WAILUKU --- Alan Hinojosa of Wailuku Boxing is a beast.
During Destiny: No Ka Oi, a mixed martial arts event at the War Memorial Gym on Saturday night, the 155-pounder made his long awaited return to the cage and improved his record to 6-0 by defeating Oahu's L. John Borge (0-1) of 808 Fight Factory, who was making his main-card debut.
With every move perfectly calculated and powerfully executed, Hinojosa (6-0) dominated the match from the start. Borge was forced into a verbal submission in the second round after losing his vision due to blood draining into his eye and an apparent facial injury that, according to a teammate who is aware of the situation, will require surgery to correct.
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Alan Hinojosa of Wailuku Boxing connects with a right during his win over L. John Borge of 808 Fight Factory in their 155-pound bout on Saturday night’s Destiny: No Ka Oi card at War Memorial Gym.
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Rilley Dutro of Three Tribes One Vibe goes for a guillotine choke on Julio Moreno of Bulls Penn en route to winning by unanimous decision on Saturday night’s Destiny: No Ka Oi card at War Memorial Gym.
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Eddie Rincon of Team 323 throws a left at Kaleo Kwan of O2 Martial Arts Academy in the second round of Kwan’s unanimous-decision victory in a 155-pound title fight on Saturday night’s Destiny: No Ka Oi card at War Memorial Gym.
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Kurrent Cockett of Three Tribes One Vibe works a ground and pound against Zack Rapal from Fighters Union in the first round before winning by rear naked choke in the second round of a bout on Saturday night’s Destiny: No Ka Oi card at War Memorial Gym.
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Eddie Perrells of Three Tribes One Vibe finishes Oahu's Tim Moon by triangle choke in the second round of their 150-pound bout on Saturday night’s Destiny: No Ka Oi card at War Memorial Gym.
Borge was not reachable for comment.
Hinojosa worked a brutal ground and pound filled with sharp elbow strikes that quickly opened Borge up over the right eye and vicious knees to the abdomen.
In the second round, Hinojosa picked Borge up, ran him clear across the cage and slammed him down in what was the beginning of the final onslaught of abuse before the Oahu fighter signaled that he couldn't see and would not continue at the 2:59-minute mark.
The bout was undisputedly the most intense of the night and arguably one of the most vicious and one-sided in recent history on the Valley Isle.
''He's an animal,'' boxing coach Jeff McKee of Wailuku Boxing said of Hinojosa. ''The way he's built --- short, stocky. He's super strong. He's always been good on the ground. He was an awesome wrestler, but he's been training hard. He's been with me, working on his hands for about two years and he's well-rounded now. He stands toe-to-toe with Brandon (Visher) and my son (Keola McKee), going blow for blow with the best guys in the gym.
''Alan is a hard worker. Ground, jiujitsu --- he's got it. It's going to be real hard for anybody in Hawaii to beat him.''
After Hinojosa's performance Saturday, it would seem that the only opponent with a viable chance against him would be Harris Sarmiento of 808 Fight Factory, who has been dominating the 155-pound class for years.
"We'd fight Harris," said McKee.
Hinjosa said: ''I'm confident when I go in the cage because I train with the best,'' Hinojosa said. ''And I've been in hundreds of wrestling matches, been wrestling since the 4th grade, so I just think about it as just another match.''
While Maui fighters won nine out of 14 fights against Oahu opponents Saturday, Oahu claimed Destiny state-title belts in the 155, 205 and 135 main-card divisions.
Kaleo Kwan (12-10) of O2 Martial Arts Academy defeated Maui's Eddie Rincon (5-3) of Team 323 by unanimous decision for the 155 title in a technical stand-up match that never went to the mat.
Maui's Zeke Prados (5-1) of Team Issues suffered the first loss of his career at the hands of Oahu's Yancy Medeiros (3-0) of Team Hakuilua in their 205 title bout.
The fight, which featured two fighters previously unbeaten, quickly deteriorated for Prados, who suffered a rough ground and pound by Medeiros before the fight was called a TKO due to strikes at 2:21 in the first round.
Kana Hyatt (7-3) of Team MMAD claimed the 135 title with a rear naked choke win at 2:08 in the first round over Mark Tajon in a bout between two Oahu fighters.
Molokai's Sale Sproat (6-0) won the 185 title in his undercard fight against Oahu's John Ferrell (2-2) of UCS by TKO, referee stoppage due to strikes at 1:27 in the first round.
Though the title bouts earned the victors a belt and bragging rights, it was the non-title bouts that stole the show.
Rilley Dutro (5-0) of Three Tribes One Vibe (I & I Training Center, Central Maui Boxing and Team 323) started the main card out with a bang with a brutal unanimous decision win over Oahu's Julio Moreno (2-2) of Bulls Pen.
''I told him right before he got in the cage to show (Moreno) what a real knee looked like,'' said UFC middleweight and Baldwin High School graduate Kendall Grove, who trains fighters with partner Troy Mandaloniz at I & I. ''He did good in there. Knee, knee. Over and over.''
Early in the first round, Dutro rocked Moreno with knees, taking the fight to the mat. Dutro advanced from half-guard to side control and worked a good ground and pound.
''That was a hard fight,'' Dutro said. ''He was tough. It was pretty nuts. I couldn't believe that he was staying conscious.''
Dutro had a height and reach advantage and worked it into his game plan.
''The thing was to keep him on the outside and then from the clinch, work him with knees,'' said Dutro, who improved to 6-0. ''This was my best training camp. I'm healthy, no injuries. I trained hard for this one. This fight was important to me.''
Eddie Perrells (5-2), also of Three Tribes One Vibe, quickly defeated opponent Tim Moon, freelancer fighting out of Oahu, by triangle choke at 2:36 in the first round. Moon, who announced his retirement after the fight, weighed in 5 pounds over at 155.
Two weeks before the event, Perrells hurt his knee while training.
''Tried to keep the injury hush-hush,'' Perrells said. ''Didn't want it out there that I wasn't 100 percent. But the doctor said that I kind of just popped it out of place, strained a few tendons. The plan is just to rest it, light training, see how it goes. If everything is good, I might fight again in October.''
On the main card, Bruski Lewis of Oahu (2-1) defeated Matt "Gonzo" Gonzales (4-2) of Maui by rear naked choke at 1:51 in the first round; Lorrin Ishimine of Maui (6-2) defeated Brandon Pieper (6-8) of Oahu by rear naked choke at 0:50 in the second round; Kurrent Cockett (4-1-1) of Maui defeated Zack Rapal by rear naked choke at 0:51 in the second round; Adam Akau (5-1) of Maui defeated Ata Tivao of Oahu by guillotine at 0:52 in the third round; and Dustin Kimura of Oahu (1-0) defeated Jake Noble (2-2) of Maui by rear naked choke at 1:38 in the second round.
On the undercard, Reno Madalapay defeated Carlos Gusman, D.J. Tadena defeated Josh Saribay and Zack Carroll defeated Guy Nishiyama in three all-Maui fights. Justin Konia of Oahu defeated Jason Emmsley of Maui, Justin Arruda of Maui defeated Keka Doi-Toilolo of Oahu and Keoni Farm of Maui defeated Pedro Garcia of Oahu.