Photos & Review by Lee Whitehead – MMAWeekly.com
Mark Kerr looked unfocused and unimpressive against Mustafa Al-Turk, a shell of his former self and clearly a man whose career as a fighter is over. He didn’t really offer much of an offense to Al-Turk aside from a brief attempt at a Kimura. Al-Turk was all business throughout the fight, dominating the American with ease in the standup and on the ground. A solid win for the London Shootfighter Heavyweight who has still to be pushed any further than halfway though a first round.
Marios Zaromskis and Damien Riccio must take honors for “Fight of the Night.” Zaromskis dominated the game, French fighter in a standup war to be remembered. Zaromskis employed a Sprawl and Brawl game plan to perfection, setting up kicks off a 3-4 punch combination and then defending the shoot. Three rounds in and a T-shaped cut forced a halt to the bout to protect the battered Frenchman.
Tom Howard must still be wondering what hit him! From nowhere, Blackledge threw a brutal high kick flattening the American out and leaving him with a two-inch long gash across his forehead from right eyebrow to hairline. The medical team and referee Leon Roberts did a sterling job in protecting the fighter. I hope he’s OK, a truly devastating KO.
James Thompson recorded a loss to Butterbean having been caught with a flash KO punch putting him down. Butterbean followed him down to land more strikes as Thompson worked for a single to try and turn his opponent, then referee Grant Waterman steps in to halt the action recording a KO win for the American. Widely viewed as an early stoppage by most in attendance and clearly frustrating for James Thompson following his impressive win against Yoshida.
Butterbean def James Thompson via KO 0:43 R1
Mustafa Al-Turk def Mark Kerr via GNP 2:29 R1 (Kerr taps out)
Tengiz Tedoradze def Rob Broughton via Doc Stoppage (cut) 0:58 R2
Dave Legeno def Dan Severn via Unanimous Decision
Daijiro Matsui def Tom Watson via Armbar
Buzz Berry def Mark Buchanan via GNP 2:18 R1
Tom Blackledge def Tom Howard via KO 0:40 R1
Mazakazu Imanari def Robbie Olivier via Flying Armbar 0:27 R1
Marios Zaromskis def Damien Riccio via Doc Stoppage (cut) 4:37 R3
Ronnie Mann def Ashley Grimshaw via Unanimous Decision
Jack Toczyelowski def Jason Barrett via Doc Stoppage (cut) 4:04 R1
Francis Heagney def Lee Doski via Kimura 2:50 R1