HONOLULU -- X-1 world middleweight champion Falaniko Vitale successfully defended his title in the X-1 “Heroes” headliner on Saturday at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, as he submitted Kala Hose in the fourth round with an Ezekiel choke. The end came 2:26 into round four.

The 36-year old Vitale dominated the first frame, as he secured an early takedown, quickly moved to mount and methodically dished out punishment in the form of right and left hands. However, Hose, a former Icon Sport middleweight champ, rallied in the second and third rounds. The Waianae fighter, known for his heavy hands, pushed the pace and dealt damage along the fence, but Vitale was never out of the fight.

“I knew I was losing the second and third rounds, so I had to try to take him down, which I eventually did,” Vitale said. “I knew he wasn’t going to give up, so I tried to do something to finish the fight.”

After ducking under a wild punch from Hose and scoring a double-leg takedown, Vitale worked the same choke he used to submit “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 semi-finalist Kalib Starnes in March.

“I choke everybody with the Ezekiel, you know; I love that move,” Vitale said. “I pretty much catch everybody in the gym, even top guys, too. I use that move with everybody, so, you know, I’m going to go with my bread and butter.”

The event also featured the semi-final round of a tournament to crown a new light heavyweight champion. EliteXC veteran Po’ai Suganuma advanced to the final, as he floored Vitalius Shemetov with an overhand right that landed flush to the side of the Russian fighter’s head. Suganuma followed with a flurry of hammerfists to seal the deal, earning the stoppage just 68 seconds into opening round.

On the other side of the light heavyweight bracket, Korea’s Sang Soo Lee defeated Cesar Gracie protege Roy Boughton via unanimous decision. With the victory, Lee will face Suganuma for the vacant X-1 205-pound crown on Nov. 6.

Meanwhile, Ricky Wallace pushed his winning streak to six fights and captured the promotion’s 145-pound title, as he submitted Strikeforce veteran Alvin Cacdac with a rear-naked choke at 4:40 of the third round in an action-packed fight. The unbeaten Russell Doane also left the arena with some championship gold, as he submitted bantamweight titleholder Bryson Hansen with a triangle choke 2:59 into the first round.

Finally, Olympia Jiu-Jitsu fighter Sarah D’Alelio submitted top Hawaiian female prospect Raquel Pa’aluhi. D’Alelio, who remained perfect in four professional appearances, caught Pa’aluhi in a nasty armbar from which she could not escape. “The Monster” held onto the submission through numerous escape attempts and nearly let it go at one point when she thought Pa’aluhi had tapped. The Hawaiian eventually succumbed to the hold 2:13 into the first round.


Max Halloway def. Duke Saragosa -- Unanimous Decision
Mark Tajon def. Eddie Perrells -- Submission (Armbar) 3:22 R1
Dustin Kimura def. Chris Willems -- Submission (Triangle Choke) 2:55 R1
Collin Mansanas def. Caleb Price -- Split Decision
Timothy Meeks def. Van Shiroma -- Unanimous Decision

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Ronny Markes out of WSOF 20 headliner; Dave Branch now meets Jesse McElligott

  • 24 days ago
  • 4 views

On the day of the weigh-ins, WSOF 20 headliner Ronny Markes is out of the main event. Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>

Premier Boxing Champions on NBC headliner Danny Garcia reveals his six-toed foot

  • 24 days ago
  • 33 views

Undefeated boxer and NBC headliner Danny Garcia showed off something that he considers an advantage in the ring - An extra toe. Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) is one of the top junior welterweights (140 read news >>

In RFA 25 headliner, Sam Toomer believes he's fighting Justin Lawrence for UFC contract

  • 24 days ago
  • 3 views

Undefeated featherweight Sam Toomer has an opportunity to collect some gold this Friday night when he faces Justin Lawrence for the RFA featherweight title at RFA 25.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News, read news >>

Todd Duffee gets wish vs. Frank Mir in UFC Fight Night 72 headliner in San Diego

  • 25 days ago
  • 4 views

It’s a fight Todd Duffee told MMAjunkie Radio he wanted, and now he has has wish.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Coach: Don't be shocked if Conor McGregor submits Jose Aldo, he's 'given hell to every black belt' in the gym

  • 25 days ago
  • 193 views

Conor McGregor's coach has high praise for his jiujitsu, saying that the 'very high-level' brown belt could very well submit Jose Aldo. Conor McGregor faces Jose Aldo in a highly anticipated bout on read news >>

Ryan Ford out of WSOF 21 headliner vs. Yushin Okami, new main event sought

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

More bad news for Canada. Ryan Ford reinjured his arm and had to pull out of the World Series of Fighting 21 main event against Yushin Okami, which was set for June 5 in Edmonton, WSOF executive vice read news >>

GLORY 20 Dubai post-fight reactions with Stets, Walsh, Coffeen and O'Regan

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

At GLORY 20, Robin van Roosmalen defended his lightweight title against Andy Ristie, Gabriel Varga defeated Mosab Amrani to win the first GLORY featherweight title, and Simon Marcus won the middlewei read news >>

Bellator granted injunction; 'Rampage' Jackson ruled out of UFC 186 co-headliner

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

The hits keeping coming to an already-battered UFC 186 lineup, which today lost a co-main-event participant.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Injured Ryan Ford says he's out of June's WSOF 21 headliner

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

June’s WSOF 21 event appears it’s lost one half of its planned headliner.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, WSOF read news >>