Fallon Fox (top) moved to 3-0. | Photo: Keith
Transgender fighter Fallon Fox
improved her professional record to a perfect 3-0, as she submitted
Jones with a third-round shin choke and advanced to the
Championship Fighting Alliance women’s featherweight tournament at
11 on Friday at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
Jones tapped out 3:36 into round three.
Fox proved to be the aggressor early in the contest, continually
moving forward and firing off leg kicks and right hands. Jones held
her own, however, as she backpedaled and tried to counter with jabs
to the midsection and left hooks upstairs. Fox took the fight to
the floor in all three rounds, working with punches and elbows from
the guard before shucking off an armbar attempt in the final stanza
and passing to side control. From there, “The Queen of Swords”
applied the finishing hold, cutting off Jones’ blood supply on one
side with a north-south headlock while pinching the other artery
with her shin bone.
Fox advances to the final of the women’s
featherweight tournament, where she will face Ashlee
Evans-Smith for a shot at $20,000.
Fox started slow but finished Jones.
“I noticed [Jones] just tried to get away from me a lot. It was
hard to catch up to her, but I did in the end, so that was pretty
awesome,” Fox said. “It’s going to be an awesome match. Ashlee
Smith is actually a little bit bigger than me. It’s going to be a
hard challenge, but we’re going to rock and win this $20,000.”
Kyle left no room for controversy in the main event, knocking
out Travis Wiuff
just 21 seconds into their heavyweight rematch.
Kyle and Wiuff previously met more than two years ago under the
King of the Cage banner, with “MAK” initially earning a technical
However, that result was later changed to a no contest once it was
determined that Kyle had struck Wiuff after the bell to end round
The CFA 11 headliner would last just a fraction as long as that
bout, as Kyle quickly clipped Wiuff with a wide left hook behind
the ear that disrupted the Bellator MMA veteran’s equilibrium and
dropped him to the floor. Kyle hesitated to pounce on his foe,
first looking to referee James
Warring to stop the contest. When Warring allowed the fight to
continue, Kyle dropped a pair of coffin-nail hammerfists on his
prone opponent, causing him to briefly go limp before clutching his
head in pain. Wiuff remained on his back for several minutes before
eventually being helped to his stool and then standing under his
own power to congratulate Kyle.
“Those are the shots that nobody ever expects. One
shot behind the ear -- it doesn’t take much. Look at [Junior] dos
Santos and Cain [Velasquez] in their first match. Same type of
shot,” Kyle said. “I [was] trying to tell the ref that [Wiuff] was
done. I saw his eyes roll back. The ref did what he could to let
him defend himself, but I really don’t want to hurt [anyone] out
Kyle melted Wiuff with leather.
Ex-Bellator talent Luis
Palomino violently knocked out Robert
Washington just 3:26 into their lightweight showdown. Though
the bout’s opening minutes provided little in the way of action,
“Baboon” soon electrified the crowd with a lunging one-two, the
second half of which snapped Washington’s head around and sent him
crashing to the canvas. Palomino nearly followed up on his badly
dazed foe but thought better of it, instead raising his hands high
as referee Troy Waugh
waved off the contest to save Washington from further
Soriano retained his interim featherweight championship in
workmanlike fashion, taking a unanimous verdict from Elvin Leon
Brito with scores of 50-45 across the board.
The undefeated 23-year-old came out aggressive from the get-go,
popping Brito with combinations and planting him on the canvas
often. The fight became a bloodbath in the third period, where
Soriano used a knee to break Brito’s nose -- an injury that would
spew blood for the remainder of the contest as Brito did his best
to slow down his relentless foe from the guard.
Bellator veteran Alexis Vila
returned to his winning ways in a flyweight showdown with Czar
Sklavos, though the 1996 Olympic wrestling bronze medalist
found himself in trouble early after Sklavos clipped him with a
sweet counter left hook. Vila recovered from the blow, however, and
floored his man with a leaping left of his own late in round one.
The second stanza would bring much of the same, as Vila staggered
Sklavos with a pair of hard rights and later took the fight to the
floor in both rounds two and three en route to a unanimous decision
Vila returned to his wrestling roots.
In the main card opener, Ed Gordon picked up the sixth triumph of
his professional career by finishing Oscar
Delgado with a second-round rear-naked choke. After a steady
first round that saw both men score in the standup, “Truck” elected
to take his foe to the mat in round two, slamming him to the canvas
with a powerful double-leg takedown.
A flurry of ground-and-pound followed, forcing Delgado to expose
his neck and subsequently tap out at 1:32 of the second period.
In preliminary action, Yosdenis
Cedeno outpointed Trent
McCown in a unanimous decision, while Valdir
Araujo knocked out Alik Tseiko
in the waning minutes of their three-round contest. Additionally,
Barbosa stopped Frank
Carrillo via technical knockout, while Charles
Rosa and Jose
Caceres both forced their opponents to tap out, earning
submissions over Aaron
Steadman and Kamarudeen
Usman, respectively. Earlier, Gleidson
DeJesus edged Yvon
Agenord in a split decision, while Rico
Farrington cruised to a unanimous verdict over Jacob Gombocz.