The seventh edition of Pro Elite's SHO XC Challenger Series is set go off LIVE from the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, Calif., tonight (August 15, 2008) at 11 p.m. ET on Showtime.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest SHO XC Challenger Series 7 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action!)
SHO XC CHALLENGER SERIES 7 QUICK RESULTS:
Jared Hammen defeats Poai Suganuma by technical knockout (strikes) at 2:34 of round one
Cyrille "Snake" Diabate defeats Jaime Fletcher by unanimous decision
Fabricio "Morango" Camoes defeats Sammy Morgan by submission (rear naked choke) at 0:47 of round one
Rosi Sexton defeats Debi Purcell by split decision
Ray Lizama defeats Keith Berry by technical knockout (strikes to the body) at 2:15 of round two
David "Tarzan" Douglas defeats William Jacobson by technical knockout (corner stoppage) at the end of round one
Lucas Gamaza defeats Kenny "The Poet" Johnson by split decision
Jesse Brock defeats Josh Rave by unanimous decision
Roberto Vargas defeats Ralph Lopez by split decision
Katrina Alendale defeats Melanie LaCroix by unanimous decision
SHO XC CHALLENGER SERIES 7 BLOW-BY-BLOW LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
Poai Suganuma vs. Jared Hamman (205-pound limit)
This was an exciting fight, much better than the first time. Both guys came to bang. It was Suganuma who was the early aggressor. He looked to have Hamman in trouble on a couple separate occasions, but Hammen was always able to weather the storm. Hammen stayed composed and kept trying to get his shots in on the exchanges too. Suganuma was clearly throwing the more powerful shots, but Hamman was more technical and landed a big left hand that led to some fight ending ground and pound. It's now one and one, and it seems obvious we haven't seen the last of these two in the cage.
Final result: Jared Hammen defeats Poai Suganuma by technical knockout (strikes) at 2:34 of round one
Cyrille "Snake" Diabate vs. Jamie Fletcher (205-pound limit)
Fletcher's plan early on was clearly to try and use leg kicks to take away Diabate's advantage he has in the striking game with those long lanky limbs. It was working for a while until Diabate started to get comfortable and started landing strikes of his own. He landed numerous kicks, knees and punches that probably won him the round, even though Fletcher scored a late takedown. Fletcher fell victim to a low blow early in the second that caused a momentary pause in the action. When the fight started back up Diabate immediately started using his reach to win some stand up exchanges. Fletcher was clearly outclassed in that department and decided he needed to take the fight back to the mat. Once he got it there he gave up a dominate position to Diabate after attempting a guillotine. Diabate opened up a huge cut on Fletcher's head with some nasty ground and pound. There was blood everywhere as the second round ended. Diabate had a lot of confidence when the third round started, but he almost blew the win when Fletcher caught him in a deep guillotine late in the third. Somehow he escaped and pounded on Fletcher for the last minute or so to secure the unanimous decision win.
Final result: Cyrille "Snake" Diabate defeats Jamie Fletcher via unanimous decision
Sammy Morgan vs. Fabricio "Morango" Camoes (160-pound limit)
Morgan came out with some hard leg kicks, but Camoes was able to capitalize by grabbing one of those legs and turning it into a nice takedown where he found himself in the full mount position in a matter of seconds. Morgan gave up his back and Camoes slapped in the rear naked choke for the win.
Final result: Fabricio "Morango" Camoes defeats Sammy Morgan by submission (rear naked choke) at 0:47 of round one
Debi "Whiplash" Purcell vs. Rosi Sexton (140-pound limit)
There was a lot of clinching early on. Sexton spent most of the first round trying to take Purcell down to no avail, but the back and forth clinch war clearly took it's toll on both fighters. The second round had a lot more stand up and a lot less of the clinching. It was Sexton who appeared to be a little bit more aggressive and possibly a little fresher. Purcell hung in there though and scored a takedown late in the round to make it that much tougher on the judges. The third round was very close as well. At one point Sexton attempted a cartwheel pass with Purcell on the ground. That was probably the highlight of the fight, and it didn't even work. Both fighters seemed tired and lethargic throughout the fight and it didn't live up to the standards Cyborg Santos and Gina Carano have set recently. In the end the judges gave a razor close split decision win to Sexton.
Final result: Rosi Sexton defeats Debi Purcell via split decision
Keith "KO" Berry vs. Ray Lizama (190-pound limit)
The first round was action packed. About a minute into the fight Berry almost got dropped by a left hand from Lizama. He was able to recover and the fight stayed pretty even until it was Berry who dropped Lizama with a right hand of his own. Berry slapped on a deep rear naked choke right away, but for some reason Berry let go of the choke and Lizama was able to escape the round. The second round was more back and forth stand up before Lizama started to overwhelm the 20 year old Berry. For a second it looked like Berry might be able to mount a comeback, but Lizama put an end to that with some nasty strikes to the body. In fact, it was a shot to the body that ended up finally sending Keith Berry to the mat and giving Ray Lizama the technical knockout win.
Final result: Ray Lizama defeats Keith Berry by technical knockout (strikes to the body) at 2:15 of round two