Lyman Good and Omar De La Cruz square off in anticipation of their upcoming welterweight title fight. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.
Chicago, Ill. – In front of a deafening standing room only crowd in the windy city, the Bellator Welterweight semi-finals rocked the historic Aragon Entertainment Center in Chicago. The intense action sent East Harlem phenom Lyman Good into a compelling world title fight against Dominican sensation Omar De La Cruz in a battle of dominating young welterweights where one will take home the world title and $100,000.
In the opening tournament action, powerhouse Lyman Good came out swinging in this tightly contested match with Jorge “The Naked Man” Ortiz. After exchanging blows and stalemating on the ground, Good delivered a series of dominating strikes leading to a deep cut that caused the ringside doctor to stop the fight via a technical knockout (TKO).
Headlining the event was an intensely aggressive performance by Dominican sensation Omar De La Cruz who dominated former UFC Champion Dave Menne. Menne entered the fight forcefully attacking De La Cruz and taking him to the ground, but Del La Cruz refused to play the ground game and returned Menne to his feet. De La Cruz then came at Menne with fury, landing multiple strikes to the retreating legend with the referee calling the action as a TKO victory for De La Cruz.
Kevin Knabjian weighs-in for a WEC event in June 2007. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
WEC veteran Kevin Knabjian picked up a big win over former cast member of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter Josh Rafferty the Xtreme Fighting Organization’s “Rising Star” event this past weekend in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Both were originally scheduled to compete in separate fights but the inability of XFO officials to find a suitable opponent in time for Knabijan left no other option but to pair the two veterans together in the night’s main event.
Rafferty, who is usually known for his lack of a ground game, quickly took Knabjian down and secured his back to start the fight. After locking in a rear naked choke and holding it on for nearly half a minute, Knabjian was able to sneak his way out of the hold.
From there Knabjian secured top position and then unleashed a vicious ground and pound assault that forced the referee to step in and stop the fight, ending Rafferty’s three-fight winning streak.
Pat Curran, the cousin of top-ranked featherweight Jeff Curran, was victorious in his professional mixed martial arts debut at the show, using superior wrestling to eventually submit Tony Hervey with a choke from behind in the first round.
Complete event results are below courtesy of MMA Weekly:
Kevin Knabjian def. Josh Rafferty - TKO (Strikes)
Pat Curran def. Tony Hervey - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Brian Heden def. Herc Hayes - Unanimous Decision
Mike Stumpf def. Dennis Reed - Submission (Armbar)
Joe Vedepo def. Rob Smith - TKO (Strikes)
Nick Janowitz def. Simon Marini - Unanimous Decision
Dom O’Grady def. Sal Woods - TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage)
Jame Haourt def. Joe Schlotterer - Split Decision
Nat McIntyre def. Darius Turcinskas - TKO (Strikes)
Jacob Volkman def. Brent Meherhoof - Unanimous Decision
Craig Kaufman def. Jason Bowling - Submission (Triangle)
Waylon Lowe def. Andrew Hoogeboom - TKO (Strikes)
Nik Lentz def. Scott Bickerstaff - TKO (Strikes)
UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson discusses the upcoming seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, of which he will serve as one of the coaches along with future opponent Forrest Griffin with RawVegas.
Twelve Fights at UFC Fight Night 13?
It just might be a possibility according to Pro Karate Weekly:
We are pleased to announce that NAAFS veteran Jeff “The Grinder” Cox will be returning to the Octagon on April 2nd as part of a special UFC Fight Night on Spike TV. Cox will be facing TUF Season 5 runner-up Manny Gamburyan.
Rafferty, Knabjian Return Saturday at XFO 22
Former “Ultimate Fighter” season one cast member Josh Rafferty and WEC veteran Kevin Knabjian will both return to action this Saturday at Xtreme Fight Organization’s “Rising Star” event at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Rafferty will attempt to build on a successful two-fight run in 2007 when he takes on fellow welterweight Jay Little. Knabjian will be facing off against an opponent yet to be named.
Making his professional mixed martial arts debut at the show will be Pat Curran, the cousin of top-ranked featherweight Jeff Curran. The younger Curran has won all of his three career amateur bouts.
Robert Drysdale Joins Xtreme Couture
From Xtreme Couture’s official blog:
2007 Abu-Dhabi Absolute Champion Robert Drysdale is the newest member of Xtreme Couture. Robert just moved to Las Vegas, where he is living full time. He is excited to be the newest addition to our Pro Team where he will train in preparation for his MMA debut. Robert will be instructing the Pro Team in jiu jitsu and will teach the jiu jitsu classes at the gym. He is also going to coach our amateur submission grappling and jiu jitsu teams.
Pancrase Announces Card for March 26th Event
Pancrase has officially announced the complete card for it’s next event on March 26th, which will take place at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Miki Shida vs. Marlon Sandro
Izuru Takeuchi vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara
Alavutdin Gadzhiev vs. Hikaru Sato
Takafumi Ito vs. Hacran Dias
Kenji Arai vs. Shinsuke Shoji
Michihisa Asano vs. Yukito
Ichiro Kanai vs. Takenori Sato
Asaki Honda vs. Tomoyoshi Iwamiya
More on Rich Bergeron/Xyience Case
Rich Bergeron has been kind enough to send us a 90-page PDF document outlining his counterclaim against Xyience, which will be heard in Las Vegas court later today.