks and Willingham follows his prey to the canvas to finish the contest. Willingham storms Leancu with lightning fast punches to the grounded Leancu, amidst Leancu making a last attempt to show any fight left in him while trying to stand, the referee saw enough to call a halt to the contest due to strikes.
Winner via TKO at 1:05 of Round 2: Craig Willingham
(145 lbs) Dallas Blake Manspile vs James Lyons
Round 1: Lyons throws a leg kick to start things off. Manspile throws a front kick to the midsection and Lyons catches it and secures the takedown. Manspile is active from the bottom, landing several punches as Lyons takes his time to pass to side control. Lyons then steps over top to gain full mount. Lyons peppers some shots from the top but seems to be taking his time to wear his opponent out as he is content with maintaining position and striking when available. Lyons sees the opening for a Peruvian necktie attempt and gets it close to secured but to no avail. Manspile scrambles to top position momentarily but cant hold it, as Lyons regains top control and mixes in some ground and pound at the end of the round for some added points.
Round 2: Both fighters exchange kicks and clinch in the center of the cage. Lyons looks for the takedown, however, Manspile lands on top. Lyons reverses quickly, and stands in front of Manspile, who is seated against the cage, sizes him up and hits him with a hook that has the crowd erupting. Dallas gets to his feet and presses forward but Lyons is able to control the grappling and get Manspile to the ground once again. This time would be the last as Lyons fully controlled Manspile, gaining back control and sinking in the rear naked choke that Manspile tried to fight, but ultimately was forced to tap to.
Winner via Rear Naked Choke at 1:33 into round 2: James Lyons
(155 lbs) Alistair Patterson vs Josh Francis
Round 1: Patterson comes out touching his opponent with a double jab. Francis returns the favor with a thunderous leg kick. Francis Follows with throwing a headkick that is blocked. Patterson stalks Francis toward the cage and Francis explodes underneath for a takedown landing in full mount. He looks to trap Pattersons neck for the rear naked but Patterson escapes and reverses position. Patterson, now on top, postures up to let some ground and pound go to end the round.
Round 2: The fighters get to center cage and Patterson looks to pepper from the feet with some jabs. Francis gets underneath and gets a takedown again, however, Patterson locks up Francis’ neck in a D’arce choke. Francis narrowly escapes, and the fighters engage in a a multitude of submission attempts rolling and trading position after position until the rounds bell.
Round 3: Patterson leads with the jab but Francis notices late in the last round that Pattersons legs are weakening and fires a leg kick to test the waters. Pattersons leg buckles but Patterson knows its time he presses forward, putting Francis’ back against the cage until he switches levels for the takedown. Francis quickly reverses with Pattersons left leg trapped and Francis is raining down brutal ground and pounding right hands that are taking their toll. Francis postures up, as to look for a foot, and Patterson takes the bait as Francis steps over into full mount and begins letting bombs go to Patterson. With ten second left, Patterson gives up his back and Francis secures the rear naked choke attempt to close the fight.
Winner via Unanimous Decision: Josh Francis
(140 lbs) Mohammad Ali Vs Matt Hicks
Round 1: Both fighters engage early with right hands landing flush. Hicks switches levels early and looks for the takedown. With no success, Hicks has Ali pressed against the cage and makes several attempts to muscle his opponent to the ground, but to no avail. The fighters separate and Ali goes to work landing a lead uppercut that lands flush. Ali feels he is the dominant striker and is taunting Hicks to engage and with ten seconds left, he fires a lightning fast leg kick that explodes on Hicks‘ thigh to draw a close to the round.
Round 2: Hicks opens the round with an attempt at an inside leg kick that lands a little high. The fighters resume and Hicks is the aggressor, throwing in more volume with double jabs to straights, but Ali is still taunting, although only landing occasionally himself. Hicks throws a straight right and is met by a spinning backlist from Ali. Hicks shakes it off and switches levels for a successful takedown and starts to go to work peppering shots and advancing positions. In the final seconds of the round, Ali is able to stand but nothing meaningful is landed as round 2 ends.
Round 3: Ali looks to fly early with a knee, but decides against it, and both fighters have a short feeling out process. Ali lands a solid straight right and Hicks takes the bout to the ground with one leg locked down and Hicks rains heavy left hands. Ali stands as Hicks is looking to control the neck. Ali takes Hicks for a big ride with a heavy slam to the canvas. Hicks bounces back to his feet immediately. Hicks locks a leg again and trips his opponent and lands on top with 10 seconds to score at the final moment.
Winner via Unanimous Decision: Matt Hicks
(135 lbs) Becca Evans vs Rox Trujilo
Round 1: Evans charges forward with jab-straight combinations, looking to end the contest early. Trujilo avoids any severe damage and scores a takedown landing in full mount. Trujilo escapes with Evans looking for a guillotine on the way out. The fighters stand back up and Evans unleashes what seems to be an endless barrage on Trujilo, backing Trujilo up.
Round 2: Evans picks up where she left off, firing punches to her wounded opponent. Trujilo presses Evans against the cage to be met with inside knees from Evans. The fighters separate and Evans continues with the brutal display of offense, mixing up her strikes from punches to the head, leg kicks, and hooks to the body. Trujilo closes the distance again, pressing Evans against the cage, but not doesn’t do much with it. Evans is attempting to stay active and circle while mixing up some hammerfists to the side of Trujilo’s head.
Round 3: Both fighters come forward and Trujilo seems eager to engage, which suits Evans just fine. The two trade punches briefly until Trujilo goes for the takedown again, but Evans lands on top. Evans looks to secure the head, but takes full mount, looking for the armbar attempt. Trujilo escapes To stand. Evans picks up where she left off, peppering strikes at will. With 10 seconds left, Evans unleashes on Trujilo, backing her against the cage. Trujilo grabbed the fence and at the final bell, the referee called a stop to take a point from Trujilo for multiple offenses to take a point.
Winner via Unanimous Decision: Becca Evans
(150 lbs) Damathian Bloodworth vs Caleb Knepney
Round 1: Bloodworth wastes no time attacking and lands a brutal right hand to Knepney upstairs. Knepney circles and Bloodworth blitzes in with jab-straight combinations landing, one after another. Knepney finally gets his composure and gets the contest to the ground. The fighters get back to their feet and Knepney and Bloodworth trade inside elbows against the cage. The fighters separate with Bloodworth following Knepney, landing precise straight right hands backing up Knepney to close the opening round.
Round 2: Knepney gets his opponent against the face and peppers strikes from the inside. The referee isn’t impressed with the action and splits the duo up to return to center cage. Knepney attempts to close the distance against the cage again, but Bloodworth circles out landing strikes from the outside. Knepney finally gets his hands on Bloodworth and gets him to the ground, where he clearly wants the contest. Knepney postures up in side control and starts with the ground and pound. The referee threatens to stop the bout if Bloodworth doesn’t advance position and Bloodworth escapes narrowly and briefly. Knepney gets his opponent down again and continues to pepper ground and pound to close the round.
Round 3: Bloodworth charges forward looking for a lead elbow, but Knepney ducks under, scores another takedown and goes to work from full guard. Knepney passes to side control with Bloodworth turtled up and begins blasting away with heavy ground and pound. Bloodworth makes several attempts to rally and gain position but is nullified at every attempt with Knepney capitalizing with a barrage of strikes force the referee to intervene.
Winner via TKO at 2:22 of Round 3: Caleb Knepney
(125 lbs) Kawehi Wallace vs Syd Ross
Round 1: Wallace starts the bout with vicious intent as she starts firing punches upstairs, but Ross isn’t shy to fire back. Wallace ties up Ross and lands an inside elbow as they scramble for position, only to separate. Some jabs thrown and Wallace commits to a body kick that Ross catches and uses to take her opponent to the ground, landing in side control. Ross postures up and fires some nasty ground and pound to set up an armbar attempt. Wallace escapes and throws a few punches to a downed Ross, then stands to score some kicks to Ross’ legs to close the round.
Round 2: Wallace pops some jabs from the outside and Ross closes the distance to fight for wrist control against the cage. Wallace separates randomly to pop some power shots, and ties up again. Ross attempts to drag Wallace to the cage but Wallace winds up on top and looking to advance position. With ten seconds left, Ross postures up and unleashes nasty ground and pound to put an end to the round.
Round 3: Wallace throws a kick that is countered by a straight left. Both fighters are bouncing on their feet for a vague opening. Wallace throws a leg kick and her nose is clearly trickling blood as Ross sees it as the perfect target to aim for. Wallace is throwing leg kicks downstairs on Ross while Ross stays active throwing crisp punches down the pipe to the head. The bout hits the canvas and Ross wastes no time to jump on a triangle/armbar finish that Wallace defends. Wallace postures up and attacks with hammerfists to close the contest.
Winner via Split Decision: Kawehi Wallace
(127 lbs). Dylan Osterman Vs Ben Coyle
Round 1: Coyle engages first with some jab-straight combinations to feel his opponent out. Osterman throws a teep up the middle, intended for Coyles stomach, but landed low for a brief break. Coyle starts piecing his combinations together and Osterman switches levels to get the bout in his territory. Coyle stuffs the takedown, and both fighters exchange leg kicks. Coyle fires a head kick and switches to the leg kicks and takes Osterman off his feet with a single leg kick. Osterman gets to his feet and a straight right drops Osterman back to the canvas as Coyle pounces on his wounded opponent. Osterman scrambles to his feet while Coyle followed him up with a solid punch barrage, setting up a knee against the fence to put a stamp on the round.
Round 2: Both fighters resume center-cage and Coyle starts firing straights mixed with hooks, cutting Osterman early. Osterman looks for the takedown and Coyle locks up a standing guillotine choke, The brown belt, Osterman nullified it the submission attempt to return to the center of the cage. Coyle wasted no time to keep the pressure on Osterman, putting together picture perfect punch to elbow combinations, pushing Osterman back to the fence for the final touches of his masterpiece. Coyle unleashed a fury of knees to the mid-section and head, to vicious elbows in bunches upstairs, landing seemingly at will. Osterman began to fade fast and the referee quickly intervened to rule the contest a TKO stoppage for the 125 pound prospect, as Coyle quickly exploded to the top of the cage to make his presence known in front of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
Winner via TKO at 2:38 into round 2: Ben Coyle
(185 lbs) Hunter Sulc vs Mansur Abdul Malik
Round 1: Malik starts early with vicious straight punches that find their mark and stagger Sulc in his tracks. Sulc hits the ground shortly after but bounces back to his feet and the fighters transition from single collar ties to full thai clinches to trade blows from the inside (think Don Frye vs Takayama). Malik separates the clinch and begins teeing off with pin point jab-straight combinations to elbows from the inside, giving Sulc several lacerations on the left side of his face. The damage was adding up and Sulc was evidently fading with each blow taken. Malik tripled up on the jab-cross combinations with the final right hand dropping Sulc in his tracks and out for the evening.
Winner via knockout 1:59 into the first round: Mansur Abdul Malik
(155 lbs) Rashad Vance vs Larry Lopez
Round 1: Both fighters paw their jabs as a feeling out process but Vance begins early letting the one-two combinations flow in bunches. Lopez shoots for a successful takedown, landing in side control. Lopez rains ground and pound hammerfists as he attempts to pass. Vance gives up his back and Lopez circles, transitioning from strikes to submission attempts. Vance gets back to his feet and begins firing away to make up for lost time. Lopez switches levels for another takedown to land in side control to end the round.
Round 2: Lopez lands a heavy kick to the body as Vance strikes upstairs. Lopez shoots again. Vance times it well and sprawls on it, regaining footing and looks for some solid punches on his feet. Lopez goes for the takedown, yet again, this time successfully. While in guard, Lopez lands a few elbows and postures up for some attempts to ground and pound but Vance is keeping him tied up well. Lopez gains side control and fires short elbows to the rib of Vance to close the second stanza.
Round 3: Vance begins the round bouncing lightly, popping in and out with some jabs to straights. Lopez is having trouble adjusting so he goes to the takedown attempt with Vance stuffing one but another immediately following. With no action on the ground the referee stands the fighters up and Vance, knowing he is potentially behind on the scorecards unleashes brutal shots to the head, forcing Lopez to go for the takedown again, to end the bout.
Winner via Unanimous Decision: Larry Lopez