Gladiator Promotions presented October-Fist Saturday night, October 18, 2014, at Mulcahy’s Pub in Wantagh. The sold out crowd jam-packed the venue with roars of enjoyment throughout each bout. Eleven bouts of kickboxing and boxing took place, including two exciting female fights and two kickboxing title bouts. Evan Blanchfield defeated Travis Mason in the main event for the P.K.F. East Coast Light Heavyweight Championship. The co-main event was a battle between David Padua JR. and Brian Ziede. Ziede earned a decision victory over Padua to capture the P.K.F. NY State welterweight championship.
In the main event, Blanchfield of Long Island MMA went three rounds against Mason of Shaolin Self Defense. The Long Island MMA kickboxer is trained by UFC’s Ryan LaFlare. The two athletes slugged it out for three rounds in a fast-paced, high intensity bout for the title. Blanchfield over-powered Mason peppering his opponent with body shots, then to the head, and back to the body shots. The Long Island MMA Kickboxer earned a unanimous decision over Mason by a score of 30-27 on all three judges’ score cards.
The co-main event between Bellmore Kickboxing/MMA fighter Brian Ziede and PKA Kickboxing’s David Padua JR. was a back and forth fight for the P.K.F. NY State welterweight championship. Padua Jr. is trained by his father out of PKA Kickboxing, which is located in New Jersey. Ziede’s trainer from Bellmore Kickboxing/MMA Matt Berman has his fighter prepared for a war, as Ziede defeated Padua by a 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 unanimous decision.
Sarah Thomas of Bellmore Kickboxing/MMA lifted the crowd out of their seats as she attacked her opponent Ashley Peterson of East West MMA. In the ninth fight of the evening, second female bout, Thomas used her long reach to keep the distance between her and Peterson. Through the three rounds, Peterson struggled to get past Thomas’ reach to get inside. The Bellmore Kickboxer drilled Peterson with body kicks and hooks to the skull against the ropes for three rounds. Thomas ruled the ring for three rounds as she earned a 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 unanimous decision.
The fight card results.
1- Abdale def. McDermott in Rd 2 via KO.
2- Consiglio def. Camejo 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 via Unanimous Decision.
3- Garcia def. Mouzakitis 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 via Unanimous Decision.
4- Jockin def. Franco 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 via Unanimous Decision.
5- Iuzzolino def. Gomeez 30-27, 30-27, 28-29 via Split Decision.
6- Morano def. Canals 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 via Unanimous Decision.
7- Becker def. Dichter 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 via Unanimous Decision.
8- Pollak def. Abdul 30-26, 30-26, 29-27 via Unanimous Decision.
9- Thomas def. Peterson 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 via Unanimous Decision.
10- Ziede def. Padua JR. 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 via Unanimous Decision.
11- Blanchfield def. Mason 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 via Unanimous Decision.
The fans cheered every time Matt Kaplin, Master of Ceremonies introduced each fighter. Gladiator Promotions delivered an exciting event at a great venue, Mulcahy’s Pub in Wantagh. Ten of the eleven fights went the distance, as each round was separated by Gladiator Girl Krystal. The sole knockout came in the first bout.
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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).