Prospects Chris Gruetzemacher and Willie Parks pick up wins at WMMA 1 in Texas
On a card filled with UFC veterans Sean McCorkle (16-3), Karo Parisyan (20-8), and Drew Fickett (42-17) it was a pair of prospects who positioned themselves for a run at majors with critical victories. Both out of major camps welterweight Willie Parks (5-2) and featherweight Chris Gruetzemacher (10-1) highlighted the undercard of WMMA 1 "fighting for a better world". Out of Jackson's MMA, the match-up versus Jamaine Facey (8-7) was Parks' first at 170 pounds.
Looking to bounce back after consecutive losses at 185 pounds, Parks smothered Facey with his wrestling. A NAIA national champion and former US Olympic hopeful Parks took a unanimous decision versus Facey. At 28 years of age Parks debut at a new weight class could light a spark that eventually pushes him into the UFC as a welterweight prospect.
A four star prospect at 145 pounds Gruetzemacher may fly under the radar right into a UFC contract. Gruetzemacher, a key member of Arizona's MMA Lab fight team, dominated former WEC fighter Frank Gomez (10-5). After a rough start Gruetzemacher took the fight to the floor and ran circles around Gomez.
Gomez gave up his back and Gruetzemacher quickly pounced with both punches and knees to the body. The fight was halted at the 3:25 mark of round in favor of Gruetzemacher.
With a 10-1 record Gruetzemacher will most likely join sparring partner Ben Henderson in the UFC sometime before the end of 2012. Only 25 years old Gruetzemacher has stopped his last seven opponents in the cage and would do well in the UFC's featherweight division.
WMMA 1 fighting for a better world results
El Paso, TX
Brian Heden def. Sean McCorkle by TKO (Punches) 2:44 R2
Karo Parisyan def. Thomas Denny by Decision (Unanimous)
Lyle Beerbohm def. Cleburn Walker by Submission Guillotine Choke 2:34 R1
Drew Fickett def. Kevin Knabjian by Submission Guillotine Choke R1
*Willie Parks def. Jamaine Facey by Decision (Unanimous)
Rodney Wallace def. Derrick Mehmen by Decision (Unanimous)
Darrill Schoonover def. Paul Buentello Decision (Unanimous)
*Chris Gruetzemacher def. Frank Gomez by TKO (Punches) 3:25 R1
Esteves Jones def. Deutsch Pu'u by TKO (Punches) 0:54 R1
Lionel Lanham def. Brad Peterson by TKO (Punches) by 0:56 R1
*Prospect to watch