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Fortune and Quintero start out trading low kicks before clinching
up. Quintero lands some knees to the midsection before Fortune
executes a lateral drop and lands in top position. Fortune sets up
in the half guard of his opponent, landing short shots to the body.
Fortune moves Quintero near the fence, where he drops a couple
elbows. Fortune stands in Quintero’s guard, and he takes the back
in a scramble as both fighters stand. Fortune drags Quintero to the
mat and secures both hooks. Quintero is able to escape Fortune’s
attempt at a rear-naked choke. Fortune retains back control,
however, and he holds the position as less than a minute remains.
Fortune briefly tries for another choke but can’t get it before the
bell sounds. 10-9 Fortune.
Fortune counters a low kick with a punch before Quintero initiates
a tie up. Quintero is denied on a single leg and Fortune lands a
kick to the body after they separate. Quintero pushes Fortune into
the fence, where he lands a short elbow in close quarters. Fortune
tries for a throw and ends up pulling Quintero on top of him into
full mount. Quintero stays busy with short right hands to the side
of the head. Fortune tries to explode out of danger, but Quintero
remains in mount. Fortune scrambles free, but Quintero is
relentless, and tries to take Fortune’s back as they stand.
Quintero turns his foe against the fence and lands some hard knees
to the body. Fortune slams Quintero down with about 1:30 to go and
ends up in full mount. Quintero turns and gives up his back.
Quintero eventually turns and moves to top position near the fence.
Fortune turtles up and Quintero ends the frame landing punches to
the side of his opponent’s head. 10-9 Quintero.
The combatants touch gloves and then Quintero moves forward behind
a right hand. Quintero pushes Fortune into the fence, and they
trade knees and punches in the clinch before separating. Fortune
changes levels and gets a takedown. Quintero is up quickly as
Fortune keeps his hands clasped and looks for another takedown. A
poorly executed lateral drop by Fortune ends up with Quintero in
full mount. Fortune scrambles out the back door and clings to a
leg. Quintero lands some ground-and-pound as Fortune is on all
fours. Moments later, Fortune ends up back on top in a scramble.
Fortune rides Quintero and lands some elbows to the body. Quintero
stands and Fortune looks for a throw. It doesn’t work, but the
Portland, Ore., native eventually ends up in top position. With
less than a minute to go, Fortune is smothering Quintero, landing
moderate offense from inside half guard. The round ends with
Fortune on top, landing punches to Quintero’s thigh. 10-9 Fortune
The Official Result
Tyree Fortune def. Mike Quintero via Unanimous Decision (29-28,
29-28, 29-28) R3 5:00
The heavyweights feel each other out, and Fortune ducks under a
Hernandez punch. Fortune tags Hernandez with a straight left jab,
then resets. Hernandez isn’t close on a spinning back kick. A left
hook lands for Fortune and he avoids the subsequent counter. A body
kick and a left hand connect for Hernandez. Another jab lands clean
for Fortune, who follows with a body kick in another exchange.
Fortune is staying patient in the center of the cage as Hernandez
circles outside. Hernandez gets more aggressive and Fortune drops
levels for a takedown. Hernandez stays upright as Fortune drives
him into the cage. Hernandez lands a knee to the groin. Fortune
drops to his knees and time is called. Fortune takes a couple
minutes to recover and the action resume. Hernandez throws a right
hand and Fortune explodes for a takedown. He sets up in top
position near the fence with about a minute remaining. Fortune
frames an arm-triangle choke but the fence impedes the submissions
and he lets it go. Fortune ends the frame landing ground-and-pound.
Both heavyweights miss on big right hands. Fortune sticks Hernandez
with his jab, and then lands a left hook in an ensuing exchange. A
high kick from Hernandez is blocked. Fortune again finds the range
on his jab. A left hook-straight right combo misses for Fortune.
Fortune shoots and pushes Hernandez against the fence, landing a
knee before separating. Hernandez stays active with various kicks,
but nothing is really landing. Fortune closes the distance and
presses his man into the fence. Fortune lands a couple knees to the
midsection. They separate briefly and then Fortune ducks under a
punch and drives Hernandez to the canvas. Fortune stands for a
moment before diving back into his opponent’s guard. Fortune
creates some space to land a couple short elbows before the bell
sounds. 10-9 Fortune.
Fortune closes the distance on a spinning kick and is able to get a
body lock takedown. After a scramble, Fortune ends up in side
control, where he drops some short elbows to the head. Fortune
continues to land elbows and then he steps over into full mount. He
sits up and lands a big elbow to Hernandez’s face. Fortune postures
up and begins to unload with punches at a more rapid pace.
Hernandez is cut near his eye. Hernandez uses the fence to push off
and escape the position, and the heavyweights are standing again.
Hernandez closes the distance with a looping right hand, but
Fortune gets an underhook and turns his man to the fence. Fortune
switches from a single leg to a double leg and slams Hernandez to
the floor. The Arizona Combat Sports product moves to full mount
and ends the fight with a few more elbows to the face. 10-8 Fortune
The Official Result
Tyrell Fortune def. Joe Hernandez via Unanimous Decision (30-26,
30-26, 30-26) R3 5:00
Kozola takes the center of the cage and stalks his foe. Smith lands
a low kick. The combatants trade simultaneous low kicks as Kozola
continues to apply pressure. Kozola walks his man down and lands a
short lead uppercut. An overhand right lands for Kozola and he
presses forward, looking to land more offense. Moments later, a
right counter from Smith buckles Kozola, stopping him in his
tracks. Another right hand sends Kozola to his back and Smith
follows with one standing-to-ground punch before referee Frank
Trigg intervenes to halt the lightweight contest. Smith is
victorious in his Bellator MMA debut.
The Official Result
Jake Smith def. Steve Kozola via KO (Punches) R1 0:57
Matthews works his way inside and lands a left hand. Matthews
connects with a lead left hook followed by an outside leg kick. A
combination from Grove briefly catches Matthews off balance.
Matthews lands a hard outside low kick. Grove answers with a
jumping front kick to the face. Matthews punches his way into the
pocket and lans an inside low kick to the calf. A counter left for
Matthews finds a home. A left hook-outside kick combo connects
again for Matthews. Matthews works a two-punch combination to the
body and follows with an inside leg kick. Grove lands an outside
leg kick of his own. A left to the body lands for Matthews, but
Grove counters with a combination. A left hook to the body lands
for Matthews and he moves out of danger. Grove attacks the lead leg
of his opponent with a low kick. Matthews goes back to the body
with a left hook. Grove lands a punching combination in close
quarters and then finishes with a knee. 10-9 Matthews.
Grove opens up jabbing from range. The Hawaiian backs Matthews up
with a jumping front kick. Grove continues to jab and Matthews jabs
to the body. Matthews chops away with a low kick and then follows
up with a left to the body. Grove lands a low kick, slips a punch
and answers with a short combination. Grove continues to pump his
jab to keep Matthews at range. A counter right hand lands for Grove
in an exchange. Matthews continues to work the body with his left
hook. A counter right connects for “The Mercenary.” Matthews moves
forward and lands an outside leg kick. Matthews follows a left hook
with a right hand over the top that finds a home. Matthews ups his
aggression and lands a two-piece combo before the bell sounds. 10-9
Matthews moves forward with low kicks and a left to the ribs. A
right hand lands upstairs for Matthews. Grove is in perpetual
retreat as Matthews presses the action. A short right counter lands
for Grove, but Matthews keeps moving forward. Grove tries to use
his jab to keep Matthews at bay and a few land. The middleweights
are trading now, and a left from Matthews briefly staggers Grove. A
right elbow over the top lands, and then Matthews follows with a
left hook and another right hand. Matthews falls on a high kick but
pops right back up. Matthews dodges some jabs and counters with a
right hand. Grove feints an elbow and eats another right. Matthews
slips a couple jabs and lands a two-punch combination. Matthews
presses forward and Grove sucks him into the clinch, landing a
knee. They separate shortly thereafter, as Grove is unable to get a
takedown. Matthews lands a jab to the body as Grove circles away.
Matthews connects with a glancing left hook upstairs as time runs
out. 10-9 Matthews (30-27 Matthews).
The Official Result
A.J. Matthews def. Kendall Grove via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29,
30-27) R3 5:00
Awad opens up with a low kick to Ambrose’s lead leg. Awad continues
to land heavy leg kicks in the early going, and it’s already having
an effect. A right hand from Awad snaps his opponetn’s head back.
Ambrose moves forward, and Awad is putting everything behind his
punches. Awad throws a big one-two combination, and the back end of
it lands. A left jab lands for Ambrose, and Awad goes right back to
the low kicks. Both lightweights whiff on massive punches in an
exchange. Awad goes with an inside leg kick and Ambrose nods. A
counter right lands for Awad and they clinch. Ambrose executes a
throw and briefly lands on top. Awad works his way up but Ambrose
maintains his grip. Eventually Awad escapes and ends the round
pushing Ambrose against the fence. 10-9 Awad.
Ambrose’s leg is already looking beat up. Ambrose backs Awad up
with a double jab. A standing side kick touches Ambrose’s face, but
doesn’t do much damage. A chopping leg kick makes Ambrose stumble
forward. Awad is mixing up his kicks, changing levels. They tie up
and Awad takes his opponent’s back from a standing position. He
can’t get his hooks in, however, and Ambrose spins around. They
continue to scramble and Ambrose looks for a kimura as Awad punches
the ribs. Awad maintains a rear-body lock and eventually takes his
foe to the mat. They roll and Awad is on Ambrose’s back with both
hooks in. Awad switches to a body triangle and hunts for a
rear-naked choke. Awad transitions to full mount but Ambrose
explodes to his feet. Awad has a waist lock near the fence. He
tries to take Ambrose down, and he finally wrestles him down again.
Ambrose is on a knee as Awad lands knees to the thigh and rear of
his opponent. Ambrose stands and briefly frames a guillotine. He
uses a headlock to drag Awad down to the floor, and he attempts to
frame a brabo choke. Ambrose ends the frame in top position but
can’t lock in the submission. 10-9 Awad.
Awad throws a push kick and Ambrose nearly catches it. Ambrose
shoots for a takedown and lands in side control. Awad attempts to
work his way up, and Ambrose grabs a front headlock. Awad escapes
nd pushes Ambrose into the fence. They battle for position against
the fence and Ambrose wrestles Awad down. Awad is on all fours,
with Ambrose relying on heavy hip pressure. Awad is back up, and he
slams Ambrose down. Awad moves from side control to mount near the
fence. Ambrose gives up his back and Awad secures a body triangle.
Ambrose is able to control Awad’s wrists to fight off the
rear-naked choke. Awad rolls away from the fence and adjusts his
grip. Ambrose continues to defend it well. Ambrose hunts for a
kimura but Awad scrambles back into top position and ends the fight
in his foe’s half guard. 10-9 Awad (30-27 Awad).
The Official Result
Saad Awad def. J.J. Ambrose via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27,
30-27) R3 5:00
Larkin is feeling things out, using front kicks to probe at his
opponent. Gonzalez steps in and lands a kick to the body. Larkin
attempts a jumping low kick that Gonzalez catches, but “The Menifee
Maniac” misses on the counter. A straight right hand backs up
Gonzalez, and Larkin follows up with an outside leg kick. Another
crisp straight right finds a home for Larkin, who again follows up
shortly thereafter with an outside low kick. A right hook to the
body lands for Larkin. The Strikeforce veteran seems to be getting
loose. A push kick backs Gonzalez up briefly. Gonzalez blocks a
high kick. A low kick lands flush on Gonzalez’s lead leg. A
snapping kick to the body connects for Larkin. Gonzalez moves
forward with a flurry of punches, but most of them are blocked.
Larkin lands another body kick. Larkin eludes a two-punch
combination. Gonzalez is upping the forward pressure, but thus far
isn’t connecting with much. 10-9 Larkin.
Larkin goes back to the outside low kick to begin the stanza.
Larkin goes upstairs with a kick, but Gonzalez is able to block it.
Larkin sidesteps a punch and then lands a three-piece combination.
A front kick to the midsection slows Gonzalez’s movement for a
moment. Larkin follows a right hand with a high kick, but Gonzalez
blocks most of it. Larkin is initiating most of the offense, and he
appears to be getting more comfortable with his opponent. Gonzalez
continues to try and push the pace, but Larkin’s speed and footwork
are keeping him out of danger. Gonzalez lands a short right hook in
close. Larkin throws a one-two and Gonzalez falls after attempting
to answer with a leg kick. He’s up quickly and he briefly flurries
to the body with Larkin up against the fence. Larkin lands a pair
of jabs and then follows with a right hand-left kick combination. A
closer round than the first, but Gonzalez still needs to land more
consistently. 10-9 Larkin.
A jumping switch kick by Larkin is blocked by Gonzalez. A low kick
from Larkin briefly buckles his foe. Gonzalez presses forward with
a high kick followed by a punching flurry. Larkin quickly moves out
of danger. Another low kick lands for Larkin but Gonzalez fires
back. Larkin’s speed and movement remains a key factor as he is
able to land straight punches while avoiding Gonzalez’s offerings.
Larkin jabs and then steps in with a knee inside. Gonzalez applies
pressure and lands a body kick without much power. A straight left
lands for Larkin as Gonzalez tries to work his way inside. Larkin
lands a jab and then follows with a jumping knee. Gonzalez
continues to move forward and lands a body-head combination. Larkin
continues to work behind his jab, landing straight rights and
various kicks behind his lead hand. Gonzalez isn’t giving up, but
Larkin hurts his foe late in the frame and he hunts for a finish
with punches and elbows against the fence. Gonzalez is bleeding and
stumbling, but he survives until the final bell. 10-9 Larkin (30-27
The Official Result
Lorenz Larkin def. Fernando Gonzalez via Unanimous Decision (29-28,
30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00