Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia barely broke a sweat, as he struck journeyman Vince Lucero into first-round submission in the Extreme Challenge 170 main event on Saturday at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Lucero asked out of the fight 2:44 into round one.
Sylvia floored Lucero three times before pouncing on his fallen foe, moving to mount and dropping punches until the tapout came. The 34-year-old has rattled off four consecutive victories, all of them finishes, since his embarrassing nine-second knockout loss to 1988 Olympic boxing gold medalist Ray Mercer in June 2009.
Meanwhile, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 6 finalist Tom Speer won for the fifth time in six fights, as he submitted Ryan Williams with a third-round triangle choke in another featured matchup. The end came 2:48 into round three. It was Speer’s first traditional submission in more than two years.
Finally, Richard White submitted to punches from Pride Fighting Championships veteran Travis Wiuff 3:25 into the first round of their heavyweight affair, and Minnesota Martial Arts Academy standout Paul Bradley submitted Ted Worthington with a neck crank 2:31 into round three of their encounter.
Sayers Strikes Result in Crowbar MMA Submission
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 alum Dane Sayers struck Wayne Hajicek into second-round submission in the Crowbar MMA “Winter Brawl” headliner on Friday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. Hajicek surrendered 2:15 into round two.
Based at the Academy of Combat Arts in North Dakota, Sayers reached the Round of 16 on “The Ultimate Fighter” before being eliminated in a unanimous decision defeat to Sako Chivitchyan. He did not compete at “The Ultimate Fighter” 12 Finale on Dec. 4. Seven of Sayers’ eight career wins have come via submission.
Meanwhile, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 semi-finalist Jesse Forbes submitted Justin Guthrie with a triangle choke 1:57 into the second round of their middleweight battle. The 25-year-old Forbes was released by the UFC following consecutive losses to Nick Catone and Ryan Jensen. He has won two in a row since.
Finally, UFC and WEC veteran Steve Steinbeiss utilized an inverted neck crank in submitting Isaac Appel in the first round. Appel met his demise 4:39 into round one, as Steinbeiss put the brakes on a three-fight losing streak.
Other winners at the Crowbar MMA show included the unbeaten Cat Zingano (second-round technical knockout over Carina Damm) and Bellator Fighting Championships alum Carla Esparza (split decision against Nina Ansaroff).
Quick Hits: Jeremy Horn notched the 87th win of his trailblazing career far from the comforts of home. The former UFC light heavyweight title contender submitted Lee McKibbin with a guillotine choke 3:40 into the first round at Cage Wars “Validation” on Friday at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Horn, 35, owns a 7-1 mark in his last eight appearances … Karl Knothe posted his 12th consecutive victory, as he stopped UFC veteran Victor Valimaki on first-round punches at The Fight Club 12 “Devastation” on Friday at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The end came 4:59 into round one. Valimaki has lost three straight … Once beaten Nova UniÃ£o standout Rodolfo Marques earned a unanimous decision over Junior Lima at Watch Out Combat Show 10 on Friday at the Oasis Club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marques, a bantamweight, will carry an 11-fight winning streak into his next appearance … UFC and Strikeforce veteran Mike Whitehead won a split decision from Eddie Sanchez in the Pure Fighting Championship 6 main event on Friday at the Westerner Park Agricentre in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. The 29-year-old Whitehead has posted four wins in his past five fights, losing only to the world-ranked Muhammed Lawal.
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