Last night was a delightfully exciting big name Mixed Martial Arts Card taking place in Sydney Australia with many well know Pride, UFC, and Dream veterans. It was one of those things the MMA elitist fans were drooling over and the card defiantly delivered a wild and exciting thrill ride for us all. The event was packed with all sorts of finishes and only 2 of 10 fights even made it to the third round, and only one to decision.
The first three fights were prelims and were not broadcasted; here are the quick results;
Manuel Rodriguez defeated Shane Nix – 4:22 round one – North south choke
Richie Valculik defeated Glenn Taylor Smith – 4:16 round 2 – Rear naked choke
Glover Teixeira defeated Marko Peselj – 2:55 round 1 – TKO (punches)
The fist fight on the televised card was Jesse Taylor from season 7 of the ultimate fighter who was 1-3 in his last four fights and was really hoping to show that he could beat a submission expert in Murilo Bustamante. The fight started and Murilo seemed to have Jesse in some tight spots in danger of being submitted but Jesse defended well. Early in the second round Jesse scored a takedown and was laying on some good ground and pound and was really pouring it on Bustamante. They tied up and big John stood both fighters up. When Bustamante stood up he verbally submitted due to being to dizzy to continue and it was ruled a TKO (exhaustion).
Next they showed Josh Barnett’s 1st round TKO from last week over Geronimo Dos Santos. For those who didn’t see Josh won the fight everywhere and was tossing Dos Santos around until he eventually scored mount and pounded him out.
Murilo Ninja Rua walked out calmly but his fight with Jeremy May was far from easy. In the first Jeremy was picking apart Ninja Rua and scored a huge knockdown with a nice cross. The fight look to be over but Murilo scrambled to his feet and jumped a Guillotine on an exhausted Jeremy May 4:12 into the first.
Soa Palelei was another fight they snuck in between larger fights and he scored a much needed keylock submission over Brad Morris 4:20 into the first round which was a back and forth fight until near the end of the first where Soa pulled the submission.
Next was a war between two very impressive fighters Dennis Kang and Paulo Filho. This was a very technical black belt on black belt Jiu Jitsu wars between the two. Whenever Paulo seemed to have Kang in trouble he would get strongly reversed and put in a bad position himself. A complete back and forth fight that was very difficult to score from home and the judges scored it a split draw, 29-28 Filho 30-27 Kang and 29-29.
Paul Daley comes out from backstage and he is Furious! He wants this win so bad so he can start making his comeback to the big dogs and he looks like a bad bad dude. He dominates the first against Daniel Acacio (pride veteran). The guy is constantly backing up because his striking is prominent for his style but not in Daley’s league. The first obviously went to Daley but the second seemed to be mostly controlled by Acacio so I had it looked tied after two rounds. In the 3rd Daniel looked tired and was caught with a huge elbow after falling to guard. He saw blood and verbally submitted after he patted the cut with his glove and saw blood. Later in the evening he explained it was his first big cut and he was worried that something was broken or he was seriously injured. Paul Daley wins 1:15 into round 3.
The main event was a classic battle between two guys who aren’t fighting for relevance but rather for the love of the sport. Ken Shamrock and Pedro Rizzo are two legends of the sport and fans will be watching every time they step in the ring. Hopefully this is one of Ken shamrock’s last times in the cage as a fighter. Pedro came out attacking with huge leg kicks but Ken was hanging in there with straight jabs that did stun Rizzo once or twice. The kicks and counter punches from Rizzo started to rack up damage on Ken. 3:33 into the first Pedro landed a ground shattering leg kick right on the knee and Ken dropped, he returned to his feet just to drop again and get wailed on with punches and that’s where big John stopped the fight, and trust me it was needed. Ken gave a good speech after the fight talking about the sport and his opponent and the crowd was going nuts.
It was an exciting card and I look forward to smaller organizations following suit with fight cards stacked like this. It was well worth 25 dollars on PPV and this is the type of event MMA fans need, showing that other companies can do well too.
Hers is a complete event results: