Showtime Calls it Quits on SHOWTIME
(Pictures) was full of surprises
Friday night at the Chumash Casino & Resort in Santa Ynez,
Calif., first submitting JC
Pennington (Pictures) just over a minute into the
opening period, and then announcing his retirement from fighting
So much for a comeback.
"I've had my ups and downs in this sport," said Vazquez, of Rancho
Cucamonga, Calif., who is building a new gym in his hometown. "I
have a family now, I have a wife … and I'm better suited right now
as a coach than I am as a fighter."
"It's just that time. I think when this sport feels like it's your
job, like you're clocking in, it's time to go," declared Vazquez as
he wiped tears from his face.
The 31-year-old lightweight, an occasional Sherdog.com contributor,
has a long history of injuries, and recently took a 28-month layoff
to nurse three anterior cruciate ligament tears in his aching right
Vazquez, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, made quick work of the
28-year-old Pennington (12-4-1) with a one-armed rear-naked choke
at the 1:15 mark of round one.
Perhaps best remembered for his bout with Alberto Crane (Pictures) in February 2003 during which
Vazquez dropped a gutsy split-decision after shredding his ACL just
seconds into the bout, "Showtime" leaves the sport with a
respectable 12-2-0 record.
Despite the display of heart against Crane, pundits and fans in the
know will point to his upset victory of Rumina Sato (Pictures) in 2002 as his greatest in-cage
The ProElite-promoted ShoXC main event featured a battle of
undefeated light heavyweights, as Jared Hamman (Pictures) outclassed Team Punishment's
Aaron Rosa (Pictures).
After surviving a flash knockdown from a Rosa right hand early in
the bout, Hamman recovered to take the first round on the
Sherdog.com scorecard by capitalizing on multiple takedowns with
effective striking from the mount and back position.
In the second frame, Hamman (9-0-0) continued his rhythm on the
ground and forced Rosa, 24, to tap to a rear-naked choke. Elbows to
the face and knees targeting Rosa's midsection prompted the now
9-1-0 light heavyweight to give up his back.
"That was a good fight man, holy smokes," said the 25-year old
Hamman. "Normally I wouldn't go for the choke, but he has a long
neck so I went for it."
Muay Thai fighter Malaipet MTA was
methodical in his three-round domination of Kaleo Kwan en route to a unanimous
The 26-year-old Malaipet, 2-1-0, fired his right leg at Kwan's left
shin over and over for 15-minutes while mixing in the occasional
body kick and punch from the outside. Kwan, 34, now 5-7-0 with the
defeat, fought on despite the abuse but was unable to mount any
offense save for a knee to the midsection followed by a right hand
midway through the final period.
Judges Abe Balardo and Luis Cobian registered tallies of 30-27,
while Marcos Rosales saw the contest 30-26.
Baszler (Pictures) didn't disappoint in her
130-pound bout with slugger Jennifer Tate (Pictures), catching the less experienced
fighter with a slick-as-Teflon armbar just 44 seconds into the
"That's how a lot of them go." said the 27-year-old Josh Barnett (Pictures)-trained Baszler, who improved to
8-4-0. "I mounted and saw her giving that arm a couple times
before, but I wanted to settle my position, because I could feel
her hips were really good when I was trying to get position.
"I knew she would take the opportunity to escape if I gave her one,
so I waited until she gave it to me again."
Tate, 27, now 3-1-0 with the loss, was overwhelmed from the outset
of the contest, tasting a stout right hand on the chin before being
taken down and quickly dispatched in under a minute.
Mushin Corbbrey, 29, moved to 6-2-0 with a late-first period
submission of previously undefeated Bobby McMasters.
McMasters (7-1-0) dominated the first four and a half minutes with
hard rights and lefts to the head, along with digging body shots
from Corbbrey's defensive closed-guard.
Though McMasters, 26, was more than busy with the position, referee
Jason Herzog inexplicably stepped in to restart the fighters on the
feet. Seconds later Corbbrey, clearly the benefactor of the
referee's error, slapped on a tight guillotine choke that prompted
McMasters to tap with just one second remaining in the stanza.
The lightweight offered little defense to the hold, and appeared
quite dejected when Jimmy Lennon Jr. read the official time of
(Pictures) picked up the first
submission victory of his young career with a textbook
triangle-choke in the first round against MMA newcomer Amedeo Viola.
Viola stormed out of his corner and scrambled his way to top
position on the ground early in the period, where he was met by an
armbar and the eventual fight ending technique at the 2:27
"I knew he was going to come out and take me down," said the
heavyweight kickboxer, who upped his record to 3-0-0.
(Pictures) submitted his fifth
opponent with an armbar in as many bouts, after wrapping up Jamie
Fletcher's outstretched limb at the 2:46 mark of the opening
Santana opened up a cut above the left eye of Fletcher (5-3-0) with
a flying knee before taking the Team Shark Tank co-owner to the
ground, where the middleweight worked briefly from the mount and
back of his opponent before securing the tapout-inducing hold.
Cariaso (Pictures) (6-0) kept his unblemished record
intact after outwrestling Richard McCorkel for the
duration of the evening's opening bout.
Cariaso consistently tripped McCorkell (1-1-0) to the canvas and
struck from the top position en route to a unanimous decision,
which saw all three judges score the contest 30-27 for Cariaso.
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