Weekend in Fights! August 18th Edition

This Weekend in Fights! (August 18th, 2012) featured to much anticipated STRIKEFORCE Women’s Bantamweight championship bout between champion Ronda Rousey and Sarah Kaufman. As well as, Legacy Fighting Championship 13 in Texas, Xtreme Fighting Organization 45 in Illinois,  MEZ Sports in California, Deep in  Tokyo, Japan, and Xtreme Combat Promotions’ event in Middlebury, Vermont.
Legacy Fighting Championship kicked off the weekend with their 13th event emanating from the Dallas Covention Center in Dallas, Texas with the bouts airing on AXS TV. In the main event, Derrick Lewis scored a second TKO of Jared Rosholt  to capture the vacant Legacy Fighting Championship Heavyweight Title. Rosholt controlled the majority of the action with his wrestling game plan. With little action multiple times the referee was forced to stand them up often. During one of those moments Lewis capitalized by connecting with a right hand hand, which allowed him to unleash a flurry of strikes dropping Rosholt. Lewis improves his win streak to 4, while handing Rosholt his first career loss.
Ultimate Fighter 15 alumni Chris Tickle picked up his first victory outside the UFC. Tickle made short work of  Douglas Frey with a 63-second TKO. Tickle bounced Frey’s head off the mat multiple times with a combo of punches and elbows.  (Full Legacy FC 13 event results below.)
Saturday afternoon Xtreme Fighting Organization (XFO) held their 45th event and their eighth outdoor event at the Sideouts Bar and Eatery in Island Lake, Illinois. UFC, STRIKEFORCE, Bellator, WEC veteran and XFO main stay Jeff Curran was slated to headline the card against Dustin Ortiz, however the bout was scrapped for undisclosed reasons. The outdoor card featured four professional bouts and 11 amateur bouts. The main event of the afternoon was  UFC and WEC veteran Mackens Semerzier versus Guillermo Serment. Semerzier made short work on Serment with a 62-second d’arce choke submission to end the event, picking up his first win since being released from the UFC in March of this year. (Full XFO 45: Outdoor War 8 event results below.)
On Saturday night STRIKEFORCE held the most important bout of the entire weekend with a STRIKEFORCE women’s Bantamweight title bout between Champion Ronda Rousey and Sarah Kaufman at the Valley View Casino Center in San Deigo, California on Saturday night. It took Rousey 54-seconds to defeat Kaufman with her signature arm bar submission. Rousey rushed Kaufman up against the cage, took her to the mat and slapped on the submission. Kaufman did her best to defend the arm bar by grasping her bicep, but once the arm was extended the bout was of over. Rousey remains undefeated at 6-0 with six first round arm bar submissions, and has called out Christiane Cyborg Santos.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza may have earned himself a Middleweight title shot by picking up his first ever knockout victory. Souza only took 41-seconds to put away Derek Brunson with a counter right hand that sent Brunson stumbling to the mat. Brunson attempted to get get back up but the damage was done, and Souza added a few more strikes to force the referee to intervene.
Another wicked knockout of night was Ovince St. Preux versus T.J. Cook. Both fighters went back-and-forth with devastating  strikes throughout the first two frames. St. Preux appeared to have Cook put away in the first, but Cook fired back almost drop St. Preux himself. At the opening on the third and final frame St. Preux walked right up to Cook and knocked him out with a one-punch left hook at 20-seconds into the round.
In other Women’s MMA bout of the evening, Meisha Tate and Julie Kedzie squared off. Kedzie dominated Tate throughout the first two rounds. It appeared that Tate was thrown off guard by the very game Kedzie, who beat her up in the stand up portion. Tate did attempt two rear-naked chokes that Kedzie was able to escape and dominate in the stand up. In the third round Tate was able to slap on an arm bar, and although Kedzie fought hard, eventually she would tap. (Full STRIKEFORCE: Rousey vs. Kaufman event results below.)
Deep – 59 Impact took place at the Korakuen Hall, in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday. The 12 bout event was headlined by Pride, DREAM, Sengoku and WEC veteran Yoshiro Maeda.  Maeda submitted Tatsumitsu Wada with a rear-naked choke in the third round. Also on the card, Pride and Dream veteran Masakazu Imanari submitted  Masahiro Oishi with a toe hold 70-seconds into their bout. (Full Deep – 59 Impact event results below.)
MEZ Sports – Pandemonium 7 took place at the Hollywood Park Casino Ballroom, in Inglewood, California, on Saturday and featured MMA and boxing bouts. TKO and WEC veteran Danny Martinez was set to fight in the MEZ Sports Flyweight tournament semifinals, but pulled out of the card. Martinez’ tournament bout was replaced by Ferdarico Lopez verus Willie Gates. Lopez picked up a unanimous decision.  In the other semifinal match up Steve Swanson submitted Jesse Cruz to advance to finals.  WEC and King of the Cage veteran Manny Tapia was set to face Tyler Weathers, but the bout never took place. (Full MEZ Sports – Pandemonium 7 event results below.)
Vermont based Xtreme Combat Promotions held their first event in Middlebury, Vermont on Saturday night. The 10 bout amateur MMA event dubbed Cage Wars took place at the Middlebury Memorial Sports Center and streamed live on mmamadhouse.com. The 10 bout card featured 9 amateur bouts and one pro bout, all of which did not go to the judges score cards with eight submissions and two TKOs. In the main event Kiel Santelli submited Philippe Delice at the mid point of the opening round. Heavyweight Aaron Black took eight seconds to knockout Jarrad Scholl. Jesse Huot and Nathan Allen were the other two to make it into the second round; Huot submitted Allen. All the other bouts ended in the first round. (Full XCP: Cage Wars event results below.)
Friday Night Fights –
Legacy Fighting Championship 13 results:
Derrick Lewis def. Jared Rosholt via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 4:49 to claim vacant heavyweight title
Sean Spencer def. Evan Cutts by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chris Tickle def. Douglas Frey via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:03
Clayton Robinson def. Donnie Bell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Steven Peterson def. Matt Hobar via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 4:04
Hayward Charles def. Russell Brewer via submission (armbar) Round 1, 0:56
Ryan Benoit def. Randy Villareal via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:35
Sean Holden def. Lior Shporen via Unanimous Decision
Burt MacDonald def. Casey Williams via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:21 – Round 1
David Armas def. Quaint Kempf via KO (Knee) – 1:11 – Round 3
Evan Martinez def. Ivan Cole via Split Decision
Johnny Ray Rodriguez def. Joseph Salas via KO (Slam) – Round 3
Saturday Night Fights –
XFO 45 – Outdoor War 8 results:
Mackens Semerzier def. Guillermo Serment via Submission (D’Arce Choke) – 1:02 – Round 1
Cory Galloway def. Damian Jeffro via Submission (Triangle Choke) – 3:52 – Round 1
Quartus Stitt def. Jared Bailey via Submission (Arm Bar) – 1:50 – Round 1
Phil Williams def. Brandon Wood via TKO (Punches) – 3:35 – Round 1
Amateur bouts (3 min rounds):
Dinisio Gilbert def. Vinny Deciccio via Split Decision
Nate Beach def. Diego Cruz via Submission (Inverted Guillotine Choke) – 2:32 – Round 2
Tyler McGuire def. Kevin Hunt via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:27 – Round 2
Mark Millare def. Curtis Campbell via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 1:32 – Round 1
Vince Nicoline def. Dillon Ginter via Submission (Strikes) – 1:24 – Round 1
John Parish def. Kyle Pallone via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:56 – Round 1
Charlie Richardson def. Shawn Bridgeman via Submission (Arm Bar) – 0:56 – Round 1
Wes Anderson def. Daniel James via Unanimous Decision
Sam Horowitz def. Robert Finely via Submission (Americana) – 2:36 – Round 1
Ricky Stanton def. Alex Hulbert via Submission (Arm Bar) – 1:24 – Round 3
Kamil Broda def. Jason Huber via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 1:38 – Round 1
STRIKEFORCE: Rousey vs. Kaufman results:
Champ Ronda Rousey def. Sarah Kaufman via Submission (Arm bar) – Round 1, 0:54 -retains women’s bantamweight title
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Derek Brunson via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 0:41
Tarec Saffiedine def. Roger Bowling via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Anthony Smith def. Lumumba Sayers via Submission (Triangle Choke) – Round 1, 3:52
Ovince St. Preux def. T.J. Cook via KO (Punch) – Round 3, 0:20
Showtime Extreme prelims:
Miesha Tate def. Julie Kedzie via Submission (Arm bar) – Round 3, 3:28
Adlan Amagov def. Keith Berry via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:48
Germaine de Randamie def. Hiroko Yamanaka via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Bobby Green def. Matt Ricehouse via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Deep -59 Impact results:
Yoshiro Maeda def. Tatsumitsu Wada via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 3:21 – Round 3
Masakazu Imanari def.  Masahiro Oishi via Submission (Toe Hold) – 1:10
Daiki Hata def. Seiji Akao via TKO (Punches) – 3:10 – Round 1
Yusaku Nakamura def.  Hirotaka Miyagawa via Split Decision (2 Rounds)
Doo Ho Choi vs. Kousuke Umeda (No Contest – Groin Strike) – Round 1
Seigo Mizuguchi def. Atsushi Yamada via Unanimous Decision (2 Rounds)
Yoshikazu Watanabe def. Yuuta Watanabe via Unanimous Decision (2 Rounds)
Hisataku Masahito def. Yusuke Kagiyama via Unanimous Decision (2 Rounds)
Ken Hasegawa def. Hiromichi Kobayashi via KO (Knee) – 1:21 – Rounds 1
Luiz Andrade I def. Yoichi Fukumoto via Split Decision (2 Rounds)
Yuki Okano def. Yusaku Tsukumo via Unanimous Decision (2 Rounds)
Ken Saotome def. Joo Suk Kang via Unanimous Decision (2 Rounds)
MEZ Sports – Pandemonium 7 results:
Steve Swanson def. Jesse Cruz via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:02 – Round 1 – Advances to finals of Flyweight Tournament
Ferdarico Lopez def. Willie Gates via Unanimous Decision – Advances to finals of Flyweight tournament
Lucas Taber def. Daniel Hernandez via Submissio (Guillotine Choke) – 2:40 – Round 1
Enrique Briones def. Jared Carlsten via KO (Strikes) – 0:32 – Round 1
Johnny Chacon def. Justin Santistevan  via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:08 Round 1
Humberto Zatarain vs. Daniel Martinez (Majority Draw)
John Robles def. Juan Rivas via Split Decision
Brandon Adams def. Moses Alviso via Unanimous Decision
Kurli Ortiz def. Vicente Medellin via Unanimous Decision
Victor Medina def. Jeremy Willis via Unanimous Decision
XCP – Cage Wars result:
Kiel Santelli def. Philippe Delice via Submission – 2:32 – Round 1
Aaron Black def. Jarrad Scholl via KO (Punch) – 0:08 – Round 1
Dakota Giguere def. Dylan Deso via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 0:38 – Round 2

Ben McAllister def. George Woods via Submission –  1:53 – Round 1
Jesse Mabe def. Ian Beatease via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 1:48 – Round 2
Bruce Richards def. Chris Lynde via Submission (Guillotine) – 1:20 – Round 1
Nathan Wall def. Justin Pernice  via Submission  (Arm Bar) – 1:18 – Round 1
Sam Salhany def. Darryl Martinez via Submission (Triangle Choke) – 1:37 – Round 1
Jesse Huot def. Nathan Allen via Submission – Round 2
Nicholas Prenoveau def. Joey Lowe via TKO Strikes) – 1:14 – Round 1
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