This Weekend in Fights! (November 3rd, 2012) featured Bellator 79 in Ontario, World Series of Fighting and Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 in Las Vegas, two Aggression Fighting Championship events in Calgary and British Columbia, an Fight Time 12 in Florida.
Bellator 79 kicked off the weekend from Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada on Friday night, featured tournament semifinal bouts in Heavyweight and Featherweight divisions. In the main event Richard Hale and Thiago Santos squared off in the Heavyweight semifinal. Hale escaped the early assault from Santos, who was attempting and ending the bout early. In the process, Santos gassed out and allowed Hale to take advantage and pick a TKO victory in the middle of the first round. Hale now advances into the finals where he will take on the winner of next week’s event between Vinicius Queiroz and Alexander Volkov.
In the Featherweight tournament semifinal Shahbulat Shamhalaev knocked out Mike Richman in under two minutes to advance. Shamhalaev now awaits the winner Wagnney Fabiano versus Rad Martinez, which takes place next week at Bellator 80.
Quebec MMA fighters Guillaume De Lorenzi and Christ Franck were successful at the event. Former Ringside MMA Lightweight champion De Lorenzi submitted Jonny Carson with 11-seconds remaining in the first round to win his Bellator debut. Former Ringside and Instinct MMA fighter Christ Franck won his Bellator debut with a split decision victory over Marcus “Lelo” Aurelio winning on two judges score cards 29-28. (Full Bellator 79 event results below.)
Las Vegas’ Friday night event Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 took place at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel with the bouts airing AXS TV. The main event was a battle of UFC veterans Tyson Griffin and Efrain Escudero. After three rounds Griffin was declared the winner unanimously in his first win since being released by the UFC.
Brothers of “Anthonys” in the UFC Chidi Njokuani, brother of Anthony Njokuani, picked up a third round TKO victory over Phil Dace, and Sergio Pettis, brother of Anthony Pettis picked up a unanimous decision over Jimmy Jones.
Also on the card, Lance Palmer defeated UFC and WEC veteran Fredson Paixao via split decision.Former gay porn actor and TUF alumni Dakota Cochrane improved his win streak to two with an armbar submission over Derrick Burnsed in the first round. (Full Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 event results below.)
UFC, STRIKEFORCE, and Bellator veteran Vagner Rocha headlined Fight Time 12 – Warriors Collide event at the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Friday night. In his first post-UFC bout, Rocha submitted Mike Bruno with a triangle choke 53-seconds into the second round. (Full Fight Time 12 – Warriors Collide event results below.)
Aggression Fighting Championship held back-to-back events on Friday and Saturday night. AFC 12 – Domination took place at Telus Convention Centre, in Calgary, Alberta on Friday night. Headlining the event was Ringside MMA veteran Paul Cheng in Heavyweight action against Ryan Hunter. Cheng made short work of Hunter with a knockout in under two minutes of the first round. On Saturday night AFC 13 – Natural Selection took place at the Bear Mountain Arena, in Victoria, British Columbia. The main event of John Alessio versus Dave Mazany was rendered a no contest after Mazany accidentally poked Alessio in the eye in the forst round. The co-main event featured TUF 3 winner and UFC veteran Kendall Grove sqauring off against Ariel Gandulla. Grove picked up the TKO victory with 15-seconds remaining in the second round. (Full AFC 12 Domination & AFC 13 – Natural Selection event results below.)
Saturday night was the World Series of Fighting’s inaugural event, which emanated from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Heavyweight collided in the first round as Andrei Arlovski faced Devin Cole. Arlovski made short work of Cole with a first round TKO, improving his win streak to three.
UFC veteran Anthony Johnson knocked out D.J. Linderman in the first round for his fourth straight victory since being released from the UFC, snapping Linderman’s three fight win streak in the process.
Former WEC Bantamweight champion and pound-4-pound kingpin Miguel Torres is now riding a two-fight losing skid, and going the distance with Marlon Moraes. After three rounds, two of the judges scored the bout for Moraes, giving him the split decision victory.
Dutch-Surinamese kickboxing sensation Tyrone Spong made his successful MMA debut with a knockout of Travis Bartlett in the first round.
On the undercard, UFC veterans Josh Burkman and Gerald Harris went the distance in a three round war, with Burkman winning a unanimous decision, and improving his streak to four. Brian Cobb snapped Ronys Torres’ 11-fight win streak with a split decision. STRIKEFORCE and DREAM Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante snapped his two-fight losing skid with a 63-second heel hook submission of T.J. O’Brien.Bellator and UFC veteran David Branch picked up a unanimous decision victory over UFC veteran Dustin Jacoby snapping his two-fight win streak in the process. (Full World Series of Fighting 1 event results below.)
Friday Night Fights –
Richard Hale def. Thiago Santos via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:31 (heavyweight tourney semifinal)
Shahbulat Shamhalaev def. Mike Richman via KO (punches) – Round 1, 1:45 (featherweight tourney semifinal)
Douglas Lima def. Jacob Ortiz via TKO (head kick, punches) – Round 3, 4:50
Ryan Ford def. Kyle Baker via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Christ Franck def. Marcus “Lelo” Aurelio via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Vitaly Minakov def. Vladimir Starcencov via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:27
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Josh Pulsifer via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:30
Guillaume DeLorenzi def. Jonny Carson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:49
Josh Appelt def. Ed Carpenter via TKO – Round 1, 3:20
Tyson Griffin def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Chidi Njokuani def. Phil Dace via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:41
Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz def. Joe Yager via submission (inverted triangle choke) – Round 2, 4:16
Lance Palmer def. Fredson Paixao via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
James Krause def. Guillherme Trindade via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:31
Dakota Cochrane def. Derrick Burnsed via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:38
Sergio Pettis def. Jimmy Jones via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Chris Holdsworth def. Tyler Shinn via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:32
Steve Mocco def. Tyler Perry via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 1:34
Cory Galloway def. Jerry Shapiro via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:15
Jordan Isordia def. Joey Angelo via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Vagner Rocha def. Mike Bruno via Submission (Triangle Choke) – 0:53 – Round 2
Keith Johnson def. Steve Bruno via TKO (Punches) – 3:46 – Round 2
Randy Barroso def. Daniel Golighty via Submission (Heel Hook) – 2:20 – Round 1
Jason Soares def. Ricardo Supris via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 4:46 – Round 1
Jason Jackson def. Michael Johnson via Submission (Triangle Choke) – 2:05 – Round 2
Kelly Anundson def. Carlos Zevallos via TKO (Punches) – 2:52 – Round 1
Jonathan de Jesus def. Jason Cortez via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1:59 – Round 2
Shaun Dillon def. Anthony Garavito via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 4:28 – Round 2
Johanner Correa def. Raynold Telus via Unanimous Decision
Yvon Agenord def. Denis Alzugaray via via Submission (Knee Bar) 2:34 – Round 1
Paul Cheng def. Ryan Hunter via KO (Punch) – 1:42 – Round 1
Sheila Bird def. Christina Barry via KO (Punch) – 0:11 – Round 1
Joel Powell def. Andrew Buckland via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 1:30 – Round 1
Allan Munroe def. Owen Carr via Unanimous Decision
Tony Stiles def. Trevor Wright via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 1:57 -Round 2
Nathan Wilkins def. Jon Henderson via Submission (Triangle Choke) – 4:08 – Round 2
Trent House def. Mitch Carlson via TKO (Strikes) – 2:35 – Round 2
Dusty Kramps def. Josh Fried via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Kloot def. Keegan Cassell via TKO – 0:22 Round 1
Saturday Night Fights -
John Alessio vs Dave Mazany (No Contest) – Round 1 – Mazany accidentally eye pokes Alessio
Kendall Grove def. Ariel Gandulla via TKO (Strikes) – 4:45 – Round 2
Louis Fisette def. Diego Wilson via KO (Strike) – 0:37 – Round 1
Dave Perron def. Dan MacIver via Submission (Mounted Guillotine) – 2:07 – Round 1
Ryan Janes def. Keto Allen via Unanimous Decision (30-27×2, 29-28)
Myles Merola def. Tristan Connelly via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x 2, 29-28)
Miles Anstead def. Bill Fraser via Unanimous Decision (29-27 x 3)
-Anstead loses point for head butt in second round.
Alexi Argyriou def. Andy Jack via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 1:19 – Round 2
Dillon Brown def. Johnny Twofeather via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:08 – Round 1
Guy Gauthier def. Steven Best via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x 3)
Andrei Arlovski def. Devin Cole via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:37
Anthony Johnson def. D.J. Linderman via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:58
Marlon Moraes def. Miguel Torres via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Tyrone Spong def. Travis Bartlett via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:15
Tyson Steele def. Gregor Gracie via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:52
Brian Cobb def. Ronys Torres via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Steve Carl def. Ramico Blackmon via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:11
Josh Burkman def. Gerald Harris via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante def. T.J. O’Brien via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:03
David Branch def. Dustin Jacoby via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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