Seth Petruzelli (file photo) got back on track Saturday. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Well-traveled “Silverback” Seth Petruzelli bounced back from consecutive defeats with a sound stoppage of Atlanta’s Dave Mewborn on Friday in the main event of World Extreme Fighting 46.
After having the hype from a four-fight win streak -- which included his famous October 2008 knockout of Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson -- halted by back-to-back losses inside the UFC, Petruzelli was in need of a solid win. The 31-year-old Floridian got just that before a partisan crowd at UCF Arena in Orlando, Fla., as he used quick and heavy hands to pound Mewborn to a technical knockout at 3:06 of the opening round.
The win was Petruzelli’s 12th career finish, raising his overall mark to 13-6. Of his six losses, four have come inside the Octagon, where Petruzelli has never had his hand raised.
Originally scheduled to feature 47-year-old Ken Shamrock against French veteran Antony Rea, the WEF 46 co-main event was reshuffled just days before the show when Shamrock withdrew due to staph infection. Ohioan Rob Wince took Shamrock’s place in the light heavyweight tilt, but had little to offer Rea, succumbing to knees and punches at 1:40 of the second frame.
Elsewhere on the bill, once-beaten super-heavyweight prospect Chris “Beast Boy” Barnett improved to 7-1, outpointing amateur standout Walt Harris with leg kicks and a weighty top game; lightweight Mike Byrnes needed only 19 seconds to turn out the lights on Felix Lopez; and American Top Team welterweight Sabah Homasi battled back from the brink of defeat to submit Kevin Pearson at 1:35 of the second round.
Gracie Rolls, Controversy Abounds at Urban Conflict Championships 4
Rolles Gracie made good on his famous last name Friday, submitting Pennsylvania’s Braden Bice with a lightning-fast choke at Urban Conflict Championships 4 “Supremacy” inside the William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown, N.J.
Gracie, who was released from the UFC in February 2010 following the first loss of his career, slipped on an early high kick and found himself ensnared in a Bice guillotine attempt. However, Gracie used the opportunity to trip Bice to the floor and set up a modified arm-triangle, eliciting the tap just 65 seconds into the first round without ever extracting his head from the guillotine.
The bouts which flanked Gracie’s return did not go off quite so smoothly.
The evening’s main event, a featherweight title bout between Brazilian Felipe “Sertanejo” Arantes and “The Ultimate Figher 12” contestant Andy Main, ended without a winner. Late in the opening round, an Arantes knee found its way to his grounded opponent’s head, rendering Main unable to continue. The borderline foul was deemed accidental, but nonetheless illegal, by referee Kevin Mulhall and the bout was ruled a no contest at 4:38, leaving the 145-pound title still vacant. Arantes and Main are expected to rematch at a future UCC event.
Earlier in the evening, New Jerseyan Sean Santella and Brazilian expat Sidemar Honorio scrapped for the UCC bantamweight belt. After a closely contested three-round affair which saw both men score on the feet and the floor, hometown favorite Santella was awarded the split decision and the championship belt. Disgusted with the verdict, Honorio reportedly took to the mic and addressed the crowd, stating that he did not expect to win a close decision against an American on US soil.
The strangeness of UCC 4 actually began at Thursday’s weigh-ins, when New Yorker Eric Henry tipped the scale at 178 pounds for his welterweight bout with New Jersey’s Mike Medrano. According to the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, Medrano exercised his option to decline the fight and collect his “show” purse due to the overage, while Henry was issued a 120-day suspension for failing to make weight.
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