‘Krazy Horse’ Drops Decision in AFL; Popovitch Victorious

By Rodolfo Roman Jun 4, 2010
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- The little-known Sterling Ford defeated EliteXC veteran Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett by unanimous decision in the Action Fight League “Rock-N-Rumble 3” main event on Friday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Bennett and Ford opened up the first round with a lackluster performance, as the Florida-born fighter patiently waited to land his hard hands in hopes of knocking out Ford. A restless crowd booed and asked for action, as both fighters did little to claim victory. With 10 seconds left in the round, Bennett, a man known for his showboating, stopped and smiled for the cameras.

The second round continued with a lack of action, as both fighters chased each other and threw ineffective blows. Eventually, the fight went to the floor, where Ford worked from half guard. Ford threatened with a rear-naked choke, which he did not hold for long.

Ford took hold of the match in round three, as he searched for the submission but did little damage with his strikes. During a post-fight interview, Bennett claimed a cut to his hand affected his performance. The controversial Bennett -- who owns a lengthy rap sheet -- was supposed to fight Karl James Noons at a Strikeforce event on June 26; he was recently scratched from the card.

Meanwhile, 2010 Grappling Hall of Fame inductee Pablo Popovitch was victorious in his mixed martial arts debut, though it did not come easy against Jeff Savoy. Popovitch struck Savoy into submission 3:32 into round two.

In the first few seconds of the opening round, Popovitch grounded Savoy with a single-leg takedown. The 2009 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championships winner dominated on the ground, though he sought unsuccessfully to secure a rear-naked choke. Savoy fought the submission and eventually forced Popovitch to stand.

Toward the end of the round, Savoy nailed Popovitch with vicious up kicks that knocked down the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and left him with a bloody nose. Popovitch welcomed the bell.

A short time later in the second round, Popovitch took down Savoy and took control on his back. Popovitch rode his opponent, as he landed hammerfists and several punches, forcing Savoy to tap on the canvas.

In a female duel, American Top Team’s Jessica Aguilar defeated Catia Vitoria by technical knockout 4:17 into round one. The Mexican-born Aguilar has won three in a row.

The two women opened the match and tested one another, until Vitoria went for a kick. Aguilar countered, caught her leg in the air, took her down and sought a guillotine choke. As the end of the round neared, Aguilar overwhelmed the muay Thai practitioner, as she unleashed a flurry of punches from full mount and left the referee with no other option but to call the fight.

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