Spectacular Finishes Punctuate Hidden Talent’s ‘Who’s Next 4′

August 4, 2013 by  

Rollie Baguisa

Energy MMA’s Rollie Baguisa

by Matt Lo Cascio

Hidden Talent MMA returned to the Lake County Fairgrounds Saturday night with a championship bout that featured a fight inside – and outside – the cage.

Inside the cage it was Combat Do’s Carlos Hernandez Jr. defending his flyweight title against Energy MMA’s Angel Cabrera. Hernandez Jr.  shook off an early Cabrera takedown and followed up a series of knees with 1-2 combo that dropped Cabrera. Hernandez Jr. moved in for the finish, but referee Otto Torriero beat him to it and waved off the fight. The end came at 2:25 of round one, and Hernandez Jr. remains the champion.

But after Hernandez scored the TKO, a fight broke out in the crowd and several fans were injured in the process. Hernandez Jr. hopped the cage fence and ran into the crowd before the decision was announced. One cageside official told me he should have been disqualified for leaving the cage before a decision was rendered. Another official said they were unfamiliar with such a rule.

Hernandez told the ref he went out into the crowd because he was concerned about his mother. The fan melee came at the end of the night, so it did not spoil what was a terrific event with some standout performances.

Jordan Broome, Energy MMAEnergy MMA’s Jordan Broome was one of those standouts, using his length and a diverse striking game in finishing Heleodoro Briceno in the second round.

Broome made the crowd erupt in round one with a head kick that rocked Briceno, then followed that up with a spinning back fist and an uppercut that stunned Briceno again. In round two, Briceno ate a steady diet of right hands then got caught in a standing guillotine. Broome pulled him down and into his guard to finish the submission.

“I wanted to keep my distance, I knew he was a grappler. It really wasn’t my goal to submit but it was just there,” Broome said.

Energy MMA’s Rollie Baguisa repeatedly used an overhand right that would have made both Chuck Liddell and Dan Henderson nod in approval. The combination of speed and power from that punch was too much for opponent Mike Richards to handle, and Baguisa scored a pure knockout at just :32 of round one. He got the crowd in a frenzy by landing a few of those bombs, a chant of “Rollie! Rollie!” interrupted when the last right hand sent Richards stiff to the canvas.

Mike Miranda, Black Tiger Muay ThaiBlack Tiger Muay Thai’s Mike Miranda displayed power and accuracy with knee strikes that spoiled the trip east for Miletich Fighting Systems’ Patrick Milder.

Miranda hurt Milder in round one with a well-placed knee to the body. Miranda took Milder down and into side control, but he lost position and Milder wasted no time in taking Miranda’s back and sinking in a rear-naked choke. Miranda was able to defend and get back to his feet. The round ended and Milder slumped to the canvas in his corner breathing very heavily, while Miranda looked calm and fresh.

Miranda came out in round two and again landed beautiful knees to Milder’s midsection that dropped the fighter to the mat. Miranda seized the moment and cinched up a guillotine that ended the fight just :20 into the round.

Jonathan Quinlan dominated Victor Gonzalez over three rounds, showing a solid mix of striking, speed and ground skills.

Quinlan dropped Gonzalez in round one when he perfectly countered a kick with a right hand, then made getting to mount look easy. Quinlan then caught Gonzalez in a standing guillotine at the end of the round.

In round two, Quinlan ducked under a left hand and shots on Gonzalez, completing a double-leg and again getting to mount. He posted up and unleashed a series of left and rights that scored. Gonzalez survived the round, but Quinlan had won both frames.

In round three, Quinlan again caught a Gonzalez kick and sent him to the ground, resuming his ground and pound and yet again getting to full mount. He won via unanimous decision in impressive fashion.

Click here for complete results from Hidden Talent MMA’s Who’s Next 4.

Results: Hidden Talent MMA – Who’s Next 4

August 3, 2013 by  

Results from Hidden Talent MMA: Who’s Next 4, Aug. 3, 2013 at the Lake County Fairgrounds

Hidden Talent MMA Flyweight Championship: Carlos Hernandez Jr. of Combat Do def. Angel Cabrera of Energy MMA via TKO, 2:25 of round 1

Jonathan Quinlan (Energy MMA) def. Victor Gonzalez via unanimous decision

Richard Martin def. Franklin Springfield, split decision

Giovanni Navarette (Energy MMA) def. Ryan Guardiola via unanimous decision

Rollie Baguisa (Energy MMA) def. Mike Richards via KO, :32 round 1

Mike Miranda (Black Tiger Muay Thai) def. Patrick Milder (Miletich Fighting Systems), tap-guillotine, :20 round 2

Jordan Broome (Energy MMA) def. Heleodoro Briceno, Tap-guillotine, 1:13 round 2

Jorge Vargas def. Deon Stewart (Team Power Source), TKO-ref. stoppage, 1:33 round 2

Andrew Bush (Midwest Martial Arts Group) def. Kenny Persinger (Energy MMA), Tap-RNC, 1:05 round 1





Flyweight Title On the Line at ‘Who’s Next 4′

August 2, 2013 by  

Hidden Talent MMA: Who's Next 4

by Matt Lo Cascio

Hidden Talent MMA returns to the Lake County Fairgrounds Saturday with “Who’s Next 4″, featuring a flyweight title fight and a card full of local amateur battles.

Hidden Talent CEO Darrell Romanos can’t wait for the main event, the 125-pound, flyweight title fight between Carlos Hernandez and Angel Cabrera.

“The fight I’m looking towards the most is the 125 title fight between Carlos Hernandez and Angel Cabrera because Combat Do puts in work and has an elite group of amateur fighters, so they will be coming for war. Angel has been doing multiple sessions of training. Grinding day in and out I feel will give any competitor a true challenge,” Romanos told Chicago’s MMA.

The card will feature fights from every weight division except heavyweight, but Romanos is bringing the big boys for this card. Super heavyweights (265+) Evan Page and Colby Gibson will likely supply the stand-and-bang portion of the card.

Romanos is also amped to see the debut of Energy MMA’s Rollie Baguisa, who will fight Mike Richards in a bantamweight battle.

“I’m excited to see and host the debut of Rollie Baguisa from Team Energy.  I saw his Muay Thai debut when he was in high school and I remember saying after his fight that if this young kid stays training he will be a massive force in the sport of MMA.

“His father and I talked about having him on one of my previous events, but unfortunately shortly after our talks he was in a serious car accident that sidelined him. He’s been back to a full rigorous training schedule and he’s looking sharp, ready to war,” Romanos said.

Two other fighters to watch for are Jonathan Quinlan and Matt Crowley. They put on an amazing fight at Who’s Next Round 3, and they will both be on this card.

For more card information and tickets, click here.

Title: Hidden Talent MMA Presents: WHO’S NEXT Round 3
Venue: Lake County Fair Grounds
Address: 1060 E Peterson Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030
Date: August 3rd, 2013
Time: Doors open @ 6pm Fights start @ 7pm