In his first fight back after serving a year-long prison sentence for felony assault, War Machine, formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, stopped Roger Huerta this past Saturday at the inaugural Ultimate Warrior Fighting event in Pharr, Texas.
Huerta, who was fighting up a weight class at welterweight, said afterwards that he suffered a fractured a rib during the final scramble in the third round where he rolled out of War Machine's submission armbar attempts to claim side control.
From there, War Machine escaped from Huerta's side mount to directly take full mount with ease. Machine (12-4) then rained down punches for the referee stoppage at three minutes and nine seconds. Huerta (21-6-1) has now lost three in a row.
On the same stage as War Machine-Huerta, former UFC middleweight champion Dave Menne won by first-round guillotine submission over Eric Davila.
Thompson explodes after controversial decision
Last May at KSW 16, James Thompson submitted Mariusz Pudzianowski with an arm-triangle choke and he probably needed another finish as well to ensure victory at Saturday's KSW 17 in Poland. In a two-round fight with a potential overtime round, Thompson won the first round clearly on ground control, while Pudzianowski arguably scored enough on punches in the second. But instead of going to a Thompson win or an overtime round, Pudzianowski was awarded the majority decision.
Stunned by the scores, Thompson took the mic away from the announcer and went off on the promoter.
"F---ing joke. Give Mariusz a big round of applause," Thompson said. "What a f---ing joke. I thought KSW was really trying to be serious. If you can watch that back and call it serious, then you're f---ed and KSW is going down the f---ing toilet."
On Monday, KSW said there was an error on one of the judge's scorecards and the result has officially changed to a no contest.
Here's the video of Thompson's post-fight speech. Language not safe for work.
Dantas wins Bellator bantamweight tournament
Eduardo Dantas (13-2) outpointed Alexis Vila (11-1) in the finals of Bellator's bantamweight tournament on Saturday to earn a shot next year against champion Zach Makovsky. On the same card, UFC veteran Kurt Pellegrino announced his retirement from MMA.
Bongfeldt wins tune-up
Two-time UFC competitor Jesse Bongfeldt (16-5-1) won by second-round submission over Brandon MacArthur (6-18) Saturday at Rumble in the Cage 45 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Bongfeldt was released by the UFC in June following his loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 131.
Zaromskis pulls off a front roll somersault kick
Marius Zaromskis pulled off an incredible somersault kick to set up a KO finish against Bruno Carvalho at Rumble of the Kings 6 in Stockholm, Sweden. Zaromskis (16-6) was coming off a decision win over Eiji Ishikawa at DREAM in July.
Riggs snaps three-fight losing skid
Joe Riggs won in 56 seconds against Shannon Ritch at Duel for Domination on Saturday in Phoenix, Ariz.