Rami Ibrahim is an icon in the sport of Muay-Thai. He’s won countless titles and made history Saturday night at USKA Fight Night Philly 3 as he won the USKA and WKA sanctioned championship belts (140 lbs) after a hard fought unanimous decision victory over New Zealand’s Quade Taranaki. After his post-fight interview, Ibrahim asked for his mother to come into the ring. Tears were flowing as he gave love and credit to the woman who brought him into this world. Rami announced his retirement from fighting, but he will continue running his Rami Elite academy and stay heavily involved in the sport as a world-class trainer and teacher. Going out on top was very important to the classy, humble legend. He will be missed in the ring, but his presence will definitely still be felt.
In the co-main event, Lisa Edinger (120 lbs) made history as the first professional female Muay-Thai champion in Pennsylvania as she surgically picked apart Rima Sidhu on all scorecards 50-45.
“I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t finish my opponent. I always want to win by knockout, but Rima is a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for her. She’s very tough.”
Lisa is going to be a big problem in the future. She’s working on all aspects of her game and eventually will be trading in the ring for an MMA cage. The 115 lb women’s division is going to be put on notice. Edinger is fun to watch and dangerous. Remember her name.
Taylor Matsinger was dominant from the first bell as her jab was super effective. It gave her much confidence in her debut fight and she poured it on as the referee had to eventually stop the fight at 1:40 of round 2. Taylor was very impressive. Looking forward to seeing her next fight 140 lbs
Hancer Betances 30-27 on all cards over Daniel Kopecky 125 lbs
CJ Haseman 29-28 28-29 29-28 for a split decision win over Andre Carter 163 lbs
Lenny Cruz 30-27 on all cards over Rafi Harris HWT
Ken Butler 30-27 on all cards over Alex Gregro 180 lbs
Andre Petroski 28-29 29-28 29-28 UD over Steve Olan 183 lbs
Denise Wunder 29-28 28-29 29-28 UD over Juli Keler 132 lbs
Kasaun Tramel 30-27 29-28 29-28 UD over Hector Franco 133 lbs
Serpico Arriaga TKO stoppage at 1:15 of round 2 over Danny Inch
Ed Marcavage and Jimmy Pro battled to a draw. 29-28 28-28 28-28 165 lbs This was my choice for fight of the night. Nonstop action. Tons of quality exchanges. Both fighters showed huge heart. I’m hoping for a rematch as is USKA match-maker Jen Heffentrager.
Kevin Song 30-27 on all cards for a UD over Justin Grose
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Commentator for Art of War Cagefighting. More than 15 years experience in the PA/NJ regional MMA circuit. Commentator/post fight interviews. Television/media/event production. USKA Fight Sports media and production.
The story of the fighter is what Bob loves about the sport. From the lowest level, to the highest, he only cares about the two warriors who do battle once the cage doors close. Everything else is secondary. Without their blood, sweat, and tears, he would not be here enjoying every minute.