EliteXC presents ShoXC
Elite Challenger Series
September 26, 2008
Chumash Casino - Santa Ynez, CA
EliteXC Bantamweight Title Bout
Wilson Reis def. Abel Cullum via Decision (Unanimous)
In a thrilling back and forth, up and down affair, Reis displayed (what else?) phenomenal technical jiu jitsu throughout, but Cullum showed some major ground savvy of his own in escaping virtually every mount, back-mount, choke and armbar the undefeated black belt threw at him. Through four frames, "The Fight Professor" Stephen Quadros had every round scored in favor of Reis. The Brazilian punctuated the title match with a dominant fifth which mirrored the rest of the fight, with Reis thoroughly controlling position and Cullum playing an almost exclusively defensive game on the ground. The judges saw it 49-46 (twice) and 48-47. Following the fight, Reis noted that he would like his first 140-pound title defense to come against his original opponent for the evening, Bao Quach.
Shane del Rosario def. Carl Seumanutafa via TKO (Strikes) at 1:07 of Round 2
Seumanutafa extracted himself from an early triangle choke scare and positionally dominated the first, but the second stanza belonged solely to Del Rosario, who stuffed a shot beautifully and subsequently handed Carl his first loss with some devastating knees to the body and precise left hands which Seumanutafa never saw coming. Del Rosario remains undefeated, running his record to 5-0 with three wins in EliteXC and four by way of TKO.
David "Tarzan" Douglas def. Malaipet Team Diamond via TKO (Strikes) at 2:51 of Round 3
The Cesar Gracie product Douglas immediately took this one to the mat, but was unable to capitalize on some beastly early ground'n'pound from the mount. Malaipet was able to sweep himself out of trouble, as well as escape a triangle attempt, before securing the final three minutes of the frame with his Muay Thai attack, obliterating Douglas' legs and nearly putting him down for the count several times. The Thai fighter continued to counter the increasingly sloppy brawling style of "Tarzan" with precise strikes in the second, until Douglas secured a takedown and mount against the fence that left Malaipet with nowhere to go for the final minute. Only Malaipet's sturdy chin kept him in the fight and into the third round, which picked up from virtually the same place as Douglas battered and bloodied his opponent with dozens of unanswered hammerfists. An exhilarating fight all the way through and a great win for the underdog Douglas, who has now won three straight in EliteXC.
Malaipet weighed in 4.5 lbs. over the 150 pound weight limit and will surrender 10% of his purse to Douglas.
Jamie Jara def. Giva Santana via Decision (Split)
The Brazilian Santana entered this bout undefeated at 11-0 with 10 armbar submissions. "The Arm Collector" showed improved stand up in the opening round and traded with Jara until "El Cucui" cracked him with a hard left hand midway through. Santana then appeared to pass up several kimura, choke and ground'n'pound opportunities in the first round after mounting Jara and subsequently taking his back, instead angling for his signature submission until the round expired. Jara evened the score by winning the second round with his boxing (including one left cross which appeared to knock Santana out momentarily) and refusing to follow the BJJ expert to the floor.Santana appeared lethargic and resigned as Jara remained more active on the feet throughout the final fame, until the final 90 seconds when the Brazilian showed a flurry of punches, body kicks and knees from the clinch. It wasn't enough to convince the judges, two of whom scored the bout 29-28 for Jara and one 29-28 Santana.
Erik Apple def. Matt Makowski via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:04 of Round 2
Complete domination with superior takedowns, ground offense and, eventually, jiu jitsu by the returning "Bad" Apple, who was only in trouble once during the fight when Makowski scored a loose front guillotine while being taken down early in the second frame. Apple improves to 10-1; no doubt we'll be seeing him in the big show very soon if EliteXC continues to exist.
Undercard results from MMAJunkie:
Steve Gable def. Josh McDonald via split decision
Luke Riddering def. John Corstophino via TKO -- Round 1, 3:43
Fernando Bettega def. Mono Otero via submission (rear naked choke)
Damian Douglas def. Joe Schilling (rear naked choke)
Scott Lighty def. Jamiah Williamson via TKO -- Round 1