Stav Economou Defeats Ricco Rodriguez at Inaugural Dubai FC Event


New MMA promotions seem to be popping up all over Asia at the moment and one of the latest, Dubai FC, put on an event for the first time ever last night. The main event featured a heavyweight contest between UFC veteran Ricco Rodriguez and a veteran of the UK scene in Stav Economou while the rest of the card contained mainly Middle Eastern fighters.

Long term Dubai resident Malok Omarov made a successful return to MMA after over a year away from the sport. The experienced Muay Thai fighter from Dagestan defeated Stuart Davies from England by TKO in the third round of their fight.

Earlier in the night Brazilian veteran Fabricio Nascimento defeated Iran's Mohammad Naemi by armbar early in the opening round of their fight while while another Iranian, Mohammed Jamshidi, fared only slightly better falling victim to a second round armbar against Michel Maia from Brazil.

One Middle Eastern fighter who did walk away with the win was Iraq's Rafat Shawe who submitted Indian Bhupesh Kamble, a veteran of Martial Combat and Legend FC, by guillotine choke in the second round of their fight.

In the main event Economou improved to 13-2-1 with a unanimous decision over Ricco Rodriguez who has now lost seven out of his last eight fights.

DFC-1 'The Beginning' Results:

Semi Professional Bouts:

Shafeeq Iqbal vs Evan O'Reilly:
Winner O'Reilly by Submission (Kimura) 2:04 Round 1

Gudrat Mamedov vs Amir Taghinejad:
Winner Mamedov by TKO 4:05 Round 2

Saber Ghorbani vs Franky Spencer:
Winner Saber by Unanimous Decision 3 rounds

Professional Bouts:

Fernando Cosenday vs Hadi Rivandi:
Winner Cosenday by Submission (armbar) 1:58 Round 1

Nilson Lopes vs Morteza Minbashi:
Winner Lopes by Submission (Armbar) 3:05 Round 1

Rafat Shawe vs Bhupesh Kamble:
Winner Shawe by Submission (guillotine choke) 3:47 Round 1

Matteo Piran vs Omid Balkham:
Winner Piran by TKO 0:30 Round 1

Fabricio Nascimento vs Mohammad Naemi:
Winner Nascimento by Submission (armbar) 0:52 Round 1

Michel Maia vs Mohammad Jamishidi:
Winner Maia by Submission (armbar) 3:55 Round 2

Malik Omarov vs Stuart Davies:
Winner Omarov by TKO 3:01 Round 3

Stav Economou vs Ricco Rodriguez:
Winner Economou by Unanimous Decision 3 rounds

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