16 bouts busted a belt-loop or two on Cage Warrior Combat’s usual suit. This was big, and that had been the word for weeks leading to May 11. On this hefty card, 6 professional bouts with home-town hero Carl “Kingfist” Edwards of Full Circle Fight Club as the main event in a rematch against Darrio Mobley of Alive MMA, set a new tone for Tad Bremer and Mingo Reyna’s promotion.
Underneath the impressive stack of professional MMA bouts was an altogether astounding 10 amateur bouts, all of which ended by radical manuevers, brutal knock-outs, and/or hideous upsets. Even for those to whom an extensive card might not appeal, the density was paired well with suitable intensity.
Fighting out of local gyms on the amateur card were AJ Cobb, and Cody Sutherland of Rough House MMA in Bremerton. Jake Blaski fought out of Hybrid of Bremerton. Blaski took home a win for Hybrid via armbar (no surprises there, as Hybrid maintains their intensive focus in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu).
Of the six Pro-bouts, two of our home towners took the stage. Lonya Champion fought out of Rough House, Bremerton, and Carl Edwards (main event) fought out of Full Circle Fight Club, Bremerton.
Champion and Orr walked away from the bout disappointed after Orr tapped out due to landing in a position which compromised his arm in some way. No call was shared over the loud speakers.
Carl Edwards lost in the third round via decision to Darrio Mobley. Mobley, throughout each round, managed to accumulate points in high numbers. Edwards was able to land audibly powerful blows to Mobley throughout, but Mobley did maintain a calmness that even Edwards regarded admirably in a follow-up interview.
“I had to give him props,” Edwards said. “I hurt him, and I know that because I have broken peoples ribs before, just practicing. He was able to remain calm enough to where I had to try angering him,” said Edwards. He attempted to get verbally aggressive with Mobley in order to overwhelm him.
“He stayed collected,” Edwards continued. “There are a lot of people who wouldn’t be able to do that.”
Mobley celebrated with several of his trainors after the bout. “I wanted to keep him in side-mount,” said Mobley. Carl is faster, stronger, and more technical than the last time I fought him.”
Dark Horse Entertainment plans on bringing another highly saturated card on June 8th. Mobley will be competing again.