Arce and Holland Knockout the Competition at Matrix Fights MMA
Julio Arce (TSMMA Bayside) 135.6lbs vs Kenneth Nagle 137lbs
Arce wins by KO at 1 minute and 46 seconds in round 1.
It was a great night for TSMMA at Matrix Fights in Philadelphia. Stepping into the cage first was TSMMA Bayside’s own Joshu Julio Arce. Determined and ready for war, he stared down his opponent Kenneth Nagle from across the cage. He patiently paced back and forth waiting for the fight to begin.
When the bell sounded for the start of the round both fighters met in the center to feel each other out. Arce wasted no time putting his lightning fast jab to work. Little did Nagle know this would be the beginning of the end.
With textbook boxing and smooth footwork, Arce used his jab to distract Nagle before he followed up with a straight left hand down the middle that staggered him. Seeing that his opponent was hurt Arce pressed forward and threw another left hand that landed clean on Nagle’s jaw, knocking the mouthguard out of his mouth, dropping him to the floor and ending the fight unscathed and barely having broken a sweat.
Joshu Julio Arce wins his pro MMA debut by way of knockout at 1 minute and 46 seconds into the 1st round!
Munah Holland (TSMMA North Plainfield) 130.8lbs vs Carina Damm 131lbs
Holland wins by KO at 2:20 of round two.
Former Golden Gloves boxing champion Munah Holland earned the biggest win her of young MMA career tonight at Matrix Fights 6 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The hard-hitting striker stopped Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Carina “Beauty But The Beast” Damm in a featured flyweight matchup.
Holland has won four straight fights since suffering her lone career defeat in December 2010. She has finished three opponents with strikes, including tonight’s one-punch knockout of Damm. Despite a solid first round against Holland, Damm remains winless in her past four fights in the United States.
Holland (5-1-0) showcased her power early in the fight and dropped Damm (17-7-0) with a right hook. Damm recovered and battled back to her feet. She was able to take Holland’s back in search of a rear-naked choke and managed to get Holland down to the mat. From there, Damm remained active in pursuit of submissions. She tried for a heel hook and Holland displayed her improving ground game by escaping before the end of the round.
While Damm appeared to hold an edge in round one, the second stanza was a much different story. Holland kept the fight on the feet and picked Damm apart with punches before finishing her off with a crushing right hand midway through the round. Damm collapsed to the mat against the cage and the bout was waved off, giving Holland a big victory. The Team Tiger Schulman prospect remains one of the most powerful strikers in the 125-pound women’s division.