Stay tuned to tonight for all the results from Israel FC: Genesis, a pay-per-view event hailing from Tel-Aviv which features a fight card full of former UFC veterans like Frank Trigg, Ricco Rodriguez, Jeff Monson and Sokoudjou.

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Ricco Rodriguez defeats Daniel Tabera by unanimous decision

–  Rodriguez weighed in 10lbs overweight yesterday, and in the cage he looked considerably bigger than Tabera.  The fight itself was fairly lackluster with Tabera offering little offensively, leaving Rodriguez to manhandle him with frequent takedowns and pepper him with ground and pound strikes.  Cardio is clearly still an issue for Rodriguez which slowed him down in the later rounds, but the decision was never in doubt.

Rodriguez is now on a 10 fight winning streak as he attempts to work his way back to the UFC where he was once the heavyweight champion.

Jeff Monson defeats Sergey Shemetov by first round submission (americana)

After taking a couple of heavy leg kicks to start the fight off, Monson got the fight to the ground and began to attack his opponent from side control.  He goes on to land a large series of solid knee strikes to the body of the Russian who remarkably then looks at the camera and smiles. Undeterred Monson continued to methodically wear down Shemenov and then as the round drew to a close he seized an arm and quickly locked in an americana which forced the tap.

Afterwards Monson confirmed his intention to move down to light-heavyweight.

Frank Trigg defeats Roy Neeman by first round TKO

It was apparent from early on in this fight that Trigg was getting the better of the striking, easily finding a home for his 1-2 combinations.  Pouring on the pressure as Neeman began to go almost exclusively defensive Trigg was able to drop him and then throw ground and pound up against the cage until the referee stepped in.  A confidence building win for Trigg after being cut from the UFC, but to be fair Neemen was out of his depth here.

Moishe Kaitz defeats Hermes Franca by decision

For the majority of the first two rounds Moishe Kaitz looked impressive in front of his home fans, showing excellent BJJ technique in the first round, troubling Franca with relentless submission attempts, and bested him on the feet in the second.  Franca tried to rally late in the fight, particularly in the third where he pushed the pace and was able to mount a now tiring Kaitz, but the Israeli literally hung on and earned himself a decision victory.

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou defeats Valdas Pocevicius by unanimous decision

–  Perhaps mindful that another loss would leave him with a 9-9 career record, Sokoudjou looked hesitant to engage in the stand-up portion of this bout, and for reasons best known to himself Pocevicius seemed reluctant to throw any kind of offense.  What Sokoudjou did do well though was use his judo throws to get the fight to the mat and work a little ground and pound in the first two rounds.  With those rounds safely in the bag he then was happy to waltz around his opponent in the third and run down the clock to claim the decision victory.

Daniel Gracie defeats Martin Wojcik by first round submission (rear naked choke)

–  Gracie took the fight to the ground fairly quickly in the first round and then seized Wojcik’s back and showed off his BJJ prowess to get the tap.

Jeremy Knafo defeats Shonie Carter by decision

–  Carter opted to stand and trade with Knafo for much of the fight despite appearing to come off second best at times.  Carter did use his wrestling to good effect in the second and clearly won that round, but looked to be running out of gas by the third and that may have cost him the decision.  Close fight though.

After the loss Carter addressed the crowd and announced his retirement from the sport, bringing to an end a 13 year career.

Alexandro Ceconi defeats Vitaly Shemetov by first round submission (triangle choke)

– Shemetov taps with 10 seconds left of the opening round left.  He protests the stoppage saying he didn’t tap, but replays show otherwise.

Thiago Meller defeats Ariel Abergel by first round submission (armbar)

Vitali Krbrsky def. Serob Minasyan via decision

Ido Pariente def. Joshua Hewlett via first-round submission (armbar)

Roy Peretz def. Fabrice Riconneau via first-round submission (triangle choke)