Marshall Destroys Berry, Reedy Chokes Rhoden at Pure Combat

By Joseph Zigler and Jeff Sherwood Oct 18, 2009
TULARE, Calif. -- Doug Marshall extended his winning streak to four fights with a first-round knockout against “KO Kid” Keith Berry at Pure Combat “Fearless” on Saturday at the International Agri-Center.

Marshall, a former World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight champion, looked to be in trouble early in the first round. Berry unloaded on his feet, landing vicious combos, until Marshall took over midway through the round.

Berry went for a standing kimura, and Marshall ended up on top in the scramble. Marshall took mount and pounded on Berry with wide looping power shots. With less than 20 seconds left, Marshall landed a right hook that put out Berry.

John Reedy submitted Rodney Rhoden with a third-round rear-naked choke in one of the most exciting fights on the card. Reedy was in deep trouble in the second round, with Rhoden on top punishing him badly.

Reedy survived, and a completely different fighter came out in the third. Reedy swarmed Rhoden, took his back and softened him up with strikes before sinking in the choke. The end came at 1:51 of the final round and was Reedy’s seventh win in a row.

Doug Hunt outpointed Darren Crisp in their lightweight tournament eliminator bout. Crisp looked to be the better striker, stunning Hunt and almost finishing the fight. But Hunt’s superior takedowns and ground control earned him the unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 and 29-28).

Crisp, the crowd favorite, could not keep his offense going and spent much of the fight trying for failed submissions from the bottom. Hunt was never close to finishing his opponent but stayed on top for judges’ nod.

In the sole women’s bout of the night, Angela Samaro destroyed Leann Jenkins with a technical knockout from strikes at 1:54 of the first round.

Samaro came out throwing bombs, landing hooks and uppercuts at will. Jenkins was already wobbly and bleeding from the mouth when Samaro landed a devastating left and several unanswered punches on the fallen Jenkins.

Josh McCartney finished Marc De La Cruz with punches 1:17 into the second round of their 155-pound tournament eliminator match.

De La Cruz came out fast, throwing wild kicks and multiple Superman punches, but McCartney had little trouble defending. McCartney fought patiently, waiting for his shot. He found it with an uppercut that floored De La Cruz. McCartney followed him and rained down hammerfists until the referee stepped in.

Drew Bittner defeated debuting Carlos Costa by unanimous decision. Bittner avoided the stand-up game, taking down Costa repeatedly and working his ground-and-pound. Bittner spent almost the entire fight in top position but could not find a way to finish Costa.

Costa tried to get something offensive going, threatening with an armbar in the second round, but Bittner easily escaped back to top position, where he stayed, earning the lopsided decision.

Josh Herrick made short work of previously undefeated Joe Morales with a triangle choke in just 26 seconds. Morales rushed in and scored a huge slam, but Herrick immediately cinched the submission. Morales tapped just as he was going to sleep.

The first match of the night featured two fighters making their professional debuts. Faustino Caballero defeated Travis Hughes by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 30-27.
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