VISALIA, Calif. -- Former World Extreme Cagefighting light
heavyweight champion Doug
Marshall submitted BJ Lacy in the
third round of the Playboy Fight Night “Marshall vs. Lacy” main
event on Friday at the Visalia Convention Center. The middleweight
matchup remained competitive throughout, right up until Marshall
finished it 95 seconds into round three.
Marshall had his hands full, however. Every time he started to land
strikes, Lacy clinched and forced the fight against the cage, and
the strategy seemed to work.
Marshall looked concerned entering the third round, when his
frantic pace paid off. “Rhino” stunned Lacy with a right hand, and
when the Pure Combat veteran stumbled forward in search of a
takedown, Marshall jumped on him and sank the fight-ending
rear-naked choke. Marshall, fighting for the first time in his
hometown, has won five consecutive bouts.
In the co-main event, Bakersfield, Calif., native Doug Hunt
outpointed WEC veteran Steve
Ramirez en route to a unanimous decision. Ramirez looked strong
early in each round, but every time he attempted to solidify an
advantage, Hunt took him to the ground and kept him there for the
remainder of the round.
Hunt, who has won four in a row, inflicted little damage on
Ramirez, but his dominant positioning earned him the nod from all
Meanwhile, local favorite Art
Arciniega, fighting out of Fresno, Calif., was dominant in his
unanimous decision victory over an outmatched Tom
Peterson. Arciniega used wrestling and top control to maintain
an advantage throughout the fight.
Arciniega, who spent almost the entire fight in Peterson’s guard,
did no real damage but received even less. Peterson tried to work
the rubber guard, and he elevated several times looking for
triangles. However, he failed to put together effective
Finally, Gabriel Solorio easily handled Mike
Craddock in a unanimous decision victory. All three judges
scored it 30-27. Craddock was game and refused to go down, but he
had little offensive firepower at his disposal. Read more