World Series of Fighting 21 went down tonight (June 5, 2015) from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada featuring two title fights, and what a night it was as the main card featured three exciting finishes.
In the main event, Team Alpha Male’s Lance Palmer put his featherweight title up against Canada’s own in Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki. Palmer used his decorated wrestling background as a four-time All-American to score multiple takedowns in the opening frame and attempt multiple chokes. Unsuccessful at first, the champion eventually gained a back mount and was able to sink in a rear-naked-choke at the end of the first round to retain his title in impressive fashion.
In the co-main event of the evening, the heavyweight title was on the line as reigning champ Smealinho Rama attempted to defend his title for the first time against Bellator veteran Blagoi Ivanov. After a minute of feeling out in the first round, it was an all-out slug fest from there on out. Ivanov scored a takedown as well in the opening frame, but wasn’t able to do anything with it.
Moving on to the second, the champion seemed to be getting the better of the exchanges until the end of the round, where Ivanov unloaded, bloodying up Rama in the process. We then moved on to third, where Ivanov produced more of the same, landing huge shots and eventually flooring Rama. Ivanov then sunk in a choke to score a third-round submission win and become the new WSOF heavyweight champion.
In the opening bout of the main card, featherweights Hakeem Dawodu and Chuka Willis went at it in a fairly entertaining matchup, where Dawodu’s Muay Thai skills were put on full display. Early on in the first, Willis looked to be in control, scoring a takedown, and actually taking Dawodu’s back momentarily. However, that didn’t’ last too long, as Dawodu quickly went to work in the clinch landing some brutal knees to the body to end the round.
Dawodu continued his onslaught in the second, continuing to smash the body of his opponent with knees and adding elbows to his barrage until Willis had had enough and verbally ended the fight. Still undefeated at 5-0, Dawodu scored an impressive second-round verbal-TKO victory.
Mark Drummond and Michael Hill also did battle on the main card in a bout that actually took place after the main event. It was a very close, hard fought, back and forth war. Hill pushed forward at the end of the third round, but couldn’t secure a finish. However, the judges still decided to hand Hill the victory by way of split-decision.
Check out the prelim results below:
Thiago Goncalves def. Matt Baker via submission (verbal tapout) at 5:00 of R2 Justin Sander def. Dan Lariviere via submission (arm triangle) at 2:52 of R2 Michael Hay def. Louie Grover via submission (armbar) at 2:17 of R1
WSOF 22 is set for August 21, 2015 and features another set of title fights as Rousimar Palhares puts his welterweight title on the line against Jake Shields, and dominant champion Marlon Moraes puts his bantamweight title on the line against Sheymon da Silva Moraes. Tyrone Spong will also make his return to the cage on this card as he squares off against Mike Kyle.