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Phil Harris vs. Ulysses Gomez
Round 1: Both guys come out a little tentative, Gomez working distance with some leg kicks. Gomez is using leg kicks and landing flush as Harris comes forward throwing. And he goes inside a bit too high and Harris just got hit in his tea & crumpets 90 seconds in and we’re taking a short break. Gomez back to using that strategy of working distance, landing kicks until Harris catches one and takes Gomez down. Harris lands some strikes but doesn’t want to get into a ground war, letting him stand back up. Harris is adjusting to the leg kicks by trying to catch them and step in, throwing right hands. Gomez is landing and now Harris is making him tentative at throwing those kicks. Harris is trying to work his boxing game but Gomez’s footwork is superb right now; as soon as he starts to throw he’s backing out and Harris isn’t landing. Gomez goes for a single as the the round ends and a whizzer attempt by Harris winds up empty as Gomez finishes the takedown at the buzzer.
Round 2: Harris comes out with more movement to start the round. Both guys have found range and here’s where the adjustments begin. Gomez is landing some leg kicks to that lead leg but he’s not going as deep into it. Harris is finding range and is making Gomez adjust; he’s still not landing as much in volume like Gomez but he’s connecting more. Gomez is starting to mix it up with combinations and Harris landing some nice jabs and mixing in some kicks of his own. Harris is moving forward and keeping Gomez from throwing those leg kicks; he catches one at two minutes and lands a nice combination out of it. Harris is starting to throw more overhands and hooks; Gomez with a nice double attempt but Harris stops it and lands a nice knee out of the clinch. The pace is starting to pick up a bit more as Gomez lands a nice flying knee with less than a minute to go, misses another about 10 seconds to go. Gomez throws another leg kick that gets caught and Harris makes him up across the cage for a moment as time expires.
Harris 10-9, 19-19
Round 3: Harris comes out more aggressive again as Gomez is a bit tentative with his striking. Harris is looking to uncork something big and Gomez goes for the clinch and we’re against the cage, Harris circle out and back to the center. Gomez isn’t going as deep as he should on his takedown attempts; he’s not committing fully and Harris is able to keep his hips underneath Gomez as he comes in. Very difficult to get the takedown that way. Gomez is also bleeding. Gomez is circling away from Harris as Harris is landing some nice combinations. Another flying knee goes nowhere; Gomez is looking to counter with some big and Harris is pressuring him just enough to keep him honest. Another leg kick gets caught as Harris has figured that part of Gomez’s game out. Harris is landing some nice body shots right now as well. Gomez is looking to keep Harris’s hands up and go for a takedown, glancing shot from Harris and Gomez stumbles down. Harris is content to stand and back to our feet. Harris pressures him for the final 30 seconds as Gomez doesn’t do much to counter.
Harris 10-9, 29-28 … but could see this going the other way as well. We’re looking at potentially a split decision, probably, depending on how you scored the first two rounds.
Official Decision: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 Unanimous Decision for Phil Harris
Not shocking … he was the aggressor and out worked Gomez for the final two rounds.
Vaughan Lee vs. Motonobu Tezuka
Round 1: Not a lot of action to start as both guys are a little tentative. Neither go is throwing that much as MT Goes for the takedown out of the clinch and Lee lands some nice strikes in the clinch. He tries to get away but MT is on him tight. MT is looking to go for a slam but Lee is using good hand positioning to keep him from getting low. He keeps up by moving to a whizzer and MT moves back out. Lee with a nice combination and MT goes for the takedown, back against the cage. He’s looking for a high crotch single and Lee is defending MT’s pipe running well. MT is trying to drag the leg across his body while putting it between his legs and Lee is keeping to the outside and pressuring him. Lee is landing significantly while in the clinch as MT is willing to take punishment to get that takedown. Ref break and back to the takedown as Lee uses some great takedown defense to keep him off. Round ends against the cage as MT can’t finish the takedown.
Lee 10-9 … but nearly a 10-10. Neither guy landed much and MT was more active but couldn’t finish a takedown to save his life.
Round 2: MT comes out going for broke to get the takedown but Lee stops him and MT pulls guard off it. Lee into half guard and he’s uncorking some damage. MT rolls for a knee bar and Lee defending well. Lee gets back up and MT double legs him right back down. MT works his ground game and Lee is showing some solid submission defense. He wall walks his way back up and he gets out with 70 seconds or so left in the round. Lee with some nice strikes and MT with another single, some more solid takedown defense from Lee. He rolls for that knee bar again but Lee stops him, back to our feet and against the cage as the round ends.
MT 10-9, 19-19
Round 3: MT comes out significantly slower than he did in the first two rounds. Goes for a pair of takedowns; first defended easily but gets Lee deep on the second and against the cage. Lee’s takedown defense against the cage is stellar and he lands a couple knees to the body. MT backs out as Lee started peppering the body with some strikes. But back to the same as MT is deep on a single. Lee is landing some nice elbows as he defends it. Not a lot of action as MT drops the leg and works the clinch against the cage. Lee is significantly more active as he’s landing more strikes. We get a break and back to the middle of the cage. MT looks gassed as Lee is moving significantly faster. MT gets the single against the cage yet again and Lee is defending. Lee is landing a lot of strikes and eventually MT backs out. Nice combination and MT dives in for the single, back against the cage with 30 seconds left. Round ends as MT keeps going for the takedown but
can’t finish it.
Lee 10-9, 29-28
Official Decision: 30-27 x3 for Vaughn Lee
Tom Watson vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Round 1: Watson comes out throwing and Nedkov to the clinch and Watson presses him against the cage. Watson is landing some nice knees tot he midsection as Nedkov isn’t doing all that much. He’s landing short uppercuts and the occasional knee but Watson is pushing the pace. Watson is landing some nice short elbows with some nice strikes to the body. He’s tearing him up out of the Thai clinch as Nedkov is taking a beating. Watson is working that really effectively as Nedkov seems baffled. Nedkov is trying to return fire but as soon as he does Watson grabs the clinch and is landing some big time knees and short elbows. Watson’s striking looks crisp right now; this is the British prospect that people were excited to see in the cage. It’s shocking that Nedkov hasn’t tried to go all in with a takedown attempt. He seems to be happy in the clinch but Watson is just teeing off on him. Watson backs off and Nedkov gets a beautiful takedown out of a body lock and Nedkov is just teeing off on him. Watson is eating punishment and Nedkov ends the round teeing off on him.
10-10 … Watson made him eat a lot of punishment but Nedkov nearly had him finished with strikes at the end of the round.
Round 2: Watson comes out gauging distance with leg kicks. Nedkov lands a big right and some big punishment. Nedkov with a double leg, Watson back up and Nedkov little brothers him back down with another double. Nedkov is getting mean with his ground and pound right now. Watson back up but Nedkov keeps him down as he’s landing some big strikes on Watson right now. He’s up a third time and back against the cage, back into the Thai clinch. Nedkov looks gassed right now as Watson is landing some big knees. Nedkov with a nice combination and then the takedown, Watson back up but Nedkov drags him back down.
What a fight so far!
Watson back to his feet one more time and he’s looking for the clinch again. Nice knee standing up and back to the Thai clinch. Some nasty knees land and Nedkov goes back to the takedown. Watson defends and some more Thai clinch work. Short elbows and knees and Nedkov is taking a beating. He looks like he’s about to go down as Watson is punishing him in that clinch. 30 seconds left and Watson is pouring it on with some body shots. Ref jumps in at 4:42 of the second round as Tom Watson wins via TKO.
Andy Ogle vs. Josh Grispi
Round 1: Grispi coming out super aggressive to start the round and Ogle is willing to oblige. Grispi with a beautiful throw and we’re in a wild ground scramble. Ogle is defending well as Grispi goes form a triangle to an omoplata and a back crucifix and then back to a triangle. Ogle slams him down but Grispi has him tighter because of it. Grispi is looking to grab a leg and roll him through it and Ogle is doing a great job stacking him against the cage. It’s the only reason why Grispi hasn’t tapped him yet. Ogle is landing some nice strikes from the top as his is free and teeing off on Grispi’s head against the cage. Ogle is landing some beautiful strikes despite being trapped in that triangle. Ogle is making him pay for this deep submission attempt. He eventually loses it after going for a kimura and Ogle is on top in full guard. This is perfect positioning as he’s right against the cage, landing enough strikes to keep him honest. Grispi is going for a kimura off his back but Ogle is defending it well. Against the cage some more and the round ends.
Round 2: Ogle comes out with the aggressor this round as Grispi is willing to stand and trade. A nice left hook from Ogle as this has turned into a kick boxing match early. Ogle with both hooks and Grispi tries to throw him, Ogle counters and he’s got Grispi’s back. Grispi slams him onto his back but Ogle transitions his legs into full back mount. Beautiful ground work from the Brit there. Ogle’s got three minutes, deep hooks and is in the perfect spot against the cage to grab a submission. Ogle is trying for a body lock but Grispi uses his legs to stop him and prevent him from putting in the right hook again. Ogle is content to land some strikes and grabs full back mount again. Grispi tries to roll out and manages to get onto his back as Ogle grabs top position and half mount. Ogle is looking to move into side control and lands aome nice elbows. Grispi tries to stand up and a nice guard pass from Ogle. Ogle grabs back as Grispi stands, his head near the mat as Ogle is going for a rear naked choke. Round ends as both fighter ride out the clock.
Ogle 10-9, 19-19
Round 3: Grispi comes out landing some nice kicks but Ogle is stepping in and countering with some beautiful boxing. Lead left kick to the liver from Ogle and Grispi is hurt. Ogle chases him down and slams him to the ground, Grispi goes for a guillotine and can’t finish it. He’s in full guard and Ogle is content to work out of it. He’s got Grispi’s head against the cage and he’s in the best spot you can be on top. Ogle is using some shoulder strikes to keep him right where he wants to be. I think right now Grispi just broke as he looks defeated on bottom. Ogle postures up with some nice strikes as Grispi looks to scramble out. Grispi is looking to roll for an armbar but Ogle sees it and passes to the side. Some nice knees to the body from Ogle. Grispi rolls to his stomach and Ogle with a leg ride and some right hands. Grispi back to his feet but Ogle just drags him back to the ground. Ogle is just dominating him as the round ends; Grispi has absolutely nothing for him and just wants to survive to the end. Which he does with Ogle in his guard.
10-8 Ogle, 29-27 Ogle
Official Decision: 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 Ogle
Paul Sass vs. Danny Castillo
Round 1: Sass comes out looking for a takedown, big right lands and Castillo goes for a takedown. Sass lands a triangle standing and Castillo is against the cage. Castillo SLAMS him down to earth and Sass nearly finishes it. Castillo out but Sass goes for a footlock, scramble and we’re out. Castillo in top position and Sass with another triangle attempt, slams him out again and into half guard after some punches. Castillo is looking to pass and Sass is looking to set up another submission attempt. Castillo lets up and Sass nearly grabs another leg lock from the sweep. Castillo postures up and Sass is looking for that triangle again. Another and Castillo stands out, dives back in and Sass grabs another leglock that doesn’t finish. This is some beautiful grappling work from the bottom by Sass. He grabs it again as Castillo postures up, Castillo rolls out and lands some nice ground and pound. Castillo’s submission defense is sublime right now. Castillo is landing some beautiful elbows up top and Sass goes for yet another leglock. Time expires before he can finish it.
Round 2: Sass with a beautiful switch kick as he goes for the ground and Castillo is willing to oblige him. Sass looks to work for mission control but can’t finish, winds up back in full guard. Castillo with some nice elbows as Sass is goading him into throwing out of his posture to work for a submission out of it. He grabs an armbar but Castillo slams him out of it again. Castillo stands and Sass sits up, back into full guard for Sass.
And we get a stand up, baffling one to boot.
Castillo plants him back down to the ground again and back to where we were before. Sass is looking to work for something off his back and Castillo is grinding him out of full guard. Castillo is doing a good job of watching his posture as Sass isn’t able to set up submission attempts because he’s watching how he throws from full guard much better than he did. Castllo postures up and lands some nice hammer fists at the end of the round.
Castillo 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Sass comes out throwing wilder as he’s looking for a killshot to win. Castillo is willing to oblige him as neither guy looks to be going for the ground. Castillo thinks he’s up two rounds and Sass looks like he needs the finish. Castillo double legs him down 90 seconds in and lands some a couple of nice elbows out of full guard. Sass is looking to grab a submission off his back but Castillo’s submission defense is established right now; he knows not to overextend and to move back into guard as soon as Sass looks like he’s about do something. This is a grind and Castillo is embracing it. Sass uses butterfly guard to go for a triangle, Castillo evades and moves into north/south with 90 seconds left. He moves into side control and looks to be grinding him out with some elbows. He grinds out the round this was way as Sass looks frustrated on the bottom as the round ends.
10-9 Castillo, 30-27 Castillo
Official Decision: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 Castillo
Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte
Round 1: Forte comes out with a superman punch as he’s super amped for this fight. Etim with a nice head kick to calm him down as Forte is eating some kicks for his aggressiveness. Forte is looking to throw something big but Etim is hitting him at distance with kicks. Forte catches a kick and lands some nice punches, goes for a takedown and winds up against the cage. Etim is defending well because of his length advantage. Forte isn’t doing much with position as he’s just content to trade knees so far. Etim gets some separation and back to the middle of the cage. Forte is being aggressive to prevent Etim for pressing the advantage with his length. Forte catches his leg and tries to get the takedown again, Etim counters well but winds up with his back against the cage. Forte with a nice inside elbow and Etim gets back to the center of the cage. Spinning kick from Etim and Forte gets him down, Etim back up fairly quickly. Round ends with the two against the cage.
Round 2: Etim out more aggressive using his jab as Forte is eating punishment to get in close. Etim with the Thai clinch but Forte presses back against the cage. Forte working for the takedown off the body lock and using a foot sweep by Etim is defending well. Forte is landing some nice strikes but Etim reverses and back out to the middle of the cage. Forte with a nice right and Etim is hurt. Forte is head hunting and a big left puts him down. Etim is eating some punishment as he recovers into half guard. He grabs on tight to try and recover as Forte looks to move to mount. Forte is raining strikes as Etim looks to use a butterfly sweep as Forte looks to pass. He gets into side control as Etim is playing defense at this point. Forte moves into mount and Etim is taking some punishment. Round ends before he can finish it.
Forte 10-9. 20-18
Round 3: Forte comes out the aggressor again as Etim is trying to use his length to keep him at range. Forte is landing some big strikes as he’s moving straight back, not using any angle to keep him from landing. Forte backs him into the cage as he lands some nice strikes. Break from the ref and Forte opens a nice superman punch. Etim is eating a considerable amount of punishment as Forte is throwing for the fences still. Forte gets him against the cage as he works a body lock once again. Goes for a trip and can’t get it, goes for it a second time and does as Etim is an open full guard. Forte postures up and lands some nice shots, dives back into full guard and presses Etim’s head against the cage. Etim is looking for mission control but Forte is is keeping him from being able to do anything. Beautiful top position control. He’s looking to land strikes as Etim is just playing defense from the bottom. He postures up and is landing some nice strikes. Round ends as Etim isn’t looking for any offense.
10-9 Forte, 30-27
Official Decision: 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 for Forte