Newton, Lighty, Von Flue Victorious at Pure Combat
VISALIA, Calif. -- Emanuel
Newton (Pictures) returned to action after a
year-long layoff with a dominant submission victory over B.J.
Lacy in the main event at Pure Combat “Hardcore” on Friday at
the Visalia Convention Center.
Newton’s wrestling made the difference. Lacy never got his striking
game going, as his motivated foe closed the gap throughout the
fight and slammed him repeatedly to the canvas. Newton (9-3-1)
locked in an armbar near the end of round one, but it came too late
and Lacy was saved by the bell.
Lacy (10-9-1) landed a nice straight right to open the second
round, but his offensive attack ended there. Newton took the fight
to the mat and forced a tapout with a rear naked choke 46 seconds
into round two, as he delivered his seventh consecutive victory
dating back to August 2005.
In the second of three featured bouts, undefeated John Hackleman
Lighty (Pictures) protected his perfect
record but did not look impressive in the process, as he secured a
unanimous decision against Kawika
Morton gassed early but somehow managed to stay competitive in the
fight against Lighty (3-0), an unbeaten former K-1 kickboxer who
trains alongside former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck
Liddell (Pictures). Lighty punished Morton
(3-3) early and often with brutal striking combinations capped by
flying knees to his face. Still, Morton would not go down.
Wilting to fatigue, Morton left himself open throughout the fight.
The longer the bout went, the slower his feet moved. It opened
opportunities for Lighty to rush in and finish, but he never
capitalized. Liddell screamed wildly from Lighty’s corner, urging
the young striker to attack. By then, Lighty did not seem to have
much left in the tank, either.
Morton’s chin and heart withstood his opponent’s onslaught.
Exhausted and bruised, he still managed takedowns throughout the
fight and even had Lighty in trouble with some submission attempts.
At the end of the three-round affair, judges scored it 30-27, 30-27
and 29-28, all in Lighty’s favor.
Local favorite and UFC veteran Jason
Von Flue (Pictures) finally got back in the win
column, as he submitted Hawaiian slugger Bryson
Kamaka (Pictures) and snapped a four-fight
Von Flue seemed gunshy and shaky at first, and Kamaka took
advantage of his tentative approach. Midway through round one,
Kamaka dropped Von Flue (13-10-1) with a straight right and
followed it with a monster right hand that landed cleanly on the
downed fighter’s jaw. However, when Kamaka (6-13) went for the kill
and followed his opponent to the mat, Von Flue caught him in a
kneebar and forced the tapout 2:43 into the opening round.
In an entertaining undercard matchup, Jesse
Bowen (Pictures) earned a unanimous decision
Craddock, as the judges scored it 30-27 in his favor.
Meanwhile, Visalia, Calif.’s own Josh
Herrick remained undefeated, as he bested Raul
Rodriguez (Pictures) by unanimous decision.
Herrick (3-0) showed strong wrestling and jiu-jitsu skills in
shutting down Rodriguez’s dynamic striking game.
Antolin -- a protégé of Strikeforce middleweight champion
Le (Pictures) -- wowed onlookers with a
submission victory against the game Benny Flores.
Antolin (2-0) locked in a fight-ending armbar 39 seconds into round
two, as he won for the second time in as many bouts.
Jara (Pictures), the younger brother of
Pure Combat middleweight champion Jaime
Jara (Pictures), surprised the crowd with a
dominating performance against the Hackleman-trained Cruz
Gomez (Pictures). All three judges scored it
30-27 in Jara’s favor.
In other preliminary action, Steven Urias and Oscar
Martinez passed their respective tests, as they finished their
opponents inside two minutes -- Urias (1-0) by rear naked choke,
Martinez (1-1) by TKO. Houston
Smith (Pictures) rounded out the undercard
with a unanimous decision win over Joe George.
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