Icon recap: Hose silences Baroni

March 17th, 2008

Hose finishes Baroni

Icon Sport came up big again with another unbelievable main event to cap a thrilling action-packed To Hell and Back card Saturday night.

After taking an enormous amount of punishment in the first round, Kala Kolohe Hose came back and put a beating on an exhausted Phil Baroni to become Hawaii’s first local Icon Sport middleweight champion since Niko Vitale. I was hoping I’d finally get some reaction from Hose after the fight, but he stayed true to his quiet and humble self, even in victory. Both fighters showed tremendous heart in going at it for over 20 minutes, but in the end, Kala took a huge step towards becoming a big star in mixed martial arts.

Some quick notes from other fights on the card:

It was good to see former professional boxer Jeremy Williams finally land that big punch we were waiting to see. A big left hook put Augie Padeken on the mat and an overhand right to follow quickly ended it.

Williams catches Padeken

We also saw the Icon debut of Hilo’s Ross “Da Boss” Ebanez, who needed just nine seconds to beat Brennan Kamaka after pummeling him through the ropes, literally.

Ebanez KO’s Kamaka

In probably the biggest upset on the card outside of the main event, Russell Doane shocked a lot of people with a first-round TKO victory over Tyson Nam.

Doane shocks Nam

Just two of the 13 fights went the distance as fans were treated to a nice mix of TKO’s and submissions. Eddie Rincon and PJ Dean were one of the fights to go all three rounds, but both fighters put on an excellent show with Dean getting the victory. I also saw Matt Comeau in action for the first time and came away very impressed. Not only did Icon give fans a great main event, but we also saw some real good looking young fighters that look like they will be around for a long time to come.

Icon’s next show is tentatively scheduled for June 14.

Big thanks to Richard Walker, who has his own blog called The Photo Lounge, for providing all the art from the event. He has taken some great photos at MMA shows over the years, and it’s nice to finally have a place for people to see more than the one or two shots that appear in the paper. Also, my apologies for not having any video highlights from the show like we hoped. We had some difficulties, but hopefully we’ll have it fixed in time for the next show.

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