Inside Epic 55: The Fights That Ended the Year with a Bang

Epic Fighting’s Epic 55 event closed out the year with a cascade of intense matchups and skilled amateur fighters stepping into the cage to showcase their abilities. The night was packed with split decisions, submissions, and TKOs that had the crowd on the edge of their seats.

Title Fight

The headliner of the night was the title fight in the Amateur 135 lbs division. Nathan Hawthorne (@nathanhawthorne) put on a clinic against Josh Cervantes, securing a unanimous decision victory. Hawthorne’s performance was nothing short of spectacular, with judges scoring the bout in his favor, highlighting his dominance throughout the fight.

Featured Bouts

Significant moments of the night included a lightning-quick submission victory by Erick Aceves (@el_rickk), who finished Tanner Jones with a rear naked choke just 41 seconds into the second round, demonstrating his grappling prowess. Similarly, Chris Doering (@thereal_chrisdodo) secured an impressive win via armbar against Dyllan Ellis, showcasing his technical submission skills.
In the striking department, Shaun Puglielli (@seriouslyshaun) delivered a thunderous TKO in the third round, while Marquis Black (@therealblack_) stopped his opponent in the first round via tap out. 
The event also saw its share of heartbreak, with Mustafa Bell winning by submission due to a knee injury sustained by Christopher Jorden, a stark reminder of the harsh realities of combat sports.
On the women’s side, Ruby Daniels (@danielsrubyy13) earned a unanimous decision over Nayeli Morales, showcasing her comprehensive skill set and fight IQ.
Unfortunately, two bouts were canceled, leaving fans anticipating the matchups between Natalie Davis vs. Edith Gutierrez and Jorge Ortega vs. Henry Esquivies. 
In the lighter weight classes, victories by Joshua Treasure and Carlos Bernal (@carlosb3220) by split decision demonstrated the competitive nature of the sport, with each fight being closely contested.

Upcoming Events

MMA’s Epic 55 showcased the growing talent pool in amateur MMA, with each fighter proving their worth and ambition. Epic Fighting has cemented its reputation for delivering explosive and memorable fight nights in San Diego as the year draws to a close. The fans are already looking forward to what’s next in the cage as these warriors continue to evolve and ascend.

Fight Results

Amateur 145 lbs | Joshua Treasure wins by Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) over Matt Dehdashtian
Amateur 155 lbs | Carlos Bernal @carlosb3220 wins by Split Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28) over Victor Doering
Amateur 190 lbs | Erick Aceves @el_rickk wins by Submission via rear naked choke over Tanner Jones at 0:41 of round 2
Amateur 155 lbs | Mustafa Bell wins by Submission via tap out (knee injury) over Christopher Jorden at 0:40 of round 1
Amateur 135 lbs | Dylan Stockard @dylanstockard wins by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) over Antonio Hayes
Amateur 125 lbs | Ruby Daniels @danielsrubyy13 wins by Unanimous Decision over Nayeli Morales
Amateur 145 lbs | Chris Doering @thereal_chrisdodo wins by Submission via armbar over Dyllan Ellis at 0:51 of round 2
Amateur 155 lbs | Shaun Puglielli @seriouslyshaun wins by TKO via strikes over Isaac Verdugo at 0:34 of round 3
Amateur 180 lbs | Marquis Black @therealblack_ wins by tap out over Jarred Fiorda at 0:23 of round 1
Amateur 140 lbs | Daniel Renteria @dmoneyjj wins by Submission via rear naked choke over Jorge Carmona at 1:59 of round 3
Amateur 185 lbs | Hector Albanez @hector_albanez wins by Unanimous Decision over Gio Mayer
Amateur Title 135 lbs | Nathan Hawthorne @nathanhawthorne wins by Unanimous Decision over Josh Cervantes

Amateur 125 lbs | Natalie Davis vs Edith Gutierrez – Fight Canceled 😖
Amateur 125 lbs | Jorge Ortega vs Henry Esquivies – Fight Canceled 😖

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