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 Gonzalez.
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 victory.
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
Yahya in November.
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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