Bellator isn’t the only show that is benefitting from HectorLombard moving on to the UFC as the former Olympic Judoka was also themiddleweight champion of Cage Fighting Championships in Australia. Now CFC is building the next generation withMay 18th’s CFC 21 doing the same for Jesse Juarez. CFC 21 took place at the Sydney OlympicSports Centre in Sydney, Australia with a live pay-per-view webcast archived onGoFightLive.
Jesse Juarez seems to have finally found a home as he defended his CFC titlefor the second time with a unanimous decision over Robert Whittaker in the mainevent. Juarez just since winning the CFCwelterweight title in April 2010 has fought four times outside CFC going 1-3 onshows like Shark Fights and MFC while in CFC the Strikeforce vet is now 3-0 oroverall now 18-8. For five rounds thesetwo went back-and-forth in striking with Juarez edging out Whittaker with hisground work to take the nod. Whitakernow falls to 9-2 with both losses being by decision, all his wins by submissionor KO/TKO.
In the co-main event UFC vet Soa Palelei dispatched Bob Sapp quicker than anyof the other thirteen fighters who have defeated the K-1 vet with a 0:12KO. Sapp started his career known for anoverwhelming powerful style that earned him a 10-3 record in Japan only goingout of the first round once but it seems opponents have figured him out and heholds seven losses in a row. Typical ofSapp the former professional American football player came out aggressive butslipped as he closed with Palelei who capitalized by cornering Sapp andunloading a barrage of strikes for the TKO. Palelei is now 9-1 post-UFC, 17-3 overall with seven wins in a row.
Rami El-Choufani def.Albert Patu 3:22 R1 by rear-naked choke
Robert Lisita def. Rory O’Connell by unanimous decision
James Vainikolo def. Jon Leven 3:55 R3 by TKO
Shabe Kafo def. Kian Pham 1:49 R2 by twister
David Vergers def. Manuel Rodriguez 2:13 R1 by KO
Corey Nelson def. Dan Pauling 0:33 R1 by KO
Jeff Monson def. Jim Yorke by unanimous decision
Soa Palelei def. Bob Sapp 0:12 R1 by TKO
WW title: Jesse Juarez def. Robert Whittaker by unanimous decision