Saturday, August 7, 2010

Richard Steele's 'Steele Cage 3' a Hit in Dallas

Hall of Fame boxing referee Richard Steele's 'Steele Cage Promotions' presented its third installment 'Steele Cage 3' before an eager crowd at the Dr.Pepper Star-Center Arena in Frisco, Texas. Special guests NFL hall of famer Randy White (linebacker/lineman, Dallas Cowboys, 1975-1988), and UFC hall of famer and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Lidell, along with a thrilling fight card, helped bring new meaning to 'Friday Night Lights' in Texas.

Vince Harris (MMA interviews Richard Steele. World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, referee Richard Steele is the man behind "Steele Cage Promotions." He is a former professional boxer, and a boxing official who has officiated over 150 world title bouts. Steele is still very much involved in the boxing community, but he has also embraced the sport of mixed martial arts. 'Steele Cage 3' was Steele's third MMA event, all of which have been held at the Star Center Arena in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Steele has expressed his dedicated interest in promoting mixed martial arts in the Dalls-Fort Worth area.

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Vince Harris (MMA interviews new Steele Cage Welterweight Champion Joey Gorczynski. Joey, a three-time Oklahoma state high school wrestling champion, utilized his highly regareded grappling skills to defeat Joe Christopher for the previously vacant title. He put on a clinic, performing a series of chokes until finally drawing the tap with an air-tight modified guillotine choke.

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Vince Harris (MMA interviews Joseph Sandoval. Sandoval garnered a TKO win over a more experienced Douglas Frey (record fell to 8-4), improving his record to 4-0. Leading up to the fight, Douglas Frey, who returned from a win at Bellator 19, was considered by many to be a WEC prospect going into Steele Cage 3. Sandoval however, brought Frey's WEC aspirations to a halt. Frey clobbered Sandoval for most of the first round with an ambush of knees, strikes, and deadly leg kicks but, with about a minute remaining, Sandoval turned it on, delivering a series combinations that sent Frey struggling back to his corner. Sandoval continued to press in the second round, with an onslaught of strikes, drawing the referree stoppage at the 2:24 mark of the second round. It was a classic comeback win. Joseph Sandoval is still young in the sport, but he proved his potential against a much more experienced opponent.

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Complete Results:
Joey Gorczynski def. Joe Christopher -- submission (modified guillotine choke)
Joseph Sandoval def. Douglas Frey -- TKO (punches) 2:24 R2
Ira Boyd def. Shawn Smith -- Submission (rear naked choke) 0:52 R2
James Hall def. Kyle Simpson -- Submission (armbar) 2:32 R2
James Gray def. Daniel Gipson -- Unanimous Decision
Roy Spoon def. David Jackson -- Submission (rear naked choke) 0:32 R1
Ali Ileiwi def. Van Vo -- Submission (heel hook) 1:52 R1

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