The North American Allied Fight Series made its return to Gray’s Armory in Cleveland, Ohio tonight for NAAFS: “Caged Vengeance 10.” The card was headlined by a welterweight matchup between NAAFS mainstay Nick “The Savage” Duell and late replacement opponent Brandon “White Steel” Saling.
In the co-feature, Paul “Straight Outta” Compton returned to the NAAFS for the first time since 2009 to face Antonio Castillo Jr. in a featherweight bout, while Jessica “Evil” Eye battled Kelly Warren in a 125-pound women’s matchup. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for tonight’s NAAFS card.
Brandon “White Steel” Saling vs Nick “The Savage” Duell
Referee for this bout is Chad Trukovich. Duell picked his shots with leg kicks and jabs early on. Saling closed in and the fighters traded hard punches. Saling took Duell down to the mat, but Duell landed a solid right hand and stood up. The fighters clinched and Duell landed knees to the thighs. Saling rocked him with punches and moved straight to mount on the ground.
Duell recovered and scrambled, then took Saling’s back. He flattened Saling out and landed punches, but Saling defended. Duell stayed on the back and tried to trap Saling’s left arm while working for a rear-naked choke. Duell scored with a series of punches and elbows to the sides of Saling’s head as the round came to a close. 10-9 Duell by a slim margin.
Duell opened round two with a variety of kicks to the legs and body. Saling rushed in with punches and landed an uppercut. The fighters clinched and Saling fell to his knees. Duell took advantage by landing punches and knees to the body. Saling battled to his feet and dropped Duell with a short right hook. He walked away, but Duell was still conscious and got back to his feet. Saling rushed in and unloaded with punches as Duell wilted against the cage. A right uppercut put Duell down for good and the fight was stopped.
Winner: Brandon Saling by KO (Punches) at 2:41 of round two. He improves to 8-5-0.
“Mexican Muscle” Antonio Castillo Jr. vs Paul “Straight Outta” Compton
Referee for this bout is Jerry Krzys. Castillo danced around for the opening minute and landed a one-two after Compton connected with a head kick. Castillo clinched, but Compton landed knees and broke free. He attempted another head kick, but Castillo blocked it. Castillo flurried with punches and dropped down for a takedown. He got Compton down and landed short elbows from the top. Castillo postured up to land punches, but Compton countered with elbows from the bottom. Compton stood at the bell. Close round. 10-9 Castillo.
Castillo jabbed and kept his distance in the second round. Compton landed a trio of body kicks and Castillo responded with a right cross. Compton ducked under a right hook and took Castillo down right into half-guard. Castillo scrambled up and Compton landed another body kick. He stunned Castillo with a right hook, but Castillo stayed on his feet. Compton landed another hard right hand and a grazing head kick, but Castillo took him down. He landed weak punches from Compton’s guard. 10-9 Compton.
Castillo opened round three with a hard leg kick that spun Compton around. He picked Compton up and slammed him down to the mat. The action was sparse as Castillo landed a handful of punches but seemed content to stay in Compton’s guard. Compton eventually looked for a Kimura, but Castillo punched his way free. Compton stood and was slammed back down. Both fighters landed elbows on the ground, but Castillo retained top position and punched all the way until the bell. 10-9 Castillo.
Winner: Antonio Castillo Jr. by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. He improves to 4-3-0.
Jessica “Evil” Eye vs Kelly Warren
Referee for this bout is Chad Trukovich. Eye landed jabs and a right cross early on. Both fighters landed leg kicks and Eye tried to catch one from Warren. A one-two came up just short for Eye, but she landed a stiff jab. The fighters continued to trade leg kicks and punches throughout the close round. 10-9 Eye.
Eye landed stiff jabs and right hands in the second round, but Warren was game and answered right back with one-two combinations. Eye used front kicks to keep Warren at bay and she sidestepped many of Warren’s punches. Eye landed a brief flurry, but Warren walked forward while throwing punches and clinched against the cage. Eye circled out and resumed jabbing and throwing one-twos.
A nice left hook scored for Warren and it set off an exchange of power punches in close. Eye landed more jabs and Warren replied with leg kicks. Eye caught a kick and landed a right hook to the body. She began to open up with more kicks of her own, but Warren continued to land leg kicks in the final minute. Eye put together a one-two-kick combo just before the bell. 10-9 Eye.
Warren tried to close the distance early in the final round, but Eye had none of it. She stuck to her jab and circled on the outside. Eye landed leg kicks and one to the body, but Warren caught it and took her down. Eye landed punches from the bottom and tried to set up an armbar and a triangle choke. She latched onto Warren’s right arm, but Warren used hammerfists to break free.
The fighters were stood up and Eye missed with a body kick. Warren picked up the pace and began to land kicks to the legs and body. Eye landed a right cross and Warren threw three more kicks including one to the head. Eye just barely ducked under the kick and she countered a takedown with a guillotine choke. Eye landed on top and moved to side control. She cut Warren with elbows in the final 15 seconds. 10-9 Eye.
Winner: Jessica Eye by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds. She improves to 6-1-0.
Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman vs Richard “The Asian Sensation” McDole
Referee for this bout is Jerry Krzys. Chapman landed a body kick early on and hurt McDole with a right cross. He nearly took McDole’s back on the ground, but McDole scrambled and wound up on top. Chapman battled up to his feet and McDole landed knees. He tripped Chapman to the mat, but Chapman immediately stood up and landed a series of elbows. He secured a tight standing guillotine choke and used it to life McDole up off of the ground.
McDole managed to spin out of the choke, but Chapman took top position on the ground. Chapman landed punches and took McDole’s back. McDole managed to get back to guard, but not before eating a pair of elbows. McDole tried to set up an armbar, but Chapman easily avoided it and passed to side control. Chapman postured up and landed some nice punches just before the bell. 10-9 Chapman.
McDole attempted a spinning wheel kick in round two, but Chapman countered with a side kick to the face. Chapman flurried with punches and took McDole down to the mat. McDole transitioned into a very deep armbar and Chapman was in big trouble, but he somehow managed to scramble free and took McDole’s back. Chapman flattened McDole out and landed elbow after elbow to the sides of his head until the bout was stopped. Impressive win for Chapman in his pro debut.
Winner: Isaiah Chapman by TKO (Elbows) at 2:31 of round two. He improves to 1-0-0.
(Amateur undercard results and play-by-play on Page Two.)