WSOF 21: Palmer retains featherweight title, Ivanov submits Rama

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Saturday June 6, 2015– World Series of Fighting 21 took place June 5th, 2015 at The Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The prelims kicked off with local fighter Michael Hay submitting Louie Grover with an armbar at 2:17 into the first round of their clash at 135lbs. Justin Sander earned a win by tapping out Dan Lariviere at 2:52 into round two by arm-triangle choke. King of the Cage veteran Matt Baker verbally tapped out between the second and third rounds of his middleweight match-up with Thiago Jambo Goncalves. The stoppage was the result of an apparent hand injury.

MAIN CARD

HAKEEM DAWODU VS. CHUKA WILLIS

Chuka Willis landed a takedown early in the first round, transitioned to the Canadian fighter’s back and set his hooks. Missing the chance at a rear-naked choke, the two men were back on their feet. Dawodu launched a crippling assault on his opponent’s body, landing close-quarters knee strikes and standing elbows to the head as the end of round approached.

By the start of the second round, Willis looked physically exhausted. Dawodu avoided takedown attempts, engaged him in the clinch and kept firing away. He used a mix of knees to the body and legs with short elbows to the head, as he was looking for the finish. Pinned against the cage, Willis motioned to the referee that he had taken enough. Dawodu retains his perfect record by closing it at 2:55 into round two by TKO due to strikes.

BLAGOI IVANOV VS SMEALINHO RAMA

In the co-main event of the evening, Blagoi Ivanov gained the WSOF heavyweight crown by defeating Smealinho Rama in the third-round by a standing guillotine choke. In the first round, after taking a body kick from Rama, Ivanov countered with a takedown. During the second round, Ivanov opens a gash beneath Rama’s left eye with a smashing right hand, and then let his heavy hands go in the third. There, Ivanov landed a clean left hook which dropped Rama to his knees and he succeeded in locking the guillotine when Rama attempted to return to his feet. With the choke locked in, Ivanov cranked and the tapout was instantaneous.

Rama conceded defeat at 1:17 into round three, giving up his short-lived title reign.

LANCE PALMER VS CHRIS HORODECKI

After Team Alpha Male fighter Lance Palmer, submitted Bellator MMA, World Extreme Cagefighting and International Fight League veteran Chris Horodecki, he became the first featherweight champion in WSOF history to successfully defend the title.

Palmer forces Horodecki to fight moving backward, allowing him to secure a pair of takedowns. Nothing came of the first takedown, but the second produced the finish. After moving to Horodecki’s back, Palmer flattens and continues to smash him with punches before gripping the choke into place across his face. Horodecki tapped at 4:28 into the first round by rear-naked choke.

The 27-year-old champion has won three straight, all via rear-naked choke.

In the postliminary fights, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 16 alumnus Michael Hill earned a split decision win – 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 – over Mark Drummond in a three-round welterweight scrap. Roger Alves submits Danny Doig at 2:49 in the first round by an arm-triangle choke. Garret Nybakken received a knock out win against Nick Hrabec with punches at 3:36 into the first round. Spencer Rohovie tapped out Tim Smith via rear-naked choke at 3:09 into the first round of their match-up. Stephen Beaumont finishes off the night by taking a unanimous decision from Jose Rodriguez in their three-round matchup at 155 pounds.

Lance Palmer def. Chris Horodecki via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:28 – to retain featherweight title

Blagoi Ivanov def. Smealinho Rama via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 1:17  – to win heavyweight title

Michael Hill def. Mark Drummond via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Hakeem Dawodu def. Chuka Willis via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:55

Thiago Goncalves def. Matt Baker via submission (injury) – Round 2, 5:00

Justin Sander def. Dan Lariviere via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:52

Michael Hay def. Louie Grover via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:17

Stephen Beaumont def. Jose Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Roger Alves def. Danny Doig via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:49

Spencer Rohovie def. Tim Smith via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:09

Garret Nybakken def. Nick Hrabec via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:36

Article By: Pat Griffin
Photo Credit: Jessica Johnson

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