by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
In front of an Atlantic City crowd littered with Philadelphia based Eddie Alvarez fans, the Sho XC series made its return to Showtime featuring a main event between almost hometown favorite Eddie Alvarez facing Hawaiian fighter, Ross “Da Boss” Ebanez.
Eddie Alvarez made an impressive debut as he pummeled Ebanez throughout both rounds of their fight, working a solid stand-up game mixed with a dominant wrestling performance as well.
Alvarez controlled the pace of the fight, taking Ebanez down and late in the 2nd round as he went for a trip, the Philadelphia fighter unloaded a big punch that put Ross on his back.
The former Bodog welterweight champion followed up with a few more punches before the referee stepped in to stop the fight, declaring Eddie Alvarez the winner as the crowd erupted in applause for their hometown hero.
After the fight, Alvarez confirmed his move to the Elite XC lightweight division of 160lbs where he hopes to continue his success.
“I’m bumping down to 160 once and for all,” said Alvarez in his post fight interview. “I proved I can put guys away at 170 and I’m just going to do it at 160, just in more devastating fashion.”
Paul “Semtex” Daley literally exploded on Sammy Morgan, finishing the “Ultimate Fighter” in the first round with a devastating elbow strike.
Morgan took the fight to the ground early, but Daley persevered and once back on the feet, his superior stand-up took over.
Working a combination of elbows and knees, Daley took the fight to Morgan before landing a powerful elbow strike that connected flush on the side of Morgan’s head that put him down and out for good.
Following the fight, Daley made it clear that he’s ready to face the best at either 160 or 170lbs in Elite XC.
“I’m here to be the champion, I don’t fly all the way from the U.K. just to take part, I’m here to be the champion,” said Daley after the win. “I won’t be losing any fights in Elite XC and all I’ll be delivering is knockouts. If Eddie (Alvarez) wants to fight, I’m right here. If Jake Shields wants to fight, I’m right here. I keep telling everybody I’m the best and I’m here to prove I’m the best. All the way from England I’m the (expletive) best. Recognize that!”
Bao Quach and Bobby McMaster fought at a catch weight of 150lbs and both seemed to decide early on to keep the fight standing for the majority of the time.
Quach worked a very solid muay thai attack, landing leg kicks throughout all three rounds as McMaster could only defend and mostly throw arm punches.
It seemed both fighters lost steam late in the bout as they went the distance, with Bao Quach pulling off a unanimous decision over Bobby McMaster. (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
In a battle between two women who have both tasted defeat at the hands of Gina Carano, Tonya Evinger looked very strong finishing Greg Jackson student, Julie Kedzie, in the first round by rear naked choke.
Evinger landed a quick takedown early in the round and quickly worked for a kimura, but Kedzie battled out, only to give up her back and Evinger worked for the choke and forced the submission.
In the opening bout of the televised card, Hawaiian slugger Kala “Kolohe” Hose knocked out Frederic Belleton in the first round, using a solid combination of power punches, finally closing out the fight with a thunderous right hand that put Belleton on the canvas for good.
Sho XC broadcasters Mauro Renallo, Stephen Quadros and Frank Shamrock all made mention that Hose has been set to face ICON and now Elite XC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler a number of times and it looks like that fight may happen in the near future.
The latest installment of the Sho XC series was definitely one of the best cards, top to bottom, put on by the organization. With Eddie Alvarez and Paul Daley both having very impressive performances, it seems new 160lb Elite XC champion K.J. Noons will definitely not be at a loss for opponents in the near future.
The promotion will now move onto Miami, FL for their next show, Elite XC: Street Certified, featuring internet sensation, Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbott in the main event.