By Larry Snyder
Canonsburg, PA – Warriors of the Cage gathered Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Printscape Arena at Southpointe to showcase their keen skills over five prime bouts at the PGH MMA Fight Night event.
Stout Fights is a new mixed martial arts promotion from Warren Stout and the Stout Training Pittsburgh – Renzo Gracie Team. Andy Anderson, who is the general manager and program director at Stout Training, brought the combatants together as the matchmaker. The kinetic crowd provided all of the athletes with spirited support.
Pittsburgh flyweight Jonas Rubiano (3-1-0) needed just 49 seconds of the first round to claim his third consecutive professional victory as he knocked out Adrian Garcia (1-1-0) from Miami, Florida. After a close exchange on the far side of the cage, the 34-year-old Rubiano connected with an elbow and flurry of strikes that left Garcia on the mat, unable to continue.
Rubiano, who not only trains at Stout but is a youth jiu-jitsu and adult Muay Thai instructor at the Cranberry location, commented on his Facebook page he was “honored to be the main event for such a stacked card.”
Another rising fighter, 27-year-old Fadi Shuman (3-1-0) from Monroeville and who trains at the Mat Factory Wrestling Club in Lower Burrell, Pa, collected his third straight professional win in the first round over 26-year-old Jose Guerra (2-6-0) of Roma, Texas. This match was at the catchweight 150-pound division.
Guerra quickly recovered from a knockdown kick in the middle of the cage as he tied up Shuman near the door, and took him to the mat. It was Shuman who transitioned to an effective triangle attack from his back and was able to lock in an armbar submission at 1:58 of the first round. All three of Shuman’s triumphs have come by submission, twice in the second round and this one in the opening frame.
Leading off the evening on the professional side, Chaka Worthy, out of the Academy MMA and Fitness of Pittsburgh, pushed his career mark to 3-2-0 with a triumph over 31-year-old featherweight Walter Flores (1-3-0) from Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Both fighters landed good clean kicks in the first as they tested each other. There was one tie-up towards the end of the round, but it did not lead to a take-down. Coming out in the second, Worthy used a series of left jabs to Flores’ face combined with shots to the body to set up his right that dropped Flores at 2:59.
Worthy wrote on his Facebook page, “Thank God for 2nd round knock out last night at Stout Fights in Canonsburg Pa. John De Jesus, Khama Worthy, Christopher Williams, David Sachs, and Justin Patton were in my corner. Thanks to everyone that came out and showed support. Great to see my other training partners Jonas Rubiano and Fadi Shuman grab big W’s as well.”
PGH MMA Fight Night Amateur Results:
Super Heavyweight (Three Rounds) – Dajuan Calloway (3-0-0) from Ares Combat Sports Academy in Ohio WINS By Split Decision Over Lonnie Howard (0-1-0) Stout Training Pittsburgh – Renzo Gracie Team (Judges Cards 29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
Catchweight At 180 lbs. (Three Rounds) – Joshua Visokey (1-0-0) of Top Tier Pittsburgh WINS By Knockout at the 11-second mark of the second round against Chris Rack (0-1-0) of the Cave Boxing Club in Charleroi.
Visokey said on his Facebook page, “I’m truly blessed to have so many people support me in this fight game. Even though we step in the cage alone, we’re never really alone. We carry the emotions of our teams and family with us. I appreciate each and everyone of you. Thank you to all my coaches, training partners, and the people at Stout for putting on such a wonderful event. Can’t wait for the next one.”
MMA Clipboard: The leadership of Stout Fights turned to one of the best referees to keep control of every match in Chip Snider from Adena, Ohio. Tarentum’s Dan Bogan was outstanding as the announcer for the evening.
View From The Cage: Michael Wilkins, Stout, and Anderson provided live streaming commentary for the five bouts at stoutfights.com (subscription service). You can also enjoy their efforts on the Stout PGH YouTube channel.
Next Up: The Stout Fights promotion returns to Printscape Arena at Southpointe Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. for Muay Thai Fight Night 4.