A rising star in MMA and a veteran of the UFC’s early years were each victorious on the Gladiator Challenge card in Sacramento, California this weekend.
Gladiator Challenge’s 145-pound champion, Urijah Faber, became just the third fighter to stop Shooto veteran Naoya Uematsu, as Faber won by TKO in the second round. Faber improved his MMA record to 14-1, with the lone defeat coming against the undefeated Tyson Griffin by TKO.
Meanwhile, after starting his career with a 14-3-2 record, Uematsu has now lost his last three fights, although those losses did come against tough competition in the form of Faber, Shooto veteran Kenji Osawa, and undefeated Strikeforce lightweight Gilbert Melendez.
On the same Gladiator Challenge card this weekend in Sacramento, early UFC veteran Cal Worsham fought in his retirement bout against Harry Avis, whose MMA record going into the fight was 0-0-1.
Worsham won the fight by TKO when the doctor stopped the fight after the first round. Worsham made his MMA debut back at UFC 6, where he lost to Paul Varelans. Worsham later lost to Tank Abbott in the UFC, though he did defeat Zane Frazier at UFC 9.
-Urijah Faber def. Naoya Uematsu by TKO in Round 2
-Cal Worsham def. Harry Avis by TKO after Round 1
-James Fanshier def. Steve Renaud by TKO in Round 1
-Emanuel Newton def. Kyacey Uscola by TKO in Round 2
-Bo Cantrell def. Rocky Batastini by TKO in Round 1
-Jaime Jara def. Dusty Arden by submission (guillotine choke) in Round 1
-Chris Yee def. Nick Germond by submission (rear naked choke) in Round 1
-Buckley Acosta def. Jimmy Freitag by TKO in Round 1
-Anthony Ruiz def. Dan Molina by unanimous decision
-Chris David def. Noah Shinable by TKO in Round 2