Edwin Aguilar stopped Kala Hose: James Meinhardt |
HONOLULU -- Former Icon Sport middleweight champion Kala Hose took
his third consecutive defeat on Saturday at the Neal S. Blaisdell
Arena, as Mexico’s Edwin
Aguilar caught the Hawaiian with a well-placed knee and
followed up with a barrage of punches until referee Chris West
halted the X-1 “Island Pride” main event 4:21 into the first
Hose, who has not won a fight since August 2008,
uncharacteristically opted to clinch and work for early
“I figured with this fight we’d try something different and take
him to the ground,” Hose said.
However, the EliteXC veteran could not bring his foe to the mat, as
“Tigre” defended and began landing knees to Hose’s head from the
over-under clinch position.
“He was catching me with some knees,” Hose said. “At first, it
wasn’t bothering me, and then he just landed that big one.”
Though the game plan was unsuccessful against Aguilar, Hose still
believes improving his wrestling and grappling will bring him more
success in the future.
“I’ve got to stop being one-dimensional,” Hose said. “I’ve got to
really work on my ground game, [because] that’s been my biggest
The conclusion of the X-1 light heavyweight
tournament took co-main event status, as South Korea’s Sang Soo
Lee defeated Poai
Suganuma via unanimous decision.
Lee (left) def.
Lee -- who defeated Daniel
Madrid and Roy
Boughton en route to the final -- displayed a well-rounded
skill set, as he dropped Suganuma numerous times over the 15-minute
affair and controlled top position for long stretches.
“The fight went exactly as we planned for in training,” Lee said
through his manager and translator, John Han. “From Poai’s previous
fights, we saw that he has a good punch when he has a good
distance, so we tried not to give him the distance.”
Oscar Penovaroff scored a devastating knockout over the San
Jose, Calif.-based David
Penovaroff’s training camp includes Sonny Westbrook and Leland
Chapman, whom fans may recognize from the television series
“Dog the Bounty Hunter.”
He connected with an overhand right that sent his opponent crashing
to the mat at 1:46 of the opening round.
Holloway captured the X-1 155-pound state championship, scoring
a technical knockout over Strikeforce veteran Bryson
Kamaka 3:09 into round one.
“It was what I thought it was going to be -- a stand-up war,”
Holloway said. “He caught me with some good ones; I’m not going to
lie. He got me with a couple good high kicks, but in the end, I
guess it was the overhand that did it. After that, I saw him
walking kind of funny, so I bounced on that and got the TKO.”
Kimura def. Sadhu Bott --
Mansanas def. Delbert
Grace -- TKO (Punches) 1:25 R2