Local hero Selcuk Ustabasi remained unbeaten with a first round stoppage of K-1 and MMA veteran Bob “The Beast Sapp” Saturday night in Izmir, Turkey. The heavyweight contest headlined a sold out Mix Fight Championship 24 event.
After a tactical start to the fight, Ustabasi landed a low kick and then cupped Sapp’s neck with a glove and attempted to throw a couple of punches. Sapp fell to the canvas and Ustabasi followed up with a right hand to the head while Sapp was down. The bout was halted and Ustabasi was awarded a victory by retirement in the first round. Ustabasi improves to 9-0 with the win.
After the main event, veteran Sergio Pique stopped Melmet Ozer in the second round of another heavyweight fight. Ozer threw a lot of heavy punches in the first round, and Pique weathered the storm and turned the tables to win by TKO in the second.
Mix Fight Championship (formerly known as Mix Fight Gala) will return in the Spring. James McSweeney will return to the MFC to face Zabit Samedov, the former K-1 European champion.
Mike Markham was the ring announcer, and Daniel Austin handled the commentating duties for Fight Box HD.
Here are results and fight summaries from the other bouts.
Arbi Emiev SD4 Hassan Toy (70 KG)
Turkey’s Toy and Emiev, who fights out of Chechnya in the Russian Federation, were closely matched. Emiev mostly fought off the back foot while Toy came forward, but the Russian scored a near knockdown with a punch in the third round. After it was announced the fight was judged a draw, Toy had to put his gloves back on for the bonus round. Emiev was the busier fighter in the overtime stanza and earned the nod. Emiev ups his ledger to 41-13-3, while Toy is now 25-11(7).
Damian Johansen UD3 Umut Norgaz (70 KG)
Johansen was too sharp for Norgaz. He’s the taller and more technical fighter, and sets up his kicks nicely with quick combos upstairs. Johansen, who trains at the Bonjaskey Academy, improves to 62-6-1(23). Norgaz dips to 20-7(3).
Arian Sadikovic KO3 Sinan Uluturk (80 KG)
Bosnia’s Sadikovic was the stronger fighter in a fight that was fought largely at close range. Sadikovic banged Uluturk with some nice hooks to the body and low kicks. Uluturk landed some nice short rights on the inside. Sadikovic’s shots had more power, and he seemed the fresher of the fighters in the third. Late in the round with Uluturk tiring, Sadikovic landed a jumping left leg to the head and followed with a right that dropped Uluturk. Uluturk got up but was finished with a big right hand. Sadikovic improves to 8-1(4). Uluturk is now 25-2(18).
Peter Aerts v. Arslan-“Show Fight”
The two fighters didn’t go all out but they did throw some leather in there. Always special to see the legend Aerts compete. Aerts said he broke his ankle? a couple of weeks ago but wanted to go on with the exhibition.
James McSweeney KO2 Farouz Fakari (Heavyweight)
McSweeney was too much for the inexperienced Fakari. The fight was slow paced early, with McSweeney the agressor and using head movement and hand feints to set up his shots. Fakari seemed content to fight off the back foot. Late in the second, McSweeney cracked Fakari with a big right to floor the Iranian fighter and stood over him ala Ali. After Fakari arose, he was nailed with a big right knee and the bout was waved off. Mcsweeney improves to 45-2(30). Fakari, who was outweighed by nearly 10 kg, slips to 7-2(4).
Christoph Wunn TKO 2 Omer Kurt (72.5 KG)
Another fight with both fighters trading early. Wunn’s pressure was too much for the Turkish fighter, and he eventually wore down in the second round. After receiving an eight count from the ref, an exhausted Kurt went down from a follow up attack by Wunn and shook his head as the ref counted. Wunn, fighting out of Germany, improves to 23-4-1(8). Kurt is now 61-4-2(31).
Jan Kaffa TKO 2 Yusuf Erdogan (64 KG)
Dutch fighter Kaffa is only 19 years old and the Mix Fight tournament champion. The two young fighters got off to a quick start trading punches early. Erdogan landed some clean rights during the first, but Kaffa has the heavier hands, and landed some nice left hooks to the body. Erdogan seemed to be fading by the end of the round. In the second, Kaffa closed the show, knocking down Erdogan three times to earn the stoppage victory. Kaffa improves to 19-4(6). Erdogan is now 2-1(0).