March 11, 2006 Del Mar Fairgrounds Del Mar California.
Thru the smell of grilled onions on bratwurst Current Total Combat 185 Champion Art “Pahuco” Santore battled UFC vet Edwin “Baby Face” Dewees. Dewees came out striking and was able to get Santore to the mat and move to full mount. From Mount Dewees fired down punches that hurt Santore forcing him to give up his back. Showing great heart Santore was able to fight off a rear naked choke attempt and move into Edwin’s guard. After some inactivity Herb Dean stood the fighters up and they began exchanging blows. Backed into a corner Dewees shot for a double and Santore sprawled but made the mistake of kneeing Dewees while one of his hands was still on the ground. Being the most polite fighter in MMA Santore quickly apologized to Joe Riggs, in Dewees Corner, and kissed Dean on the cheek for deducting a point off his score card.
After losing the first round 8-10 the Team Quest fighter knew he had to take the second round so he came out looking to finish. Santore threw a barrage of punches at Dewees putting him down with a right hook and finishing him on the ground by landing 4 to 5 unblocked punches to Dewees head. Herb Dean saw enough and quickly halted the fight at 14 seconds gone by in the second round. Dewees quickly popped up after the fight was stopped causing some boos from the crowd. “He didn’t defend against the punches. He (Santore) landed about 5 punches and Edwin did nothing to defend them… Move you hips move a leg do something and I will let you continue to fight but he did nothing I had to stop it” stated Dean after the fight. “Then Art feeds me to the lions saying that he wouldn’t have stopped the fight so soon. (in the post fight interview) I would have said I was throwing with bad intentions and landing devastating blows… Edwin is lucky Herb stopped the fight…” Art Santore over Edwin Dewees by TKO at 0:14 in the second. Santore retains the 185 belt.
Sanchez shows heart.
Eddie “Dirty” Sanchez showed that he is the toughest Heavyweight in the Total Combat organization by outlasting UFC vet Wade “Nightmare” Shipp. Shipp looked to be on the verge of knocking Sanchez out at any moment even landing 2 huge high kicks that both sent Dirty tumbling to the mat. With Shipp ahead on the cards in the 3rd , Sanchez at about a quarter tank and Shipp with his warning light on, Eddie took one of the previously mentioned high kicks sending him to the mat. Some how Sanchez recovered and took the giant to the ground landing in side mount. On the ground Sanchez was able to land several punches on an unresponsive ship forcing the ref to call the fight. Eddie Sanchez over Wade Shipp TKO at 4:23 in the 3rd.
Swanson avenges loss.
In other action King of the Cage standout Cub Swanson took on local favorite Shannon Gugerty. Swanson, looking to avenge his only MMA loss, dominated Gugerty on the ground and standing in the first. Halfway thru the second with Gugerty hurt from Cubs constant ground and pound barrage he is able to move from side control to full mount with one of Shannons arms trapped. Cub makes quick work of his wounded foe with punches forcing the ref to stop the fight. Cub Swanson over Shannon Gugherty at 3:40 in the second.
Jessie Moreng outlasted Chris David in a slugfest that had both fighters hurt in the first. After another exciting round in the second David left nothing for the 3rd and Moreng was able to get the dec by taking Davids back for most of the final round. Jesse Moreng over Chris David Decision (Unanimous) at 5:00 3rd.
Patrick Speight over James Wilks by Decision (Unanimous) at 3:00 in the 3rd.
Robert Emerson out wrestled the wrestler in his match with Jamie Schmitt. Emerson who could be a top 10 155er came out to fight and threw around a very tough Schmitt. Emerson just out classed Schmitt finishing him with strikes standing in Jamie’s guard.
After Emerson was pulled off a dazed Schmitt he layed on the ground in his best all American girl pose smiling to a booing crowd. After he got up he proceeded to the cage near his corner climbed the fence and jumped out. This quickly prompted a California State Athletic Commission official over to him.
Offical - “Young man what is the frist thing we tell you in the rules meeting… not to climb on the fence…”
Emerson - “Well do you want me to Climb back over or should I go around to the door?”
Offical - “Are you being Funny? Why don’t you come over to the table so I can fine you a 100 dollars.”
After the official walked away Emerson began walking back to the dressing rooms but was convinced by his corner and a Total Combat employee that he must go talk to the official. Robert Emerson over Jamie Schmitt by TKO at 1:02 in round 2nd.
Alex Garcia over Ryan Smith Decision (Unanimous) 3rd round
Bill Dean over Tony Velarde by TKO (Cut) at 1:00 in the first.
Luke Hodges over Marcus Dawson by TKO at 0:32 in the second.
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