MMA News: Marcio Cruz defeats Tom Sauer, becomes first WFO champion; Seth Petruzelli defeats Tampa police officer Chris Baten

Cruz made good use of his height and reach advantage over Sauer by stepping out of the way and countering with a connecting punch each time Sauer attacked. Ultimately, Sauer ended up bleeding profoundly from a cut on his nose and below his left eye which left him wobbly on his feet. By the end of the first round Cruz was merciless pounding Sauer on the ground and referee Troy Waugh almost stopped the fight. Cruz picked up right where he left off at the end of the first round and continued to punish an almost defenseless Sauer in round two. Referee Waugh finally stopped at the fight at 3:43 of round two and awarded Cruz the win via TKO, making him the first WFO champion in the process.

[image-1]In the other much anticipated bout of the evening the infamous Kimbo-Killer, Seth "The Silverback" Petruzelli, delivered quick justice to Tampa police officer Chris Baten. At his third takedown of Baten he landed a devastating blow to Baten's head which knocked him out at 2:43 in round one. Although Baten expressed disagreement about the fight stoppage by referee Chris Adams, he can at least feel good about lasting longer than Kimbo Slice against Petruzelli. Petruzelli now has his sight on getting back into the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

[image-2]The MMA Florida State Lightweight Champion, Eric Reynolds, also went for a quick finish against his opponent, Gregory Loughran from Ireland. After several unsuccessful submission attempts by Loughran, Reynolds finally mounted Loughran and unleashed a fury of punches to his head. Referee Chris Adams stopped the fight at 1:54 of round one and awarded Reynolds the win via TKO.

[image-3]In the only submission of the night Delson Helson showcased beautiful Jiu Jitsu when he defated Tyler Stinson via triangle choke at 4:44 of round one.

Complete fight results in chronological order:

  • Gino Tutera defeas Ron Ritter via TKO at 1:05 in round 1.

  • Carlos Gonzalez defeats BJ Gress via  TKO at 4:58  in round 1.

  • Joseph Wissmann defeats Nyantu Bolo via TKO at 2:11 in round 1.

  • Keith McCabe defeats Kevin Abrante via KO at 1:01 in round 1.

  • Mark Serkez defeats Corey Krebs via KO at 2:40 in round 1.

  • David Yost defeats Chris Herring via TKO at 3:01  in round 1.

  • Eric Reynolds defeats Gregory Loughran via TKO  at 1:54  in round 1.

  • Delson Heleno defeats Tyler Stinson via submission (triangle choke) at 4:44 in round 1.

  • Seth Petruzelli defeats Chris Baten via TKO at 2:43  in round 1.

  • Marcio Cruz defeats Tom Sauer via TKO  at 3:43 in round 2.

The next AOF event Rumble at Robarts 4 is scheduled for Oct. 23, 2009 at Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Fla. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.

The main event on the Art of Fighting (AOF) fight card indeed turned out to be the highlight of the evening, with an enthusiastic audience cheering on the mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Tom Sauer on his walk towards the octagon as prelude to a very exciting fight against Marcio Cruz. Regardless, Sauer was not able to cash in on his home turf advantage. Cruz, on the other hand, seemed like Rocky Stallone in his most unpopular fight while beating the crowd favorite Sauer to a pulp and earning the World Fighting Organization (WFO) belt in the process.

Sauer repeatedly charged against Cruz like a bull seeing red and caught several punches to his head as a result early on in the fight.

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