On a night that saw World Series of Fighting crown two newchampions, it was a reigning titlist who gave arguably theevening’s most impressive performance.
BlagoyIvanov made short work of ShawnJordan in the WSOF 35 headliner at the Turning Stone ResortCasino in Verona, N.Y. on Saturday, as he finished the UFC veteranvia first-round technical knockout to retain his heavyweight strap.A flurry of unanswered punches on the ground brought a halt to thecontest 1:43 into the opening stanza.
Jordan, a 10-time UFC competitor, tried to walk Ivanov down in theearly going but was caught by a left hook from his Bulgarianopponent. As “The Savage” staggered backward, Ivanov followed upwith a two-punch combinations that sent his adversary tumbling tothe canvas. From there, Ivanov attacked with punches andhammerfists for the finish. Referee Dan Miragliotta gave Jordanevery opportunity to recover as Ivanov unloaded, but eventually theformer Louisiana State football player was unable to defendhimself. Ivanov improves his career mark to 15-1 while Jordan fallsto 19-8.
In the co-main event, AndreHarrison added some more championship hardware to his trophycase with unanimous verdict over LancePalmer . Cageside judges scored the bout 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47,allowing “The Bull” to claim the promotion’s featherweight strap.Harrison (16-0) was previously the Titan Fighting Championship145-pound titlist before joining WSOF.
Harrison authored virtually all of the fight’s definitive moments.As a first stanza that was largely closely contested drew to aclose, Harrison sat Palmer (11-3) down with a straight right handjust before the conclusion of the frame. In round two, he stunnedthe Team Alpha Male product with a head kick, landed a takedown andspent the second half of the round landing ground-and-pound fromtop position. The action slowed a bit from there until the fifthround, when Harrison dropped Palmer with a left hand that opened upa cut near the bridge of his opponent’s nose.
Palmer, a former NCAA All-American wrestler at Ohio StateUniversity, was never able to get in gear. “The Party” failed toland a single takedown during the 25-minute affair and oftenappeared reluctant to pull the trigger offensively.
Earlier, BekbulatMagomedov embraced the grind, and DonavonFrelow didn’t have any answers.
Magomedov claimed the WSOF bantamweight crown vacated by MarlonMoraes with a unanimous decision victory over DonavonFrelow in the evening’s first main card bout. All threecageside judges scored the contest 50-45 in favor of Magomedov, whohas been victorious in 18 of his 19 professional bouts. Frelowfalls to 6-2 in defeat.
Frelow, who replaced TimurValiev on short notice, had only a couple fleeting moments ofhope in the bout. He landed an overhand right that droppedMagomedov to a knee in round one and ensnared his Dagestani foe ina guillotine in the second. Neither had a lasting effect onMagomedov, however, and the 26-year-old Sparta Moscowrepresentative controlled most of the contest with his wrestlingand grappling.
Magomedov sealed his victory by securing back control at the end ofrounds four and five. Frelow, meanwhile, offered virtually nooffense in the championship frames.
In preliminary action: AbubakarNurmagomedov outpointed (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) Matt Secor atwelterweight; TomMarcellino took a three-round verdict (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)over BillJones at lightweight; HakeemDawodu earned a dominant unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28,30-27) over StevenSiler at featherweight; IslamMamedov submitted NatanSchulte with an armbar at the 4:56 mark of round two in alightweight duel; StevenRodriguez garnered a split verdict (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)against former featherweight king AlexandreAlmeida and EmmanuelWalo took a split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over AndrewsNakahara at welterweight.