HONOLULU — “ProElite 3: Grove vs. Minowa” takes place this evening at the Neil S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the great Lenne Hardt is on the mic. The main event features UFC vet Kendall Gove taking on Japanese superstar Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa in a middleweight showdown. In the co-main event, Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann takes on Hitomi “Girlfight Monster” Akano in a women’s bantamweight showdown.
ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will provide LIVE results and play-by-play commentary.
Pro Elite 3 quick results:
MAIN CARD (Televised on HDNet)
- Kendall Grove def. Ikuhisa Minowa by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Sara McMann def. Hitomi Akano by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Richard Odoms def. Jake Heun by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (1:56)
- Ryan Martinez def. Cody Griffin by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Pat Cummins def. Tasi Edwards by submission (head & arm choke) Rd 1 (4:01)
- Brent Schermerhorn def. Kaleo Gambill by knockout (punch) Rd 1 (:45)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Not Televised)
- Tatsuya Mizuno def. Ilima Maiava by submission (arm-triangle choke) Rd. 2 (1:47)
- Toby Misech def. Steven Saito by TKO (knees) Rd 1 (1:53)
- Collin Mansanas def. Bryson Kamaka by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (2:27)
- Sean Rush def. Jaymes Schulte by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (2:37)
ProElite 3 play-by-play:
(HW) Tasi Edwards vs. Pat Cummins
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Leg kick from Edwards, Cummins shoots. Edwards sort of pulls guard. He throws his legs up. Cummins tries passing guard, postures up with punches, dives in, moves to side control. Edwards throwing his legs up. Two nice rights from Cummins as he settles into side control. Edwards starts to get up but takes some punches and a knee to the ribs. Cummins takes his back with one hook in, looking for the choke. Edwards lays on his back and Cummins gets mount. Edwards sneaks out the back door. Cummins pins him back down though and unleashes punches and hammerfists. Cummins with a front headlock, lets it go and goes for a guillotine but no dice. Let’s it go and takes Edwards’ back. Now in full mount, moves to the side with an arm triangle locked on and Edwards taps out. Domination by the wrestler. Ryo Chonan is in Cummins’ corner.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Pat Cummins def. Tasi Edwards by submission (head & arm choke) Rd 1 (4:01)
(HW semifinals) Cody Griffin vs. Ryan Martinez
Round 1 – Martinez flashing a jab, right hook. Leg kick from Griffin. Leg kick from Martinez, again. Body kick from Griffin. Leg kick from Martinez. Martinez swarms with punches but Griffin covers up and defends well. He is bleeding next to his right eye though. Leg kick from Martinez. Griffin fires back with a combo. Big body kick from Martinez backs Griffin up, he eats it. Inside leg kick from Martinez. Leg kick from Griffin. Martinez swarms with a combo. Griffin covers up and pushes Martinez back. Leg kick from Martinez. Griffin checks the next one. Inside leg kick from Martinez. PMN scores the round 10-9 Martinez.
Round 2 – Touch gloves. Body kick from Griffin. Martinez lands a low blow and Griffin gets some time to recover. Inside thigh kick from Griffin. Outside leg kick from Griffin. Super fast body kick from Martinez. Griffin sticking his chin out for Martinez, taunting him a bit. They are playing a quick draw game. Big leg kick from Martinez. Again. Leg kick from Griffin. One minute to go. Griffin taunting, walking Martinez down. Inside leg kick from Martinez. Body kick from Martinez. Body kick from Martinez, counter right from Griffin. PMN scores the round 10-9 Martinez.
Round 3 – Couple of kicks for Martinez. Martinez with a right and Griffin gets off balance. Martinez swarms but Griffin covers up and is okay. Inside leg kick, outside leg kick from Martinez. Big outside leg kick from Martinez. Griffin checks the next one. Martinez is very quick for a big guy. Outside leg kick from Martinez. Like I said before though, this is much like a quick draw contest. Leg kick from Martinez. Griffin taunting, poking his chin out, walking Martinez down. Talking to Martinez. Jab from Martinez, body shot, leg kick. Big right from Martinez knocks Griffin off balance. Body kick from Martinez. Body shot from Martinez. Body shot. Griffin with one final flurry, lands a nice shot but too little too late. They tie up. Bell sounds. PMN scores the round 10-9 Martinez and 30-27 for the fight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ryan Martinez def. Cody Griffin by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
(HW semifinals) Jake Heun vs. Richard Odoms
Round 1 – Odoms is an intimidating looking gentleman, a police officer from Texas with a perfect 6-0 record coming in. Heun trains with Jeremy Horn, comes in at 2-0. Odoms towers over him at the staredown. No touch of gloves. Leg kick and a big slam from Heun, goes to full mount. Body shots from Heun. He postures up, goes for an armbar. Odoms stands up as Heun goes for the leg. Odsoms on top now inside full guard. Heun rolls but Odom has his back. They are back up. Thai clinch and a knee from Heun. Odoms has him against the cage. They tie up. Whizzer from Heun and Odoms ends up on his back, he mounts Odoms, and Odoms gives up his back. They scramble and Heun ends up on top inside guard. Odoms has a guillotine, lets it go. Heun drops some right hands to the body and lefts to the side of the head as Odoms tries to get up. Heun rolls for a leg lock and Odoms goes for an ankle. He lets it go. Grabs it back again. Heun starts dropping bombs on Odoms. They play footsies as both guys look for footlocks. Fun round. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Heun.
Round 2 – Inside leg kick from Odoms. Left hook from Heun. They tie up. Heun drops levels but Odoms defends. They tie up and Heun gets a nice lateral drop, mounts Odoms easily. Heun drops some punches, Odoms gives up his back, ends up getting top control, he locks up a rear naked choke and submits Heun. Heun was looking a bit gassed. Replay shows more of a face crank than a choke.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Richard Odoms def. Jake Heun by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (1:56)
Richard Odoms will meet Ryan Martinez in the Pro Elite Heavyweight Tournament finals.
(135 WMMA ) Sara McMann vs. Hitomi Akano
Round 1 – (lost connection) McMann dumps Akano on the ground where she controls for most of the round. McMann gets full mount. PMN scores the round 10-9 for McMann.
Round 2 – Right hand from McMann, gets a body lock and throws Akano to her back. McMann with body punches. Lands some right hands as Akano goes for an armbar. McMann pulls free. Akano has full high guard, holding on and controlling McMann’s posture. Akano looking for the arm. Body shots from McMann and hammerfists. McMann postures up with punches. Ref stands them up. Big right hand from McMann puts Akano on her bike. McMann ties up and slams her to the ground. Akano goes for an arm. McMann body slams her while on the ground — now that’s strength. McMann gets poked in the eye and the ref resets them standing. They tie up and Akano gets put on her back once again. Akano on her back with full guard closed. Akano punches to the top of the head as the bell sounds. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Akano.
Round 3 – Body kick from Akano. Kick from Akano and McMann puts her on her back, inside full guard, landing body shots. Akano trying to make something happen. Gets her legs up in a very high guard. She’s looking for the arms of McMann, controlling her position. Akano landing punches to the head. McMann with knees to the buttocks. McMann pops out and drops a big right. McMann in a full open guard and ref stands them up. Left from Akano but McMann with a combo and a huge huge slam almost through the canvas. McMann on top in half guard, now inside full guard. Akano busy off her back looking for an arm. Right hand from McMann. Akano makes it to her feet, lands a knee. McMann locks her up and drives her through the canvas one more time. McMann is a beast! Powerful powerful slams. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for McMann.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Sara McMann def. Hitomi Akano by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
McMann called out everyone at 135.
(185) Kendall Grove vs. Ikuhisa Minowa
Round 1 – Grove flashes a jab, right. Big leg kick from Minowa. Again. No shoes for Minowa. He misses a wild right. Leg kick, right from Grove. Right hand from Grove. Leg kick from Minowa. Big right from Grove, head kick. Minowa rolls out of danger. Almost eats a knee. Kick from Grove up the middle. Leg kick from Minowa as Grove chases. Front kick. Grove throws a leg kick, MInowa grabs the leg and drives in for a takedown but Grove defends. Minowa pushes him to the cage. Tries for a trip takedown and gets Grove down. Grove posting up with his hand. Minowa pulls him back down. Minowa trying to hold him down. Grove trying to make something happen. Looking for an arm. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Grove.
Round 2 -Leg kick from Minowa, he circles as Grove chases. Big leg kick from Minowa. Front kick from Grove. Right hand from Grove down the middle. Another right from Grove. Overhand right from Minowa misses. Front kick from Grove barely touches Minowa. Inside leg kick from Grove. Minowa shoots in, stuffed. Minowa scooting after Grove. He’s stood up. Minowa ducks a punch, shoots, ends up on bottom. Grove on top in half guard. Elbows to the body from Grove. Two minutes to go. Grove locks up a D’arce. Minowa gets free. Grove takes his back with a body triangle, looking for the choke with about a minute to go. Softens Minowa up with punches. Kendall remains on his back until the end of the round. PMN scores it 10-9 Grove.
Round 3 – Grove flashing a jab. Overhand right from Minowa as he rushes in, misses. Rushes in again, grabs a single leg. Grove with a couple hammerfists to the side of the head. More hammerfists as Minowa holds the leg. Grove takes his back, hooks in, they roll. Full mount with Grove on top. He postures up. Minowa gives up his back, Grove gets a body triangle. Grove in total control with two minutes to go. Minowa trying everything he can to get free. Grove lets go the body triangle, still has hooks in. They roll as Grove continues to soften him up with shots. He gets the body triangle again with 30 seconds left. Fight ends with Grove riding the red-shorted hero. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Grove.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Kendall Grove def. Ikuhisa Minowa by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)