March 7th was a very busy day for two smaller MMA promotions with a number of UFC castaways and underachievers trying to work their way back up the ladder.
Rage In The Cage 105: Friday Night Fights was headed up by the always volatile Melvin Guillardwho was staying true to the promise he made in recent interviews of fighting at a higher weight (170 lbs.) in an effort to avoid jeopardising his place in the UFC. “The Young Assassin” was victorious over his opponent, Eric Regan via unanimous decision.
Guillard was coming off, to put it bluntly, a terrible 2007 in which he accused Joe Stevenson of taking HGH before having to retract the statement after he admitted he had no proof. He was then choked out in 27 seconds by the TUF 2 winner and tested positive to cocaine after the fight. He served an 8 month suspension before making his comeback fight against heated rival, Rich Clementi. In a spiteful affair, Clementi once again exposed Guillard’s weak submission defense when he scored a rear naked choke victory at 4.40 of the first round.
Guillard had this to say post-fight: (from Sherdog.com)
“Eric is tough,” Guillard said. “A lot of guys out here wouldn’t take this fight. I caught him with some good stand-up strikes; he just wouldn’t go down. He has a hard chin.”
“The UFC is still my home,” he continued. “I’m grateful they are letting me participate in outside shows. In my last two fights I got caught thinking too much.”
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AFL: Erupption featured a number of recognisable fighters such as TUF veterans, Rory Singer and Dan Christison, as well as UFC lightweights, Junior Assuncao and Diego Saraiva.
Dan “The Sandman” Christison kicked off proceedings for the UFC veterans as he scored a 2nd round TKO victory over his opponent, John LeBlanc. Singer however was not able to continue the trend as he succumbed to a painful kneebar submission to Chilo Gonzalez.
Junior Assuncao, who was coming off of a submission loss to Nate Diaz scored himself a 3rd round submission victory via guillotine choke over Steve Sharp. In the night’s main event, Diego Saraiva made light work of Joe Ammerman as he scored a rear-naked choke victory early in the first round to capture the AFL lightweight championship.
Also on the card was featherweight stand out, Rafael Assuncao who obtained a quick first round submission victory (arm bar) over opponent, Aaron Williams.
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