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  • Vitale Submits Starnes at ‘Champions 2’ By: James Meinhardt

    HONOLULU -- After a 16-month layoff from the sport, Falaniko Vitale was victorious in his return, as he submitted UFC castoff Kalib Starnes with a front choke just 2:22 into the first round in the X-1 World Events “Champions 2” main event on Saturday at the Blaisdell Arena.

    Starnes started off strong, as he scooped up the X-1 middleweight champion and deposited him on the canvas in the opening minutes of the bout.

    “I know I got a few takedowns there. I felt like it was easy to take him down,” Starnes said. “I feel like I could have kept doing that over and over again.”

    However, after the second successful takedown, the Hawaiian found a way to turn the tables. With Starnes standing over him, Vitale grabbed the Canadian’s ankle and tripped him to the ground. From there, “Niko” quickly assumed top position.

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  • Saturday Etc. By: Jake Rossen

    Eric "Butterbean" Esch will match bellies with opponent Harry “The Ho-Chunk Hammer” Funmaker in what’s being billed as Esch’s last boxing match. If you’re in Wisconsin Friday night, it’s something to do. More specifically, the only thing to do…Carlos Condit confirmed to MMAJunkie that he’s training at Greg Jackson’s gym in Albuquerque; Kimbo Slice has stationed himself at American Top Team in Miami…MMAWeekly reports that Bellator champion Hector Lombard’s break-a-sweat bout with Kalib Starnes could be rescheduled for Nov. 20 due to a concussion suffered by Lombard in training; Starnes can now put his will aside…Dana White told The Opie and Anthony Show that Quinton Jackson “will fight” for the UFC in the future. Unless Jackson has somehow developed an allergy to money, there’s no doubt.

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