- ELITE XC RETURN OF THE KING RESULTS & PLAY-BY-PLAY

June 14, 2008
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by MMAWeekly.com Staff
EliteXC “Return of the King” takes place tonight in Honolulu. The event is headlined by a 160-pound lightweight title bout between defending champion K.J. Noons and UFC veteran Yves Edwards.

The main card airs on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT, while the undercard will be streamed on ProElite.com following the main card broadcast.

The main card bouts are now underway…

-K.J. Noons vs. Yves Edwards (Lightweight Title)
R1 – After a prolonged exchange, Noons drops Edwards with a right hand to the chin, follows him down and viciously attacks with a assortment of punches and forearms, not giving Edwards any chance to recover and finishes the fight, defending his belt in stunning fashion.

K.J. Noons def. Yves Edwards by TKO (Strikes) at 0:48, R1

-Nick Diaz vs. Muhsin Corbbrey
R1 – They feel each other out in the early going. Diaz lands a nice elbow as the two clinch about a minute-and-half into the bout. They trade a few uppercuts and knees before Corbbbrey lands a hard right hand then back to kind of feeling each other out with various strikes. Corbbrey lands a couple more hard right hands, but they are single shots, not in combination. With a minute to go, Corbrrey lands a solid combination followed by a kick to Diaz’ body. Then Diaz fires back with a strong uppercut. Diaz finishes strong, working shots to the body of Corbbrey. Close round.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Corbbrey.

R2 – Corbbrey lands a few good single shots in the opening minute. Diaz starting to be more effective with his jab, tags Corbbrey more frequently now. Diaz starts talking to Corbbrey to engage and ups the pace of his combinations. Corbbrey is landing harder shots, but Diaz, his face now bloodying, may be edging ahead due to his level of activity. Diaz lands a few combinations then clinches, lands a couple of knees and takes Corbbrey to the mat as the round ends.

MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Diaz

R3 – Diaz immediately starts stalking Corbbrey, picking him apart with combinations and then clinches and takes him to the mat, landing in side control. Diaz starts working for the Kimura, then transitions to an armbar attempt which Corbbrey defends. Diaz starts peppering Corbbrey while standing in his guard. Diaz moves to full mount and starts hammering down punches on Corbbrey to get the stoppage.

Nick Diaz def. Muhsin Corbbrey by TKO (Strikes) at 3:59, R3

-Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Tony Bonello
R1 – Bonello stormed Rua with punches, but then quickly jumped guard. Ninja wasted no time passing guard and moving to side control and started to drive home elbows to the body and forearms to the face of Bonello. Ninja trapped Bonello’s right arm under his leg and punished Bonello with forearms before transitioning to full mount, dropping down bombs, and then returning to side control. Ninja then mixed forearms and elbows from body to head, moved to knee on belly and then dropped some heavy right hands down, causing Yamasaki to stop the bout.

Murilo “Ninja” Rua def. Tony Bonello by TKO (Strikes) at 3:16, R1

-Dave Herman vs. Ron Waterman
R1 – Waterman quickly takes Herman down and starts a ground and pound attack. Herman works his way up and out. Waterman starts working a single leg takedown, but eats several elbows to the side of the head. Herman then drives home a knee to Waterman’s side, flattens him out and starts dropping bombs from full mount to get the referee stoppage from referee Chris West.

Dave Herman def. Ron Waterman by TKO (Strikes) at 2:19, R1

-Rafael Feijao vs. Wayne Cole
R1 – Feijao immediately takes Cole down from the clinch, but Cole works back to a standing clinch. Feijao starts landing knees to Cole’s legs. One knee catches Cole in the groin and he gets 5 minutes to recoup. A brief flurry from Feijao then they clinch again. Feijao starts landing brutal knees, dropping Cole to the mat and then following him down and throwing big right hand punches until referee Mario Yamasaki steps in to stop the fight.

Rafael Feijao def. Wayne Cole by TKO (Strikes) at 2:47, R1

QUICK RESULTS:
-K.J. Noons def. Yves Edwards by TKO (Strikes) at 0:48, R1
-Nick Diaz def. Muhsin Corbbrey by TKO (Strikes) at 3:59, R3
-Murilo “Ninja” Rua def. Tony Bonello by TKO (Strikes) at 3:16, R1
-Rafael Feijao def. Wayne Cole by TKO (Strikes) at 2:47, R1
-Dave Herman def. Ron Waterman by TKO (Strikes) at 2:19, R1

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