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ROP 22 prelims rival excitement of main card: Part 2

BEFORE the main card title matches and professional mixed martial arts bouts took place, Rites of Passage 22: Rampage attendees were treated to an undercard of equally exciting amateur MMA fights.

In the lone light heavyweight bout on last Friday’s event card, Steel Athletics rep Jaybo Frederick took out alternate fighter Alejandro “The Outlaw” Tebit of Ghasias Brothers Fight Club.

Trench Tech’s Andres “The Tanapag Beach Bad Boy” Camacho fires the fight-ending head kick that earned him his KO victory over Team Tinian’s Kimo Adriano at ROP 22.  Photo by Vicente “Ben” Salas II

Though Frederick himself is still relatively green in the cage, he held a clear technical edge over Tebit based on training experience alone.

The two combatants spent the majority of the first minute or so feeling each other out and circling cautiously.

Frederick would occasionally feint or pump his jab, while Ghasias kept his power hand cocked back and loaded, possibly looking for the big haymaker.

Suddenly, Frederick let his hands go and began peppering Tebit with a flurry of punches.

Tebit backed away towards the cage and though he never went down; he wasn’t mounting any type of offense in return.

Frederick held his opponent in place and let loose with a final volley of unanswered punches until referee Mike Ulloa mercifully waved off the contest at2:30 of the first round.

In a 140-pound tilt, Team Tinian product Austin John King remained undefeated by submitting last minute replacement Akidon Norita by first round rear naked choke.

King was looking to follow up on the success of his amateur debut at ROP 21 where he scored a highlight reel knockout of John Mendiola.

Norita, for his part, was looking for his first win in the “eight sides.”

After a feeling out period on the feet, in which neither landed anything of great significance, the action went to the mat where King cinched the fight-ending RNC for the quick tap. The submission came at 1:44 of Round 1.

The aforesaid Mendiola, of Luta Top Team, redeemed his knockout loss at ROP 21 with a first round TKO of King’s teammate Juschery Castro in a 135-pound contest.

The bantamweights wasted little time engaging each other from the opening bell, but when things went to the canvas, it was clear Mendiola had an advantage.

It wasn’t long before Mendiola achieved mount and let his hands go, prompting referee Ulloa to intervene at 1:37 of Round 1.  

Naturally athletic featherweights Perry Mundo of Team Tinian and Luta Top Team’s LD Ogo were very evenly matched in a back-and-forth fight that could have gone either way.

Each fighter had his moments, both on the ground and standing, but it was the constant forward pressure and aggression of Mundo that seemed to sway the judges in the end.

At the conclusion of the duo’s three round affair, two out of three cage side judges saw the bout in favor of Mundo while one scored it for Ogo to render a split decision verdict.

Team Tinian’s Audrien Cruz made quick work of Zombie MMA’s George “Game Over” Grover in their 130-pound matchup.

The ROP rookie needed only 23 seconds to submit returnee Grover via first round standing guillotine choke.

Prior to that fight, J Boy Langu, of Red Ants Academy, defeated Grover’s teammate Manny “The Kid” Camacho by TKO in a 140-pound affair.

The end came for Camacho at 1:50 of Round 1 when Langu acquired mount position and let loose with a barrage of unanswered punches.

In the token “grudge match” of the evening, Donnie Fejeran put forth a dominant performance against the outgunned Jesse Mesa to win by way of retirement.

Fejeran used his length, careful angles and well timed counter punching to outclass the aggression of Mesa.

Despite getting repeatedly outstruck throughout Round 1, Mesa hung tough and made it to the next round.

However, choosing to not pace himself and wing power shots that missed by a wide margin caught up with Mesa and he verbally asked out of the contest due to exhaustion at 1:08 of Round 2. The match took place at 120 lbs.

Scrappy young gun Andres “The Tanapag Beach Bad Boy” Camacho, of Trench Tech, has been making quite a name for himself since he debuted in the amateur circuit at Trench Warz 20 last December.

The 16 year old went viral on social media and Worldstar Hip Hop with his unintentional illegal soccer kick knockout of the aforementioned Mesa. Although, one could argue Mesa was the real “star” of the moment.

When Mesa came to, he began deliriously swinging at guest referee Frank “The Crank” Camacho—mistaking the latter for his opponent and garnering worldwide attention in the process.

Since that time, “The Tanapag Beach Bad Boy” went on to score a legitimate finish of Kyle Gumataotao at ROP 21 due to a head kick and subsequent strikes.

Camacho kept his momentum train going at ROP 22 and put away Team Tinian’s Kimo Adriano in similar fashion.

The two energetic youths kicked off the amateur MMA undercard in a 130-pound dual.

Seemingly disinterested in getting lured into a striking match with the taller and longer Camacho, Adriano opened the contest with a beautifully executed takedown disguised behind a punch blitz.

However, Camacho quickly swept his adversary and settled into full mount where the Trench Tech rep postured up and teed off with heavy ground and pound.

Referee Ulloa watched the action closely, giving Adriano a chance to defend himself and it turned out Ulloa made the right call.

When Camacho tried to take Adriano’s back to set up a rear naked choke, the former stood up and shook Camacho off.      

Unfortunately for Adriano, back on the feet was exactly where Camacho wanted things to stay.

The two flung wild strikes at each other—most of which missed—but moments later, Camacho grazed Adriano with a high roundhouse and then a front kick.

It wasn’t until Adriano decided to carelessly rush at Camacho that something substantial landed.

(To be continued)