Yes, I bought this show.
Fights are all in a ring. Bas Rutten is one of the commentators and Jimmy Lennon Jr. is the ring announcer. Attendance is, well, minuscule. Todd Martin, who is there, wrote, "There appear to be between 35 and 45 fans in attendance." Hopefully he's exaggerating.
Todd's live coverage and a look at the undercard is here.
Gustavo Machado beat Rick Reeves via decision. Not much to it. They fought hard. Judo Gene was one of the judges and appeared to have been watching a different fight than the rest of us.
Big John McCarthy is ref and bigger than ever.
Diego Garijo beat Jens Pulver in round one. Pulver got guillotined for his third time in the last four fights. Bas chewed him out on commentary, telling him to go to Brazil and do nothing but ground fighting for six months because this was ridiculous.
The camera work is atrocious and a camerman has already fallen off his platform.
Erin Beach beat Joao Silva via decision off scores of, get this, two 29-28s and a 30-25. Not making that up. Todd scored it 30-24. So basically, two judges not only refused to score it anything less than 10-9, but one of them thought Silva won a round. Astounding. Silva did a lot of lunging at Erin's legs and failing repeatedly at takedowns. First round was exciting and then it was downhill from there.
Thales Leites vs. Matt Horwich. Matt fights for GOD and his fighting style was listed as "Quantum Physics". Click here to see a graphic of this courtesy mmbakhtin on our board. I once saw Horwich before a local show when he should have been backstage getting ready, and instead he was wandering around amongst the fans with his Bible preaching the WORD. This was a title fight, for the PWP 185-pound title, so that means they were threatening us with FIVE ROUNDS. First round at least was exciting. Leites looked tired in round two. Horwich's quantum physics was really benefiting him whenever the two men found themselves entangled like particles. Hopefully he finishes this fight because the judges are definitely working on the uncertainty principle. Leites made a comeback in the third and went for a side choke. He was in the seemingly perfect position but Horwich didn't immediately tap, so he gave up the position. I guess Horwich knew this wasn't a quantum superposition, and he was right because he escaped. I scored it 10th dimension-8th dimension Leites due to almost finishing the choke. Horwich took him down in the fourth with his superfluidity and quantum-tunneled his forearm under Leites' throat for the submission. Bas, meanwhile, had a wavefunction collapse in the booth, astounded that Horwich actually tapped out Leites.
Best thing on the show. Horwich was the first guy interviewed on the show so far. He was awarded a wacky boxing-style belt. This interview was made better by Bas Rutten conducting it. Horwich said the game plan was to go in with better faith than any fight ever. He thanked God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and said this was the biggest win of his life. He said hi to his mom, all his friends in Seattle, and his wife. "WE DID IT, WE'RE BACK!" People were cheering like crazy. What a great man. He thanked all of his teammates, family and friends and said he never could have done this without him. He thanked his old team and his current team. "It's a wonderful multiverse," he added.
"GOD SPEED AND PARTY ON!" Bas added.
FUCK YES I GOT MY $29.95 WORTH RIGHT THERE~!
From Todd: Crowd may be up to 200-300 now, BTW. There were legit less than 100 fans in attendance when they turned down the lights so it's hard to tell.
Tony Lopez beat Jason Lambert via knockout with a knee and two right hands to win the PWP 205-pound title in 1:49 of the second round. Pretty spectacular finish.
Terry Martin beat Jorge Ortiz via split decision. Again, judges on completely different pages. I won't lie, I watched almost none of this.
Paul Buentello vs. Tim Sylvia. A slobberknocker. They both survived round one, which was astounding. Sylvia used his extreme weight and some MOOay Thai. He couldn't make weight for a 265 pound fight and so they agreed to fight at 275. He weighed in at 274.4 and Buentello weighed in at 251.6. Somehow this was still a title match. And yes, for those thinking this is a typo, Tim Sylvia was, in fact, the headliner of this show. This almost went to round three but Sylvia knocked him out in the waning moments of the second with a pretty vicious uppercut. "This is a fight the world has been waiting to see for a long, long time," said The Other Announcer. He was wrong.
They announced that at their second show (LOL) it would be Tim Sylvia defending the PWP Title against Pedro Rizzo.