Another MMA promotion tried their luck on PPV Saturday night with mixed results albeit an entertaining show for the most part. Live from Albuquerque, New Mexico, MMA Fight Pit provided a card dotted with UFC veterans including former lightweight champ Jens Pulver taking on submission-specialist Coty “Ox” Wheeler and powerful pugilist Houston Alexander throwing down with “Razor” Razak Al-Hassan. Also on the card were former Ultimate Fighter bad boys, Junie Browning and Jamie Yager.
Pulver made it three wins in his last four fights and improved to 1-0 as a bantamweight against Wheeler after peppering him with shots to eventually pick up the strike-based stoppage in the second round.
“I just wanted to stay focused and centered. More than anything I was just so damn scared to be in that cage. The losses come back to haunt you,” explained Pulver in a post-event press release. “I was really trying to be dialed in and by happy. I’m just really happy. I was trying to find a home and really trying to throw. I wanted to make a statement at 135 pounds, and I knew this guy was really tough and has a great chin. I’m a big ‘Ox’ Wheeler fan. I love his spirit and I love the way he fights. It was just a matter of watch out for his power and watch out for his games. Just stay tight and focus.”
Alexander’s bout offered a less-definitive conclusion after a ringside physician called for the fight’s end due to a dislocated finger on Al-Hassan’s part. Prior to the finish the two had slugged it out for two full rounds with “The Assassin” dropping Al-Hassan a few times in the process.
“My conditioning was great,” Alexander began when asked about the match-up. “I was ready. I’m disappointed in the early stoppage but it happens. But the atmosphere…it was amazing. I can’t describe it. I walked in and it was crazy. It was a great time.”
Read below for a more detailed breakdown of all the night’s action…
Rocky Ramirez def. Mark Lujan via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Conrad Padilla def. Guy Youell via Unanimous Decision
Jason Sampson def. Josh Montoya via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Ali Hanjani def. Sean Spencer via Submission Round 1 (Triangle)
Junie Browning vs. Jacob Clark
Round One: Browning working the body early with strikes before getting a takedown. After a scramble that saw Browning hit a sunset flip on Clark, Browning got the back and almost locked on a twister but Clark escaped. The ref stood them up when Browning was in half guard and trying to work. Very questionable stand up. Clark stuffed a takedown and got on top. Clark landed a series of elbows and Browning tapped out from strikes.
Result: Jacob Clark def. Junie Browning via Submission Round 1 (Strikes)
Angelica Chavez vs. Diana Rael
Round One: Rael landed an early right hand and then reversed a takedown to end up on top and in side control. Chavez goes for a heel hook but eats some punches in the process before giving up on it. Rael gets half guard but does very little with the position. Chavez tries another heel hook but Rael stuffs it again. They traded hammerfists for the final 30 seconds with Rael on top and Chavez on her back. Good round for Rael as she spent almost the entire round on top. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Rael
Round Two: Rael uses the thai clinch to just Chavez to the ground. In a scramble, Chavez gets caught in a guillotine but moves to side control to alleviate the pressure. Rael holds the choke though as Chavez strikes and tries to pop her head out. Chavez finally gets her head free, which leads to a scramble and Rael ending up on top and in side control. Rael lands some short elbows as the round ends. Another good round for Rael as Chavez can’t get anything going. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Rael.
Round Three: All on the feet early with neither woman landing much but Rael landing the cleaner strikes. Rael having a lot of success with the straight right. Chavez really not doing much, which is strange considering how the first two rounds went for her. Chavez lands a takedown into half guard. Chavez does nothing with the position and the ref stands them up. Rael lands a superwoman punch but then gets takendown again. The round ends with Chavez on top. Despite the takedowns, Chavez did nothing while Rael landed the better strikes on the feet and off her back. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Rael and the fight 30-27 for Rael.
Result: Diana Rael def. Angelica Chavez via Split Decision
Jamie Yager vs. Willie Parks
Round One: Parks lands a series of left hooks that gets Yager off balance but Yager survives and lands a couple of kicks, including the jumping kick. Parks gets a huge takedown. Parks stands in the guard of Yager and drops some heavy punches. Yager survives though and the pace slows back down on the ground. Parks stays in half guard and tries to set up and arm triangle but Yager blocks it. After an exciting start, the round ends rather quietly. All Parks on top. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Parks.
Round Two: Parks goes for a takedown but gets caught in a guillotine. Parks tries to fight it but Yager has a tight squeeze and Parks is forced to tap out.
Result: Jamie Yager def. Willie Park via Submission Round 2 (Guillotine Choke)
Tyler East vs. Prince McLean
Round One: East gets an early takedown into half guard. East rains down a series of elbows and punches as McLean covers up. East continues the onslaught and the ref jumps in to stop the fight.
Result: Tyler East def. Prince McLean via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Jens Pulver vs. Coty Wheeler
Round One: Slow start but Pulver doing a nice job landing counter punches. Pulver really looking for the overhand left but no quite landing it. Wheeler looking for the straight right but can’t connect. Pulver drops Wheeler with the left hook and tries to finish him on the ground but Wheeler survives. Instead of blowing his energy, Pulver lets him up. Pulver stays on him until he’s poked in the eye, which causes a short break and stops the momentum of Pulver. Round ends with another left by Pulver. Good round for Pulver, almost finishing the fight. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Pulver.
Round Two: Another eye poke by Wheeler has Pulver wincing but continuing. Pulver drops Wheeler a straight left and walks away, thinking the ref will stop it but the ref doesn’t stop it. Pulver runs back and tries to finish him but Wheeler gets up, still shaken and running away from Pulver. A couple more left hands from Pulver and Wheeler goes down again. A reluctant Pulver drops one more punch on Wheeler and the ref stops the fight.
Result: Jens Pulver def. Coty Wheeler via TKO Round 2 (Punches)
Houston Alexander vs. Razak Al-Hassan
Round One: Al-Hassan working the leg kicks early. Alexander trying to jab to the body but not coming close. Crowd starts to boo as the action slows. Al-Hassan just misses the front kick to the face and Alexander comes back with a right. Alexander drops Al-Hassan with a left and tries to finish him on the ground but Al-Hassan survives and gets to his feet. Alexander landing a very stiff jab. Not the most entertaining fight outside of the knockdown, but that was enough to give Alexander the round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Alexander.
Round Two: Alexander continues to look for the jab while Al-Hassan has success with the leg kicks. Alexander counters a leg kick with a good straight right. Alexander takes a finger to the eye, which causes a break but Alexander fights on. Uneventful round thus far with neither man landing anything significant. Al-Hassan continues to chop down Alexander with leg kicks. Alexander presses forward with the right hand and drops Al-Hassan at the end of the round but Al-Hassan pops back up. That may have been a partial slip but it was probably enough to give Alexander the round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Alexander.
The fight is called between rounds as Al-Hassan apparently dislocated his finger and it was ruled that he couldn’t continue.
Result: Houston Alexander def. Razak Al-Hassan via TKO Round 2 (Injury)