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Ryan Jensen vs. Jesse Forbes
Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat; that’s how Ryan Jensen rolls. Jensen was rocked early in the first round with a big uppercut, gave up his back, and was seriously close to being finished. But Jensen somehow reversed his unfortunate situation, locking on a guillotine submission to earn him the stoppage victory. Jensen def. Forbes via submission (guillotine) at 1:06 of Round 1.
Aaron Riley vs. Joe Brammer
This lightweight bout was not the most technically sound striking match up, but the two fighters threw quite a bit of leather and a ridiculous amount of head kicks. And I mean a ridiculous amount. Riley continuously seemed to have the advantage in the stand up game, but he also scored a handful of takedowns throughout the three round bout. Brammer held his own in the fight, as well as taking a nice shot to the groin, but Riley did just enough to edge him out in all three rounds. Riley def. Brammer via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Luiz Cane vs. Cyrille Diabate
These undercard guys are looking to make comebacks a big theme for tonight. After being decimated by Cane from the opening bell, Diabate struggled to survive the onslaught set forth by the Brazilian after Cane floored him with a nice shot. However, Diabate managed to recover and get the fight back to the feet, where he landed a nice trio of power shots to Cane, dropping the Brazilian. The Frenchman landed a few more nice shots to his downed opponent to earn the technical knockout victory after referee Herb Dean stopped the fight. Diabate def. Cane via technical knockout at 2:13 of Round 1.
Melvin Guillard vs. Waylon Lowe
From the opening bell, it was clear Lowe did not want to mess around with Guillard on the feet. Lowe attempted the takedown several times, but failed to get the fight to the floor initially. However, Lowe finally scored with a big slam that put Guillard on his back. Guillard managed to work back to his feet immediately and, after a short clinch session, Guillard landed a big knee to the midsection of Lowe, who was attempting another takedown. The knee damaged Lowe noticeably, and Guillard earned the technical knockout victory as a result. “The Young Assassin” continues to thrive under the tutelage of Greg Jackson. Guillard def. Lowe via technical knockout at 3:28 of Round 1.
Efrain Escudero vs. Dan Lauzon
If the first 14:50 was half as exciting as the last 10 seconds of this fight, this would have been one awesome fight. Unfortunately, prior to the last 10 seconds of action, there was very little action in this lightweight bout. Lauzon, who had his share of controversy accompanying him to the cage this evening, seemed tired after the first round and a bit unconcerned in the third. Escudero constantly got the better of “The Upgrade” on the feet through the first two rounds and was doing mighty fine in the third before landing an uncomfortable kick to the groin of Lauzon. Escudero lost a point due to the illegal blow and came out for the remaining seconds looking for blood. Surprisingly, Lauzon got the better of him in the exciting final exchange, but that was the only positive to come out of his performance. Escudero def. Lauzon via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27).
Amir Sadollah vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Sadollah is a likable guy, but that didn’t help him stop any takedowns tonight. Kim made his intentions clear early and often, taking the fight to the ground right after the opening bell. Kim managed to move into half guard, but struggled to gain the mount until the very end of the first. The second round was more of the same, and Sadollah entered the third round in need of a stoppage. Kim once again dragged him to the mat, landing the most ground and pound he had throughout the whole fight. However, Sadollah worked his way back to the feet and looked for a knockout. The only problem, Sadollah was far too tired to land any powerful combinations, and the two middleweights went to the judges’ scorecards with Kim taking the decision. Kim def. Sadollah via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).