In a word: anticlimactic.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Bob Sapp submitted to a leg injury against James Thompson in a showdown between Pride Fighting Championships veterans at Super Fight League 1 on Sunday at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai, India. Sapp (11-11) tapped out 1:52 into round one, as he lost for the eighth time in nine fights.
Thompson, as has become his trademark, charged out of his corner to meet Sapp and scored with a takedown inside the first half minute. Ground-and-pound followed. Sapp then reversed into top position and landed some punches in response, but success proved fleeting. Thompson sprang a reversal of his own, twisting Sapp’s leg in the process. In obvious pain, the 38-year-old American submitted immediately.
Meanwhile, Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Xavier Foupa-Pokam opened a cut on Joey Guel’s forehead and forced a doctor’s stoppage between rounds one and two, as he put the brakes on a five-fight losing streak. Foupa-Pokam (22-17) has a 2-6 record since being released by the UFC following consecutive defeats to Denis Kang and Drew McFedries in 2009.
Other winners at Super Fight League 1 included Serbian export Sanja Sucevic (second-round rear-naked choke submission over Lena Ovchynnikova) and Jimmy Ambriz (first-round technical knockout over Satish Jamia). The victory halted a four-bout drought for Ambriz, a World Extreme Cagefighting veteran who had not won since December 2010.
Quick Hits: Former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe won for the sixth time in eight fights, as he submitted David Love with a rear-naked choke 3:02 into the first round at Colosseum Combat 20 on Saturday in Kokomo, Ind. The 26-year-old Beebe is 6-1-1 over his last eight appearances ... Sengoku veteran Leonardo Santos rendered Gilmar Silva unconscious with an arm-triangle choke 1:47 into their matchup at Shooto Brazil 28 on Saturday at the Hebrew Social and Sports Club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ... Naoyuki Kotani won for the sixth time in as many appearances, as the UFC and Pride Fighting Championships veteran stopped Ryuki Ueyama on first-round punches at Rings “Reincarnation” on Friday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Ueyama met his end 2:32 into round one ... UFC and Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Ryan Thomas struck Evilasio Puma into submission 2:30 into the first round under the Arena Fight banner on Thursday at the Pedro Ciarlini Sports Gymnasium in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil ... Absolute Combat Alliance representative David Heath defeated Sidiah Parker by second-round technical knockout at King of the Cage “Breakthrough” on Saturday at the River Spirit Event Center in Tulsa, Okla. Heath has compiled a 7-4 mark since being cut loose by the UFC following consecutive defeats to Lyoto Machida, Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Tim Boetsch.
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