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Bobby Lashley easily beats Bob Sapp

By Zach Arnold | June 27, 2009

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Lashley one of the ten-most searched items on Google News Saturday night

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BILOXI, Miss. (June 27, 2009) – Popular Bobby Lashley took super heavyweight Bob “The Beast Sapp to the mat right off the opening bell and used his improved ground-and-pound game to win by first-round submission in the main event on the “Ultimate Chaos” pay-per-view event, presented by Prize Fight Promotions and Fight Force International, last night at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.

“Going up against Bob,” Lashley said after the fight, “you always expect the big bulls. I had to take him down, cover and pound. The first thing is to win: ground-and-pound to wear the big man down. He has a big punch. I used my ground-and-pound and got out of there.”

“I got a good shot in the eye and was unable to see,” Sapp explained the ending. “He got me in the eye. No excuses, He got me down today and controlled it. Give it up to Bobby Lashley.”

In a devastating display of power striking, Dutch heavyweight Gilbert “The Hurricane” Yvel (36-13-3) registered his 31st knockout with five lethal rights on a fallen Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo (16-9-0) at 2:10 of the first round in the co-feature. “I want to move up to (fight) the champions because I want a belt,” Yvel explained his next move. “I’m learning the ground game. What I did tonight was be patient, relax, and kick-off.”

Veteran Javier “Showtime” Vazquez (13-2-0) took pro debuting Mark Kergosian (0-1-0), who was a late replacement for Din “Dinyero” Thomas, to school with a first-round submission by Guillotine choke only 59-seconds into the opening frame. “I want to thank Mark or I wouldn’t have had a chance to fight tonight,” featherweight Vazquez remarked. “I was looking forward to fighting Din. It’s unfortunate. I’m back! This is my weight class. Very few guys can touch me at 145. That was just a tip of the iceberg.”

Hot 21-year-old lightweight prospect Chris “The Polish” Horodecki (13-1-0) won by submission for the first time, using a rear naked choke to force William “The Bull” Sryyapai (12-5-0) into a tap-out in round one.

Waachim “Native Warrior” Spirit Wolf (6-4-0) unleashed a barrage of punches to stop a dazed Brett Cooper (9-5-0) at 1:04 of the opening round of their welterweight fight. “I head Brett Cooper signed to fight in 30 days,” Spirit Wolf noted. “It was all over the news. I said, if he didn’t take me serious, he’d be in trouble and that’s what happened. He never should have looked past me. I’ve been fighting tough guys since I started. I’ve always told my management to get me the best fighters. I’ll fight anybody. I’ve gone through wars and it’s made me a more powerful, spiritual fighter.”

Affliction vice president Tom Atencio (2-0-0), 42, turned back the clock and ruined local favorite Randy Hedderick’s (0-0-1) pro debut in a spirited lightweight match. Atencio won the second-round TKO when Hedderick, 17 years Atencio’s junior, was unable to continue (broken nose) in the third. “Randy’s a tough kid and I thank him for the fight,” Atencio said. “Screw Dana White for what he said about you. Anybody who steps in the ring deserves a lot of respect. Win, lose or draw, at least you had the balls. He rocked me a couple of times and decked me.”

Mississippi lightweight Brandon Harder (2-0-0) used an arm triangle to submit John Harris (0-2-0) in round two.

James Orso (9-3-0) defeated Danny “The Assassin” Abbadi by decision for the second time in their welterweight rematch.

Northern Ireland welterweight Colin “The Gift” McKee (6-3-0) won by way of a series of strikes in the first round against tapping-out Lance Thompson (5-3-0).


Bobby Lashley (4-0-0), Parker, CO WSUB1 (3:17 – Strikes) Bob Sapp (10-5-1), Seattle, WA

Gilbert Yvel (36-13-3), Las Vegas, NV WKO1 (2:10 – Punches) Pedro Rizzo (16-9-0), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rocky Overstreet (1-0-0), Auburn, AL WSUB1 (2:08 – Arm Bar) Greg Maher (0-1-0), Gulfport, MS

Waachim Spirit Wolf (6-4-0), Las Vegas, NV WTKO1 (Punches) Brett Cooper (9-5-0), Los Angeles, CA

Colin McKee (4-2-0), Belfast, Northern Ireland WSUB1 (4:16 — Strikes) Lance Thompson (5-3-0), Slidell, LA

James Orso (9-3-0), McIntosh, AL DEC3 (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) Danny Abbadi (4-5-0), Orlando, FL

Javier Vazquez (13-2-0), Pomona, CA WSUB1 (0:59 — Guillotine) Mark Kergosian (0-1-0), Gulfport, MS


Chris Horodecki (13-1-0), London, Canada WSUB1 (4:02 – Rear Naked Choke) William Sriyapai (12-5-0), Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Tom Atencio (2-0-0), Laguna Beach, CA WTKO2 (5:00) Randy Hedderick (0-1-0), Biloxi, MS

Brandon Harder (2-0-0), Horn Lake, MS WSUB2 (4:31 – Arm Triangle) John Harris (0-2-0), Biloxi, MA

Drew Wallace (1-0-0), McComb, AL WTKO2 (4:02 – Punches) Eric Graham (3-1-0) Petal, MS

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10 Responses to “Bobby Lashley easily beats Bob Sapp”

  1. Chuck says:

    Lashley over Sapp was no surprise in the least bit. And Yvel of Rizzo at this point in Rizzo’s career is no shocker either.

  2. Dave says:

    This was one of those YAMMA level shows.

  3. Chuck says:

    But overall, fight of the night was Marcos Maidana vs. Victor Ortiz (Maidana won via 6ht round TKO, come from behind win) on HBO. Man was that a great fight. Possibly a contender for fight of the year.

  4. The Citizen says:

    This was not a terrible production, just a small show trying to put on a big time presentation. I thought it was good for what it is. No surprises in the main event.

  5. robthom says:

    Remember when Rizzo had a pretty good chin?

    He would lose some and even get TKO’ed, but never blasted out cold until that Zentsov fight.

    Wasn’t he supposed to be training with a new camp for awhile a few years ago? Like chute box or something?

  6. Dave2 says:

    After all these recent knockout losses (and I mean KOs, not TKOs), Pedro Rizzo should retire. Getting knocked out by Josh Barnett was embarrassing enough. Was that the first time Barnett ever knocked a guy out unconscious (not including stoppage TKOs)? Unfortunately guys like Rizzo will never quit getting that paycheck until the commissions steps in to save them from themselves (and even then, there’s Japan and tons of unsanctioned MMA in America).

  7. Fluyid says:

    “But overall, fight of the night was Marcos Maidana vs. Victor Ortiz (Maidana won via 6ht round TKO, come from behind win) on HBO. Man was that a great fight. Possibly a contender for fight of the year.”

    Except for the way that Ortiz went out.

  8. Mark says:

    That Google list on their sidebar isn’t the top ten most searched items, they randomly generate a list of top stories, and MMA sneaks in there now because so many MMA sites have been added to their news search feature.

    If it was top 10 Michael Jackson would definitely be #1, yet he isn’t even on the list.

  9. Dave2 says:

    Exactly. There’s no way Bobby Lashley is hotter news than Michael Jackson right now.

    BTW I find it hilarious that anyone actually thought Sapp would win this fight. The current Bob Sapp is a fish out of water on the ground so Lashley was guaranteed an easy Ground n Pound victory. Even Minowaman beat Sapp. lol. And Minowaman was like what? 50-55% of Bob Sapp’s body weight? He’s not like the old Bob Sapp that abused Nogueira. After Cro Cop broke his orbital bone, Bob Sapp hasn’t been the same kind of killer he used to be.

  10. Ivan Trembow says:

    I watched the boxing on Showtime and HBO last night. The Arthur Abraham fight on Showtime was disappointing, especially considering how amazing Abraham looked in his previous Showtime appearance last year, but the Vitor Ortiz-Marcos Maidana fight on HBO was fantastic and a strong Fight of the Year candidate.


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