- ROB MACDONALD EARNS RING OF FIRE CHAMPIONSHIP

December 2, 2007
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by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
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Photos from
top to bottom:
MacDonald
ground and pounding Marshall; MacDonald attempting a Kimura; Alvarez choking
Waterson; Thao torqueing Allen’s arm; Carwin pounding Pendergarst; and Donovan
landing a brutal punch on Berg.

 

(Photos
courtesy of April Pishna & href="http://www.rofmma.com/">Ring of Fire)

 

 

BROOMFIELD,
Colo. – On a night of below-freezing temperatures at the base of the
Rocky Mountains, Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Rob MacDonald
re-emerged as a new fighter to wrest the Ring of Fire light heavyweight title
away from fan favorite Eliot Marshall.

 

Having
taken more than a year off from competition, MacDonald spent that time reinventing
himself as a fighter following a disappointing 1-2 stint in the UFC. “I rebuilt
from scratch. I rebuilt myself from my last two losses,” he said following the
fight, giving all the credit to his trainers.

 

Having
struggled against strong ground fighters in the past, Marshall was supposed to
be a tough task for MacDonald. To this point in his career, Marshall had gone
undefeated (5-0) in mixed martial arts and is a nine-time Grappler’s Quest
champion.

 

But it was
the rebuilt Canadian fighter that ruled from the start. He took Marshall down
several times in the first round, controlling the pace of the fight, and
working a methodical ground and pound strategy from side control.

 

MacDonald
took Marshall down again in the second round, but it would be for the final
time, as he found his mark, landing several hard blows to the face causing the
referee to stop the bout.

 

The win was
MacDonald’s first in more than a year. He last saw action in a losing effort to
Eric Schaefer at UFC 62 in August of 2006.

 

“I came out
here to play my game,” said Lynn Alvarez following her fight with Michelle
Waterson.

 

Play her
game she did. Following a brief exchange, Waterson charged Alvarez, who quickly
put her in a guillotine choke. Waterson was able to escape the hold, but after
some brief ground and pound from the “Fighter Girls” star, Alvarez put her back
in the guillotine and cranked on her neck securing the tapout.

 

Despite
coming into hostile territory to face Christian Allen on his home turf, Lah
Thao survived a four-minute triangle/armbar attempt in the first round.

 

In the
second, he showed submission skills of his own, obtaining side control and
locking up Allen’s right arm with his legs, applying a kimura. Allen wouldn’t
submit until Thao use his hand to further torque Allen’s shoulder (popping it
out of place) and ending the fight. He captured the Ring of Fire featherweight
title in the process.

 

Shane
Carwin became the Ring of Fire heavyweight champion, remaining undefeated (now
at 8-0), by dominating UFC veteran Sherman Pendergarst. They clinched up early
and Carwin went to work landing several knees to the body before taking
Pendergarst down and ground and pounding him into a referee stoppage.

 

Being a
265-pound, talented heavyweight, Carwin should be getting the call at any time
to step up in competition on the world stage, but he is being patient, biding
his time. “I’m just gonna keep training and when that happens, it happens.”

 

Over the course
of two rounds, Douglas Lima proved to have a cast iron jaw, eating several
powerful hooks from Eric Davila before catching him with an armbar late in the
second stanza.

 

In a quick,
action-packed bout, Jamie Schmidt scrambled, trading submission attempts with
local favorite Luke Holdorf, but it was Schmidt that eventually caught his
opponent with a fight-ending armbar less than two minutes into the bout. It was
a short fight, but there was more action in those two short minutes than many
fights that go the duration.

 

Cat Albert
of Zingano BJJ gave Team Jackson’s Nikki Garcia a rude welcome to the sport.
She was able to take Garcia down at will, brutalizing her with a variety of
strikes, from traditional ground and pound to shoulder punches to knees.

 

It was only
Albert’s second fight, but asked after the fight who she wants to face in the
future, there was no hesitation. “I’m going for Gina (Carano). I want her.”

 

In
preliminary action, Cody Donovan and Ian Berg fought a tough back-and-forth
battle for three rounds. After Berg lost a point in the third frame for an
illegal knee to the head of his downed opponent, the bout was scored a draw
with one judge scoring the fight for each fighter and the third scoring it a
draw.

 

In
Colorado, unpaid fighters are not technically amateurs, but “elimination”
fighters, so a winner must be determined. The judge scoring the fight a draw,
in consideration of the totality of the fight, must then determine a victor. In
this case, that judge determined that Donovan had won, earning him a judges’
decision.

 

Several
fighters made their MMA debuts in the opening bouts with Hanme Clark, Kate
Martinez and Brian Wood all displaying dominance in victory. Wood especially
stood out, showing a high level of skill and ring generalship.

 

Professional
MMA Bouts:

Light
Heavyweight Championship:

Rob
MacDonald def. Eliot Marshall by TKO (Strikes) at 1:41, R2

 

Lynn
Alvarez def. Michelle Waterson by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:19, R1

 

Featherweight
Championship:

Lah Thao
def. Christian Allen by Submission (Leg Controlled Kimura) at 2:15, R2

 

Heavyweight
Championship:

Shane
Carwin def. Sherman Pendergarst by TKO (Strikes) at 1:41, R1

 

Douglas
Lima def. Eric Davila by Submission (Armbar) at 3:52, R2

Jamie
Schmidt def. Luke Holdorf by Submission (Armbar) at 1:55, R1

 

Elimination
MMA Bouts (Amateur):

Cat Albert
def. Nikki Garcia by TKO (Strikes) at 0:45, R3

Cody
Donovan def. Ian Berg by Judges’ Decision, R3

Kate
Martinez def. Sharya Hefner by Submission (Armbar) at 2:30, R1

Brian Wood
def. Ryan Olivera by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:04, R1

Hanme Clark
def. Jay Wymer by TKO (Strikes) at 2:10, R1

 

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