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Mark Smith is the referee in this bantamweight matchup. Cantor tags
him with a glancing right hand 30 seconds in. Lopez catches a left
leg to the body and then eats a left/right. Both men are fairly
passive for the first half of the contest. A left hand rocks
Cantor, leading to a shot by Lopez. Cantor sprawls nicely against
the cage but Lopez eventually takes his back, sinking in both
hooks. Lopez wraps his foe with pesky reach-around punches while he
looks for the choke. Cantor stands up, leaning against the cage as
he defends the choke until the Xtreme Couture fighter lets go.
After the separation, Cantor cracks him with a leg kick but he's
taken down again. Lopez scrambles around and seizes his back again,
looking for the rear naked. Lopez flattens him out and sinks in the
choke, forcing the tap.
The Official Result
Gustavo Lopez Def. Sean Cantor Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1
Mark Smith is the referee for this lightweight encounter. Williams
catches a kick and blasts Hadribeaj with a left hand, dropping him.
After a scramble, Hadribeaj takes his back but "Black Dynamite"
immediately explodes out, back to his feet. Another left hand clips
Hadribeaj, who stumbles into the cage. Williams can't capitalize
and they reset in the center of the cage. AJ swings wildly with a
left and right, but misses them both. Hadribeaj connects with a
stuff push kick but just misses the shin to the head. They trade
low kicks until the Michigan fighter lands a spinning back kick to
Williams' gut. Williams cracks his foe with a left hand just before
the bell. 10-9 Williams.
Williams just misses with a left hook early. They trade blows until
Williams shoots in, but he lands in a guillotine. It's not too
right and the Syndicate MMA fighter lifts his opponent up and
powers out of it. Williams grazes him with a left/right and then
delivers a spinning elbow. Hadribeaj blocks most of it and clinches
until they separate. Hadribeaj goes low with the kick and eats a
left hand, dropping him. Hadribeaj looks for the triangle and then
a heel hook but Williams escapes back to his feet. The two exchange
clean right hands to the face. Hadribeaj goes for the head kick but
is a bit too far to land cleanly. Williams misses a spinning,
flying back kick but connects with a left hook on touchdown.
Hadribeaj with a right hand just before he eats another left hand
at the horn. 10-9 Williams.
Hadribeaj opens the round with a thunderous leg kick. Another.
Williams uncorks a heavy left hand, forcing a clinch. Williams with
a knee to the face. The massive crowd begs for more knees and
Williams obliges again and again until they separate. Hadribeaj
swings for the fences but misses. They trade meager low kicks as
both are beginning to fade. Right/left by Williams again forces a
clinch. Williams unloads a monster of a left hand but it finds only
air. Hadribeaj lands a slick counter right hand to the jaw.
Williams connects on a left hook. Another. Williams falls to his
back after slipping on a failed head kick. Hadribeaj stands over
him, looking to pass. They reset in the center of the cage and
trade punches and knees until the horn ends it. 10-9 Williams, and
30-27 for Williams overall.
The Official Result
Adrian Hadribeaj def. A.J. Williams via Split Decision R3
Steve Mazzagatti is the third man in the cage for this heavyweight
duel. Charles goes to the head kick immediately but it's blocked.
Charles goes low with the kick and the to the face with a right
hand. Wilson shoots in and they clinch against the cage. Charles
switches levels and scoops up his for for a huge double leg.
Charles quickly scoots to side control where he serves up a platter
of elbows and hammer fists. Wilson defends well and explodes back
to his feet, but the Phoenix fighter is all over him, dragging him
down again. Charles instantly gets to mount, but Wilson is
controlling his wrists. Beautiful sweep by Wilson, who again gets
back to his feet. They clinch but Wilson inadvertently knees his
opponent in the groin. After a brief sabbatical, they resume. They
clinch again but Wilson lands an uppercut to the groin. He is good
to go and pops him with a right hand just before the bell. 10-9
Wilson opens the frame with nasty leg kicks. Charles absorbs a few
more before he goes for the flying knee. They clinch and Charles
unloads a flurry of knees, but Wilson blocks most. Charles shoots
in for a double, but the LA-based fighter sprawls nicely against
the cage. Charles switches to a single leg, but he can't get his
foe to the ground. With both men gassing out, they stall until
Mazzagatti resets them. They trade meager jabs as they gasp for air
in the center of the cage. Very little action for the final two
minutes of the round. 10-9 Charles.
Wilson lands a few scant leg kicks until he eats a decent right
hand. Both men are cautious and tired. Charles lands a hard shin to
the ribs and then a left hand. Wilson snaps Charles' head back with
a jab over a lazy left hook. Charles finally shoots in for a
double, but Wilson sprawls. Again they clinch against the fence,
gasping for air. Finally Mazzagatti separates them. Hard right leg
kick by Wilson, his best attack in several minutes. Charles
unleashes a massive bomb of a right hand but he misses badly with a
minute left. Charles goes for an awkward jump kick but misses by a
few feet. Wilson is not looking to engage until Charles shoots in
again. The fight ends with the two clinching against the cage. 10-9
Charles in the final round, and 30-27 Charles overall.
The Official Result
Dan Charles def. James Wilson via Unanimous Decision R3 5:00