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Weekend Results: Petruzelli TKOs Baten, Cruz Wins WFO Title

Seth Petruzelli was victorious in his first fight back since knocking out Kimbo Slice last October on CBS and Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz captured the WFO heavyweight belt in the co-headlining bouts at Art of Fighting 3 Saturday in Tampa, Fla.

Petruzelli, who told FanHouse last week that wins on the local circuit could lead him to a UFC return against Slice, stopped one-time IFL competitor Chris Baten at 2:43 of the first round. Petruzelli sent Baten to the floor with an overhand right and followed with punches on the ground to call on the referee stoppage.

In the main event, grappling champion Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz, won the WFO belt by stopping Tom Sauer at 3:43 of the second round. Cruz flattened Sauer on his back and rained down punches for the referee intervention. Besides his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu accolades, Cruz is notable for being former UFC champion Frank Mir's first opponent back from a motorcycle accident that forced him to vacate his belt. Cruz -- in only his second professional MMA fight -- stopped Mir in the first round at the UFC 57 event in February 2006.

Former IFL standout Delson Heleno quietly continued his comeback at the event, winning his second straight fight of 2009 with an armbar submission against Tyler Stinson at 4:44 of the first round set up by punches from full mount.

Chonan Returns to DEEP

After a 1-3 stint with the UFC, Ryo Chonan returned to Japan on Sunday after two-year absence and outpointed veteran Jutaro Nakao in the main event of DEEP 43rd Impact in Tokyo, Japan. Chonan, who improved to 16-10, is best known for submitting UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva with a flying scissor heel hook.

The two championship bouts at DEEP 43rd Impact also resulted in unanimous decisions. Masakazu Imanari successfully defended his bantamweight title against DEEP Protect Cup winner Tomohiko Hori, while Dokonjonosuke Mishima lost his featherweight belt to Takafumi Otsuka.

Couture Improves to 3-1

Ryan Couture, the son of Randy Couture, tapped out Jimmy Spicuzza with a first-round armbar at Tuff-N-Uff Saturday in Las Vegas. All three of the Xtreme Couture amateur fighter's wins have come by way of submission.

"One Punch" Keeps Ultimate Challenge Title

Brad Pickett retained his Ultimate Challenge UK featherweight belt on Saturday by submitting two-time UFC competitor David Lee with a guillotine choke in the first round. Pickett is unbeaten in six fights since his June 2007 loss to Hideo Tokoro at Dynamite!! USA.

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