Boxing/MMA crossover maniac Ricardo Mayorga returned from his sort of meaningless suspension on Saturday in Managua, Nicaragua, when he faced off against street-fighter Rene “Level” Martinez in the main event of World Series of Fighting: Central America*. And just like the last time a boxer and a well-known street-fighter threw down in a cage, Mayorga had no answer for the gilly.
Wisely, Martinez closed the distance and shot in as soon as the fight began, hauling Mayorga to the mat after a brief clinch against the fence. Mayorga temporarily controlled Martinez’s head with a broke-ass guillotine attempt of his own, but Level pulled out of it and started working on Mayorga from the top. When ‘El Matador’ tried to escape to his feet, Martinez wrapped up a choke and finished it immediately, earning the submission victory at 1:45 of round 1. The win bumped Level’s pro MMA record to 5-0-1, and sunk Mayorga’s to 0-1-0 w/ one no-contest.
This is usually the part where I’d say something like, “MMA isn’t for everybody, and Mayorga should go back to boxing before he embarrasses himself again.” But actually…this is kind of fun. Keep it up, Ricky!
* Yes, WSOF now runs fights in Nicaragua. The promotion has quietly been buying up local MMA promotions around the world and re-branding them, which is how ‘Omega MMA’ became ‘Word Series of Fighting Central America.’ We hear that they’re working on a more notable acquisition in Canada. Stay tuned.