GFC: Paixao Claims Welterweight Crown
COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 19 -- Gracie Fighting Championships' sophomore
pay-per-view effort was on display in front of a scarcely populated
Jerome Schottenstein Center in Ohio's capital city Saturday
Originally scheduled for Jan. 20 in Miami, Fla., the bill was to
feature fighters such as Nick
Diaz (Pictures), Jeff Monson (Pictures), Frank Trigg (Pictures) and Renato Verissimo (Pictures), but injuries, suspensions and
contractual issues forced the crop of UFC veterans off tonight's
Fast forward four months and Pancrase veteran Fredson Paixao (Pictures) squared off against former KOTC
170-pound champion Thomas
Denny (Pictures) for the vacant GFC welterweight
As with most bouts on Saturday evening, this one didn't take
Paixao, who trains with the Gracie Barra Combat Team, easily
submitted the Hesperia, Calif. native with a textbook armbar at
4:36 of the opening period.
Denny (25-15-0) simply had no answer for the Brazilian's tight
positioning and control, succumbing to the painful technique after
getting pounded from knee-on-belly and mount position. Paixao (8-2)
became the first crowned champion for the GFC, which is promoted by
Relson Gracie and Columbus Police helicopter pilot John Cooper.
In one of the night's shorter bouts, Alexandre Ferreira made it
look easy against UFC and RINGS veteran Branden Lee Hinkle, tapping
out the colorful wrestler just 37-seconds into the first frame.
Slamming Hinkle (12-9-0, 1 NC) to the mat, "Cacareco" (13-5-0)
wrapped up an evil heelhook that made the American's return to the
light heavyweight class an unpleasant one.
(Pictures) made good on his U.S. mixed
martial arts debut, beating on a helpless Bill Vucick (Pictures) (3-3-0) and forcing a tapout with
a steady stream of punches from the mount.
After the impressive victory, "Jacare," (5-1-0) which means
crocodile in Portuguese, incensed the crowd by hopping on the cage
and performing a celebration that was remarkably similar to the
University of Florida's gator-chomp gesture -- not the best idea
when wounds of Ohio State University's recent loses to the Gators
Chris Brennan (Pictures) hopped back in the win column
after two disappointing contests against world class fighters
Vitor Ribeiro (Pictures) and Tatsuya Kawajiri (Pictures) with a first round ippon
versus former Big 10 wrestler Adam Disabato (Pictures), now 3-1.
Pulling guard in the opening seconds, Brennan (19-11-0) worked to
isolate Disabato's left leg, and then sealed the deal with a
toe-hold in the fight's opening minute.
Demian Maia extended his
unblemished record to 5-0 after Ryan Stout (Pictures) suffered a serious shoulder
injury just minutes into the contest. Stout (9 - 7 - 1), who was
carried from the cage in a stretcher by medical personal, appeared
to dislocate his right shoulder while being swept by the slick
BJJ black belts Phil
Cardella (Pictures) and Rafael Dias (Pictures) engaged in a three-round
technical battle, with Cardella (7-2-0) picking up the unanimous
decision victory in a strategic match of endurance.
Sherdog.com scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Dias (7-2-1), who
looked to take at least two of the fight's three rounds on the
strength of multiple takedowns and a deep triangle choke in the
bout's final period.
(Pictures) (1-1-0) overwhelmed
Matt Brown (4-5-0),
stopping the local fighter with a tapout-inducing armbar at 2:32 of
the first stanza.
EliteXC veteran "Nasal" Adriano Pereira (Pictures) (5-2-0) defeated a game Joey Whitt (Pictures) (2-5-0), who took the fight on
less than 24-hours notice after Mike O'Donnell (Pictures) was forced off the card due to a
hand injury. Whitt, a native of nearby Reynoldsburg, Ohio, escaped
several dangerous positions before falling victim to a rear-naked
choke late in the first round.
"The President" George
Bush (Pictures) jabbed his way to a unanimous
decision against Team Quest heavyweight "Pezao" Vinicius Magalhaes (0-1-0,
1 NC). Bush, who raised his record to 5-0-0, dominated the final
two periods with superior footwork and a relentless left jab that
left the Brazilian's face swollen and bleeding.
(Pictures) (3-0-0) stopped a pudgy
Chris Meyers (Pictures) (2-8-0) via strikes from the back
less than a minute into the bout's first period.
In what was without a doubt Saturday's most memorable bout, Hammer
House light heavyweight Rob
Wince (Pictures) scored the night's lone knockout
with an absolutely brutal right hand that rendered Leopoldo Serao (Pictures) unconscious on the canvas.
Serao (7-6-0) laid concussed on his back, his legs convulsing and
toes curled for several scary minutes, before walking out of the
cage under his own power.
"I was so relieved when he finally rose to his feet and flashed a
smile," Wince said of Serao.
Wince, who recently suffered the loss of his 12-year-old son in a
tragic accident, reflected on the wave of emotion.
"When the referee raised my hand I wasn't standing alone in
victory," said the light heavyweight from Newark, Ohio, who upped
his record to 12-7-0. "I know, in my heart, that my son was
standing right beside me."
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