Weekend Rundown: ATT Prospect Snaps Lopez Streak at 16

By Brian Knapp Mar 29, 2010
One of the sport’s longest winning streaks has ended.

Unbeaten American Top Team prospect Tony Johnson Jr. defeated two-division King of the Cage champion Tony Lopez by unanimous decision at KOTC “Legacy” to capture the promotion’s heavyweight title on Friday at the Silver Legacy Casino in Reno, Nev. The loss snapped Lopez’s streak of 16 consecutive wins.

Johnson, a collegiate All-American wrestler at Iowa State University, set the tone from the start. He delivered three first-round takedowns, including a powerful slam that saw him hoist Lopez past shoulder height. Johnson then ripped Lopez with a hail of right hands, as he passed to side control and built his lead on the scorecards.

In round three, Johnson again scored with multiple takedowns and nearly finished Lopez with a standing guillotine choke against the cage. Rounds two, four and five were almost carbon copies of the first, though the champion went out with a bang, as Lopez threatened with a pair of armbars. Johnson simply overpowered him.

The defeat was Lopez’s first since a unanimous decision loss to Tony Bonello in October 2007. His streak included victories against UFC veterans Joey Beltran (twice) and Wes Combs.

Other winners under the KOTC “Legacy” marquee included American Kickboxing Academy journeyman Mike Kyle -- who stopped Jon Murphy with second-round punches and elbows -- and Palace Fighting Championships veteran Dustin Akbari -- who knocked out Jack Montgomery 2:30 into the first round.

Meanwhile, once-beaten welterweight prospect Quinn Mulhern registered his third win in a row, as he submitted Koffi Adzitso with a second-round rear-naked choke. Based out of Santa Fe Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mulhern has delivered 10 of his 11 career wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission. His list of victims includes UFC exile Rich Clementi.

Baszler, Finney Move into FCF Grand Prix Final

Shana Baszler and Jan Finney advanced to the Freestyle Cage Fighting women’s bantamweight grand prix final at FCF 40 on Saturday at the FireLake Grand Casino in Shawnee, Okla. They will meet to decide the tournament winner at FCF 43 on June 12.

Baszler outpointed Alexis Davis, a late replacement for Jennifer Tate, in the FCF 40 main event. Scores were 29-28 across the board for the EliteXC and Strikeforce veteran, who has rattled off back-to-back wins since her unanimous decision defeat to the unbeaten Sarah Kaufman in June.

In the other tournament semi-final, Finney eked out a split decision against Adrienna Jenkins, as she recorded her fourth victory in as many appearances. Jenkins, meanwhile, saw her seven-fight winning streak grind to a halt and tasted defeat for just the third time in 20 career bouts.

Weir Captures UCMMA Crown

UFC veteran Mark Weir stopped Jack Mason on second-round strikes to capture the Ultimate Challenge MMA middleweight championship in the UCMMA “Adrenaline Rush” headliner on Saturday at the Troxy in London.

Weir, who turns 43 in September, won for only the third time in his last 12 fights, as his considerable stand-up skills proved too much for Mason to stomach. The well-traveled Englishman has gone the distance twice in his 38-fight career and has now secured half (10) of his 20 career wins by KO, TKO or submission. Mason entered the matchup on a five-fight winning streak.

Meanwhile, Michael Pastou unseated lightweight champion Francis Heagney by decision, and UFC veteran David Lee claimed the UCMMA featherweight belt with a submission victory against James Saville.

Clark Submits Dezee

UFC, World Extreme Cagefighting and Sengoku veteran Logan Clark needed just 60 seconds to submit Shane Dezee in the Seconds Out “Havoc at the Hyatt” main event on Saturday at the Hyatt Ballroom in Minneapolis. Dezee met his demise on the end of a first-round kimura.

In the co-main event, Adrenaline MMA veteran Marcus Levesseur submitted Mike Plazola with a first-round rear-naked choke. Levesseur plans to try out for Season 12 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series later this week in North Carolina.
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