India’s Super Fight League kicked off their inaugural event on March 11 at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai. Super-heavyweight MMA veterans James Thompson and Bob Sapp clashed in the main event.
Sapp found himself on his back in a matter of seconds after a single leg takedown from Thompson. It looked as though Thompson would possibly pound Sapp out from top position until Sapp managed to reverse position and gain top control.
Remarkably, he put Thompson in a crucifix position and began to rain down hammerfists. However, Sapp’s resurgence was cut short as Thompson was able to get free and put Sapp on his back once again.
During the scramble Sapp injured his leg and the bout was stopped, giving Thompson the submission win at 1:52 of the first round. It was Sapp’s fifth straight loss, dropping his record to 11-11 in MMA. Thompson improves to 17-14.
Bob Sapp vs. James Thompson – full MMA fight
Super Fight League 1 – full results:
- (180) Xavier Foupa-Pokam def. Joey Guel via TKO (cut) Rd 1 (5:00)
- (205+) Jimmy Ambriz def. Satish Jha via TKO (punches) Rd 1 (0:14)
- (155) Lakwinder Sekhon def. Madura Rathnayake via TKO (punches) Rd 1 (1:29)
- (170) Mohammed Shahid def. Mayura Dissanayake via Majority Decision (30-27, 30-30, 29-28)
- (145) Chaitanya Gavali def. Tiran Thakshala via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 20-27, 30-27)
- (205) Neil Natasadu vs. Travis Bell def. Neil Natasadu via Submission (forearm choke) Rd 2 (1:18)
- (115) Sanja Sucevic def. Lena Ovchynnikova via Submission (rear naked choke) Rd 2 (2:28)
- (205+) James Thompson def. Bob Sapp via Submission (leg injury) Rd 1 (1:52)
Super Fight League 1 – full event video: