Pro Elite put on their second show under new ownership on Saturday night in Illinois, but several heavyweight fights at the top of the card left a lot to be desired.
Going 5-1 over his last six fights, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia looked for another win as he took on relative unknown Andreas Kraniotakes. What resulted was a three round hug fest that the crowd jeered loudly, and left even HDNet’s broadcast team ready for a nap.
Sylvia pulled off the unanimous decision win, and while a victory is a victory in MMA, this one won’t gain the former heavyweight champion very many fans.
Andrei Arlovski was also hopeful to continue his career rejuvenation in Pro Elite, but outside of a highlight reel knockout to end his bout with journeyman fighter Travis Fulton, he also looked like a fighter well past his prime.
Arlovski and Fulton put on a terrible performance for the live crowd and the ones watching at home, but the Belarus native was able to secure a head kick KO with literally one second remaining on the clock. It’s two wins in a row for Arlovski, but unfortunately for the former UFC champ his best days are behind him.
Reagan Penn, younger brother of UFC legend B.J. Penn, made his second foray into MMA on Saturday night, and proved that cardio issues may run in the family. B.J. Penn was criticized for years for his lack of attention to cardio, and although he’s fixed the problem in recent years, Reagan may need to follow in his footsteps if he wants to continue fighting.
Penn lost a lopsided decision to Evan Cutts after 15 brutal minutes in the cage.
Ryan Martinez put a stop to the Mark Elllis’ hype train on Saturday night, defeating the former NCAA champion wrestler by three round decision. Ellis has been working non-stop at the American Kickboxing Academy as he continues his push into MMA, but Saturday was definitely not his best showing. Martinez however tries to continue his run as a prospect to watch as he moves on in the Pro Elite heavyweight Grand Prix.
Full Results for Pro Elite 2: Big Guns
Tim Sylvia def. Andreas Kraniotakes by unanimous decision
Andrei Arlovski def. Travis Fulton by KO (head kick) at 4:59, R3
Evan Cutts def. Reagan Penn by unanimous decision
Ryan Martinez def. Mark Ellis by unanimous decision
Jake Heun def. Ed Carpenter by TKO at 3:17, R1
Cody Griffin def. Justyn Riley by TKO at :32 seconds, R3
Richard Odoms def. Rodney Housley by unanimous decision
Waylon Lowe def. Floyd Hodges by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00, R2
Todd Monaghan def. Richard McCraw by submission (rear naked choke) at :29 seconds, R1