Weekend in Fights! March 17th Edition

This St-Patrick’s Day Weekend in Fights! was jam packed with lots of MMA action. Including Bellator, Cage Warriors, Score Fighting Series, M-1 Challenge on Friday and  Ringside MMA, BAMMA USA, Kings of Kombat on Saturday.
MMAJunkie.com continued to air the series of Cage Warrriors events with Cage Warriors Fight Night 4, emanating from the Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates. The event was headlined with the Cage Warriors Heavyweight championship bout pitting Germain fighter Andreas Kraniotakes versus American fighter Mike Hayes. The bout never made itino championship rounds, as Hayes picked up the win and the title late in the third. With the win, Hayes (17-4) is now riding a five-fight win streak and is 9-1 in his past 10 fights. In an un-sportsman like conduct, Sheila Gaff  knockout Jennifer Maia in 10 seconds, as Maia attempted to touch gloves, but was met with a punch. (Full CWFN 4 event results below.)
On Friday night at Bellator 61 from The Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City, Louisiana, the quarterfinals of the Bellator Season 6 Middleweight Tournament took place with Maiquel Falcao, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky, Bruno Santos and Brian Rogers all picking up wins to advance to the semifinals. Of these four tournament battles, only Brian Rogers didn’t leave his decision in the hands of the judges, as he knocked out Vitor Vianna with vicious flying knee late in the first frame. The semifinal match ups will be Brian Rogers versus Bruno Santos, while Maiquel Falcao will battle Vyacheslav Vasilevsky at Bellator 66  on April 20th. On the under card of Bellator 61, contestant of WWE Tough Enough, Jeremiah Riggs return to MMA after alleging that he was “Blackballed” from wrestling. Unfortunately for him, his return to MMA and Bellator debut was not a successful one. Trey Houston, “upset” Riggs wih a first round submission victory. (Full Bellator 61 event results below.)
Canadian Sports Television Channel “The Score” continues their coverage, and promotion of local fight events with The Score Fighting Series 5. This event was held at Hamilton Place Theatre, in Hamilton, Ontario. The event was headlined by John Alessio and Ryan Healy. The back and forth bout saw both men unable to finish the other. Alessio wasn’t able to capitalize on his first round dominance, and lost the second round to Healy. The final round of the bout saw Alessio in top position, but again unable to finish, yet with the strong finish was able o get the nod from the judges. Forrest Petz defeated  Sergey Juskevic via TKO in the second round  in the fight of the night. In an exciting back and fourth bout, each fighter had chances to finish each other, as Juskevic dropped Petz in the first round. However,  Petz miraculously got back up and finished the bout in the second. Lyndon Whitlock picked up the knockout of the night when he dropped  Corey Houston with a counter right with only 32 seconds remaining in the first round. (Full Score Fighting Series 5 event results below.)
M-1 Challenge 31 took place at the Ice Palace, in St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, with a Heavyweight main event of two grappling specialists in Jeff Monson and Alexey Oleinik. In a back a fourth battle, Monson came out the victor with a hard fought split decision. Rashid Magomedov captured his first champion in MMA, when he went the distance with Yasubey Enomoto. Brother of the greatest Heavyweight of all time, Aleksander Emelianenko picked a TKO victory early in the second round over Tadas Rimkevicius. (Full M-1 Challenge 31 – Monson vs. Oleinik event results below.)
Ringside MMA 13 – St-Patrick’s Day Beatdown was held at the Metropolis, in Montreal. Originally a nine bout card, was changed to seven. Kyle Nelson made his Pro MMA debut, in an action packed three round war against Mik Dufort in a very back and fourth bout. Dufort displayed an extremely tough chin, as he was on dream street multiple times during the bout, but continued. Olivier Aubain-Mercier return to action for his second bout, and just like his first ended in quick and impressive fashion with a rear-naked choke submission. Vladimir Starcencov pulled off an impressive Americana submission over Boxer Stephane Tessier. The hold was so wrenched back, it was a wonder why Tessier hadn’t tapped sooner. Mike Ricci bounced back from his championship loss at Ringside 12 in October. Ricci won a three round decision against Tony Hervey. During the first round, a stage light exploded, sending glass all over the mat, haulting the bout for several minutes. After losing the fight, Hervey grabbed the mic and told Ricci that he was a striker, and his lay and prey style sucked. In the main event of the evening, Paul Cheng made quick work of Eric Barrak, as he rushed him with strikes, took him down, and force him to verbally submit. (Quick Ringside MMA 13 St-Patrick’s Day Beatdown results below – Detailed Round by Round Results click here.)
BAMMA USA held their fifth event at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California, on Saturday with Bad Beat 5. Former 4-time UFC veteran, and assumed retired mixed martial artist Mike “The Joker” Guymon made his return to MMA, after announcing after his last UFC bout in January of 2011, that he was calling it quits. Guymon was successful in his return to the sport, with a second round TKO victory over Chris Leyva. Another former UFC combatant Gabe Ruediger continues his loosing skid to three, with he was knocked out by Scott Catlin in 36 seconds of the second round. (Full BAMMA USA-Bad Beat 5 event results below.)
Shamrock Events – Kings of Kombat 6  took place at the Springers Leisure Centre, Keysborough, Victoria, Australia. The event was a mix event that included MMA, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Boxing bouts on the card. The event was headlined by former UFC Heavyweight/Light Heavyweight fighter James McSweeney versus Felise Leniu. McSweeney made shirt work of  Leniu, as he submitted him with a Rear-Naked Choke in the first round. (Full Shamrock Events – Kings of Kombat 6 event results below.)
Friday Night Fights-
Cage Warriors Fight Night 4 -Kraniotakes vs. Hayes results:
Mike Hayes def. Andreas Kraniotakes via submission (kimura) – Round 3, 4:21 – (to become new CWFC heavyweight champ)
Assan Njie def. Stevie Ray via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:29
Lucio Linhares def. Kyle Baker by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sheila Gaff def. Jennifer Maia via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:10
Phil Harris def. Casey Dyer via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mansour Barnaoui def. Brad Wheeler via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:26
Facebook prelims:
Bradley Scott def. Mok Rahman via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:45 of Round 3
Cyril Asker def. Adam Brearley by TKO (strikes) after 4:30 of Round 1
Bellator 61 results:
Maiquel Falcao def. Norman Paraisy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – middleweight tourney opening round
Vyacheslav Vasilevsky def. Victor O’Donnell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – middleweight tourney opening round
Bruno Santos def. Giva Santana via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) – middleweight tourney opening round
Brian Rogers def. Vitor Vianna via knockout (flying knee) – Round 1, 4:14 – middleweight tourney opening round
Spike.com prelims:
Josh Quayhagen def. Brent Taylor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 
Derrick Krantz def. Eric Scallan via technical submission (brabo choke) – Round 1, 3:01
Jason Sampson def. Jeremy Myers via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:25
Trey Houston def. Jeremiah Riggs via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:30
Score Fighting Series results:
John Alessio def. Ryan Healy via Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
Josh Hill def. Eric Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
Forrest Petz def. Sergey Juskevic by TKO – Round 2, 3:25
Alex Ricci def. Iraj Hadin by KO (Left Hook) – Round 1, 3:17
Shane Campbell def. Derek Boyle via Unanimous Decision (30-27,29-28,29-28)
Lyndon Whitlock def. Corey Houston via KO (Right) – Round 1, 4:28
Jason Meisel def. Mike Sledzion via Unanimous Decision (30-27,29-28,29-28)
Elias Theodorou def. Erik Herbert by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Adam Assenza def. John Roche by Submission (Strikes/Verbal Tapout) – Round 1, 4:17
Craig Hudson def. John McPherson by KO in Round 1, 0:57
M-1 Challenge 31: Monson vs. Oleinick results:
Jeff Monson def. Alexey Oleinik via Unanimous Decision
Rashid Magomedov def. Yasubey Enomoto via Unanimous Decision (to become new M-1 Challenge Welterweight champion)
Aleksander Emelianenko def. Tadas Rimkevicius via TKO (Punches) -1:52 – Round 2
Alexander Yakovlev def. Shamil Zavurov via Unanimous Decision
Deniss Smoldarev def. Denis Komkin via Split Decision (30–27, 28–29, 29–28)
Abdulmajid Magomedov def. Arthur Shumakov via Submission (rear-naked choke) – 3:53 – Round 1
Vugar Bakhshiev def. Jerome Bouisson via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 – Round 2
Marat Gafurov def. David Kozma via Submission (rear-naked choke) -2:10 – Round 2
Ilya Doderkin def. Alexey Martynov via Submission (triangle choke)- 1:57 – Round 1
Bruno Carvalho def. Ramazan Esenbaev via Split Decision (29–28, 28–29, 29–28).
Ringside MMA 13 – St. Patrick’s Day Beatdown results:
Paul Cheng def. Eric Barrak via verbal submission (strikes) 1:49 in Round 1
Mike Ricci def. Tony Hervey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kevin Morin def. Stephan Lamarche via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Daniel Ireland via submission (rear-naked choke) at in 1:10 Round 1
Christ Franck def. Yohan Gariepy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Vladimir Starcencov def. Stephane Tessier via submission (Americana) at 1:58 in Round 1
Dave Pariseau def. Louis-Christophe Laurin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kyle Nelson def. Mic Dufort via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
BAMMA USA – Bad Beat 5 results:
Michael Guymon def. Cris Leyva via TKO (Punches) Round 2, 4:10
Scott Catlin def. Gabe Ruediger via TKO (Punches) Round 2, 0:36
Chad George def. Shad Smith via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) Round 1, 1:56
Mychal Clark def. Josh Bennett via KO (Spinning Back Elbow) Round 1, 2:36
Chris Beal def. Jose Morales via TKO (Elbows) Round 1, 4:44
Joe Condon def. Ismael Gonzalez via Decision (Split) Round 3, 5:00
Jason Carbajal def. Bobby Sanchez via Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 1, 3:05
Eric Brown def. Brandon Anderson via Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1, 0:20
Gil Guardado def. Chris Costello via TKO (Punches) Round 2, 2:21
Shamrock Events – Kings of Kombat 6 results:
MMA Rules
James McSweeney def. Felise Leniu via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 1
Oriol Gaset def. Nick Patterson via Submission (Arm Bar) -4:59 Round 2
 (No other results available)

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