ShoXC gives lesser-known MMA fighters an opportunity to make a name for themselves and in turn work towards earning a spot on the big stage of EliteXC. So, which fighters turned in memorable performances Friday night? Here's my take on what went down in California.
Of the eight fights, six ended by submission and two ended by decision. Not a single fight ended by KO or TKO. Even strikers such as heavyweight
These results show how far MMA fighters have come as a whole. Regardless of their backgrounds, fighters must now be well-versed in all facets of the game.
With so many submissions, it wasn't easy to choose the best one. However, I'm going with Del Rosario's beautiful first-round triangle choke against MMA newcomer
While Del Rosario's victory came over a newcomer and he himself doesn't have a lot of MMA experience, I do believe he showed enough glimpses of a complete game to warrant moving up and competing in a very weak EliteXC heavyweight division.
That honor goes to Hamman, who went up against Team Punishment fighter Rosa. While Rosa appeared to enjoy a slight advantage standing up, Hamman had no problem taking him down and achieved full mount a number of times. Hamman inflicted quite a bit of punishment on the ground, working elbows to Rosa's face and well-placed knees to his body before taking Rosa's back and finishing the fight with a rear naked choke in the second round.
Hamman demonstrated a well-rounded game and also showed that he has a strong chin as he weathered some solid punches from Rosa standing up.
In the lone women's fight of the night,
Before the fight, EliteXC President
A Baszler-Carano fight would be a very intriguing one, given the contrast in their preferred fighting styles. While Baszler is a submission specialist, Carano is primarily known for her Muay Thai skills (though she did win her last fight against
Most of the fights on this card were one-sided affairs, even the two that went to the scorecards. The one exception was Corbbrey's bout against
But, just as the first round ended, Corbbrey reversed and put a guillotine choke on McMaster. I don't think McMaster knew how close the round was to ending when he tapped with one second left on the clock.
It's too bad because I believe we would have seen two more rounds of fantastic action had McMaster held on for that extra second.
Along with Baszler and Del Rosario,
Corbbrey earned his second victory in ShoXC and he would move up to an equally deep EliteXC lightweight division. Corbbrey was heralded as a striker coming into this fight but his manner of victory makes me believe he has the skills to win in a number of ways, even at the next level.
In other news from the ShoXC event, lightweight
What made this announcement so stunning was that Vazquez had just completed a very quick rear naked choke victory over
Also, the opponent for former bare-knuckle brawler Kimbo Slice's Nov. 10 EliteXC debut was announced at the end of the event. Slice's opponent will be