Weekend in Fights! March 10th Edition

This Weekend in Fights! (March 10th) featured the return of Bellator with their 6th Season, that included the opening round of the new Featherweight tournament, as well as the Featherweight championship match between champion Joe Warren and Season 5 tournament winner Pat Curran. Ken Pavia’s Super Fight League in India premiered their inaugural show with James Thompson and Bob Sapp in the main event. King of the Cage held two events this weekend, one in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the other in Edmonton, Alberta, and former UFC Lightweight competitor Rob Emerson picked up a win at Tachi Palace Fights. Mirko Cro Cop returned to kickboxing, and although not “official” fights, 16 bouts took place on the premiere  of The Ultimate Fighter Season 15 Friday night, one of which included former Ringside MMA Lightweight champion Daron Cruickshank. (TUF 15 Episode 1 results click here.)
On Friday Bellator 60 took place at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond, in  Hammond, Indiana and a new champion was crowned. Pat Curran dismantled Joe Warren in a very one-sided beat down that ended in the third round. Curran rocked Warren early in the first round with  knees, but Warren was able to regain his composure in the second. In the third, Curran cornered Warren against the cage and just unleashed with a relentless barrage of punch and knee combinations  that had Warren out on his feet. Curran is now the new Bellator Featherweight champion. His next challenge is to be determined with the conclusion of the new Featherweight tournament that started on the same card. Alexandre Bezerra and Marlon Sandro picked up rear-naked choke submission victories in their quarter final match ups. Bezerra defeated Kenny Foster with only three seconds left in the second round, and Sandro made short work of Roberto Vargas in the first round. Mike Corey upset Ronnie Mann in a three round war, to advance to the semi finals. Daniel Straus advanced as well with a decision over previously undefeated Jeremy Spoon. Former UFC Heavyweight Sean McCorkle made quick work of (Big Dick) Richard White with a neck crank in 1:02 of the first round; McCorkle is now riding a six fight win streak since being cut from the UFC. (Full Bellator 60 event results below.)
Also on Friday, former UFC Lightweight Rob Emerson (12-10) took on  Savant Young (10-9) in the co-main event of Tachi Palace Fights 12 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, in Lemoore, Califormia. Emerson picked up the win with a rear naked choke submission late in the third round, with the victory Emerson is 3-1 since being cut from the UFC after losing to Nik Lentz in March of 2010. (Full TPF 12 event results below.)
On Saturday Super Fight League held their premiere event at the Andheri Sports Complex, in Mumbai, India. The card was headlined with a Super Heavyweight bout between Bob Sapp (11-11) and James Thompson (17-14). Thompson would have an early night as Sapp submitted due to a leg injury in under two minutes. The card also featured another Super Heavyweight bout as Jimmy Ambriz (16-18) knocked out Satish Jamia in just 14 seconds. Former UFC Light Heavyweight Xavier Foupa-Pokam (22-17) picked up a TKO victory over Joey Guel, when the doctor refused to allow Guel to continue into the second round. (Full SFL 1 event results below.)
King of the Cage Breakthrough took place at the River Spirit Event Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday night. The event was headlined by former UFC Light Heavyweight David Heath (16-7) versus Sidiah Parker. Heath destroyed Parker in the second round by TKO. (Full KOTC – Breakthrough event results below.)
Just four weeks after picking up a first round submission victory over Elliot Duff at Aggression MMA 9 on February 11th, Canadian submission specialist Luke Harris (8-1) was back at it on Saturday night at the Mirage Banquet Hall, Edmonton, Alberta, for King of the Cage Canada – Infamy. Harris picked up another first round submission victory over Brandon MacArthur (6-19) with an arm bar late in the round. (Full KOTC-Infamy event results below.)
The legendary Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic retired from MMA in November 2011, after losing to Roy Nelson at UFC 137, but he didn’t retire from kickboxing. Cro Cop returned to his  kickboxing roots for the first time since 2003, in a final farewell bout in his home country of Croatia. The event was dubbed: “K-1 Cro Cop Final Fight” where he (Filipovic) took on another kickboxing legend, Ray Sefo. Filipovic defeated Sefo by unanimous decision, retiring with his head held high. He retires with a 17-7 Kickboxing and 27-10 MMA records.  (Full K-1: Cro Cop Final Fight event results below.)
Friday Night Fights –
Bellator 60 results:
Pat Curran def. Joe Warren via KO (punches) – Round 3, 1:25 to become new Bellator featherweight champion
Daniel Straus def. Jeremy Spoon via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) – featherweight tourney opening round
Mike Corey def. Ronnie Mann via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – featherweight tourney opening round
Marlon Sandro def. Roberto Vargas via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:35 – featherweight tourney opening round
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Jake Nauracy def. Cory Galloway via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 4:22
Travis Wiuff def. Anthony Gomez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sean McCorkle def. Richard White via submission (neck crank) – Round 1, 1:02
Alexandre Bezerra def. Kenny Foster via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:57 – featherweight tourney opening round
Josh Shockley def. Shamar Bailey via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27
Genair da Silva def. Bobby Reardanz via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 0:51
Tachi Palace Fights 12 – Second Coming results:
Casey Olson def. Cody Gibson via Unanimous Decision
Rob Emerson def. Savant Young via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) -4:29 -Round 3
Francisco Rivera def. Antonio Duarte via KO (Punches) -1:15-Round 1
Jesse Jenkins def. Chirs Gomez via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2:07-Round 1
Dave Huckaba def. Liron Wilson via TKO (Punches) 1:05-Round 2
Anthony Avila def. Art Becerra via Submission (Guillotine Choke) 4:08-Round 1
Alex Perez def. Edgar Diaz via Submission (Kimura) 2:33-Round 1
Saturday Night Fights –
Super Fight League 1 results:
James Thompson def. Bob Sapp via Submission (Leg Injury) 1:52-Round 1
Sanja Sucevic def. Lena Ovchynnikova via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2:28-Round 2
Travis Bell def. Neil Natasadu via Submission (Forearm Choke) 1:18-Round 2
Chaitanya Gavali def. Tiran Thakshala via Unanimous Decision
Mohammed Shahid def. Mayura Dissanyake via Majority Decision
Lakwinder Sekhon def. Madura Rathnayake via TKO (Punches) 1:29-Round 1
Jimmy Ambriz def. Satish Jamia via TKO (Punches) 0:14-Round 1
Xavier Foupa-Pokam def. Joey Guel via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 5:00-Round 1
King of the Cage – Breakthrough results:
David Heath def. Sidiah Parker via KO/TKO (Punches) – Round 2
Brendan Tierney def. Tom Jones via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 1
Tyler East def. Tracy Willis via Submission (Strikes) – 1:12 -Round 1
Kinny Spotwood def. Dingo Brown via Split Decision
Cody East def. Jeff Karriman via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)- Round 3
Ray Borg def. Antonio Taylor via Submission – Round 1
Archie Lowe def. George Palmer via Submission (Armbar) – 2:37- Round 1
Marvin Rowell def. Roy Stucker via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – 0:39 -Round 1
Airyn Burr def. Marcus Kincaid via Submission (Armbar) -0:13 -Round 1
King of the Cage – Infamy result:
Elmer Waterhen def. Mike Froese via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) -4:57-Round 1
Luke Harris def. Brandon MacArhur via Submission (Arm Bar) -4:08 -Round 1
Aleksander Todosov def. Cody Ries via KO (Punch) -0:11-Round 1
Evan Cardinal def. Nolan Nelson via TKO (Elbows) -2:11 -Round 1
Landon Caldwell def. Adrian Cardinal via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) -1:58-Round 1
Daylon Erickson def. Steve Dubeck via Unanimous Decision
Yannick Pare def. Robert Jaggard via TKO (Punches) -2:28-Round 1
Eric Tevely def. Kenny Hamilton via TKO (Abandonment) -5:00-Round 2
Joey Longo def. Greg Large via TKO (Knees) -1:56-Round 1
Jarid Howse def. Reno Jackson (Abandonment) -3:46-Round 1
K-1: Cro Cop Final Fight results:
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic def. Ray Sefo via Unanimous Decision
Igor Jurkovic def. Freddy Kemayo by Majority Decision (ext. round)
Daniel Ghita def. Sergei Lascenko via TKO (head kick) -Round 3
Mladen Brestovac def. Mourad Bouzidi via TKO (head kick) – Round 1
Mladen Kujundsic def. Marin Dosen via Unanimous Decision (ext. round)
Agron Petreni def. Guy Pacome Assi via Majority Decision
Michael Duut def. Stefan Jelicv by unanimous decision
Sahak Parparyan def. Toni Milanovic via Decision
Miran Fabjan def. Ivan Posavec via Decision

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