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LONDON - Before an excitable crowd of 8,000-plus at Wembley Arena, mixed martial arts pioneer Ken Shamrock of the USA was handed his first knockout loss by English powerhouse Robert “Buzz” Berry at Cage Rage 25.
Berry landed a series of strikes to the head of Shamrock and sent him down. The referee waved off the fight at 3:26 of the first round as the 240-pound Berry prepared to pounce on his fallen opponent.
In other televised fights, Cage Rage featherweight champion Masakazu Imanari of Japan applied a text book reverse heel hook to destroy the knee of formidable Brazilian adversary Jean Silva. Silva tapped out at 2:35 of round one, and appeared to be in tremendous pain.
In a battle of big men, heavyweights Rob Broughton of England won a majority decision over fellow countryman Neil Grove by scores of 29-28 twice and 28-29. The two men entered the cage at a combined 250-plus pounds and fought an entertaining scrape for three full rounds.
Local favorite Tommy “Kong” Watson thrilled his adoring fans with a knockout of American Pierre Guillet. With Watson on his back during first-round action, Guillet dove in to attack, but Watson struck first by landing a devastating upward heel strike to Guillet’s head. Watson quickly pounced on top of the fallen Guillet and finished him with fist strikes to the head.
Complete event results are after the jump:
John Phillips def. Jake Bostwick - TKO (Strikes)
John Hathaway def. Marvin Arnold Bleau - TKO (Strikes)
Giorgio Andrews def. Ryan Shamrock - TKO (Injury)
Aisling Daly def. Aysen Berik - TKO (Strikes)
Henrique Santana def. Michael Johnson - Unanimous Decision
Ivan Serati def. Roman Webber - TKO (Strikes)
Mustapha al Turk def. Gary Turner - Submission (Strikes)
Tom Watson def. Pierre Guillet - TKO (Strikes)
Rob Broughton def. Neil Grove - Majority Decision
Masakazu Imanari def. Jean Silva - Submission (Heel Hook)
Robert Berry def. Ken Shamrock - KO (Punches)