Ken Shamrock. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Ken Shamrock and Tank Abbott both ended their respective losing streaks with wins at the Wargods and KSP co-promoted “Valentine’s Eve Massacre” show on Friday night in Fresno, California.
Shamrock floored replacement opponent Ross Clifton with a right hand just seconds into their bout before finishing him off with an armbar moments later in the first round. Abbott put his infamous knockout power on display, putting Mike Bourke down for the count with a right hand just 29 seconds into their featured attraction. The two MMA pioneers will now likely clash in a showdown later this year that could mark the final professional bout for both fighters.
Complete results from the event:
Ken Shamrock def. Ross Clifton - Submission (Armbar)
Tank Abbott def. Mike Bourke - KO (Punch)
Josh Haynes def. Rafael Real - Split Decision
Mike Moreno def. Gary Padilla - Unanimous Decision
Ron Kessler def. Darrin Freeman - Unanimous Decision
Zoila Frausto def. Karina Hallinan - Split Decision
Issac de Jesus def. Ashe Bowman - Unanimous Decision
Rick Reeves def. Nathan James - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.
EliteXC has announced the full card for the next upcoming edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place on August 15th at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California. The televised main card will air on Showtime starting at 11 PM ET.
The show’s main event features a rematch between rising light heavyweights Poai Suganuma and Jared Hamman. The first bout between the two in April ended in controversy after Suganuma knocked Hamman down with a flying knee. Referee Jon Schorle quickly waved off the bout but Hamman immediately got back to his feet and began protested, forcing then company figurehead Gary Shaw to guarantee a rematch between the two.
Additional featured fights on the card include Fabricio Camoes against “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Sam Morgan and the EliteXC debut of PRIDE veteran Cyrille Diabate as he takes on ShoXC veteran Jaime Fletcher.
It’s been a busy week for the California State Athletic Commission as they have suspended three fighters for positive tests of drugs of abuse.
Total Combat veterans Mike Moreno and Jermaine Wilson were both suspended by the commission on Wednesday after reportedly having marjiuana in their system, which was found as part of random post-fight drug testing.
Moreno, who was submitted by Gary Padilla at Total Combat’s most recent show on February 16th in San Diego, has been suspended until May and fined $500.
It’s a different story however for Wilson however as his most recent positive test is his second suspension for marijuana in California in the last three months. Because of that, Wilson will not be permitted to return to action until August.
The commission announced yesterday that former EliteXC light heavyweight Tony Rubalcava was being suspended following his TKO win over Kawika Morton at a Cage Combat Fighting Championships event on February 16th for allegedly tampering with the sample he gave the CSAC to test for drugs of abuse.
Whether or not he used lemonade instead is currently unknown.
In any event, Rubalcava will now sit on the sidelines until August because of his antics. He has also been fined $1000.