Matrix Fights has been one of the elite MMA promotions based out of the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ for over three and a half years. Matrix has been putting on stacked fight card, after stacked fight card since February of 2010. From the start, Matrix Fights showed the city of Philadelphia they are one of the go-to MMA promotions if you want to see some great fights in a great environment. There have been seven events put on by Matrix Fights, with Matrix Fights 8 coming up on September 20th at the Sheet Metal Worker’s Union Hall (1301 Columbus Blvd) . Matrix Fights has, and continues to use former, future, and even current Bellator MMA fighters on their cards, and have even had future UFC fighter’s grace their fight cards. The 215MMA community has been supporting Matrix Fights since it’s inception, here is a recap of all the Matrix Fights events.
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Matrix Fights 1 – 2/27/10
Matrix Fights 1 featured plenty of future stars. The house was packed, and the fighters left their hearts in the cage. Future Bellator MMA stars including Will Martinez Jr. and the inaugural Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad graced this fight card. This fight Konrad co-main evented the fight card, and was only in his 2nd fight in his Pro career. At that time, Martinez was only 0-1 with 1 Draw (with the Draw coming from current UFC fighter and TUF 15 runner-up Al Iaquinta). Martinez got his first Pro win via 2nd Round TKO in this fight.
Konrad won his fight at Matrix Fights 1, going 2-0 as a Pro. His next fight, he went on to Bellator MMA where he would win the Bellator Heavyweight Championship, and remained undefeated at 9-0 until he retired in 2012, much to everyone’s surprise. Former Bellator MMA fighter Levon Maynard also fought on this card, in the main event against Matt Makowski. Makowski ended up winning a Unanimous Decision over Maynard, but Maynard would go on to fight for Bellator MMA in his next fight, while Makowski never fought after that.
This fight card also featured future Strikeforce and UFC fighter Nah-Shon Burrell in his final Amateur fight before going Pro. Burrell won his final Amateur fight, and went on to go 5-1 before joining the ZUFFA owned Strikeforce and later the UFC. Since joining ZUFFA, Burrell has gone 4-2, including a 1-1 record inside the octagon until getting released by the company back in June.
[VIDEO PLAYLIST OF MATRIX FIGHTS 1 FIGHT CARD HERE]
**SPOILERS FOR MATRIX FIGHTS 1**
The following are the results for the first ever Matrix Fights card:
Matt Makowski def. LeVon Maynard via Unanimous Decision
Cole Konrad def. Joel Wyatt via TKO (Punches) at 2:23 of Round 1
Aaron Meisner def. Francois Ambang via Unanimous Decision
Will Martinez Jr. def. Mitch Lyons via TKO (Punches) at 3:52 of Round 2
Julio Rosario def. Steven Baker via Submission (Kimura) at 3:30 of Round 1
James Cerra def. Aaron Hicks via Split Decision
Nah-Shon Burrell def. Luis Vasquez via Unanimous Decision
Michael Piekarski def. Dan Matala via Unanimous Decision
Joe Difranco def. Ryan Gunning via Split Decision
Matrix Fights 2 – 6/11/10
Matrix Fights 2 just picked up where Matrix Fights 1 left off. The main event on the card was Tim “The South Jersey Strangler” Williams taking on a very game opponent in Tiawan Howard. Also fighting on this card were future Bellator MMA fighters and Binns Management clients Tim Carpenter and Brylan VanArtsdalen. This event took place at “The Arena”, formerly known as the “ECW Arena” back on June 11th, 2010.
Williams, Carpenter, and VanArtsdalen all ended up winning their fights. Azunna “Zu” Anyanwu, a Heavyweight prospect in the East Coast MMA scene, and future Bellator MMA vet made his Amateur MMA debut at Matrix 2.
Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight fighter and 215MMA supporter Tim Carpenter (4-0 at the time) fought a fellow undefeated fighter in Guybson Sa (2-0 at the time). Fellow 215MMA supporter and Binns Management client Anthony “Cheesesteak” Morrison faced Nick Gonzalez in a great fight that the ending, you will want to see.
[VIDEO PLAYLIST OF MATRIX FIGHTS 2 GO HERE]
**SPOILERS FOR MATRIX FIGHTS 2**
The following is the official results of Matrix Fights 2:
Tim Williams def. Tiawan Howard via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 4:06 of Round 1
Brylan VanArtsdalen def. Shane Hutchinson via Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 0:15 of Round 1
Anthony Morrison and Nick Gonzalez fight to a No Contest at 1:09 of Round 3
Tim Carpenter def. Guybson Sa via Unanimous Decision
Matt Friedeborn def. James Cerra via Unanimous Decision
Joe Difranco def. Luis Vasquez via Unanimous Decision
Azunna Anyanwu def. Charles Finnegan via TKO (Punches) at 1:50 of Round 1
Matrix Fights 3 – 10/29/10
Matrix Fights 3 was another stacked fight card brought to you by Matrix Fights. October 29th, 2010 at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall, Matrix Fights 3 had people standing on their feet. The main event pitted Binns Management client Brylan VanArtsdalen taking on well respected fighter Julio Rosario. Zu Anyanwu, Kasheem Peterson, and Daddis fighter Jeff Cressman all graced the cage in this big event.
Local fighter Jeff Cressman fought Chad Vandenberg who was 5-2 at the time with 2 KO victories in under a minute. Cressman was 1-2 with one of those losses coming from future UFC fighter Louis Gaudinot.
Zu Anyanwu faced off against future Binns Management client Desmond Walker, in a great fight. Both Heavyweight prospects pushed each other to the limit in this fight, going all the way into the third round.
[VIDEO PLAYLIST OF MATRIX FIGHTS 3 GO HERE]
**SPOILERS FOR MATRIX FIGHTS 3**
The following are the results for Matrix Fights 3:
Brylan VanArtsdalen def. Julio Rosario via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:22 of Round 2
Chad Vandenberg def. Jeff Cressman via Submission (punches) at 4:00 of Round 1
Kasheem Peterson def. Adam Albright via TKO (punches) at 4:18 of Round 1
Azunna Anyanwu def. Desmond Walker via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:39 of Round 3
Julio Arce def. Anthony Gutierrez via Unanimous Decision
Jaun Vazquez def. George Hibbs via Split Decision
Matt Friedeborn def. Brian Pitaniello via Unanimous Decision
James Cerra def. Derek Hart via Unanimous Decision
Phil Parrish def. Joe Difranco via Submission (Arm Bar) at 2:29 of Round 1
Standley Eugene def. Mauro Conte via Unanimous Decision
Joseph Lowery def. Shaun Conallen via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:29 of Round 1
Matrix Fights 4 – 4/22/11
Matrix Fights 4 was headlined by none other than future Bellator MMA vets Jesus “Chavo” Martinez and Chris “Red Line” Wing. This was the Matrix Fights debut of future CES MMA and Bellator veteran Gemiyale “Baby Hercules” Adkins as well, when he took on fellow future Bellator MMA vet Levon Maynard. Also this card was the Matrix Fights debut of former Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez’s younger brother Albert Alvarez.
Martinez BJJ’s and future Bellator vet Jesus Martinez was 5-1 going into this fight with undefeated at the time, fellow future Bellator MMA vet Chris Wing (2-0 at the time). Zu Anyanwu fought his final Pro fight before joining Bellator MMA at Matrix 4. Albert Alvarez headlined the Amateur card against Derek Hart (2-2 at the time) who had two 1st Round Arm Bar victories on his Amateur record.
[VIDEO PLAYLIST OF MATRIX FIGHTS 4]
**SPOILERS FOR MATRIX FIGHTS 4**
The following are the official results from Matrix Fights 4:
Jesus Martinez def. Chris Wing via KO (Head Kick) at 1:16 of Round 2
Levon Maynard def. Gemiyale Adkins via Unanimous Decision
Azunna Anyanwu def. Derek Sawyer via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:15 of Round 2
Brylan VanArtsdalen def. Brett Ewing via Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 2:21 of Round 1
Albert Alvarez def. Derek Hart via Split Decision
Matt Friedeborn def. Travis Wynn via Unanimous Decision
Adam Roberts def. Phil Parrish via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:38 of Round 2
Brian Palakow def. Mark Krumrine via Unanimous Decision
Ryan Courtney def. Zachary Conrad via Unanimous Decision
Billy Miller def. James Lajoie via Split Decision
Clinton Plotner def. Steven Kiss via Unanimous Decision
Javier Guzman def. Frank Doyle via Submission (Omoplata) at 1:55 of Round 1
Joseph Lowery def. Curtis Beardsell via Unanimous Decision
Kyle Nicholson def. Marius Enache via Split Decision
Matrix Fights 5 – 3/16/12
Coming off a win in Strikeforce and a loss in Bellator MMA, Binns Management client Sammy Oropeza made his Matrix Fights debut at Matrix Fights 5 on March 16th, 2012. “Sammy O” had a Pro record of 5-2 going into his fight at Matrix Fights 5. He took on the very dangerous future Bellator MMA vet Aung “The Burmese Python” La Nsang.
Sammy Oropeza had already fought for Bellator MMA before he took on the very dangerous Aung La Nsang (11-7 at the time). Nsang had already faced the likes of UFC fighters Costas Philippou and TUF 17 stud /runner-up Uriah Hall. This fight was Oropeza’s toughest challenges to date.
Binns Management client, Matrix Fights and Bellator MMA veteran, and 215MMA supporter Brylan VanArtsdalen took on Strikeforce veteran Billy Vaughan.
[VIDEO PLAYLIST OF MATRIX FIGHTS 5]
**SPOILERS FOR MATRIX FIGHTS 5**
The following is the results for Matrix Fights 5:
Sammy Oropeza def. Aung La Nsang via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 0:56 of Round 2
Brylan VanArtsdalen def. Billy Vaughan via Submission (Brabo Choke) at 2:00 of Round 1
Joseph Lowery def. Brian Baldwin via Unanimous Decision
Clinton Plotner def. Carlton Greene via Unanimous Decision
James Cerra def. Chris Tier via Split Decision
Scott Huning def. Evander Russ via Unanimous Decision
Phil Parrish def. Ryan Courtney via TKO (punches) at 1:42 of Round 3
Ryan Beck def. Tom Plotts via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 0:47 of Round 1
Robert Maloy def. Steve Paugh via Submission (Arm Bar) at 1:32 of Round 2
Matrix Fights 6 – 7/13/12
Current UFC Bantamweight Wilson Reis, was scheduled to face former Strikeforce vet Billy Vaughan in the main event of Matrix Fights 6 (hence the poster). Wilson Reis’s opponent, Vaughan was forced to pull out due to injury unfortunately. Already a Bellator MMA and EliteXC veteran (winning 7 out of 11 fights in both companies combined), Wilson Reis would end up making his Matrix Fights debut against the impressive Cody “The Machine” Stevens. Stevens was 9-4 at the time, and 7 of those victories were finishes.
The fight of the night had to be a ridiculous brawl between two amazing female fighters. WMMA has been growing more popular especially with the newest season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate). Munah “The Perfect Storm” Holland was in an absolute (JR from WWE voice) SLOBBER KNOCKER……with the former Bodog Fight and Strikeforce veteran Carina “Barbie” Damm. (YOU NEED to watch this fight!! CLICK ME NOW)
Future Bellator MMA fighter and Binns Management client Mike Mucitelli made his Matrix Fights debut at Matrix Fights 6, after winning his first fight needing only one round. Mucitelli faced Eddie Hardison in his final fight before joining Bellator MMA.
[VIDEO PLAYLIST FOR MATRIX FIGHTS 6]
**SPOILERS FOR MATRIX FIGHTS 6**
Wilson Reis def. Cody Stevens via Unanimous Decision
Munah Holland def. Carina Damm via KO (punch) at 2:20 of Round 2
Ben Reiter def. Tyson Triplett via TKO (Strikes) at 2:00 of Round 1
Julio Arce def. Kenneth Nagle via KO (strike) at 1:46 of Round 1
Mike Mucitelli def. Eddie Hardison via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:54 of Round 1
Ocie Blackman def. Ryan Beck via Unanimous Decision
Cassie Crisano def. Jamie Driver via Unanimous Decision
Alec Hooben def. Arien Clinto via TKO (strikes) at 0:55 of Round 1
Cheston Bulgin def. Robert Fitzgerald via Unanimous Decision
Anthony Pipola def. Michael Roberts via Split Decision
Bekbolot Baktybek def. Maurice Fleming via Submission (Arm Bar) at 1:53 of Round 1
Matrix Fight 7 – 10/26/12
With Vaughan backing out of his fight with Reis at Matrix Fights 6 due to injury, a lot of 215MMA fans were disappointed they weren’t going to see that fight happen. Matrix Fights gave the fans their solution to that, with Matrix Fights 7: Reis vs. Vaughan. Reis had just defeated Cody Stevens at Matrix Fights 6, and was looking to keep his winning streak alive. Matrix Fights 7 on October 26th, 2012 at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall (1301 Columbus Blvd) is where this battle took place.
Martinez BJJ’s, Bellator veteran, and 215MMA supporter Jesus Martinez co-main evented this stacked card fighting the devastating striker, fellow Bellator MMA vet Tiawan Howard. Martinez just came off a stint with Bellator MMA, and wasn’t taking any easy opponents in Howard. Howard was coming off an impressive 2nd Round Submission victory before heading into this fight with Martinez.
Also fighting on the card was Revolution Academy’s stud Bantamweight Matt “Razor Sharp” Rizzo bouncing off his first Professional loss. Rizzo brought out a lot of fans, and certainly didn’t disappoint.
[VIDEO PLAYLIST FOR MATRIX FIGHTS 7]
**SPOILERS FOR MATRIX FIGHTS 7**
Wilson Reis def. Billy Vaughan via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 3:28 of Round 1
Jesus Martinez def. Tiawan Howard via Submission (Arm Bar) at 3:10 of Round 1
Matt Rizzo def. Arthur Parker via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:11 of Round 1
Marius Enache def. Chris Ramos via Unanimous Decision
Louis Valenza III def. Ocie Blackman via Unanimous Decision
Tony Dickerson def. Clinton Plotner via Split Decision
Vitalii Mindrescu def. Umit Kemal via Unanimous Decision
Bekbolot Baktybek def. John DiPatri via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:39 of Round 3