Bruising blows for Bajans

American, Frenchman win CFL titles

Two titles were decided when the Mixed Martial Arts Caribbean Fight League (CFL) Massacre 6 took place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Saturday night.

Hometown boy O’Neal Chase received a beating to last a lifetime when he faced off against American Donnie Bush for the vacant light-heavyweight title. Bush had no compassion for Chase and repeatedly pounded him until he submitted. The Bajan fighter tried his best to compete with the American but was taught a lesson by Bush who showed he was a league that was miles ahead of Chase.

Another local fighter Renaldo Stuart lost in his bid to capture the CFL welterweight title when he was TKO’d by Frenchman Sylvain Gondet in the second round of their three-round fight. The Frenchman was lightning fast around the ring and the gallant Barbadian fighter was no match for him, either on his feet or when grappling on the mat.

A fleeting moment of seeming dominance by Barbados' Renaldo Stuart (left) but he got some serious blows from eventual winner Sylvain Gondet (right).
A fleeting moment of seeming dominance by Barbados’ Renaldo Stuart (left) but he got some serious blows from eventual winner Sylvain Gondet (right).

Director of the CFL Rollins Alleyne told Barbados TODAY he was happy with the number of fans who attended the fights and the level of skills that were displayed by the fighters.

“Mixed Martial Arts in Barbados is going to another level. I am very happy with the standard of the fighters who took part in the competition. We attracted fighters from in and outside of the region which is an indication that the standard of the sport on the island is moving to a higher level,” Alleyne said.

He stated that the next card put on by the CFL would involve more skilled fighters which would help encourage even greater crowds. He issued a call for more business houses to become involved with the sport.

“This sport can become part of our sports tourism package. Several leading boxers have already taken part in several of the fights we have staged here and it is the CFL’s intention to bring some of the leading professionals in the world to Barbados to take part in our fights,” Alleyne said.

An added attraction of the night was a woman’s bout between Isha Dottin of Barbados and Latoya Joseph of Trinidad and Tobago. The ngirl from the twin-island republic defeated the Bajan lass.

Another of the entertaining bouts of the night was the grudge match in the heavyweight division between local boys Calvin Ifill and Corey Weithers. This highly entertaining fight was won by Weithers on points.

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