Jackson's MMA Series 4 Live Play-By-Play & ResultsThe fourth instalment of the successful Jackson’s MMA Series took place tonight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the main event, Kaitlin Young faced Julie “Fireball” Kedzie in a five-round JMMAS Women’s Bantamweight Championship bout at 135 pounds.

The main card featured two additional women’s bouts, as former Tuff-N-Uff star Tsui-Jen “Soo Bee Doo” Cunanan made her pro debut against Kelley Renee, while Brittany Horton faced Jodie Esquibel. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for all fights on tonight’s Jackson’s MMA Series 4 card.


JMMAS Women’s Bantamweight Championship

Julie “Fireball” Kedzie vs Kaitlin Young

Round 1:
Young opened the fight with two right hands and a leg kick, and Kedzie answered with a kick of her own. Another leg kick scored for Young and Kedzie replied with a one-two and circled away. Young looked to set up a combination, but came up just short and the fighters exchanged kicks. Both remained cautious and traded only single strikes, as neither wanted to make a mistake.

A quick exchange of punches ended with a right hook from Kedzie. She landed a leg kick and immediately backed away. Kedzie countered a one-two from Young with a left hook and again circled to the side to avoid follow-up punches. Young landed a leg kick and an overhand right just before the bell. Extremely close opening round. 10-10.

Round 2:
Young landed a left hook as Kedzie closed the distance, and Kedzie backed her up to the cage. Young reversed the clinch and attacked with knees to the body and thigh. Kedzie was unable to get off of the fence as Young kept her firmly in place. Short knees were exchanged until the fighters were separated.

Kedzie landed a right hook and was immediately countered by a nice one-two. Kedzie returned to kicks and Young remained the aggressor with punches in close. She backed Kedzie up to the cage once again and another exchange of knees ensued. Kedzie reversed the clinch just as the round ended. 10-9 Young.

Round 3:
Kedzie jabbed and stayed on the outside early in round three, as Young pushed forward with combinations. Kedzie landed a one-two and shot in for a takedown, but Young sprawled out and scored with an elbow. Back on the feet, Young walked Kedzie down with punches and Kedzie countered with quick jabs and an occasional right cross.

Young scored with a leg kick and ate an uppercut in return. Kedzie flurried with punches and the fighters continued to exchange punches and leg kicks. Young stayed busy with more leg kicks and Kedzie stuck to her jab. Young tripped Kedzie off of a kick, but Kedzie regained her footing before the bell. Another very close round. 10-9 Young.

Round 4:
Kedzie landed a nice one-two combination in the opening seconds of round four, and Young retreated briefly. Kedzie faked a shot and landed a looping right hook. She remained light on her feet and darted in and out with two- and three-punch flurries, then circled to the side. Young connected with single punches, but Kedzie’s quickness allowed her to avoid damage.

The fighters clinched against the cage and Young held an initial advantage, but Kedzie reversed. Young spun Kedzie around and scored with a standing elbow over the top. She backed away and landed two leg kicks. Kedzie snapped Young’s head back with a front kick to the face and followed with kicks to Young’s lead leg. A combination and a grazing head kick also landed for Kedzie late in the round. 10-9 Kedzie.

Round 5:
After a brief exchange of strikes, the fight returned to a clinch against the cage and the fighters battled back and forth for position. Kedzie looked to be trying to take the fight to the mat, but Young stayed on her feet and the fight continued on in the clinch. The crowd grew restless as neither fighter could make much happen, but Kedzie finally managed to trip Young to the mat.

From the top in Young’s half-guard, Kedzie landed short strikes and tried to pass to side-control. Young scrambled and regained full guard. Kedzie threw hammerfists from the top and Young responded with elbow strikes from her back. Young tried to posture up for a triangle choke or an armbar, but Kedzie punched to the body until the final bell. 10-9 Kedzie.

Winner: Julie Kedzie by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) after five rounds. She improves to 16-8-0* and becomes the new Jackson’s MMA Series Women’s Bantamweight Champion.

*Note: Record does not include professional fight from the Ultimate Women Challenge competition in September 2010; the result of which cannot be disclosed due to an ongoing UWC lawsuit.


Isaac Vallie-Flagg vs Danny Rodriguez

Round 1:
Vallie-Flagg landed leg kicks early on and Rodriguez missed with a lightning-fast spinning backfist. He caught a kick and took Vallie-Flagg down. Rodriguez landed short elbows from the top in Vallie-Flagg’s half-guard, then transitioned into a guillotine choke. Vallie-Flagg escaped and wound up on top in Rodriguez’s full guard. Vallie-Flagg landed punches and stood up. He dove into side-control and punished Rodriguez with elbows.

Rodrigues got back to full guard again, but not before eating a trio of hard right hands. Rodriguez looked to isolate Vallie-Flagg’s arms for a submission, then used the position to sweep. Vallie-Flagg stood up and landed a huge knee that backed Rodriguez up. Rodriguez shot in for a takedown in the final seconds of the fight, but Vallie-Flagg sprawled and Rodriguez wound up on the bottom. 10-9 Vallie-Flagg.

Round 2:
Rodriguez caught a kick and dragged Vallie-Flagg to the mat, but wound up on the bottom in round two. Vallie-Flagg moved to side-control and kept busy with short punches and hammerfists. He postured up and landed a hard right hand against the cage as Rodriguez regained full guard. Vallie-Flagg moved to half-guard and threw more elbows, then followed with a flurry that forced Rodrigues to scramble to his feet. Vallie-Flagg threw a devastating knee to the body that dropped Rodriguez and Vallie-Flagg finished him off with punches on the ground.

Winner: Isaac Vallie-Flagg by TKO (Knee To The Body & Punches) at 3:28 of round two. He improves to 11-3-1.


Jodie Esquibel vs Brittany Horton

Round 1:
Esquibel scored with right hands early on and followed with kicks to the leg and body. She backed Horton up with a combination and landed more leg kicks. Horton struggled to land anything and Esquibel scored with punches at will. She landed a hard body kick, a big left hook and another kick to the body. Horton began to turn away as Esquibel battered her with punches, but she finally fired back with a brief flurry of her own.

Soon after, Esquibel backed Horton up, then landed a head kick that dropped her against the cage. Esquibel followed up with punches on the ground and the fight was stopped. Impressive win for Esquibel in her pro debut.

Winner: Jodie Esquibel by TKO (Head Kick & Punches) at 3:59 of round one. She improves to 1-0-0.


“The Angry Aztec” Rocky Ramirez vs Matt “El Diablo” Madrid

Round 1:
Ramirez opened the fight with leg kicks, but Madrid took him down near the cage. Madrid stayed in Ramirez’s half-guard and threw short elbows from the top for well over a minute. Ramirez defended well and blocked most of the strikes. Ramirez eventually managed to regain full guard, but Madrid stayed on top with sparse punches. Madrid landed some nice ground and pound in the final minute of the round. 10-9 Madrid.

Round 2:
Ramirez landed a huge punch to open round two and took Madrid down, but Madrid countered with a guillotine choke. Ramirez escaped the choke and moved all the way to mount. Madrid used the cage to get to a seated position, but Ramirez took his back. Madrid escaped and the fighters stood up. Ramirez tried to set up another big right hook, but Madrid took him down. After a lull in the action, the fighters were stood up and both landed body kicks. 10-9 Ramirez.

Round 3:
Ramirez dropped Madrid with a right hook again in the final round and followed up with punches on the ground. Madrid turtled and tried to defend, but the referee waved off the fight after Madrid verbally submitted.

Winner: Rocky Ramirez by Verbal Submission (Punches) at 0:44 of round three. He improves to 3-1-1.


Tsui-Jen “Soo Bee Doo” Cunanan vs Kelley Renee

Round 1:
Cunanan looked to box early on and Renee countered with kicks to the body and head. Cunanan tripped Renee to the mat and entered her guard, but Renee pulled herself up into a powerbomb position. She escaped the clinch and the fighters returned to their feet. Both landed cautious punches from the outside, but neither committing to any big strikes.

Renee continued to throw kicks to the body and Cunanan answered with counter right hooks. She took Renee down against the cage and fought off a heel hook attempt. Renee switched to a kneebar and then an achilles lock. Cunanan scrambled out and wound up on top in side-control. Renee swept and took over side-control before the bell. Good round. 10-9 Renee, just barely.

Round 2:
Renee pulled guard to begin the final round and looked to set up a submission from her back. Renee isolated Cunanan’s arms and worked for an armbar, but Cunanan avoided danger. Cunanan threw a handful of short punches, but remained inactive on top. She punched Renee’s ribs as Renee held on and tied her up.

Very little transpired as Cunanan remained on top and did almost nothing with the position. Renee spun into an armbar and Cunanan fought free. Renee regained her full guard and Cunanan looked to pass to the side. She could not and the round expired soon after. 10-10, despite Cunanan holding top position.

Round 3:
The fighters traded punches and Cunanan bloodied Renee’s nose with jabs and lead right hooks. Renee landed a kick and Cunanan took her down. She worked from the top in Renee’s guard. Cunanan threw occasional strikes as Renee looked to set up a submission from her back. As in round two, little transpired throughout the round, but Cunanan retained top position until the bell. 10-9 Cunanan.

Winner: Tsui-Jen Cunanan by Majority Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29) after three rounds. She improves to 1-0-0.


(Undercard results and play-by-play on Page Two.)


  1. The funny thing about the play by play is how biased they were. In each round of the Tsui-Jen “Soo Bee Doo” Cunanan vs Kelley Renee fight, they forget to mention everything that transpired on their feet (a good portion of the fight was standing) and the damage Cunanan dealt with strikes standing and on the ground. They forget to mention all the stiff jabs Renee took, the strikes to the head during ground and pound, a point in the match Cunanan was on top in somewhat of a half guard up against the cage reigning down punches and elbows. They forget to mention the amount of blood Renee had pouring from her face, with the end result of Cunanan’s rash guard and the cage floor covered in blood. Watch the video! It’s on YouTube! Nothing like the play by play. Watch the video and then read the play by play again. A very biased play by play!

  2. Which play-by-play did you mean? The commentators? I thought the commentators basically ignored everything that Tsui-Jen did, as they focused on the Jackson’s fighters throughout the night.

    If you mean mine above, it’s entirely possible that I missed small parts of the final round’s action, as I was doing live coverage of this event and Strikeforce at the same time. It wasn’t intentional to leave anything out, but I see that I have indeed included some of the things (jabs, blood, etc.) that you thought were missing. They’re in there! 🙂

  3. Robert,

    Combination of both. What you said is exactly what happened with a little left out. After watching the videos, they were so biased to their girl. At some points during they fight, they went off into different tangents talking about other things than the fight itself. Although Tsui-Jen was controlling the fight and dealing the most damage, they made it out to be like she didn’t do a damn thing. You know what’s funny? Jacksons MMA took all videos from the fights off youtube shortly after I sent this comment.

  4. I didn’t think that Tsui-Jen did much on top in the second round, which was why I opted for a 10-10, but there was no denying that she won round three. I might have omitted a couple of strikes on the ground, but the round was clearly hers anyway and nothing the commentators said can change that.

    For her first pro fight, facing a tough opponent, I thought that she did well. She just needs to work on being more active from her opponent’s guard, which she was in round three but not so much in round two.