The Venator FC 3 main event didn’t go as many expected.
Rousimar Palhares didn’t win by a first-round heel hook. Instead, he got knocked out in less than a minute by relatively unknown fighter, Emil Weber Meek on Saturday night in Milan, Italy. Right after the bell, Palhares rushed in for a single-leg takedown that often sets up his leg lock attacks. But this time, he wasn’t able to catch a leg, but instead ate several hard elbows and punches to the side of the head. With a shocking and impressive performance, Meek defeated Palhares via technical knockout at 0:45 of round one.
In the co-main event of the night, Luke Barnatt fought Stefan Croitoru for the Venator middleweight title. It was complete domination from Barnatt’s part. Barnatt excelled in the ground game and the standup battle, earning a second-round technical knockout over Croitoru, who stepped up as a late replacement for Jason Miller. With this performance, Barnatt is now 3-0 since his UFC release back in May 2015.
In a match up of two MMA veterans, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou took on Matt Hamill. There wasn’t much of a fight here. Both fighters squared off, threw a few strikes without landing anything flush, and then Sokoudjou blasted the 39-year-old Hamill with an uppercut that knocked him out cold. The official stoppage came at 0:37 of round one.
Meanwhile, the controversial Miller, better known as “Mayhem,” competed in his first professional fight since May 2012. Miller was originally scheduled to fight Barnatt for the middleweight title, but after missing weight by 24 pounds Friday, “Mayhem” was given a light heavyweight bout against Mattia Schiavolin. Miller brought his vintage walkout, as he danced his way to the cage with several women. During the first round of the fight, ….View full article
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