Controversy Clouds Suganuma Win at ShoXC


Jared Hamman stands in disbelief after being handed his first professional loss by Poai Suganuma. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

For the second consecutive time, the main event of a ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series show ended in controversial fashion after Poai Suganuma stunned Jared Hamman with an overhand right and then dropped him courtesy of a flying knee, causing referee Jon Schorle to quickly put a stop to the bout just fifteen seconds into it.

However a dazed Hamman quickly made it back to his feet, ready to continue, leading to a shower of boos from those in attendance at the Table Mountain Casino and Events Center in Friant, California. Both fighters voiced their desire to have a rematch during separate post-fight interviews, especially Hamman, who still doesn’t understand why the fight was stopped.

“I’m so mad right know,’’ Hamman said. “I don’t know what happened or why it was stopped. I wanted to keep fighting. I felt I could keep fighting. I don’t want to make excuses. I absolutely want a rematch.’’

A rematch may not come immediately but will likely take place in the near future according to EliteXC Live Events Vice President Jared Shaw.

“You can bet there will be a rematch in the near future,’’ Shaw said. “No one is more concerned for a fighter’s safety than we are, but this fight was just stopped too soon.’’

Despite being inactive for nearly two years, Fabricio Camoes showed no signs of ring rust in dispatching of King of the Cage lightweight champion Joe Camacho, stopping the longtime veteran with strikes in the first round of their bout.

Camoes took Camacho down to the canvas right from the start and was able to control his opponent from top position for the remainder of the bout, transitioning from full-guard to side control all while successfully working an effective ground-and-pound attack that ultimately forced the referee to stop the bout.

The loss was Camacho’s first since falling to Ross Ebanez in July 2006.

Last-minute replacement Bao Quach needed less than a minute to hand Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Doug Evans his first loss inside the confines of EliteXC, knocking Evans out with a right hand just 55 seconds into the proceedings.

After an early takedown attempt was spoiled by Quach, Evans resorted to staying on his feet. However his careless striking eventually ended in him getting caught with two swift right hands. Visibly out as he was falling to the canvas, Quach pounced on his opponent and landed two more rights before the referee jumped in to save Evans.

Standout female fighter Shayna Baszler remains undefeated in EliteXC after submitting international veteran Keiko Tamai.

Full results from the show:

Poai Suganuma def. Jared Hamman - KO (Flying Knee)
Fabricio Camoes def. Joe Camacho - TKO (Strikes)
Bao Quach def. Douglas Evans - TKO (Strikes)
Shayna Baszler def. Keiko Tamai - Submission (Neck Crank)
Giva Santana def. Matt Lucas - Submission (Armbar)
Melanie Lacroix def. Melissa Vasquez - TKO (Strikes)
Luke Riddering def. Yasser Pezzat - TKO (Strikes)
Brent Cooper def. Jaime Pezzat - TKO (Strikes)
Lucas Gamaza def. Devin Howard - Unanimous Decision
Tony Lopez def. Terrell Dees - TKO (Strikes
Robert Vargas def. Telly Sanders - Submission (Shoulder Lock)

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