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Baszler, “Arm Collector” Stand Out at ShoXC; Main Event Ends in Controversial Stoppage

(Worst. Pride parade. Ever. Photo courtesy of Tom Casino @ Pro Elite.)

Five fights, five first-round stoppages; last night’s ShoXC Challenger Series card was unquestionably badass. But for our money, the night belonged to Shayna Baszler. With mentor Josh Barnett in her corner, “The Queen of Spades” faced Keiko “Tama Chan” Tamai — who was clownlike in both attire and demeanor — and smoked her, dispatching the outmatched Japanese fighter with a suplex (seriously!), ground-and-pound, and finally a neck crank; maybe the first time we’ve seen that submission since Dan Severn in the mid-’90s. With the win, Baszler improves her pro record to 9-4, with all nine wins coming via submission. After the fight she claimed ownership of EliteXC’s women’s division, and declared she was ready for any challenger to try and prove otherwise. LaRosa and Carano, you’re officially on notice.

Also notable was the fight between undefeated middleweights Matt Lucas and Givanildo Santana, who had previously defeated nine of his ten opponents via armbar, earning him the nickname “The Arm Collector.” You’d think Lucas would be extra careful to avoid the same fate, but like an idiot, he got on top of Santana during the fight, leaned over too far without protecting himself and got snatched up. Make that ten wins by armbar.

As for the rest of the televised card, Bao Quatch put Doug Evans to sleep in 55 seconds with a right hook to the temple, Fabricio Camoes disposed of Joe Camacho via GnP TKO in what Stephen Quadros described as an “old-school vale tudo match,” and the main event drew boos after Jared Hamman went down due to a flying knee from Poai Suganuma, and the ref immediately stopped the fight (just 15 seconds into the first frame), even though it didn’t look like Hamman was quite at the point of helplessness. “I am so mad right know,’’ Hamman said after the fight. “I don’t know what happened or why it was stopped. I wanted to keep fighting. I felt I could keep fighting…I absolutely want a rematch.’’

Suganuma agreed that the stoppage was early: “No one likes to win in controversial fashion,’’ he said. “I thought I had him dazed but I don’t think he was completely out. I was a little surprised the ref did what he did but only because I wanted to hit him again. If he wants to fight again, that’s fine with me. Let’s do it.’’

(Jared Hamman is all, “wha hoppen?” Photo courtesy of Tom Casino @ Pro Elite.)

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Krezer- April 8, 2008 at 4:02 am
What Tanner said...that was a straight Eddie Bravo style twister. Its definitely more of a spine lock than a neck crank. Video is on youtube, go check it out.
Tanner- April 6, 2008 at 7:02 pm
The submission that Shayna won with is more than just a neck crank, its a Twister from Eddie Bravo's 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. Its more like a spine crank/body crank. that's why she took one hook out and put a lock down on her one leg.
dugmouth- April 6, 2008 at 5:03 am
hmm will this post....i missed all the fights because i thought and hour and a half would have been just long enough to catch the good fights...wish i had tuned in earlier
shutupandfight- April 5, 2008 at 11:36 pm
i dont get the whole homos in fighting thing. ok...why would a queer dude want to punch another dude? why would a dyke want to punch another chick? it's like a normal dude wanting to punch a normal chick....i dont get it....but ignorance is bliss...and i'm a fan of bliss.
Kim Couture is a cunt- April 5, 2008 at 10:15 pm
Nice Lesbo get up.
Rich S.- April 5, 2008 at 6:58 pm
what about.. Drew Fickett's neck crank on Josh Neer.. it put him out..
godzillad- April 5, 2008 at 3:44 pm
uummm.....You guys forgetting the year 2000 Neck Crank spree that Tito put on Kondo, Kerr on Igor Borisov, and Coleman on Masaaki Satake.
mmacoach- April 5, 2008 at 3:19 pm
For the first time, and I didn't even know who the dude was til last night, but the Hamman fight was stopped early in my opinion. He did take the right, then the knee, but stood up almost immediately even with the dude on top of him. The submission Baszler threw would make Eddie "Twister" Bravo proud for obvious reasons. You'd think that people wouldn't really fight Giva in his guard. Dumbasses. 2 time Brazilian champ in the black belt division but I'll stay in his guard because he won't do that to me. JOKE. Camacho is "a skird", damn, he looked like he was going to puke when he walked into the cage. Pobre gato miedo.