The Palace Casino August 19th, 2005 Lemoore, California
WEC 16: Clash of the Titans 2 - The main event of the night featured the challenger Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez vs champion Ron “H2O” Waterman for the WEC Super Heavy Weight Belt. Ron came to the fight weighing in at an impressive 287 pounds of what looked to be all muscle. Orginally Waterman was to face Mike Serr but at the last minute Serr got hurt so the WEC gave Ricco a chance at the belt.
The first round started off with Waterman closing the gap and clinching with Rodriguez. Waterman used his size and strength to force Ricco over to the fence where Ricco pulled guard. Waterman worked a ground and pound attack but, Rodriguez countered with an armbar that Waterman escaped allowing him to transition to side mount. Ricco got to his knees in an attempt to standup but Ron’s superior wrestling kept Ricco on the mat for most of the round.
The second round Ricco gave the crowd a reason to cheer for the underdog by high kicking Waterman in the jaw so hard his mouth piece flew out. After cleaning out his mouth piece, an unfazed Waterman rushed in on Ricco and was able to take him down easily. Waterman then methodically passed guard and moved to sidemount where he attempted a key lock. Ricco would get to his knees and eventually stand but not before taking some damage from Waterman from the turtle and side positions. This process would repeat itself several times with Ricco never able to really mount an attack. The round ends with Ricco fighting off Waterman’s one armed neck crank attempt.
The final round began with both men sizing each other up while Ricco threw leather at Waterman’s face. Waterman once again bulrushed Ricco to the cage and took him down with a perfect double leg. Ricco counters with an armbar but Waterman is able to power out and pass. After some inactivity the fight is stood up and Ricco attempts to double leg Ron. Waterman sprawls and then is able to get Ricco back to the mat after Ricco gives up on the double. The fight ends with Waterman throwing knees at Ricco while he turtles to defend. Ron Waterman defeated Ricco Rodriguez by unanimous decision.
The Co Main event featured Alex “the Russian Nightmare” Serdyukov vs. Victor Parfenov. Serdyukov is out of Apex Jiu Jitsu who has been spitting out a bunch of quality fighters into the WEC and King of the Cage recently. This fight was a standup battle which featured both men trading leather early with Alex getting the best of the exchanges. Alex ended the fight with a knee to the abdominals, from the clinch, that sent Victor to the mat where Serdyukov was able to finish the fight with a barrage of strikes. Alex Serdyukov defeated Victor Parfenov by TKO at 2:20 in the first round.
Tosh Cook made quick work of Troy Miller by taking Miller down, getting the mount, and laying down some heavy strikes that forced Miller to give up his back and the rear naked choke. Tosh Cook defeated Troy Miller by Rear Naked Choke at 1:45 in the first round.
Chris Sanford looked to be in trouble when Josh Green rocked him early but, Sanford was able to secure the guillotine after Josh went for a sloppy double from the clinch. Chris Sanford defeated Josh Green by Guillotine Choke at 2:30 in the first round.
Rafael Real defeated Jody Poff by TKO (corner stoppage) in the first round after Poff was forced to give up after taking two hard groin shots by Real. The fighters agreed to a rematch.
Steve Ramerez took out Jason Biswell by TKO at 2:01 in the first.
Casey Olsen defeated Rolland Parli by KO at 4:58 in the first. Olsen vs Parli was probably one of the best fights of the night but it was overshadowed by what I like to call a “bonus fight” between the crowd and some of the WEC security. Olsen looked impressive, out wrestling and out striking Rolland. Rolland was never really out of the fight till late in the first when he took a big right that sent him flat to the mat.
Kenny Ento defeated Chris Botelho by submission (armbar from the guard) at 4:33 in the first round.
Ernie Tiserino defeated Van Palacio Submission (kimura from the bottom) 2:48 in the third. I over heard Palacio tell the ref he never tapped but the Ref said he had to stop the fight since Palacios arm was trapped.
Allan Weickert defeated Rocky Batastini by submission (armbar) at 2:50 in the first round
Dan Marks over Albert Rios by submission (armbar) at 2:22 in the second.
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