This Weekend in Fights! included both Zuffa companies, the UFC kicking off their Flyweight tournament and STRIKEFORCE with the most talked about Women’s MMA fight. These two blockbuster events, ended in spectacular fashion with monumental finishes in their main events. Former Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago headlined Titan Fighting Championship’s 21st card and former STRIKEFORCE Women’s fighter Roxanne Modafferi was in action in Japan in the all Women’s MMA promotion Jewels.
It was Saturday in Sydney, Australia, but Friday night here in North America when the UFC presented UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann. In the main event Thaigo Alves was on his way to a unanimous decision victory over Martin Kampmann with his striking prowess, but late in the third round Kampmann would take home the victory. Clearly winning the striking game, Alves attempted to score more points with the judges by taking Kampmann to the mat, but this would be Alves’ downfall, as the crafty Kampmann grabbed a hold of Alves’ head for a guillotine choke. Under a minute remaining in the final frame, Alves was forced to tap, as Kampmann mounted him with the guillotine.
That wasn’t the only impressive submission of the evening, as Daniel Pineda scored a superb arm triangle on Mackens Semerzier, and T.J. Waldburger unbelievably wrenched Jake Hecht’s arm in just 55 seconds for the win.
The UFC introduced a new weight class into the fold, as the inaugural Flyweight tournament kicked off. Special rules were put in place, as if the bout was a draw after three rounds, a sudden death fourth round would take place, and one was needed but never took place. Demetrious Johnson upset UFC newcomer Ian McCall by majority decision, in controversial fashion, as many saw rounds 1 & 3 going to McCall. After double checking their cards post event, it was determined that it was a draw, so as opposed to fighting a fourth round, a rematch between Johnson and McCall will take place at a later date. However, Joseph Benavidez didn’t leave his decision in the hands of the judges, when he took out Yasuhiro Urushitani in just 11 seconds of the second round, securing his position in the finals of the Flyweight tournament.
Also on the the card Constantinos Philippou handed Court McGee his first ever loss in the UFC snapping his eight fight winning streak in the process. Hometown heroes James Te Huna and Anthony Perosh both picked up impressive victories via TKO in the first round, but the same can’t be said about Kyle Noke, who lost a hard fought three rounder against the undefeated Andrew Craig. (Full UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann event results below.)
Also on Friday night, Titan Fighting Championship broadcast their 21st event on HDNet at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas with the main event of Jorge Santiago knocking out Leonardo Pecanha in just under two minutes of the opening frame. Brother of UFC Welterweight Jake Ellenberger, Joe Ellenberger was also in action on this card. Ellenberger bounced back from his lone loss in MMA competition back in October, with a third round rear naked choke submission over Jesse Zeugin. Ellenberger now improves to 13-1. (Full Titan Fighting Championship 21 event results below.)
At STRIKEFORCE on Saturday night, Miesha Tate made history. Tate was the first ever woman to last over a minute with Ronda Rousey, in fact Tate made Rousey fight longer than all of her previous four fights combined. The fight only lasted 4:27 and it ended in classic Ronda Rousey fashion; arm bar. In what was probably the most exciting round in Women’s MMA history, Rousey displayed high level judo, superb Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and answered the question: “Can she take a punch?” anwser: “Yes she can!” Tate stormed in quickly with punches, and was immediately put on her back mounted and in position to be submitted with an arm bar. Tate was able to escape and assault her challenger with strikes, but as soon as she closed the distance, Rousey took advantage and hip tossed her to the mat, and secured her with the arm bar after landing a few hammer fists. With this victory Rousey improves to 5-0 in MMA and is the new STRIKEFORCE Women’s Bantamweight champion. Former STRIKEFORCE Women’s Bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman was also victorious on the under card over Alexis Davis in a three round bloodbath, and aligns herself next for a shot at the strap.
Josh Thomson returned to STRIKEFORCE for the first time since October 2010. He fought a K.J. Noons in a three round war, with “the Punk” walking out with unanimous decision. Kazuo Misaki and Paul Daley also went to the judges score cards in a hard fought battle that saw Misaki take a split decision.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Lumumba Sayers displayed their superior Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills . Jacare submitted Bristol Marunde in the final frame of their bout, where Sayers submitted Scott Smith in the first round, handing his fourth loss in a row. (Full STRIKEFORCE: Tate vs. Rousey event results below.)
Former STRIKEFORCE Women’s fighter Roxanne Modefferi was in action on Saturday night in Japan for the all-woman MMA organization Jewels. It wasn’t a happy night for “The Happy Warrior” as she suffered her fifth loss in a row to Takayo Hashi (14-4) by unanimous decision in a Flyweight (125lbs) bout. (Full Jewels – 18th Ring event results below.)
Friday Night Fights-
Martin Kampmann def. Thiago Alves via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 4:12
Joseph Benavidez def. Yasuhiro Urushitani via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:11 – flyweight-tourney opening round
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall declared majority draw (28-28, 29-29, 29-28 Johnson) – flyweight-tourney opening round
Constantinos Philippou def. Court McGee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
FUEL TV prelims-
James Te Huna def. Aaron Rosa via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:08
Anthony Perosh def. Nick Penner via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:59
Steven Siler def. Cole Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Andrew Craig def. Kyle Noke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
T.J. Waldburger def. Jake Hecht via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:55
Daniel Pineda def. Mackens Semerzier via submission (triangle-armbar) – Round 1, 2:05
Shawn Jordan def. Oli Thompson via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:53
Jorge Santiago def. Leonardo Pecanha via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:48
Joe Wilk def. Andrew Carrillo via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:01
Joe Ellenberger def. Jesse Zeugin via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 1:16
Ramiro Hernandez def. Kevin Croom via split decision
Fabio Mello def. Josh Huber via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:26
Mirsad Bektic def. Cody Carillo via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 3, 3:12
Saturday Night Fights-
Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:27 – (to become new women’s bantamweight champion)
Josh Thomson def. K.J. Noons via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kazuo Misaki def. Paul Daley via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Lumumba Sayers def. Scott Smith via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:34
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Bristol Marunde via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 2:43
Showtime Extreme prelims-
Sarah Kaufman def. Alexis Davis via majority decision (29-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Roger Bowling def. Brandon Saling via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:15
Pat Healy def. Caros Fodor via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 3:35
Ryan Couture def. Conor Heun via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:52
Emi Fujino def. Mika Nagano via Unanimous Decision
Takayo Hashi def. Roxanne Modefferi via Unanimous Decision
Mizuki Inoue def. Alex Chambers via Submission (Arm Bar) -4:32-Round 1
Emi Tomimatsu def. Yuko Oya via Unanimous Decision
Ayame Miura def. Celine Haga via Submission (Keylock) -2:12- Round 2
Satomi Takano def. Miyukoi Irie via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 1:05-Round 1