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Joe Warren vs. Nick Kirk

Referee: Jason Herzog

Round One:

Warren quick to press forward and try and stalk Kirk down, both fighters using good footwork. Kirk lands a jab. Warren with a jab, jab, overhand right combniation. Warren with a take down attempt but defended easily by Kirk. Warren attempts a flying knee. Kirk lands a hook as Warren drives through, pressing Kirk against the cage. Kirk creates distance and separates, but Warren is able to chase him down and drag him to the ground. They scramble. Kirk ends up on top. They stand to their feet. Warren lands a right that appears to of caught him in the eye. They trade in the pocket – Warren with a jumping knee. Kirk lands a left as Warren is coming in. Half way through the round. Warren changes levels and secures a double leg, winding up in the half guard of Kirk. Kirk walks up the cage and returns to his feet, eats a knee to the body on his way up. They separate. Warren is quick to try another take down attempt but Kirk stuffs it this time. Warren is relentless with his take down attempts, landing yet another with one minute left in the round. Kirk scrambles back to his knees, Warren begins to land a high volume of strikes to Kirk’s head as he has control of his back with Herzog warning him that they are close to the back of his head. Warren closes out the round in a dominant position.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Warren

Round Two:

Warren attempts a jumping knee, misses, but uses it to set up a take down once again ending up in the half guard of Kirk. Warren is looking to step over the half guard and transition to full mount but Kirk maintains half guard. Warren looking to soften him up with some ground and pound. Warren transitions to side control. He traps Kirk’s left arm looking for a crucifix. They scramble. Warren with an arm bar / inverted triangle submission attempt. Warren is looking to extend the arm of Kirk. Kirk rolls with him and defends. Warren pursues with submission, softening Kirk up with some hard shots that he cannot defend. Warren extends the arm, Kirk taps!

Joe Warren def. Nick Kirk via submission (armbar) in round 2.

Marcus Davis vs. Tiger Sarnavskiy

Referee: Jason Herzog

Round One:

Sarnavskiy lands a straight right that drops Davis to the ground. Sarnavskiy immediately swarms him looking to finish the fight. He takes his back and secures a body triangle. He lands some hard shots on a flattened Davis. They roll. Sarnavskiy stays with him and looks for a rear naked briefly but switches back to ground and pound. Sarnavskiy has Davis bloodied up as he sinks in another rear naked choke attempt. This time it’s under the chin. Davis taps!

Alexander Sarnavskiy def. Marcus Davis via submission (rear naked choke) in round 1.

Ricardo Tirloni vs. Rich Clementi

Referee: Jason Herzog

Round One:

Tirloni opens with consecutive low kicks. Clementi sweeps Tirloni with a low kick. Tirloni catches Clementi with a left hook that has Clementi smiling. Clementi touches his forehead and notices some blood. Tirloni finding a home for his left. Clementi with a spinning back kick. Tirloni throws a straight right but Clementi uses a low kick to sweep Tirloni’s legs out from under him again. Clementi with his hands low despite getting the worse of the punching exchanges. 1:30 remaining left in the round. Tirloni lands a left  hook once again. Clementi with a leaping right hook. Clementi explodes forward with a combination in the final 10 seconds.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Tirloni

Round Two:

Tirloni catches Clementi with a knee to the body at the start of the round. Tirloni presses forward with a knee followed by a level change and a take down attempt – Clementi stuffs and they reset in the center of the cage. Clementi throws a low kick but is hit hard by a counter right. Tirloni once again finds a home for that left hook that opens up the cut of Clementi. Tirloni throws a looping right hand but Clementi isn’t having any of it. Clementi turning up the pace a bit, pressing forward with punching combinations. Clementi moves forward with a straight right, Tirloni once again counters with a left hook followed by a left, right combination to the body. 1:00 left in the fight and Tirloni lands another body combination. Near the end of the round, Clementi looks for the take down but Tirloni stuffs it and attempts an outside trip right before the bell.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Tirloni

Round Three:

Clementi with two consecutive low kicks. Tirloni walking down Clementi, moving straight towards him. Clementi lands with a spinning back fist but Tirloni shrugs it off. Clementi once again targetting the lead leg of Tirloni. Tirloni presses forward with a body kick followed up by a clinch. Clementi reverses Tirloni against the cage, Tirloni pushes back and completes an outside trip. Tirloni ends up in full guard, Clementi utilizes mission control. Tirloni breaks free and attempts some ground and pound. Clementi active with his gaurd as always. Clementi threatens with a leg lock as Tirloni becomes more active with his ground and pound in the final minute of the round. Clementi is able to reverse position and they move to their feet. They exchange punches. Tirloni throws a high kick attempt that misses and the closing bell sounds.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Tirloni

Ricardo Tirloni def. Rich Clementi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

John Alessio vs. Will Brooks

Referee: Jason Herzog

Round One:

Brooks with a very wide stance, unloading with a low kick followed by a high kick attempt. Brooks opening up with his kicks, Alessio trying to chase Brooks around and take away some of the distance. Brooks with a high kick again followed by a knee. Alessio changes levels and explodes to secure a double leg take down. Alessio lands in side control but makes a slight mistake that Brooks capitalizes on to get to his feet. Alessio stays on him and presses him against the cage. Brooks creates space and separates and begins to open up with his kicks once again. Alessio continues to try and drive forward for a take down – Brooks lands a switch. Alessio sinks in a guillotine attempt and jumps guard. Brooks pushes him off and ends up on top of him with 1:30 remaining in the round. Alessio threatens with an arm bar that results in Brooks standing up and backing away. Brooks shoots again for a take down and quickly gets it back to the ground, landing in the half guard of Alessio to close out the round.

Mikal’s Scorecard; 10-9 Brooks.

Round Two:


Alessio looks to immediately close the distance and drag this fight to the ground but Brooks does a great job scrambling and winding up on top of Alessio.  Alessio is able to return to his feet. Brooks is looking for a take down, Alessio threatens with a guillotine and once again pulls guard. Brooks is able to pop his head out and wind up on top at the half way point of the fight. Alessio secures a body lock, controlling the posture of Brooks that eventually results in the referee standing them up. Alessio catches Brooks with a straight right that has him backing up – Brooks trips over his own feet and falls to the ground but is quick to get up to his feet. Brooks explodes forward and secures a take down against the cage. Brooks transitions to full mount. Alessio rolls and gives up his back, Brooks looking for a rear naked. Final 10 seconds, Brooks switches to land some strikes before the closing bell.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Brooks.

Round Three:

Both fighters looking pretty fresh, though Brooks looking more confident. Brooks lands an outside trip on Alessio and returns to the guard of his opponent. Brooks attempting to transition in between ground and pound. He moves to side control. Alessio scrambles. Brooks maintains control of the position though loses side control with Alessio having both butterflies in. Transition attempt from Brooks has him taking the back of Alessio after a brief scramble but Alessio explodes to his feet. Brooks lands a series of knees to Alessio that appear to have him hurt. Alessio is cut wide open. Brooks has a body lock around the back of Alessio and is punishing the body with knees. He steps over looking to take back control. Final 10 seconds. Brooks closes out the round landing some more ground and pound.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Brooks

Will Brooks def. John Alessio via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-25)

Saad Awad vs. Martin Stapleton

Referee: Jason Herzog

Round One:

Awad clips Stapleton with a counter that drops him almost immediately. Stapleton pops back up but desperately drives through for a take down. He secures a single leg and  looks to work in the guard of Awad. Awad active in his guard and is able to sweep Stapleton and end up on top! Awad trying to transition to a better position, obtaining full mount and looks to pound out Stapleton. Stapleton rolls, Award takes his back with both hooks in. Awad is hunting for a rear naked choke. Good wrist control from Stapleton to prevent the submission. Awad lands some shots to soften him up and once again sinks in a rear naked attempt. It’s under the chin! Stapleton taps!

Saad Award def. Martin Stapleton via submission (rear naked choke) in round 1.

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Andy Uhrich vs. Nathan Coy

Referee: Dave Hagen

Round One:

Uhrich with an early jab. Coy attempts a flying knee. Coy clinches with Uhrich pressing him against the cage but quickly separates. Uhrich lands a stiff jab that has Coy stumbling and shooting for a desparation take down. Coy seems to of recovered as the two battle for position against the cage, Coy still looking for that take down. Coy secures the take down with 2:45 remaining. Uhrich looking for the upkick as Coy stands up looking to create space and dive in for a hard shot. Coy moves past his legs and takes side control. Uhrich swivels his hips and moves Coy into his guard. Coy continues to stand up in attempts of dropping down, landing a hard shot and ending up in a better position but Uhrich doing a great job of preventing Coy from obtaining a dominant position. Uhrich explodes to his feet but eats some hard shots from Coy on his way up. 30 seconds left in the round. Coy lands flush with a right, and then lands a two punch combination to close out the round.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Coy

Round Two:

Coy quickly lands a hard blow that knocks down Uhrich. Uhrich backs up against the cage, Coy changes levels and secures a take down. Coy postures up and looks to move to side control. Uhrich once again regains guard. Coy looking to land body-head combinations. Coy stands up and is landing some huge rights. Coy is giving Uhrich no space to get to his feet and regain composure – great pressure from him in this round. Coy continues to stand up and dive back in, keeping the fight where he wants it.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Coy

Round Three:

Uhrich is going to need to turn up the pace in this round. Coy a little less aggressive this round. Coy lands a lead right hook as Uhrich steps in. Uhrich with two consecutive low kicks. Coy with a high kick followed by a take down attempt. Uhrich stuffs it and attempts to take the back of Coy but is unable to get the hooks in. Coy looks to return to his feet and eats his knee on the way up but secures a body lock and pushes Uhrich all the way into the cage.  Coy changes levels and attempts a take down. Uhrich defends and jumps over to his back but once again cannot get his hooks in. Uhrich attempting to isolate the left arm of Coy with a kimura attempt. Uhrich loses the attempt and Coy winds up on top. 30 seconds left in the round. Coy ends the round on top and controlling Uhrich.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Uhrich

Nathan Coy def. Andy Uhrich via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Marcin Held vs. Ryan Healy

Referee: Dave Hagen

Round One:

Held throwing lots of feints lookign to find the range for his jab. Held comes forward with a three punch combination, all landing flush. Healy coming in with a combination but Healy counters with a combination, landing hard with a right, dropping Healy. Held swarms him. The referee stops the fight!

Marcin Held def. Ryan Healy via knockout in round 1.

Dave Vitkay vs. Tyson Jeffries

Referee: Shawn Gregory

Round One:

Vitkay explodes out of the gate with a body kick. The two clinch up, Jeffries takes Vitkay against the cage. Vitkay reverses the position. Jeffries reverses once more, walks Vitkay away from the cage and uses a nice toss to get into side mount with plenty of time to work. Vitkay is able to regain full guard after a brief armbar attempt. Jeffries postures up and looks to land some ground and pound. Vitkay throwing hammer fists from the bottom. Jeffries creating a lot of space for his ground and pound. Vitkay looks to threaten with a kimura but Jeffries capitalizes and takes his back, looking to explode into a rear naked choke. Both hooks are in with 1:30 left in the round. Vitkay tries to roll to his knees, Jeffries rolls with him but loses a hook. He regains his second hook. 10 seconds remaining. Vitkay somersaults out of submission attempt before the bell sounds.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Jeffries

Round Two:

Vitkay with two shots to the body, one a kick and one a knee. Jeffries stalking Vitkay down as Vitkay circles away throwing kicks from the outside. Vitkay with a telegraphed take down attempt, Jeffries defends. The two clinch and battle for position against the cage. Vitkay continuing to work the body. They separate. Vitkay lands another body kick. They clinch again, Vitkay changes levels and secures a take down. He throws some low power, high volume rights to the body of Jeffries. Vitkay attempts to step over and transition to mount but Jeffries is able tod efend. Jeffries is looking for a guillotine. He threatens with an attempt but has absolutely no guard in, Vitkay is able to defend easily. 30 seconds remaining in the round. Vitkay working in half guard to close out the round.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Vitkay

Round Three:

Vitkay immediately pressing forward but Jeffries clinches and controls position against the cage. Jeffries with a take down. Vitkay returns to his feet but Jeffries has hold of his back and is landing some big rights hand. Jeffries drags Vitkay down and once again has his back. Jeffries sinks in both hooks. Vitkay scrambles and shakes off Jeffries, landing on top of him and looks to land some ground and pound. Vitkay tries to step over for full mount once again but doesn’t do it properly. Jeffries regains half guard. Vitkay moves to side control, Jeffries rolls. Vitkay takes his back. Vitkay sinks in a rear naked choke! Jeffries taps!

Dave Vitkay def. Tyson Jeffries via submission (rear naked choke) in round 1.

Scott Thometz vs. Brent Primus

Referee: Shawn Gregory

Round One:

The two exchange low kicks to open the round. Thometz follows his up with a body kick. Primus responds with a body kick, jab combination. Thometz looks for a take down but Primus defends and secures a better position. Thometz looking for a switch. Primus looking to isolate an arm of Thometz and secure a kimura. Thomatz kneeing the shin of Primus. Primus switches to a straight am bar attempt but Thometz defends. Thometz threatens with an arm bar of his own! Primus defends and ends up on top of Thometz. He steps over for full mount. Thometz rolls, Primus takes back control and flattens out Thometz with both hooks in and is looking for a rear naked choke.  Primus starts to soften up Thometz with ground and pound. 1:30 left in the round. Primus with the rear naked choke attempt, he’s got it locked in. Thometz taps!

Brent Primus def. Scott Thometz via submission (rear naked choke) in round 1.

Austin Springer vs. Zach Skinner

Referee:

Round One:

Skinner throwing heavy shots but missing twice. Springer looking to walk down Skinner throwing combinations and pressing forward. Lots of feints thus far, but Skinner lands a big right hand that stuns Springer! Springer shoots for the take down and gets Skinner down momentarily – they’re quick to return to their feet. Skinner grabs a body lock around the back of Springer, looking to lift him up and take him down. Springer reverses the position and starts to throw a high volume of rights as Skinner tries to return to his feet. They’re battling for position – Springer lands a solid kick followed by a knee. Skinner changes levels and once again takes him down.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Skinner

Round Two:

Springer lands two solid body kicks to open the round. Springer once again aggressively coming forward with combinations. Skinner having some success with his left jab but Springer getting the better of the punching exchanges so far. The two each connect with a hook, Springer changes levels and looks for a take down. They scramble a bit, Skinner defends but eats a knee to the body. Springer landing a jab followed by a straight right. Springer QUADRUPLES up on his jab and follows it up with a right. He’s really found his range. Skinner throws a heavy right in response. Springer with a body kick. Skinner looks for a take down after eating a left hook – Springer defends a single leg and uses a hip toss to get on top of Skinner. He lands a bit of ground and pound but stands back up to his feet. In the last 10 seconds, Springer completes a double leg take down.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Springer

Round Three:

Very explosive start to the round with Springer picking up Skinner and literally throwing him to the ground before throwing another body kick. Springer looking much lighter on his feet and has established his jab. Springer has opened up with his combos while Skinner looks to replicate that power shot he landed in the first. Springer looking to end the fight, stalking Skinner down throwing heavy combinations. Both an uppercut and right hook looked to of hurt Skinner. Springer secures a double leg and picks up Skinner immediately dropping him to the ground but backing away quickly. After some punching exchanges, Springer once again shoots for a double leg and secures the take down. 1:45 remaining in the round.  Springer still landing at a higher volume, the momentum clearly in his favor. Skinner finds a home for his left hand that drops Springer momentarily. Springer presses Skinner against the cage, Skinner battles back and starts throwing wildly. Springer with a spinning back fist. Skinner looks to secure a body lock take down but the bell sounds. Great end to the round! Skinner is busted up.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Springer

Austin Springer def. Zach Skinner via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)

Jeremiah Riggs vs. Peter Aspinwall

Referee: –

Round One:

Missed the first half of round one, sorry about that! We tune in to Riggs showing his ground game by controlling Aspinwall on the ground with Aspinwall doing his best to strike from the bottom. Riggs throwing his left to the body. The referee calls for action. Riggs looking a bit more active with his ground and pound as we reach the final minute of the round. Riggs looks to posture up for more efficient ground and pound and throws a body-body-head combination. Riggs ends the round on top.

Mikal’s Scorecard: N/A

Round Two:

Aspinwall and Riggs battle for position against the cage with Riggs changing levels and looking for a single left. Aspinwall defends, the two are still clinched. Beautiful outside trip from Aspinwall as he takes top control over Riggs. Aspinwall stacks up on Riggs and begins to ground and pound his opponent, mixing punches with elbows. Riggs regains half guard. Riggs turns slightly and Aspinwall is quick to take control of his back. Aspinwall with both hooks in and looks for a rear naked choke. The attempt is too high on the jaw line and is defended. Riggs explodes and spins, ending up in the full guard of Aspinwall at the half way mark.  Good body shot by Riggs. 1:30 left in the round. Riggs picking his shots carefully, Aspinwall not threatening with any submissions from his back. The referee stands them up, Riggs takes a deep breath. 15 seconds remaining. Riggs charges forward with a right but trips, Aspinwall throws an uppercut but misses.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Aspinwall

Round Three:

Riggs opens the round with a body combination, Aspinwall counters with a low kick that has Riggs stumble. Aspinwall looks for a standing guillotine – Riggs drops to the ground. The submission attempt is abandoned as Aspinwall transitions to side control. Aspinwall is looking to set up a crucifix. Riggs swivels his hips and regains full guard.  Aspinwall taking control of this third round, once again transitioning to side control. Riggs actively throwing strikes from the bottom but Aspinwall is landing more powerful shots from the top. In the final 10 seconds Riggs explodes to his feet and unleashes punches, getting Aspinwall on the ground and throwing as hard as he can but it seems to be too little too late.

Mikal’s Scorecard: 10-9 Aspinwall

Peter Aspinwall def. Jeremiah Riggs via split decision (29-28 Aspinwall, 29-28 Riggs, 29-28 Aspinwall)





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