The weekend brought SFC the highest climb in the Org Rankings so far, being on 15, after Sundays big Dance, cracking the 200 rating for the first time, when 2 Heavyweight unbeaten Giants met. But day by day, start off with Friday.
Fridays Main Event was reserved for Lightweights, that want to make their way to the top, and had to come over some disappointments already, in the end, it was Xavier Merlin, the slight underdog submitting Pit Canthropus jr. Merlin worked his fantastic ground game to a sub win, going 3-1 at SFC; with his only loss coming to current Champ Justin Sane. In the Co-Main Event Sergei Bumanov took it all the way over 3 rounds dominating Mick Flannery, who never found a recipe against the Ukrainian. On the undercard, Wayne Williams and Gary Dema showed their class at 135, both rising to the top, and at 145 Joca Carioca and Steve Henley scored important wins, all 4 fighters belong to the Top 5 of their respective divisions afterwards.
Fight of the night: Roel Zuijderduijn vs Ricardo Burduada No Cranio
KO of the night: Wayne Williams
Sub of the night: Philip Ziskie
The Saturday brought us two title fights, and 2 title changes. The Main Event was all hyped up, and had 2 champions involved, 135 Champ Daichi Kishimoto came up to 145, and challenged freshly crowned champ Jazz Clementine. It was a fight, that had awesomeness written over it. And Round 1 showed both fighters gameplan, while Jazz wanted to dominate it standing, and did in the beginning, Daichi used his first takedown to swing the motion of the fight, he got after all kind of submisisons, and before the saving bell came, he applied a big one. Now Daichi Kishimoto is a 2 weight class champion at 135 and 145, a first at SFC.
At 170 Gideon Navarro used all advantages he had against Mike Johnson, who looked fatigued entering the cage. Navarro got him down, and applied a submission in less than 3 minutes, a big one for the US Fighter.
The undercard had several nicely ranked fighters, and upcomers, Iso Paa at 185 and Ingo Butzhammer at 170 represent the youth move at SFC, especially the young Butzhammer showed his class, beating the older Shanti by Decision, and the former Kickboxer established himself nicely at SFC. In addition youngster Zedidah Goldberg stayed unbeaten at 185, he will next take on also unbeaten Victor Creed, in what should be a great fight of young talent.
Fight of the night: Ingo Butzhammer vs Sagat Shanti
KO of the night: Zedidiah Goldberg
Sub of the night: Gideon Navarro
Superlatives are hard to find for the fight that highlighted and overshadowed this card. Rick Piano 10-0, unbeaten and defending his belt for the 3rd time, faced Santu Kona(7-0) from East Timor. A fighter, that got most his wins at NJMMA, and came here to get a title shot. In the cage, it was all Piano again, the SFC poster boy and admitted steroid taker made it a big win again. Santu never got his game going, he was looking for counters, but hardly did any damage, in and out of the clinch, it was after 4 minutes, when Piano connected big time, and as before, raised the SFC belt.
In the Co Main Event Stefan HArpik a veteran beat Canelo Lopez, winning his 2nd SFC fight, and looks a decent threat, being untested so far.
The undercard brought 135 talent Brain Fog with a win over COnor Joiesson, while Jim Bob McDonald rebounded nicely from a title fight loss at 265+, beating Voshon Daniels by KO. McDonald sure will look for another title shot. Evan Dryll and Kevin Durant at 205 scored valuable wins, in one of the deepest weight classes.
Fight of the night: Cat Fhin vs Ivar The Boneless
KO of the night: Bull Mfer
Sub of the night: Brain Fog