Saturday's special ShoXC event on Showtime from the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, Calif., was one of many events put on recently by EliteXC. And just like all the others, this one did not disappoint.
Here are results from the action in case you missed the show:
Jared Hamman vs. Paoi Suganuma:
Suganuma landed a huge overhand right early that stunned Hamman. He followed that up immediately with a gorgeous flying knee. Hamman went down, and the ref jumped in and stopped the fight right away.
The knee looked devastating in real time, but after watching the replays Hamman did not appear to be knocked out at all. He got right up afterwards, but the ref had already stopped it.
It was a questionable stoppage for sure. It's a shame the last two ShoXC events have ended in controversy. We're possibly looking at a rematch between these two sometime in the near future.
Here's Suganuma when asked about a rematch:
"Nobody likes to win by controversial decision, and everyone loves a rematch. So I'm down."
"I was completely fine. I'm not hurt. I'm fine. I'm good. I'm just going to go back to training. What am I supposed to do? I lost and that's just the way it is. Can't make excuses. Yeah I want a rematch if he wants to give me one"
I'd certainly tune-in to see. In other action:
Fabricio Camoes vs. Joe Camacho:
Camoes took an early takedown and worked the top position for a minute or so, then turned up the aggression.
He was relentless with punches and elbows. He bombarded Camacho until the ref stopped the fight at exactly half way through the first round. Very impressive win for Camoes.
That's five wins in a row now for him and that also snaps Joe Camacho's six- fight win streak.
Shayna Baszler vs. Keiko Tamei:
Baszler won with a neck crank in the first round -- she dominated the enitre fight. That would win submission of the night on any card.
Neck cranks are awesome.
Givanildo "The Arm Collector" Santana vs. Matt "Luke Duke" Lucas:
The fight was going pretty slow for most of the first round until Lucas dropped Santana with a big left hand around the one minute mark. He went in for the kill, but forgot he was fighting "The Arm Collector."
He left a small window for Santana, and thats all the armbar specialist needed. Lucas tapped with 12 seconds left in the first round.
Santana is now 11-0 with 10 wins by armbar. That's pretty crazy.
Doug Evans vs. Bao Quach:
Quach -- a last minute replacement for Wilson Reis -- won this fight 55 seconds into the first round with technical knockout.
He showed some quality takedown defense and eventually lured Evans into a big right hand.
Quach is going to be a big player in the EliteXC 145-pound division. He's got big time power and a lot of talent.
That's seven wins in a row now for the Hawaiian.
Here are the results from the undercard action:
- Melanie LaCroix defeats Melissa Vasquez by technical knockout at 2:58 of round one
- Brent Cooper defeats Jaime Iracheta by technical knockout at 1:30 of round one
- Roberto Vargas defeats Telly Sanders with a shoulder lock at 1:53 of round three
- Luke Riddering defeats Yasser Pezzat by technical knockout at 2:53 of round one
- Lucas Gamaza defeated Devin Howard via unanimous decision
- Tony "Kryptonite'' Lopez defeated Terrell Dees via knockout in round two
It was an explosive night of fights for sure. The main event was definitely controversial, but all five main card fights ending in the first round made for some exciting action.
Next up for EliteXC is the CBS network debut on May 31 featuring Kimbo Slice. That will be followed up two weeks later with a Showtime event featuring two title fights -- KJ Noons vs. Yves Edwards and Jake Shields vs. Drew Fickett.
The future is bright.