Weekend in Fights! September 22nd Edition – Ringside Report + Wrestling Uncensored

This Weekend in Fights! (September 22nd, 2012) featured King of The Cage’s first ever live TV broadcast, two championship bouts at UFC 152 including the crowning of the first ever Flyweight champion, and XFL in Oklahoma.
King of the Cage: Heavy Duty kicked off the weekend on Friday night with their first live TV broadcast on MavTV from the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 10 bout card featured an interim KOTC Middleweight championship bout between Josh Bryant and Shonie Carter. Current KOTC Middleweight champion Sean Strickland was original scheduled for the event, but after pulling out of his bout the interim match up was made. Bryant captured the interim Middleweight title with a second round TKO over Carter. On the undercard of amateur bouts Tim Sosa defeated Todd Hess via TKO to capture the vacant KOTC amateur Jr Flyweight title. (Full King of The Cage: Heavy Duty Event results below.)
Tulsa wasn’t the only place in Oklahoma to hold an event on Friday night as the XFL, no not that XFL, but the Xtreme Fight League held their ninth event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa, 15 miles east of Tulsa, in Catoosa, Oklahoma. Xtreme Fight Night 9 was headlined by undefeated fighter Andrew Todhunter, who defeated 5-20 fighter Brandon Gaines with a rear-naked choke submission in the second round. Feature UFC veterans Jake Rosholt and Anthony Johnson in Light Heavyweight action. Going into this bout both fighters had identical 12-4 records. Johnson defeated  Rosholt with a head kick in the second round. (Full XFL: Xtreme Fight Night 9 event results below.)
Emanating from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto UFC 152 was by far the biggest MMA event of the weekend. In the main event Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones made his fourth successful title defense with a fourth round Americana submission victory over challenger Vitor Belfort. In the first round it appeared that Belfort would capture the championship when he secured Jones’ arm in an amrbar. The arm would appear to snap, but Jones did not tap and continued to dominate Belfort for the remainder of the bout. Jones would then proceed to work short elbows  in Belforts guard. In the thrid round Jones connected with a beautiful spin kick that dropped Belfort followed by a stomp to the belly. Jones would take Belfort down early in the fourth round, transition to side control, where he connected with elbows before submitting him for the win. Jones is now tied with Chuck Liddell for second most Light Heavyweight title defenses with four. Jones may have retained his championship, but in the process may have nerve damage in his arm.
UFC crowned their first ever Flyweight champion in the co-main event. Grand prix finalists Demetrious Johnson and  Joseph Benavidez went the distance to determine the champion. After five rounds the judges rendered the decision a split one with Johnson getting the nod on two judges score cards 49-46, 48-47, and Benavidez getting 48-47 on one judges score card. With that Johnson is the first ever UFC Flyweight champion in what was a very close fight.
Top 10 Middleweights Michael Bisping and Brian Stann collided in a potential title eliminator. Michael Bisping defeated Brian Stann via unanimous decision by out wrestling and out-boxing him, and continues to campaign for a title shot against current Middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Three of four Canadians on the card were successful, as Mitch Gagnon picked up his first UFC win with a first round rear-naked choke submission over Walel Watson. T.J. Grant picked up a unanimous decision victory over Evan Dunham, and hometown boy Sean Pierson escaped near knockout in the third round to pick up the unanimous decision over Lance Benoist. The lone Canadian to not achieve successful. was the debuting Roger Hollett. The product of Jackson’s MMA was unable to get the advantage over the returning Matt Hamill.
Also impressive on this stacked card was the return of Vinny Magalhaes, who forced Igor Igor Pokrajac  to tap to an arm bar for his sixth victory in a row. Cub Swanson destroyed Charles Oliveira with a first round TKO. Kyle Noke made his successful Welterweight debut with a 45 second knockout of Charlie Brenneman. Finally Marcus Brimage handed Jim Hettes his first ever loss with a decision. (Full UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort event results below.)
Friday Night Fights –
King of the Cage: Heavy Duty results:
Josh Bryant def. Shonie Carter  via TKO at 2:15 – Round 2 –Claims King of the Cage Interim Middleweight title
Cody East def. Kinny Spotwood via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – 1:15 – Round 1
Mike Maldonado def. Ben Acosta via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – 2:11 – Round 1
Andenilson Clementino def. Jeff Karriman via TKO (Strikes) – 1:13 – Round 2
Justin Robbins def. Gerald Lovato via KO (Punch) -1:38 – Round 2
Zac Church def. Wes Linsley via TKO (Strikes) – 4:58 – Round 1
Tim Sosa def. Todd Hess via TKO (Strikes) – 2:58 – Round 1 –
Claims vacant KOTC Amateur Jr Flyweight Championship
Erin MacDougall def. Dianeya Nodarse via Unanimous Decision
Matt Thomas def. Charlie Williams via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – 2:45 – Round 1
Dana Schaffer def.  Katy Hahler via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 1:15 – Round 1
XFL: Xtreme Fight Night 9 results:
Andrew Todhunter def. Brandon Gaines via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:10 – Round 2
Anthony Johnson def. Jake Rosholt via TKO (Head Kick) – 4:22 – Round 2
Dylan Smith def. Levi Avera via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 1:40 – Round 2
Jesse Chaffin def. David McAfee via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 0:33 – Round 3
Kathina Catron def. Amber Powell via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 1:41 – Round 1
Edward Cline def. Alex Rojas via TKO (Punches) – 2:05 – Round 1
T.J. Arrington def. John Martinez via Unanimous Decision
David Grayson def. Christian Adams via Submission – 1:33 – Round 2
Chase McDougal def. Jake Shanks via Submission – 0:51 – Round 1
Garrett Smith def. Austin Wells via TKO (Punches) – 1:53 – Round 1
Saturday Night Fights –
UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort:
Jon Jones def. Vitor Belfort via submission (Americana) – Round 4, 0:54 – to retain UFC light-heavyweight title
Demetrious Johnson def. Joseph Benavidez via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) – to become inaugural flyweight champion
Michael Bisping def. Brian Stann via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Hamill def. Roger Hollett via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Cub Swanson def. Charles Oliveira via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:40
FX prelims:
Vinny Magalhaes def. Igor Pokrajac via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 1:14
T.J. Grant def. Evan Dunham via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Sean Pierson def. Lance Benoist via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Marcus Brimage def. Jimy Hettes via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Facebook prelims:
Seth Baczynski def. Simeon Thoresen via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 4:10
Mitch Gagnon def. Walel Watson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:09
Kyle Noke def. Charlie Brenneman via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:45