The 24th Amateur MMA & Muay Thai Kickboxing event by Pahlavan Promotions was an intense night of fight action. AFN #24 was held at the stylish St. Petersburg Marriott Hotel on Saturday, November 15th, 2014. Several Florida martial arts schools and one from Amsterdam, Netherlands participated in the event. Khru Ray Cole of Tampa Muay Thai, spoke to the Tampa Bay MMA Examiner about his camps numerous wins at the event.
Florida State Welterweight ISKA “Kickboxing” Championship Title Bout:
The main event between Griffin Heath 35, with a record of 3-0-0 training under Ray Cole (Tampa Muay Thai) fought against Chris Numan 48, with a record of 3-1-0 KB & 0-1 MMA and training under Gary Hellman (Tiger Schoulman’s – Tampa). The evidence of just how tough the fight was had been written all over the face of Griffin Heath by Chris Numan. There was no doubt that both competitors wanted this win. They came out of their corners and onto the battlefield where they stayed until the judges’ decision. This is the type of fight a fan expects as an amateur main event. An interview with Heath’s trainer Khru Ray Cole shared some insight into the Tampa Muay Thai training camps views on winning fights, loss and their fighters recent title win during the main event.
How is Griffin Heath feeling after his win of the ISKA FL State Welterweight Kickboxing Title?
“He is feeling great to have had the opportunity to fight for a title at his level. Winning is just icing on the cake!” Khru Cole acknowledged that Heath is “sore but would be back in the gym this week.”
What comments if any do you have about his opponent Chris Numan?
“Chris has the heart of a wild lion! He was, by far, the toughest opponent Griffin’s and Tiger Schoulman camp for taking the fight and showing up 100!”
The Tampa Muay Thai training camp had fighters in six of the eleven matches that took place that night. Khru Cole’s fighters won four of the six. A further discussion revealed the factors that Khru Cole believes enabled his fighters to be successful. ” Our fighters are well conditioned, pay close attention to their trainers, all have their strengths and weaknesses but have been taught to use & protect them.”
Amateur MMA & Muay Thai Kickboxing Event # 24 Fight Results:
Florida State Straw Weight ISKA “Kickboxing” Championship Title Bout:
Shawna Ormsby 22, with a record of 3-3-0 training under Joey Rosario (UFC Gym – Winter Spring, FL) fought against Daniela Duran 24, with a record of 2-2-0 and training under Anthony Crothers out of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Ormsby won the title by split decision.
Under card fight results:
Hannah Wittenburg 34, with a record of 0-0-0 and training under Titiana Van Polanen Petel (Amsterdam Netherlands) fought against Layal Shafee 18, with a record of 1-1-0 and training under Ray Cole (Tampa Muay Thai). Vieria won by split decision.
Eliomeno Osorio 20, with a record of 0-4-0 training under Mario Salazar (Mt. Song Martial Arts – Tampa, FL) fought against Gregg Ellis 21, with a record of 0-0-0 training under Gary Hellman (Tiger Schoulman’s – Tampa). Osorio won by split decision.
John Hubbert 26, with a record of 0-1-0 KB (1-3 MMA & 1-0 B) and training under David Hurly (High Performance MMA – Lakeland, FL) fought against Josh Escher 32, with a record of 0-1-0 and training under Mike Hollobaugh (House of Pain – Bradenton, FL). Escher won by TKO at the end of the 2nd round.
Giamo Vankanten 26, with a record of 0-0-0 and training under Dave Zitnick (Valor Martial Arts – Sunrise, FL) fought against Fritz Salavant 24, training under Jeff Flaming & Joseph Brooks (Gracie Tampa North – Tampa, FL). Vankanten won by KO at 1:34 of the 2nd round.
Christian Harney 24, with a record of 2-3-0 and training under Dave Harney (Twin Tiger Fighting Concept – Ft. Myers, FL) fought against Michael Savinov 34, with a record of 2-0-0 and training under Ray Cole (Tampa Muay Thai). Harney won by decision. Harney made the crowd chuckle when asked the question “What is it like being trained by your father?” He replied with “it is a win…lose” during his interview with Dr. Rich Brown after the fight..
Mike Lomardo 24, with a record of 1-0-0 KB (1-0-0 MMA) and training under Marlon Mores & David Zitnick (Valor Martial Arts – Jupiter, FL) fought against Alberto Guerrero 24, with a record of 1-0-0 MMA training under Timothy Burroughs & William Martinez (Eternal Spirit MMA – Punta Gorda, FL). Lomardo won by T.K.O. in the 1st round. Lomardo demonstrated tremendous sportsmanship toward his opponent after his victory.
Hunter Guarino 17, with a record of 2-1-0 and training under Ali Tareh (Fight Fitness Center) fought against Christian Buchlai 15, with a record of 0-0-0 training under Ray Cole (Tampa Muay Thai). Guarino won by split decision.
Marc Richetts 33, with a record of 1-1-0 KB and training under Ray Cole (Tampa Muay Thai) fought against Jose Marty 15, with a record of 2-0-0 MMA training under Paul Marfort (Florida Muay Thai – Orlando, FL). Richetts won by unanimous decision.
Lewis Toms 21, with a record of 0-0-0 and training under Mario Salazar (Mt. Song Martial Arts – Tampa, FL) fought against Fei Li 29, with a record of 1-1-0 training under Ray Cole (Tampa Muay Thai). Fei Li won by T.K.O. at 1:24 in the 3rd round.
The 24th Amateur MMA & Muay Thai Kickboxing event was sanctioned by the ISKA. Master Ron Lloyd of Dunnellon acted as the head official for the ISKA. The official referee for the night was John Hosegood and presided over the matches ringside. Announcers were Dr. Rich Brown and Robert Alexander. The ringside physician Dr. Tim Carlson was in attendance to ensure the safety of all of the fighters. Stephanie Melendez the Tampa Bay MMA Examiner provided local media coverage of the event ringside and took photographs and video at the event.
The fighters who participated in the Amateur MMA & Muay Thai Kickboxing Event # 24 were from Florida and the Netherlands. More information about attending or participating in events held by Pahlavan Promotions can be found by visiting Pahlavanpromotions.com.