UFC veterans Thales Leites and Jason Lambert had a rough go of it this weekend as they both posted losses in title fights at the Powerhouse World Promotions: War on the Mainlaind fight card in Irvine, California.
Leites, noted for his Brazilian jiu-jitsu prowess, took on Matt Horwich to determine who would be the very first PWP middleweight champion. Also a UFC vet (Horwich fought twice in the UFC), Horwich is best known for his long stint in the IFL. Leites started out strong, mostly dominating Horwich in the first round with a combination of strikes and pressuring ground work. Horwich looked to keep it competitive, though, and mounted enough ground offense in the second to likely steal the round. The third was more of the same but Leites locked up an arm triangle choke that looked to be a fight-ender; Horwich survived the choke and fought out the rest of the round. It was in the fourth frame that Horwich would find victory as he sunk in a rear naked choke that forced Leites to tap at just 44 seconds into the fourth round. The loss breaks a three-fight win streak for Leites and puts Horwich back in the win column after posting two decision losses.
Light heavyweight fighter Jason Lambert looked to defeat King of the Cage star Tony Lopez to obtain the vacant PWP light heavyweight crown but came up short in just two rounds against the Huntington Beach, California fighter. The first round belonged to Lopez as the shorter Lambert tried and mostly failed to get inside on Lopez with leg kicks and punches. Though he did score a takedown, Lopez swept Lambert quickly and the round ended with Lopez throwing kicks. Lopez didn’t need much time in the second round to find the victory, as he put his knee on Lambert’s chin off of a Lambert takedown attempt and knocked “The Punisher” out cold. The win snaps a two-fight losing streak for Lopez and a two-fight winning streak for Lambert.