Triumphant 3 took place Sunday at the Oakland Marriott hotel in Oakland, California. In the main event, Genah Fabian laid claim to the WMC 165lb Women’s World Title with a second round knockout win over Charmaine Tweet. Muay Thai and UFC veteran Anthony Njokuani won the Triumphant Middleweight Championship with a five round unanimous decision over local favorite Sonny Singh. The action was broadcast on UFC Fight Pass.
Genah Fabian KO 2 Charmaine Tweet (WMC Female World Title-165lbs)
Fabian is a southpaw who is from New Zealand and spent some time training in Thailand. She got the better of Tweet in the first round, landing some solid low kicks and left hands. In the second, Fabian followed up a body shot with a head kick that dropped Tweet and she couldn’t beat the count. Fabian improves to 7-2. Tweet is 10-2 and one draw.
Anthony Njokuani UD5 Sonny Singh (Triumphant Middleweight Championship)
The early rounds were slow paced, as Njoukani circled and looked for openings against the taller southpaw Singh. Singh looked to score with elbows when the two fighters were in close. Njokuani let his hands go more in the fourth and fifth, and won a unanimous decision by scores of 48-47 (twice) and 49-46. Njokuani is now 23-1. Singh is 3-1.
Asa Ten Pow UD3 Nick Chasteen (145lb)
The two fighters took turns leading and countering in the first round and the action seemed even, but Ten Pow found a home for his right hand late in the round. Ten Pow dropped Chasteen with a right in the second, and Chasteen went down again but it was ruled a slip. Chasteen picked up the pace in the third. He landed some good low kicks and pushed the fight, and Ten Pow landed with some good punches off the ropes. The judges scored it for Ten Pow by scores of 30-26 and 29-27 (twice). Ten Pow is now 2-0, and Chasteen evened out at 1-1.
Eric Luna UD4 Joseph Gogo (133lb)
Local Luna looked sharp in winning a shutout over the tough Gogo.
Zach Bunnell UD3 Chris Burgett
Missed the weights on this one. “Battle of the Tattoos”-both guys heavily tattooed. After a pretty even first round, Bunnell was the aggressor while southpaw Burgett mainly fought off the back foot. Bunnell is 2-1 with the win.
Sean Climaco KO2 Diego Paez (130lbs)
Southpaw Climaco was too much for Paez, knocking him down three times to get the stoppage. Climaco landed kicks to the body early and then found a home for his punches. Paez tried to keep Climaco off him with spinning elbows after the first knockdown but hit the canvas again from punches. After an early knockdown in the second round, the bout was halted. Climaco made a successful professional debut. Paez was billed at 10-0 by the ring announcer, but I think it was also his debut and the ten fights referred to his amateur record.
Yumiko Kawano SD3 Janet Todd (Female 115lb)
Kawano beat Todd previously as an amateur, and repeated the feat to pick up her first win as a pro and spoil Todd’s professional debut. The bout was fast-paced and featured plenty of action. After three close rounds, the judges favored Kawano’s aggression over Todd’s technique. The scores were 29-28 twice for Kawano and 28-29 Todd.
Darren Uyenoyama TKO3 Rajesh Narine (147lb)
Uyenoyama dominated the more experienced Narine before the bout was halted by the ringside doctor at the beginning of the third round. Uyenoyama scored with some hard leg kicks early in the bout, and with knees to the body in the clinch. Every time the fighters clinched, Uyenoyama dominated with knees, short elbows,and tossed Narine around. Narine went down from knees to the body in the second round, and got up and tried to fight back after being defensive for most of the fight. Uyenoyama landed some more knees to the body at the end of the round. Before the third round started, the fight was called off and went into the books as a stoppage at two seconds of round three. Uyenoyama made a successful pro debut. Narine dips to 12-5.
Jamie Pheap KO1 Nick Kaluza
Pheap made a successful pro debut with a knockout over the winless Kaluza. The bout seemed fairly even until Kaluza ran into a big right hand and hit the deck and the bout was waved off. Kaluza is 0-2.