World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 22: "Palhares vs. Shields" airs live on NBC Sports TONIGHT (Sat., Aug. 1, 2015) at Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tonight's top fight has Welterweight champion making another title defense against a man with championships in both Strikeforce and Elite XC -- the one and only Jake Shields. The co-main event is a Bantamweight title defense for Marlon Moraes against the undefeated Sheymon Moraes.
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WSOF 22 QUICK RESULTS:
Rousimar Palhares (c) vs. Jake Shields: Palhares via sub (kimura) 2:02 R3.
Marlon Moraes (c) vs. Sheymon Moraes: Marlon Moraes via sub (RNC) 3:46 R3.
Clifford Starks vs. Mike Kyle: Starks UD 29-28 X2, 30-27.
Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Jorge Moreno: Nurmagomedov UD 30-26 X2, 30-27.
Jimmy Spicuzza vs. Islam Mamedov: Mamedov via TKO at 4:47 R1.
Jake Heun vs. Davin Clark: Heun via sub (head and arm choke) 2:46 R3.
Donavon Frelow vs. Carlos Garcia: Frelow via sub (guillotine) 2:49 R1.
Jimmy Jones vs. Marco Simmons: Simmons via sub (RNC) 2:23 R2.
Cory Hendricks vs. Julio Hinojosa: Hendricks via sub (guillotine) 1:08 R1.
Gil Guardado vs. Pete Martin: Guardado via sub (guillotine) 3:31 R1.
WSOF 22 PLAY-BY-PLAY UPDATES:
Rousimar Palhares (c) vs. Jake Shields
Shields enters first with a record of 31-7-1 and blue Hayabusa trunks on. Palhares arrives in white trunks with a record of 17-6 and three straight wins inside the Decagon, the reigning and defending Welterweight champion. Shields fights out of San Francisco and Palhares Rio De Janeiro. The referee in charge for our main event is Steve Mazzagatti.
Round 1: Palhares is backing Shields up early, lands a hard right hand, lets him on top hoping to roll for a kneebar and then then both men start rolling around on the ground. Shields single legs Palhares back to the ground when he scrambles. Palhares is having a hard time shaking Shields loose. He's sticky on top in guard and landing the occasional ground and pound. Palhares tries to simply muscle him off by pushing him in the mush and hoping to trap an arm but it does work. They stand up at 2:40 and Palhares looks frustrated. Shields takes him down at 2:55 and Mazzagatti warns Palhares not to grab the cage. Palhares hits some elbows to Shields head off his back, and one to the right ear. Shields lands a few of his own but Palhares is definitely doing damage. Shields moves to half guard then backs out of possible leg lock danger and stands up before the horn. Shields has a cut over his left eye.
Round 2: Palhares opens R2 with a hard leg kick. Shields shoots immediately in response, has side control for a second, then winds up in guard on top. Shields stands up, avoids the upkicks, and jumps back on at 1:22. Shields complains about finger pokes to the eyes and Mazzagatti gives Palhares a verbal warning. Palhares keeps the left leg trapped so Shields can't pass, so he resets to the full guard and tries again - this time he gets the full mount at 2:57. Shields complains again about fingers to the eyes. Mazzagatti stops the fight and tells Palhares if he does it one more time he's taking a point away. Palhares goes for a leg lock after the restart but can't get it. 45 seconds remain. Mazzagatti gives Palhares another warning at 4:45. Shields is cursing out Mazzagatti at the end of the round.
Round 3: Palhares gets a head kick, Shields goes for the takedown, Palhares scrambles to his feet quickly. Palhares keeps spinning out of the takedown attempts but Shields is not giving up. Body shots against the fence. Shields throws jabs, Palhares lands a knee, Palhares stuffs a takedown and is over the back throwing shots at his ribs. Shields gets back up at 1:39. His face is beet red. He scrambles away and then single legs Palhares at 1:56. Shields taps almost immediately as Palhares rolls through it for a kimura, Palhares doesn't let go after the tap even with Mazzagatti pounding on him, and everybody has to be held back once Palhares finally lets go and Shields throws a right hand. Insane finish. One wonders if Palhares will be disqualified for not letting go.
Final result: Rousimar Palhares retains the welterweight title via submission (kimura) at 2:02 of the third round.
Marlon Moraes (c) vs. Sheymon Moraes
Sheymon Moraes is in white trunks for tonight's co-main event. The champion Marlon Moraes is in the blue trunks. You can see Jacob 'Stitch' Duran giving him the final prep before he steps into the Decagon. Sheymon Moraes is 7-0 and fights out of Bangkok, Thailand. Marlon Moraes is 14-4-1 and fights out of Toms River, New Jersey. Our referee in charge is Mark Smith.
Round 1: Marlon opens the fight with leg kicks and lets Sheymon push toward him, then ducks a Sheymon strike and zings him with a left hook. Marlon pops off four straight jabs then goes back to a leg kick. Marlon hits a head kick and a left hook. Marlon is mixing in body shots with his hands. Another left hook for Marlon as we pass the halfway point of R1. Sheymon fights off a takedown attempt at 2:52 but Marlon stays heavy on him against the fence and goes for a leg trip. Sheymon fends that off too and they reset. Sheymon is warned about an errant strike by the ref. Marlon's timing on the left hook continues to be there seemingly at will. Marlon hits a takedown right at the horn in a 10-9 round for the champ.
Round 2: Marlon continues to sidestep and head hunt, but Sheymon tags him with a slapping body kick. Frankie Edgar looks on as Marlon continues to circle on the outside. Marlon rocks Sheymon at 1:59 and gives chase as he stumbles across the Decagon. Sheymon recovers. Mark Smith warns the fighters to watch the fingers. Sheymon eats a hook and hits air with a big overhand. Sheymon lands a solid right to the chin and Marlon doesn't flinch. Body kick by Marlon. Slapping leg kick by Marlon grazes the groin and the ref warns him to watch the position. Another body kick by Marlon. Spinning kick from Marlon. 10-9 to the champ.
Round 3: Marlon continues to play the outside game, letting Sheymon come toward him to eat counter shots. Periodically Marlon wings out a head kick but it's the overhand right that stings Sheymon. The champ has a small cut over his right eye. They slug it out at 3:05 and it's Sheymon who drops as they trade. Marlon immediately takes side control and the ref calls for improvement. He takes full mount and jumps on the back looking for the rear naked choke and submits Sheymon at 3:46.
Final result: Marlon Moraes retains the bantamweight title via rear naked choke at 3:46 of the third round.
Clifford Starks vs. Mike Kyle
Round 1: Kyle is in the white trunks tonight. Starks is in the red. Starks is 11-2 and fighting out of Tempe, Arizona by way of Phoenix. Kyle is 21-12-1, 2 NC and fighting out of San Jose, California. Our referee is Chris Tognoni. Both fighters are content to bounce on their feet, circle, faint and jab for the first 55 seconds. Starks shoots a left and unloads a big overhand right, but Kyle eats it and stays standing. Starks shoots for a takedown and it's not there, throwing a knee at Starks on the break. Starks hits another right and goes for a takedown again but Kyle winds up on top after the single leg attempt. He hits a knee to the body as Starks gets up and earns a warning for grabbing the cage. Starks lands a left hand and misses with the right as Kyle ducks it and hits a takedown at 3:02. Hard rights to the body by Kyle. Both men go for guillotines as they scramble to the feet with over a minute left. Kyle is throwing jabs and uppercuts but Starks backs away and makes him miss. Tognoni calls time to fix loose tape on Kyle's glove. Starks hits a takedown with 10 seconds left. That could edge it his way in a close round.
Round 2: Starks faints a takedown early but doesn't commit. Kyle and Starks are landing shots with increasing frequency. Starks keeps his chin tucked, Kyle is standing up straight and presenting a target. Starks continues to jab away and land the overhand right when the opening is there. Starks gets a takedown off a kick attempt at 2:22. Tognoni warns both men to stay busy - twice. Starks is fighting to pass and improve his position, and Kyle keeps scrambling defensively to keep him in guard. A third warning comes with 26 seconds left in the round. 10-9 for Starks.
Round 3: Kyle might think he's in the hole here because there's an air of desperation to his strikes, which causes him to swing wildly and miss, giving Starks another takedown at 59 seconds. Tognoni keeps up his steady stream of advice to the fighters and warns them to watch fingers to the eyes. Kyle is tying up Starks' arms but not doing much else. Tognoni gives a "back of the head" warning and a "stay busy" warning. Both men are sweating profusely at this point but Kyle seems more redfaced and winded out of the two. Starks grinds away with body shots and left elbows to the head as the time ekes away. Kyle tries really hard to trick Starks into an armbar with short time left but Starks doesn't take the bait and we go to the horn.
Final result: The judges score it 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 all for Clifford 'Big Cat' Starks.
Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Jorge Moreno
Round 1: Black trunks with white trim for Moreno. Red/white/black Hayabusa trunks for Nurmagomedov. Moreno is 4-0 and fights out of Las Vegas by way of Moses Lake, Massachusetts. Nurmagomedov is 11-1 and fights out of Dagestan, Russia. Our referee in charge is Steve Mazzagatti. Nurmagomedov gets a body slam takedown 7 seconds in when Moreno charges straight at him. Moreno sits up on the fence and manages to get up at 0:56. Nurmagomedov fires off knees. Moreno tries to slip away, Nurmagomedov chases him across the fence, then Moreno slips with a spinning elbow but gets the worst of the exchange and a flying knee on top of that, enabling Nurmagomedov to jump on his back. Nurmagomedov is having trouble getting his hooks in and Moreno gets up at 2:53. Nurmagomedov yanks him back down at 3:15 but Moreno pops up quick. Nurmagomedov starts to clock Moreno with hard right hands against the fence. Moreno escapes at 4:12 and they stand and trade. Nurmagomedov doubles him at 4:28. He finishes an exciting first round on top with what should be a clear 10-9.
Round 2: Moreno comes forward aggressively again to open R2 but is taken down again 30 seconds in. Moreno fends off a rear naked choke attempt. Moreno gets back up at 1:16. They break at 1:45. Moreno is cut over his right eye from the exchanges. Uppercut lands for Nurmagomedov at 2:04. Moreno goes for a single leg but eats some hammerfists after Nurmagomedov sprawls. He spins his way to the back at 2:56. Nurmagomedov is landing some sneaky hard shots to the chin from underneath Moreno's armpit, but he gets a warning for holding the fence. Moreno tries for a triangle as Nurmagomedov changes positions but he can't hold onto it. A less exciting 10-9 for Nurmagomedov.
Round 3: Nurmagomedov has Moreno down 10 seconds into the third. He passes to side and then sprawls as Moreno tries to grab a leg. Moreno gets back up at 1:17. Nurmagomedov stands and trades for a few seconds then hits the takedown at 1:30. The fight has become rinse lather repeat with Moreno getting up and Nurmagomedov taking him down. At 2:50 he tries to finish with uppercuts against the fence but ends up taking Moreno down again and getting his back. Nurmagomedov goes for a rear naked choke but doesn't have it deep as Moreno turns out. He goes for it again at 3:55 and Moreno avoids it again. Moreno tries to spin his way on top but Nurmagomedov stands up. Moreno tries to pull guard for a sub but Nurmagomedov pops out with 26 seconds left. The unanimous decision will be his.
Final result: Abubakar Nurmagomedov wins a unanimous decision of 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27.
Jimmy Spicuzza vs. Islam Mamedov
Round 1: Blue trunks, 11-1, Dagestan, Russian for Islam Mamedov. Red trunks, 6-2, Las Vegas by way of Chicago, Illinois for Spicuzza. Our referee is Chris Tognoni. They tap gloves and begin to circle each other cautiously to feel out the range. Mamedov explodes forward but Spicuzza quickly moves out of the way. Mamedov dives for a single leg at 1:05 that misses but he puts Spicuzza against the fence and tries again, and Spicuzza balances on one leg and one hand until he lets Mamedov get it so he can try to take the neck. Mamedov pops free at 1:45. Mamedov circles throwing elbows to the head as Spicuzza keeps him at range with the butterfly. Mamedov closes the guard at 2:40 to land a heavy elbow then passes to half. Spicuzza scoots backward toward the fence and gets the butterfly back momentarily, but Mamedov turns him away from the fence, drops a heavy punch and takes the back mount. Mamedov has a minute left to work. Tognoni warns Mamedov not to grab the cage. Mamedov gets multiple warnings for shots to the back of the head as he tries to pound it out - and he does with 13 seconds left in R1. Spicuzza gets up pissed.
Final result: Islam Mamedov finishes the fight via TKO at 4:47 of the first round.
Jake Heun vs. Davin Clark
Round 1: Clark is in the black trunks and blue gloves for our final preliminary bout representing American Kickboxing Academy. Heun is in the gray trunks and red gloves representing American Top Team. Clark is 5-2-2 out of San Jose, California. Heun is 7-4 out of Coconut Creek, Florida by Palmer, Alaska. Our referee is Steve Mazzagatti. 'Honey Bear' Heun lands the first body kick of the fight. Clark responds in kind. Heun misses with an overhand right and eats a jab. Heun throws a body kick and it gets caught - he's thrown to the canvas but Clark doesn't follow him to the mat. Clark is slowly but surely trying to force Heun to the outside but he keeps changing directions and coming back in, landing a hard body shot with his hands. Rutten says that's one of his favorite techniques - left to the head and right hook to the body. Clark lands a hard kick to Heun's elbow and he seems to be shaking off the pain. Heun shoots at 3:52 but Clark stuffs the attempt. They reset to the center at 4:19. Clark throws Heun to the ground and lets him stand again. 10-9 opening round for Clark.
Round 2: Heun is still going aggressively to the body early in R2. Clark hits an outside leg kick. Clark is quickly backing out of range whenever Heun tries to throw with his hands, and he catches the body kick and throws Clark to the ground again. He just doesn't want to go to the mat with Heun though. Clark hits Heun with a body kick but nearly gets dropped with an over-the-top hook in response. Left hook by Clark. Spin kick by Heun. Leg kick by Heun. Stinging right hand by Clark to Heun's chin. Heun keeps spinning hoping he can catch Clark off guard. Mazzagatti calls time at 4:40 as Clark took an accidental poke to the eye. They tap gloves and we resume with Heun throwing a flurry a jumping kick and a spinning series of strikes, some of which caught Clark, but not enough to drop him or end the fight. It could potentially sway a judge or two that he momentarily knocked Clark down.
Round 3: Heun is aggressive to open R3 and puts Clark against the fence, and he breaks with a spinning elbow at 1:16. Clark works from the center, throwing a body kick, ducking one wild shot but eating a left right to the chin that makes him backpedal. Heun takes him down and is aggressively trying to finish him off with 3 minutes left in the fight. He's going for the choke and taps Clark out at 2:47.
Final result: Jake Heun via submission (head and arm choke) at 2:46 of the third round.
Donavon Frelow vs. Carlos Garcia
Round 1: Garcia is in the purple trunks tonight in his pro debut. Frelow is in the white trunks and has won eight straight fights dating back to the amateurs, making him 4-0 as a pro. Garcia fights out of Las Vegas, NV and Frelow fights out of Vegas by way of Los Angeles, CA. Our referee is Mark Smith. Garcia is leg tripped to the ground 14 seconds in and Frelow wastes no time hunting for a guillotine. They stand and Frelow throws the legal knee to the head. Both men jockey for head position against the fence until Frelow goes for a single leg. He lets it go at 1:09 and throws a hard knee. Smith asks Garcia if it was a low blow but he says he's fine. They continue to battle against the cage as Smith calls for more activity, so Frelow lets his hands go for a few seconds. Unfortunately the video stream breaks at this point and the same 13 seconds from 2:04 to 2:17 keeps playing over and over again, and then the entire thing dumps back to the beginning of the stream earlier tonight. By the time WSOF gets it going again the fight's over.
Final result: Donovan Frelow won via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:49 of the first round.
Jimmy Jones vs. Marco Simmons
Round 1: This fight is at a catchweight of 140 pounds. Simmons makes his pro debut tonight in the black trunks and blue gloves. Jones is 4-3 in the "Texas de Brazil" trunks and red gloves. Simmons fights out of Las Vegas as does his opponent Jones. Our referee in charge is Chris Tognoni. Simmons is the aggressor as we get underway and lands the first leg kick and right hand. Jones shows off a good chin as he eats a big over the top right. His left leg though is getting chewed up by kicks. Simmons throws a Superman punch that finds a home. Simmons is constantly changing up the direction of his leg kicks, working inside and outside. Jones finally rushes forward and hurts Simmons a little. His jab is starting to wear on Simmons face. Jones eats a huge knee and stumbles but doesn't drop, and both competitors tie up on the fence. They break with under a minute to go in R1. Simmons has a lot of confidence in the knee whenever they tie up. His eyes are a little swollen but he's energetic and happy in his corner. 10-9 Simmons.
Round 2: Simmons and Jones are tied up against the fence right away to start R2. Simmons gets a takedown 50 seconds in. He's going for an arm triangle choke and Jones is trying to use his chin to create space. He escapes at 1:42 but gives up the full mount, Simmons takes the back and immediately goes for the rear naked choke. Jones once again escapes at 2:10 but he goes for it again and taps Jones out at 2:23.
Final result: Marco Simmons wins via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:23 of the second round.
Cory Hendricks vs. Julio Hinojosa
Round 1: Hinojosa is in black trunks and blue gloves for tonight's bout. He hasn't had a pro fight go longer than 90 seconds. Hendricks is in "Blowout Cards" trunks and red gloves. Hinojosa is 3-1 out of El Paso, Texas. Hendricks is 2-0 out of Las Vegas by way of Lynden, Washington. Our referee is Steve Mazzagatti. Hendricks is trying to throw bombs and big kicks early but eats a straight right and is pushed into the fence. He's backed off with a big knee and starts swinging again. Hendricks hurts him with a left kick to the head and immediately goes for the guillotine on the ground. Hinojosa is left frozen on the mat as he goes out just over a minute into the fight.
Final result: Cory Hendricks via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 1:08 of the first round.
Gil Guardado vs. Pete Martin
Round 1: Martin is 5-3 in the black trunks and fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada. His opponent in the red trunks is 3-1 and also fighting out of Las Vegas. Our referee in charge is Mark Smith. Martin is throwing hard leg kicks early and gets a takedown 24 seconds into the fight. Guardado is doing his best to tie up Martin's arms in full guard. Martin in turn tries to stack his opponent against the fence. He stands up and nearly eats an upkick, ultimately letting Guardado up, and when trying to throw a knee he hits an accidental low blow. Guardado doesn't take more than a minute to recover. Martin throws a head kick and gets another takedown at 1:56. Guardado works for an armbar off his back. He pulls out and looks to trap the neck, hitting a knee to the body when he can't get it. Guardado pushes Martin into the fence for a bit, but Martin breaks free and lands some strikes that have bloodied his foe. He gets a takedown at 3:28 but leaves his neck out and gets tapped immediately. Martin busted up Guardado but one mistake cost him the bout.
Final result: Gil Guardado wins via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:31 of the first round.