Kendall Grove bested Ikuhisa Minowa at ProElite 3. | Photo: Dave
Playing off his nine-inch height and 7.5-inch reach advantage,
Grove had no problems with Ikuhisa
Grove (14-9) dictated the standup and dominated Minowa on the mat,
as he claimed a lopsided unanimous decision against the 2009 Dream
Super Hulk grand prix winner in the ProElite
3 headliner on Saturday at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center in
All three cageside judges scored it 30-27 for the 29-year-old
Hawaiian. The defeat snapped Minowa’s five-fight winning streak and
spoiled the Pride Fighting Championships veteran’s debut on
Grove stuck Minowa (52-33-8) with straight rights,
jabs and intermittent front kicks to the body. Outside of a
first-round takedown, he stayed off his back and out of the
Japanese professional wrestler’s wheelhouse, steering clear of the
vaunted leg locks for which “Minowaman” has become known.
Grove cruised against Minowa.
Rounds two and three were decidedly one-sided, as Grove thwarted
takedowns, assumed top position, threatened with chokes and
attacked with elbows to the body and punches to the head. His body
triangle was particularly effective, as his long legs allowed him
to remain attached to Minowa’s back for vast stretches of the
fight. Still, Grove’s inability to end it proved frustrating.
“I was trying to finish him, but from the back, he’s tough; he
defends well,” he said. “I should have finished him.”
Grove, who won Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series,
has rattled off back-to-back wins since being released by the
Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“I’m a fighter. I’ll fight whoever you want me to fight,” he said.
“That’s my job. I don’t duck guys.”
Repeated takedowns, strategic ground-and-pound and
impeccable submission defense carried 2004 Olympic silver medalist
McMann to a unanimous decision over Japanese judoka Hitomi
Akano in the co-main event. McMann (5-0) swept the scorecards
by identical 30-27 counts.
McMann bullied Akano.
Akano (18-9), who entered the cage on a two-fight winning streak,
had no answer for the South Carolinian’s world-class wrestling
skills. McMann struck for multiple takedowns in all three rounds,
mounted Akano in the second round and kept the Abe Ani Combat Club
representative pinned to the mat for much of the 15-minute
encounter. She also picked her sports with some thudding punches
from top position.
To her credit, Akano fished relentlessly for submissions, primarily
triangle chokes and armbars, but failed to crack the decorated
American wrestler’s defensive code.
Infinite MMA representative Ryan
Martinez advanced to the final of the ongoing ProElite
heavyweight grand prix with, capturing a unanimous verdict from
Griffin. All three cageside judges scored it for Martinez
(7-1): 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27).
Martinez outworked Griffin.
On a five-fight winning streak, Martinez fed Griffin a steady diet
of powerful leg kicks, damaging the inside and outside of Griffin’s
lead thigh. Bruising was visible. The 29-year-old worked in
occasional jabs and body kicks, as he opened a small cut near
Griffin’s right eye in the first round and wobbled him with a
counter right hook in the third.
Griffin tried but failed to bait his opponent into a firefight, as
Martinez let his hands and feet work, stayed true to his game plan
and cruised to a one-sided decision.
Martinez will face undefeated San Antonio police
Odoms in the grand prix final. The 36-year-old Odoms (7-0)
submitted Jake Heun with
a neck crank 1:56 into the second round of their back-and-forth
Odoms outlasted Heun.
Odoms fought through a pair of takedowns, three mounts, multiple
submission attempts and some heavy ground-and-pound against Heun
(2-2), a Jeremy Horn
protégé who failed to maintain a sustainable pace. With fatigue
overtaking him, Heun slipped off his opponent’s back in the second
round, and Odoms capitalized. He moved to a dominant position,
secured the neck and, with it, his first submission as a
Heavyweight prospect Patrick
Cummins kept his unbeaten professional record intact, as he
Edwards with a first-round arm-triangle choke. Edwards (2-1)
asked out of the fight 4:01 into round one.
Cummins finished Edwards.
Cummins (2-0), a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Penn State
University, dominated from the start. The Reign MMA representative
scored with a takedown inside the first 30 seconds, unleashed his
ground-and-pound, passed guard without much resistance and
eventually mounted the Hawaiian. From there, Cummins locked in the
arm-triangle choke, cleared Edwards’ legs and awaited the
In other action, Chris Leben
Schermerhorn knocked out Kaleo
Gambill with a wicked left hook 45 seconds into the first
round; Dream veteran Tatsuya
Mizuno submitted Ilima
Maiava with an arm-triangle choke 1:47 into round two of their
light heavyweight duel; Toby Misech
Saito on knees 1:53 into the first round; Collin Mansansas
needed a little more than two minutes to submit Bryson
Kamaka, closing out the Strikeforce veteran 2:27 into round
one; and Sean Rush
coaxed a tapout from Jaymes
Schulte 2:37 into the first round, nailing down the submission
with a rear-naked choke.