Gareth Ealey Crowned ICNZ MMA Champ

by Master Waki on June 7, 2009

Gareth Ealey, still undefeated, captured the vacant ICNZ Super welterweight title in a five round battle with Napier’s Gareth Burke. Burke did well to comeback from being slammed onto the hard floor outside of the ring. But the constant pressure and aggression by Ealey, made sure that¬† “Fists of Fury” was taking the championship belt down to Canterbury.

Ealey’s trainer, Karl Webber, was also presented with an award recognising¬† Karl’s achievements in the sport, here in New Zealand.

The Champ celebrating

In the other title fight of the evening, local fighter Doug Higgins matched up against Jerry Norris(Don Olivers) for the ICNZ Featherweight Pro title. In a short but exciting fight, Jerry managed to latch onto Dougie’s back and latch on a tight rear naked choke for the submission

Daniel DIGBY (TCMA – Napier) submitted Lote RASIGA (Qauia Combat – Fiji)

Rod MacSWAIN (Strikeforce – Auckland) submitted Pete PARATA (Lockdown MMA Wellington) by kimura

Ian GRAHAM (Massey MMA Palmerston North) won by tko over Andrew CRAVEN (Ground Control – Auckland)

Mark ANDREW (Ground Control/Takanini FC – Auckland) won a split decision against Tristan WATSON (Maai Hyoshi – Auckland)

Kris HOHAIA (Strike n Grapple/Jom Bing Auckland) submitted Matt ASHBY (Faith MMA Auckland) in Round 1.

Joe BARKER (Ground Control Auckland) won by unanimous decision, which went to an extra round, over Ben KELLEHER (ETK/Fistfighter – Auckland)

Kevin BENTLEY (Strikeforce Auckland) won by unanimous decision over Danny PHILLIPS (Maai Hyoshi – Auckland)

Steven ROBSON (Ground Control – Auckland) won a unanimous decision against Reweti MONTGOMERY (Carbon FC – Wellington)

Devestating Dalrae ROBATI (Faith MMA – Auckland) stopped his opponent Tim WESTER (Massey MMA – Palmerston North) in devesating fashion.

Neroni SAVAIINAEA (Maai Hyoshi/Gracie Barra – Auckland) won by unanimous decision over Mark SCANLAN (Strikeforce Auckland)

Ryosei Kurihara (Southern Tribes/SanbuKai Hamilton) knockedout Ray Maasa (Combat Room Wellington)

Andy Sua (Carbon FC Wellington) armbarred Lai Tupuola (Faith MMA Auckland)

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