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Gonzalez catches a kick from Vargas and then secures a body lock
takedown near the cage. Gonzalez attempts to take the back, but
Vargas returns to his feet. Gonzalez maintains the body lock and
puts Vargas back down. Gonzalez clears his foe’s legs and drops a
punch before landing in half guard. Gonzalez maintains heavy
pressure and passes to full mount. Vargas is doing a good job
controlling the posture of his opponent from the bottom. Gonzalez
hasn’t landed much in the way of offense, but he’s still in a
dominant position. Gonzalez creates some space and drops a big
elbow, which cuts his foe. A scramble ensues and Vargas briefly
reverses position. The combatants return to their feet with 1:00
left in the frame. Gonzalez is able to execute a body lock takedown
in the center of the cage. Gonzalez will end the frame in full
guard. 10-9 Gonzalez.
Gonzalez forces a clinch and drives Vargas into the fence. He takes
his foe down and lands in full mount. Gonzalez takes the back as
Vargas attempts to stand. However, he’s a little too high and
Vargas is looking to shake him off. Vargas escapes and the
combatants tie up, with Gonzalez pinning his man against the fence.
Gonzalez works his way to the back as Vargas remains vertical.
Gonzalez sweeps Vargas to the mat and quickly transitions to full
mount. Vargas uses the cage to escape, and he flurries with punches
before Gonzalez drives him into the fence again. Gonzalez is able
to connect his hands and execute another body-lock takedown.
Gonzalez takes the back and lands some punches to the head.
Gonzalez transitions to an arm triangle from mount, but he lets it
go. Vargas is bleeding profusely as the round winds down. Gonzalez
ends the round in full mount. 10-9 Gonzalez.
Vargas presses forward, looking to land some punches to the head.
Vargas’ aggression allows Gonzalez to secure the body lock and
shove his foe into the cage. Gonzalez lands some knees to the
thighs before connecting his hands and spinning Vargas to the
floor. Gonzalez threatens to take the back. He has both hooks in
but gives up on the choke. Vargas turns out of it, allowing
Gonzalez to take full mount. Vargas uses the cage to push off with
his legs and escape. Standing, Vargas attempts to force a brawl,
but Gonzalez again ties him up against the fence. Gonzalez rolls
into a reverse crucifix position. Vargas escapes and ends up in
full mount, where he briefly unloads with a flurry of
ground-and-pound. Gonzalez is able to return to his feet and secure
the body lock. Vargas lands a knee but can’t break his opponent’s
grip. They separate and trade leather in the waning seconds, but
Gonzalez changes levels for one final takedown before the horn.
10-9 Gonzalez (30-27 Gonzalez).
Christopher Gonzalez def. Luis Vargas via Unanimous Decision
(30-27, 30-26, 30-25) R3 5:00
The featherweights are trading punches and kicks early. Amil
flurries with a combination followed by a knee to the body. Amil is
applying pressure, and he lands another punching combination
punctuated by a knee to the body. Ortiz lands a right, but Amil
counters with a combination. They tie up and after some pummeling,
Amil lands a takedown. Ortiz utilizes a closed guard to neutralize
his foe. Amil lands some short shots to the body. Amil stands and
then dives back in with a short flurry of ground-and-pound. Amil
drops a short elbow. Ortiz scrambles up, but Amil lands a hard knee
from the clinch. Amil steps off and lands a right hand. They tie up
in the waning seconds and Amil lands a short elbow strike. Ortiz
comes back with a left hand. 10-9 Amil.
Amil lands a combination and ends with another knee to the
midsection to open the frame. Ortiz lands a crisp jab before
changing levels and securing a takedown against the fence. Amil
stands, but Ortiz drags him back down with a body lock. Amil
executes a switch and takes top position. From inside Ortiz’s
guard, Amil drops several elbows before another scramble ensues.
Ortiz traps Amil in a reverse guard, perhaps hunting for an
inverted triangle. Amil separates Ortiz’s legs and lands a short
uppercut when they stand. A straight left lands for Ortiz, and Amil
answers with a knee. Amil shoots for a single leg and gets it. Amil
transitions to the back, but Oritz scrambles up. Amil lands a knee
on the break. A left hand connects for Ortiz. Amil pressures and
lands a knee after a failed shot. Ortiz creates some space and
lands on elbow in close quarters. 10-9 Amil.
They clinch and Amil lands a body kick on the exit. Ortiz defends a
takedown and they reset. Ortiz moves forward and lands a lead
uppercut. Amil lands a knee to the gut in close. Ortiz applies
pressure but absorbs another knee in the clinch. Moments later,
Amil is able to secure a takedown. Ortiz explodes to his feet. Amil
shoots under an Ortiz punch and lands a takedown. Ortiz uses a
kimura grip to force a scramble and move to top position. Ortiz is
dropping some elbows from above with a little more than 2:00 to go.
Amil stands against the cage, but Ortiz tries to change levels
again. Amil uses the kimura to defend and they separate. The
featherweights continue to battle in close quarters in the final
minute. Ortiz shoves Amil into the fence and drops for a takedown.
Amil defends well, but Ortiz stays in control and lands a knee.
Amil changes levels and lands a takedown before the bell sounds.
10-9 Ortiz (29-28 Amil).
Hyder Amil def. Ignacio Ortiz via Unanimous Decision (28-29, 29-28,
29-28) R3 5:00
Vaesau lands a leg kick as both fighters begin somewhat
tentatively. The feeling-out process continues as we’re nearly two
minutes in. Alves catches Vaesau coming in with a straight right.
Vaesau blitzes forward but Alves is able to evade the majority of
the attack. Alves lands a low kick and then follows up with a body
kick. A very slow frame continues as Vaesau has struggled to cut
off the cage. Alves does find the range on a body kick. A low kick
lands for Alves. Alves tags Vaesau with a jab before the round ends
and dodges his foe’s follow-up before the bell. 10-9 Alves.
Alves just misses a looping left. The tempo is similar to the
first, with neither man committing to his strikes. Alves counters a
low kick with a straight right. Alves goes with a body kick, but
it’s partially blocked. Alves snaps Vaesau’s head back with a quick
right hand. Vaesau continues to struggle to track his foe down, as
he seems perplexed by Alves’ movement. Alves ends a combination
with a body kick, but nothing connects cleanly. Alves lands a body
kick, then follows up with an outside leg kick. Alves again finds
the range on a body kick. It’s not much, but it’s more than what
Vaesau has had to offer thus far. Another uneventful frame draws to
a close. 10-9 Alves.
Alves goes back to the body kick. Veasau lands an inside low kick.
The fighters are trading leg kicks early on. Veasau connects with
right hand at the end of a combination. A straight left lands for
Veasau, and it briefly gives Alves pause. Alves whips the leg of
his foe with an outside low kick. Alves ducks uner a jab and grabs
a single leg. Veasau grabs the top of the cage to briefly stuff a
takedown. Moments later, Alves gets the takedown and ends up in
full mount. He transitions to the back and locks in a rear-naked
choke. He applies the squeeze and Veasau holds on for as
long as he can before asking out of the fight.
Renato Valente Alves def. Abraham Vaesau via Submission (Rear-Naked
Choke) R3 3:36
Leibrock lands a right hand. Borga catches a kick and pushes
Leibrock into the cage. Leibrock reverse position and lands a short
elbow. They continue to battle for position, with neither fighter
gaining much of an advantage. Leibrock lands a series of short
knees to the body, but Borga is undeterred. More knees from
Leibrock in close quarters as we approach the 2:00 mark. They
finally separate and return tot he center of the cage. Leibrock
lands a couple right hands and flurries on Borga until the tie up
again. Borga turns Leibrock into the fence and drops for a
takedown. Borga finally gets the takedown and moves immediately
into mount. Borga tees off with right hands and then transitions to
an armbar when Leibrock leaves her limb unprotected. Borga leans back and tightens the submission,
swinging her leg over the head of Leibrock to complete the
maneuver. Leibrock has no choice but to tap quickly.
Jessica Borga def. Amber Leibrock via Submission (Armbar) R1
Piccolotti lands an inside low kick. Smith presses forward, pumping
his jab, then absorbs another low kick. Smith clips Piccolotti with
a big right hand. Smith again lands a nice right in an exchange.
Piccolotti changes levels for a takedown, but Smith defends it.
Piccolotti lands a knee and a right hand as they separate from the
clinch. Piccolotti shoots from way out, picks Smith up and dumps
him on the mat. Piccolotti is in half guard, landing some
occasional right hands. Smith sits against the fence and briefly
stands before being dumped on the mat again. Piccolotti keeps his
hands connected, then lands a knee as Smith stands and they break.
Smith blocks a high kick, but Piccolotti connects with a left
cross. 10-9 Piccolotti.
Smith with an outside low kick to begin the action this round.
Piccolotti and Smith defends against the fence. Piccolotti probes
with some low kicks, then lands a front kick. Another front kick
for Piccolotti before he avoids a combination from Smith. The
lightweights exchange jabs. Piccolotti follows a jab with a
beautiful takedown. He quickly locks in a body triangle and batters
Smith with powerful right hands. Now Smith gives up his back and Piccolotti secures
a rear-naked choke. It’s tight, and Smith submits moments
Adam Piccolotti def. Jake Smith via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Teixeira counters an onrushing Grimshaw with a straight right.
Grimshaw again rushes forward, throwing heavy punches. Teixeira
blocks a high kick and they trade briefly. Teixeira lands a knee to
the body and then tags his foe with a few punches in another
spirited exchange. A body kick lands for Teixeira. Grimshaw comes
in with a low kick and is backed up with a counter combination.
Grimshaw lands a right uppercut but eats a counter right on the
exit. Teixeira makes Grimshaw stumble with a high kick and a right
hand. Teixeira launches a flying knee that lands, but Grimshaw
still remains upright. Teixeira throws a head kick and Grimshaw
blitzes forward. Again, he’s countered by Teixeira effectively.
Another glancing high kick connects for Teixeira. A flying knee
from the Brazilian lands and then Macapa tees off with punches. One
shot lands on Grimshaw’s jaw, but he somehow maintains his
bearings. 10-9 Teixeira.
Teixeira lands a front kick down the middle. Grimshaw closes the
distance and he stumbles to the canvas after eating a right.
Teixeira tees off with powerful standing to ground punches.
Grimshaw hustles up to his feet and he eats a left to the chin as
he presses the action. Grimshaw continues to stick with his game
lan of blitzing forward, but he is getting hit and stumbling all
over the cage. A whipping body kick lands for the Brazilian and
Grimshaw answers with a body kick of his own. Teixeira ducks under
a spinning back fist and lands a takedown near the fence. Teixeira
stands, spins and passes to side control. He looks to isolate the
arm, but Grimshaw is able to regain full guard. Teixeira is in half
guard, where he lands some elbows and short left hands. Teixeira
stands and then lands some right hands and two elbows as he dives
back into guard. Grimshaw’s face is a bloody mess now as the round
ends. Grimshaw has some nasty cuts opened near his eye and the
contest is halted before the final stanza.
John Teixeira def. Ashleigh Grimshaw via TKO (Corner Stoppage) R2
Sanchez leaps across the cage with a flying knee, but Claxton
sidesteps without issue. Claxton clinches behind a left hand and
executes a trip takedown. Claxton postures and attempts to land
some solid ground-and-pound. Sanchez works to stand as Claxton
continues to pressure him against the fence. Sanchez is up, and he
slips out of a follow-up takedown try. A right hand lands over the
top for Sanchez. Sanchez lands a body kick, and Claxton responds
with a shot. He lifts Sanchez and dumps him on his back against the
fence. Sanchez stays busy, landing elbows from his back. Claxton
isn’t doing much from above, and Sanchez is operating with an
active guard as he scoots to a seated position against the fence.
Claxton drives an elbow to his foe’s head before Sanchez stands.
Claxton with a knee to the gut before they separate. Claxton ends a
punching combination with a leg kick. Sanchez presses the action
with a body kick. Claxton forces a clinch, but it’s Sanchez landing
a takedown late in the period. Sanchez postures up with
ground-and-pound and unloads before Claxton is saved by the bell.
Sanchez catches Claxton with a counter right hand. Claxton attempts
a flying knee but misses the mark. A lead left hand lands for
Claxton and they clinch. Sanchez denies the trip takedown. Sanchez
defends a shot and turns Claxton into the fence. Sanchez wants to
trip Claxton to the canvas, but he’s able to remain upright.
Sanchez tries to separate, but Claxton immediately engages with a
body lock. He changes levels and sweeps Sanchez off his feet.
However, Sanchez has him caught in an inverted triangle, and he
lands some punches to the head. Claxton frees himself and is in top
position, but Sanchez is close to framing a triangle choke from his
back. Now it’s getting tighter as Sanchez pulls down on the head,
landing periodic elbows as well. Claxton is stuck and Sanchez is
alternating elbows and hammerfists as one minute remains. Claxton
hasn’t gotten closer to freeing himself, and Sanchez continues to
gradually tighten the maneuver. Finally, Sanchez changes the angle slightly and
Claxton is forced to tap out,
knocking the young prospect from
the ranks of the unbeaten. Sanchez is the first quarterfinalist in
the featherweight grand prix.
Emmanuel Sanchez def. Tywan Claxton via Submission (Triangle Choke)
Carvalho pressures early, but is backed up by a big looping right
hook from Sicilia. Sicilia slips on a kick but hustles up quickly.
Carvalho kicks at the lead leg of his foe and then tags him with a
left hand. Carvalho slips while attempting a guillotine, allowing
Sicilia to assume top position. Sicila postures up in full guard,
then lands some left hands to the head as Carvalho tries to stand.
Sicilia can’t get back control, but he lands an uppercut to the
head and to the body against the fence. They separate and Sicilia
lands a takedown after eating a hard body kick from the SBG Ireland
representative. Sicilia transitions to the back and fishes for the
rear-naked choke. The Sikjitsu member loses the hold, as Carvalho
is able to explode and turn into top position. Now Carvalho is
trying to set up a guillotine choke from above. He is in full mount
briefly, but Sicilia does a good job escaping. Carvalho switches to
an anaconda choke, then transitions to the back before ending the
round landing punches and elbows in his foe’s guard. 10-9
Carvalho immediately applies pressure and steps in with a knee to
the body and follows with a left body kick. Another hard body kick
lands for Carvalho, and he connects with a left hook moments later.
Siclia lands a short uppercut but eats a lead left. Sicilia catches
a body kick and lands a counter right. Carvalho stuffs a takedown
and muscles his man to the floor. Carvalho transitions to Sicilia’s
back against the fence. He lands a couple left hands to the head before
locking in a tight face crank, going palm to palm with his
Sicilia taps out swiftly, and Carvalho moves on to the
Round of 8 in the grand prix.
Pedro Carvalho def. Sam Sicilia via Submission (Face Crank) R2
Featherweight Grand Prix Opening Round:
Curran vs. Adam
Borics lands a couple hard leg kicks to begin the action. Other
than that it’s a measured start, as they both trade leg kicks now.
Curran counters Boric with a right hand than lands clean. A left
jab connects for Borics, who lands another low kick shortly
thereafter. Borics follows a low kick with a head kick, but it’s
blocked. Borics doubles up on his jab and lands a straight right
behind it. Borics lands a low kick and then blocks a follow-up
combination by Curran. In what was a pretty slow-paced round,
Borics was able to control the range with his kicks. 10-9
Borics moves forward with a one-two, but it can’t slip through
Curran’s guard. Borics with another one-two combination and then he
follows with a low kick. Curran so far has struggled to pull the
trigger. Curran lands a body kick as the crowd begins to grow
restless with the lack of action. Borics continues to throw
periodic low kicks, but Curran is landing some of his own this
frame. Borics jabs to the body. More low kicks from Borics. Borics
follows a low kick with a flying knee. It lands, at least
partially, and puts Curran on his back. Borics follows his man to
the floor, but Curran seems to have his bearings. Borics explodes
with a barrage of hammerfists —though many are blocked by Curran —
as the round reaches the final seconds. Borics is able to clear Curran’s legs and continues
to unload with a series of unanswered punches and elbows. The
onslaught continues until the bell, and the former champion is not
defending himself at all. For a moment it appears Curran has
survived, but referee Frank Trigg waves off the contest just before
the conclusion of the round.
This is the first time Curran has
been stopped by strikes in his professional career.
Adam Borics def. Pat Curran via TKO (Punches) R2 4:59
Straus slips after throwing a high kick and struggles to return to
his feet, so Campos takes advantage and dives into top position.
Straus is looking to neutralize Campos’ offense by holding him
close. Campos passes to half guard and lands some short elbows.
Straus is attempting to hunt for a kimura as we approach the 2:00
mark. The kimura grip is preventing Campos from mounting any
offense from above. Campos gradually frees himself and looks to
frame on arm-triangle choke near the fence. He lets it go in favor
of landing some punches from half guard. Campos hops into mount and
lands some left hands to the ribs. Campos postures up and ends the
round landing left and right hands from mount. 10-9 Campos.
Campos opens with a standing side kick to the body. “The Stallion”
changes levels and takes Straus to the mat. Campos sets up in
Straus’ guard, where he lands some right hands to the body. Straus
doesn’t seem to have too many answers from his back as Campos
passes to half guard. Campos frees himself enough to land an elbow.
We’re halfway through the frame and there appears to be no respite
for Straus. Campos has now moved into full mount, where he hammers
Straus’ ribs with right hands. He also has an arm-triangle choke
set up if he wants it. Campos is squeezing the choke, but he needs
to pass to the side to complete the maneuver. However, Campos seems
content to remain in mount. Campos mixes in some slashing elbows
with his punches as the seconds tick away. Campos ends the round
with more forceful ground-and-pound, but Straus will survive. 10-8
Campos just misses on a high kick, and Straus attacks with an
inside low kick. Straus goes to the body with a kick, but Campos is
able to defend. Campos backs Straus up near the fence, shoots and
gets Straus back to the mat. Campos is right back in half guard,
and he passes with ease. This time he locks in the arm-triangle
choke and immediately passes to the side of the choke. Straus guts
it out and Campos goes back to mount, where he hammers the body
with more punches. Straus tries to buck his opponent off, but it’s
to no avail. He has simply had no answers for Campos in this
position. Straus continues to be overwhelmed, and it appears that
Campos is content to cruise to a lopsided decision win agianst the
former featherweight champ. Straus is finally able to return to his
feet, he’s clutching at his arm or chest in pain following an
exchange on the feet. Campos takes the opportunity to land a flying
knee on his reeling foe.Straus goes back down to the canvas and
ends the fight on all fours as Campos pummels him until the bell.
10-9 Campos (30-26 Campos).
Derek Campos def. Daniel Straus via Unanimous Decision (30-26,
30-25, 30-25) R3 5:00
Bader comes out landing his left jab, and he tags Kongo with a left
hook. Bader stalks Kongo against the fence. The Frenchman changes
levels but is denied. Bader is stalking his foe, looking for
openings. Now it’s Bader who explodes for a double leg, and he
plants Kongo on his back. Bader quickly passes to side control,
then steps over into full mount. Kongo is clinging to Bader in
order to control his posture. Kongo has scooted to the fence and
sits up against the cage. Bader has Kongo’s right leg wrapped up,
which keeps him down. Bader keeps the pressure on and throws an
uppercut from a crouched position. Moments later, referee Mike
Beltran calls time after Bader gouges his finger into his
opponent’s eye. A doctor comes in to examine Kongo’s left eye, and
it appears that the Frenchman can no longer see. The eye looks
pretty bad in the aftermath. As a result, the bout will be declared
a no contest due to the unintentional foul. Bader will retain his
heavyweight crown, but it won't be a win on his record.
The Official Result
Ryan Bader vs. Cheick Kongo is Ruled a No Contest (Accidental Eye
Poke) R1 3:52