'Pee Wee' Herman Makes Fast Work at King of Kombat

By Scott Holmes and Rodney Dean Nov 23, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- Injuries and replacement issues kept headliner and UFC vet Sam Hoger off the main event at King of Kombat “Season Beatings” on Saturday, but that didn’t seem to dampen spirits. A capacity crowd of 4,000 was on hand for the promotion’s third installment, which is gaining traction with fans in the Texas Hill Country.

EliteXC veteran Dave "Pee Wee" Herman took on Hoger’s original opponent, Chris Guillen, in a superfight. Herman is the real deal and it didn’t take him long to the show the crowd why he’s quietly becoming one of the new young heavyweights to watch.

In a quick affair, Herman threw heavy shots on a turtled Guillen’s head to coax the referee’s stoppage at 1:32. Guillen seemed to be the only one to disagree with the call.

In the main event, fans voiced their discontent with what seemed like a premature stoppage between Dave Phillips and Rodrigo Pinheiro.

Pinheiro caught a kick, planted Phillips on his back and the Brazilian went to work with some ground-and-pound, causing Phillips to give up his back. Pinheiro pounded on Phillip’s ears until the referee stepped in at 2:20 in the first round.

Despite the bad position and the amount of shots taken, Phillips never looked to be in any real danger. Egged on by the crowd’s boos, Phillip slapped the fence vehemently, argued with the referee, and looked to have thrown his water bottle back into the cage as he exited.

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Diego Ceara chokes James King.
Word later spread that Phillips might lose his night’s pay, thanks to fines from the athletic commission. Pinheiro paid no mind to the outburst, as he improves to 3-0.

In the undercard, Dustin Neace scored the submission of the night after ending up underneath Johnny Bedford. Bedford looked like he might give Neace a beating until Neace dropped back on the leg and locked it in. Bedford didn’t get to struggle long as he was forced to tap out at 1:38 due the kneebar.

Diego Brandao Ceara submitted local stud Duece King at 1:53 into the first round of their lightweight contest. After a brief feeling out, Ceara wrestled King onto his back. King then made a mistake trying to secure an arm and left himself open. Ceara brought down some hammerfists before taking King’s back and securing the rear-naked choke finish.

Another 155-pound tilt fight saw Seth Clifton topple Ali Ileiwi with a resounding knee at 2:10 into the first round.

Clifton started things off with a risky move, choosing to slam Ileiwi down despite having his arm trapped in a key lock. Clifton escaped and the two men found themselves against the cage, but Ilweiwi kept his head down low during a battle for underhooks and Clifton seized the opportunity. Clifton’s right knee landed flush, raising Ileiwi’s entire body up before collapsing in a heap.

“Is that what ya’ll pay me for?” Clifton asked an enthralled crowd afterward.

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Robbie Rabadi survived
to claim victory.
Local jiu-jitsu big man Robbie Rabadi and Joel Traves fought to a gritty split decision in Rabadi’s favor.

From the onset, it was clear that Rabadi was the more technical of the two. Rabadi had fleet footwork for a big man and countered Traves early on, bloodying up the fighter. Rabadi added to the pounding by using the cage and kneeing Traves repeatedly.

Rabadi was cruising until Traves had a gut check and started bringing in some heat. His tenacity paid off, as Traves hit Rabadi hard enough to completely close his right eye at the end of round one.

Traves came back strong in the second set until a late surge from Rabadi had him attempting an armbar from several angles.

In the final round, Traves came out blazing and connected on just about anything he threw, but Rabadi wouldn’t go down. The two clinched and pushed each other until an exhausted Rabadi could barely keep his hands up. Traves punished Rabadi for keeping his hands low, working over the big man’s face.

Although Traves seemed to be the aggressor in the final two rounds, the judges saw it for Rabadi, giving him the split decision.

Elsewhere, Aaron Suarez and Edwin Figueroa earned grounds for a rematch after Figueroa knocked out his opponent with a wild haymaker at the 1:56 mark of a feverish exchange.

After a brief feeling out, Figueroa began throwing several high kicks that just missed Suarez. Suarez looked to be the harder puncher, connecting several times with body shots that had the crowd gasping.

Just when it looked like Suarez might seal the deal, a right hand to the body distracted him while a wild haymaker landed unseen from the left side, causing Suarez to plunge to the mat. “El Feroz” brought down another hard punch for good measure but Suarez was already gone.

In other bouts:

Davis Sylvester def. Navied Sadeghi -- Submission (Guillotine Choke) 0:40 R2
Adam Schindler def. Justin Reiswerg --Submission (Reverse Front Choke) 4:27 R2
Van Vo def. Christian Sanchez -- Submission (Rear-Naked choke) 1:17 R1
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