Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XLV on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the L’Auberge du Lac Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The main card will air live on MTV2 starting at 9:00 pm EST.
Paul Vandale Promotions presented THE BEAST COMES EAST on Friday, May 20, 2011, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.
In the main event, Lee "The Beast" Beane proved to be beastlier than UFC Hall of Famer Dan "The Beast" Severn. Beane knocked out the old school UFC fighter in the first round. This was Severn's second attempt at getting his 100th MMA win. While a number of Severn's wins have been over inexperienced regional fighters, Severn has fought two tough heavyweights in trying to get the elusive win number 100. Severn lost to Ryan Fortin in Canada in April and now to Lee Beane in May.
The 52-year-old Dan Severn has suffered back-to-back knockout losses for the first time in his 17-year MMA career. While this might slow down your average human being, the MMA ironman no doubt will keep forging on. Now Severn's hundredth win is going to taste even sweeter than ever when it eventually does come.
The Jones Entertainment Group presented MMA LIVE 1: PARISYAN VS FORD on Thursday, May 19, 2011, at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario, Canada.
In the main event, Ryan "The Real Deal" Ford cut open Karo "The Heat" Parisyan's head with a big knee forcing a doctor stoppage in the third round. Parisyan was likely ahead on the judges' scorecards going into the final round, so this is a rough loss for the former UFC mainstay who was fighting for the first time since his failed UFC comeback. Parisyan has now lost back-to-back fights for only the second time in his 12-plus year MMA career. The first time was over a decade ago, when Parisyan lost 2 in a row to Sean Sherk. Now Parisyan has lost to Dennis Hallman and Ryan Ford.
In the co-main event, Marcus "Maximus" Aurelio submitted Matt MacGrath in the first round. MacGrath was a late replacement for Cory MacDonald. This loss was to be expected. Aurelio is a BJJ wizard and MacGrath has struggled recently against top talent. MacGrath has lost 4 out of his last 6 fights. Aurelio was coming off a decision loss to Shinya Aoki at DREAM 16. Aurelio was unable to submit the top Japanese talent Aoki the way he was able to shock the world by submitting Takanori Gomi back at PRIDE Bushido 10 in 2006. MacGrath is no Shinya Aoki. He tapped.
The COMBAT USA: ILLINOIS STATE FINALS were held Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Memorial Hall in Racine, Wisconsin. It was a night of finishes, as 6 out of 7 of the pro fights ended with submissions and the main event ended with a TKO.
In the featherweight main event, David Sachs, a student of the legendary old school UFC fighter Keith Hackney, pounded out a second-round TKO victory out of Stan Gavia. In the welterweight co-main event, Neil Magny, who trains under top UFC bantamweight Miguel Torres, used a triangle choke to submit Finney's HIT Squad fighter Quartus Stitt early in the second round.
In lightweight competition, one-time Strikeforce fighter Jonatas Novaes scored the biggest victory of his MMA career with a first-round armbar submission win over UFC and Bellator veteran Ryan "The Tank Engine" Thomas. Strikeforce Challengers 10 headliner Louis "Handgunz" Taylor submitted Miletich Fighting Systems' Jason Louck with punches in a middleweight tilt.
KING OF THE CAGE: FIGHT TO LIVE was held Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In the main event, Tim "The Dirty Bird" Means successfully defended his KOTC Junior Welterweight Championship with a third-round TKO victory over Cris "The Lightning" Leyva. There was no love lost between these two fighters who exchanged verbal jabs as they were brought together by the referee for the pre-fight instructions. Means has only lost once while racking up 10 wins since returning to MMA in early 2009 after a 4-year absense. Leyva, who trains with Team Four Corners, brought the fight to Means but was ultimately just too overmatched.
In the co-main event, Frank Baca, top-ranked flyweight and FIT NHB teammate of Tim Means, took out Frank Morris of Stomp Dat MMA in the second round of an exciting fight. At one point, Baca landed a powerbomb takedown on Morris, whose face was a bloody mess by the end of the fight.
The inaugural RockAndBrawl MMA event was held Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Kouvola Hockey Arena in Kouvola, Kymenlaakso, Finland.
In the main event, Slovakian light heavyweight Attila "Pumukli" Vegh upset top Finnish fighter Marcus "Caveman" Vanttinen. The home country fighter had won 11 straight fights and hadn't lost in nearly 2 years. Vanttinen's only previous losses were to former UFC fighter Rodney Wallace and current Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament finalist Christian M'Pumbu. This is a very big victory for Vegh.
In the co-main event, Juha-Pekka Vainkainen represented Finland with a first-round, last-second TKO win over American Josh "The Platypus" Pulsifer. The fight was literally stopped with just one second left in the opening round as Vainkainen was assaulting Pulsifer with punches.
RINGSIDE MMA: RISING STAR III was held Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Club Soda in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
This Ringside MMA minor league show featured all rookie fighters with the most experience belonging to the 3-1 Seiji Sugiman-Marangos, who improved to 4-1 in the exciting co-main event that was named Fight of the Night by Top MMA News. Sugiman-Marangos scored a come-from-behind TKO win late in the third round over Brett Portieous.
The main event, a rollicking back-and-forth heavyweight battle between Lenard "L.T. Terrance and the MMA-debuting Blake Nash, was also well-received by the Montreal club crowd. After fifteen minutes of big man warfare, the late replacement Nash was awarded the judges' decision.
FIGHT TO WIN 8: OUTLAWS was held Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado. There were no decisions at F2W 8. Every single fight ended before the final bell.
The most spectacular finish of the night happened with just 18 seconds left in the final round of the main event. The undefeated Cat "Alpha" Zingano powerbombed top Japanese female fighter Takayo Hashi into the canvas for the knockout. After a 13-1 start to her MMA career, Hashi has now lost 3 straight fights, albeit to a murderer's row of top American fighters in Sarah Kaufman, Tara LaRosa and now Cat Zingano. The badass Zingano's last fight resulted in a TKO win over Carina Damm. Hopefully, Zingano's next fight is in Strikeforce where she belongs.