by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Impact Fighting Championships held its first event, dubbed “Uprising,” in Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday. It may have been the promotion’s debut, but veteran fighters were out in full force at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Less than four months removed from a victory over Mighty Mo for Dream, former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett marked his first fight in the Land Down Under with a TKO stoppage midway through the opening round. Barnett is currently riding a six-fight winning streak, although he has yet to clear up his licensing situation in California where a disputed failed drug test cost him licensure approval and a blockbuster fight with Fedor Emelianenko.
Karo Parisyan, a UFC veteran, made his first start in a year and a half, submitting late replacement Ben Mortimer with a rear naked choke late in the second round. Parisyan has been on the sidelines after serving a nine-month suspension imposed by Nevada due to testing positive for painkillers. Upon his scheduled return, he backed out of a fight with Dustin Hazelett the day before weigh-ins, leading UFC president Dana White to send him into exile.
Notables Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Jeff Monson both scored wins at Impact FC 1, although former UFC champion Carlos Newton dropped a three-round unanimous decision to Brian Ebersole.
-Josh Barnett def. Geronimo Dos Santos by TKO (Strikes) at 2:35, R1
-Brian Ebersole def. Carlos Newton by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Joaquim Ferreira by TKO (Strikes) at 1:20, R1
-Jeff Monson def. Ubiritan Lima Marinho by Unanimous Decision
-Thiago Meller def. Jai Bradney by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:32, R1
-Fabio Fernandes def. Api Hemara by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:58, R1
-Tom Waters vs. Jacob Mahony by TKO (Strikes) at 1:38, R2
-Karo Parisyan def. Ben Mortimer by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:18, R2