MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
Egan Inoue pounded on Hans Marrero in their bout last night, finishing him off in the first round.
Inoue wins with quick KO
Egan Inoue lived up to his legendary status with a 59-second beatdown of Hans Marrero.
Inoue ducked under a kick and slammed Marrero to the mat before finishing him with strikes in the main event of "X-1: Legends" last night before a Blaisdell Arena crowd of about 2,500.
Inoue was hoping for a second-round knockout, but got the desired result much quicker.
"I can't really tell if my training worked," Inoue said of the fight that lasted less than a minute.
Just nine days after a fight in Canada, Richie Whitson pulled off one of many upsets on the card with a KO victory over Ray "Braddah" Cooper to become the lightweight champion.
Cooper caught Whitson with a right hand 10 seconds into the bout and seemed to overmatch his smaller opponent. Whitson didn't back down and in a heated exchange, caught Cooper with a straight left that put him on the mat for the victory at 3 minutes, 54 seconds of the first round.
"I just came out here to fight," Whitson said. "He hit me with some hard ones for sure."
Whitson, fighting in only his fourth professional fight, didn't know what to do with his newly won championship belt as he left the ring.
"Do I get to take this with me?" he said to his corner after being awarded the belt.
The fight of the night was in the X-1 welterweight title fight, as Brandon Wolff won a split decision over Nebraska's Chad Reiner to become the new champion.
Two judges scored the bout 48-47 for Wolff while the other had it 48-47 for Reiner.
"It was a close fight, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way." Wolff said. "I think the judges' decision was pretty accurate. It was back and forth."
Wolff blasted Reiner with a right hand early on that opened a cut near his left eye. Reiner smiled it off, but Wolff pounced on his opponent, controlling the round on the ground.
The second round continued the same way, as Wolff secured top position on the ground almost immediately. After escaping a triangle attempt by Reiner, Wolff continued to work elbows to the left side of Reiner's face.
Wolff caught Reiner in a guillotine, but Reiner fought through it and took top position. The two eventually worked their way back to their feet before Reiner caught Wolff with a series of knees and uppercuts.
With the fight even at one round apiece, Wolff went to work to open the third round, catching Reiner with a series of left kicks and hooks. The fight remained standing the majority of the round, but Wolff began to tire, opening the door for Reiner to go to work with short elbows and a series of punches and kicks. Reiner continued to apply pressure on a gassed Wolff, but Wolff continued to throw counter punches as the most action-packed round of the night ended.
The final two rounds continued to be a back-and-forth battle as both fighters made a case to win the fight. Eventually, it was Wolff that walked away with the razor-thin decision.
In other fights last night:
170: Dylan Clay def. Ron Jhun by TKO at 5:00 of round 1.
170: Kolo Koka def. Michael Brightmon by unanimous decision.
135: Mike Pedro def. Kana Hyatt at 0:14 of round 1 by armbar in a non-title fight.
155: Brandon Visher def. Lorenzo Moreno by TKO at 5:00 of the second round (rib injury).
170: John Visante def. Sean Sakata 10 seconds into the first round by TKO (knee injury).