Jon Koppenhaver, more commonly known as War Machine from The Ultimate Fighter season six, put together his third consecutive victory since being released by the UFC in mid-2008 last night at Ultimate Warrior Challenge: Capital Punishment, submitting an extremely game Rashad Woods in the second round with a rear naked choke.
The event took place at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia and was headlined by a UWC bantamweight championship clash between Mike Easton and Josh Ferguson.
After winning his UFC debut against fellow TUF season six cast member Jared Rollins with a third round TKO in an electrifying back and forth battle, Koppenhaver went on to be choked unconscious by a nasty Anaconda Choke courtesy of Yoshiyuki Yoshida in his next bout with the UFC.
Although War Machine was released from his UFC contract following his loss to Yoshida, it had nothing to do with the loss and everything to do with his controversial remarks about the late Evan Tanner following his death along with Koppenhaver’s refusal to accept a bout offered to him by UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. The general consensus was that War Machine was in no position with the UFC to pick and choose who he fought.
Since then the outspoken Koppenhaver was picked up by Bellator Fighting Championships only to be released before having a chance to fight for the promotion due to some controversial remarks about U.S. President Barack Obama.
Last night’s bout saw Rashad Woods, who came into the bout with a record of 4-1 with four consecutive stoppage victories, bring the action to Koppenhaver with a series of barbaric knees in the clinch and a powerful slam to the canvas. War Machine managed to persevere despite being rocked on several occasions to overwhelm Woods with a rear naked choke in the second round, making it three in a row for the ousted former UFC fighter.
Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis improved his mixed martial arts to 3-0 with an impressive TKO stoppage of Terry Cohens in the very first round. Davis is without a doubt on of the sports brightest prospects. At 205 pounds and twenty four years old, Davis is a four time NCAA All-American and a 2008 NCAA national champion out of Penn State.
Josh Ferguson came out like a man possessed in the main event, coming at the defending champion Mike Easton with everything he had only to fall victim to a guillotine choke in the first round. The win marks Easton’s fourth straight and improves his overall record to 7-1.
A full list of the results from last nights action are listed below.
Kris McCray defeated Ronnie West via submission Round One
Phil Davis defeated Terry Cohens via TKO Round One
Frank Camacho defeated James Jones via KO Round Two
Mikey Lovato defeated Jose Villirisco via unanimous decision
Damian Dantibo defeated Ronald Stallings via TKO Round One
Joey Kirwan defeated Marcus Foran via submission Round One
War Machine defeated Rashad Woods via submission Round Two
Mike Easton defeated Josh Ferguson via submission Round One