LAS VEGAS -- “Jiu-jitsu, baby!” screamed an exuberant Jay Silva
immediately following his shocking submission win over the
Grove in the main event of Superior
Cage Combat 4 at the Orleans Arena on Thursday night.
The win came 1:52 into the second round. After hurting the lanky
Hawaiian with a flurry of punches, Silva locked on a perfect arm
triangle from the side and put Grove to sleep.
Silva didn’t just walk right through his much taller opponent; he
had some difficulty in dealing with Grove’s long reach and quick
hands. Grove landed several thudding kicks to Silva’s leg and his
jab and hooks were causing his opponent some grief. Still, the
Huntington Beach, Calif.-based fighter was resilient and wanted to
stand and bang with Grove whenever he could.
He got his wish in the second, and it paid dividends as an errant
right hand landed on Grove’s temple, buckling his legs. “Da Spyder”
tried to regroup and hide the fact that he was hurt, but his
rubbery legs betrayed him and he eventually crumbled to the canvas.
Silva (8-5) pounced and doled out a vicious attack, but Grove
(14-10) was able to survive and pull guard. However, Silva
scrambled out and latched on the choke, ending the fight when Grove
was rendered unconscious.
In the co-main event, John
Gunderson battled through adversity and snatched the vacant
Superior Cage Combat lightweight crown away from Justin
Buchholz with an impressive submission win. Both
UFC veterans, Gunderson and Buchholz electrified the crowd with
an entertaining battle. Buchholz seized control of the bout early
with takedowns and submission attempts, but the crafty Team
Tompkins fighter was able to escape them all.
Gunderson stopped Buchholz.
Buchholz appeared to be winning the duel both standing and on the
ground, but Gunderson never lost his focus and continued to plug
away at the slippery and speedy
Team Alpha Male fighter. In the third round, Buchholz scored
another takedown and began raining strikes down on Gunderson, who
had to turtle up defensively.
Needing to regroup or possibly be stopped, Gunderson scrambled out.
When Buchholz tried to continue the moderate onslaught, Gunderson
trapped his arm and locked in a deep kimura. Buchholz (12-7) rolled
out of the dangerous position, but his efforts to scramble out were
thwarted by Gunderson’s glue-like grip.
Gunderson simply rolled with his opponent and secured the lock,
forcing Buchholz to tap. The official time of the submission came
at 2:35 of the third, making Gunderson the first ever champion at
155 pounds for the SCC promotion.
“I just want to cry,” an elated and emotional Gunderson (33-12-2)
said afterward. “I’ve had so many fights, man. This is
unbelievable. Buchholz is a badass fighter who comes from a badass
“I was going to break it, I didn’t care,” he added, fighting back
his tears. “I wanted this win so bad. I didn’t care if I broke it.
This is for Shawn (Tompkins).”
“TUF” Season 11 veteran Jamie Yager
outlasted Danny Davis
Jr. in a spirited welterweight match and won a close, but
well-deserved unanimous decision. Each man give as good as he got,
but Yager’s stinging leg kicks and forceful takedowns were the
deciding factor in having his hand raised at the fight’s
Yager outlasted Davis Jr.
Official scores were 30-27 on all three of the judges’ scorecards
in favor of the outspoken Pasadena, Calif., resident, now 6-2.
Yager fought at welterweight for the first time after having
competed at 185. Davis, from Drysdale BJJ in Las Vegas, fell to
Goncalves Silva won a workmanlike three-round unanimous
decision over California’s Dominique
Robinson (17-5-2). The lightweight battle was uneventful, but
the Brazilian was just a pinch better in all areas. All three
judges scored the contest 29-28, allowing “Bananada” to improve to
Highly-touted featherweight prospect Brandon
Bender had to pull out every trick in his bag to dispatch of
the tough Marlin
Weikel (9-3). After several failed guillotine chokes and
various other submission attempts left him nearly depleted of
energy, Bender appeared to be trailing on the cards when he
suckered the Medford, Ore., fighter into a triangle late in the
third and forced the tap.
Bender, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., improved to 9-0 with the
win, which came at 2:29 of the final round.
Harris (4-1) handed Jackson’s
Hamilton his first professional loss via first-round TKO. A
right hand staggered the taller Hamilton (6-1) and Harris, from
Homewood, Ala., followed it up with a series of punches until the
Albuquerque fighter collapsed in a heap. Referee Steve Mazzagatti
had to jump in and stop the assault at the 1:17 mark.
Harris blasted Hamilton.
Xtreme Couture featherweight prospect Jimmy Jones
(4-1) opened the night with a hard-fought third-round submission
victory over Brazilian Joao Victor
(2-1). In a fight that was as evenly contested as they come, Jones
was able to lock on a rear-naked choke and force the tapout at 3:29
of the stanza.
The anticipated middleweight showdown between former UFC fighters
Taylor and Terry Martin
was scratched because Martin was not cleared medically by the
Nevada Athletic Commission. Taylor was still given both his show
and win money.
You can also contact Mike Sloan at www.facebook.com/mikesloan19
or follow him on Twitter @mikesloan19
This item was updated at 2:49 p.m. ET on Feb. 19. The original
report stated that this was Grove’s first submission loss; it was
his second after 2005 defeat against Savant Young.