Grappling specialist Lisa Ellis picked up a quick and impressive submission win on Saturday night at United Combat Sports: “Caged Combat 6” in Grand Ronde, Oregon. Ellis defeated Muay Thai practitioner Amy “Lil’ Dynamite” Davis with a first-round armbar to capture the UCS 110-pound women’s title.
Also on Saturday, “Little” Patricia Vidonic got back on the winning track with one of her biggest victories to date at CageSport 20 in Tacoma, Washington. Vidonic showcased some solid ground and pound in the later rounds to earn a Unanimous Decision win over local fan favourite “Slick” Sally Krumdiack.
Ellis (15-8-0) wasted no time in taking the fight with Davis (3-3-0, 1 NC) to the mat. She ducked under a hook from Davis and scored a quick takedown. From there, Ellis’s experience on the ground showed as she methodically worked to set up a submission. Just past the two-minute mark, Ellis locked on an armbar and Davis was forced to tap out. The victory earned Ellis the UCS title and also snapped the first three-fight losing streak of her lengthy pro career.
Winner: Lisa Ellis by Submission (Armbar) at 2:14 of round one. She improves to 15-8-0 and becomes the new UCS 110-pound women’s champion.
In the nearby state of Washington, a strong showing from Vidonic (7-3-0) in rounds two and three was enough to earn her a hard-fought decision win against the always game Krumdiack (9-6-0). The first round belonged to Krumdiack, who appeared to hold an edge throughout, but things began to change in the second stanza when Vidonic scored a takedown. She was effective with ground and pound from the top and dominated much of the round.
With the fight seemingly even heading into round three, Krumdiack again took control early on with her striking skills. She briefly stunned Vidonic with a combination, but Vidonic rallied back with another takedown. Perhaps sensing that she may be behind, Vidonic unleashed a flurry of punches from the top and continued to score with ground and pound throughout the final minute of round three.
The late offence was enough to earn Vidonic the round and the fight on all three judges’ scorecards. She gets back in the win column after her six-fight winning streak was snapped by Bellator star Jessica “Jag” Aguilar in February.
Winner: Patricia Vidonic by Unanimous Decision after three rounds. She improves to 7-3-0.
(Photo Credit: Esther Lin, AllElbows.com)