Weekend Rundown: Rodriguez Victorious at KOK 7
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco
Rodriguez forced Justin Howard to submit to first-round strikes
at King of Kombat 7 “Judgment Day” on Saturday at the Austin Music
Hall in Austin, Texas.
Rodriguez has won eight of his past 10 fights, including two
straight. The 32-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Abu Dhabi Combat
Club Submission Wrestling world champion landed a knee to Howard’s
head and followed up with punches that sent his foe crashing to the
canvas. The submission came soon after. Rodriguez has now delivered
22 of his 37 career wins by submission.
Meanwhile, Strikeforce veteran Nick
Gonzalez defeated Dustin
Neace by first-round technical knockout to capture the KOK
featherweight championship. After struggling to his stool at the
end of the opening period, Neace was deemed unfit to continue by
the referee. The victory snapped a two-fight losing streak for
Former King of Pancrase and one-time World Extreme Cagefighting
bantamweight title challenger Yoshiro
Maeda took a painful route to victory upon returning to the
Deep promotion for the first time in two years.
Maeda posted his third win in four fights when Kleber
Koike was disqualified for a groin strike in the Deep “Osaka
Impact” main event on Sunday at Zepp Osaka in Osaka, Japan. Unable
to continue 4:00 into the first round, Maeda was awarded the
Involved in a “Fight of the Year” candidate with Miguel
Torres in 2008, the 27-year-old Maeda has gone just 3-2 since.
He was cut by the WEC following a submission loss to Brazilian
jiu-jitsu ace Rani Yahya in
UFC veteran Josh
Hendricks submitted to first-round strikes from Joe McCall in
the featured bout at North American Allied Fight Series
“Rock-N-Rumble 3” on Saturday at the Nautica Pavilion in Cleveland,
Ohio. The end came 4:05 into round one.
McCall survived an early kimura attempt from Hendricks -- a
knockout loser to Gabriel
Gonzaga at UFC 91 -- before capturing mount and battering his
opponent with elbows and punches from the top.
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