Capoani Makes Quick Work of Moore at Armory

By Rich Campbell
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, May 13, 2007

Homer "The Rock" Moore lay in the ring at the D.C. Armory last night long after the crowd had filed out of the District's first mixed martial arts event. The lights above the ring were being disassembled, but the severe pain in his left knee prevented him from getting up.

Almost half an hour passed before Moore, an Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran, was helped to the fighters' staging area, his knee wrapped in a bandage and a distraught look on his face. Fabiano Capoani, his light heavyweight opponent, had aggravated Moore's left knee injury enough to disable him and win the bout at 3 minutes 59 seconds of the first round.

"I was fighting standing, and I did two good kicks," Capoani said. "I think that one touched him in his knee. When I put him [on the mat], I tried to do a lot of submissions. I think he was hurt when I kicked him."

The crowd of approximately 2,100 witnessed an unspectacular finish to a night of 12 fights. Capoani has a Brazilian Jujitsu World Cup championship on his résumé, while Moore made a name for himself as more of a powerful wrestler. Rather than endure a rousing clash of styles, Moore could not survive Capoani's takedown midway through the first round.

Capoani (4-2-1) had Moore in a triangle hold and seemed poised to end the fight quickly. Moore slipped out, though, and appeared to have new life.

But after he rose to his feet, he crumpled back to the canvass. It was obvious he could not continue, and referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight.

"I stretched it out on my own, just because of the way I moved, and it caused an uncomfortable situation for me," Moore said.

Moore (25-9-2) had fought almost six times as many professional bouts as Capoani, but that didn't scare Capoani. Moore said he injured the knee in a fight little more than one month ago, and it did not heal enough to fight effectively.

"I was so ready to beat him," Capoani said.

In the first half of the dual main event, Nino Schembri got Amir Rahnavardi to submit in the first round with an unconventional arm-bar that he executed out of a triangle hold.

Schembri, a Pride veteran, stood six inches smaller than his opponent but took advantage of his speed.

"This is not like a body builder tournament," Schembri said. "The art that we practice, Brazilian jujitsu, a smaller guy can beat a bigger guy. It just depends on the good technique that you have."

It was Rahnavardi's first fight in more than a year. He said the rust showed, especially against an unusual fighter like Schembri.

"I've never seen that move before," Rahnavardi said. "He kind of just snuck up. I got the choke; he didn't have it. And then my arm, I thought I twisted out of it but after the second time it popped I just tapped because I was already in a bad situation."

In the first match of the night, Ron Foster lost his professional debut to Kyle Baker when the referee stopped the fight at 3:41 of the first round.

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