Veretennikov steps up Ivy’s job as Fury FC 46 headliner
If Dana White is really “Lookin ‘for a Fight”, he surely found some on Sunday at Fury FC 46. The chief of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and his partners in scouting, Din Thomas and Matt Serra, witnessed a card topped with three Fury Fighting Championship title fights and stacks with veterans UFC and Contender Series Dana White getting a second look, as well as hearty help from rising local prospects.
In the main event, Nikolay Veretennikov (9-3) needed less than a round to sideline Anthony Ivy and win the Fury welterweight title. Veretennikov, a Kazakhstani-born but long-time resident of Texas, fought off Ivy’s attempts to take the fight to the ground and punished him with knees in the clinch. The start of the end came when Veretennikov fought off a double-leg attempt, then landed a knee to the ribs which doubled “Aquaman”. Sensing his foe was injured, Veretennikov followed Ivy to the ground, but only landed a punch or two before referee Jacob Montalvo stepped in for the 2:00 am stoppage of the first round. The crowd expressed their displeasure, as did Ivy, who came immediately. protestant, but it goes on the books as a TKO victory for the new champion. With the loss, Ivy, who made her short-notice UFC debut last June but went 0-2 against Christian Aguilera and Bryan Barberena, drops to 8-5.
Martinez Snipes Johnson
In the co-main event, Fury bantamweight champion Leomana Martinez (8-2) delivered her second straight knockout since her unsuccessful appearance in the Contender series last year. “Manaboi” won another highlight for the reel, this time at the expense of fellow Contender Series veteran Jose Johnson. After a few early exchanges, Martinez blew up Johnson with a right meter that dropped him like a puppet whose strings had been cut. The champion dove in and nailed a few more shots before referee Kerry Hatley saw enough. The knockout victory officially came in at 32 seconds, highlighting Martinez’s bizarre power for the weight class and keeping his 100% perfect finish rate as a professional. Johnson, who won a rebound bout after losing in the Contender Series, drops to 12-7 in the event of a loss.
Padilla submerges the graves
Fernando Padilla won the Fury featherweight title, using his height, bulk and forward movement to pop Cameron Graves early in the second round of their fight. Graves, a protégé of UFC welterweight Alex Morono, played throughout the game, but Padilla simply pulled in more and harder shots. After getting worse in the first round, Graves came out aggressive in the second, but immediately came up against Padilla’s superior power and volume once again. The final streak was set up by a knee to the body and a flurry of punches, and punctuated by a vicious level nudge that dropped the champion into a daze. No follow-up was necessary, as referee Montalvo immediately interrupted the fight. With the win, 24-year-old Padilla drops to 13-4 and appears to have found a permanent home at the featherweight. Graves fell to 9-4 and saw his modest two-game winning streak come to an end.
Silva Pummels, Throttles Robinson
Jacob Silva, two-time Contender Series veteran and former Fury flyweight champion, put in a masterful ‘club and sub’ performance, injuring Rashaad Robinson with strikes before executing a lightning-fast backstroke and to smother for the second round finish of their 125- book showcase. The fight was quick from start to finish and competitive until it wasn’t. Early in the second round, Silva injured Robinson with multiple punches, then absolutely threw a two-legged takedown attempt. From there, the “Lil ‘Animal” spun back, tightened a bare back choke, and got the cock in seconds. The electrifying victory improves Silva’s record to 7-5 with seven finishes and ends a three-fight slippage that included his two DWCS appearances last year. Robinson goes to 3-3.
Williams Taps Out Black
In a match between two lightweights who last fought in 2017, Alec Williams (7-2) used superior wrestling and an apparent strength advantage to gain the upper hand over Alex Black (11-6), much bigger. This does not mean that it was only one-way traffic; Black won a savage anti-jamming first round, thanks to several submission attempts that appeared to put Williams in legitimate danger. However, Williams caught a kick early in the second round, drove the skinny black onto the canvas, and it was the beginning of the end. Williams took Black’s back, sank the hooks, and applied something between a front crank and a bare rear choke that tripped the tap at 2:26 of Round 2. While the post-fight interview with Williams had the expected height for UFC president, He also had a few words for reigning lightweight champion Fury Le’ville Simpson, who beat him by decision at Fury FC 14 in 2016.
Englund beats Glenn
Former Fury lightweight champion Kolton Englund showed kickboxing skills by taking a unanimous decision over Kenneth Glenn. The only main card fight to get to the final horn was a competitive, back-and-forth affair with both men getting their fair share of quality shots, but Englund appeared to pass Glenn in all three rounds. The judges seemed to agree for the most part, as “The White Assassin” ended up scoring 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28. The victory brings Englund’s record to 8-3 overall and marks him once again as a person of interest in the division. Meanwhile, Glenn, who impressed by stepping in on short notice last month at Fury FC 45 and upsetting contender Will Morriss, drops to 9-6.
Moran crushes Solis
Paris Moran extended his winning streak to three in a row since falling in flyweight and solidified his position as one of the Houston area’s most intriguing young prospects, hitting Shawn Solis with a perfect knee. What had been a deliberate, moderate-paced punching match – especially by 125-pound standards – ended in a flash when Moran rushed forward, intervening with his left foot, then bringing his right knee back. behind him, landing flush with the smaller man’s jaw. . Solis fell into a heap and referee Hatley jumped for the stop at 1:56 of the first round. Moran drops to 4-1 as a professional, while Solis drops to 5-4.
Jimenez Face-Plants Smotherman
Carlos Jimenez (1-0) put the brakes on what had been an incredible 2021 for Cameron Smotherman (2-1), dropping him twice in the opening seconds of their bantamweight game on the way to a quick TKO victory . Jimenez, who returned nine years after a promising amateur career to make his professional debut on Sunday at 34, showed impressive hand speed and shocking power. After a few low blows, Jimenez drove a left hand lead through Smotherman’s hilt and onto his jaw, dropping him into his seat. As Smotherman climbed back up, Jimenez landed with his right hand, then another with his left, causing Smotherman to fall face first onto the canvas. Jimenez leapt up, throwing a few punches and trying to secure back control, when referee Montalvo dove in and declared the fight over. Smotherman protested vehemently, but it comes down to a 13-second TKO win for Jimenez. It was the controversial first stop of the evening for Montalvo, but it wouldn’t be the last. The loss is the first for Smotherman, who turned pro in March and quickly won his first two fights; Jimenez wins his long-delayed debut impressively.
Preliminaries: Flores wears the “Tae Kwon” Crowe
For popular home striker Larry Crowe (10-8), it was a hero’s return after a three-year absence. For Ty Flores (8-3), it was a chance to bounce back from his loss to Dustin Jacoby in the Contender Series last summer. Unfortunately for Crowe, fortune has favored a lot the younger, more active man in the preliminary light heavyweight headliner. The fight was more or less played out like a Muay Thai fight and was quite competitive at the start, but Flores’ size and reach clearly gave Crowe problems before the cardio even kicked in. Once that done, the fight turned into a rout, and an exhausted Crowe could barely stand to return to his stool after the second round. He came out for the third, but had almost nothing left to give, and he descended against the fence one last time under a flurry of punches from Flores for a 1:21 TKO.
In another preliminary action, Morgan Oriahi (3-1) got the better of Mikey Patterson (1-1) via TKO in a wild fall, 2 minutes, 25 seconds welterweight; Michael Aswell (1-0) took a unanimous decision over Jordan Plutin (0-3) featherweight; a 276-pound Juan Adams (6-3) won by TKO in the first round in his first appearance since being released from the UFC as Jeremy Hardy (6-5) fell to a knee injury and strokes in the subsequent soil; Aaron Reeves (7-2) knocked out Jared Foust (2-2) in the first round of their welterweight affair; and Judge Torres (1-0) won by unanimous decision over Andrew Slater (0-1) in a lightweight debut battle.