CALGARY, Alberta, Canada, Feb. 1 -- Antonio Rogerio
Nogueira (Pictures) defeated Todd Gouwenberg (Pictures) in the main event of Hardcore
Championship Fighting: "Destiny" Friday tonight in a manner that
was not predicted by many.
The end result was all that mattered, as Nogueira forced referee
Vern Gorman to save Gouwenberg from a barrage of punches and knees
late in round two inside the Stampede Corral Arena.
Coming into the fight, most expected that Gouwenberg could have an
advantage on the feet while Nogueira's big advantage came the
ground. In reality, it was the exact opposite as Gouwenberg more
than held his own against the Brazilian on the ground.
Round one started off with both fighters tentatively pawing at each
other before clinching up against the cage. Nogueira got a takedown
but could do nothing effective inside of Gouwenberg's half-guard.
The process was repeated twice more in the round as Nogueira would
get a takedown but never put Gouwenberg in any real danger on the
"I was expecting him to be as good on the ground as he was," said
the 31-year-old Brazilian after the fight. "I heard he had been
training a lot of jiu-jitsu with Denis Kang (Pictures) and he was very good. I tried to
submit him but he had very good escapes."
The second round was more of the same, with Nogueira getting
takedowns but not being able to do much while on the ground. The
tide turned late in the second after Gouwenberg managed to scramble
back to his feet. Nogueira connected with a hard body shot that
took the wind out of Gouwenberg. Nogueira stalked his opponent
around the cage landing knees to the body and punches to the head
before the referee finally stopped the fight at 4:34 of the second
"He's very strong and he has good technique," said Nogueira, who
moved to 13-3 with the victory. "His defense was good but he
eventually gave me the chance and I took it. I trained a lot of
boxing and Muay Thai for this fight cause I heard he was good at
standup. I was able to keep my distance and connect with the
straight left and I managed to avoid his tie up attempts."
Gouwenberg was clearly disappointed with his performance following
"I got tired faster than I thought I would," said the product of
Langley, British Columbia. "Maybe it was the altitude. I didn't let
my hands go. He was catching me. He was much stronger than I
thought he was going to be. I thought I was going to be stronger
but I wasn't."
Nogueira has a three-fight deal with Hardcore Championship Fighting
but he isn't thinking about his next fight right now.
"I've got a 6 a.m. flight to Las Vegas tomorrow morning and I am
very excited to see my brother fight," Nogueira said of his twin
Rodrigo, who fights Tim
Sylvia (Pictures) for the UFC interim heavyweight
title Saturday. "I think he is going to win."
PRIDE veteran Gegard
Mousasi (Pictures) defeated Brazilian Evangelista Santos
(Pictures) with some controversy.
After the initial feeling out process, Mousasi managed to get the
fight to the ground and immediately went to side-control. From
there, he managed to tie up Santos' right arm with his legs and
pinned his left with his right arm allowing him to throw unanswered
blows to Santos' head with his left.
Santos appeared to be doing a good job of dodging the blows while
forcing Mousasi to constantly regain his balance before throwing
strikes. It appeared that few of Mousasi's shots were doing any
real damage but the referee thought otherwise and stepped in to
stop the fight at 3:42 of the second round. Santos was up off the
mat before Mousasi was to dispute the stoppage.
"I wanted to stand and trade but it ended up on the ground," said
Mousasi, who moves to 19-2-1 with the victory. "It's not my
decision when the referee decides to stop the fight. I can only
punch till the referee stops it. It's out of my hands."
Heading into the fight, Mousasi was confused about its date and
found himself having to cut weight on short notice.
"I thought the fights were on Saturday night and the weigh-in was
going to be today so when they asked me to weigh-in yesterday, I
wasn't ready," he said. "I had to cut a lot of weight and that made
me a little ill heading into the fight."
Ill-effects of the five-pound weight cut in just over an hour were
minimal at best, as Mousasi put together a very impressive
performance this evening.
In his first defense of his HCF lightweight title, Thomas Schulte (Pictures) made quick work of challenger
Davis started with a bang by catching a Schulte kick and connecting
on a punch that sent Schulte to the canvas. However when Davis came
down to try and finish the fight, he was met with a powerful
up-kick that allowed Schulte to take Davis' back. It was only a
matter of time before Schulte defended his title with the
rear-naked-choke victory just 1:15 into the first.
"I was going to try and win with punches but him catching the kick
brought the fight to the ground," Schulte said. "I passed his guard
and hopped onto his back. At first he was defending it pretty well
but I kept swimming and working for it and I got it.
"I wasn't expecting it to be that quick. I was ready to go for 25
minutes but here I am talking to you instead which is nice."
In his fight with UFC veteran David Loiseau (Pictures), Jason Day (Pictures) took a step up in competition and
passed the test, albeit not necessarily with flying colors.
Loiseau opened the fight by trying a flying axe-kick. That was the
highlight of the round as the remainder was rather uneventful on
the ground with Loiseau inside Day's guard. Both fighters were
passive in the first round with neither committing to any serious
striking or submission attacks in a close first round.
The second round was a near carbon copy of the first with Loiseau
opening with a high kick before settling in to clinch work along
the fence and ground work with Loiseau in Day's guard. Towards the
end of the round, Day managed to reverse and get on top of Loiseau
and landed some blows that forced Loiseau to turn over and give his
back. Time expired before Day had a chance to take advantage of
Round three was much the same as the first 10 minutes. In the end,
it came down to a close decision from the judges. When Day was
announced as the winner via a split decision, a loud chorus of boos
came down from the stands. Sherdog.com score the bout 29-28 for
David Loiseau (Pictures).
"It depends on how they scored the first round," Day said after the
fight. "I won the second round with my final flurry and he won the
third round because of his takedowns. It all depends on how you
scored that first round."
"I definitely though I won that fight," a visibly upset Loiseau
told Sherdog.com. "Other than his flurry at the end of the second
round, I thought I controlled the whole fight under than those 30
second or so. Day told me after the fight that he thought I won the
(Pictures) turned a lackluster fight
into one to remember by landing a crushing KO blow to his opponent,
After an uneventful first half of the fight, Noble threw a left
kick that Seguin managed to block. But while Seguin was busy
blocking the kick, Noble connected with a right hook that caught
Seguin flush on the chin and sent him down to the canvas. Noble
followed him down to the crown and landed one more shot for good
measure before the referee stopped the fight 4:34 into the second
After the fight, Noble said he plans to move down to 155
Mike Pyle (Pictures) controlled his fight with
(Pictures) on rout to picking up a
submission victory early in the second.
Pyle controlled the whole first round, which was drowned out by
deafening chants for former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight
champion Randy Couture
(Pictures), who was cornering Pyle for
this fight. Controlling the fight on the ground, Pyle attempted a
couple different submission attempted but Mirenic defended
The second round saw Pyle take the fight to the ground and grab an
exposed arm of Mirenic's. Twisting it behind his opponent's back,
Pyle got the Kimura victory 1:24 into the second round.
"I kept softening him up, waiting for him to turn," Pyle said. "I
stayed on top and one step ahead. He eventually gave me the arm and
I took it and got the win."
Andrew Buckland did
not win the first eight minutes of his bout with Dan Chambers (Pictures), but the record books will only
show that he won in the end. After being in trouble in round one
and the first half of round two, Buckland landed one punch that
changed the course of the fight which allowed him to get a Kimura
victory 3:19 into the second round in a great come from behind
Ariel Sexton and Myles Merola both had their
moments in the first round, but the second round was Sexton's as he
achieved victory thanks to a rear-naked choke at 1:08 of the second
Miodrag Petkovic put
on a leg-kicking clinic. For three rounds he slowed Tim Hague down by landing a wide
array of kicks and strikes to his left leg. Hague tried many bull
rush takedowns to get the fight to the crowd, but with limited
success. Petkovic's leg kicks were rewarded with a split decision
Nabil Khatib (Pictures) survived a treacherous first two
minutes with Lucas Rota to
control the rest of the fight on rout to a unanimous decision
victory. Following Rota's initial barrage of punches, kicks, and
knees, Khatib controlled the rest of the bout on the ground on
route to the victory.
Opening the evening, Juan
Barrantes couldn't get his rear-naked or triangle choke
attempts to work, but his armbar attempt forced opponent Fabian Cortez to tap 2:20 into
the first round.