Kendall Grove bested Ikuhisa Minowa at ProElite 3. | Photo: Dave Mandel
Grove (14-9) dictated the standup and dominated Minowa on the mat, as he claimed a lopsided unanimous decision against the 2009 Dream Super Hulk grand prix winner in the ProElite 3 headliner on Saturday at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.
All three cageside judges scored it 30-27 for the 29-year-old Hawaiian. The defeat snapped Minowa’s five-fight winning streak and spoiled the Pride Fighting Championships veteran’s debut on American soil.
Grove cruised against Minowa.
Rounds two and three were decidedly one-sided, as Grove thwarted takedowns, assumed top position, threatened with chokes and attacked with elbows to the body and punches to the head. His body triangle was particularly effective, as his long legs allowed him to remain attached to Minowa’s back for vast stretches of the fight. Still, Grove’s inability to end it proved frustrating.
“I was trying to finish him, but from the back, he’s tough; he defends well,” he said. “I should have finished him.”
Grove, who won Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, has rattled off back-to-back wins since being released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“I’m a fighter. I’ll fight whoever you want me to fight,” he said. “That’s my job. I don’t duck guys.”
McMann bullied Akano.
Akano (18-9), who entered the cage on a two-fight winning streak, had no answer for the South Carolinian’s world-class wrestling skills. McMann struck for multiple takedowns in all three rounds, mounted Akano in the second round and kept the Abe Ani Combat Club representative pinned to the mat for much of the 15-minute encounter. She also picked her sports with some thudding punches from top position.
To her credit, Akano fished relentlessly for submissions, primarily triangle chokes and armbars, but failed to crack the decorated American wrestler’s defensive code.
Martinez outworked Griffin.
On a five-fight winning streak, Martinez fed Griffin a steady diet of powerful leg kicks, damaging the inside and outside of Griffin’s lead thigh. Bruising was visible. The 29-year-old worked in occasional jabs and body kicks, as he opened a small cut near Griffin’s right eye in the first round and wobbled him with a counter right hook in the third.
Griffin tried but failed to bait his opponent into a firefight, as Martinez let his hands and feet work, stayed true to his game plan and cruised to a one-sided decision.
Odoms outlasted Heun.
Odoms fought through a pair of takedowns, three mounts, multiple submission attempts and some heavy ground-and-pound against Heun (2-2), a Jeremy Horn protégé who failed to maintain a sustainable pace. With fatigue overtaking him, Heun slipped off his opponent’s back in the second round, and Odoms capitalized. He moved to a dominant position, secured the neck and, with it, his first submission as a professional.
Cummins finished Edwards.
Cummins (2-0), a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Penn State University, dominated from the start. The Reign MMA representative scored with a takedown inside the first 30 seconds, unleashed his ground-and-pound, passed guard without much resistance and eventually mounted the Hawaiian. From there, Cummins locked in the arm-triangle choke, cleared Edwards’ legs and awaited the tapout.
In other action, Chris Leben understudy Brent Schermerhorn knocked out Kaleo Gambill with a wicked left hook 45 seconds into the first round; Dream veteran Tatsuya Mizuno submitted Ilima Maiava with an arm-triangle choke 1:47 into round two of their light heavyweight duel; Toby Misech stopped Steven Saito on knees 1:53 into the first round; Collin Mansansas needed a little more than two minutes to submit Bryson Kamaka, closing out the Strikeforce veteran 2:27 into round one; and Sean Rush coaxed a tapout from Jaymes Schulte 2:37 into the first round, nailing down the submission with a rear-naked choke.view original article >>
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