05-14-2006, 11:14 PM
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I was planning on going to this, but got sidetracked with something else, but here's the write up from www.sherdog.com
May 14, 2006
by Greg Savage (email@example.com)
DEL MAR, Calif. May 13 — Hermes Franca (Pictures) has been on a tear as of late and his opponent Toby Imada (Pictures) proved to be little more than lapped traffic on Franca’s road back to the top of the lightweight division.
The fight lasted only 53 seconds before the UFC veteran locked up the armbar that would give him his third consecutive win of 2006. Coming on the heels of a disastrous 2005 that saw him lose all three of his bouts, this streak has put Franca back on the radar at 155 pounds.
“2005 was a bad year, a lot of stuff going on that was no good,” Franca told Sherdog.com after his quick win. “This year everything is good. I feel good and I have great guys with me. I just want to keep fighting and winning.”
Franca also told Sherdog.com that he has a number of fights already lined up for this summer including a WEC bout in June, a fight in New Jersey in July and possibly a rematch against Gabe Ruediger (Pictures) — the man from whom he wrested the WEC lightweight belt from this past March — in the WEC this August.
Edwin Aguilar survived a tough first round that saw his opponent Jay Carter do the majority of the damage. Aguilar showed good discipline during the first period as he maintained his composure while spending most of the round on his back.
The second frame was a whole different story. Aguilar began his offensive by landing a series of punches that staggered Carter. From there he put Carter to the mat and began to pound away. From the mount, Aguilar let loose a ferocious volley of punches and elbows that forced the referee to intervene, giving Aguilar the TKO victory at 3:31 of the second round.
Veteran fighter Shad Smith (Pictures) proved once again that anything can happen in the sport of mixed martial arts. He was facing Total Combat’s former lightweight champion Alex Garcia (Pictures), who was looking to get back on the winning track after losing his title to Adam Lynn (Pictures).
Garcia opened up with a powerful slam after scooping Smith up over his shoulder. Garcia maintained control throughout the first frame before nearly knocking Smith out as the round came to a close.
The second period saw more Garcia offense. Working from within Smith’s guard, Garcia dropped countless punches and elbows to the always-tough Smith. Smith was able to work his way back to his feet but Garcia took the advantage once again by slamming Smith to the mat.
A game Smith got back to his feet again but he may have wished he hadn’t as Garcia pounded away with punches and kicks while Smith did everything he could to hold on. The bell finally sounded rescuing Smith from certain defeat as well as sending the pro-Garcia crown into pandemonium.
By the time the third round rolled around the outcome seemed well in hand as Garcia was thoroughly dominating every aspect of the bout. It looked as if the third round was going to be a carbon copy of the previous two. Garcia landed at will before notching a beautiful suplex. However, after the fighters made it back to their feet, Garcia shot in for another takedown and was caught in a very tight guillotine choke. He struggled to escape but he was forced to tapout.
Smith showed tremendous heart as he absorbed an inordinate amount of punishment before sinking the fight-winning submission at 2:35 of the third round.
In what was the first regulated women’s mixed martial arts bout in the state of California, Crystal Harris defeated Kellyn Huehn (Pictures) by majority decision in what was easily the best fight of the night. Both fighters gave it their all, slugging it out for the entire nine minutes. Sherdog.com scored the bout 29-28 for Huehn.
In other under card action:
Edward Ratcliff defeated Jaime Schmidt by TKO (referee stoppage) at 1:14 of the second round.
Gary Padilla defeated Josh Griggs (Pictures) by unanimous decision after three rounds.
Tim Percy defeated Allen Sullivan by TKO (referee stoppage) at 1:35 of the first round.
Josh Williams defeated Grant Whitmer by knockout at 35 seconds of the first round.
Richard Dalton defeated Tony Velarde (Pictures) by TKO (opponent could not continue) after the second round.
Chance Farrar defeated Jeremy McHon by doctor’s stoppage (cut right eye) at 1:53 of the second round.
Ryan Smith (Pictures) defeated Fred Levy by unanimous decision after three rounds.