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Quick Results for 4/5 ShoXC with analysis

 img_0983-hamman-vs-suganuma-knee.jpgHere are the quick results from tonight’s ShoXC event:

  • Po’ai Suganuma TKO (strikes) over Jared Hamman at 0:15 of round1
  • Fabricio Camoes KO over Joe Camacho at 3:30 of round 1
  • Shayna Baszler submission (neck crank) over Keiko Tamai at 2:05 of round 1
  • Giva Santana submission (armbar) over Matt Lucas at 4:49 of round 1
  • Bao Quach KO over Doug Evans at 0:55 of round 1

All of the fights tonight ended in quick and decisive fashion. Between this show, the 3/21 ShoXC, and then last week’s EliteXC/Strikeforce show in San Jose, there’s been a lot of early finishes on EliteXC promoted shows.

Suganuma stunned Hamman with a punch and then nailed a flying knee that took Hamman off his feet and into the cage in a downed position. Suganuma went in for the kill but the referee stopped it. Hamman claimed he was never out and many people in the crowd felt it was an early stoppage. During the post-fight interview, both the idea of a rematch with both fighters was brought up and both seemed open to the idea (although I’d love to see Sugnuma fight on the June 14 Hawaii show against Rafael Feijao).

The fighter who impressed me the most tonight was Baszler. She is now 3-0 in ShoXC and looks to be putting great effort into making her fights as exciting as possible and really showing personality in her interviews. She hit a nice German suplex on Tamai that was preceded by a knee to the face. And the neck crank was nasty; Tamai tapped almost immediately.

After the fight, Baszler proclaimed herself as the woman to beat in the EliteXC female division and even name-dropped Tara LaRosa, proclaiming that she’d like for the two of them to fight. A year ago I would have said LaRosa would be the heavy favorite in that fight but Baszler looks greatly improved with each bout and now I’m not sure who’d win. Regardless of who would be favored going in, I think it would be a tremendous fight and good for female MMA.

Quick note: both Tamai and Baszler weighed in under the 140 lbs. weight limit for their fight.

I also felt it was another strong night for the commentating team of Mauro Ranallo and Stephen Quadros. The two really excel in the ShoXC format. Quadros was especially on point tonight. There was also some good storytelling that added context to some of the fights.

Quach’s win was impressive but even more so when you take into account that he accepted the fight on less than a week’s notice. He was a late replacement for Wilson Reis. Being affiliated with the same school as Wilson, I was disappointed not to see him fight but he’ll be back. I would think the May 31 CBS undercard would be a good fit for him considering that he’s a Philadelphia-based fighter and a lot of his fans would be more than willing to make the trip up to Newark, N.J. to see him.

15 COMMENTS
  • Paul says:

    “I also felt it was another strong night for the commentating team of Mauro Ranallo and Stephen Quadros.”

    Are you kidding me? That goofy runt Mauro Ranallo couldn’t be more irritating if he tried. I have to turn the volume down just to drown out his over-dramatized, over-enunciated voice. ShoXC needs to dump that twerp and get a real announcer.

    Great night of fights otherwise.

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  • koolpaw says:

    Oh yeah it was the most exciting moment of this event when Shayna called out Tara . NOT another name! it also means Shayna passed someone to Kaitlin`s hand OFFICIALLY.

    Tara already had posted that she will be with bodogFIGHT till the last sec on UG. Roxy wants to avenge her last loss against Shayna and Tara, And she has proved she is ready for that now!

    so What will happen?

    And Tama chan has escaped Shayna`s RNC twice at least lol. hope she didnt get hurt by that scary neck crank.

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  • Evan says:

    “The two really excel in the ShoXC format. Quadros was especially on point tonight. There was also some good storytelling that added context to some of the fights.”

    Count me as a Stephen Quadros fan but I always feel like he is constantly reading from a script when he is talking about anything besides live action.

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  • Sam Caplan says:

    I think sometimes it might sound that way because Mauro and Quadros are so smooth. They’ve both have been calling fights for so long that they’ve got it down to a science.

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  • cyph says:

    I have no idea why people keep ragging on Mauro. The dude is intelligent and smooth, unlike Goldberg from the UFC. MMA fans sure do complain a lot.

    The quick stoppages are getting out of control. Sure, if you get hit that hard, you’ll be dazed. In slow motion, it may look like a KO when you fall. That KO from Suganuma was similar to the kick from Herring to Noguiera. Imagine if all fights were stopped from a big hit where the opponent recovers right away.

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  • Evan says:

    But if it was so smooth you wouldn’t feel like they were reading, right? Again…I am a fan its just something weird. I think its just the tempo of his speech pattern because it sounded the same when he did his show on sherdog.

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  • truth says:

    Mauro is still a cut above Goldberg in the knowledge department. Strawberry ice cream. Mauro is setting up jokes, Goldberg sometimes is the joke. Quadros is definitly reading a script.

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  • Evan says:

    Agree, truth. I think if Mauro just toned down the “generic fm sports guy” type character he would be top notch, which he is very capable of being.

    Goldberg has never bothered me one way or the other as he is very forgettable.

    Like I have said previously on this blog…I think MMA play by play and color is the most difficult job in sports media hands down. While its fun to poke a stick at some of these guys they all do a wonderful job at what seems like a near impossible job to do.

    And as for Bill Goldberg…he has gotten much better.

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  • Rich S. says:

    Yeah!
    nice work from bao quatch!

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  • Derek B. says:

    Sam you were right! Looks like Bao really got the best of Evans.

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  • Derek B. says:

    actually I was wrong. What happened to Reis…did he have an injury?

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  • Tanner says:

    Shayna Braszler actually won with a an eddie bravo twister submission, it was more than just a neck crank, kinda like a whole body crank or a body twist.

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  • Brent says:

    “Shayna Braszler actually won with a an eddie bravo twister submission…”

    Actually, she won with a wrestler’s guillotine, which Eddie Bravo calls something else.

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  • platypus says:

    that was a twister, but it looked more of a neck crank than a spinal tweak, but it was definitely a twister.

    sherdog fight finder confirms

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  • Brent says:

    LOL – here’s her corner’s blog – you may not have heard of Josh Barnett, he wasn’t on TUF:

    http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=43407027&blogID=375112054

    “Josh

    PS. No “Twisters” here or on the broadcast as you may have noticed. Wrestler’s Guillotine, Cobra Twist or Abdominal Stretch all work.”

    Welcome to MMA, keep reading and learning.

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