Pulver vs. Wheeler, from last night’s Co-Main Event
Yesterday, you may have looked at the name of Houston Alexander’s opponent, Razak Al-Hassan, and thought “Where have I heard of him before?”. Spoiler alert: He’s the guy who got his arm snapped by Steve Cantwell at Fight for the Troops because tapping is for bitches. It probably won’t come as too much of a surprise to you to find out that he had another fight stopped by injury. It may surprise you to find out that this time, the injury that prevented him from continuing was a dislocated finger. You read that correctly, Urijah. Not to make any accusations of bitchassness, but how did the doctor even realize that Al-Hassan had dislocated his finger without someone telling him?
The stoppage to this fight was almost as odd as watching Junie Browning give up during the first round of his fight with Jacob Clark. Granted, you could argue that Junie Browning gave up on this fight well before yesterday’s weigh-ins. Junie Browning came out quickly, earning an early takedown and nearly submitting Jacob Clark with a twister. However, once the ref stood the fighters back up and Clark stuffed an attempted takedown, Junie Browning gave up. Browning allowed Clark to gain side control, and immediately tapped once Clark started throwing elbows. Given Browning’s loss coupled with the fact that he has to forfeit an undisclosed sum of money per pound over 155, there is a possibility that Browning essentially fought for free (or rather, whatever his sponsors paid him) last night.
In far less depressing news, Jens Pulver won in convincing fashion over former WEC bantamweight Coty “Ox” Wheeler. Jens looked solid in his bantamweight debut against one of the better non-UFC American bantamweights, earning a second round TKO. Jens seems to be making a permanent move to 135, which appears pretty smart after last night’s performance. Check out the video, and let us know what you think in the comments section.
Full results, courtesy of ProMMANow.com:
Houston Alexander def. Razak Al-Hassan by TKO (injury) Rd 2 (5:00)
Jens Pulver def. Coty “Ox” Wheeler by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (1:59)
Tyler East def. Prince McLean by TKO (punches & elbows) Rd 1 (1:33)
Jamie Yager def. Willie Parks by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 2 (:21)
Diana Rael def. Angelica Chavez by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
Jacob Clark def. Junie Browning by submission (elbows) Rd 1 (4:18)