Miller Brothers MMA & Fitness goes 4-0 at PA Cage Fight and Dead Serious on Easter Weekend
It was another busy night for the members of the Miller Brothers MMA & Fitness fight team, with four men in action spread out over two cards, and when the dust settled all four men saw their hands raised. The team went 3-0 at PA Cage Fight 31, with head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Professor Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella further solidifying his claim as the top fly weight outside of the UFC in the main event, and both Tyler Bayer and Cristian Santos picking up finishes on the main card. Across the river in Jersey at Dead Serious 28, Mike Amada moved to 2-0 as an amateur with a unanimous decision victory.
Shorty once again found himself facing off with a top fighter from outside the Northeast as he defended his PA Cage Fight Fly Weight title against the unbeaten Charles Johnson. From the start it was clear that Johnson knew better than to play around on the mats with Shorty, who had submitted opponents in title fights in his last three bouts, however he was unable to outstrike Shorty on the feet. When Johnson was able to secure a takedown, he was quick to retreat to the feet for more striking, where Shorty continued to land harder and more often. Although the strategy did help Johnson to make it to the scorecards, all three judges scored the bout for Shorty, who was serenaded with the usual chants of “UFC” from the many fans in attendance.
Tyler Bayer made his return to PA Cage Fight in the co-main event, and scored a first round submission to improve to 2-1 as a pro. His opponent Daniel Tolbert quickly looked for the takedown after the opening exchange, landing on top near the cage, but Tyler wasted no time in searching for a submission. After first looking for an armbar, Tyler instead locked on a triangle and began hunting for the tap. Although Tolbert appeared to escape the hold, briefly, Tyler shot his hips up again to again lock up the triangle and earn the tap.
Cristian Santos, who was originally supposed to be joined on the card by his brother Josue before Josue’s opponent missed weight, kicked off the main card in style, improving to 4-2 with a second round TKO over Christopher Sperow. Cristian’s back was put against the cage early, but he immediately reversed and began punishing the body with knees. Cristian also landed cleanly on the break off the cage late in the round. Following some hard leg kicks from Cristian early in the second, Sperow again looked to move it against the cage only to find himself with his back against the wall. Cristian punished Sperow’s body with knees and heavy hooks, instigating an attempted trip takedown by Sperow. Cristian reversed, however, taking mount and hammering away with strikes until the referred was forced to step in.
At Dead Serious 28, Mike Amada capped off the night with a unanimous decision victory over Marquis Dames. In a competitive first round, Mike took advantage of top position to score points, then cemented his claim to the round with a big toss near the bell. He picked up where he left off in the second round, getting a takedown and using it to dominate from on top, including a long spell in mount. Dames scored a takedown in the third round, but was unable to mount effective offense against Mike, and all three judges saw the fight the same way for a 29-28 victory.
Next up for the Miller Brothers MMA fight team is UFC Fight Night 128, where coach Jim Miller will be taking on Dan Hooker at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
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