by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
Undisputed Arena Fighting Championships held its inaugural show in Dallas, Texas, entitled “Art of War.” In the main event of the evening, former UFC title contender Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo rebounded from a two-fight slide with a unanimous decision over fellow UFC veteran Justin Eilers. Rizzo came out more aggressively than usual and battered Eilers with strikes and elbows to earn a much needed victory.
Since leaving the UFC, Pedro Rizzo competed twice in Pride Fighting Championships. In his two appearances, the Ruas Vale Tudo fighter was defeated via strikes at the hands of Sergei Kharitonov and knocked out by a left hook from Roman Zentsov. Rizzo took a year off from competition before returning to defeat Eilers last night.
This event will air on the high-definition television network HDNet on March 23rd.
Art of War results:
-Pedro Rizzo def. Justin Eilers – Unanimous Decision, RD3
-Carlo Prater def. Anthony Lapsley – Unanimous Decision, RD3
-Alex Andrade def. Klas Akesson – TKO, RD2 3:15
-Yuki Inoue def. Jason Maxwell – Split Decision, RD3
-Damien Stelly def. Mike Sheppard – Submission (Kimura), RD1 1:45
-Eric Schambari def. Christian Smith – Submission (Side Choke), RD1 3:12
-Anthony Njokuani def. Kenneth Rosfort – KO, RD1 2:12
-Justin Wren def. Justin Howard – TKO, RD2 1:32
-Sonny Nielsen def. Armando Valadez – TKO due to injury, RD2 1:16
-Tom East def. Brian Russel – TKO, RD1 1:51