By Peter Lim
Mayura Dissanayake stopped Jaime Garcia in 18 seconds in an amateur welterweight MMA bout at the Bayou City Events Center in Houston. Nicknamed the Karate Clerk, Dissanayake became a cult hero in Houston and his native Sri Lanka last month when he knocked a thug attempting to rob the gas station where Dissayanake worked as a clerk. Security video of the foiled robbery subsequently went viral on the internet.
Dissanayake, 24, diverted Garcia's attention to the lower altitudes with a few leg kicks before dropping Garcia face first with a left hook to the jaw. Without hesitation, Dissanayake pounced on a defenseless Garcia, pinned him down and landed a series of rights to the face, prompting the referee to jump in and call a halt.
"When he fell down I saw he was kind of out so I knew I had to finish him right there," Dissanayake said.
The knockout was spookily reminiscent of the foiled robbery; Dissanayake dropped robbery suspect Odell Mathis with a hook to the head and finished him off with several kicks while Mathis was face down on the concrete. He pinned Mathis down in a submission hold until the cops arrived.
Dissanayake's older brother Rasika also fought on the card, winning by second-round TKO over Paul Garza. Rasika, 32, simply overpowered Garza and grounded and pounded him into submission. Both Dissanayake brothers are trained by Saul Solis at the Metro Fight Club.
The hybrid MMA and Muay Thai card was staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions.
Elezar Escareno KO3 Jacob Norsworthy (tap out, rear naked choke)
David Kelly KO1 Eric Charalambous (head blow)
Steven Vera KO1 Jonathan Villareal (head blow)
Mathew Longoria KO2 Donovan Carrasco (tap out, triangular choke)
In Muay Thai:
Kebba Marenah UD3 Nathaneel Mongonia
Jennifer Guerrero UD3 Caressa Kibler
Bi Nguyen UD3 Gabbi Maxwell
Jeremy Milbourn KO2 Elliot Bush
Gregory Sanzo KO3 Joel Haeseccke
Oliver Jimenez UD3 Robert Bailey