Myung Ho Bae held on to his Legend FC belt. | Photo: Kenneth
Legend Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Myung Ho
Bae lobbed verbal bombs at challenger Jingliang
Li in online videos prior to their headlining bout at
Legend 7 in Macau, referring to the Chinese fighter as a
“Neanderthal,” among other things. Once in the ring, Bae had to
back up his words, as Li used brute strength and wrestling to take
the South Korean “Wolverine” the distance.
Sporting a heavily taped right knee, Bae spent the better part of
the first round fending off takedowns in the clinch. When Li
finally got the champ down late in the period, he was unable to
hold him there for long. The tepid clinch work continued until
midway through the second round, when Bae hit a takedown and moved
into full mount. The Wolverine held the position until late in the
round, managing some ground-and-pound despite Li’s attempts to
control his posture.
Bae switched between orthodox and southpaw stance to string
together a few punches early in round three, but Li came on strong
with a takedown and heavy offense. After slowing the pace with an
omoplata, Bae escaped to his feet, then worked to secure Li’s back
after the next takedown, finishing the fight hunting for a triangle
choke. The judges were unanimous in their decision for Bae, but
split in their scores: Daniel Pereira ruled it a close 29-28, while
Scott Morley had it 30-28 and Jordan Morley 30-27.
“Because I’m a handsome, cool and sexy guy, I knew I would win this
fight,” Bae said after the bout, “but at the same time, my
opponent, Li Jingliang, is a tough opponent. Because of him and
because of this great promotion, I could make an exciting
Jumabieke wrestled both the Legend bantamweight strap and the
mantle of China’s top 135-pounder and from defending champ Honggang
Yao in their 15-minute affair.
Despite his background in traditional Chinese wrestling, it was Yao
who was eager to trade strikes on the feet early on, until
Jumabieke snared the champ in a deep guillotine choke which allowed
him to control the latter part of the first frame. In the second,
Jumabieke denied single-leg shots from the slowing China Top Team
product while scoring a trio of takedowns to secure the round for
The champ looked to turn the tables with a guillotine in the
opening minute of the final round, but Jumabieke escaped and took
the driver’s seat in the middle part of the frame with more ground
work. Despite another go-for-broke choke attempt in the last
minute, the visibly exhausted Yao finished the bout on his back,
while the challenger showed off with some post-fight pushups.
Judge Erick Buthsombat saw fit to award Yao a 29-28 scorecard;
judges Jordan and Scott Morley sided with Jumabieke by a narrow
30-29 margin. With the split decision win, Jumabieke improved his
unofficial MMA record to a sterling 22-0-1.
Making his second appearance at 185 pounds, onetime heavyweight
prospect Hae Jun
Yang stuck to his usual stand-and-bang game plan against
Tatsumi. The “Korean Fedor” went headhunting in the style of
his Russian namesake, eventually finding Tatsumi’s jaw with an
overhand right which buckled the Japanese fighter’s legs and forced
referee Warren Wang
into action at 3:35 of round one.
Yang melted Tatsumi.
China Top Team representative Wang Sai took a
few minutes to establish his ground game against Gareth
Ealey, but once he did, he stayed aggressive and busted up
Ealey with savage ground-and-pound. With the New Zealander bleeding
profusely from his nose and face, referee Thomas Fan waved the
fight off between the second and third rounds.
Late replacement Ev Ting nearly
shocked unbeaten Mark
Striegl with an armbar midway through the opening round of
their bantamweight bout, but the upset was not to be. Striegl
twisted loose and attached himself to the Kiwi’s back, where he
sunk in a rear-naked choke that put Ting to sleep at 3:51 of the
Mortimer of Australia got his second win in the Legend ring,
though not the way he wanted. Mortimer appeared to twist his ankle
late in the first round of his bantamweight tilt against Taiyo
Nakahara, and the Japanese fighter attempted to capitalize with
frenzied ground-and-pound. Referee Wang verbally warned Nakahara in
English for striking the back of Mortimer’s head, but Nakahara did
not acknowledge the official, leading Wang to award Mortimer the
win via disqualification at 4:24 of round one.
Nakahara got himself DQ'd.
Australians Matt Cain and
Brown looked to have the edge in their respective bouts until
their opponents capitalized on mistakes. Cain was unable to put
away Chinese middleweight Wenbo Liu with
a deep rear-naked choke, leaving room for Liu to reverse the
position and secure a tap with one of his own at 4:37 of round one.
Brown was getting the better of Wajutsu Keishukai lightweight
Ando on the feet before a sloppy shot allowed Ando to lock up a
reverse triangle choke at the 2:27 mark.
Former sanda striker Xian Ji put his
ground skills to use against featherweight Leonard
Delarmino of the Philippines. Ji threw up guillotine, armbar
and triangle attempts before eliciting a tap with a rear-naked
choke at 4:52 of the first.
Filipino bantamweight Agustin
Delarmino opened the show in style, zapping Ming Yen
Sung with an overhand left and follow-up shots that prompted
ref Roger Chau to halt the bout after 44 seconds.
Kume solidified his reputation as a lightweight to watch Sunday
in Nagoya, Japan, with a second-round rear-naked-choking of UFC vet
Shooto “Gig Central 24.” The 26-year-old Hatsu Hioki
training partner has submitted five consecutive opponents and is
now 2-0 at 155 pounds. In the co-main event, Shooto’s 2011 rookie
champion at 115 pounds, Jun “Requiem”
Nakamura, recorded his fourth armbar win by tapping Kenichi
Sawada at 2:30 of round two.
Finnish lightweight Juha-Pekka
Vainikainen opened a massive gash on the head of “TUF 12”
contestant Kyle Watson
to force a second-round stoppage in the main event of CWFC Fight
Night 3 Saturday in Beirut, Lebanon. The win capped a 5-0 sweep
for Scandinavian fighters on the night, with contributions from
Nilsson (second-round arm-triangle choke over Tom Speer) and
featherweight Shooto vet Matteus
Lahdesmaki (first-round rear-naked choke over Graham
Ex-UFC fighters Sean
McCorkle and Chris Price
found mixed results in the co-main events of Legends
of Fighting 51 “Little Giants” Saturday in Indianapolis.
Heavyweight McCorkle needed only 89 seconds to arm-triangle
Williams -- the fifth straight submission win for “Big Sexy”
since exiting the Octagon -- while Price tapped to second-round
punches from Ray Lopez in
their light heavyweight headliner. The promotion’s eight-man
bantamweight tournament also kicked off, with Chico Camus,
Ozkilic and Tom McKenna
advancing to the semifinals in search of a Tachi Palace Fights
“Morcego” Silva had just one loss in his last 14 fights heading
into Saturday, and he got that loss back in the main event of
Champion Fight 10 in Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Before a
hometown crowd, the “Bat” used ground-and-pound to take the Nitrix
bantamweight title away from Diego
D’Avila -- who won the pair’s February 2011 encounter via
armbar -- at 3:52 of the opening round. Brothers Mike
Jackson and Ken Jackson
of American Top Team OKC split results on the undercard; Ken
submitted to an armbar from Juliano
“Ninja” Wandalen while Mike choked Geovani
“Max” de Lima unconscious with a dramatic, come-from-behind
Five months after a loss to David
Hulett cost him a spot in Bellator’s
upcoming welterweight tournament, Ryan Ford
bounced back in the main event of Saturday’s Aggression
MMA 9 in Edmonton, Alberta. “The Real Deal” used ground elbows
to secure a first-round stoppage against late replacement Ricky
Goodall, who stepped in for the injured Tyson
Steele on less than a week’s notice. Ford, who improves to 17-4
with 16 finishes, last week told Edmonton’s The Team 1260 that he
expects to debut for Bellator in May.
While he didn’t use his trademark “Rolling Thunder” somersault
kick, 36-year-old kickboxer Peter
Graham did keep his surprising MMA resurgence rolling Saturday
with a win over fellow striker Konstantin
Gluhov at the 2012
Governor’s Cup in Khabarovsk, Russia. The Australian evaded an
early leglock attempt and stayed vertical long enough to destroy
Gluhov with a perfectly timed right hook that put the Latvian
heavyweight to sleep at 2:47 of round one.
Finally, Saturday in Omsk, Russia, “The Tiger” took out “The
Liger.” Hot lightweight prospect Alexander
Sarnavskiy scored one for non-cryptozoological creatures and
pushed his perfect record to 18-0 with a first-round triangle-choke
submission of “The Ultimate Fighter 13” cast member Len Bentley
Saturn Combat Sports Festival.