The second event for the reemerging ProElite promotion has come and gone and I am met with mixed emotions. The first round of the heavyweight Grand Prix and the return of budding welterweight fighter, Reagan Penn where both on the evenings docket as well as the return of Andrei Arlovski in the co-main event and Tim Sylvia in the main.
“ProElite 2: Big Guns” took place from the iWireless Center in Moline and the 14-man main card aired live on HDNet.
The televised portion of the card opened up with a very lackluster matchup between Richard Odoms and the 43-year old Rodney Housley. It was Odoms who was able to edge out his elder on points and win via decision.
The second bout on the televised portion of the card featured relative unknown heavyweights Cody Griffin and Justyn Riley. After a dominant opening by Riley it was Griffin who was able to turn the tide in the third round to earn a TKO (via strikes).
Next on the hit list was a very impressive Jake Heun as he faced off with the more experienced Ed Carpenter. The fight was all Heun who took just three minutes to take out his opponent via TKO in a very impressive showing.
In one of the biggest upsets of the evening, AKA trained Mark Ellis failed to deliver on the hype when he stepped across the unknown Ryan Martinez and as a result he suffered the first defeat of his career. The NCAA D1 national champ was unable to secure a single takedown and looked awkward and uncomfortable for the full 15-minutes of action. While it was only his second professional outing, it is definitely back to the drawing board for Ellis who lost via decision to Martinez.
In the only non-heavyweight bout on the main card, Reagan Penn was also unable to deliver on the hype and as a result suffered his first professional loss making his overall record 1-1 in pro MMA action. While Penn took it to the mat early in the first he was unable to capitalize and his opponent easily worked his way back up to his feet. The first round was back and forth between takedowns and strikes, however, the second and third where all Cutts as he was able to dictate the pace and position of the fight against an obviously fatigued Reagan Penn.
In a surprise turn of events Evan Cutts who is a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu was able to dominate the highly touted black belt practitioner in Reagan going so far as to transition from mount to side control on multiple occasions even taking the back of the younger Penn brother in an attempt to secure a rear naked at the end of the second round..Cutts took home victory via unanimous decision with the final score from the judges settling in at 30-26 / 30-27 / 30-27.
The co-main event between Andrei Arlovski and Travis Fulton looked to be like another snooze fest. Both fighters failed to really initiate any action in the cage and as a result left the first two rounds hard to determine. The ringside commentating team even went as far as to call the bout “The Cure For Insomnia”. However with one second left Arlovski threw out a lead leg head kick to earn the KO and secure victory.
The main event between Tim Sylvia and Andreas Kraniotakes was as to be expected. Tim Sylvia used his size throughout the duration of the fight to wear on his opponent both in the clinch and on the ground to easily grind out a unanimous decision to end the evenings main card.
Main Card Results:
Tim Sylvia def Andreas Kraniotakes via unanimous decision
Andrei Arlovski def Travis Fulton via KO (head kick) at 4:59 of round three
Evan Cutts def Reagan Penn via unanimous decision
Ryan Martinez def Mark Ellis via unanimous decision
Jake Heun def Ed Carpenter via TKO (strikes) at 3:17 of round one
Cody Griffin def Justyn Riley via TKO (strikes) at 0:32 of round three
Richard Odoms def Rodney Housley via unanimous decision
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