Major, Olson Triumphant at CCFC 8
FRESNO, Calif. -- Experience only goes so far.
Matt Major defeated UFC veteran Shonie
Carter (Pictures) by unanimous decision in the main
event at Cage Combat Fighting Championships 8 “Rumble in the Park,”
as he outclassed a man with 14 times as many professional fights on
Saturday at the Woodward Park Amphitheatre.
The contest was essentially a 15-minute kickboxing match with a lot
of clinching. Major (4-1) landed repeated high kicks but did little
visible damage to his durable opponent. Carter attempted the only
takedowns of the fight, and Major thwarted them easily. Both men
relied heavily on kicks, and for once, Carter’s strikes were not as
flashy as his foe’s.
Carter (44-18-7) fought southpaw and revealed after the match the
he believed he had broken his wrist in the first round. He
staggered Major with a straight right hand in the first but did not
threaten the prospect again.
“I didn’t know where the hell I was,” Major said. “He really had me
In the end, Major stayed busy enough to clinch the unanimous
decision and pass one of the toughest tests of his young career.
Judges scored it 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
In the co-main event, local hero Casey Olson
(Pictures) dominated and outmatched Aaron
Miller (Pictures), as he locked in an arm triangle
for the tapout 4:30 into round one. Olson (9-2) has rattled off
three consecutive victories, two of them by submission, since his
knockout loss to World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Olaf Alfonso
(Pictures) in February.
Olson came out looking to strike, but when Miller (5-4) clinched,
he grabbed a double leg and slammed his opponent to the canvas.
Once the action went to the mat, Olson controlled Miller with
superior wrestling. He cinched the fight-ending arm triangle so
quickly that many in the capacity crowd did not even know why
Two titles were on the line at CCFC 8.
Velasco (Pictures) retained his bantamweight crown,
as he survived some harrowing moments early and fought David
Espinosa (Pictures) to a draw. Espinosa almost put
the champion away in the first round, as he dropped Velasco several
times with hard shots to the side of the head. Velasco (5-0-1) --
who entered the match unbeaten and untied -- survived the
onslaught, but it was an obvious 10-8 round for the challenger.
Noticeably fatigued after beating the champion from one side of the
cage to the other, Espinosa (5-2-1) mounted little offense in the
final two rounds. Velasco controlled the rest of the fight from
Espinosa’s guard, as he peppered the fatigued challenger with
punches. All three judges scored the bout 28-28.
CCFC heavyweight kingpin Buddy
Roberts (Pictures) had no such trouble defending his
A product of Ken Shamrock
(Pictures)’s Lion’s Den, Roberts needed only
27 seconds to defeat Rafael Real
(Pictures), as he locked in a rear naked
choke for the tapout. Roberts (6-1) wasted no time, dropping Real
(5-10) with an early straight right. Roberts then secured back
control, softened up Real with punches and ended the fight with the
choke. Roberts has won four fights in a row, the last three by rear
naked choke submission.
Meanwhile, undefeated Ky Hollenbeck impressed again, as he
submitted Bobby Cearly in the first round. Fending off Cearly’s
aggressive attack from his back, Hollenbeck (3-0) landed a
picture-perfect upkick that wobbled his opponent enough to set up
an armbar 2:04 into round one.
In other action, Jesse Bowen
(Pictures) -- who had fought and won eight
days prior to the CCFC event -- notched his second win of the
month, as he submitted Elvis
Franco (Pictures) with a first-round triangle
choke. Franco (1-2-1) refused to tap out and fought the triangle
for some time, but Bowen (4-3) squeezed tighter and tighter and
left his opponent with no other alternative. The end came 91
seconds into round one.
The show’s quickest finish belonged to Moses Lira, who knocked out
the debuting Pete Sierra in just eight seconds. Lira (1-1) floored
Sierra with a three-punch combination and then put him out with
three devastating shots on the ground.
Elsewhere, middleweight Ted Van Roll struck Jose Diaz
(Pictures) into submission 2:07 into round
one. Diaz was outmatched and tapped quickly after Van Roll (2-0)
delivered a series of brutal body blows.
Finally, Andy Miranda opened the show with a vicious nine-second
knockout of Francisco
Loredo (Pictures). Medical officials rushed in to
the cage in the aftermath, immobilizing Loredo’s neck and supplying
him with oxygen. Loredo (2-5) -- who has lost three straight
matches -- lifted his arms to the crowd as he was carried out of
the cage on a stretcher. Miranda improved to 3-1.
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