WORCESTER, Mass. – “Moosin: God of Martial Arts” takes place tonight at the DCU Center in Worcester. Headlining the card is the much anticipated bout between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia (25-6) and five-time World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski (2-0), who is making his North America MMA debut.
Also appearing on the card is well known fighters Travis Wiuff, Travis Lutter, Yves Edwards, Tara LaRosa, and Roxanne Modafferi.The pay-per-view begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. ProMMAnow.com will be providing live results and play-by-play commentary.
- Tim Sylvia def. Mariusz Pudzianowski by submission (strikes) Rd. 2 (1:48)
- Travis Wiuff def. Josh Barnes by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (0:34)
- Rafael Natal def. Travis Lutter by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (4:12)
- Mike Campbell def. Yves Edwards by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Roxy Modafferi def. Tara LaRosa by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 28-29)
- Lukasz Jurkowski def. Ho Jin Kim by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (2:22)
- Forrest Petz def. Ralph Johnson by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Matt Lee def. Brett Oteri by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (1:40)
- Anthony Lapsley def. Frederic Belleton by submission (kneebar) Rd 1 (0:59)
- Stipe Miocic def. Paul Barry by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (1:32)
Ralph Johnson vs. Forrest Petz
Notes: Johnson is a local guy sporting a mohawk and tatts, got a huge round of applause. Bas Rutten is one of the commentators. This is a welterweight bout. Johnson is 4-0.
Round 1 – Johnson is about six inches taller and has a huge reach advantage. Petz locks up the body and Johnson pops his face with rabbit punches. Knee to the body by Petz as Johnson shrugs him off. Johnosn starts swinging, lands a couple and Petz counters with a good shot. Johnson with a good shot, followed by a left hook from Petz. Big knee by Johnson as Petz shoots. Petz grabs double legs but can’t get him down. Johnson defends well and it’s a stale mate. Petz goes back to the double leg but still can’t get it. Johnson escapes and fires off several shots that miss. Big right hand scores for Petz. Petz fires a big one,two but misses. Petz lands a nice left but doesn’t follow up. I score the first round 10-9 for Petz despite the awful commentary.
Round 2 – Nice right counter by Johnson. Leg kick by Petz. Johnson swings and misses. Petz swings and Johnson blocks. Neither guy has landed anything and it’s halfway through the round. Petz has been more active, but neither can find their range. Leg kick for Petz. Petz hunting Johnson, leg kick. Left jab by Johnson. Petz chases him down with punches but the blows bounce off. Leg kick by Petz. Round 2 I give to Petz for the leg kicks basically.
Round 3 – Two left hooks connect for Petz. Leg kick for Petz. Big left by Petz scores, then a leg kick. Leg kick by Petz. Somehow Petz got a bloody nose. Right hand by Johnson. Petz chasing Johnson down and counters with a couple. Petz with the leg kick. Petz swings, changes level, grabs a body lock and Johnson stuffs the takedown. The square up again. Leg kick by Petz. The announcers are so biased it’s pretty bad. Leg kick from Petz, and again, and again. Nice left hook by Petz. Petz goes for the takedown again and is stuffed once again. What fight are these guys watching? Petz with a leg kick. Johnson with a right but Petz scores with a leg kick and a big left. Both guys swing away as the bell sounds. I give the round 10-9 to Petz and the fight 30-27 to Petz.
Notes: Usually commentating doesn’t bother me that much but there’s a play-by-play guy on here who is driving me absolutely nuts, and Bas is playing into it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Forrest Petz def. Ralph Johnson by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ho Jin Kim vs. Lukasz Jurkowski
Notes: It’s South Korea vs. Poland in this one. There’s a ton of Polish fans in the building supporting Jurkowski.
Round 1 – Jurkowski hunts and comes in with a left hook, attempts a takedown but Kim lands on top in side control. Jurkowski gets to his feet and they are still clinched. The crowd is very loud. They struggle for a takedown then bounce right up. Still clinched, Jurkowski lands a a couple of big elbows while standing then a big punch and Kim goes down. He follows it up and the ref stops it.
Notes: The play by play guy keeps saying a knee rocked Kim, but the replay clearly shows the knee never touched him, he blocked it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Lukasz Jurkowski def. Ho Jin Kim by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (2:22)
Tara LaRosa vs. Roxanne Modafferi
Notes: Roxy said her stand-up has improved a lot since their first fight. Now we are subjected to Bas singing Green Day. Roxy with a huge grin. LaRosa looking much more serious.
Round 1 – Roxy coming out with leg kicks and punches. Tara fires back. Nice right by Tara. Roxy stalking. Spinning backfist misses by Roxy. Tara grabs a body lock, looking for the takedown. Roxy defends well and resists. It’s a battle of strength as LaRosa holds on and Roxy gives her some rabbit punches. LaRosa working VERY hard for the takedown. LaRosa finally gets her down and lands in half guard. Roxy uses the cage to stand back up. Big right hand by LaRosa off the break but she doesn’t follow up. Big right SuperWoman punch from Roxy hits LaRosa right on the chin and LaRosa gets dropped. Roxy attacks, gets on top with hammerfists but the bell sounds as LaRosa gets to her feet. I score that one 10-9 for Roxy because of the knockdown. It was almost a knockout.
Round 2 – Roxy lands several solid lefts punches and stops LaRosa in her tracks. Roxy gets the takedown and is in LaRosa’s full guard. LaRosa holding onto Roxy’s arms so she can’t do anything. LaRosa gets to her feet. Front kick by Roxy scores. Left hand by Roxy scores. Left hook by LaRosa and Roxy fires back. They clinch up, LaRosa swings big on the break but misses. Roxy with a switch kick scores. Roxy’s stand up looks a lot better. Nice leg kick for Roxy. Nice left right by LaRosa rocks Roxy.Body kick by LaRosa and they both exchange shots. LaRosa gets the trip takedown and is in half guard. LaRosa lands a few punches from the top as she holds her down. I give the second round to LaRosa 10-9.
Round 3 – Big right hand drops Roxy, she got hit hard, very hard, it wobbled her and she dropped. LaRosa rushes and dives ontop of her. Roxy locks up a triangle and LaRosa picks her up. Roxy has it locked deep. LaRosa pounding her face and that is causing Roxy to loosen it. She still has her in the triangle after about a minute. Roxy finally lets it go and switches to an armbar. LaRosa gets free of the armbar and gets side control. Roxy gets to her feet using the cage. LaRosa gets a hip toss takedown and has a schoolyard choke. Roxy gets the advantage as LaRosa turtles up. LaRosa stands up, grabs a single leg as Roxy lands a few body shots. Roxy grabs a single leg and struggles with it as the bell sounds. Final round I give to LaRosa 10-9 and the fight to LaRosa 29-28. The knockdown in round three for LaRosa plus the takedown should secure the fight for her, however the submission attempts by Roxy may have given her the round. It was close.
Notes: LaRosa dropped her at the beginning of the round with a punch and got a takedown, but Roxy had her locked in that triangle for some time. It was a hard round to score. It was a close fight and I could have gone with either woman winning it. They are now even, having won one fight each. We definitely need a third one.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Roxy Modafferi def. Tara LaRosa by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 28-29)
Yves Edwards vs. Mike Campbell
Round 1 – Campbell comes out fast with the leg kick. Yves fires back with a left hand. Head kick by Campbell is loud and partially blocked. Leg kick Yves. Campbell looking very aggressive. Left hook by Yves. Campbell looks very confident. Right hook, leg kick by Campbell. Body kick by Campbell. Campbell’s corner telling him not to let Yves set up. Right hook by Campbell, nice leg kick returned by Yves. Big leg kick by Campbell. Leg kick for Yves. Yves attacks with forward movement and strikes. Big takedown for Campbell but Yves is right up. Nice single leg for Campbell and is in half guard. Yves gets wrist control and gets up. Yves lands a big knee and they fall down but get right up. Huge leg kick by Campbell. Head kick by Campbell partially blocked. Campbell looks really good and I give him the round 10-9.
Round 2 – Campbell has a cut over his right eye and Edwards has a small cut under his right eye. Huge kick by Yves and Campbell goes down with Yves on top and takes his back. Yves using that thug-jitsu and gets one hook in. They roll and Yves has both hooks in. Campbell explodes and rolls over, lands a couple big shots and lets Yves up. Campbell goes for the takedown. Yves stuffs it, picks Campbell up and slams him straight down on his back DDT style (I have no idea if that is the correct pro wrestling reference). Leg kick from Yves as they get back up. Big leg kick from Campbell, and again. Nice left lands solid for Yves. Big leg kick for Campbell, he follows up with some nice punches and Yves absorbs them. He grabs a body lock around Campbell from the back. Campbell is free, he shoots, bell sounds. I give round 2 to Edwards 10-9.
Round 3 – Big leg kick Campbell. Nice right by Yves. Left, right by Yves, then misses with a head kick. Both guys light on their feet and looking good. This is a fun fight. Two leg kicks from Yves, then one big one from Campbell. Yves with another leg kick. Right hook behind the head for Campbell. Leg kick from Campbell. Body shot Yves. Campbell goes for a single leg, Yves presses down on his head, they go down and Campbell is on top, Yves gets up. He chases Campbell. Campbell shoots grabs a single. Yves defends it and puts him in piledriver position, then flips him all the way over. Yves has back control as Campbell is in turtle. Campbell reverses as the bell sounds. GREAT F*CKING FIGHT. I give the round 10-9 to and the fight 29-28 to Edwards.
Notes: Mike Campbell is VERY good, but I don’t agree with the decision.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Mike Campbell def. Yves Edwards by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Travis Lutter vs. Rafael Natal
Round 1 – Natal with a head kick then a straight body kick. Lutter shoots, gets the single leg. Natal defending it very good. Lutter grabs double leg, Natal lands some body shots. Natal breaks free. Head kick blocked by Lutter. Front kick by Natal. Lutter shoots, can’t get it. Lutter falls to the mat and Natal pounds him out. It’s over.
OFFICIAL DECISION: Rafael Natal def. Travis Lutter by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (4:12)
Travis Wiuff vs. Josh Barnes
Round 1 – Wiuff lands and uppercut then rocks Barnes with an enormous left hook. Barnes staggers, falls backwards, Wiuff follows up and it is all over.
OFFICIAL DECISION: Travis Wiuff def. Josh Barnes by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (0:34)
Tim Sylvia vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski
Round 1 – Leg kick for Pudz and another. Pudz shoots, gets stuffed. Pudz lifts Tim’s leg high and gets him down. Tim pops back up and is pressing Tim into the cage. Clinched against the cage. Elbow from Tim, right back to the clinch game. Big knee from Tim. Leg kick from Pudz and Tim lands a couple of punches. Tim grabs the Thai clinch and lands a knee. Tim goes back throws couple of punches. They clinch back up, Tim pressing. Tim lands a knee and goes back to boxing. Pudz connects with his own punch. Tim lands a couple of knees. Pudz hands are way low, he looks tired. Pudz shoots and Tim throws him to the ground. Sylvia in Pudz’s guard, holding Tim’s wrists. Tim passes guard to side control. 20 seconds left in the round. Tim gets knee on belly, lands a few punches and the bell sounds. Round 1 goes to Tim 10-9.
Round 2 – Tim working the jab. Leg kick from Sylvai and Pudz shoots, gets stuffed. Tim lands a big knee, and another. Tim lands a big punch. Ref warns Pudz for grabbing the fence. Tim lands a leg kick then a punch, another leg kick. He’s picking him apart now. Pudz is so tired he falls to his back. Tim lays on top of him in side control and lands a few elbows. Tim lands a few little punches and Pudz gives up by tapping before he even gets hurt. He gave up before he even took a real shot. Pussy-anowski will be the new nickname.
Notes: Mariusz showed Pudz what real heavyweight MMA is all about. Will he keep fighting?
OFFICIAL DECISION: Tim Sylvia def. Mariusz Pudzianowski by submission (strikes) Rd. 2 (1:48)