Weekend in Fights! April 28th Edition

This Weekend in Fights! (April 28th, 2012) the  UFC and Bellator were absent, but the MMA scene continued across the world in a four day weekend of MMA action. The debut of North America’s first ever all Women’s MMA promotion, Invincta FC, as well as UFC and Bellator veterans fighting in Poland, Ireland, New Jersey, California, and a special country versus state card in Minnesota.
King of The Cage kicked off the weekend with an event dubbed “Hardcore” at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California. The event featured three KOTC championship bouts, in the Heavyweight, Middleweight and Welterweight divisions. KOTC Super Heavyweight and Heavyweight champion Tony Lopez made his third successful Heavyweight title defense against Jason Walaven with a first round TKO at the mid point of the round. KOTC Middleweight champion and guest of Ringside Report Radio Brandon Hunt, attempted to defend his championship and avenge his December 17th loss, in a rematch against Sean Strickland. Strickland however, repeated history with another first round TKO victory over Hunt, this time claiming the KOTC Middleweight championship in the process. KOTC also crowned a new Welterweight champion, as David Gomez and Mat Conte squared off in the cage. Gomez would make short work of Conte with a first round TKO in just over two minutes to claim the championship for the second time in his career. (Full KOTC: Hardcore event results below.)

MMAA or MMA Attack held their second event took place in Spodek, Katowice, Poland on Friday. The event was headlined with some Heavyweight action, as former UFC and Bellator veteran Eddie Sanchez squared off against Bellator Heavyweight Damian Grabowski. Sanchez, who went 3-3 in the UFC and 2-1 in Bellator recently picked up a split decision victory over STRIKEFORCE veteran Brett Rogers for Titans Fighting Championship, and was looking to ride that momentum coming into this bout. However, Grabowski who’s only loss comes at the hands Bellator Heavyweight champion Cole Konrad had different ideas. Grabowski submitted Sanchez in the second round with a kimura. Another former UFC veteran battled on this card, as Peter Sobotta picked a rear-naked choke submission victory over Juan Manuel Suarez in the first round. Sobotta is now 2-0-1 since being released from the UFC in 2010, after three consecutive losses. (Full MMAA 2 event results below.)
New Jersey based Ring of Combat presented their 40th event on Friday, April 27, 2012, at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. With dual ROC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight champion Tom Deblass leaving the promotion for the UFC, the promotion held a few title eliminator bouts to set up new champions. Of those title eliminators, UFC veteran Marvin Eastman punched his ticket to a title shot by outpointing Dmitry Zabolotny in a three round war. Carlos Brooks placed himself in Light Heavyweight title contention with a 51 second Danny  Babcock. (Full ROC 40 event results below.)
Cage Fighting Xtreme held their 33rd event at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday. The event was dubbed “Japan vs. Minnesota”, even though only four of 20 bouts on the card featured Japanese fighters. The main event saw UFC and Bellator veteran Yoshiyuki Yoshida improve his win streak to three, with a third round rear-naked choke submission victory over STRIKEFORCE and W-1 MMA veteran Jeremy Hamilton. WEC & Bellator veteran and cast member of The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 Heavyweights, Zak Jensen was also in action on the card. Jensen lost a decision to undefeated Brett Murphy, who improves his record to 4-0, while Jensen suffers his third consecutive loss. In a happy note form CFX 33, undefeated mixed martial artist, Anthony Martin after picked up his second career victory with a first round triangle choke submission over Kuchlong Kuchlong, Martin brought his girlfriend into the cage and proposed to her, to a nice reaction from the crowd. (Full Cage Fighting Xtreme 33: Japan vs. Minnesota event results below.)
Ireland based promotion Cage Contender held their thirteenth in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The event was headlined with a Heavyweight rematch, pitting UFC veterans Neil Wain against Colin Robinson. Wain had picked up the majority decision over Robinson back in October. This time around the bout wouldn’t go to the judges score cards, as Wain dropped Robinson early in the first round to retain his Cage Contender’s Heavyweight championship. Another UFC veteran Dean Lister returned to action for the first time since December 2009. Lister who has lost all of his bouts via decision refused to let this bout go to the judges score cards, as he submitted Rodney Moore with a devastating heel hook in the third round. (Full Cage Contender 13 event results below.)
All Women’s MMA promotion Invicta FC held their inaugural event on Saturday night at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas; streaming the event on the organization’s website. Headlined by former STRIKEFORCE Women’s Bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen squaring off against Romy Ruyssen in a 2008 rematch. Although, Coenen was unable to finish Ruyssen, as she did in their 2008 bout, the result was the same. Coenen dominated Romy Ruyssen with elbows and kicks over three rounds, picking up the unanimous decision 30-26 on all three judges score cards.
Bellator veteran Jessica Penne was able to finally fight in her proper weight class of 105lbs known as Atomweight, as her only career loss comes at the hands of Bellator 115lbs champion Zoila Grugel. Penne picked up her ninth career victory in an action packed bout with a third round TKO over Lisa Ellis.
Former Strikeforce title challenger and U.S. Marine Liz Carmouche snapped her two fighting losing skid with a first round TKO victory in a lopsided bout against the inexperienced Ashleigh Cury. With Cury stepping into the cage for the second time in her career, Carmouche quickly took Cury to the mat and unleashed a barrage of ground and pound strikes to end the bout in less than two minutes.
2008 Olympic bronze medalist in wrestler Randi Miller made her MMA debut against Mollie Estes. Estes used her size advantage to deliver a number of knees to Miller’s face during the first round. Miller bounced back in the second and third round with her superior wrestling techniques to pick up a third round ground and pound TKO. (Full Invicta FC 1 event results below.)  
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Thursday Night Fights –
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King of the Cage – Hardcore results:
Tony Lopez def. Jason Walaven via TKO – 2:48 – Round 1                                             -Retains KOTC Heavyweight title
David Gomez def. Matt Conte via TKO – 2:05 – Round 1                                                         -Claims vacant KOTC Welterweight title
Sean Strickland def. Brandon Hunt via TKO – 3:24 – Round 1                                                   -New KOTC Middleweight Champion
Johnny Cisneros def. Walter Selva via Unanimous Decision
Marvin Garcia def. Gor Mnatsanyan via KO – 3:55 – Round 1
Richard Schiller def. Chris Culley via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 1:48 – Round 2
Stephen Martinez def. Gabriel Godly via Submission (Armbar) – 2:23 – Round 1
Sam Liera def. John Mercurio via TKO – 0:29 – Round 2
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Friday Night Fights –
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MMAA – MMA Attack 2 results:
Damian Grabowski def. Eddie Sanchez via Submission (Kimura) – 2:02 – Round 2
Robert Burenika def. Marcin Najman via Submission (Punches) – 0:32 – Round 2
Hans Stringer def. Michal Fijalka via Unanimous Decision
Sergej Grecicho def. Sebastian Grabarek via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 3:01 – Round 2
Peter Sobotta def. Juan Manuel Saurez via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:18 – Round 1
Wendres Carlos da Silva def. Piotr Strus via Submission (Brabo Choke) – 0:44 – Round 2
Krzysztof Jotko def. Damir Hadzovic via Unanimous Decision
Arbi Shamaev def. Rafal Raczynski via Unanimous Decision
Arkadiusz Zaba def. Remigiusz Gros via via Submission (Triangle Choke) – 2:10 – Round 2
Livio Victoriano def. Robert Bryczek via Submission (Heel Hook) – 1:38 – Round 1
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Ring of Combat 40 results:
Marvin Eastman def. Dmitry Zabolotny via Unanimous Decision                                           -HW Title Eliminator bout
Ed Gordon def. Ryan Contaldi via KO (Punches) – 2:58 – Round 1
Carlos Brooks def. Danny Babcock via KO (Pucnhes) – 0:51 – Round 1      -LHW Title Eliminator bout
Daniel Akinyemi def. Brett Linebarger via TKO (Punches) – 0:12 – Round 1
Stephen Govan def. Chris Wing via Split Decision
Ryan Vaccaro def. Billy Vaughan via Unanimous Decision
Yusuf Yoldas def. Adam Fearon TKO (Headkick & Punches)4:40 – Round 2
Mervin Rodriguez def. Nabih Barakat via Unanimous Decision
Walter Howard def. Michael Andrillo via Unanimous Decision
Chris Wade def. Maykon Santos via Unanimous Decision
Andre Harrison def. Epifano Diaz Unanimous Decision
Pat Defranco def. David Jordan Split Decision
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Saturday Night Fights –
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Cage Fighting Xtreme 33 – Japan vs Minnesota results:
Pro Bouts:
Yoshiyuki Yoshida def. Jeremy Hamilton via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 3:30 – Round 2
Yoshihiro Koyama def. Travis Perzynski via Majority Decision
Gabe Greenberg def. Courtney Buck via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:24 – Round 1
Travis Reddinger def. Floyd Hodges via TKO – 1:01 – Round 3
Cody Pasquale def. Ben Neaumann via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 2:12 – Round 1
Mike Zimmer def. Yuki Yamamoto via Unanimous Decision
Anthony Martin def. Kuchlong Kuchlong via Submission (Triangle Choke) – 4:19 – Round 1
BJ Lacy def. Denyelle Williams via Submission (Armbar) – 2:43 – Round 1
Randy Kittelson def. Aaron Muldinado via TKO (Flying Knee & Punches) – 0:49 – Round 1
Brett Murphy def. Zak Jensen via Unanimous Decision
Andre Tieva def. Zach Kelso via TKO (Injury/Doctor’s Stoppage) – 5:00 – Round 2
Carey Vanier def. Jordan Larson via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 2:14 – Round 3
Amateur Bouts:
Brad Padget def. Jake Immel via TKO (Ground & Pound) – 1:04 – Round 1 **Bout took place during main card***
Ron Winslow def. Diego Garcia via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:09 – Round 2
Brandon Noetzel def. Jake Ericson via Submission (Triangle Choke) – 2:10 Round 1
Justin Rheaume def. Vyron Phillips via Unanimous Decision
Kyle Todd def. Nick Porras via Split Decision
Thomas Herrera def. Joe Sullivan via Unanimous Decision
Ryan Sweezer def. Aaron Courtright via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 1:51 – Round 3
Mitch Field def. Nate Togbah via Unanimous Decision
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Cage Contender 13 results:
Neil Wain def. Colin Robinson via KO (Punch) – Round 1                                   -Retains CC HW title
Dean Lister def. Rodney Moore via Submission (Heel Hook) – Round 3
Paddy Holohan def. Damien Rooney via KO (Head Kick) – Round 1                                          – CC Bantamweight Grand Prix match up
Greg Loughran def. Jorge Santos via KO – Round 2
John Michael Shiel def. Conor Cooke
Stephen Kilfin def. Marty Kayas
Joe McColgan def. Levi Kehoe
Gavin Kelly def. Dee Dee Murray
Martin Kelly def. Fran O’Kelly
Nial Houston def. Piotr Nowaki
**Times & Decisions unavailable
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Invincta FC 1 results:
Marloes Coenen def. Romy Ruyssen via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Jessica Penne def. Lisa Ellis via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:48
Liz Carmouche def. Ashleigh Curry via TKO – Round 1, 1:58
Kaitlin Young vs. Leslie Smith ruled a split draw (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)
Sarah D’Alelio def. Vanessa Mariscal via submission (punches) – Round 2, 3:19
Sarah Schneider def. Sally Krumdiack via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:01
Amy Davis def. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 3:47
Sarah Maloy def. Michele Gutierrez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Randi Miller def. Mollie Estes via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:27
Ashley Cummings def. Sofia Bagherdai via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Cassie Rodish def. Meghan Wright via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:36

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