I have never seen a fight card so filled with unknowns and fighter shuffling. You just never knew who was going to walk out into the cage. In the end we did get to see MMA legends Ken Shamrock (27-13-2) and David “Tank” Abbott (10-14) break long losing streaks in unsatisfying sub-minute mismatches.
This show was partially pleasing as we did get to see Ken and Tank in featured bouts of Friday night’s “Wargods: Valentine’s Eve Massacre” held at the Selland Arena in Fresno, Calif.
Shamrock ended a five-fight losing streak that dated back to 2004, while Abbott broke a four-fight nose dive of his own that dated back to 2005.
The evening’s main event saw Shamrock up against the bulk Ross Clifton (6-9). While Clifton carried a weak record to the cage, his 380-pound mass along with Shamrock’s five consecutive first-round losses, left us thinking “The Griz” had a chance.
With The Griz stalking, Shamrock caught Clifton with a right hand early in the first round. The Griz looked like a turtle on it’s back as Shamrock worked out some ground-and-pound before throwing a leg over the helpless mound and locking in a fight-ending arm bar.
After the fight Shamrock – in a poorly rehearsed and staged challenge – called out Abbott to a match that is rumored to be already in the works for April. Shamrock said the contest would be the final fight of his aging career.
Abbott grabbed his part of the matchup with Shamrock with an quick win over Mike Bourke (8-12-1). The fight was off at Thursday’s weigh-ins, but the promotion pulled a rabbit out of the hat – or maybe a few extra dollars – and saw the bout reinstated just in time for the start of Friday’s event.
The pair both looked out of breath from the long walk to touch gloves. Soon they were in a clinch but Abbott stepped back and threw a punch that landed right on the back of Bourke’s head. Bourke fell to the mat, no fouls were called, and Tank gave him one more parting shot to the back of the head while Bourke lye face down.
Tank is now 2-8 in his last 10 bouts, while Bourke has lost eight of his past nine.
Wesley “Cabbage” Correira, Kyacey Uscola and Tonya Evinger were among the fighters scheduled to fight but became late scratches from the event. In the end, “Valentine’s Eve Massacre” gave us just eight of its 12 originally announced bouts.
Wesley “Cabbage” Correira and Buddy Roberts was canceled on-site after the Hawaiian withdrew last-minute.
Correira didn’t get all that was promised by the promotion, including a lack of per diems, iffy transportation for the fighters, and no notice regarding flights to and from the event.
Correira called it quits after a CSAC official told him at the arena that half of his show purse was to be used to cover his medical testing â€“- something Correira said had not been negotiated beforehand between fighter and promotion.
* Ken Shamrock def. Ross Clifton via submission (arm bar) — Round 1
* Mike Moreno def. Gary Padilla via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
* David “Tank” Abbott def. Mike Bourke via knockout (punches) — Round 1
* Rick Reeves def. Nathan James via submission (rear-naked choke) — Round 3
* Isaac De Jesus def. Ashe Bowman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
* Josh Haynes def. Refael Del Real via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
* Zolia Frausto def. Karina Hallinan via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
* Ron Kessler def. Darren Freeman via split decision (27-30, 30-27, 29-28)