HONOLULU – Kala Kolohe
picked up a much-needed victory,
as he stopped Rolando
on strikes 1:05 into the second
round in the main event at Icon Sport "Hard Times" on Saturday at
the Blaisdell Arena.
After a disappointing non-title loss to Robert
McDaniel (Pictures) in June, Hose, the Icon Sport
middleweight champion, needed to get back on track and prove his
win over UFC and Pride Fighting Championships veteran Phil Baroni
(Pictures) earlier this year was no
The relatively unknown Dominique was not going to make it easy for
him, however, even though Hose’s middleweight belt was not at
The Alaskan came out with guns blazing and showed no hesitation
when it came to trading blows with the heavy-handed Hose. Both
fighters landed, but Dominique got the best of the exchanges and
connected with a left hand that rocked his Hawaiian
Though he appeared to be in trouble early, Hose regained his
composure, found his rhythm and started to land more shots.
Dominique felt the pressure, shot in for a takedown and then
quickly took mount. But the Hawaiian powered his way out, as he
shoved off the bigger Dominique. Hose gained top control and landed
punches until time expired in round one.
In the second frame, Hose built on the momentum he had picked up at
the end of the first and dropped his opponent with a right hook.
From there, he finished.
“I caught him,” Hose said. “I didn’t know that he was going to go
down that quick. It kind of shocked me, so I just tried stay on top
of him. I caught an up-kick, but I got the finish.”
The man Hose defeated for the Icon Sport middleweight crown also
came through with a solid performance.
After a number of disappointing losses, Baroni earned his second
victory in three weeks, as he dispatched Hawaiian workhorse
Verdadero (Pictures) in less than a minute.
The two fighters engaged in a slugfest, and while both connected,
it was Baroni who landed the first meaningful blows. The
32-year-old New Yorker delivered an uppercut and right hook that
put Verdadero on the mat. Baroni followed him to the floor, as
referee Yuji Shimada called a stop to the bout just 51 seconds into
the first frame.
The crowd, questioning the stoppage, erupted with a chorus of boos,
as Verdadero quickly returned to his feet.
“It was a flash knockdown, man,” Verdadero told Sherdog.com. “I hit
the mat, and I got right back up. I didn’t even realize myself that
the fight was over.”
A winner in back-to-back fights for the first time in more than
three years, Baroni took the opportunity to campaign for a rematch
“I wanted to go out there and do my thing,” Baroni said. “I’ll show
it to you guys next time when I knock out Kala Kolohe. I’ll fight
him anytime, any place, anywhere -- for free.”
Meanwhile, Bao Quach
(Pictures) and Mark Oshiro
(Pictures) left the crowd begging for two
more rounds after the two fought an extraordinary battle at 140
pounds that saw Quach take a hard-earned decision after 15 minutes
of non-stop action.
Quach showed no interest in trading with the hard-hitting Hawaiian,
as he countered an early low kick with a well-timed takedown.
“Mark’s a tough guy,” Quach said. “He has good stand-up. I just
felt like I have better wrestling; I have better submissions and
better control on the ground.”
The Colin Oyama-trained fighter landed knees to his opponent’s body
from side control, then trapped Oshiro’s arm in a crucifix. From
there, Quach transitioned into what appeared to be a tight armbar,
but Oshiro endured and waited out the clock.
The second round started much the same as the first, as Quach
scored the early takedown and worked for the submission. The
Huntington Beach, Calif., fighter secured another armbar, but the
flexible Oshiro escaped, rolled on top of Quach and fired away with
heavy shots that had his opponent stunned.
“I honestly thought I had him,” Oshiro said. “I saw him; his eyes
were dazed, he went to his back, I tried to finish. And somehow,
some way [Quach] came right back, took me down and put me on my
With Quach back on top, the two fighters exchanged knees from side
position. As time ran down, Quach secured another armbar, but he
did not have the time to finish it.
The opening seconds of the round three played out like an instant
replay of the first two. Oshiro threw a low kick, and Quach got the
Bloody and battered, Quach looked content to ride out the round
from top position, but that plan was interrupted when the referee
stood up the fighters over lack of action. Back on his feet, Quach
landed a big right hand, but Oshiro fired back with a right of his
own and followed with a knee that put Quach on his back.
“It was a hard hit,” Quach said, “but it didn’t really faze
The young Hawaiian attempted to finish, but the submission-savvy
Quach seized his leg and twisted a heel hook. Oshiro winced in
pain, as Quach cranked the submission.
“Ninety nine point nine percent pf my body was telling me to quit,”
Oshiro said. “My mind was telling me just tap, but my heart was
saying no way. I like to fight. I don’t like to lose. I don’t ever
plan on tapping, you know … no matter what.”
Oshiro finally escaped but was stuck underneath his opponent. The
tired warriors again traded knees from the ground, as time ticked
away. Both men turned in gutsy performances, but Quach did enough
to earn the decision and with it the Icon Sport 140-pound North
In other action, Sidney Silva
(Pictures) made quick work of Hideto Konda,
as he coaxed a tapout with a first-round armbar.
Their showdown started the day before at the official weigh-in when
Silva -- who was dropping from 170 to 160 pounds -- mistakenly
thought he had made weight and began to rehydrate. Before the
miscommunication was realized, the Brazilian fighter had gulped
down enough water to put him over the 161-pound limit by two
Faced with a second weight cut, Silva pleaded with Kondo and his
trainer, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai. However, his pleas fell on deaf
ears, as the Japanese fighter and his trainer seemed to enjoy
watching Silva struggle.
“After the episode at the weigh-ins, it frustrated me a lot,” Silva
said. “I just got a little angry. I tried to hurt him as hard as I
Silva came out strong, as he landed a head kick and a series of low
kicks that seemed to take their toll on Kondo. After landing a
knee, Silva took the fight to the floor and secured back control.
He then transitioned nicely into the fight-ending armbar 3:40 into
the first round.
“To be honest, I don’t really know how it happened; it was kind of
fast,” Silva said. “I just go for the arm, you know, whatever. He
gave it to me. I just tried to stretch his arm and make him
Elsewhere, Matt Hume
(Pictures) protégé Mario Miranda kept his
undefeated record intact, as he needed only 1:27 to pound out
Miranda landed a high kick, took the fight to the floor and latched
onto Diaz’s back. With both hooks in, he flattened out Diaz and
pounded away at his defenseless opponent until the referee stopped
the bout. Diaz looked disappointed but did not offer much of a
At lightweight, Maui-based Eddie
Rincon (Pictures) earned his first professional
victory, as he was awarded a unanimous decision against the tough
Lista (Pictures). Though he scored with takedowns,
Lista could not capitalize on the position. Rincon, meanwhile,
landed heavy leather throughout the fight and swayed the judges
with his striking.
Maui Wolfgram, Brad Taveras and Alan Lima
(Pictures) were also victorious, along with
Newalu (Pictures) and Kyle Miyahana. A 140-pound
bout between rookies Keola Silva and Ian Dela Cuesta ended in a no
contest after Silva landed an accidental low blow 22 seconds into
Finally, the scheduled 140-pound match between Kurrent Cockett and
Bott (Pictures) was cancelled when Bott failed to
make weight. Their bout will be rescheduled for the next Icon Sport
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