Former WWE superstar and undefeated mixed martial artist Daniel Puder made his first return to action in over a year and a half a successful one last evening at the first Call To Arms event when he faced off with K-1 Veteran Jeff Ford.
The show took place at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California and featured a dozen action packed bouts headlined by a main event showdown betwwen Vladimir Matyushenko and Jason Lambert.
Puder quickly gained fame under the WWE when he competed for the the Tough Enough show (The WWE’s version of The Ultimate Fighter), during which he called 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Wrestler and established WWE superstar Kurt Angle out to a wrestling match. When Puder was underneath the WWE veteran he slapped a nasty kimura on Angle from the bottom position. The hold would have likely snapped the former Olympian’s arm if the referee hadn’t improperly given Puder the 1-2-3 count although his shoulders were obviously not pinned to the canvas. It was apparent that the referee counted out Puder because he recognized that Kurt Angle was in very real danger.
Puder is an American Kickboxing Academy trained fighter and had put together a professional record of 6-0 during his fighting career going into last night’s bout, competing primarily for Strikeforce.
The winner of the first WWE Tough Enough started the opening round off against Ford with a couple of hard high kicks before falling victim to a takedown. Not there for long, Puder scrambled back to his feet when Ford threw a high kick that caused him to spike violently onto his shoulder. The referee recognized that Ford was in no position to continue and waved the contest off at the 1:23 mark of the first round, awarding Puder the TKO victory.
Matyushenko out-grinded Lambert in a closely contested match-up in the evening’s main event. After three rounds all three judges awarded the decision victory to “The Janitor”.
A full list of results from last night’s action are listed below:
Vladimir Matyushenko def. Jason Lambert via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Tiki Ghosn def. Brian Warren via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Daniel Puder def. Jeff Ford via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 1:23
Karen Darabedyan def. Jose Camacho via TKO (cut) – Round 1, 5:00
Toby Grear def. Mike Sandez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Albert Rios via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chad George def. Alvin Cacdac via split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)
Matt Major def. Jaime Fletcher via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Brett Cooper def. Joe Cronin via TKO (cut) – Round 2, 1:17
Jay Silva def. Reggie Orr via TKO (flying knee) – Round 2, 1:41
Sevak Magakian def. Harold Lucambio via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:59
Francisco Rivera def. Johnny Gomez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)