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By Rich Hansen, MMA Torch Columnist:
Dan Downes didn't need to fight last night, but he wanted to stay sharp. That decision almost cost him dearly, as little known Tory Bogguess locked in two very tight chokes early in the first round of their main event fight for the NAFC event in Milwaukee. Ultimately Downes was able to escape both submission attempts before submitting Bogguess at the 3:24 mark of round 1.
Downes (8-1) accepted this fight outside of the UFC while still under UFC contract in order to stay sharp. That gamble almost blew up in his face as the undersized Bogguess came out like a ball of fire. Bogguess came out charging from the opening bell, landing a flying superman punch within the first two seconds of the fight. After knocking the larger Downes against the cage, Bogguess was able to get Downes down and sunk in a tight rear naked choke.
After Downes managed to escape that choke, he found himself in an even more dire predicament as Bogguess managed to slap on an even tighter guillotine choke. After several seconds that seemed much longer to the partisan Milwaukee crowd, Downes managed to pop his head out and was able to turn the tables on his smaller opponent.
After controlling Bogguess up against the cage from side control, Bogguess tried escaping by walking the cage. Instead of escaping, Bogguess walked into the waiting legs of Downes and was forced to tap to a triangle choke.
Having fought for a smaller organization while under UFC contract, Downes told MMA Torch after the fight that he wants his next fight to be in the UFC, and that there's a 99 percent chance that his next fight will indeed be for the Zuffa owned company.
In the co-main event of the evening, Duke Roufus' newest up and coming star Joe Cason made quick work of veteran Sean Salmon. Cason needed a mere 74 seconds to dispatch the overwhelmed Salmon. After landing an uppercut early, Cason flattened Salmon with a standing knee. From there, Cason swarmed Salmon who had no way to stop the ground and pound attack of the much larger Cason. Referee Al Weickhardt stopped the fight, giving Cason his first victory since joining Duke Roufus' team last month. Cason, a college wrestling teammate of UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones, looks to have to skills to make a name for himself in the sport's light heavyweight division.
Complete results from NAFC: Mayhem below.
Dan Downes defeated Tory Bogguess via submission (triangle choke) at 3:24 of Round 1
Joe Cason defeated Sean Salmon via TKO at 1:14 of Round 1
Matt Brown defeated John Hosman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Matt Masterson defeated Kyle Weickardt via submission (side choke)at 3:33 of Round 2
Jose Pacheco defeated David Rhoads via submission (rear naked choke)at 4:33 of Round 1
Thiago Veiga defeated Donald Ceri via submission (arm bar)at 2:50 of Round 2
Mike Santiago def Zach Underwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jeff Golden def Jim Bleau via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:35 of Round 1
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