If Dana White truly is “Lookin’ for a Fight,” he surely found some on Sunday at Fury FC 46. The Ultimate Fighting Championship head man and his partners in scouting, Din Thomas and Matt Serra, witnessed a card topped by three Fury Fighting Championship title fights and stacked with UFC and Dana White's Contender Series veterans getting a second look, as well as a hearty helping of rising local prospects.
In the main event, Nikolay Veretennikov (9-3) needed less than a round to put away Anthony Ivy and capture the Fury welterweight title. Veretennikov, a Kazakhstani by birth but longtime Texas resident, fought off Ivy’s attempts to bring the fight to the floor and punished him with knees in the clinch. The beginning of the end came when Veretennikov shucked off a double-leg attempt, then landed a knee to the ribs that doubled “Aquaman” over. Sensing his foe was hurt, Veretennikov followed Ivy to the ground, but landed only a punch or two before referee Jacob Montalvo intervened for the stop at 2:00 of Round 1. The crowd voiced its displeasure, as did Ivy, who came up immediately protesting, but it goes into the books as a TKO win for the new champ. With the loss, Ivy, who debuted on short notice in the UFC last June but went 0-2 against Christian Aguilera and Bryan Barberena, falls to 8-5.
Martinez Snipes Johnson
In the co-main event, Fury bantamweight champ Leomana Martinez (8-2) delivered his second straight knockout since his unsuccessful appearance on the Contender Series last year. “Manaboi” picked up another highlight for the reel, this time at the expense of fellow Contender Series veteran Jose Johnson. After a few early exchanges, Martinez blasted Johnson with a right-hand counter that dropped him in place like a puppet whose strings had been cut. The champ dove in and tacked on a couple more blows before referee Kerry Hatley had seen enough. The knockout win came officially at 32 seconds, underscoring Martinez’s freakish power for the weight class and keeping his perfect 100% finish rate as a professional. Johnson, who had won a bounce-back fight of his own after his loss on the Contender Series, falls to 12-7 in defeat.
Padilla Overwhelms Graves
Fernando Padilla captured the Fury featherweight title, using his size, volume and forward movement to bust up Cameron Graves early in the second round of their feature fight. Graves, a protégé of UFC welterweight Alex Morono, was game throughout, but Padilla simply landed more and harder shots. After getting the worse of the first round, Graves came out aggressive in the second, but immediately came up against the superior power and volume of Padilla once more. The finishing sequence was set up by a knee to the body and a flurry of punches, and punctuated by a vicious level elbow strike that dropped the champ in a daze. No follow-up was needed, as referee Montalvo waved off the fight immediately. With the win, the 24-year-old Padilla moves to 13-4 and looks to have found a permanent home at featherweight. Graves falls to 9-4 and sees his modest two-fight win streak come to an end.
Silva Pummels, Throttles Robinson
Two-time Contender Series veteran and former Fury flyweight champ Jacob Silva put on a masterful “club and sub” performance, hurting Rashaad Robinson with strikes before executing a lightning-quick back take and choke for the finish in the second round of their 125-pound showcase. The fight was fast-paced from start to finish, and competitive until it wasn’t anymore. Early in the second round, Silva hurt Robinson with several punch combinations, then absolutely pancaked a double-leg takedown attempt. From there, the “Lil’ Animal” spun to the back, cinched up a rear-naked choke and got the tap within seconds. The electrifying win improves Silva’s record to 7-5 with seven finishes, and snaps a three-fight skid that included both of his DWCS appearances last year. Robinson goes to 3-3.
Williams Taps Out Black
In a match between two lightweights who had last fought in 2017, Alec Williams (7-2) used superior wrestling and an apparent strength advantage to get the better of the much taller Alex Black (11-6). That is not to say that it was all one-way traffic; Black won a wild first round of scramble-heavy grappling, thanks to several submission attempts that appeared to have Williams in legitimate danger. However, Williams caught a kick early in the second round, drove the lanky Black to the canvas, and that was the beginning of the end. Williams took Black’s back, sunk the hooks, and applied something between a face crank and a rear-naked choke that elicited the tap at 2:26 of Round 2. While Williams’ post-fight interview had the expected pitch for the UFC president, he also had some words for reigning Fury lightweight champ Le’ville Simpson, who defeated him by decision at Fury FC 14 in 2016.
Englund Outstrikes Glenn
Former Fury lightweight champ Kolton Englund showed sharp kickboxing skills in taking a unanimous decision over Kenneth Glenn. The only main card fight to make it to the final horn was a competitive, back-and-forth affair, with both men getting in their share of quality shots, but Englund appeared to outland Glenn in all three rounds. The judges agreed for the most part, as “The White Assassin” ended up earning 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 scores. The win brings Englund’s record to 8-3 overall and marks him as a person of interest once again in the division. Meanwhile Glenn, who impressed by stepping up on short notice last month at Fury FC 45 and upsetting contender Will Morriss, goes to 9-6.
Moran Crushes Solis
Paris Moran extended his win streak to three straight since dropping to flyweight and reinforced his position as one of the Houston area’s most intriguing young prospects, as he blasted Shawn Solis with a picture perfect step-in knee. What had been a moderately paced, deliberate striking match — especially by 125-pound standards — ended in a flash when Moran lunged forward, stepping in with his left foot and then bringing his lead right knee behind it, landing flush on the shorter man’s jaw. Solis went down in a heap and referee Hatley jumped in for the stoppage at 1:56 of the first round. Moran goes to 4-1 as a professional, while Solis falls to 5-4.
Jimenez Face-Plants Smotherman
Carlos Jimenez (1-0) put the brakes on what had been an incredible 2021 for Cameron Smotherman (2-1), dropping him twice in the opening seconds of their bantamweight matchup on the way to a quick TKO win. Jimenez, who returned nine years after a promising amateur career to make his pro debut on Sunday at age 34, showed impressive hand speed and shocking power. After a couple of low kicks, Jimenez drove a lead left hand through Smotherman’s guard and onto his jaw, dropping him to his seat. As Smotherman sprang back up, Jimenez landed right hand, then another left, causing Smotherman to drop face-first to the canvas. Jimenez pounced, throwing a couple of punches and trying to secure back control, when referee Montalvo dove in and declared the fight over. Smotherman protested vehemently, but it goes down as a 13-second TKO win for Jimenez. It was the first controversial stoppage of the evening for Montalvo, but would not be the last. The loss is the first for Smotherman, who turned pro in March and quickly won his first two fights; Jimenez wins his long-delayed debut in impressive fashion.
Prelims: Flores Wears Out “Tae Kwon” Crowe
For ever-popular local striker Larry Crowe (10-8), it was a hero’s return after three years away. For Ty Flores (8-3), it was a chance to bounce back from his loss to Dustin Jacoby on the Contender Series last summer. Unfortunately for Crowe, fortune very much favored the younger and more active man in the light heavyweight prelim headliner. The fight more or less played out as a muay Thai bout, and was fairly competitive early on, but Flores’ size and reach clearly gave Crowe problems even before cardio came into play. Once it did, the fight turned into a rout, and an exhausted Crowe could barely stand to return to his stool after the second round. He came out for the third, but had almost nothing left to give, and he went down for a final time against the fence under a flurry of blows from Flores for a TKO at 1:21.
In other preliminary action, Morgan Oriahi (3-1) got the better of Mikey Patterson (1-1) via TKO in a wild, 2 minute, 25 second welterweight scrap; Michael Aswell (1-0) took a unanimous decision over Jordan Plutin (0-3) at featherweight; a 276-pound Juan Adams (6-3) won by first-round TKO in his first appearance since his UFC release as Jeremy Hardy (6-5) fell to a knee injury and subsequent ground strikes; Aaron Reeves (7-2) knocked out Jared Foust (2-2) in the first round of their welterweight affair; and Justice Torres (1-0) won by unanimous decision over Andrew Slater (0-1) in a battle of debuting lightweights.