WOMEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT Muay Thai Rules
Kourtney McCarty, 4-1, Family Kickboxing, Miami, FL vs Ashly Altman, 3-5, Alliance Martial Arts, Atlanta, GA
The first women’s match up of the night featured two experienced fighters who traveled a long way to meet. Altman got things going with a kick that McCarty caught and pulled Altman in for a clinch. The fighters broke and exchanged blows to the head and then again into a clinch. Altman spun McCarty, but McCarty stayed with her and threw punches that put Altman through the ropes. McCarty was able to back Altman up after the split with a hand combinations to the head. The round ended with McCarty hooking to Altman’s body and Altman struck with knees to McCarty’s body.
In the second round, McCarty again backed Altman up but Altman responded by turning McCarty and kicked her up against the ropes. McCarty appeared to have the reach advantage and used it when possible. Altman quickly learned to evade McCarty’s long punches. McCarty was able to trap Altman’s leg and punch/plow eventually kicking out Altman’s support leg. After Altman jumped back up, she was able to back McCarty to the rope in a clinch. In the corner, McCarty spun Altman, stepped back and repeatedly punched Altman in the head and face. Altman was unable to fight back which resulted in a standing 8 count from Referee Carlton Duncan.
During the final round, McCarty felt confident and came out strong bloodying Altman’s nose. However, Altman wasn’t about to back down. McCarty turned up the heat and Altman earned a second standing 8 count. Altman was tired but pushed McCarty back twice with kicks. With 10 seconds to go, McCarty sped up her hands to the head and Altman dug deep responding with right crosses.
WOMEN’S WELTERWEIGHT Muay Thai Rules
Katie Young, 1-2, Minnesota Martial Arts, Circles Pines, MN vs Kat Johnson, 6-1, Alliance Martial Arts, Atlanta, GA
Johnson started as the aggressor in the round. She appeared to be the stronger fighter and was busier in the clinch. Toward the end of the round, Young settled down and began returning the blows she was receiving from Johnson. It turned out to be a close round with the edge possibly going to Johnson.
Johnson was untiring. She kept moving forward throwing punches and kicks to Young’s body and head. Young tried to fight back but her attacks appeared to have little effect on the stronger Johnson who continued moving forward with blows of her own.
Johnson took her time. Half way through the round, she backed Young into the corner with six straight rights and then proceeded to work her over with a barrage of body and head shots causing Referee Terri Storm to step in and give Young a standing 8 count. Johnson then continued her attack, trapping Young once again for a second 8 count.