Petruzelli Wins in Return at Art of Fighting


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.

The two continued to trade until Petruzelli cracked Baten with a stiff right hand. Baten crashed to the canvas and Petruzelli followed up with a flurry of punches until referee Larry Landless stepped in.

The co-main event saw UFC veteran and skilled grappler Marcio Cruz stop longtime veteran Tom Sauer via strikes in the second round. The win awarded Cruz the vacant World Fighting Organization light heavyweight title. Former IFL welterweight title challenger Delson Heleno was victorious on the card as well, submitting Tyler Stinston with a triangle choke late in the first round.

Complete results from the event:

Seth Petruzelli def. Chris Baten - TKO (Strikes), R1
Marcio Cruz def. Tom Sauer - TKO (Strikes), R2
Delson Heleno def. Tyler Stinson - Submission (Triangle Choke), R1
David Yost def. Chris Herring - TKO, R1
Mark Serkez def. Corey Krebs - KO (Punches), R1
Joe Wissman def. Nyantu Bolo - Submission (Triangle Choke), R1
Gino Tutera def. Ron Ritter - TKO, R1
Keith McCabe def. Kevin Abrante - TKO, R1
Carlos Gonzales def. B.J. Gress - TKO, R1

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