IRVINE, Calif., April 21 -- No Limits MMA, in conjunction with Pro Elite, held "Proving Ground" Saturday evening, the first card in the Orange County gym's new event center. Although a few of the evening's matchmaking choices left many people scratching their heads, it's hard to argue against a night of fights during which only three matches even made it past the two-minute mark.
The evening's main event pitted BJJ black belt Fabio Nacimiento against 23-year-old Millenia Jiu Jitsu student Ray "Lights Out" Lazama. It was hard to shake the feeling that this fight was set up for the No Limits fighter to walk away with a win in his home gym. Unfortunately for him, Lazama is one tough, scrappy kid and showed up intent on spoiling the party.
The two exchanged pretty evenly on the feet, but with a minute remaining in the round Lazama landed a nice shot that drove Nacimiento against the ropes. With one last flurry Lazama dropped Nacimiento and forced referee Nelson "Doc" Hamilton to intervene.
In a rematch from a Nov. 2006 bout that saw John Cronk get stopped by Mexican fighter Jorge "The Naked Man" Ortiz, history seemed doomed to repeat itself. This affair lasted 103 seconds before referee John Schorle stepped in to stop the fight.
Bao Quach offered the crowd the knockout of the night with his minute and a half stoppage of Rex Payne. The Colin Oyama-trained fighter delivered a right hand that landed flush, putting Payne down and racking up yet another win for the No Limits team.
Ray Lazama def. Fabio Nacimiento KO 4:19 R1
Jorge Ortiz def. John Cronk TKO (strikes) 1:43 R1
Bao Quach def. Rex Payne KO 1:34 R1
Takumi Nakayama technical draw Anthony McDavitt (stopped due to eye poke) 1:23 R1
Tim Persey def. Brandon Quigley KO 0:24 R1
Albert Rios def. Randy Bowers submission (rear-naked choke) 2:42 R2
Shane Del Rosario def. Gilberto Carreto TKO (strikes) 1:19 R1
Pete Sabala def. Tyler Weathers submission (guillotine choke) 1:15 R2