• 3.22.8 Raymond Ayala’s first fight at TFA 10 – Santa Monica, CA

    TFA 10 Ring Card Girls

    TFA 10 Ring Card Girls

     

    There’s no question about it, I was rooting for Raymond today. The venue was in Santa Monica’s civic auditorium, just across the street from where I watch Raymond training the week before. TFA organized the 10th event and called in “Uprising X”, with headliner J.J. Ambrose defending his TFA welterweight title against Jason Cordero. Other fighters on the cards were Brent Cooper vs.Lee Chapman, Brandon Quaid vs. Jorge Lopez, Neal Abrams vs. Julio Sotomayor, Bobby Green vs. Raymond Ayala, Jeff Martin vs. Chris Cully, Skye Rivera vs. Javier Alanis, and Chris Sepulveda vs. Jose Morales …

     

    Ah, do I sound like a sport writer yet?  Not really. I’m mildly interested in stats and championship titles. Those things do give you additional emotional investments for whoever you are rooting for. In my case, I had to look up Raymond’s opponent Bobby Green and get an idea what Raymond was up against. I remember having seen Bobby at the last fight in January and found him to be super nice… too. It is a community that I’m starting to recognize faces and names. I ran into some Legend gym guys who were there to support their own first fight – fighter Chris Supulveda. One of which was Jorge “Van Damme” Oliveira, who showed up with a newly achieved belt from a fight in Lemoore 2 days prior. He was one of the friendliest guys I met at that magazine assignment photoshoot. He carried an extra stride this time around.

    Raymond's hand wrapping

    Raymond's hand wrapping

    Raymond in the ring

    Raymond in the ring

    Raymond fights Bobby

    Raymond fights Bobby

    Raymond was defeated

    Raymond was defeated

    Raymond recovering

    Raymond recovering

    TFA judge

    TFA judge

    TFA referee

    TFA referee

    Jorge "Van Damme" Oliveira and his 2 day old PFC light heavyweight titled belt

    Jorge "Van Damme" Oliveira and his 2 day old PFC light heavyweight titled belt

    Wayne Phillips

    Wayne Phillips

    Lee Chapman

    Lee Chapman

    Chris Cully momentarily had Jeff Martin in a head lock

    Chris Cully momentarily had Jeff Martin in a head lock

    Jeff Martin defeated Chris Cully in a unanimous decision

    Jeff Martin defeated Chris Cully in a unanimous decision

    Bobby Green defeated Raymond Ayala in a submission choke 2nd round

    Bobby Green defeated Raymond Ayala in a submission choke 2nd round

    fighter and trainer at ringside

    fighter and trainer at ringside

    Bobby Green at victory interview

    Bobby Green at victory interview

    J.J. Ambrose about to defend his belt title

    J.J. Ambrose about to defend his belt title

    J.J. Ambrose after successfully defended his belt title

    J.J. Ambrose after successfully defended his belt title

    photo with ring card girls

    photo with ring card girls