Triumphant 5 Results and Recap

 

Triumphant 5 was another great show for fighters and fans throughout the states. Held at the Young California building in Pleasanton, Triumphant brought 8 professional fights and six amateur bouts to the fans. It was a night of knock outs, decisions, and upsets that was livestreamed on youtube for Muay Thai enthusiasts around the world.

Promoter and CEO of Triumphant Combat Sports Geoff Quares was  enthusiastic  about the show. “It was great having East Coast people come out. We tied the Muay Thai community closer together. We are bringing IFMA and the USMF into regular sight,” he said.

Amateur Fights

In an USMF Amateur Prestige Fight Malcolm Hill out of the Institute in New Jersey fought Jordan Weiland from Dan’s gym in Arizona. The bout determined who would gain a coveted spot on the USMF team.

The USMF, United States Muay Thai Federation, is pushing Muay Thai into the Olympics and bouts like Weiland and Hill are upping the quality of the fighters. It will be necessary to be high level to be on the world stage.

The bout seemed even in the opening round but the first kick from Weiland would be definitive. Hill’s arm broke. Hill landed some good counters but Weiland was the aggressive of the two.

Weiland vs Hill

The second round had Hill effectively using his footwork and the ring to counter Weiland. The Mesa Arizona fighter scored with some strong shots though. The third saw Weiland load up his shots and land them. His corner, Daniel Brandt, called out the targets, “two left hooks and a switch kick,” and Weiland did just that. His explosive power and ability to listen to his corner led him to a clear victory.

Bryan Popejoy, one of the head coach’s for the USMF team, talked about Hill’s performance saying, “he wasn’t as active. He was still making a good enough show though. Now it’s a lot more understandably. He was fighting with a broken arm.”

Fight of the night was given to the amateur fight between Bobinchuk and Hurney.  “They were banging back and forth every second of every round,” according to color commentator David Huey.

Hurney vs Bobinchuck

Both boxers began the fight attempting to find their range via leg kicks. A clear size and power advantage had Hurney begin to trample over Bobinchuck early on. The second had more action from Bobinchuk as he found his range and landed some successful body kicks. By the fourth Hurney had run out of gas. Bobinchuck was able to come back into it. The fifth had Bobinchuck go for broke. He outworked the very fatigued Hurney.

“In the fourth round I started to gas,” Hurney said. “I knew I won the first three. Gaston, my corner, slapped me in the face and told me to get it together. It was a great fight. I was tested. I had to dig deep.”

Hurney was able to find the strength inside to win a unanimous decision.

Pro Fights

The pro card saw knock outs and decisions as well. Fan favorite Janet Todd took on Canadian Regan Gowing. Todd has notoriously had difficulties finding match ups within the country. Despite a lingering injury Todd still fought because quite simply fighters fight.

Todd vs Gowlings

“Like so many three round fights it was just getting started,” Popejoy said. “It was a good challenge, not just that Janet was injured, Regan was a national team member on the Canadian IFMA team.”

The bout had the Canadian fighter pushing forward throwing combinations. Todd was very slick and effectively controlled the action utilizing her technique.

In part of the 4 man tournament of the evening Los Angeles Muay Thai’s Lance Dixon made short work of his opponent Alexsander Naumoski from AKA in the south bay. Naumoski was coming off a long lay off from fighting. The ring rust was evident as Dixon pounced on him ending the bout early in the second round by TKO.

The comain event of the evening saw Smash Gym’s Sonny Singh take on Brian Bruns. The southpaw versus orthodox battle saw Singh picking apart Bruns. Singh landed a left elbow in the clinch and followed up with a body kick that sent Bruns down for the count. Bruns tried to recover but wasn’t focused enough and the referee waved off the bout.

Singh vs Bruns

 

“I threw the elbow and didn’t expect it to do so much damage,” Singh said. “I pulled down the arm and came over top. That was my third finish with an elbow.”

The main event of the evening saw Zoila Frausto battling Elizabeth Philips. Frausto was coming off a long lay off in her career after a second ACL injury. 

I was a little nerve wracked, coming back from a major injury,” Frausto said. “I really wanted to trust in my body. It was more nerves than usual.”

The nerves didn’t show as Frausto dominated in the three rounds of full rules Muay Thai. Philips threw big hands but Frausto landed strong leg kicks. She was able to buckle the legs of Philips with her kicks. By the third round Philips looked exhausted and out of options.

Frausto vs Philips

Frausto came back to the fight world stong and was happy with her performance. “It felt like I’d never left. I felt like I did more and did better. I threw more kicks and put things together.”

The success of the card and of the promotion had people buzzing.

“Everyone is asking me how we’re going to outdo this card,” CEO of Triumphant Quares said. “We have big plans for early next year and hoping to do Las Vegas.”

Stayed tuned for upcoming announcements!

Full Results

Amateur

Lucas Martino defeated Jacob Haas via split decision

Justin West defeated Nick Feeney by KO in round 3

Selina Flores defeated Joyce Hernandez by unanimous decision

Anthony McNutt defeated Alan Smith by unanimous decision

John Hurney defeated Stephen Bobinchuck by unanimous decision

Jordan Weiland defeated Malcolm Hill by unanimous decision

Pro Card

Janet Todd defeated Regan Gowing by unanimous decision

Gabriel David defeated Jamie Pheap by KO in round 2

Lance Dixon defeated Alexander Naumoski by TKO in round 2

Samuel Mongonia defeated Jonathan Tan

Sean Climaco defeated Geane Herrera by unanimous decision

Brendon Rafftery defeated Ethan Conte-Quiachonby unanimous decision

Sonny Singh defeated Brian Bruns by KO in round 1

Zoila Frausto defeated Elizabeth Philips

USMF Prestige Fight! Jordan Weiland vs Malcolm Hill

Triumphant 5 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds will be hosting another action packed card. (Tickets Here)

Along with the Four Man Grand Prix tournament, will be a USMF (United States Muay Thai Federation)  Prestige Fight.  Malcolm Hill from The Institute Muay Thai in New Jersey will go to war with Jordan Weiland from Dan’s Gym in Arizona. The bout will be full rules IFMA Muay Thai with both boxers wearing headgear, shin guards, and normal protective equipment. The bout will decide who will get the coveted number one slot on the USMF team.

President of the USMF team Michael Chase Corley noted the importance of the bout saying. “This is a great match up. Hill has been beating the national competition. Weiland has been getting a lot of international experience.  It will show people how good a fight can be with shin guards or not.”

There has been a long-standing bias against amateur fights in America. This bout will be breaking the mold as both Hill and Weiland have more than twenty fights each. This is more than many professional Muay Thai fighters in America.

Both are very accomplished nak muay. Hill picked up a tournament win in the 2017 USMTO open class and has back to back wins at the TBA open class at 137lbs. Training with Mike Burke at the Institute Muay Thai, Hill is driven to win. He’s been regularly training for seven years and competitive for the last four years.

“I’m always looking for the next challenge. I want to be a better me,” Hill said.

Born in Spain, Hill comes from a military background. His father worked for the air force on flight lines and so the family moved around a lot. Hill always wanted that little more though and fell into fighting. He has racked up an impressive record of 22 wins 5 losses and 1 draw.

Hill has a challenge in front of him. His opponent Jordan Weiland is a seasoned veteran. He won the WKA back to back in 2015 and 2016 and has won several Siam Fight Production titles. He has a record of 36 wins and 7 losses in Muay Thai/Kickboxing. He has 2 wins and 1 loss in amateur boxing.

Weiland began training in 2011 after his mother was diagnosed with cancer. She passed away and Weiland was having to deal with her leaving his life. He began training with Daniel Brandt. The grocery manager found something to focus on to help him overcome his problems.

He began to train full time and Brandt asked him if he wanted to start fighting. Since then he has become a star of the USMF team and participated in the 2017 Pan American Games.

It is the international experience that sets Weiland apart.

“When you go to tournaments in the states, and you’re open the division at max these guys have 30 fights,” Weiland said. “If you go international they over 100 fights. They are constantly competing.”

Other countries have regular events. Bouts occur every two weeks and athletes are able to quickly gain much needed experience. In addition, many governments offer funding to both athletes and organizations.

Bouts like this one are more important than ever. USMF regularly has fighters battling against the best in the world. The quality experience is necessary as Muay Thai is pushed ever closer to the Olympics.

Hill knows he requires the clash of top level talent.

“I want this fight. I’m looking for guys with twenty or more fights. That’s what I want and need,” he said.

Weiland knows what to expect though. “I think it will be two bulls going at it,” he said.

The lines have been drawn and the stage is set. Triumphant is looking to bring on the best and to help foster a new generation of talent. Prestige Fights like this one will push Muay Thai towards the Olympics and help foster tremendous growth in American Muay Thai.

“Triumphant is the rising show in the USA,” Corley said. “They are accepting of the vision of what the growth is. They are open to bringing in international opponents. They are looking to grow the sport from amateur to professional.”

Triumphant 5 will be at the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Saturday October 13th. Doors open at 11am with the first bout at noon. The promotion will be bringing on a total of 15 exciting bouts of full Muay Thai rules action. Get your tickets here.