EDITOR IN CHIEF
|HERNANDEZ WITH TEAM POST FIGHT.|
"I see it as a boost," Hernandez told J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "If I can beat undefeated fighters its just going to put me on that much more of a higher level. I'm looking forward to it."Hernandez won the title by TKO finish as referee Kim Winslow stepped in, separating him from opponent Blake Smee. The loss was the first for Smee who is now 5-1, Hernandez continued his unbeaten career and has fought top talent in northern California as well as maintained his dominance in one of the highest ranked amateur organizations in Nevada.
|HERNANDEZ WITH TITLE|
Smee got the first take down of the fight early on in the first round, but Hernandez was able to get to mount after his take down. After exchanging escapes, Smee sunk in a choke attempt before Hernandez reversed and went for an arm bar as the bell rang. Both fighters had dominant positions in the second round as Smee secured the take down first, but Hernandez scored two more take downs in the round and got full mount before the rounds end. After a standing guillotine choke by Smee in the third round, Hernandez reversed and landed quality rights that hurt Smee on the mat before the referee ended the fight by TKO at the 1:11 mark of the third round. Making the Ultimate Reno Combat middleweight champion the ISCF West Coast champion as well, Hernandez in 9-0 and used his length to counter Smee's power to get the finish.
|IDREES WASI (L), GIO MACKEY (R).|
Idrees Wasi earned a decision victory over his opponent Gio Mackey in the last prelim fight of the URC 35 card. The first round was a powerful effort from Wasi who, although a striker, used his growing wrestling abilities to dictate a majority of the action. Wasi earned a big take down in the first round and said he felt like the stronger fighter.
"My lifting finally came into use," Wasi told J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "When I slammed him I felt like that was a powerful slam. . . yes, I did feel stronger when I slammed him."
Mackey maintained cage control in the second round although Wasi earned another quick take down. Mackey kept Wasi pressed against the cage often. The third round saw Wasi landing effective kicks that led to him earning the take down, and eventually the victory. Wasi spoke about his feelings on fighting in the future and how he plans to continue his road to becoming professional.
|WASI ANNOUNCED THE WINNER|
"I wanted to be a bodybuilder," Wasi told J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "But I realized you can look intimidating or you can be intimidating. . . I want to become professional but I want to do it the right way."Hugo Valadez earned his first career victory with a second round TKO in the first fight of the night against Khairy Abu-El Kheer. This 155 lbs fighter came forward through some powerful strikes from Kheer before earning the take down. Valadez pulled off a rear naked choke attempt before the end of the round. Valadez was deducted a point for an illegal kick to a down opponent as Kheer was rising to his feet, this came after he hurt Kheer with uppercut and knee combos on the feet. At 2:03 in the second round he was able to finish his opponent by landing several uppercuts for the TKO finish. Valadez was ecstatic post fight and was happy for the win.
|VALADEZ (R) GETTING HIS HAND RAISED.|
"He hit me really hard so the only thing I was thinking was 'HIT HIM BACK!'," Valadez exclaimed post fight to J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "I came into fight bro, I didn't care how it was going to happen. I wanted a win, submission, TKO, KO, decision, unanimous, split, I didn't care bro I wanted the victory."