by Nozawa Tanaka – special to MMAWeekly.com
On a card where there were numerous first round finishes, light heavyweight Po’ai Suganuma kept the familiar theme rolling dispatching Jared Hamman in :15 seconds giving the previously undefeated fighter his first loss.
Suganuma (9-1) opened the bout with a huge overhand right that stunned Hamman (10-1). Sensing Hamman was hurt, the BJ Penn trained fighter followed up with a huge flying right knee that dropped his opponent to the canvas. Suganuma quickly pounced and looked to deliver more strikes only to be stopped by referee Jon Schorle.
The fight was mired in controversy when Hamman, a former college football player, questioned the referee’s decision to call the fight. It seemed Hamman quickly recovered from the knee that sent him crashing down.
The pro-Hamman crowd erupted in boos showing their displeasure of the outcome. Suganuma expressed his displeasure of winning in a controversial manner and both men showed interest in a future rematch.
In other televised bouts, upstart Fabricio Camoes defeated veteran Joe Camacho via a vicious ground and pound attack.
After standing up and trading strikes, Camacho was taken down by Camoes and his ground game ensued.
Camacho was very active from the bottom, but Camoes softened up his older opponent with a light barrage of punches which quickly turned into more viscous strikes that had the referee calling it at 3:30 in Round 1.
Womens’ MMA had a chance to shine with a bout between Shayna “Queen of Spades” Baszler and Tama Chan. Chan, a former pro-wrestler from Japan, who was outclassed by Baszler.
The “Queen of Spades” gave Chan a trip back to her pro-wrestling days with a suplex in which she transitioned in to taking Chan’s back. After trying for a rear naked choke, Baszler instead submitted Chan with a side neck crank.
Givanildo Santana lived up to his nickname as “The Arm Collector” and his opponent Matt Lucas was his latest victim. Gilvanildo, who cites fellow Brazilian Antonio Nogueira as one of his idols put a very Nogueira-like performance by withstanding punishing strikes from Lucas standing up and later from his guard.
Gilvanildo showed heart and resilience until the fight was stopped when Lucas left his arm out for Gilvanildo to lock up a submission victory by armbar.
Bao Quach took his fight against UFC veteran Doug Evans on short notice and made short work of the Alaskan fighter. Quach, a jiu-jitsu fighter, knocked out Evans with a big right at 4:05 in the first round.
In preliminary bouts:
- Melanie La’Croix def. Melissa Vasquez by TKO at 2:58 in R1
- Roberto Vargas def. Telly Sanders by submission (Shoulder Lock) at 1:53 in R1
- Lucas Gamaza def. Devin Howard by Unanimous Decision at R3
- Luke Riddering def. Yasser Pezzat by TKO (Strikes) at 2:53 in R1
- Brent Cooper def. Jaime Iracheta by TKO at 1:30 in R1
- Tony Lopez def. Terrell Dees by Ground and Pound at 1:09 in R2