King of the Cage in CA results – top flyweight Mamoru Yamaguchi elbows his way to victory
Consensus top three flyweight Mamoru Yamaguchi (24-5-3) prepared to put his King of the Cage title on line for the first time stateside in the main event of nine bout card in San Bernardino, CA. Opposed to Yamaguchi was longtime King of the Cage fighter Greg Guzman (7-5). Unfortunately Guzman missed the 125 pound weight limit at the weigh-ins and a five round fight was chopped into a three frame affair.
After an 11 hour flight from Japan to California, Yamaguchi quickly introduced himself to Guzman in the cage. Both men came out firing punches with Yamaguchi winning the clinch game.
Yamaguchi's elbow and knee strikes continued to bother Guzman in the second round. The finish came a little over two minutes into the second period as Yamaguchi planted Guzman on the floor and assaulted him with elbow strikes for the TKO finish.
A former 123 and 132 pound champion in Shooto Yamaguchi has now won four consecutive fights.
In notable undercard action Yukinari Tamura (11-4-5) won his King of the Cage debut over Michigan's Tony Hervey (12-8).
A battle of welterweight prospects went the way of California's Rick Legere (12-4) who slapped a heel hook on Hawaiian import Koa Ramos (6-3) 1:47 seconds into the first round. For the 24 year old Legere the sub victory was the fifth of his career.
King of the Cage Sniper results
San Bernardino, CA
Mamoru Yamaguchi def. Greg Guzman via TKO 2:21 R2
Reuben Duran def. Kana Hyatt via Submission Guillotine Choke 2:03 R1
Yukinari Tamura def. Tony Hervey via Submission Rear Naked Choke 2:25 R1
Saad Awad def. Bryson Kamaka via TKO 0:21 R1
Rick Legere def. Koa Ramos via Submission Heel Hook 1:47 R1
Juan Rivas def. Shad Smith via TKO 1:47 R1
Daniel Hernandez def. Kenny McCorkell via Submission Rear Naked Choke 0:47 R1
David Gomez def. Scotty Merritt via TKO 1:40 R3
Dominick Waters def. Frank Pizzirulli via TKO (Strikes) 0:49 R2