Last Saturday, July 17th, Fight World made its triumphant return after a lengthy hiatus to reassert their presence with a monstrous fight card that sold out The Orchard in Chambersburg, PA, as they presented Fight World 18.
The stacked 9-fight card, a pro/am show was split with three professional fights, one advanced amateur rules bout and four amateur bouts.
In the main event of my the evening, Bellator veteran, Piankhi “The Nappy Ninja” Zimmerman, came into enemy territory when he made the trip to his opponent, Elijah “The Buffalo Soldier” Harris’ neck of the woods. These two lightweight warriors had a score to settle and patiently waited to iron out the details in front of a sold out, packed house in Chambersburg, PA.
Harris didn’t waste any time putting the pressure on Zimmerman, with Harris clearly the bulkier of the two. Zimmerman utilized his finely honed patience, developed over numerous at CPMMA to weather the constant pressure of Harris, who was walking him down through the rounds entirety. Zimmerman’s jab was his key to the first round, using it time and time again to keep Harris at bay while he set up, he set up combinations. The pair clinched toward the end of the opening round, exchanging knees until the bell sounded.
The second round saw a different tale with Harris slowing down his aggressiveness displayed in the first round. Zimmerman, sensing Harris had begun to gas himself out, picked up his pressure to gauge where his opponents energy was. Following a brief clinch, Zimmerman dragged Harris to the mat and quickly gained mount. From that point, the bout was Zimmerman’s for the taking. Relentless ground and pound from the top position led to Harris giving his back up. Zimmerman didn’t let up an inch, continuing to rain ground and pound, riding Harris’ back until referee, Bill Bookwalter saw enough, calling a halt to the action at 2:11 into round 2.
The co-main event marked Crazy 88/The Fort’s, Josh Jackson third straight win inside the cage as he dismantled Tyler Collins in a single round. This was Jacksons first bout since 2019 and he certainly didn’t disappoint with his one sided victory. Both fighters had a fair shootout at first, landing their own respective shots. However, Jackson quickly clocked Collins timing and got to work. On the feet, Jackson was beating Collins to the punch and able to change levels in a moment’s notice to duck under oncoming attacks to successfully take his opponent to the mat. Jackson’s pin-point striking proved to be the key in this fight as he bloodied Collins early and continued the onslaught. After the round came to a close, Collins walked to his corner, leaking blood from his face. Upon advice from the ringside physician, the bout was stopped declaring Jackson the winner via TKO at the end of the first round.
“From my perspective, I feel like I controlled every aspect of the first round,” Jackson said. “I got the takedown, controlled him on top and in the clinch, and capped the round of by dropping him late,” he follows. “I called the 2nd round finish and got the finish when he couldn’t answer the bell after the first so I was pretty close,” Jackson recalls. “I saw myself finishing on top and obviously would’ve preferred that but the doctor had seen enough,” he finalizes. Team Marquez and Daniel Gracie Fight Team’s, Cameron Scalio made quick work of his opponent, Aaron Harper with his amazing wrestling and superior groundwork. Harper predicted an early knockout coming into the bout and found himself in unfamiliar territory after the first bell. Scalio was able to nullify any attacks Harper attempted to get off, switching levels seamlessly for successful takedowns time and time again. It was evident from the onset that Scalio had a precise game plan to grind his opponent out and work for the finish. Scalio did just that, following a dominant first round, he picked up where he left off with relentless pressure and gets Harper to the mat again. After Scalio found himself in top position, early in the second stanza. He secured Harpers neck, advanced to the side and quickly forced the tap from Harper, halting this contest via arm triangle choke for the undefeated Philadelphian amateur standout, Cameron Scalio.
Fight World 18 was nothing short of a spectacular evening of mixed martial arts. With crowds back in full attendance, the athletes definitely showed out in full force to give the sold out crowd of fans their money’s worth and the memories to accompany it.
Fight World 19 returns home to Albuquerque, New Mexico to the NHB Fit Mixed Martial Arts Complex on August 21st, 2021.
FIGHT WORLD 18 FULL RESULTS BELOW
Piankhi Zimmerman def. Elijah Harris via TKO. (2:11 into round 2)
Josh Jackson def. Tyler Collins via TKO (stoppage advised by the ringside physician at the end of round 1)
Jeff Glossner def. Scott Dirkson via rear naked choke submission. (2:20 of round 1)
Michael DeLouisa def. Tavion Askew via split decision.
James Mullens def. Anthony Ducato via Unanimous Decision.
Melissa Gardner def. Alaina Dutill via 2nd round TKO. (Stoppage advised by the ringside physician after round 2)
Lewis Bruton def. George Spanakis via Unanimous Decision.
Cameron Scalio def. Aaron Harper via 2nd round submission by head and arm choke (0:35 seconds into round 2)
Khalil Hider def. Tyler Fry via Unanimous Decision.
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