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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
CFX 33: MINNESOTA VS. JAPAN
APRIL 28, 2012
LIVE FROM MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
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AMATEUR FIGHT ONE: MITCH FIELD VS. NATE TOGBAH (FEATHERWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Field attempted an early takedown, and after some work got him down. He took Togbah's back and immediately worked for the choke. Field continued working for the choke throughout the round. He couldn't complete it, but held position through the three minute frame.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Field. Round was pretty much held in one position throughout.
ROUND TWO: Field's early takedown attempt was stuffed, but he stayed on Togbah and drove him to the cage. Togbah continued to hold off the takedown attempt and finally completed the takedown. Togbah then exploded to his feet, though Field continued pressing the takedown. He finally scored another hard takedown into guard with a minute left. He passed to half guard, and rode out the round on top.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Field. Not much happening again in that round. Dull start to the night.
ROUND THREE: Togbah opened up with a few nice strikes before Field grabbed the clinch. They battled for position until Togbah scored a nice trip takedown. Field went for an armbar, but Togbah passed to side control. Togbah stood and dropped a couple punches, then let Field up. He landed a strike and it was back to the clinch. Togbah threw Field down, but Field popped back up. He grabbed for a takedown against the cage, but Togbah held him off with punches and elbows. Field finally scored the takedown right before the round ended.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Togbah. Again, not much happened, but he scored the takedown this round and had more control of the rondo.
WINNER: Field via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
AMATEUR FIGHT TWO: RYAN SWEEZER VS. AARON COURTRIGHT (BANTAMWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Courtright landed a hard leg kick early. Sweezer got in with a clinch, then scored a takedown. Courtright countered, but Sweezer went for an armbar. Courtright picked him up and then took him down. Sweezer went for a leg lock but lost it. He wound up in Courtright's guard. Courtright controlled his posture for a time. Sweezer finally opened up with a few big strikes and popped up. Courtright missed a big punch and Sweezer took him down into mount. He ended the round with strikes on top.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Sweezer. Good top control, though not much else happened. Such is life in amateur MMA.
ROUND TWO: Sweezer landed a hard body kick early. Courtright grabbed a clinch, but then got flung to the ground. Sweezer then exploded to take his back, but Courtright worked out and got to his feet. Sweezer landed a body kick, but it was caught and he was taken down. Courtright landed a few strikes from the top. Courtright rode out the round on top, landing a couple of strikes along the way.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-10. Sweezer controlled the first half, Courtright the second; neither clearly won the round.
ROUND THREE: Courtright missed a punch and Sweezer tried to take his back. Courtright turned around, however, and pressed him to the cage. Sweezer then landed a nice throw that put him on top in half guard. Courtright tried to roll him over, but Sweezer rolled through and moved to full mount. He postured up with a few big strikes, then set up the choke. Courtright was then forced to tap with little time left in the round.
WINNER: Sweezer via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:51 of the third round
AMATEUR FIGHT THREE: JOE SULLIVAN VS. THOMAS HERRERA (CATCHWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Sullivan pressed in with a few strikes. Herrera pressed in with a takedown and got into guard. Sullivan tried to set up for an omoplata but Herrera got loose. Herrera broke free and landed a punch. Sullivan grabbed for a kimura and used it to briefly get to his feet. He continued wrenching the hold as they got to the ground, and he used it to transition to mount. He took Herrera's back, but Herrera turned back into him in the guard. Sullivan landed an upkick, then went for a triangle, but Herrera popped through. Herrera ended the round on top.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Sullivan. Herrera had the position, but it was Sullivan working with it as he nearly scored a submission win.
ROUND TWO: Sullivan landed a good body kick early. He landed another and Herrera drove in with a takedown attempt. Sullivan stayed on his feet while threatening for a choke. Herrera finally completed the takedown. Sullivan went for a gogoplata, but Herrera got out of it. Herrera landed a few strikes and kept top position. He rode out the round on top.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Herrera. Not much to the round, but Herrera spent 80% of it on top.
ROUND THREE: Sullivan landed an early kick. He got in a straight kick to the face but Herrera drove in for the takedown. He held it off initially, but then Herrera completed it into guard. Sullivan tried to work from his back, but Herrera worked to full mount. Sullivan regained guard, but Herrera kept top position. Sullivan then exploded with an attempt for a triangle choke, but Herrera broke free. Sullivan then worked to his feet, but Herrera stayed on him with the takedown attempt. He completed a takedown, but Sullivan rolled through and got on top, delivering a series of blows to the bell.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Sullivan. He was working more from his back and had a strong finish. Herrera may very well take the round, though.
WINNER: Herrera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-The decision was heavily booed by the crowd.
AMATEUR FIGHT FOUR: KYLE TODD VS. NICK PORRAS (165 CATCHWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Porras pressed early and landed a couple of strikes, but Todd drove in and completed a takedown against the cage. Todd dragged him down further and got into half guard. Porras tried to throw his legs up, but Todd held position. Todd passed to side control. He ended the round on top.
Penick's Scorecared: 10-9 Todd. Held position throughout, not much else to the round.
ROUND TWO: Todd landed an early right and then scored an immediate takedown. Porras tried to get his back to the cage to stand up and finally got to his feet. It was brief, however, as Todd scored another takedown. Back to his feet quickly, he was then taken down once more into guard. Todd continued to hold position on top, and landed a few good strikes for good measure. Porras tried to buck him off to no avail, and the round ended with Todd on top.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Todd. Another clear round for Todd on top. Porras needs a finish here.
ROUND THREE: Todd shot in early but Porras stuffed it. He finally shuffled back to his feet after the nice sprawl. Todd shot again and again got held up. Porras stayed on him and landed a nice left. Todd again shot in, this time completing the takedown on the wall. Porras worked to his feet and Todd dropped down to get him back to the ground. Porras landed some big strikes to the side of the head as Todd continued trying to take him down. He popped to his feet again and landed an uppercut, but then got taken down once more. He landed strikes as the round ended.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Porras. He got taken down a few times, and may have lost the round on the judge's scorecards, but he did enough to earn the round.
WINNER: Todd via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
AMATEUR FIGHT FIVE: VYRON PHILLIPS VS. JUSTIN RHEAUME (MIDDLEWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Rheaume moved forward early, but Phillips then came in. That was a mistake, however, as Rheaume immediately took him down. He passed nicely to side control and got mount. He got Phillips' back and tried to set up the choke. Phillips held wrist control, though, and wouldn't let him break free. Phillips finally spun out into Rheaume's guard. He picked him up and slammed him down, but Rheaume kept a closed guard. Rheaume grabbed for an armbar but couldn't quite get into position to finish it at the end of the round.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Rheaume. Decent ground work, nice finish gave him the round.
ROUND TWO: Rheaume went for the takedown early, but Phillips held it off this time. He stayed with it, though, and finally completed it into hag guard. He passed to full mount. Phillips tried to explode out, but Rheaume took his back again. Phillips again held wrist control, and wouldn't let him get a better hold. Rheaume went for the armbar again to finish the round.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Rheaume. Another clear round for him in what has been a positional battle.
ROUND THREE: Rheaume landed a couple of early leg kicks. He grabbed a clinch, but then got dropped by Phillips. Phillips started trying to finish with strikes wildly from the top, but Rheaume kept him at bay. Rheaume landed an upkick and rolled quick for a leg. Phillips sprawled. Rheaume finally got back to his feet and grabbed a clinch. Phillips stuffed a takedown attempt and wound up on top as the round ended.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Phillips. Too little too late for him, unfortunately, but he had control of the position in that round. Should be an easy 29-28 for Rheaume, though.
WINNER: Rheaume via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
ROUND ONE: Ericson immediately went for a single leg and scored the takedown. Noetzel tried to get his legs up high as he closed his guard. Noetzel continued trying to get his legs up high as Ericson connected on a number of strikes against the cage. Noetzel tried to lock up a triangle choke as Ericson continued trying to land strikes. He got it locked on and forced the tap. Nice finish.
WINNER: Noetzel via submission (triangle choke) at 2:10 of the first round
AMATEUR FIGHT SEVEN: DIEGO GARCIA VS. RON WINSLOW (LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Winslow dropped Garcia early with a big strike and jumped into his half guard. He landed a few big punches to the body and head as Garcia tried to scramble. Garcia got to his feet and Winslow went after him, exchanging a few big punches. Winslow landed a left. He landed a hard kick to the gut. Garcia ducked away nicely and landed a right. Winslow landed a good body kick again. He landed a straight kick and stayed on Garcia. He clinched and pressed Garcia to the cage. He went for a standing guillotine and dragged Garcia to the ground before taking his back. Garcia got to his feet and then Winslow slammed him at the bell.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Winslow. Pretty solid action there for a big-man amateur bout.
ROUND TWO: Garcia landed a nice right early, but Winslow walked through it. He backed him up and landed a nice jab. He landed a few more jabs. He got in a hard leg kick. Action stalled for a minute for an illegal blow, but no point was taken. As they restarted, Winslo landed a hard body kick. He hurt Garcia with a big right. He followed up with some more punches. Garcia went to the ground and Winslow took his back. He wrenched a choke and forced the tap as he had Garcia flattened out.
WINNER: Winslow via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:09 of the second round.
PRO FIGHT ONE: JORDAN LARSON VS. CAREY VANIER (LIGHTWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: They tested each other out early. Vanier landed a leg kick. The action slowed a bit. Vanier got in a body kick after Larson missed a punch. Larson caught a kick and scored a brief takedown, but Vanier worked back to his feet. Vanier separated with a nice punch and clinched. He scored his own takedown and landed a knee before moving to side control. He postured up and landed a few strikes. Larson got to his feet and Vanier shot back in. He scored another takedown into Larson's guard. Larson tried to explode out and Vanier tried to reverse. Larson got to his feet, however, and drove Vanier back to the cage. Vanier got separation late as the round came to an end.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Vanier. The takedowns and top work took it for him, but there wasn't much to the frame.
ROUND TWO: Larson rushed in with a punch but got taken down. He scrambled, but Vanier blasted him with a flurry of big strikes. He recovered and got to his feet, though. Vanier stayed on him and grabbed a choke before hopping into guard. Larson tried to stay patient, and Vanier lost the hold. Larson got on top, then took Vanier's back. He got up high and locked in a triangle in a scramble. Vanier escaped, but Larson grabbed for an armbar. Vanier got back on top in another scramble. Vanier got his back and landed a few strikes. He tried to work in more strikes as Larson turtled up. He flattened him out and continued landing strikes. Larson just covered up as he continued getting hit. Vanier ended the round delivering strikes.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Vanier. Larson started strong, but Vanier battled back to steal it in the final half of the round.
ROUND THREE: Larson held off an early takedown attempt, but Vanier had control from his back standing. He stayed on him to the cage, landed a knee to the thigh, and scored a takedown. Vanier landed a hard strike as Larson tried to work to his feet. Larson got back up, but Vanier took him down again. Larson attempted to grab an arm but Vanier defended well. Vanier snatched a nice guillotine choke quickly as Larson left it open and forced the tap against the cage.
WINNER: Vanier via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:14 of the third round
PRO FIGHT TWO: ZACH KELSO VS. ANDRE TIEVA (BANTAMWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Tieva went for an early high kick that missed. Kelso popped in with a right after a few moments of inaction. Very tentative start to the bout. The tentative pace continued, leading to boos from the crowd. Kelso then shot in, but he got stuffed against the cage. Tieva then countered it and wound up on top in half guard. Tieva went for an armbar, then a triangle choke, but Kelso got out and stood up. Tieva threw a straight kick, then countered a shot and got on Kelso's back on the ground. Tieva flattened him out and landed a few strikes on the ground. Tieva tried to set up for a choke, then got it locked in. Kelso got free, though , and continued defending. Tieva went for an armbar but nearly got slammed. Kelso then got out and landed a few strikes. Tieva popped to his feet and Kelso scored a takedown as the round ended.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Tieva. Really slow start, but things picked up quickly once it hit the ground. Tieva came near finishing, but Kelso ended the round really well.
ROUND TWO: Tieva injured Kelso's leg with a bad leg kick early. He landed another one and Kelso tried to fight back on it. Tieva landed another leg kick and slipped, but as Kelso tried to go after him Tieva countered and took him down. Tieva moved to full mount. Kelso gave up his back and Tieva landed a number of big strikes. He looked for openings as Kelso tried to turtle up. Tieva rained down a few more strikes and flattened Kelso out. Tieva continued landing strikes and Kelso couldn't do much back. Tieva flattened him out again and threw punches without much behind them. Tieva moved it to the center. Kelso got free but Tieva immediately put him on his back again. Tieva locked up an arm and started throwing punches. Tieva took his back again as he turtled up. Tieva finished the round on top.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-8 Tieva. He injured Kelso's leg early, and dominated on the ground, but Tieva may have tired himself out there.
-The fight was halted by the doctor after the second round due to the knee injury.
WINNER: Tieva via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of the second round
PRO FIGHT THREE: MAHMOUD ABURIA VS. ZAK JENSEN (HEAVYWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Jensen tried to stalk early. Aburia landed a good jab. Jensen missed a couple of kicks. Jensen landed an overhand right. He hurt Aburia with a high kick and Aburia tried to shoot in. Jensen sprawled and landed a good knee to the body. He landed a few body punches and let Aburia up. Jensen landed a hard leg kick. He went high with the kick again and Aburia ate it. He landed a couple more leg kicks. Aburia got in a good right. Jensen went for a spinning back kick high but it didn't hit the mark. That's a big man throwing some nice kicks tonight. Aburia landed a left. He popped in again and Jensen dropped his arms, taunting him to come forward. Jensen went for the spinning kick again and rushed in, getting another sprawl as Aburia shot in. Jensen landed a few elbows and punches and finally got free. He landed a high kick as Aburia stood again. They traded strikes a couple more times as the round came to an end.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Jensen. He pressed the pace, landed more strikes, and kept Aburia backing up throughout.
ROUND TWO: They traded low kicks early. Aburia landed a left and Jensen responded with a leg kick. Aburia connected on a hard right. Aburia landed a good combo. Jensen slowed majorly from the first. Aburia connected again. The action took on a decidedly slower pace from the first. Aburia landed a nice two punch combo. Jensen landed a leg kick. Aburia landed a few more punches. He continued popping in with a couple before Jensen could respond. Jensen landed a body kick. Aburia connected on a few big strikes. Aburia landed a couple more. Jensen landed a spinning kick to the body. Aburia ended the round with another nice combination.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Aburia. Jensen was much slower in that frame and Aburia landed a bunch more in the round.
ROUND THREE: Jensen moved forward quick, but Aburia hit him with a big combo. Jensen rushed him and got into a sprawl. Jensen landed a knee to the shoulder. Nothing much happened for the next 45 seconds, but the ref did't stand them up. Finally he did. Aburia landed two hard punches. He connected on a few more. Jensen threw a high kick that was blocked. Aburia landed another big flurry. Jensen backed him off with a punch. Jensen tried to walk him down. Aburia connected on another punch. Aburia landed a punch and Jensen landed a body kick. Aburia shot and Jensen sprawled. Jensen landed a couple of strikes. Aburia drove up and scored a takedown with a minute left. Aburia didn't do much, but held top control for the final minute.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Aburia. He had the much higher output and held position for the final minute.
WINNER: Aburia via decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
***AMATEUR FIGHT***: JAKE IMMEL VS. BRAD PADGET (MIDDLEWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Immel landed a hard right early, but Padget shot in and scored an early takedown. Padget started unleashing some heavy ground strikes. He locked on an arm triangle choke but Immel defended well. Padget postured up with more ground strikes and the ref finally stepped in to stop it.
WINNER: Padget via TKO at 1:04 of the first round
PRO FIGHT FOUR: AARON MULDINADO VS. RANDY KITTELSON (FEATHERWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Kittelson tried to jump in with a strike early. He pressed Muldinado back. He landed a hard jumping knee and unleashed a flurry on the cage. Muldinado tried to hold him off but he started unleashing a torrent of strikes. He got in some knees to the body and was relentless with the assault for the quick stoppage.
WINNER: Kittelson via TKO at :49 of the first round
PRO FIGHT FIVE: DR WILLIAMS VS. B.J. LACY (LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Lacy came out to the center. He landed a good leg kick early. Williams landed one to the body. Lacy landed a push kick. Lacy got in a nice combo. Williams hurt him with a good shot. Lacy recovered, picked him up, walked him across the cage and slammed him hard. Williams tried to scramble but Lacy stayed on top of him. Lacy landed hard knees to the body from hag guard. He passed to mount and landed a few strikes. Williams tried to grab hold of him but Lacy kept position in the mount. He moved it to the center and landed a couple of punches. WIlliams tried to buck him off. He gave up an arm and Lacy maneuvered it to force the tap. Really nice finish. Fun fight.
WINNER: Lacy via submission (armbar) at 2:43 of the first round
PRO FIGHT SIX: KUCHLONG KUCHLONG VS. ANTHONY MARTIN (WELTERWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Martin took the center early, but didn't waste much time looking for a shot. Kuchlong held it off. Martin landed a hard strike that hurt Kuchlong. He got in with a short combo, grabbed a body lock, and scored a nice slam into half guard. Martin patiently attempted to pass, but Kuchlong kept him in half guard for a bit. Finally he passed to side control. Kuchlong scrambled and got to his feet, but Martin had a hold of his head. He drove Martin to the cage, but Martin tried to trip him up. He pulled off another huge almost suplex slam into side control. He almost passed to mount but Kuchlong caught him in half guard. Martin grabbed for a kimura on Kuchlong's left arm. Kuchlong fought it off. He tried to switch to an armbar, and had a modified triangle on as well. Finally, Kuchlong was forced to tap to the triangle choke.
WINNER: Martin via submission (triangle) at 4:19 of the first round
-Martin brought his girlfriend into the cage and proposed to her after his win to a nice reaction from the crowd.
PRO FIGHT SEVEN: MIKE ZIMMER VS. YUKI YAMAMOTO (LIGHTWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Very tentative start with both testing the reach. Zimmer finally landed a significant strike two minutes in with a hard body kick. Yamamoto got in close and initiated a clinch. Yamamoto sent Zimmer down with a big shot. He tried to jump on an arm butZimmer escaped and got to his feet. Zimmer landed a body kick. Yamamoto connected with a leg kick. Zimmer tried to press in with a combo but couldn't connect. Yamamoto landed a hard punch. They traded kicks. The round ended with another body kick from Zimmer.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-10. Not much at all to the round. Neither wanted to engage early, and they each got a similar, yet small, amount of offense in.
ROUND TWO: They exchanged strikes early in a much quicker start. Yamamoto landed a hard kick to the body. Zimmer landed a jab. He landed a kick that went a bit low. He got in a nice leg kick. Zimmer caught a kick and scored a takedown, but Yamamoto exploded up and clinched him at that cage. Zimmer tried to set up a guillotine. He used it to separate and pressed in with a good body kick. He landed a few strikes against the cage. He connected again as Yamamoto tried to fire back. He landed a hard right and dropped Yamamoto. They were in an exchange and Yamamoto went down, may have been a knee to the groin. That's how he was reaching. He was given time to recover. After they finally restarted Zimmer landed a punch. Yamamoto got in a nice counter left. Zimmer barely missed a big right. Zimmer went high with a kick but it was blocked. Zimmer threw a straight kick. He got in a really hard kick to the body. He landed a right. The round ended in a square off.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Zimmer. Much better round. Zimmer was the aggressor for much of it and landed some nice strikes to go along with a good trip takedown.
ROUND THREE: Zimmer landed a hard leg kick and avoided a big counter punch. Zimmer got in with a kick to the body. Zimmer landed a short knee and a right behind it. He got in a kick to the body. Zimmer landed a right. Zimmer landed a good body kick after a minute of tentative action. The crowd was restless with the inaction after a long night. Yamamoto started taunting Zimmer. He caught a kick from Zimmer, but Zimmer pushed him down. They got some crowd reaction with the back and forth but it was all a smokescreen as they went back to doing nothing. They continued standing across from each other without doing much. Yamamoto landed a body kick. Zimmer landed a right. Yamamoto tried to walk him down. The crowd booed as time ran out on the fight.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Zimmer. I guess. A little more action from him than the first round, but that was a really, really dull round overall.
WINNER: Zimmer via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
PRO FIGHT EIGHT: CODY PASQUALE VS. BEN NEAUMANN (LIGHTWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Neumann went for a shot early but got stuffed. Pasquale nearly took him down, but Neumann stayed standing. Pasquale keeps on the clinch against the cage. He landed a nice knee to the body. Neumann turned it around and shot in. Pasquale grabbed a guillotine choke and pulled guard. Neumann tried to hold it off, but Pasquale forced the tap. He then gave a shooting gesture, taunting Neumann after the win, and the crowd booed him.
WINNER: Pasquale via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:12 of the first round
-Pasquale took the mic and continued taunting Neumann, saying if he went to the right gym he'd learn something. He continued riling up the crowd.
PRO FIGHT NINE: FLOYD HODGES VS. TRAVIS REDDINGER (BANTAMWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Reddinger landed a hard body kick early and tripped. He got right back up. He landed an inside leg kick. He went high but missed. Hodges stayed on the outside. Reddinger landed another leg kick. He got in a body kick. Reddinger landed a hard leg kick. Hodges caught a leg and took Reddinger down. Reddinger closed his guard with a body triangle. He landed some heel strikes. He got in some elbows from his back. He attacked hodges' left arm briefly. He continued landing elbows to Hodges' shoulders. He continued landing strikes from his back. Reddinger went for an arm but Hodges popped out. Reddinger kicked him off and stood up. Reddinger landed a leg kick. Reddinger pressed in and grabbed the clinch. He landed a knee to the body and went for a throw. He got stuffed but landed a knee to end the round.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Reddinger. Hodges did nothing on the ground, and Reddinger landed a ton of strikes from his back and attacked with the sub attempt.
ROUND TWO: Reddinger landed an early leg kick. He landed a hard one and landed a nice right afterward. He threw a straight kick to the body. Hodges started swinging wildly. Reddinger landed another hard leg kick and grabbed a clinch. He got in a hard knee. Hodges got him off briefly, but Reddinger grabbed a body lock against the cage. He landed a few knees to the body and legs. He tried to take Hodges' back standing, but landed knees and foot stomp instead. He continued landing knees on the cage. He continued to land knees to the body in the clinch for the next minute. He tried to score a takedown but Hodges stayed up. He kept on him with knees and punches. Finally he scored a trip and put Hodges on his back. He postured up with a few nice punches. Hodges kicked him off and popped to his feet. Reddinger took him right back down. He landed some nasty elbows after trapping Hodges' arm. He postured up with some big strikes against the cage and continued blasting him. Hodges tried to kick him off but Reddinger dropped back into his guard. He finished the round with a few more strikes.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Reddinger. Very good round for "The Hurricane." Very good clinch work and he did a lot of damage on the ground.
ROUND THREE: Reddinger landed a hard leg kick early. He landed it again right away. Hodges tried to rush in but Reddinger covered up well. Reddinger landed the body kick. He hurt Hodges with a body kick and started unleashing a flurry on the cage. Hodges was hurt and the ref stopped it with Hodges standing. Hodges didn't protest the stoppage. That body kick hurt him.
WINNER: Reddinger via TKO at 1:01 of the third round
PRO FIGHT TEN: COURTNEY BUCK VS. GABE GREENBERG (FEATHERWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Buck landed a push kick early. He landed a couple more leg kicks, then went back to the push kick to the body. Greenberg threw a hard combo but it was blocked. Buck landed a hard leg kick. Greenberg landed a big strike that hurt Buck. He rushed him to the cage and scored a takedown into half guard. Greenberg got a choke locked in pretty quickly, but Buck tried to hold it off. Greenberg stuck with it and finally forced the tap.
WINNER: Greenberg via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:24 of the first round.
PRO FIGHT ELEVEN: TRAVIS PERZYNSKI VS. YOSHIHIRO KOYAMA (LIGHTWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Perzynski pressed in early. Koyama nearly grabbed a leg but Perzysnki popped up. They clinched and Perzynski dropped Koyama with a few short uppercuts. Koyama recovered and quickly got to his feet. Perzynski landed another short combo. Perzynski connected on a hard uppercut but Koyama continued on. Perzynski landed another good short combo. Perzynski landed a vicious series of punches and knees. He rushed in and dropped Koyama with a jumping knee. Koyama somehow worked to his feet and got dropped with another knee. He again got up and Perzynski flung him down. He landed some more strikes on the ground but Koyama again got up. Perzynski knocked him down again and started landing a bunch more strikes. Koyama continued to take it as Perzynski continued dishing it out. Perzysnki then took his back and set up for a choke as he continued landing strikes. Koyama fought it off. Perzynski pulled for the choke but Koyama escaped and ended the round on top.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-8. That was close to a 10-7. Perzynski just brutalized him through all five minutes of that round. How Koyama is still standing is beyond me.
ROUND TWO: Koyama came out and scored an early takedown. He landed a few strikes in half guard. Koyama landed some good short forearm strikes as Perzynski regained guard. Perzynski landed some elbows from his back as he tried to kick Koyama off of him. Koyama stayed firm in the guard. Perzynski landed a vicious elbow and used it to reverse position, but Koyama turned it back and dragged him back down. Koyama tried to pass, but Perzynski stuffed him and held him in guard. Koyama passed briefly and dropped down with some big strikes. Perzynski regained half guard. They battled with a few strikes to the bell.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Koyama. He needed to avoid the striking that time around, and he did. Will be an interesting third.
ROUND THREE: Perzynski landed a jab early. He landed a hard right. Koyama backed him up to the cage and went for the takedown. Perzynski tried to fight it off but was eventually dragged down. He grabbed for a guillotine choke but Koyama got loose. He stayed on top. Perzynski finally worked to his feet but got taken down again. He popped back up with separation, though. He landed a hard leg kick. He threw the flying knee. Koyama backed him up again and grabbed a single leg. Perzynski landed a couple of hard elbows to the body, but got taken down again. Koyama passed to half guard and landed a few punches to the body. Koyama continued working from top position, but they were stood up with 30 seconds left. Perzynski tried to walk him down. Koyama avoided much of the offense. Perzynski landed a vicious series of uppercuts as the fight ended.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Koyama. Perzynski couldn't stop the takedowns. I've got this one as a draw.
WINNER: Koyama via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
-Of course only one judge gave that first round a 10-8. The fight arguably should have been stopped in the first, and Perzynski got hosed by getting the "L" on his record instead of a draw tonight.
MAIN EVENT/PRO FIGHT TWELVE: JEREMY HAMILTON VS. YOSHIYUKI YOSHIDA (WELTERWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Hamilton circled on the outside early. He rocked Yoshida with a nice right but Yoshida recovered quick. They traded kicks to the body. Hamilton landed a quick uppercut as Yoshida shot in. Yoshida stayed on the attempt and scored a takedown. Hamilton landed a hard elbow. Hamilton tried to get his legs high for a sub attempt but Yoshida broke through and landed some big strikes on the ground. Yoshida started throwing wild hammerfists but Hamilton avoided most of them. Hamilton caught an arm and attempted an armbar, but Yoshida got out. Yoshida stood and almost ate an upkick. Yoshida then passed to mount. He postured up and landed a short flurry. Hamilton tried to buck him off, exploded, and got to his feet. Yoshida stayed on him and grabbed a clinch on the cage with a minute left. Hamilton landed a hard knee to the body. Yoshida then pulled off a nice throw into side control. He passed to mount, but got reversed. Hamilton got to his feet and started unloading with strikes against the cage. Yoshida finally dropped back down for a double leg, and ate a few elbows as the round ended.
Penick's Scorecard: 10-9 Yoshida. Hamilton started and ended well, but it was all Yoshida in the middle four minutes.
ROUND TWO: Hamilton overshot on a punch and Yoshida read it perfectly, ducking under and scoring a quick takedown. Hamilton quickly set up a triangle, and landed several elbows, but Yoshida popped out into side control. He passed back to mount. He postured up and landed some good punches, but Hamilton was still defending. Yoshida continued landing as Hamilton tried to survive the assault. Yoshida continued landing strikes in the mount and the ref let it continue. Hamilton wasn't offering up much but throwing his hands up and trying to stop the strikes. He gave up his back, Yoshida flattened him out, locked on the rear naked choke, and forced a tap.
WINNER: Yoshida via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:30 of the second round.
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