8.02.2010

PACIFIC RIM ORGANIZED FIGHTING IV: RECAP

Another big thanks to Gareth on the recap from Sunday's fights. If you haven't already, be sure to check out his Flickr site with some great shots. -Luke
by: Gareth Griffiths
PRO Fighting 4 - 180
Andrei Liu made a successful return to the cage with a first round submission victory over Eliot Corley at “PRO Fighting 4 – 180” on Sunday at the Luxy nightclub in Taipei. Despite being taken down early in the round, Corley worked well from his back and managed to tie up Liu's arm, leading to a few anxious moments for the Taiwan BJJ and Muay Thai fighter. Liu escaped, but found himself under Corley, who could do only limited damage from side control. The fighters returned to their feet briefly, before the tussle hit the mat once again. This time, Liu took Corley's back, sinking in the rear naked choke and forcing Corley to tap.

Two of Corley's stablemates at Evolution Combat fared better in their scraps. In the second bout of the night, Toby Holland went to war with Shi Jeng Xing in a fight that saw action on the feet and on the ground. Both fighters left the cage with bloody and swollen faces, but it was Holland whose hand was raised after fifteen grueling minutes as two judges to one scored the contest in his favour.

The third Evolution Combat fighter featured, Anders Johnson, was making his MMA debut against Cheng Ming Quay. Johnson found himself taken down and mounted soon after the opening bell, but covered up and defended well against Quay's barrage of punches. Johnson then reversed the position and landed some crushing blows from inside Quay's guard, forcing the referee to step in and call the fight with a little under two minutes left on the clock.

Also on the card, three fights made up the battle between Team USA and Team Korea, with the Americans coming out on top by two victories to one. For the Koreans, Seok Mo Kim made short work of Will Chope, finishing him with an armbar midway through the first round. In the other two matchups, Andrew Leone and Mark Striegl wrestled their ways to unanimous decision victories over Sang Il Lee and Bae Yong Kwon.

Wu Dong Xing and Hanz Olsen met in the evening's only heavyweight encounter. Olsen got Wu on his back early on, but soon found himself tapping as the powerful Taiwanese fighter held on to a tight guillotine choke. In the first fight of the night, Taiwanese wrestler Ho Yi Hen's attempts to outstrike Arnaud Perron didn't go as planned. Both fighters landed blows over the course of the first two rounds, but it was Perron who seemed to have the edge going into final five minutes. However, Ho finally employed his wrestling abilities, taking Perron down and forcing the submission.

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