Guillen Tops Sims, Loiseau Earns Win
AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 -- Coming off a successful debut show in
Dallas earlier this year, Art of War came to Central Texas Friday
night, and 2,854 spectators saw local fighters have their hands
full with names like David
Loiseau (Pictures), Wes Sims (Pictures) and Alex Andrade.
Former UFC fighter Wes Sims
(Pictures) entered as the main event
versus USWF veteran Chris
Guillen (Pictures). Guillen stands six-foot tall and
although he's fought taller men before like Heath Herring (Pictures), he was definitely was going to
have trouble with the reach advantage of the 6' 10" Sims.
Sims began the final bout of the evening with his hand in the air
calling for the infamous "test of strength" normally used by guys
like Rowdy Roddy Piper or Ric Flair, though Guillen didn't fall for
it. Sims clinched while getting pounded with body shots from the
smaller man before securing a standing guillotine. However the
choke was more of a neck crank and Guillen simply waited until Sims
gave up on the hold.
Once Sims released the hold, Guillen threw a haymaker that dropped
"The Project" to the canvas and put the crowd back on its feet.
Guillen moved into Sims' guard, where he tried to mount an offense.
Using his long legs to keep Guillen at bay, Sims eventually secured
a body triangle that forced a stalemate until the end of the
At the start of the second Guillen looked a bit tired, presumably
from the body triangle, and Sims uses his large frame to put his
foe down on the canvas, where the Ohioan landed shots to the head
Guillen slipped out and reversed back on top of Sims, throwing some
punishing shoulder shots and elbows for most of the round. With
about 30 seconds left Guillen looked close to finishing with a
keylock, but the clock was his enemy.
The third round was mostly a joke since both guys were so spent
they couldn't do much of anything. They circled each other,
throwing the occasional awful kick until with about two minutes
left Sims suddenly came alive. He didn't mount much of an attack,
however, and spent the last moments lazily punching on Guillen's
head, much to the audience's dismay.
The main event was the only fight tonight that went the distance,
and Guillen was awarded a unanimous decision over Sims.
Middleweight veteran David
Loiseau (Pictures) has been on a three-fight losing
slide as of late, losing to the likes of Rich Franklin (Pictures), Mike Swick (Pictures) and most recently Joey Villasenor (Pictures). Facing local and fairly
inexperienced fighter Freddie Espiricueta (Pictures), you'd have to figure that he'd
be able to get back on the winning track pretty easily.
Freddie didn't see it that way as he came out swinging on "The
Crow" and connected with a jab and a leg kick that caused Loiseau
to take pause. The Canadian fighter, who once challenged for the
UFC middleweight crown, remained focused but missed with a wild
left hook. Loiseau then picked up Espiricueta and slammed him hard
on the mat.
Loiseau looked to create some space for his punches, but
Espiricueta does a great job of tying up and keeping him close.
After some time the referee stands the two fighters and Espiricueta
snaps Loiseau's head back with his right. Loiseau lands a stiff
left jab of his own and then a left hook that drops Espiricueta to
Loiseau takes advantage by mounting Espiricueta, offering the crowd
and opportunity to witness some of The Crow's famous elbows. One,
then two then three heavy elbows bounced Espiricueta's head off the
mat. Loiseau throws in an elbow to the chest for good measure, but
the end of the round came just in time for Espiricueta, saving him
from immediate trouble.
Round two began with both men exchanging leg kicks until Loiseau
took Espiricueta to the floor and moved to the side. Espiricueta
used a leg to keep Loiseau from dragging a knee over and getting
the mount, but that defense failed him and the Canadian finally
took the dominant position. From the mount, Loiseau slapped on a
nifty arm-triangle that forced a tap at 3:10 of the second
It's been a while since we last saw Alex Andrade. After facing "Ninja"
Rua in 2001, the Lion's Den light heavyweight made his comeback at
the debut Art of War, knocking out Klas Akensson twice before the
ref could stop the bout.
Andrade looked absolutely huge at 205 pounds in the previous Art of
War, and against the 195-pound local standout Brandon McDowell (Pictures) Andrade was more than formidable
for the smaller man.
McDowell immediately tried to take the fight to the ground and was
squashed for his effort, landing hard on the mat. Andrade took
McDowell's exposed head and tried for a standing guillotine as his
opponent remained in on his knees. McDowell tried to defend by
powering Andrade back into the fence and tried to get on his back
to pull guard.
Andrade fired some shots down the pipe before dropping down into an
ankle lock that had McDowell grimacing in pain and forced a tap at
1:02 of the first.
The fight between Klas Akensson and Damien Stelly started off
slow since both men were matched up well enough to cancel out each
other's attempts to give much damage. Stelly would get a takedown
then Klas would get a takedown. Akensson would stifle a takedown
attempt then Stelly would do the same.
Except for the occasional punch or two, neither man took too much
punishment or was able to control the fight until with 10 seconds
left in the round, Stelly mounted Klas Akensson.
The second period featured much of the same, as again takedowns and
reversals were the order of the day. Stelly wore Army trunks and
some in the crowd chant "USA, USA," but without Hacksaw Jim Duggan
in the ring, no one else joins in. Late in the round, Stelly is
able to take the back of Klas and choke him out at the 4:33
The fight between Randy
Hauer (Pictures) and Chris Bowles was a little bizarre
at first. After Hauer shook his head at Bowles upon receiving a leg
kick to let him know it didn't hurt, Hauer slipped on some of the
fence padding and fell down grabbing at his leg.
Bowles didn't let him recover and dropped down on him, trying to
finish off the fight. However Hauer recovered, stood up and nodded
to his corner that was OK.
Back in the fight, Hauer looked like a man possessed, showboating a
bit by dancing around. The lightweights finished round one with
In the second round Hauer came out looking crazier than before and
scored with a fantastic leg kick. Bowles landed a beautiful
takedown that made Hauer's head bounce off the mat. Bowles followed
by mounting and hitting Hauer once or twice until he rolled over to
get choked out at 2:14 in the second round.
Heavyweight Justin Wren is
a very accomplished collegiate wrestler and wasted no time securing
a single-leg takedown on the taller Mat Thompson. Wren quickly
mounted but was too high and Thompson shoved him off, only to end
up side-mounted again. Wren lands some elbows and punches until
Thompson gets to his feet.
Soon enough Thompson is back on the floor taking some solid shots
from Wren in his half-guard. Back on the feet, Wren connected with
a hard right hand that backs Wren up and forces him to run away.
Thompson moved in to clinch against the fence, where he landed some
right uppercuts and hard knees that had Wren in obvious pain.
Wren turned away and then was treated to some body shots, closing
out the round the battered wrestler still against the fence. His
trouble continued into the second, when Thompson connected again
and put him down. Thompson came down with a fist seven feet high
that landed on Wren's stomach, and then walks away. The ref asks
Wren to stand up but he is done and stays down.
Edwin Figoroha stepped into the ring as an alternate against
Whitney Brown, but from the onset it was obvious that he belonged
in the show, throwing wild looping punches that had Brown bleeding
Both lightweights showed flashes of technical prowess and heart in
the first round, as with both traded with reckless abandon. Brown
tried to get a standing guillotine, but found he was taking more of
those looping punches for the effort. The round ended with the
crowd on their feet from the fast and furious action.
In the second round Brown appeared to be gassed and after getting
rocked attempted a takedown. However, he didn't have the energy to
finish. Figoroha seized the moment and choked him out with another
of the many rear-naked chokes on the night at 1:03 in round
A leg kick from Aaron Flourney set up an overhand right from Jarrot
Lewis to start their welterweight bout. Lewis pushed Flourney back
into the fence before dropping down low for a takedown. Flourney
tried to slide away but was muscled to the ground, where he
reversed position after taking a few body shots and had Lewis on
his hands and knees.
Flourney landed a few strikes to the head, but Lewis calmly held on
to an arm and waited until he could crank it with a Kimura.
Flourney didn't tap and rode out the pain for a while until Lewis
finally let go. Back on their feet Flourney caught Lewis with a
straight left that put him on his rear. Racing in to finish Lewis
off, Flourney found himself caught in an armbar. With Lewis still
dazed, Flourney brushed off the attempt and took Lewis's back.
Lewis again tries to get that same arm and again Flourney threw
punches from behind. This time, however, the punches have
consequence and Lewis was forced into a rear-naked that had him
spitting out his mouthpiece and tapping at 3:30 of the first.
Howard looked pretty good at the last Art of War show in Dallas
and tonight was no different. He started off the second fight of
the night with some crisp inside leg kicks that immediately had
Tony Lozano looking outclassed.
In a scramble Howard put Lozano on the ground and immediately
secured side-control. Lozano had no answer as Howard pounced on his
arm, securing the lock and forcing Lozano to tap.
Daniel Pineda closed the distance on Warren Stewart as soon as the
bell was rung. After putting Stewart on his back, Pineda spun
around on until he got the position he wanted and took mount.
Pineda tried to connect with some punches but Stewart held on for
dear life. After getting separation, Pineda pushed Stewart away
with his elbow and the punishment began. Stewart was nailed with
strikes and tried his best to wiggle out, but Pineda continues to
reposition and start the pounding again.
After eating a dozen or so hard shots, Stewart rolled over, gave up
his back and Pineda flattened him out for the rear-naked choke two
minutes into the opening round.
The Art of War picks back up in late June with a card featuring
Jeremy Horn (Pictures), Jeff Monson (Pictures), Pedro Rizzo (Pictures) and Ricco Rodriguez (Pictures).
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