On Saturday Night, October 21, 2017, Cage Wars 34 took place at the Washington Ave. Armory in Albany, New York. Cage Wars 34 was broadcasted live via FloCombat.com stream. In an epic main event, Chris Disonell and Matvei Skvortsov fought a three round war that left Skvortsov bloodied and battered as if he battled alongside Mel Gibson in Braveheart. Mike Martinez proved to the New York State bantamweight division he’s serious as he improved to 4-0 in his young career. This Cage Wars 34 fight card sported 11 bouts, which ten ended in finishes, including the four title fights.
In the main event, featherweights Chris Disonell and Matvei Skvortsov slugged it out for nearly the entire three three-minute rounds. Disonell found a home for his fists early in the fight as he connected with high percentage against Skvortsov in round 1. Entering the second round, the Canadian, Skvortsov appeared to have a little goose egg forming around his right eye. Disonell, a local favorite at Cage Wars poured on the punches as he delivered an incredibly high volume of strikes.
Though, Skvortsov managed to connect twice with a right head-kick that appeared to be a flash knockout which Disonell recovered brilliantly from. Disonell quickly gathered himself and continued to deliver his high output of strikes. Throughout the second round, due to the strikes landing and lack of head movement by Skvortsov, Disonell opened his foe’s nose like a faucet.
Chris “Show Biz” Disonell, 24, improved his amateur record to 8-2 with his Cage Wars featherweight title fight. Skvortsov fell to 6-2 in his amateur career, in a fight that easily captured the Fight of the Night Honors. Disonell successfully defended his Cage Wars title for the first time in his career. Disonell’s right hand landed at 2:28 in round 3 earning him the victory by way of TKO.
The co-main event between Mike “The Gentlemen” Martinez and Nequoyah Sethi for the bantamweight belt didn’t reach the second minute of round 1. Martinez and Sethi met in the middle of the cage for referee instructions, both appearing amped for their upcoming battle. Martinez lived up to the words he mentioned in his pre-fight interview with My MMA News. He pressed Sethi against the cage, earned a takedown and transitioned right into full mount. After landing numerous strikes from Full Mount, Martinez moved into an arm triangle where he ended the fight.
Martinez, 20, improved to 4-0 with his 1:49 arm triangle submission in round 1. The two promotion champion defeated Sethi (2-5) for the bantamweight Cage Wars belt.
Kenny Gordon (3-0) defeated Rob Coman (2-1) for the lightweight Cage Wars title. The Fight was dominated by Gordon. Gordon show strength and a high-level of technique in his victory. Gordon lifted and slammed Coman on his way to a TKO victory in round 1 at 1:53.
Chris Buckley started the four title fights off with an impressive first-round TKO victory over Ben Horton (4-5). Buckley earned the welterweight Cage Wars title at 2:09 via punches. Buckley improved to 3-1 in his amateur career.
In another impressive fight, 125-pound fighters, Alexandra Ballou and Tiffanie Ethington wasted zero time to get at each other as both women fought in their MMA debut. Ballou earned a first-round submission in a first-round bloody battle. Ballou and Ethington showed the fans in attendance at Cage Wars grit, heart, and solid technique.
Ballou used her larger frame and strong grappling skills to pull Ethington down via front headlock and lock up a game-changing Guillotine choke. Ballou improved to 1-0 with her victory as Ethington fell to 0-1.
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Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).