Friday night kicked off the weekend with the UFC on FX 1 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee with the main event of Jim Miller versus Melvin Guillard. After coming off a tough three round war in August against Benson Henderson, Jim Miller looked like a man possessed when forced Guillard to tap out in just over two minutes of the very first round with a rear naked choke. The pace of the bout was set early on, but even with a change in camps Guillard’s ground skill were no match for New Jersey’s Miller.
Josh Neer made his comeback to the UFC with a Bang! Well sort of as he submitted Duane “Bang” Ludwig with a guillotine choke in the first round. Ludwig was striking hard and had appeared to rock Neer with a couple of strikes. Once the bout went to the ground, Neer slapped on a guillotine choking Ludwig out.
Mike Easton and Jared Papazian went toe-to-toe, literally with both fighters throwing tons of strikes in the Muay Thai clinch. The bout resembled a hockey with with both Featherweight throwing strikes at one another at a very intense pace. None of the strike were very effective as the bout lasted the full three rounds with Easton winning by majority decision, but definitely an impressive debut for Papazian.
Pat “HD” Barry displayed a very improved ground game in his bout against Christian Morecraft, and he was able to roll out of an arm bar early on. When the bout returned to a stand up war, Barry knockout out Morecraft with a left hook reminiscent of Mike Tyson.
On the under card Nick Denis destroyed Joseph Sandoval in 22 seconds with elbows knocking him out as the Ninja of Love gets his first UFC win. In his last UFC win Jorge Rivera picked a TKO victory over Eric Schafer in the second round, and retired post fight.(Full UFC on FX 1 event results below.)
ProElite continued the MMA action on Saturday night at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event was headlined by Kendall Grove taking on Ikuhisa Minowa in a lackluster three round unanimous decision. On the women’s side of things Sara McMann introduced herself to the world in a very one-sided beat down of Hitomi Akano.
In ProElite’s Hevayweight Grand Prix semi finals, Richard Odoms defeated Jake Heun in the first round with a rear-naked choke submission, and Ryan Martinez also advanced to the finals with a decision victory over Cody Griffin. (Full ProElite 3 event results below.)
Friday Night Fights
Jim Miller def. Melvin Guillard via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:04
Josh Neer def. Duane Ludwig via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:04
Mike Easton def. Jared Papazian via majority decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-29)
Pat Barry def. Christian Morecraft via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:38
FUEL TV Prelims:
Jorge Rivera def. Eric Schafer via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:31
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Kamal Shalorus via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:08
Charlie Brenneman def. Daniel Roberts via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Fabricio Camoes def. Tommy Hayden via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:03
Daniel Pineda def. Pat Schilling via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:37
Nick Denis def. Joseph Sandoval via KO (elbows) – Round 1, 0:22
Saturday Night Fights
Kendall Grove def. Ikuhisa Minowa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sara McMann def. Hitomi Akano via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Richard Odoms def. Jake Heun via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:56 – to advance to heavyweight grand prix final
Ryan Martinez def. Cody Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) – to advance to heavyweight grand prix final
Patrick Cummins def. Tasi Edwards via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:01
Brant Schermerhorn def. Kaleo Gambill via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:45
Tatsuya Mizuno def. Ilima Maiava via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:47
Toby Misech def. Steven Saito via TKO (knees) – Round 1, 1:53
Collin Mansanas def. Bryson Kamaka via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:27
Sean Rush def. Jaymes Schulte via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:37