WSOF 7 Recap: Georgi Karakhanyan Wins Featherweight Title, Nick Newell Improves To 11-0
It was a good crowd tonight at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the World Series of Fighting’s first foray north of the border.
The main card presented four fights, inclusive of the promotion’s inaugural featherweight championship, its middleweight tournament semifinal and a match that featured the MMA wonder story of all time, Nick “Notorious” Newel. For fans that might not know who Newel is, he’s the MMA fighter who is minus his left arm just below the elbow.
Newell is a remarkable fighter and as he won again tonight, extending his record to a perfect 11 & O, he is a story that most fans would probably be interesting in following.
However, the story of the night was newly crowned WSOF featherweight champion, Georgi Karakhanyan. “Insane” looked very good tonight and certainly had an active guard and solid ground game working for him, as he put down “Team Alpha Male” member Lance Palmer, by way of guillotine choke. On a fortunate note, Karakhanyan survived a round one eye poke that left him bleeding and required the attending doctor to check it. Had it turned out that the eye had been damaged more than it was, Insane might not have gone home with his belt tonight.
All in all it was a good night and with the crowd seeming please with the card, the WSOF can mark this one down as a success.
Here are the night’s results:
Main Card Results:
Fight #1: Kalib Starnes vs. Dwayne Lewis
It was a fairly spirited affair, but throughout the fight former UFC alumnus Kalib Starnes looked to be the better fighter. It was a stand-up affair with both fighters giving as good as they were getting, but as the fight moved to the clinch Starnes proved to be the better man, scoring with punches, elbows and kicks; 10 – 9 Starnes. As the second round broke it was pretty much the same as the first. The fight ended up against the cage and Starnes managed to catch Lewis with two good left elbows to Lewis temple and it was over. Down the mat he went and Starnes had his victory; winner by KO at the 1:02 mark of the second round, Kalib Starnes.
Fight # 2: Nick Newell vs. Sabah Fadai
This was an exceptionally quick affair and one that again reminds MMA fans how special Nick Newell is. As fans know, Newell is the one armed fighter who hails from Springfield, Massachusetts and is a fighter that gives a lot of other fighters’ trouble. Regarding tonight’s match, it was no different. The bell rang and both fighters came out exchanging. Newel managed to score a takedown, but Fadai was able to quickly work his way back to his feet. However, in doing so, Fadai left his neck out and in Newell’s, and “Notorious” sunk in the submission; winner by guillotine choke at the 1:21 mark of the first round, Nick Newell.
Fight #3: Jesse Taylor vs. Elvis Mutapcic (middleweight tournament semi-final)
This fight was all ground war and it was Taylor that proved to be the better and more powerful general. In each round he took the fight to the ground and in each round he delivered punches, elbows and submission attempts. By the end of the first it was obvious that the cut and bleeding Mutapcic was going to be in for a long night. However, he did his best and even managed some of his own top and submission attempts, but it was never enough, as Taylor would simply power himself back into Mutapcic’s guard and begin beating on him again. As he easily won all three rounds it was no surprise when his name was announced; winner by way of unanimous decision and advancing to the middleweight tournament final, Jesse Taylor.
Fight #4: Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Lance Palmer (featherweight championship)
This was a decent match that demonstrated both stand-up and ground warfare. Both Karakhanyan and Palmer gave as well as they got on their feet and as such, the match’s real contest would be decided on the ground. Palmer proved to be the better wrestler scoring a number of takedowns, but with each one he either failed to do anything with it or would spend his time fending off Karakhanyan’s submission attempts. That said, where Karakhanyan won the first round with the work he was doing off of his back, Palmer probably won the second via takedowns and control. The third round came and in the middle of their engagement Palmer scored a takedown and with it, began looking for a rear-naked choke. However, Karakhanyan was able to avoid it and in doing so, sunk in a choke of his own; winner by way of guillotine choke at the 4:40 mark of the third round and new WSOF featherweight champion, Georgi Karakhanyan.
Preliminary Card Results:
Michael Hill vs. Richard Arsenault: Hill defeated Arsenault via doctor’s stoppage at the 1:29 mark of the second round.
David Perron vs. Matt Baker: Perron defeated Baker via submission (triangle choke) at the 1:46 mark of the first round
Gabriel Solorio vs. Shawn Albrecht: Solorio defeated Albrecht via unanimous decision.
Myles Merola vs. Dan Ring: Merola defeated Ring via unanimous decision.
Brendan Kornberger vs. Micah Brakefield: Kornberger defeated Brakefield via a corner stoppage at the 2:45 mark of the second round.