UGB Foreign Invasion 1 cleaned out with finishes
As promised, the first event under the WSOF-GC–UGB partnership dubbed “UGB 13: Foreign Invasion” had no shortage of thrills as all fights did not go the distance. Unfortunately, local bets who gunned for the inaugural UGB belts were outclassed by their more technically sound counterparts.
Catalan Fighting System’s Michael Mondragon and Rodian Menchaves bowed to Pakistanis Uloomi Karim and Ahmed Mujtaba, who dedicated their wins to the victims of the Bacha Khan University terror attack. The teammates from Fight Fortress Islamabad come from what the MMA world now refers to as the new breed of MMA fighters – athletically gifted individuals who ventured into the sport as true mixed martial artists.
For American Brad Robinson, composure was the key. The veteran from Fight G MMA Academy displayed tremendous heart by fighting through a deep choke in the second round. Motivated, he made sure the round that followed was the last.
Fight 1: Franz Galvez def Junboy Kim-ay (TKO, Rd 2)
Round two was a war from the get-go for these two exciting fighters. Eventually, Team Lucero’s Junboy Kim-ay found himself a recipient of a brutal ground-and-pound that ended the fight.
Fight 2: Anton Larsson def RJ Redula (head kick KO, Rd 1)
Elorde Tandang Sora’s RJ Redula had a tough task in front of him in the person of Legacy MMA’s Anton Larsson. True enough, he succumbed to a devastating head kick in just 26 seconds of the first round.
Fight 3: Jenelyn Olsim def Dolores Meek (armlock, Rd 1)
Dolores Meek of Catalan Fighting System did a good job controlling Jenelyn Olsim’s posture from half guard. But the Team Torogi fighter managed to slip in a few punches to the body to soften Meek up and secure what appeared to be a kimura after transitioning from an arm bar.
Meanwhile, in Las Vegas…
I’m an “I just came here to read the comments” kind of guy. And last Saturday’s WSOF 22 was the kind of event that gets the keyboard warriors all worked up.
For its main event, UFC veterans Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares and Jake Shields competed for the World Series of Fighting’s welterweight title, Palhares’ second defense after winning the belt from Steve Carl March of last year. Shields dominated the first two rounds. He looked to be doing the same in the third when Palhares swept him out of nowhere, caught him in a kimura, cranked it – prompting Shields to tap 9 times – and cranked some more.
On Rousimar Palhares
It was a masterful display of technique muddled with a horrendous showing of sportsmanship.
The Brazilian, whose surname American MMA fans wittingly misspell as “Paul Harris”, is notorious for holding onto submissions after a stoppage. He was first suspended for not letting go of a heel hook submission against Tomasz Drwal in UFC 111. His second offense, yet another protracted heel hook on Mike Pierce, led to the termination of his contract with the UFC.
Following his release, WSOF VP Ali Abdel-Aziz took the gamble and signed the dangerous Brazilian under their budding promotion. “You have to understand, I’m the guy who f–king stood up for him,” a pissed Abdel-Aziz reminded media during the fallout of what was overall a great night of fights. “I’m the guy who said, ‘You know what, I’m going to sign him,'” continued Abdel-Aziz. “We had an amazing event, and he didn’t have to hold (the submission late). He didn’t have to hold at all because he won, he tapped him. Let him go. Let the guy go.”
Thing is, not letting the kimura go was only one of the two (sets of) infractions Palhares committed that night. A new wrinkle to Toquinho’s dirty game came during the second round when he repeatedly gouged Jake’s eyes while Shields was on top.