Last week in Texas MMA: Shalorus draws with Varner, Wineland defeats Campuzano at WEC 49, McKenzie takes out SWC boss Sylvester
Shalorus draws with Varner, Wineland defeats Campuzano at WEC 49
Kamal Shalorus (6-0-2) of Austin, Texas stepped up to the World Extreme Cagefighting’s challenge on Sunday night: a main event bout against former WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner (16-3-1). The result and lightweight fight itself, which took place at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada was anything but definitive.
The former champ had a rough night, breaking his hand and foot during the match, and against Shalorus’ head, according to Varner. Additionally, Varner caught three kicks to the groin, each one looking more uncomfortable than the next.
Despite losing a point for the repeated groin kicks, Shalorus broke even with Varner in what is surely one of the most controversial decisions this year.
Nelson Hamilton awarded a 29-27 score to Varner, Cameron Quwek gave the same score to Shalorus and Cecil People’s turned in a score of 28-28.
Fellow Texan, Will Campuzano (7-2) of Dallas was outclassed by a former WEC champ on a mission in Eddie Wineland (17-6-1).
Campuzano was dropped twice in the first round, both times from a counter to Campuzano’s low kicks.
In the second, Campuzano fell again after a three-punch combination found its mark. Campuzano somehow rose to his feet but a hard shot to the body and a finishing blow to the fallen Campuzano’s head extended Wineland’s win-streak to three.
McKenzie takes out SWC boss Sylvester
After Marcus Hicks was forced to bow out of his main event match up against Mike Bronzoulis due to a rib injury, Davis Sylvester (5-3), decided to headline his own show on Saturday night: Supreme Warrior Championship 11 at the Frisco Convention Center, in Frisco, Texas.
Oklahoma City’s Lewis McKenzie (10-3) not only demonstrated superior striking but underlined the disparity in age between the bantamweights. McKenzie, who turned 25 the day before the event, is Sylvester’s junior by 11 years.
The multiple takedowns Sylvester scored clearly took their toll on his stamina, leaving Sylvester vulnerable to McKenzie’s quickness and agility. McKenzie got the better of a scramble in the second and maintained dominant position, firing strikes from above until the referee stopped the fight.
This week in Texas MMA: Texas State BJJ Championship, Shark Fights 12: Unfinished Business
Texas State BJJ Championship
World Grappling Circuit and Fight To Win present gi and no-gi grappling tournament action in North Richland Hills this Saturday at the Nytek Sports Complex.
The all-ages event also features a black belt absolute tournament for a cash prize of $1000.
Shark Fights 12: Unfinished Business
Amarillo-based promotion Shark Fights Promotions, LLC brings eight MMA bouts and special guest Kimbo Slice to the Gamboa Outdoor Events Center in Amarillo, Texas.
The headlining bout between Josh Luna (4-3) and John King (1-1) is a rematch, for which the event gets its name. King will try to avenge the TKO loss he suffered at Shark Fights 9 in March of this year.