The main event of Full Metal Dojo 12 promised to entertain a packed Insanity nightclub in Bangkok and entertain it did.
After three rounds of impressive BJJ, takedowns and swift transitions, Emilio Urrutia earned a split decision win against a tough Daniel Hortegas after three gruelling rounds. True to expectations, much of the fight played out on the ground where both fighters were equally matched.
Emilio “The Honeybadger” Urrutia went into the fight confident of the win, having had 13 professional fights in seven different countries under his belt. With the win over Hortegas, Urrutia now moves to a pro-career record of eight wins and five losses.
The co-main event was a brutal battle between Filipino Riki Corminal and Cambodian Thai Rithy, but ended badly for featherweight prospect Rithy, who suffered several hard elbows on the ground before the fight was called to a halt.
A surprise, but hugely popular, last minute edition to the FMD 12 card was Marcelo Tenorio vs FMD CEO Jon Nutt, who stepped in on short notice to replace Egypt’s Ibrahim Eid.
Nutt, who last fought Tenorio at Dare in 2012, came out storming, throwing everything at Tenorio, who, unlike Nutt, had been through a full training camp. That training certainly kicked in and Tenorio landed some big shots on the chin of the FMD promoter and took the fight to the ground where he scored a win.
But it was the heavyweights Masoud Ranjbar and Jamie Sloane who lit up the audience with some of the best heavyweight rounds in recent times.
Ranjbar, as expected, went for a powerful takedown to kickoff the bout but Sloane managed to get back to his feet and several attempted takedowns between both fighters ensued soon after. Ranjbar, being some 20 kg’s heavier than his opponent, delivered a couple of successful takedowns but the lighter Sloane was more agile and much quicker with his punches.
Early in round two, Sloane slowed Ranjbar down with his punches but exhaustion set in and the referee stopped the fight, due to a verbal submission by Sloane. Masoud has won of his bouts inside the FMD cage, giving him a pro record of 3-0.
Elsewhere on the card Thanonsaklek “Top Noi” Tigermuaythai made quick work of Anton “Crazy-Thai” Larsson, stepping up the pressure early with kicks and punches, causing Larsson to fall where Top Noi capitalized ended the fight at 0.13 of round 1.
Likewise in the women’s catchweight category where the heavier Tiffany Hui Hoon Teo of Singapore needed under two minutes to finish her Thai opponent Surarak Kamla. Teo dominated Surarak on the ground and ended the fight after a ground and pound action.
Making his pro debut, “Ben Ten” Setthawut Naimthanom notched up his first win against Nat Natchayangkul with a rear naked choke at 2.31 of round 2. While it was a slow start, the two exchanged kicks throughout most of the first round until Ben Ten turned up the excitement by landing a high kick to Nat’s face.
In a USA vs Iran fight, American Trevor G. McKenzie defeated Shahin Najafi, who decided to verbally tap out after receiving some nasty kicks to the groin. McKenzie had maintained cage control throughout the bout with good defensive striking skills and impressive takedowns.
Emilio Urrutia def. Daniel Hortegas
Split decision after three rounds
Riki Corminal def. Thai Rithy
TKO (Elbows) at 1:08 of round 2
Masoud Ranjbar def. Jamie Sloane
Referee stoppage (verbal submission) at 4:50 of round 2
Thanonsaklek Topnoi def. Anton Larsson
TKO (Strikes) at 0:13 of round 1
Marcelo Tenorio def. Jon Nutt
Tap out (strikes) at 1:03 of round 1
YodKaiKaew Fairtex “Y2K” def. Jirawat Machida Anujai
TKO (Soccer Kicks) after 1 round
Trevor McKenzie def. Shahin Najafi
Verbal submission at 0:22 of round 3
Women’s Catchweight bout
Tiffany Teo def. Surarak Kamla
TKO (Punches) at 1:25 of round 1
Setthawut Naimthanom “Ben Ten” def. Nat Natchayangkul
Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:31 of round 2
Rockie Bactol def. Jadjan Yotiphai
Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds