Welcome to the Star Bulletin’s coverage of EliteXC: Return of the King. Big thanks to Johnny and Patrick Freitas for taking care of the media for the event. They’ve got us at a table with power about 10 feet from the cage. Couldn’t ask for more.
We’re about 40 minutes away from the start of the Showtime portion of the event, but up first we have the walk-in bout between Kepa Madeiros (0-0) and Carl Barton (0-0) in a middleweight (185 pounds) fight.
185: Kepa Madeiros (0-0) vs. Carl Barton (0-0)
R1-Madeiros comes out throwing kicks. Both fighters tied up against the cage and Barton works the takedown into Madeiros’ closed guard. Barton landing some shots and controlling position. Barton has his opponent’s arm pinned behind him and landing repeated left hands. It’s over. Ref stops the fight.
Winner — Carl Barton (1-0) by TKO at :55 of Round 1.
The Showtime introductions are done. Here we go.
205: Wayne Cole (11-6) vs. Rafael Feijao (5-1)
R1-UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is here cornering Feijao, who is from Brazil. Cole comes out throwing bombs and the two lockup with Feijao scoring the takedown. Cole quickly recovers and gets back to his feet but is up on the cage. Fighters look to be at a stalemate. Referee Mario Yamasaki pulls them apart. Cole given time to rest for an apparent knee to the groin.
Fight restarts and Feijao with a high kick. Short left by Cole. The two are tied up on the cage again and not doing much. Feijao explodes with shots. Jumping knee. Another knee. Cole in trouble. Feijao takes his back and is throwing repeated shots. Yamasaki stops the fight.
Winner — Rafael Feijao (6-1) by TKO (strikes) at 2:47 of Round 1.
Let the Rafael Feijao/Poai Suganuma talk begin. Feijao was very impressive and we didn’t even see his jiu-jitsu skills, which is supposed to be his strength.
HW: Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (10-0) vs. Ron Waterman (15-5-2)
R1-Waterman with a monster takedown early and passes into side guard. Herman works back into closed guard and Waterman struggling to get off any strikes. Check that, Waterman landing some bombs now. Herman back up and now both fighters are standing. Huge jumping kick that was more show than anything. Waterman going for the single leg but Herman lands a bunch of elbows. Big knee and Herman droping shots from the top. Waterman is out. It’s over.
Winner — Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (11-0) by TKO (strikes) at 2:19 of Round 1.
Add Herman’s name to the list of up-and-coming heavyweight fighters in the United States. Showed a lot of skills to get up from a bad position on the bottom and then finish Waterman with relative ease.
185: Murilo “Ninja” Rua (15-8-1) vs. Tony Bonello (16-0-1)
R1-This is Rua’s second fight since losing the EliteXC middleweight belt to Robbie Lawler here in Hawaii last September. Very intense staredown. Bonello is pumped up. Bonello comes out with a kick and taunts Ninja, who takes him down. Ninja quickly passes into side control. Rua working elbows to the body and traps Bonello’s arm between his legs. Ninja working left handed punches. Big forearm shots. Bonello can’t do anything. More forearms. Now Rua mounts Bonello and then moves back to side mount. More elbows to the side of the face. Rua playing with Bonello.Back to mount. Huge shots from the top. Finally Yamasaki stops it. Total domination by Ninja.
Winner — Murilo “Ninja” Rua (16-8-1) by TKO (strikes) at 3:16 of Round 1.
That my friends is why you don’t talk garbage before the fight. Ninja with a beatdown of epic proportions.
160/168: Nick Diaz (16-7) vs. Muhsin Corbbrey (13-2)
(The fight card distributed to the media says 160 pounds even though the fighters “agreed” to a catch weight of 168. Diaz weighed in at 169.5 while Corbbrey tipped the scales at 163 after originally cutting weight to 158.)
R1-Diaz noticeably the bigger fighter. Corbbrey escapes a takedown attempt. Big right elbow by Diaz moves Muhsin back. Lots of dirty boxing going both ways. Diaz peppers the jab. Now they trade uppercuts. Diaz using size advantage to push Corbbrey around the ring. Muhsin picking his spots but Diaz pushing the action. Fighters clinch against the cage. Monster kick by Corbbrey echoes throughout the arena. Diaz with repeated body shots.
Round ends, Tough one to score, I give it to Diaz BARELY. Mark Kurano says I’m nuts.
R2-Diaz lands a shot early and shoots for the takedown. Corbbrey defends it. Diaz with a couple body shots and Muhsin answered with an elbow. Diaz has a cut over his left eye. Diaz now going to work standings. Right hook stuns Muhsin. Corbbrey snaps a right hook. Diaz tells Muhsin to “come on” and starts talking some smack. Corbbrey back peddling. Diaz can land his job whenever he wants but Muhsin seems to get the harder hits. Diaz trying for another takedown but again Corbbrey defends. Diaz continues to land more shots, but just not as powerful and he can’t get the takedown. Now he does but only 10 seconds remaining. Horn sounds.
Diaz wins that round 10-9 no doubt. I have it 20-18 Diaz, but it could easily be 19-19.
R3-Diaz immediately gets the clinch and working for a takedown. He has Corbbrey’s right leg, but nothing comes of it. Diaz continues to push the pressure and gets a takedown early in the round. This could be Muhsin’s undoing. Crowd starts to boo as Diaz doesn’t seem to do much striking, working for position instead. Diaz with a kimura attempt. Now he has an armbar, but Muhin is out but in a bad position up against the cage with Nick on top. Diaz throwing repeated blows. Corbbrey in trouble. Diaz never stops applying pressure. Diaz works the mount and throwing elbows. Now throwing strikes and Corbbrey isn’t answering. Referee Chris West stops it.
Winner — Nick Diaz (17-7) by TKO (strikes) at 3:59 of Round 3.
Corbbrey showed a lot of skills and definitely was at a weight disadvantage as Diaz’s continued pressure and size proved to be too much.
EliteXC announces its next CBS card July 26 headlined by the rematch between Scott Smith and middleweight champion Robbie Lawler for the title.
ELITEXC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
160: Yves Edwards (34-13-1) vs. KJ Noons (5-1)
R1-Big kick from Noons to start. Edwards with a left jab and a uppercut and big straight right.Noons puts Edwards down with a right hand and follows up with a bunch of shots on the ground. ITS OVER. JUST LIKE THAT.
Winner and STILL EliteXC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION, KJ NOONS (6-1) at 0:48 of Round 1.
Whew. Just got back from the backstage area after a wild post-fight interview in the cage. After Noons and Edwards finished their interviews with Bill Goldberg, Nick Diaz came to the ring to hype a possible future title shot. After Nick’s brother, Nate, gave the Noons crew the finger, a brawl ensued with KJ’s father at the forefront.
I was able to get KJ’s reaction to everything and will have more on that in tomorrow’s Star Bulletin and here on the blog, but for now, let’s get back to the fights.
135: Russell Doane (2-1) def. Dwayne Haney (3-1) by TKO (strikes) at 2:46 of Round 1.
The fight took place while the media spoke with KJ, but Mark Kurano reports Doane dominated the fight and finished it with heavy strikes from the mount that did heavy damage to Haney.
Now we’re set for the ProElite.com portion of the show featuring Kala Kolohe Hose and a couple of fights I’m very much looking forward too including the rubber match between Mike Aina vs. Kaleo Kwan and a fight between Mark Oshiro and Chris Willems.
Make that four fights. Ive just been told the Lolohea Mahe/Chris Bernard fight has been postponed as Bernard apparently is having stomach issues in the locker room.
160: PJ Dean (1-3) vs. Dean Lista (3-1-1)
R1-Fighters content to stand as they feel each other out. Fighters clinch up against the cage and after going back and forth with knees, Dean lands a nice elbow. Now a 1-2 combo that moves Lista back. Lista just misses a superman punch. Dean really throwing nice combos and lands a few in a row, forcing Lista to shoot. Counter right by Lista stops Dean, but Dean continues to throw combinations. Rounds ends with Dean clearly taking it.
R2-Dean again is the aggressor but fight is stopped after he lands an uppercut to the groin. Dean mixing kicks with punches effectively. Dean now has Lista on his back and working some shots, but Lista powers back up and is standing against the fence. Straight right moves Dean back. (by the way when I say Dean, I mean PJ Dean) Fighters starting to tire as action slows down. Lista works a kick and a superman punch connects. Lista gets the takedown and PJ looks tired. PJ working a kimura attempt. Lista escapes and takes PJ’s back. Going for the rear naked choke. Dean rolls. Dean escapes from the back and takes Lista’s back before scoring a takedown. Rounds ends with PJ on top throwing shots. I’d give that round to Lista, evening it at 1-1.
R3-Lista working the leg kicks but PJ counters with a big 1-2 combo. Leg kick by Lista stuns PJ. PJ’s right leg looks hurt and Lista lands another superman punch. More kicks from Lista. Fight stays standing where PJ has gotten the better of it all fight. PJ loses a point for another low blow, which stops the fight. Fights starts and a kick buckles PJ for a second. Both fighters trading heavy shots. Fight is turning into a war. Lista trying to chop Dean down, but PJ stays up and throwing wildly. 10 seconds left and both men throwing everything. Round ends. Solid fight. First one of the night that goes the distance. With the point deduction, I have it a 9-9 round and a draw.
Winner — Majority draw (29-28 Lista, 28-28, 28-28)
Got a story to work on, but I will post the results as soon as the last three fights end.
160: Kaleo Kwan (9-8) vs. Mike Aina (9-6-1)
Winner — Mike Aina (10-6-1) by unanimous decision.
140: Mark Oshiro (10-1) vs. Chris Willems (2-1-1)
Winner — Mark Oshiro (11-1) by submission (strikes) at 2:12 of Round 1.
185: Kala Kolohe Hose (6-1) vs. Bubba McDaniel (11-4)
Winner — Bubba McDaniel (12-4) by submission (rear naked choke) at 0:41 of Round 1.