MMA legends Ken Shamrock and Tank Abbott both earned first-round stoppage victories in their bouts on Friday at Wargods: Valentine’s Eve Massacre, which took place at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California.
Despite more than a 150-pound weight disadvantage against Ross Clifton, Shamrock knocked Clifton to the canvas early in the first-round before securing a fight-ending armbar that forced “Grizzly” to tap. The victory was Shamrock’s first in six tries since early-2005.
Abbott stopped a four-fight losing streak of his own that included a 2008 loss to Kimbo Slice with his first-round knockout of the sub-.500 Mike Bourke in the evening’s co-main event.
The victories set up a likely future matchup between Shamrock and Abbott that is expected to take place in April or May.
The event’s full results were:
- Ken Shamrock def. Ross Clifton via submission (armbar) — Round 1, 1:00
- Mike Moreno def. Gary Padilla via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- David “Tank” Abbott def. Mike Bourke via KO (punches) — Round 1, 0:29
- Rick Reeves def. Nathan James via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 3, 2:07
- Isaac De Jesus def. Ashe Bowman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Josh Haynes def. Refael Del Real via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Zolia Frausto def. Karina Hallinan via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Ron Kessler def. Darren Freeman via split decision (27-30, 30-27, 29-28)