Powerhouse World Promotions: "War on the Mainland" is all set to air tonight (Aug. 14) live on pay-per-view from the Bren Events Center in Irvine, California.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of the PPV televised event, beginning with the main card telecast at 10 p.m. ET.
The event costs $30 and will feature three PWP championship fights.
Two-time UFC champion Tim Sylvia will trade leather with Paul Buentello for the heavyweight belt. Jason Lambert and Tony Lopez will square off for the light heavyweight gold. And Thales Leites will take on Matt Horwich for the middleweight title.
Former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver will also be in action, taking on Bellator veteran Diego Garijo in a lightweight contest.
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QUICK RESULTS FOR "WAR ON THE MAINLAND:"
Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia defeats Paul "The Headhunter" Buentello via knockout (punch) at 4:57 of round two
Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez defeats Jason "The Punisher" Lambert via knockout (knee) at 1:49 of round two
Matt "The Fighting Hippie" Horwich defeats Thales Leites via submission (rear naked choke) at 0:44 of round four
Diego "El Nino" Garijo defeats Jens "Little Evil" Pulver via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:08 of round one
Terry Martin defeats Jorge "The Naked Man" Ortiz via split decision (29-28, 30-28, 28-29)
Gustavo "Ximu" Machado defeats Rick Reeves via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
Erin Beach defeats Joao Silva via unanimous decision (30-25, 29-28, 29-28)
Cleber Luciano defeats Todd Willingham via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:18 of round two
A.J. Matthews defeats Sean Choice via submission (strikes) at 3:54 of round two
"WAR ON THE MAINLAND" PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
265 lbs.: Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia vs. Paul "The Headhunter" Buentello
Round one: Sylvia circling to his left. He opens up with some jabs. Leg kick from Sylvia. His gut is looking extra sloppy tonight. Buentello with a nice combination of punches. Buentello doing a nice job dancing around and landing the jab. Into the clinch now for Sylvia. Body punches from Sylvia. Both fighters with some decent dirty boxing. Nice right hand from Timmy. Big John wants a separation. Sylvia takes the center and stalks Buentello. Right hand from Sylvia. Straight kick from Sylvia as he pins Buentello into the corner. Hard knee to the body from Sylvia as he initiates another clinch. Body punches from Sylvia. Buentello with a shoulder punch. Another separation from Big John. Big exchange in the center and Buentello got off nicely there, but Sylvia goes right back into the clinch and again pins Buentello into a corner. Buentello is bleeding from his nose now. Another separation from Big John. Sylvia closes the distance again with punches and a knee, and again he goes right back to the clinch and moves Buentello into a corner. Nice uppercut from Sylvia. Buentello fires back with a flurry and Sylvia was stunned there for a moment. The bell sounds shortly after that. 10-9 Sylvia.
Round two: Jabs from Sylvia. Leg kick from Buentello as he's circling around. Leg kick from a stalking Sylvia. Body kick from Sylvia. Jabs from Sylvia. Buentello with a leg kick. Nice counter right hand from Sylvia. Syvlia leans in with some straight punches. He eats a right hand before initiating another clinch in the corner. Buentello is getting overpowered in the clinch so far in this fight. Dirty boxing from both fighters. Sylvia going to work on the body. Knees from Sylvia. More punches and knees to the body and Big John calls for another separation. Buentello with a nice flurry of punches right away. Sylvia continues to walk him down and he gets another clinch in a corner, and he goes right back to work on Buentello's body with punches and knees. Buentello eats a hard elbow to the chin. More knees from Sylvia with Buentello pinned in the corner. Another separation from Big John. Jabs from both fighters. Hard leg kick from Timmy. Sylvia walking him down with straight punches and leg kicks. Sylvia is smothering him in the corner with straight punches and kicks here. Short uppercut from Sylvia lands on the button and Buentello buckles. That's it. Big John steps in and this fight is over. Nice execution from Sylvia in this fight.
Final Result: Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia defeats Paul "The Headhunter" Buentello via knockout (punch) at 4:57 of round two
205 lbs.: Jason "The Punisher" Lambert vs. Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez
Round one: Lopez takes the center and flashes his jab. Lambert with a leg kick. Lopez fires a few of his own and then misses with a high kick. Lopez using his reach to land some punches now. Leg kick again from Lambert. Lopez stalking him. Push kick from Lopez. Nice flurry of punches from Lambert. Lopez kicks and gets his leg caught. Into the clinch now with Lambert looking for the takedown. They separate and Lopez retakes his position in the center of the ring. Nice low kick from both fighters. Lambert initiates another clinch and he's looking for the takedown again. Nice body punches from Lambert. Knees now from Lambert as Lopez is pinned in the corner. Finally Lmabert gets the takedown and he's in Lopez's half guard. Nice reversal from Lopez and he takes the top position. Lambert gives up his back and now he scrambles back to his feet. Right back into the clinch with Lopez pinned in the corner. More knees from Lambert. Knees from Lopez now. More knees from Lambert. He's looking for a trip, but Lopez is standing tough. Nice reversal for Lopez and he puts Lambert in the corner. Lambert takes it back and goes back to work with the knees. Dirty boxing from Lopez is scoring a little bit here. They separate and Lopez gets one more kick in before the bell. Lambert 10-9. He controlled Lopez most of the round.
Round two: Kicks from both fighters. Lopez misses on a high kick. Lambert charging forward for a takedown. Lopez defending well with his back in a corner against the ropes. Knees from Lambert. Lopez trying to work in some body shots, but Lambert continues the assault with his knees. Lambert doing a nice job of controlling Lopez in the corner here. Lambert stumbles to the floor for a moment. Lopez uncorks a knee right to his face as he stands up. Lambert crumbles! Lopez unloads a couple of punches before the referee rushes in to stop the fight. Fantastic finish out of nowhere for Lopez!
Final result: Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez defeats Jason "The Punisher" Lambert via knockout (knee) at 1:49 of round two
185 lbs.: Thales Leites vs. Matt "The Fighting Hippie" Horwich
Round one: First title fight of the night here. Thales opens up with a kick and a big right hand. Horwich stumbles and Leites jumps on him. Horwich back to his feet and pushes Leites into the ropes. Leites with a single leg takedown attempt now. He can't get it and they separate. Big punches from Leites here. Horwich tries a body kick and Thales clinches. Leites looking for the takedown as Horwich lands some body shots. Horwich gets tossed to his back and Leites is standing over him and landing punches. Into Horwich's guard now. To half guard. Ground strikes from Leites as he's smothering Horwich here. Horwich trying to get back to his feet, but Leites is all over him. Into side control and he's landing punches. Now he stands and Horwich uses the pause to get back up too. Leites with a big punch and Horwich drops. He pops right back up and back into the clinch. Thales pulls guard and he has Horwich's arm ties up. There's a scramble and now Horwich has Leites' back. They're tied up in the ropes as Leites tries to turn out of this. He gets there and is in Horwich's half guard now landing punches. Nicely done by Thales. Horwich powers back to his feet again and lands a kick on the separation. Nice punch from Leites as Horwich shoots in and gets a takedown. Leites goes to work off his back, but the bell sounds. 10-9 Leites.
Round two: Horwich runs out and eats some punches and kicks from Leites. Into the clinch and Leites is pushed into the corner. Now he reverses and pulls guard. Horwich with some ground strikes. Leites works back to his feet. Back into the clinch and Leites is looking for the takedown. Horwich gives up his back and Leites pulls him to the mat. To half guard for Leites. He's looking to pass again and he gets there. Right to full mount now for Thales. Horwich works to get half guard back and he gets it. Thales stands and eats an upkick. Now he tees off with kicks to Horwich's legs. Horwich looking for a heel hook now and Leites pulls guard. Punches and elbows from Horwich. Nice sweep from Leites and he regains the top position in half guard. Horwich works back to his feet again and they're right back into the clinch. Knees from Thales as both fighters jockey for position. Knee from Horwich. Leites tries to repay him, but slips on the mat. Horwich jumps on him and into his guard. Leites very busy from the bottom looking for submissions. Elbows from the bottom for Leites. The bell sounds. Horwich probably did enough to win that one.
Round three: Leg kick right away from Thales. Another as he circles away. Body kicks from Horwich now and into the clinch. Thales with overhand punches from there until Horwich ties him up. Knees from both fighters as Horwich is pinned into a corner. Leites doing a nice job controlling him here and now he scores a takedown. Into Horwich's half guard and he's landing punches. Side control for Thales. Horwich gives up his back now and Leites has both hooks. Now he gives up full mount and Leites is looking for a side choke. He has it and he pass to side control. Horwich is in deep trouble here with the BJJ black belt. Thales is doing all he can to maximize the pressure on the choke. He takes mount back and lets go of the choke. Nice job by Horwich to hold on. Now Horwich has an umaplata and Leites is trying to escape. He's out and is back into Horwich's half guard against the ropes. Punches from both fighters. The round comes to an end right there. Clear 10-9 for Leites.
Round four: Horwich takes the center and lands a jab. Leg kicks from Leites. Punches and kicks from Leites. Horwich ties him up and has his back. He slams him into the mat and still has the Brazilian's back. He has his hooks in and he's looking for the rear naked choke. He looks to be under Leites's chin here. Leites taps! Wow, huge submission win for Matt Horwich over a very skilled BJJ black belt. Great finish, and he is the new PWP middleweight champion.
Final result: Matt "The Fighting Hippie" Horwich defeats Thales Leites via submission (rear naked choke) at 0:44 of round four
155 lbs.: Jens "Little Evil" Pulver vs. Diego "El Nino" Garijo
Round one: They're going at it right away right in the center of the ring. Garijo is backing Pulver down with punches, but Jens is firing right back. Big exchanges. Body kick from Garijo. Garijo connects with a big one-two combo that floors Jens! He pounces and Jens grabs a leg and is hanging on for dear life. Guillotine attempt now from Garijo as he pulls guard and closes it up. Jens is in deep deep trouble here, and that's it. He taps. Wow! Great action and very impressive win for Diego Garijo.
Final result: Diego "El Nino" Garijo defeats Jens "Little Evil" Pulver via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:08 of round one
185 lbs.: Gustavo Machado vs. Rick Reeves
Round one: Gloves touch and we're underway with the first fight of the night. Jabs from Reeves. Body kick from Muchado. Reeves fires back with a leg kick. Combination from Muchado. Reeves walks him down and pushes him into the corner with a straight kick. Machado circles out and eats a right hand. Leg kick from Machado. Body kick just misses from Reeves. Reeves leans in with a left hand. Machado answers with a leg kick. Another. Right hand lands for Reeves and he flurries with a combination of punches. Machado circles away. Hard leg kick lands for Reeves. Machado right back with one of his own. Reeves misses on a wild right hand. He stumbles right into Machado, but he avoids any damage or a takedown. Big counter right hand lands for Machado. Reeves again misses with a big right and this time Machado makes him pay with a brutal liver shot. Reeves backpedals and he is clearly hurt from that. His mouthpiece falls out and he gets a pause in the action to put it back in. Leg kicks from Machado. Reeves gets a high kick blocked. Machado leans in with punches, but can't land. Hard leg kick from Reeves. Another right to Machado's thigh. Right hand lands for Machado. Now he misses with a spinning kick. Push kick, punch combination from Reeves as Machado bounces off the ropes. Body kick from Reeves. Nice right hand, body kick combo from Machado. Leg kicks from both fighters. Reeves misses with a combination of punches. Hard punches from Machado, but Reeves defends nicely. Now it's Reeves charging forward and into a clinch. Hard elbow on the separation from Machado and the round ends there. Lots of action. I'll give it to Machado.
Round two: Push kick from Reeves. Machado misses with a leg kick. Big exchange now and Machado looks to get the best of it. Reeves hangs tough though. More leg kicks from Machado. Reeves gets tied up in the ropes momentarily. More leg kicks from Machado. Nice jab, body kick combo from Reeves. Machado eats a big counter left hand from Reeves. Push kick from Reeves. Reeves with some nice two punch combinations here. Machado takes the center again and lands some combos of his own. Big left hand from Reeves. Machado backs him into the corner now and unloads before Reeves circles out. Hard kick to the thigh lands for Reeves. Machado again pins him against the ropes and unloads a flurry of punches. High kick blocked now by Reeves. Machado again trying to corner his opponent and land punches. Big exchange and Reeves ends it with another hard kick to the thigh. Nice left hand from Reeves now. Machado misses on a spinning backfist. Now a spinning back kick hits nothing for the Brazilian. Into the clinch now and Reeves pins Machado in the corner and starts in with some knees. The round ends there. Another very tough round to score. I'll give that one to Reeves.
Round three: Hard leg kick from Reeves as he circles to avoid a combination of punches from Machado. Machado continues to stalk him though. Hard counter right hand lands for Machado and now Reeves initiates a clinch. Machado with his back to the ropes here. Knees from Reeves. Machado reverses and lands an elbow on the separation. Leg kick from Machado and now Reeves shoots for a double. He gets it. They're scrambling and Machado is looking for a leg lock. They separate and get back to their feet. Reeves walking Machado down now and he lands a left hook. Hard inside leg kick lands for Machado. Into the clinch again after Reeves misses with a right hand. Machado has him pinned against the ropes now and he's looking for a trip takedown. Reeves defends it well and stays upright. Knees from Machado. Reeves reverses the position and he's looking for a single leg takedown. He lets it go, but now he gets a slamming takedown. Machado scrambles back to his feet, but they're right back into the clinch. Knees from Machado as Reeves has his back to the ropes again. Thirty seconds remaining. Machado with some tired punches. Reeves has a head lock. Foot stomps from Machado. Big exchange and the round ends there. Close round, close fight. Reeves had the takedowns, but couldn't hold him there. This is anybody's fight.
Final result: Gustavo "Ximu" Machado defeats Rick Reeves via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
170 lbs.: Jorge "The Naked Man" Ortiz vs. Terry Martin
Round one: Leg kick from Ortiz. Another. Martin walks him down and unloads with a right hand. Ortiz falls to his back and Martin follows into his guard. Nice ground and pound from Martin here as Ortiz is trying to use the ropes for defense. Martin turns him towards the center now and continues the ground and pound. Elbows from the bottom for Oritz. Martin passes to side control. To north-south now and Ortiz is trying to get back to his feet. The referee steps in and wants a stand up now. Martin lands a left hand. More jabs and a wild combination from Martin before they're back in the clinch. Ortiz does a nice job to reverse and pin Martin in the corner. Nice dirty boxing from Ortiz. Martin lands a big knee to the body. More knees from Martin. Ortiz with more solid punches from the clinch and now they separate. Leg kick from Ortiz. Nice counter left hand from Ortiz as Martin charges forward. Back into the clinch and Ortiz punches out. Martin returns fire and now unloads a huge left hand that just gets blocked. Double leg attempt from Martin here. He doesn't get it. Into the clinch. Excellent trip takedown from Martin and he's in Ortiz's half guard. The round ends with a few punches from Martin. Good round. 10-9 Martin.
Round two: Martin takes the center and unloads a combination of punches. Leg kick from Ortiz. Nice exchange of left hooks. Into the clinch. Martin again looks for the trip but gets nowhere. They separate and Ortiz lands a nice left hook before another clinch from Martin. Ortiz defending the takedown well and he's doing a solid job of striking in the clinch. They separate again and Ortiz tries a high kick that misses. Martin walks him into a corner and tries for a double leg takedown. He doesn't get it, but he holds onto one leg. He lets it go, but still has Ortiz pinned in the corner. Ortiz eats a knee and punches out of the clinch. Leg kick from Ortiz. Martin stalking him down and Ortiz lands a right hand. Martin just misses on a counter left hook. Now he lands one. Ortiz circles away from a right hand. Nice jabs from Martin. Ortiz lands a counter left. Martin didn't like that. He looked wobbly for a moment and he goes right into the clinch looking for the takedown. He gets it and Ortiz has full guard. Elbows from Martin. Ortiz staying busy with punches from the bottom, but Martin is doing a nice job controlling on the top. The round ends there. Another 10-9 for Martin.
Round three: Ortiz opens up with a leg kick. Another. Martin counters with a two punch combination. Another leg kick from Ortiz as he circles away from Martin. Another leg kick. Martin times it and connects on a hard right hand. Again Martin with a nicely timed counter right hand. Ortiz kicks and it's right to Martin's groin. He winces and the referee steps in and calls for a timeout for the inadvertent strike. He's recovered now and we're back underway. Leg kick from Ortiz and Martin connects with a counter left hand. Hard left hook from Martin. Into the clinch. Ortiz with some knees and body punches. Ortiz pushes out now and eats a left hook. Now he connects with one of his own. Overhand right from Martin sends Ortiz backpedaling. Straight kick from Ortiz. Another nice right hand from Martin. Ortiz with another leg kick. Martin whiffs on a big left hook. Ortiz with more leg kicks. Martin tries a high kick. Nice straight right hand from Ortiz. Jabs from Ortiz. High kick gets blocked by Martin. Nice counter left from Ortiz. Martin sneaks in a nice left hand after taking a hard leg kick. Right hand from Ortiz. More leg kicks from Ortiz. Both fighters exchange jabs. Martin goes to the body with a hard left hook. Ortiz lands one last leg kick before the bell sounds. That round was his but it's likely too little, too late. Martin is probably going to take the fight.
Final result: Terry Martin defeats Jorge "The Naked Man" Ortiz via split decision (29-28, 30-28, 28-29)