Monday, June 4, 2012
Recap: XKO 15 at The Gym Combative Sports Arena in Arlington (June 2)
Matthew Thompson won the night's main event.
Arlington-based MMA promotion Xtreme Knockout has quickly become synonymous with action-filled fights. An excursion to an XKO event all but guarantees one an evening of great fights with a backdrop that is equal parts fan expo and block party. Saturday night’s XKO 15 at The Gym Combative Sports Arena in Arlington was no different in that respect, as a packed house (including UFC legend Randy Coulture) saw a night filled with exciting fights pitting local fighters against one another.
In the evening’s main event, UFC veteran Jake Rosholt (Team Takedown) saw his road back to the promotion hit a major snag as he fell victim to a debilitating knee injury at the hands of the unheralded Matthew Thompson. Rosholt was firmly in control of the fight from the opening bell, using his wrestling and striking to basically bully Thompson for much of the opening round. However, Thompson would not go quietly, and valiantly fought back with a number of submission attacks to Rosholt’s legs. Eventually, Thompson secured the submission he so desperately desired, and upon locking Rosholt up in a modified knee bar/muscle slicer, emerged from the brink of defeat victorious. Rosholt tapped after yelling in agony, and it was soon evident that the former UFC fighter had suffered a serious knee injury. Rosholt’s injury was not announced; it was reassuring to his fans to see him walking, albeit with a noticeable limp, under his own power at the end of the night.
The official time of the submission was 4:16 in the opening round. With the upset victory, Thompson improves his record to 17-9 while Rosholt drops to 12-4 in defeat.
In the evening’s co-main event, Hayward Charles (Ironside MMA) looked impressive in submitting the always tough Roy Spoon (Dallas Jawbreakers). After a brief break caused by an accidental low blow from Charles, the talented grappler quickly shot in and secured a takedown of Spoon. From there, it was only a second or two until Charles was able to secure a guillotine choke that forced Spoon to tap.
The official time of the submission was 1:52 in the opening round. With the win, Charles improves his record to (5-4); Spoon falls to 7-5 in defeat.
Chas Skelly (Team Takedown) improved his undefeated record to 8-0 with a dominant first round victory over Jeremy Myers (Relson Gracie Austin). Skelly used his wrestling skills to control Myers, eventually slipping in a D’arce choke that forced the tap at 2:59 in the first round. Myers falls to 5-6 in defeat.
Klayton Mai (Octagon MMA) and Sidney Cawdrey (Texas Fighting Syndicate) engaged in a spirited fight that stole the show. Mai’s wrestling was on display early on, but Cawdrey countered with a relentless barrage of submission attacks. Mai was able to avoid being submitted and rallied back in the second round attacking Cawdrey’s back. Eventually, Mai was able to obtain the submission he was hell bent on catching when he slipped a rear naked choke at the 0:28 second mark of the third round to secure the victory.
With the win, Mai improves to 3-0 while Cawdrey drops his pro debut and now has a record of 0-1.
Josh Foster (Team Jorge Gurgel Texas) scored a contested split decision over Matthew Jones (Brazilian Top Team Texas). Foster did not fight in the same controlled aggressive style fight fans have grown accustomed to and instead appeared to have been gassed out in the opening round. Fortunately for him, Jones was not able to capitalize on his tired foe, and when Foster did go on the offensive, he landed the harder, more telling punches. This appears to have earned him the nod on two of the judges’ scorecards.
The scorecards read 29-28, 29-28, and 28-29 in favor of Foster who improves his record to 6-3 with the win.
Joseph Salas (George Prevalsky Muay Thai) gutted out a closely contested battle with Casey Hudson (Fitness Fight Factory) to earn a unanimous decision. The scores were 29-28, 29-28, and 29-28, all in favor of Salas who improves his record to 2-1. Hudson falls to 0-2 in defeat.
Chris Feist (Team Takedown) made short work of Josh Strahan in the nights opening fight. Strahan was caught in a guillotine while trying to shot in for a takedown and was promptly choked out by Feist. The official time of the submission was 0:28 in the opening round. With the victory Feist improves to 4-0; Strahan falls to 2-2 in defeat.
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