by Bryanna “Pink Ranger” Fissori
WAIPAHU FILCOM- July 28, 2017 Man-Up Stand- Up
Given the prevalence of MMA on the island it is rare to watch a show that is entertaining all the way from the beginning of the card to the end with just stand-up fights. Man-up Stand-up pulled it off at the Waipahu Filcom. The night was a true representation of what the island has to look forward to in the future of martial arts.
On a side tangent still pertaining to the event, not all striking arts are alike. A boxer’s stance will be much different than that of a taekwondo kicker or Muay Thai fighter. Watching stand-up matches between competitors from schools that may focus on different arts creates an interesting dynamic. Stand-up bouts themselves may also differ in rules depending on the style. Featured on the card was one pure Muay Thai bout, which is a host to rules much different than that of an American kickboxing or K1 style match. It takes a lot of extra work for referees and judges to learn and adjust to the different rules and scoring systems of the bouts. The Man-up Stand-up promotion did a good job of making that happen for this event.
Jared Iha v Chante Stafford
Stafford gave absolutely no ground period. Iha landed low kicks, which would have made most people at least show signs of hesitation to come forward, but Stafford had none. After weathering the storm in the first round, Iha spent much of the second round against the ropes waiting for a break in the borage of strikes. One did not come, nor did it come in the third round, securing the decision win for Stafford.
John Yamanouchi v Able Rose
Not a whole lot of action to start the bout, but as the big boy warmed up Rose found his target in the long range. Yamanouchi was not phased by much but also did not return fire at any significant volume in the first two rounds. A brand new Yamanouchi showed up for round three, throwing much higher quantity combos than the previous rounds, giving Rose a run for his money. Rose still took away the decision.
Kaleo Maheula v Travis Petrabla
One of the truest Muay Thai bouts the island has seen in some time. Maheula established early dominance from the inside clinch with several sweeps in the first part of round one, but as Petrabla got his rhythm hard body kicks began to land. Petrabla showed his sweep arsenal in the second round and managed to end most inside flurries with an upper cut. The technical fight from multiple ranges showcased inside and long range fighting from both strikers with knees landing in abundance. Maheula showed a great propensity for setting up his strikes from the exit by controlling the distance. Petrabla was able to score several technical throws again in the third round, landing Maheula on the canvas and securing the decision win.
Sean Day v Stephen Barnes
Barnes scored a knockdown in the first few seconds of the fight setting up for an all out brawl. Day threw a larger volume of kicks but none landed significantly in the first round. The evasive defensive style of Barnes left him taking very little damage, but low strike volume would be the deciding factor regardless if they were landing. Both fighters were quick to clinch on the inside especially given the frequent exchanges of hooks. Increasing his volume in the last round, Barnes pulled off the decision win.
Teanu Aumua v Neil Dacanay
One, two, kick . . . one, two, one, two, kick. Decanay’s straight punches came fast and hard in round one, bloodying Aumua early in the round. Toward the last 30 seconds of round one Aumua started to warm up a little. Throwing significantly more in the second round, Aumua found a home for his uppercut, but Decanay kept coming with those hard straights and they continued to land. The blood continued to flow from Aumua. Rock-um-sock-um robot mode happened about half way into the third round, with neither fighter looking to cut an angle. Dacanay took the unanimous decision.
Josh Coleon v Mike Michell
Very evenly matched in size, stature, and even style. These two wasted no time getting straight to the battle grind. Punch for punch for punch and both landing. Coleon may have had a few more significant strikes, but Michell gave no ground. Both of these fighters were as tough as nails and took a lot of shots that would have others hiding in a corner. Though he landed some amazing uppercuts, Coleon was visibly wobbled in the third round and barely survived the count. Apparently his performance in the earlier rounds was enough to bring the judges to a draw.
Bashar Oda v Julio Moreno
A much shorter fighter, Moreno focused on using his size to get in tight to the body and throw the overhand right. Oda was able to keep Moreno on the outside, changing his kick level. Moreno came out charging in the second round, forcing Oda to pick up the pace. Oda used a lot of traditional Muay Thai leg faints to set up the rest of his arsenal, showing skill as a technical fighter. He didn’t have the power to slow down the constant forward momentum of Moreno, but the consistent leg kicks scored enough points to get him the decision win.
Demetrie Melsisea v Kanoe Kahikina
Melsisea spent a lot of time circling on the outside of the ring, but true to his southpaw stance, was able to make the rear leg kick to the body land with conviction. Kahikina did a good job of commanding the center and staying postured outside the right foot of Mesisea, while attempting to make the left hook stick. Kahikina dominated much of the first two round. Repeated body kicks from Melsisea turned the tide in the third ending the bout in a draw.
Angela Austria def Arianna Tomisato via first round KO
Cj Paleafei def Peter Lazaro via decision
Destin Auhoon def Anson Pacarro via decision
Johnny Whitford def Cyzton Edayan via decision
Brian Apilanodo def Levi Alualu via decision
Macario Chow def Kappy Ito via decision
Ben Apilando def Wayne Brown via decision