Ricardo Arona. Photo by Scott Petersen/MMAWeekly.com.
Former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Ricardo Arona looked rusty in his first fight in over two years, but managed to put together enough offense to stifle challenger Marvin Eastman en route to a unanimous decision victory in the main event of Saturday night’s Bitetti Combat 4 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Arona (14-5) started the fight on a high note, connecting with a pair of leg kicks to Eastman’s thigh, one of them sending the UFC veteran falling to the canvas. A couple of successful takedowns saw Arona control the majority of the first round on the mat. However, Arona’s infamous lack of cardio began to show at the start of the second round, which featured very little, if any offense from either fighter.
War Machine. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
War Machine, the fighter formerly known as “Ultimate Fighter 6” cast member Jon Koppenhaver, stopped EliteXC veteran Mikey Gomez via third-round TKO in the main event of Florida-based Xtreme Fighting Championships’ “Evolution” event on Saturday night at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
The victory is the fifth straight for War Machine, who has now won every one of his fights since his controversial release from the UFC last fall. In defeat, Gomez suffered his fourth loss in a row.
Roan Carneiro. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC veterans Roan Carneiro and Yves Edwards were victorious in their respective featured bouts at Shine Fights’s second-ever event, dubbed “American Top Team vs. The World” at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida on Friday night.
Carneiro used superior grappling to earn a three-round unanimous decision over Brazilian MMA pioneer Jorge Patino while Edwards submitted replacement opponent James Warfield with a triangle choke in the second round.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Randy Couture - Decision (Unanimous)
Thiago Silva def. Keith Jardine - TKO (Punches)
Jake Rosholt def. Chris Leben - Submission (Arm-Triangle)
Nate Marquardt def. Demian Maia - KO (Punch)
Brandon Vera def.Krzysztof Soszynski - Decision (Unanimous)
Aaron Simpson def.Ed Herman - TKO (Knee Injury)
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Chris Tuchscherer - TKO (Punches)
Michael Russow def. Justin McCully - Decision (Unanimous)
Todd Duffee def. Tim Hague - KO (Punches)
Mark Munoz def. Nick Catone - Decision (Split)
Evan Dunham def. Marcus Aurelio - Decision (Split)
Ryo Chonan. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Fresh off of a disappointing effort in the UFC, Ryo Chonan made a successful return to his former home, picking up a unanimous decision over fellow veteran Jutaro Nakao in the main event of DEEP’s “43rd Impact” show on Sunday morning at at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
In the first of two championship fights on the card, grappling specialist Masakazu Imanari retained his DEEP bantamweight title, using a variety of submission attempts to thwart challenger Tomohiko Hori and earn a unanimous decision win.
Seth Petruzelli. Photo by Tom Casino, EliteXC/CBS.
In his first fight since easily dispatching of Kimbo Slice prior to EliteXC’s demise nearly a year ago, Seth Petruzelli earned a first-round knockout of local product and IFL veteran Chris Baten in the featured attraction of Saturday night’s Art of Fighting IV at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa Bay.
Petruzelli and Baten were content to stand and trade during the first couple minutes of the fight. Petruzelli was briefly able to take Baten down and achieved side control at one point, but Baten was eventually able to scramble to his feet.
Jimi Manuwa. Photo courtesy of Ultimate Challenge UK.
Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Jimi Manuwa successfully defended his 205 lb title with a second-round KO of Ultimate Warrior Challenge veteran Luke Blythe at Ultimate Challenge UK’s “Payback” event last night at the Troxy in London, England.
Former Cage Rage standout Brad Pickett also held on to his UCUK featherweight belt, submitting one-time UFC lightweight David Lee with a guillotine choke in the first round. The win extends Pickett’s current streak to seven.
Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carano battling for the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound title. Photo property of Esther Lin.
In the biggest bout in female mixed martial arts history, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos stopped Gina Carano via TKO to become the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound champion.
From the opening bell, the fight had a feverish pace as Cyborg immediately came forward and put the pressure on Carano with a flurry of hard strikes against the cage. As Cyborg attempted an early takedown, fans saw Carano sweep Cyborg and gain the mount. Before Carano could put up any offense, Cyborg went for a quick heel hook but Carano calmly escaped.
Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
B.J. Penn def. Kenny Florian – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Anderson Silva def. Forrest Griffin – KO (Punch)
Aaron Riley def. Shane Nelson – Decision (Unanimous)
Johny Hendricks def. Amir Sadollah – TKO (Punches)
Ricardo Almeida def. Kendall Grove – Decision (Unanimous)
Kurt Pellegrino def. Josh Neer – Decision (Unanimous)
John Howard def. Tamdan McCrory – Decision (Split)
Alessio Sakara def. Thales Leites – Decision (Split)
Matt Riddle def. an Cramer – Decision (Unanimous)
George Sotiropoulos def. George Roop – Submission (Kimura)
Jesse Lennox def. Danillo Villefort – TKO
We will be going live with results of Sengoku 9, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The card will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between Satoru Kitaoka and Mizuto Hirota. Also on the card is the featherweight tournament semifinals featuring Michihiro Omigawa vs. Marlon Sandro and Hatsu Hioki vs. Takeshi Numajiri.
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