(Bobby Lashley vs. Bob Sapp. Props to MMA Scraps.)
We were promised a train-wreck — what we got was slower and far less dramatic. (An ice-cream truck crashing into a tree, maybe?) Bobby Lashley got down to business right away in his main event fight with Bob Sapp at last night’s "Ultimate Chaos" show in Biloxi, taking the Beast down immediately and working some steady ground-and-pound in half-guard for a couple minutes, until Sapp tapped from the abuse. Unfortunately the ref didn’t see it, so Lashley was forced to beat on the helpless 322-pounder some more until a second tap finally caught the ref’s attention. Lashley moves to 4-0 in his budding MMA career, and plans to fight again in September.
The co-headlining fight looked like it was going to turn out the same way, with Pedro Rizzo quickly establishing top position on Gilbert Yvel and throwing down elbows. But Yvel stayed active, kicked Rizzo off and escaped to his feet. Back to his comfort zone, Yvel unleashed a striking assault that sent Rizzo to the mat, and knocked him out cold with strikes from the top. Yvel increased his record to 35-12, with 30 wins by KO/TKO; after the fight, he confirmed that he’ll be facing Paul Buentello at Affliction: Trilogy on August 1st.
Affliction VP Tom Atencio was victorious as well, taking out Randy Hedderick by TKO stoppage due to a broken nose. The first round was all Hedderick, who outstruck Atencio and rocked him badly with punches. But Atencio kept his wits about him and finished the second round with a barrage of punches from the top that shattered Hedderick’s beak. Hedderick couldn’t come out for round 3, giving Atencio his second MMA win. Complete results, and video of the Yvel/Rizzo fight, are below.
- Bobby Lashley def. Bob Sapp via submission (strikes), 3:17 of round 1
- Gilbert Yvel def. Pedro Rizzo via KO, 2:10 of round 1
- Colin McKee def. Lance Thompson via submission (strikes), 4:16 of round 1
- Javier Vazquez def. Mark Kergosien* via submission (guillotine choke), 0:59 of round 1
- Chris Horodecki def. William Sriyapai via submission, 4:02 of round 1
- Waachim Spiritwolf def. Brett Cooper via TKO, 3:41 of round 1
- Tom Atencio def. Randy Hedderick via TKO, 5:00 of round 2 (Hedderick didn’t come out for round 3 due to a broken nose)
- Brandon Harder def. John Harris via submission (arm triangle choke), 4:31 of round 2
- James Orso def. Danny Abbadi via unanimous deecision
* Kergosian was a last-minute replacement for Din Thomas, who had to drop out of the fight after a weight-cutting misunderstanding left him too exhausted to compete.