Jake Shields had not stopped an opponent in more than five years. Enter Ryan Ford.
Shields made a successful World Series of Fighting debut, as he submitted Ford with a first-round rear-naked choke in the World Series of Fighting 14 headliner on Saturday at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Ford (22-5, 1-1 WSOF) conceded defeat 4:29 into round one, giving his 35-year-old counterpart a finish for the first time since June 2009.
Ford enjoyed a brief moment of success before reality set in, dropping Shields with a stout left jab in the middle of the cage. The former Shooto, Strikeforce and EliteXC champion recovered quickly, struck for a takedown and slid to full mount from side control almost instantly. From there, he forced Ford to surrender his back and went to work on the choke. Shields (30-7-1, 1-0 WSOF) remained patient, distracting the Canadian with punches before delivering on the submission.
Rama Whips Mehmen, Takes Heavyweight Title
Smealinho Rama took care of Derrick Mehmen with first-round punches in the co-main event, as he captured the vacant World Series of Fighting heavyweight championship with surprising ease. It was over just 51 seconds after it began.
Rama (9-1, 2-0) softened the Hard Drive MMA representative with stinging leg kicks before staggering him with a crisp two-punch combination. The Canadian swarmed with punches, kicks and elbows that had the “Caveman” ducking for cover. Rama briefly attempted a standing rear-naked choke before abandoning the maneuver in favor of a fight-ending barrage of flying fists.
The defeat halted a six-fight winning streak for Mehman (18-6, 3-1 WSOF).
Horodecki Grinds Downs Huete
World Extreme Cagefighting, Bellator MMA and International Fight League veteran Chris Horodecki utilized repeated takedowns, a stifling top game and occasional ground-and-pound in securing a unanimous decision over Luis Huete in a featured matchup at 145 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 30-27 for Horodecki (21-5-1, 1-0 WSOF).
Huete (6-2, 0-1 WSOF) spent too much time on his back, his frustration growing with each passing moment. Horodecki executed takedowns in all three rounds and seemed content to operate in full guard and half guard, piling up points with short punches and elbows. Huete offered nothing of significance from the bottom.
The 27-year-old Horodecki has posted three wins in his past four appearances.
Hamman Wrecks Harris, Snaps Skid
Jared Hamman picked up his first win in more than three years, as he dispatched Canadian grappler Luke Harris with first-round punches in a light heavyweight showcase. Harris (10-3, 0-1 WSOF) succumbed to the blows 2:27 into round one, a crushing right hand to the jaw bringing him to his knees.
Hamman (14-6, 1-0 WSOF) kept the fight standing, shutting down the clinch game of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. Before long, Harris was bleeding above the right eye. A multi-punch burst set the 37-year-old on shaky legs before Hamman sealed the deal with one last shot to the head.
Prelims: Heavy Hague Thrashes Hudson
UFC castaway Tim Hague (19-9, 2-0 WSOF) stopped Craig Hudson (4-5, 0-1 WSOF) on punches 2:55 into the third round of their heavyweight battle; Hakeem Dawodu (3-0, 3-0 WSOF) put away Mike Malott (4-1, 0-1 WSOF) with a volley of punches and elbows 4:13 into round one of their featherweight encounter; Matt Baker (11-7, 1-3 WSOF) submitted Cody Krahn (15-10, 0-1 WSOF) with an armbar 2:28 into the first round of their catchweight clash at 195 pounds; and Hayabusa Training Centre export Roger Alves (2-1, 2-0 WSOF) captured a unanimous verdict from David Swanson (2-1, 0-1 WSOF) in a three-round lightweight tilt, earning 30-27 scores from all three judges.