Cooper Retains Welterweight World Title with Knockout
By Kyle Galdeira @kylegaldeira –Photos available at www.HawaiiMediaSource.com
Ray “Braddah” Cooper III has been a mainstay in the local mixed martial arts scene, and he hopes to raise his profile to the next level. After Saturday night’s impressive performance, he may be in line to do just that.
Cooper kept his Welterweight (170 lbs.) World Title with a convincing knockout victory over Charles “Felony” Bennett in the main event of the X-1 World Events MMA #48 at the Neal Blaisdell Arena. The fight, which was held before a crowd that nearly filled the arena’s lower bowl, was also broadcast live via pay-per-view.
“Thank you (Bennett) for coming out and challenging me,” Cooper said. “This belt is staying here until I get to the UFC. When I get there, you guys (currently fighting in the UFC) are going down, that’s my belt.”
“I don’t remember what happened,” said Bennett, perhaps only half joking, who normally fights at 145 pounds. “I love you all, Hawai’i.”
CO-MAIN EVENT: Sale Sproat def. Rafael Brewster via KO at 50 seconds into first round, for Middleweight (185 lbs.) World Title (3X5 min. rounds)
Sproat made quick work of Brewster, using a punch to the left side of his foe’s head to halt the hitman early. After hitting the canvas, Brewster could not fight back, and the fight was stopped just 50 seconds after it started, much to the delight of the local fans who were supporting Sproat, a cowboy and rancher from Moloka‘i.
“Thank you everybody who supported me, you know who you are,” Sproat said.
Russell “The Muscle” Mizuguchi def. Michael “Smash Boy“ Nakagawa via split decision, for State Flyweight (125 lbs.) Title (3×5 min. rounds)
Mizuguchi took Nakagawa to the ground midway through the second round, and delivered a few punches and elbows to his foe’s head as he controlled the action. The remainder of the round was spent on the canvas with very little going on – the bell put a welcomed end to the stalemate.
“I came in as the underdog…Dana White, give me a call!” said Mizuguchi.
Bill Takeuchi def. Justin Hugo via TKO (referee stoppage) at 3:53 in third round, for Bantamweight (135 lbs.) World Title (3X5 min. rounds)
The combatants felt each other out over the first two minutes, and just moments after Takeuchi caused a cut on Hugo’s nose, the fight was halted as Hugo took a low blow via Takeuchi’s whip kick. Once the action resumed, Takeuchi controlled the pace and pinned Hugo against the cage before delivering a series of punches and knees to Hugo’s head, which combined to open a large gash on the opponent’s forehead.
Rudolph Schafforth def. Tipo Lafaele via head-and-arm choke 3:02 into first round, super heavyweight (3X5 min. rounds)
Two large humans squared off in this bout featuring two 260-plus pounders, which excited the crowd as the lumbering fighters traded destructive blows. Two minutes into the opening round, Schafforth connected with a vicious right-handed uppercut that dropped Lafaele. Schafforth then gained control of the local fighter and secured the submission via head-and-arm choke three minutes into the first round.
“I know he’s a tough brawler, so I just tried to keep my chin down,” said Schafforth.
Juan Gonzalez def. Kaeo Meyer via unanimous decision, lightweight (155 lbs.) professional bout (3X5 min. rounds)
In a shocking decision to start the Main Card, Meyer fell via unanimous decision despite controlling the action throughout the fight. Meyer took control early with multiple strikes to the head, then braved a few big counters from Gonzalez. Meyer’s wicked right hook left a large cut under Gonzalez’ right eye as blood streamed down the foe’s face. Gonzalez did not give in, though, and ran the local fighter into the cage as the fighters flopped to the canvas. Meyer countered, though, and gained position to land a handful of overhand punches to end the first round.
Davy Malaythong submitted Daylan Cummings in a 170-pound bout just 15 seconds into the final preliminary fight. A corner attendant said Cummings tapped out after suffering a separated shoulder.
X-1 World Events has helped launch the mixed martial arts careers of multiple elite-level fighters including the UFC’s current Featherweight Champion Max Holloway as well as former UFC champion Dan “The Beast” Severn.
Weigh In Friday Aug 11 @ 4pm at the Blaisdell Arena
155lb – Kaleo “Lights Out” Kwan def Chris Kirtley via TKO rnd 1
155lb – Jordan Baily def Robby “Supernatural” Ostovich via north/south choke rnd 2
149lb Catch Weight – Matt “Cowboy” Comeau def Jason “Nuk” Miknuk via RNC rnd 1
170lb – Maki Pitolo def Coats Cobb-Adams via unanimous decision
145lb – Ed Thommes def Spencer Higa via RNC rnd 1
125lb – Charlie “El Guerrero” Alaniz def Ian Dela Cuesta via unanimous decision
145lb – Issac Hopps def Nui Wheeler via RNC rnd 1
Amateur MMA Card
Heavyweight – Clint “Grizzly” Daniel def Tipo “Pako” Lafaele
135lb – Jared Miyamoto def Joey Von Blankenburg
125lb – Shojin Miki def Jair Rocha
205lb – Andrew “Hammah” Sanchis def Alvin Kanehailua
120lb Women Catch Weight – Angela Lee def Jada “The Pretty Assassin” Pereira
170lb – Ka’u Eggers def Clem Halemano
125lb – “Ferocious” Federico Vento def Jared Gonda
Christian Lee def Charles Naone
Wilber Alvarez def Mana McAllister
X-1 World Events MMA is back in action with “The Return” Friday September 26th at Aloha Stadium. Under new leadership with a new vision, X-1 is bringing to you the most stacked Mixed Martial Arts card Hawaii has seen in years.
Headlining this card is UFC and Bellator veteran, and the current X-1 Middleweight World Champion, Falaniko Vitale who puts his impressive 30-10 record against California’s Carnage MMA product and Strikeforce veteran, Jaime “El Cucui” Jara. Vitale has fought the world’s elite in mixed martial arts, but will be putting his skills to the ultimate test against, the Brazilian Jiu-Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and blue-collar brawler, Jaime Jara.
The Co-Main event features newly signed Invicta FC female fighter, Rachael Ostovich. The Team Jesus is Lord fighter, representing Mai’ili, Hawaii will have her hands full as she takes on the Middle Eastern “Princess of Punishment” Misha Nassiri who battles in and out of the cage as a military Sergeant by day and an MMA fighter by night. Guaranteed fireworks from these 2 highly touted pro prospects.
X-1 is also making this night a family affair as Rachael’s brother and Fiancé will be competing on the same card. Robby “Supernatural” Ostovich will be going toe-to-toe against 3-1 King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge veteran Jordan Bailey in his biggest fight to date, and Arnold Berdon, will be making his pro debut against Tough-as-nails fighter Kelii Palencia.
Fan favorite Raquel Pa’aluhi, training out of Xtreme Couture in Vegas via Wai’anae, Hawaii, will also be on the card making her final cage appearance as a Hawaii resident and looks to leave Hawaii with a bang, but her opponent, cage veteran Tierra Arnold has plans to send her packing with a loss.
With over 20 bouts, top MMA talent from across the state of Hawaii will be competing on this amazing night of fights including Bellator veteran, Hilo’s Chris “The Maverick” Cisneros, Maui’s Jair Rocha, and top fighters from the island of O’ahu will be represented on this action packed card. Kaleo Kwan, Collin Mansanas, Nui Wheeler, Ian Dela Cuesta, Former UH football standout Clint Daniel, Tipo Lafaele, Jada Pereira, Angela Lee and many more… The Return of X-1 MMA – A NIGHT OF FIGHTS YOU DON’T WANNA MISS!
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