Hawaiian fighter Wesley “Cabbage” Correira lost via cut stoppage to pro wrestler Mike Plotcheck in the main event of the “Rumble on the Rock: Qualifier Beatdown” show in Hawaii this weekend.
Though Correira’s opponent used the stage name of Mike Barton, which is one of his pro wrestling aliases, his actual last name is Plotcheck.
Correira initially took control of the fight on the ground and tried to finish Plotcheck with a rear naked choke, but a strike from Plotcheck opened up a big cut on Correira’s face. The ringside doctor ruled that the cut was too severe for the fight to continue, and so Plotcheck was declared the winner by TKO after less than two minutes of action.
Correira’s last three MMA fights have all been in the Rumble on the Rock promotion, and they have all been losses. Correira lost in January to Eric “Butterbean” Esch when he was unable to come out for the third round. That particular fight had special rules that limited ground fighting to no more than 15 seconds at a time, and Correira also suffered a fracture to his elbow shortly before the fight. This past April, Correira lost to Pride veteran Kazuhiro Hamanaka by submission in another ROTR fight.
Mike Plotcheck, also known as Bart Gunn in WWE and Mike Barton in All Japan Pro Wrestling, was making his MMA debut against Correira at over 40 years of age. When WWE held its first and only shoot-fighting tournament in 1998 (called the “Brawl for All”) with the intention of getting over a wrestler named Steve Williams, Plotcheck threw those plans into disarray by knocking Williams out and going on to win the entire tournament.
Unfortunately for Plotcheck, WWE then decided to bring in Eric “Butterbean” Esch to face Plotcheck in a shoot-fight at WrestleMania in March of 1999, which turned out to be a big mistake. Plotcheck was knocked out very quickly in devastating fashion, and he never wrestled for another major company in the United States again. Prior to making his MMA debut, Plotcheck had spent the past several years working in the Japanese pro wrestling industry. He is now seeking a rematch with Esch.
-Mike Plotcheck def. Wesley Correira by TKO (doctor stoppage due to a cut) at 1:46 of Round 1
-Ross Ebanez def. Joe Cronin by unanimous decision
-Marc Rodrigues def. Zak Dudoit by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:30 of Round 1
-Mike Aina def. Rosco Mcclelan by TKO at 2:20 of Round 2
-Albert Manners def. Gene Gregory by submission (rear naked choke) at 0:44 of Round 1
-Shane Nelson def. Tyler Kahihikolo by unanimous decision
-Chad Fujita def. Aaron Castro by submission (keylock) at 2:50 of Round 1
-Chris Henriques def. Isaac Carbalo by KO at 0:46 of Round 2
-Michael Bickers def. Ashton Castro by submission (triangle choke) at 1:52 of Round 1
-Kirk Wah-Yick def. Kabel Gebeke by TKO at 0:24 of Round 1