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Saturday, Nov 19, 2005

Razor-sharp Franklin Cuts Through Quarry,st. Pierre Shrugs Off Sherk At Ufc 56;

Razor-Sharp Franklin Cuts Through Quarry,
St. Pierre Shrugs Off Sherk at UFC 56;

Ortiz, Shamrock, and Penn Return in Surprise Announcements
By Loretta Hunt

Las Vegas, November 19 – Rich Franklin couldn’t have done much more to demonstrate the keen stand-up prowess he possesses that kept the golden belt around his waist once again this evening. The easy going middleweight champion utilized his speedier hands and killer combinations to land a left and its follow-up twin for his first knockdown of overmatched Team Quest member Nate Quarry in tonight’s UFC 56 main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Referee John McCarthy swooped in quickly to get a better vantage point as Quarry’s back brushed the cage while Franklin briefly halted his ground onslaught in anticipation the bout would be stopped, but both confirm no contact was made and the action continued. A resilient Quarry managed to his feet, but was simply no match for Franklin’s fluid movement. The knockout punch came shortly after when Franklin countered Quarry’s missed jab with a full-range left.

Georges St. Pierre
St. Pierre

Rivaling Franklin’s versed stand-up performance, Canadian Georges St. Pierre virtually forced ground and pound specialist Sean Sherk to chance it on his feet by stopping every takedown the wrestler threw his way. Although not an easy feat on paper with the 33-1-1 Sherk’s steamroller track record, St. Pierre managed to make it look so with panache no less. Unable to cut off his younger foe’s mobility, Sherk did his best to land in their exchanges, and was caught off-guard when St. Pierre handily took him down in the latter moments of the first round.

St. Pierre really began to connect with his punches in the second set, fulfilling his spinning back kick quota before rushing in to take Sherk down again. With elbows, St. Pierre crowded a quickly panicking Sherk and cut him, signaling a final flurry that left the bloody Minnesota fighter as overwhelmed as he’s ever been in his career before referee Herb Dean jumped in to call it. St. Pierre’s heartfelt plea on his knees for another crack at the title might or might not lead him there – murmurs of BJ Penn as his next opponent were overheard although this information is far from concrete at this time.

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Reality Fighting 10: Mad Monkey Mayhem
By Jim Genia

(November 19th, Atlantic City, New Jersey) It was another sell-out show and another exciting night of fights. Reality Fighting 10 unfolded before 2,800 spectators, and a stacked card of up-and-comers plus two thrilling championship bouts had the crowd on their feet. There were punches and submissions galore, seesaw battles and dominant performances, and at the end of the evening a Mad Monkey was crowned king. Highlights of the night included:

  • Planet Jiu-Jitsu’s Jim and Dan Miller’s impressive debuts – made all the more impressive by their choice of entrance music (the themes from "The Karate Kid" and "Bloodsport").
  • Panza MMA’s Dom Stanco, whose accurate and deadly hands made short work of Brian Wozniak.
  • The explosive punching of Carlos Nieves, who had "Mad Monkey" Serra on the ropes more than once before falling prey to the jiu-jitsu master’s sub arsenal.

Dom Stanco rocks Brian Wozniak with a solid right
Stanco rocks Wozniak with a solid right

The Mad Monkey: Nick Serra
Nick Serra

Full Results:

Welterweight Championship
Carlos Nieves (Team Evolution) vs. Nick "Mad Monkey" Serra (Team Serra/Longo)
Serra via triangle in the second round.
Serra is the new Reality Fighting welterweight champ!

Middleweight Championship
Dante Rivera (Team Renzo) vs. Jerry Spiegel (Team Lionkill)
Rivera via triangle at 1:26 of the R1.
Rivera is the new Reality Fighting middleweight champ!

Main Card

  • Anthony D’Angelo (Team Panza) vs. Jay Handley (Ground Zero)
    D’Angelo via ref stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 2:30 of R1.

  • Chris Volo (Amorosi’s Ultimate Karate) vs. Norm Schack (Team Renzo)
    Schack via majority decision.

  • Brian Wozniak (Straight Blast Gym) vs. Dom Stanco (Team Panza)
    Stanco via ref stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 0:44 of the R1.

  • Todd Going (Team Renzo) vs. Jose Tardio (Team Mrkulic)
    Going via rear choke at 1:53 of the R1 – a dominant performance.

  • Gabriel "Monstar" Toribio (Team Serra/Longo) vs. Kevin Chay (Baltimore MA)
    After two rounds the bout was ruled a majority draw.

  • Josh Rhodes (TNT) vs. Luis Ortiz (Freestyle)
    Rhodes via ref stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 0:59 of the R1.

  • Dan Miller (Planet Jiu-Jitsu) vs. Tenyah Dixon (Team Dixon)
    Miller via triangle at 2:20 of R1.

  • Lionel Cortez (Evolution) vs. Anthony LaDonna (Team Serra/Longo)
    Cortez via unanimous decision.

  • Mike Massenzio (Jerry Jones/Top Notch) vs. Drew Puzon (Team Renzo)
    Massenzio via majority decision.

  • Eddie Fyvie (Team Renzo) vs. Jim Miller (Planet Jiu-Jitsu)
    Miller via unanimous decision.

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