Weekend in Fights! June 16th Edition

This Father’s Day Weekend in Fights! (June 16th, 2012) may not have featured any events from the UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce or any other major promotion, but featured many UFC veterans on local cards across the United States. Some of the veterans fighting this weekend included Tim Sylvia, Jorge Santiago, Karo Parisyan, John Gunderson, Drew Fickett, Kendall Grove, Derek Brunson, Lyle Beerbohm, Marcus Aurelio, Charles Bennett, Roli Delgado and many more.
Titan Fighting Championship started our weekend on Friday night, with TFC 23 “Fight for the Troops” in Fort Riley, Kansas, and airing on HDNet. Headlining the event was former Sengoku Middleweight champion and UFC veteran Jorge Santiago was originally set to face UFC and Bellator veteran Jay Silva, but for reasons unknown, Silva was pulled from the fight. Santiago was pitted  against the virtually Justin Guthrie, in a very lopsided bout that saw Santiago submit his opponent with an inverted heel hook in 94-seconds. Santiago snapped Guthrie’s four fight win streak, while improving his win streak to two at TFC since dropping two in the UFC and being released. Post fight Santiago hinted at a possible drop to Welterweight. (Full TFC 23 – Fight for the Troops event results below.)
New England Fights “FIGHT NIGHT III” kicked off their inaugural event at  the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine on Saturday night. Headlining the event was none other than the “Maine-iac” Tim Sylvia making his Maine debut. The former 2-time UFC Heavyweight champion was as Sylvia was in the cage for 12-seconds. Storming in quickly, Sylvia dropped Randy Smith with a right hand to the body and continued with a flurry of strikes that forced the referee to stop the bout. Sylvia was anxious to get back home to Iowa to spend Father’s Day with his 17-month-old son Maverick. Now improving to 31-7 Sylvia hopes to get another shot in the UFC. 16 more fights both pro and amateur rounded up the card with local fighters with lots of quick finishes. (Full NEF – Fight Night III event results below.)
Also on Saturday night, ShoFIGHT debuted their first ever professional fight card with ShoFIGHT 20. Emanating form other Springfield, at the O’Reilly Family Event Center in Missouri. The ShoFIGHT 20 card was injury filled yet still featured a stacked card of UFC, STRIKEFORCE, Bellator, Pride and WEC veterans, and crowned two inaugural champions. Guest of Ringside Report Radio and Lightweight fighter John Gunderson captured the ShoFIGHT Welterweight title by submitting Karo Parisyan midway through the first round. Parisyan took Gunderson down early, but he was able to get back to his feet and connect with a devastating left knee. A little rocked and desperate, Parisyan shot in for another takedown where he was met with a guillotine choke that ultimately ended the bout.
Kendall Grove defeated last minute replacement Derek Brunson in a three round catchweight bout for the  ShoFIGHT Middleweight title. Brunson who took the fight on four days notice dominated Grove with his wrestling, but was unable to improve position, while Grove worked his ground offense from guard. Grove picked up a baffling split decision victory and the title delivering Brunson his first ever defeat.
Lyle Beerbohm worked his was to a victory over Marcus Aurelio with takedowns and ground and pound. Beerbohm bloodied up Aurelio midway through the fight and just continued to the end picking up the unanimous decision. Jonatas Novaes knocked out Drew Fickett in 51-seconds. This first round  knockout marks Fickett’s fifth in his last six bouts. Shonie Carter was slated to fight on the card but was unable to because he was hit by a car. (Full ShoFIGHT 20 event results below.)
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Friday Night Fights –
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Titan Fighting Championship 23 – Fight for the Troops results:
Jorge Santiago def. Justin Guthrie via submission (inverted heel hook) – Round 1, 1:34
Joe Wilk def. Josh Huber via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:09
Brandon Bear def. Nick Budig via TKO (elbows) – Round 2, 2:23
Jake Lindsey def. Jordan Johnson via Unanimous Decision
Freddy Assuncao def. Andrew Carrillo via TKO (injury) – Round 2, 4:24
Wayman Carter def. Gregg Van der Creek via Unanimous Decision
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Saturday Night Fights –
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New England Fights – Fight Night III results:
Pro bouts:

Tim Sylvia def. Randy Smith via TKO (Strikes) – 0:12 – Round 1
Ryan Sanders def. Ray Shawdee via Submission (Guillotine) – 0:53 – Round 2
Jamie Harrison def. Andrew Robertson via TKO (Punches) – 0:50 – Round 1
Josh Bellows def. Ryan Cowette via KO (Punches) – 0:46 – Round 1
Bruce Boyington def. Keegan Hornstra via KO (Spin Kick) – 0:10 – Round 1
Hassan Mahmood def. Ernie Ornelas via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 1:39 – Round 1
Josh Parker def. Chris Ramos via Unanimous Decision
Amateur bouts:

John Raio def. Derek Shorey via Submission (Guillotine) – Round 2
Allan Josselyn def. Matt Benner via KO (Punch) – Round 1
Jesse Erickson def. Tollison Lewis via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1
Nick Spencer def. Matt Almy via Submission (Kimura) – Round 1
John Healey def. Cleon Hoggard via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – Round 3
Brent Dillingham def. Crowsneck Boutin via TKO (Strikes) – Round 2
Buck Pineau def. Tim Tucker via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – Round 1
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ShoFIGHT 20 results:
Lucas Lopes def. Sam Alvey via TKO (Punches) – 1:37 – Round 1
Chris McDaniel def. Charles Bennett via Submission (Triangle Choke) – 2:52 – Round 1
Savak Magakian def. James Reese via Unanimous Decision
John Gunderson def, Karo Parisyan via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 2:47 – Round 1 – Wins Inaugural ShoFIGHT Welterweight title
Kendall Grove def. Derek Brunson via Split Decision – Wins Inaugural ShoFIGHT Middleweight title
Lyle Beerbohm def. Marcus Aurelio via Unanimous Decision
Mike Wessel def. Matt Kovacs via TKO (Punches) – 4:50 – Round 2
Jonatas Novaes def. Drew Fickett via TKO (Punches) – 0:51 – Round 1
Chris Gruetzemacher def. Roli Delgado via TKO (Elbows) – 3:24 – Round 3
Dustin Phillips def. Allen Gibson via Unanimous Decision
Mike Brazzle def. Karen Darabedyan via TKO (Punches) – 4:15 – Round 1
Matt Lucas def. Lucas Overcast via Unanimous Decision
Jacob Ritchie def. Robert Sabaruddin via TKO (Punches) – 3:28 – Round 3
Jason Ignacek def. Gary Michaels via Unanimous Decision