Monday, November 28, 2022

PWP War On The Mainland PPV Results: Sylvia vs. Buentello

MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

Powerhouse World Promotions (PWP) held their “War On The Mainland” card, headlined by former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia and fellow UFC veteran Paul Buentello, on Saturday night, August 14 in Irvine, California. The show was available on pay-per view with a pretty healthy undercard, and ended up offering a little something for everyone, as there were a number of noteworthy occurrences during the show.

The significant action began in the second fight on the PPV, where lightweight MMA legend and former UFC champion Jens Pulver (22-14-1) returned from retirement to take on Diego Garijo (5-1), a veteran of the Bellator FC promotion. Pulver dropped his sixth consecutive fight, losing by guillotine choke at just eight ticks past the one-minute mark of the first round. It's also his fourth in a row by submission, which Pulver told MMANEWS.COM in a recent exclusive interview is one of the reasons he refuses to quit no matter what anyone around him thinks. His argument is a simple one: it's a skill set he needs to improve, but losing by submission doesn't negatively effect his health. In Pulver's mind, this makes him remaining in the fight game a decision, not a risk. In any matter, tough loss for “Little Evil.”

The next high-profile fight was for the vacant PWP 185-pound title, a match between former UFC middleweight contenders Matt Horwich (25-15-1) and Thales Leites (17-4). The fight was an exciting one, which is surprising when read on paper considering Leites was 50-percent of the equation. Leites is coming off of multiple stinkers, making him a heel in the eyes of many of MMA's most loyal fans. Unfortunately for him, being one-half of a good fight is the only thing Leites has to show for his performance, as it was Horwich who came out on top, winning an impressive fight by rear naked choke 44 seconds into the fourth round. With the victory, Horwich becomes the first-ever PWP middleweight champion.

King Of The Cage (KOTC) veteran Tony Lopez (19-4) surprised many on Saturday night, picking up a big victory by knockout over UFC veteran Jason Lambert (25-12). Lopez caught Lambert with a vicious knee, ending the night for “The Punisher” at 1:49 of the second frame. With the win, Lopez becomes the PWP light heavyweight (205-pound) champion.

UFC veteran Terry Martin (20-8) picked up his second consecutive victory following a three-fight losing streak that went from late-2008 through all of 2009. Martin earned a split decision victory over Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Jorge Ortiz (16-7-1) in the semi-main event of the evening.

In the main event of the evening, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (27-6) added the PWP heavyweight belt to his trophy shelf with a second round knockout of UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Buentello (28-13). The fight, which was a catch-weight bout at 275-pounds due to Sylvia failing to make the 265-pound heavyweight limit, turned out to be a complete slugfest, with both guys taking a great deal of punishment in the nine minutes, 57 seconds inside the cage. After enduring a ton of punishment, “The Headhunter” was finally stopped by a big uppercut from “The Main-iac.” There was only three seconds left in the second round at the time of the stoppage.

Here is a quick-match rundown of the PWP “War On The Mainland” pay-per view event from Saturday night in Irvine, California:

-A.J. Matthews def. Sean Choice via TKO (punches) at 3:54 of Round 2.
-Cleber Luciano def. Todd Williamson via Submission (rear naked choke) at 3:18 of Round 2.
-Gustavo Machado def. Rick Reeves via Split Decision after 3 Rounds.
-Diego Garijo def. Jens Pulver via Submission (guillotine choke) at 1:08 of Round 1.
-Erin Beach def. Joao Silva via Unanimous Decisionafter 3 Rounds.
-Matt Horwich def. Thales Leites via Submission (rear naked choke) at 0:44 of Round 4 to become the PWP middleweight champion.
-Tony Lopez def. Jason Lambert via KO (knee) at 1:49 of Round 2 to become the PWP light heavyweight champion.
-Terry Martin def. Jorge Ortiz via Split Decision after 3 Rounds.
-Tim Sylvia def. Paul Buentello via KO (punch) at 4:57 of Round 2.