Lashley beats Sapp, stays unbeaten
BILOXI, Miss. -- Bobby Lashley took super heavyweight Bob "The Beast" Sapp to the mat immediately following the opening bell and used his improved ground-and-pound game to win by first-round submission in the main event at "Ultimate Chaos" at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.
"Going up against Bob," Lashley said after the fight, "you always expect the big bulls. I had to take him down, cover and pound. The first thing is to win: ground-and-pound to wear the big man down. He has a big punch. I used my ground-and-pound and got out of there."
"I got a good shot in the eye and was unable to see," Sapp explained the ending. "He got me in the eye. No excuses, He got me down today and controlled it. Give it up to Bobby Lashley."
In a devastating display of power striking, Dutch heavyweight Gilbert "The Hurricane" Yvel registered his 31st knockout with five lethal right hands on a fallen Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo at 2:10 of the first round in the co-feature.
"I want to move up to (fight) the champions because I want a belt," Yvel explained his next move. "I'm learning the ground game. What I did tonight was be patient, relax, and kick-off."
Veteran Javier "Showtime" Vazquez took pro debuting Mark Kergosian, who was a late replacement for Din "Dinyero" Thomas, to school with a first-round submission by Guillotine choke only 59-seconds into the opening frame.
"I want to thank Mark or I wouldn't have had a chance to fight tonight," featherweight Vazquez remarked. "I was looking forward to fighting Din. It's unfortunate. I'm back! This is my weight class. Very few guys can touch me at 145. That was just a tip of the iceberg."
Hot 21-year-old lightweight prospect Chris "The Polish" Horodecki won by submission for the first time, using a rear naked choke to force William "The Bull" Sryyapai to tap-out in round one.
Waachim "Native Warrior" Spirit Wolf unleashed a barrage of punches to stop a dazed Brett Cooper at 1:04 of the opening round of their welterweight fight.
"I heard Brett Cooper signed to fight in 30 days," Spirit Wolf noted. "It was all over the news. I said, if he didn't take me serious, he'd be in trouble and that's what happened. He never should have looked past me. I've been fighting tough guys since I started. I've always told my management to get me the best fighters. I'll fight anybody. I've gone through wars and it's made me a more powerful, spiritual fighter."
Affliction vice president Tom Atencio, 42-years-old, turned back the clock and ruined local favorite Randy Hedderick's pro debut in a spirited lightweight match. Atencio won the second-round TKO when Hedderick, 17 years Atencio's junior, was unable to continue due to a broken nose at the end of the second round.
"Randy's a tough kid and I thank him for the fight," Atencio said. "Screw Dana White for what he said about you. Anybody who steps in the ring deserves a lot of respect. Win, lose or draw, at least you had the balls. He rocked me a couple of times and decked me."
Mississippi lightweight Brandon Harder used an arm triangle to submit John Harris in round two.
James Orso defeated Danny "The Assassin" Abbadi by decision for the second time in their welterweight rematch.
Northern Ireland welterweight Colin "The Gift" McKee won by way of a series of strikes in the first round against tapping-out Lance Thompson.
-Bobby Lashley def. Sapp by submission (strikes) at 3:17, R1