Pablo Diablo’s Five Round Review 3/31/14

At Cage Warriors Fight Night 10, Middleweight Abu Azaitar finished off an exciting fight card by earning a TKO on Jack Marshman at just :34 of round 1.

Bellator 114 featured semifinal fights in both the Middleweight and Featherweight divisions. The main event saw the Middleweight belt on the line as veteran Alexander Shlemenko looked to defend it for the third time. Shlemenko did just that against Brennan Ward by submitting him via guillotine at 1:22 of round 2 to remain champion.

The XFC continued rolling with their international events with XFCi 3 in Sao Paulo Brazil. In the main event XFC veteran and fan favorite Luis “Sapo” Santos defeated fellow Lightweight Alfredo Morales by landing a devastating front kick that could be a candidate for knockout of the year. The KO came at 1:34 of round 3. This win was the 60th of Santos’s career.

The WSOF returned with perhaps their most impressive event yet. Former UFC Middleweight Yushin Okami dominated Svetlozar Savov with impressive judo and ground and pound which led to a win via arm triangle at 4:46 of round 2. Marlon Moraes won the inaugural Bantamweight belt by battering Josh Rettinghouse with leg kicks for five rounds. The kicks resulted in some pretty nasty bruising and even dropped Rettinghouse on several occasions. Moraes won by unanimous decision. The main event saw the return of controversial fighter Rousimar Palhares. The Welterweight belt was on the line and Palhares claimed it from Steve Carl in his usual fashion, by first round heel hook. The submission came at just 1:09 of round 1.

Middleweight champion Chris Weidman is out of his UFC 173 title fight with Lyoto Machida. Bantamweight champion Renan Barao will now serve as the main event, defending his belt against T.J. Dillashaw.

Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will fight Gilbert Melendez at the UFC year end event following their coaching rolls on The Ultimate Fighter.

Matt Riddle and Jose Landi-Jons will fight for the vacant Welterweight title at Titan FC 29. The fight card will feature several former UFC fighters including Vinny Magalhaes, Jason Brilz and Dave Herman.

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