WORLD EXTREME FIGHTING 46 was held Friday, April 22, 2011, at the UCF Arena in Orlando, FL. They put on yet another outstanding show Friday night at the UCF Arena. They definitely lived up to their motto of “We fight harder” with the first six out of the thirteen fights ending by stoppage. Overall there were nine stoppages with seven of them by knock out or TKO
UD = Unanimous Decision SD = Split Decision KO = Knock Out TKO = Technical Knockout SUB = Submission
The fighters all showed a lot of heart and determination, but none more so than American Top Team fighter Sabbah Homasi, who beaten and battered, turned an almost assured loss into a miraculous submission win. Homasi looked great in the beginning of the first round, but Kevin Pearson turned up the pressure and dropped Homasi toward the
"Don’t blink.” For a man that is never short on words and happy to talk, Chris Barnett kept it short and sweet at the weigh-ins Thursday night. “My training camp consisted of guys all 6’2 and over, all weights.” Barnett feels that his opponent, Walt Harris, can’t do anything to him that he hasn’t already experienced in practice. Harris, on the other hand, openly plans to exploit the vast height and reach advantage he maintains over Barnett. “Boxing is my background”, Harris told us. He did note that he worked extensively on his ground game, really concentrating on wrestling and BJJ. “The Big Ticket” relayed that he still worked his striking but he knew that he was facing a ground fighter. “294? WOWWWW..”, Harris was overheard saying after both stepped on the scale. Harris was astounded by Barnett’s overage in weight. In the heavyweight division the maximum weight is 265, and Harris came in at 253.5lbs, with 294 being well over the allowed limit. “I knew he would come in over, but I didn’t know it would be like that.” Harris said. “It doesn’t make a difference. The way I feel right now, it doesn’t make a difference.”
Many of the fighters came in over weight last night at the North Orlando Sheraton during the weigh-ins. Mark Serkez was noticeably drawn out and drained from his weight cut. When asked if the cut was tough, Serkez only replied
A clash of styles always makes for an unpredictable fight but this is especially true in a match up between to well-rounded veterans like Anthony Rea and Robert Wince.
Anthony Rea was set to fight the Legendary Ken Shamrock who dropped out due to personal reasons. Often, one man’s loss is another man’s gain and this rings true for Robert Wince who jumped at the chance to Rea on short notice. The last-minute alteration could add another dimension to such a promising fight.
This match brings a compelling challenge for anyone trying to pick a clear cut winner. Both men have storied records and have fallen short to only the greatest fighters in the sport. They have each suffered almost as many setbacks and disappointing losses as often as
Despite some impressive wins, Patrick Mikesz will face his greatest test in the form of a well rounded athlete whose work ethic is unparalleled. Mark Serkez, one of Orlando’s most celebrated fighters, is hungry and looking to get back to his winning ways. Both men face two strait losses but are physically and mentally ready to do battle on the 22nd.
The key factor in this fight is who finds greater success in the pocket.
Look for Serkez to set the pace early with aggressive striking as Mikesz looks to take the fight to the ground. Serkez is notoriously hard to take down and should use that factor of his game to create openings. If he can impose his superior standup it could be a short night for Mikesz.
On the other hand, if Mikesz can keep this fight from turning into a slugfest, he will have his greatest chance to win. The strategic issue lies in taking his opponent down. Five of his seven wins have come via submission. Mikesz should look for the finish in the early rounds as Serkez keeps a breakneck pace and, in deep waters, gets the win more often than not.
One thing is for certain, both men are sure to capitalize on every technique in there arsenal and there is never a question about whether or not they come ready to brawl.
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After over six months of planning, World Extreme Fighting has tabbed two very game opponents to square off for their lightweight championship. The title has been vacant for some time and, with the extended absence, the WEF did their due diligence in seeking worthy fighters to fill the void. Gert Kocani and Robert Goodridge, both WEF veterans, will get the call on April 22nd with the winner undoubtedly earning the championship notoriety needed to advance in the overly-competitive MMA scene. It all begins here, at the local level and Kocani, Goodridge and all of the WEF fighters know how important it is to get noticed quickly in hopes of ascending to the upper levels and the big money contracts.
Both Kocani and Goodridge put on great performances in their last fights with the organization and WEF brass felt pairing these two would make for a great title bout on an already spectacular card. This fight will share headlines with the likes of the legendary Ken Shamrock, UFC veteran and hometown hero, Seth Petruzelli and a host of up-and-comers and hot prospects on the Florida fight scene.
The last time we saw Kocani in action was at a WEF card in Kissimmee in November, when he made quick work of Vinnie Samero, finishing him midway through the second round with a TKO due to punches. Kocani, an American Top Team fighter has
Charles Bennett's story is well documented. His backstage incident with Pride, his brushes with the law. We all know Krazy Horse, but we don't know Kid Kaos. Not yet, at least.
Bennett has undergone a rebirth of sorts, adopting a new attitude and a new outlook on fighting and life. After spending time training and learning from UFC Light Heavyweight contender Rashad Evans, Bennett has truly re-dedicated himself to his training and to his career, first witnessed at WEF in Kissimmee on July 10th, where he scored a second round guillotine over talented Muay Thai striker Harris Norwood.
His opponent this Saturday is Fabio Mello, no stranger to elite fights himself. Mello has taken the likes of Jose Aldo and Fredso Paixao the distance, and is a Pride veteran himself.
When asked how the fight was going to wind up, Bennett borrowed a quote from friend and recent TUF winer Jonathan Brookins, "I don't know how I'm gonna win this fight, but I am going to win it."
Mello brings a slick submission game to the table, having won three straight fights via tapout, including a third round armbar over Sami Aziz at Bellator 12. Having only been finished once, by the famed Takanori Gomi at Pride Bushido 4, his chin has proven durable. But durable enough for Kid Kaos?
Twelve of Bennett's 13 knockout wins have come in the first round. His first, a slam KO of Todd Carney, happened with the WEF in 2000. Bennett's going to come looking for a home for that big right hand, and by the looks of it, Mello's chin has a vacancy sign hanging on the door.
WEF Matchmaker extraordinaire Jamie Levine has given MMA fans a late Christmas presenton January 22nd in Jacksonville, FL. Matching up WEF bad boy Mitch Whitesel with 9 time UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti in the main event of the next WEF event at the UNF Arena. Not only is Fioravanti one of the best mixed martial artists in the world, but this fight is personal.
On July 10th at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimme, FL, Mitch Whitesel slugged it out with Fioravanti's teammate and close friend Mark Serkez for three rounds, squeaking out a unanimous decision. The controversy came when Whitesel began parading around the cage with 10 seconds left in the fight, running away from Serkez and refusing to engage. Serkez' training partner Seth Petruzelli had to be restrained by training partners and commission members after the bout.
Fioravanti was obviously focused on the fight. "I'm excited about this upcoming fight. Mitch is a veteran and has faced some tough opposition, so I know it will be an exciting fight,"
When asked how he felt about Whitesel's actions, Fioravanti replied, "I was actually in Mark's corner during the fight. I think he was trying to get in Mark's head, because it was in his hometown. It's part of the game, some guys like to smack talk, others don't."
Fioravanti will be on a mission to shut that yapper of Whitesel's once and for all come the 22nd.