This is Hiroko Yamamura and I will be reporting live from Rockford, Illinois tonight, August 20th, as former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (28-7-0) steps back into the cage against Patrick “The Bear” Barrentine (4-5-0) at “Fight Tour”. Also on the card, kickboxing stand out Felice Herring (5-3-0) looks to stop undefeated Kelly Warren in an intriguing women’s' MMA match. UFC vet Sean Salmon (33-15-1) looks to end a six fight losing steak against fellow UFC alum LaVerne Clark (26-17-1). The card will kick off with several amateur bouts as well.
Sylvia has had mixed success since his 0:36 submission loss to Fedor Emelianenko in 2008, and since then has moved up significantly in fight weight. His matchup with his original opponent, Shayne Adams, was not sanctioned by the local athletic commission and required a quick change to the line-up. His last minute replacement, Patrick Barrentine, has not fought since 2009, while Adams will now also fight a different opponent. All of these factors make up what I hope will be a very interesting fight, and should really tell us what the future might hold for the former champ.
Out live blog will kick off at 6PM central after the jump. Make sure to keep your mouse on the refresh button for the results updated as each match happens!
1. Derrick Williams defeats Russ Deshields by submission (strikes) 0:55 of round 1
2. Allen Zuelke defeats Travonta Collins by TKO 1:52 of the second round
3. Darius Jastrzebski defeats John Akers by submission (rear naked choke) 0:30 of round 1
4. Doug Deback defeats Cameron Lindsay by TKO at 0:15 of round 1
5. Kevin Burke defeats TJ Nesto by submission (arm bar) 0:55 of round 1
6. Chad Aldrich defeats Dilon Berg by submission (heel hook) 2:30 of round 1