Weekend Rundown

May 4, 2009

Weekend Rundown
By Brian Knapp (bknapp@sherdog.com)
Todd Hester/Sherdog.com

Frye knows how to finish.
Monday, 3:30 p.m. ET: Even at 43, Don Frye can still close out a fight.

The ageless Frye needed a little more than two minutes to submit Rich Moss at Shark Fight 4 on Saturday at the Citibank Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. The end came 2:12 into round one when Frye (20-7-1, 1 NC) cinched a rear-naked choke and coaxed the tapout.

Though he won two UFC tournaments and reached the final in another, Frye remains one of the more underappreciated competitors of his time. Known for his trademark mustache and quick wit, he posted a stellar 8-1 record inside the Octagon and remains tied for the quickest knockout in UFC history; he smashed Thomas Ramirez in eight seconds at UFC 8.

Frye has alternated between wins and losses in his last four fights. A Rage in the Cage veteran, Moss (7-3, 1 NC) had won back-to-back bouts by first-round knockout before he ran into the UFC, Pride Fighting Championships and K-1 veteran.

In the Shark Fight 4 main event, former professional football player Rex Richards succumbed to fourth-round strikes against Darrill Schoonover in a heavyweight title bout. Schoonover has finished all 10 of his opponents, five by submission and five by knockout or technical knockout. Richards (6-2) had not lost since he tapped out to a Shane Carwin guillotine choke in 2007.

Meanwhile, “The Ultimate Fighter 7” alum Jesse Taylor pushed his winning streak to six fights with a first-round submission victory against Eric DaVila. Taylor (11-3) -- who stopped DaVila (13-8) with a rear-naked choke -- has not tasted defeat since being finished by CB Dollaway’s Peruvian Necktie at UFC Fight Night 14 in July.

Mrs. Fisher Victorious

Emily Fisher, the wife of UFC lightweight contender Spencer Fisher, stopped Andrea Miller on first-round strikes at Jeremy Horn’s Elite Fight Night 8 on Friday at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah.

Fisher (2-1) had not competed since she submitted Alicia Dunn in 26 seconds at a Courage Fighting Championships show in July 2004.

In the Jeremy Horn’s Elite Fight Night 8 main event, “The Ultimate Fighter 5” alum Brandon Melendez defeated Chris Kennedy by unanimous decision. The well-traveled Melendez (20-14) had lost four of his last five fights entering the bout. Kennedy (6-7), an IFL veteran, has dropped two straight.

Pierce Ends Bradley’s Undefeated Run

World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Mike Pierce handed highly regarded middleweight prospect Paul Bradley his first profession defeat in the featured bout at Respect Is Earned “Brotherly Love Brawl” on Thursday at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. Pierce (9-1) earned a unanimous decision in a three-round tilt.

Bradley (10-1), perhaps best known for his brief stint on “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” was a two-time collegiate All-American wrestler at the University of Iowa. He was booted off the Spike TV reality series after he won a qualifying bout because of skin condition common to amateur wrestlers.

Another top prospect fared far better.

Tyron Woodley, a two-time All-American wrestler at Missouri, submitted Jeff Carstens with a rear-naked choke in just 48 seconds at the RIE show. Woodley (2-0), who tried out for the ninth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” has won back-to-back bouts and is scheduled to meet Sal Woods at the Strikeforce “Lawler vs. Shields” show on June 6 in St. Louis.

Kolosci Edges France at GECF 13

“The Ultimate Fighter 6” alum John Kolosci defeated Rocky France by majority decision in the Gladiator Elite Cage Fighting 13 main event on Saturday at the Wagon Wheel Theater in Warsaw, Ind. Scores were 29-29 and 29-28, 29-28 for Kolosci.

Kolosci (10-5) has fought only twice since his ill-fated UFC debut in 2007, when he submitted to a Matt Arroyo armbar at “The Ultimate Fighter 6” Finale. The 34-year-old coaxed a tapout from Jay Finnegan in April inside the Indiana-based Cage Rage promotion.

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