MMAWeekly was on location from the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii for tonight’s EliteXC: “Uprising” card featuring middleweight unification title bout between “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Murilo “Ninja” Rua.
Elias Delos Reyes def. Chico Cantiberos by Submission (Armbar) at :52, R1
Justin Buchholz def. Ikaika Choy-Fu by TKO (Strikes) at 1:35, R1
Jake Shields def. Renato “Charuto” Verissimo by TKO (Strikes) at 4:00, R1
Joey Villasenor def. Riki Fukuda by Split Decision at 5:00, R3
Gina Carano def. Tonya Evinger by Submission (rear naked choke) at 2:53, R1
Nick Diaz def. Mike Aina by Split Decision at 5:00, R3
Robbie Lawler def. Murilo Rua by TKO (Strikes) at 2:04, R3
Tyson Nam def. Albert Manners by Unanimous Decision at 3:00, R3
Kala Kolohe Hose def. Jeff Cox by TKO (Strikes) at :20, R1
Mark Kurano def. Jose Diaz by Submission (rear naked choke) at 1:13, R1
Mark Oshiro def. Nui Wheeler by Submission (rear naked choke) at 1:19, R1
Brandon Wolfe def. Klingensmith by Unanimous Decision at 3:00, R3
Jake Shields vs. Renato “Charuto” Verissimo
Round One: Jake opens up throwing kicks to the body and legs. They clinch and “Charuto” gets a takedown, but Shields gets back to his feet. The two clinch along the fence, exchanging knees to the body. Shields gets a takedown and works punches to the body inside of Verissimo’s guard. Shields stands and throws punches from there before dropping back into Verissimo’s guard. Renato goes for a Kimura, but doesn’t get it. Shields gets the mount position. Shields landing punches at will. Referee Mario Yamasaki stops the fight.
Riki Fukuda vs. Joey Villasenor
Round One: Fukuda takes Villasenor down after a brief feeling out period. Fukuda passes Villasenor’s guard and is in side-control and works for an arm-triangle choke. Joey escapes and gets back to his feet. They clinch and exchange punches to the body. Fukuda lands a kick to the body. Fukuda sets up a double leg takedown following a punch to the body, and quickly works some ground and pound. Fukuda passes to half guard, but Joey gets back to his feet. Villasenor hurt Fukuda with a punch. Both fighters throwing big shots. Villasenor with a kick to the head. Fukuda took it to Joey in the beginning of the round, but Joey came back with effective striking as the round went on. MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Fukuda.
Round Two: Pace has slowed a bit. Fukuda goes for a double leg, but Joey sprawls and fends it off. Joey sets up head kicks off of left hooks, and is landing them. Fukuda with a combination before clinching Villasenor. Fukuda works shots to the body within the clinch. The referee seperates them. Fukuda presses the action. They clinch along the cage. They’re seperated again. Joey with a punch-kick combination followed by another high kick that’s blocked. Fukuda catches a kick and takes Villasenor down. Wild scramble to close the round. Close round, but Fukuda seems to be the one dictating the pace. MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Fukuda.
Round Three: Joey opens the round with a body kick. Big left hand by Fukuda. Joey fights back with a left hand of his own followed by a head kick. Fukuda with a kick to the body. Fukuda gets a takedown and immediately moves to half guard. As Fukuda goes for full mount, Villasenor sweeps and ends up in Fukuda’s guard. Fukuda busy on the bottom and gets back to his feet. Wild exchange with both guys landing punches. The round ends with Joey trying for another high kick. MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 for Villasenor.
Tonya Evinger vs. Gina Carano
Round One: Carano opens with two leg kicks before Evinger takes her down and lands in side control. Evinger works some ground and pound before going for a guillotine from side control. Carano sweeps and lands in Evinger’s half guard. Carano lands punches and Carano takes Evinger’s back. Carano works for a rear naked choke. Evinger taps out.
Mike Aina vs. Nick Diaz
Round One: Aina lands a leg kick and tries to counter punch as Diaz moves in. Aina lands body shots and avoids being hit as the fighters clinch. Aina has the faster hands and is landing shots, but Diaz not phased. Diaz landing shots to the body from the clinch. Aina slips, but bounces back to his feet. Diaz comes on as the round nears it’s end. Very close round. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Aina.
Round Two: Diaz pressing the pace but Aina makes him pay. Aina knocks Diaz down with a right hand. Diaz back to his feet and back to moving foward. Diaz throwing a lot of punches, but it’s Aina donig the most damage. Diaz ties Aina up along the cage and tries for a takedown. Aina fends it off. Big body shot by Aina, but Diaz continues to pepper him with strikes. Diaz is cut. Aina looks to be tiring. Diaz gets the fight to the ground and immediately moves to mount. Aina gives up his back. The round ends. Another close round. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Aina.
Round Three: They exchange leg kicks before clinching along the fence. Diaz continues to pepper him with shots. Diaz picking up the pace. Aina answers with punches. Diaz goes for a single leg, but Aina defends well. Diaz attempts another takedown, and again Aina defends. Diaz gets the takedown and takes Aina’s back with both hooks in. Diaz gets to mount and had an arm bar sunk in as the bell sounded. MMAWeekly scores that round 10-9 for Diaz.
Robbie Lawler vs. Murilo Rua
Round One: The first 30 seconds saw both fighters circling. Lawler gets a takedown, but Rua back to his feet. Rua moving forward, Lawler waiting to counter. Ninja wiht a right hand. Now Lawler moving foward, cutting off the cage. Ninja working a few low kicks. Back to back inside leg kicks by Rua. Ninja doing damage with leg kicks. High kick by Lawler to end the round. MMAWeekly scores the opening round 10-9 for Rua.
Round Two: Ninja presses the action with more leg kicks and jabs. Left hand by Lawler, but Ninja answers with another leg kick. Ninja attempted a single leg, but Robbie defended it. Ninja attempts a double leg, but Lawler sprawls and makes Ninja pay as he gets up with punches. Another takedown attempt by Ninja. Lawler starting to load up on punches as Ninja looks tired. Lawler smiling. Ninja’s punches have lost their snap. Rua goes back to the leg kicks. MMAWeekly scores the second round 10-9 for Rua, but Lawler looks to be the more fresh fighter.
Round Three: Body kick and punch combination by Lawler. A superman punch by Lawler. Ninja with an inside leg kick. High kick by Lawler that was blocked. Lawler starting to land shots. He puts Rua down with a right hand and starts throwing bombs. Rua is out. Lawler knocked out Murilo Rua.
Tyson Nam vs. Albert Manners
Rouund One: They start with a frantic pace. After Manners may have been hurt in the opening seconds, he takes Nam’s back and works for a rear naked choke. Nam was able to get out of it. Nam reverses him and works inside his guard with ground and pound. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Manners.
Round Two: Nam takes over round two with effective striking. He got the fight to the ground and worked ground and pound for most of the round, landing shots inside Manners’ guard. MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Nam.
Round Three: The final round was much like the second with Nam dominating the action, landing strikes from the clinch and fending off a takedown attempt by Manners. Nam worked ground and pound for the better part of the round. MMAWeekly scores the final round 10-9 for Nam.
Jeff Cox vs. Kala Kolohe Hose
Round One: Hose overwhelmed him quick, getting a TKO in just twenty seconds of round one.
Jose Diaz vs. Mark Kurano
Round One: Diaz comes out striking and then slaps Kurano in a guillotine. Kurano gets out, takes Diaz’ back and taps him out with a rear naked choke.
Nui Wheeler vs. Mark Oshiro
Round One: Oshiro quickly got the fight to the ground and took Wheeler’s back and put him in a rear naked choke forcing Wheeler to tap out.