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Former champions fall, emerge victorious at stacked War on the Mainland event

35-year old Jens Pulver made his return to the ring at 155-pounds on Saturday night and left with his head hung low as he has seven of eight times before his bout against Diego Garijo at PWP’s “War on the Mainland” event. Pulver, whose previous five fights came at featherweight, was dropped by a straight punch early, then submitted via guillotine choke a little over a minute into the first round. The loss was the sixth consecutive defeat for “Little Evil”

Meanwhile, Thales Leites was submitted for the first time in his 21-fight career by former IFL middleweight champion Matt Horwich in a battle for the PWP 185-pound title. His rear-naked choke of Leites came shortly into the fourth round after three rounds of grappling prowess being put on display by both in the preceding frames.

Also successful in an attempt at winning a championship was Tony Lopez who left UFC veteran Jason Lambert face-down on the canvas in the second round of their light heavyweight title-bout after a punch following a brutal knee rendered Lambert into a relative puddle of goo. The win was the nineteenth of Lopez’s career and prevented “The Punisher” from taking home his third straight victory.

In main event action, two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia was more fortunate where a trio of consecutive wins where concerned. Sylvia flattened opponent Paul Buentello in the final seconds of the second round of their PWP title bout courtesy of a series of knees and an uppercut against the ropes. Up next for “The Maine-iac” is Pedro Rizzo who entered the ring after the match-up had concluded and expressed his intent to win Sylvia’s new shiny beltbuckle.

A full list of results from “War on the Mainland” can be found below:

A.J. Matthews def. Sean Choice via TKO Round 2
Cleber Luciano def. Todd Willingham via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Gustavo Machado def. Rick Reeves via Split Decision
Diego Garijo def. Jens Pulver via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Erin Beach def. Joao Silva via Unanimous Decision
Matt Horwich def. Thales Leites via Submission Round 4 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Tony Lopez def. Jason Lambert via KO Round 2
Terry Martin def. Jorge Ortiz via Split Decision
Tim Sylvia def. Paul Buentello via KO Round 2

  • Dufresne says:

    I didn’t get to start watching until the Lopez/Lambert fight, but what I saw/heard was pretty good. It’s almost impossible to go wrong with Bas as the play-by-play, all you really have to do is ask him questions and try not to sound like a complete moron. His personality plus his incredible knowledge of the game make him one of the absolute best in the business.

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    Lopez is awesome.

    i cant believe what i just read about Bas. i think he is hands down the worst “analyst” or pbp voice in the business. i would rather listen to Quadros…QUADROS!

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    Shamrock is probably worse, but that is really the only one i can think of.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Better luck next time Jens…cause we all know there will be a next time.

    I was wrong about Buentello…guess Timmy is Officially on a roll…

  • Dufresne says:

    Sylvia looked pretty good, other than showing up at 27, he even threw some body kicks in there.
    I know the weight limit was 275 for this fight, but he could have easily lost another 35 lbs. He also seems to have fixed his easy-access light switch. He got tagged by Buentello a few times and managed to keep going. The problem is, I still don’t know if anyone has told him that he’s 6’8″ with an 80″ reach.

  • BigDave says:

    the best part of this card was BAS i love him. i wish he would do UFC instead of rogain. the fights for the most part sucked. sad to see one of my favs of all time not know when to call it quits, Jens its over man please stop taking this un needed punishment and get into teaching the young up and coming fighters please. The horwich fight was disant but the rest of the card was 10 pounds of crap in a five pound bag. Tim-meh beat paul buentello, wow we couldn’t see that coming. Paul is not now or ever been that good. and still Tim-meh still cant make 265 so who the hell gives a damn.

    Thats all i got to say on this crapfest spectacular.

  • Creature says:

    I personally think joe rogan is very good and is absolutely hilarious, and i honestly cant stand bos.. little evil cmon now lets not be a lightweight chuck liddell here. retire man please.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I would like to see (or hear rather) Bas in SF or the UFC. Tim looked OK but a little slow. I would like to see him against Rizzo, Big Foot, Barnett, Rogers or perhaps a rematch against Rico in SF/Dream or return to the UFC and take on Nelson, Struve, Rothwell, Crocop, Barry, Yvel or even Shane “Steroid Man” Carwin and Dos Santos.

  • Hohlraum says:

    Matt Horwich def. Thales Leites via Submission Round 4 (Rear-Naked Choke).

    Wow, way to go Matt. That is no easy feat. Great job.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    UFC wouldn’t want Tim Silvia back unless he paid them to fight. Just cause he wins the title in some second rate promotion against a fighter who most recently tapped out to body punches to a mid card HW in UFC doesn’t mean anything.

    Any top 5 HW in UFC would kill him inside a round.

  • LiverPunch says:

    It is a good thing that the UFC has more than 5 HWs then MH.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Name 2 UFC HW a slow, out of shape, over the hill Tim Silvia could beat. He might be able to beat someone with little to no experience but, absolutely no way he would be relevant in the title picture.

    It’s OK ’cause he has his new HW belt which means a big ball of nothing.


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