Charlene Watt Wins Princess of Pain 45 Title
Charlene Watt was crowned Princess of Pain champion on Saturday 30th May, 2015. “POP” veteran Charlene “The Machine” Watt’s of Incorporated Martial Arts strong explosive fighting style proved to be the right formula winning the Princesses of Pain - 45 A Class title competition. After 3 impressive fights in one night, Watt won the title against Hera “Nytmare” Tamati in an all out battle getting her arm raised after a ref’s stoppage.
The much anticipated 6 woman eliminator event fronted by organizer Belinda Dunne proved to deliver on its promise of “speed, power, action packed” showcasing both A & B Class female fighters from around the country, but it was this crowd deafening final that made this the highlight of the evening.
Round 1 both women come out swinging, Hera proving dominant with her signature flurry of punches and push kicks to Watt’s body. With a well controlled trip, and gaining side control Tamati wins this round easily. Round 2 was a complete turn around with Watt coming to the party taking the round with takedowns, dominant top mount position for most the round and damaging hammerfists to Hera’s face.
Final round and as blood flowed from Hera’s face, it was pure heart and determination following her into centre ring. The crowd on their feet screaming “Char-lene” proved to be the best motivation for this woman as she continued to throw right hands on her feet, and then dominate with ground and pound. As the referee was about to call the fight over, Hera’s partner/coach throws in the towel – giving her the look of “I had to”.
Fighter of the night Charlene Watt was the only competition fighter on the night to not let any of her fights go to decision winning her first by submission against Gaela Nixon of ETK and her second via ref stoppage against Barbara Verlinden of Team Hammerhead MMA. After of course winning her new purple Princesses of Pain belt against Hera Tamati in the final.
Hera Tamati’s run to the final was no walk in the park either facing former Princesses of Pain champion and crowd favourite Tairi “Powered by Ford” Ford in the semi final. Hera walking in and catching Tairi with a right hand, leaving both the crowd and Hera stunned as Tairi hit the floor, Hera then swooping in to finish via submission in the first round.
B CLASS MMA
Gloria Suddens (Oliver MMA) beat Michelle Gilgren (Hybrid MMA) via Unanimous Decision.
Maiau Houltham (Immortals MMA) beat Tania Barnett (Fight Shop) via Split Decision
Sarah Archer (Team Hammerhead MMA) beat Millie Culshaw (Fight Shop) via rare naked choke
ROUND 1, A CLASS 56kg TITLE COMPETITION
Hera Tamati (Fists of Fury) beat Gentiane Lupi (MTI Wellington) via Unanimous Decision
Tairi Ford (JTK Boxing/Tu Kaha) beat Barbara Verlinden (Team Hammerhead MMA) via Majority Decision
Charlene Watt (Incorporated Martial Arts) beat Gaela Nixon (ETK) via Submission
B CLASS MMA
Louisa Mann (Omega MMA) beat Jessica Bradley (Team Hammerhead MMA) via Submission
Ashton Brown (Fight Shop) beat Inez White (HT MMA Rotorua) via Split Decision
Beathe Korneliussen (Team Hammerhead MMA) beat Genevieve Pini (Auckland MMA) via Unanimous Decision. (3rd round was draw, 4th round determined result)
SEMI FINALS - A CLASS 56kg TITLE COMPETITION
Hera Tamati beat Tairi Ford via submission
Charlene Watt beat Barbara Verlinden via Ref Stoppage
A CLASS MMA
Hannah Dawson (Team Hammerhead MMA) beat Serina Cole (AMMA/Submission Martial Arts) via Unanimous Decision
Renata Poa (Lions Den Ministries) beat Eleanor Samuels (Fight Shop) via Disqualification – illegal kick
FINAL – A CLASS 56kg TITLE
Charlene Watt beat Hera Tamati via Ref Stoppage
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT – Charlene Watt vs. Hera Tamati
FIGHTER OF THE NIGHT – Charlene Watt
Princesses of Pain 46 will take place in November 2015 – date and details TBC.