- KENNEDY AND WOODLEY IMPRESS AT STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS

September 26, 2009
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by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Tim Kennedy put on a dominating performance in the Strikeforce Challengers’ main event against Zak Cummings at the SpiritBank Event Center in Tulsa, Okla. Friday night, winning by north-south choke midway through the second round.

Cummings came into the bout undefeated and survived the first round where he found himself on the receiving end of Tim Kennedy’s ground game. Kennedy secured a takedown early and mounted Cummings on two occasions and worked a ground and pound assault.

The second round saw striking exchanges and Cummings able to land some shots before being taken down and submitted with a north-south choke.

Kennedy was happy with his performance and impressed with his opponent. “Zak Cummings, let me tell you, that guy’s a champ. He’s 10-1 now and I promise you I don’t want to fight him this time next year,” Kennedy commented following the fight. “He’s the real deal, just wait and see.”

Kennedy will be watching the Strikeforce middleweight title bout between Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller closely. He’s fought Miller twice, winning the first one by decision in 2003 and losing the second by decision in 2007.

“I want the middleweight belt. I do. I don’t know if I’m ready for it yet. I feel I’ve got more work to do, some stuff I still need to refine. I have a rubber-match going on with Jason Miller. I’d love to finish that of properly.”

In heavyweight action, K-1 legend Ray Sefo improved his mixed martial arts record to 2-0 by defeating Kevin Jordan by verbal submission due to a knee injury in the opening seconds of round two.

Jordan took the six-time wold kickboxing champion down in the first round where he advanced to mount and grounded and pounded Sefo for the duration of the round before injuring his knee attempting a takedown just 24 seconds into round two. The extent of the injury is unknown.

American Top Team trained up and comer Tyron Woodley improved his professional record to 4-0 in impressive fashion over Tito Ortiz protege Zach Light.

The two-time All-American wrestler mixed up his attack with strikes and slams. Working off a big slam, he advanced to the mount position and worked a couple of arm triangle chokes but was unable to finish in the opening round. For the first time in his short career, Woodley was taken to the second round.

The second round Woodley showed his striking, dropping Light with a right hand where he picked up where he left off in round one, advancing to mount and looking for submissions. He finished with an arm bar at 3:38 proving to be a future contender in Strikeforce’s welterweight division.

In other action Thomas Longacre and Travis Calanoc put on a three round war that resulted in a unanimous decision win for Longacre and 2-time Olympian Daniel Cormier won his mixed martial arts debut by TKO.

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