USKO Fight Night #6 Full Results and Recap

USKO Fight Night #6 delivered an action packed evening on Saturday in Riverside, California. The crowd was alive and energized despite the high temperatures inside the building. The fighters showcased the same energy, as every fight on the card was filled with hard-hitting action. USKO is quickly becoming the place to be to showcase entertaining Muay Thai bouts. Fighters from gyms all over SoCal come to compete on these fight cards, which makes for some very entertaining match ups. The night featured two title bouts including a main event for the Super Welterweight Championship between titleholder Alfredo Cervantes and challenger Jacobe Powell.

Super Welterweight Championship: Alfredo Cervantes (c) vs. Jacobe Powell

Round 1: The bell sounds and Powell comes out and smothers Cervantes. Powell throws a flurry of strikes and has Cervantes up against the ropes. Powell is able to drop Cervantes with the strikes and the referee comes in to administer a 10 count. Cervantes looks stunned but is able to answer the referee’s count. Cervantes recovers well and moves forward. Powell lands a hard kick to the leg of Cervantes but he champion continues to move forward. Cervantes moves in closer so Powell cannot get any more offensive in. Cervantes pushes Powell to the corner and unleashes a flurry of his own. Powell tries to punch is way out of the corner but is met with a vicious overhand right from Cervantes and is knocked out cold.

Alfredo Cervantes def. Jacobe Powell via KO in Round 1

Julian Wilkerson vs. Wilson Ha

Round 1: Both men trade high kicks to start the round. Ha pushes forward with Wilkerson countering. Wilkerson lands a push kick and follows it up with a right elbow. Ha pushes forward and drops Wilkerson with a punch. Wilkerson quickly gets to his feet the two trade kicks before the round ends.

Round 2: Ha eats a kick to the midsection to land a hard elbow on Wilkerson. Ha lands a combo of kicks to the body and a low kick. Wilkerson counters with punches. As Ha moves forward he lands a kick below the belt of Wilkerson and the action is stopped. The action resumes and Wilkerson has taken exception to the low blow and comes out swinging and lands a series of punches. Ha continues to throw kicks this round and is having success landing. Ha lands a hard front kick that sends Wilkerson on his bottom right as the bell sounds ending the round.

Round 3: Ha comes forward but Wilkerson meets him with punches and kicks. Wilkerson is throwing at a high volume this round. Ha continues to push forward and lands a hard right that stuns Wilkerson. Wilkerson is still standing despite the hard shots from Ha. Wilkerson looks tired but pushes through. The two fighters embrace after the bell rings.

Wilson Ha def. Julian Wilkerson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrew Olivarez vs. Joseph Williams

Round 1: Hard exchanges open up the fight. Williams puts Olivarez up against the ropes but Olivarez punches his way out. Olivarez lands a hard knee to the body. Williams comes in close and dirty boxes for a while. Hard first round as both men came out swinging.

Round 2:  Williams comes out charging and quickly has Olivarez up against the ropes. Overhand rights from Williams rocks Olivarez badly. Williams comes out really aggressive. Olivarez tries to push kick Williams away but it has little effect and the onslaught from Williams continues. Williams has Olivarez in the corner and comes in close and lands a hard shot to the body followed by a hard uppercut. The referee steps in and administers a standing count. Midway through the count Olivarez hunches over in pain and the fight is stopped.

Joseph Williams def. Andrew Olivarez via TKO in Round 2 at 1:23

USKO Featherweight Title Bout: Rogelio Gonzales vs. Gilbert Nakatani

Round 1: Both men come out strong. Nakatani is getting the better of the exchanges. Nakatani gets Gonzales up against the ropes and tees off. Gonzales eats the punches and gets off the ropes. The round ends with both men exchanging kicks.

Round 2: Gonzales takes the center of the ring and stalks Nakatani. The two trade leg kicks. It is not long before Nakatani gains control of the ring and starts landing first. Bruises all over Gonzales mid section start to show. Nakatani lands a hard strike that knocks Gonzales’ mouthpiece out and the action stops. It resumes with a spinning back kick from Nakatani. Gonzales lands a leg kick before the round ends.

Round 3: Nakatani lands a series of right hooks to Gonzales. Gonzales is proving to be very resilient. Nakatani is landing the more powerful shots but Gonzales moves forward and even eggs Nakatani on. After a brief break up Gonzales lands a hard kick to the body. The round ends with both men exchanging strikes to the cheers for the crowd.

Gilbert Nakatani def. Rogelio Gonzales via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-27)

Preliminary Card Results:

Joshua Caldwell vs. Sam Samuels via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Justin Drouin def. Jose Segura via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Rob Pearlman def. Jesse Batista via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Parrish Shipley def. Ryker Palma via TKO in Round 2

Eviana Elizarraras def. Britney Jansen via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)

Josue Tapia def. Angel Martinez via TKO in Round 2

Jilbert Rafol def. Christian Keeney via TKO in Round 2

Steve Varela def. Richard Chirino via Majority Decision (29-28, 28-28, 29-27)

Nattaicha Kudsanoi def. Rachel Feghali via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Matthew Ingram def. Edgardo Sanchez via TKO in Round 2 at 0:41

Jesse Sirisach def. Manuel Arsenio Jr. via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ethan Flowrest def. Axel Gallardo via TKO in Round 3

Golden Boy Promotions: LA Fight Club, Full Recap

Golden Boy Promotions presented LA Fight Club on Thursday August 10 in Downtown Los Angeles. The fight card was filled with fighters from all over Southern California and there was a party atmosphere in the building at the very beginning. The crowd was eager to see a night full of action and they were not disappointed. Three bouts were on deck for the Estrella TV broadcast with the main event being local fighter Charles Huerta take on Mexico’s Miguel A. Gonzalez.

Super Featherweight: Charles Huerta (19-5, 11 KO’s) vs. Miguel A. Gonzalez (20-2 17, KO’s)

Charles Huerta is hometown fighter hailing from Paramount, CA which is only a few miles from the Belasco Theater where tonight’s action took place. Huerta had a tough time defending his home turf as his opponent Miguel A. Gonzalez gave him tough test in the night’s main event.

The fight started with good back and forth action from both men. Gonzalez was a little more active on his feet while Huerta picked his shots and stayed in the pocket. Gonzalez had success early on in hitting the body of Huerta but a nice hard left hook from Huerta rocked Gonzalez and slowed down any momentum he had gained.

The main event was very entertaining but it did have a small moment of controversy in the second round. Huerta landed a hard shot to the body that crippled Gonzalez and sent him to the canvas. However, the referee ruled the shot a low blow and it was not counted as an official knockdown. The crowd did not seem to buy it but Gonzalez was in pain either way. After a few moments he was ready to continue. Gonzalez ate one more shot to the body and now that he had the low blow in the referee’s mind he sold it as such. The fight was not stopped but the referee did warn Huerta to keep the punches up.

The middle rounds saw Huerta push forward but Gonzalez did not back down. It was in the fourth and fifth round where Huerta turned up the gears and became the more aggressive fighter. Gonzalez looked to be gassing out by the fifth round but still remained competitive by switching his stance.

The sixth round saw the most action as both men really went all out and stayed in tight on each other and exchanged blows. Huerta was getting the better of the exchanges by remaining more technical then Gonzalez who started to look frustrated by the lack of damage he was inflicting on Huerta.

As the final round began there was a sense in the air that this round could be the best of the fight. Unfortunately that was not the case as less than a minute in a clash of heads halted all the action. Gonzalez suffered a small cut above his left eye but it was Huerta who got the worst of it. Huerta has suffered a deeper cut above his right eye. He was examined by the ring side physician and after a few moments it was determined that he could not continue to fight. The blood from the cut had run into Huerta’s eye and down his chest. It was an easy call for the physician. After the stoppage the fight was then turned over to the judges’ score cards.

“I thought we got the unanimous decision,” said Charles Huerta. “I felt like I was blocking a lot more of his shots, and was able to counter him. I will say that I felt that I let myself get smothered, and maybe that’s why it looked a lot more even inside the ring. He made it a tough fight. Once I go back to the gym, I will be working on my conditioning so that I can have better performances than this fight.”

Charles Huerta def. Miguel A. Gonzalez via decision (78-75, 77-76, and 78-75) after an accidental head but in Round 8 at: 032.  

 Lightweight: Christian Gonzalez (16-1, 14 KO’s) vs. Daniel Perales (10-10-1, 5 KO’s)

Christian Gonzalez has a large number of fans in the crowd. Hailing from Orange County it is obvious his fans made the trip up the freeway to Los Angeles to cheer him on. There were many fans wearing “Chimpa” shirts and there was a “Chimpa is #1” sign in the front row. Daniel Perales had no other choice but to try and drown out the fan’s admiration for Gonzalez and focus on the task at hand.

As the opening bell sounded the crowd started chanting “Chimpa, Chimpa, Chimpa”. Perales stayed closed in and tight to start the fight but Gonzalez landed at will. Gonzalez pushed Perales to the ropes and landed a hard right. Perales pushed his way off the ropes but Gonzalez remained calm and focused. Gonzalez continued to land and ended the round with a nice combo to the head and body of Perales.

Perales came out a little more aggressive to start the second round but that did not faze Gonzalez. Gonzalez continued his offensive onslaught against Perales. At one point Perales complained to the referee of being hit in the back of the head but that did little to slow Gonzalez down. As the action resumed Gonzalez stalked Perales to the ropes and landed a vicious overhand right that wobbled Perales. Gonzalez followed that up with a vicious uppercut right before the bell sounded.

Perales took a great beating in the first two rounds and everyone in the building could sense that the end of the fight was near. A hard right hand from Gonzalez pushes Perales to the ropes. From there Gonzalez lands a left cross. Perales tried to escape but wound up in the corner and after a few more punches from Gonzalez he fell to his knees and was unable to answer the referee’s count.

“When the referee calls the fight, man, that’s the greatest feeling in the world after putting in eight-weeks of hard work in training,” said Christian Gonzalez. “Since my last fight, I learned to be a lot more relaxed, and to really take my time and have patience inside the ring. Perales had a good left hook and had a lot of power, but we practiced my jab in the ring and we wanted to go round by round – I’m glad that we got the knockout on the third round!”

Christian Gonzalez def. Daniel Perales via KO in Round 3 at 1:14.

Featherweight: Francisco Esparza (6-0, 2 KO’s) vs. Fernando Fuentes (12-7, 4 KO’s)

Francisco Fuentes came out to the ring first looking focused. Fernando Esparza came out second and was accompanied by a Banda vocalist who was singing has he escorted Esparza to the ring. Esparza hails from Las Vegas and there was a little bit of the Vegas showmanship in his entrance.

As far as opening bouts go, this match up good job of getting the crowd in the fighting mood. Both Esparza and Fuentes did not back down and took everything each other had to give.  The fight started with Esparza landing early shots to the body of Fuentes. However, it did not take Fuentes long to find a home for his left hook. The first real big shot of the fight came from Fuentes’ left hook that landed square on Esparza’s face. The shot garnered a collection of cheers from the crowd.

The second round turned out to be Fuentes’ best work. He opened the round by landing a series of body shots that really seemed to hurt Esparza. Yet despite having his opponent hurt, Fuentes could not follow up on the damage; much to the dismay of his corner who kept screaming for Fuentes to push forward and land more shots to the body. Esparza used a series of tie ups to help him recover and it seemed to work has he was able to finish the round with a flurry of punches.

The middle rounds of the bout say both fighters go all out and trade punches. At times each fighter looked to gain the upper hand the tide was always quick to turn back in the other’s favor. Esparza took a little bit of a beating in the middle rounds but he closed out the fight strong and it looked like Fuentes was gassing out just a bit.

It was a difficult bout to score with both men showing their fighting spirit and refusing to back down. When it came time to see the judges’ scorecards one judge had it 58-56 for Esparza while the other two scored it 57-57 making the bout a majority draw.

“It is what it is, obviously the judges have a different view point from me inside the ring,” said Francisco Esparza. “We kept clashing heads, and I got a cut over my eye that I got lucky didn’t get out of control. He was a bit taller and had a bit more of a reach. Every fight is a chance to improve.”

“He was pretty tough, but he kept head-butting me,” said Fernando Fuentes. “I’m hearing that they want a rematch, and if we were to fight again, I’d like to go eight rounds instead of six. It took us both some time to warm up, and in the beginning he was a bit slow and I wish I would have thrown more punches at the start.”

A Championship Conversation with Lorenz Larkin

Listen to our Championship Conversation with Bellator MMA standout Lorenz Larkin! He sets the record straight abou his beef with Paul Daley. He explains what sets Scott Coker apart for any other promoters he’s dealt with in the past. He goes into how Bellator invests in all of thier fighters and not just their top stars. What representing the city of Riverside, CA means to him. He also calls out other fighters for creating fake beefs to sell tickets and gives his thoughts on Rory MacDonald’s Bellator Debut!

You can follow Lorezn Larkin on Twitter and Instagram: @da_monsoon

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Watch: FiveRoundMMA Episode 26, Season 5

We have the fallout from UFC’s International Fight Week! Did Michael Bisping try too hard to steal the spotlight from Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker? Will Whittaker engage in a war of words with Bisping? Did Amanda Nunes have a legit reason for pulling out of her bout against Valentina Schevchenko or was she simply scard to fight her? Plus did Justin Gaethje have the best UFC debut in recent memory? All this and much more!

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Demetrious Johnson Speaks Out Against Dana White and the UFC

In an unprecedented act, current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson as penned a lengthy response and telling account of his dealings with UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Sean Shelby. In the response Johnson claims that it is the UFC’s “mistreatment and bullying” of him have finally reached a boiling point in the negotiations of a potential bout with TJ Dillashaw.

Johnson goes into great detail and pulls back the curtain on the business elements of the sport of mixed martial arts.

For years I have been a company man and kept quiet, accepting fights, doing as they asked, and always remaining humble and grateful for the opportunities provided to me through mixed martial arts. This is how I was raised through the sport. Unfortunately, UFC’s mistreatment and bullying has finally forced me to speak out. I’ve decided to speak out now as I feel like my values and character as a person and a fighter are being tarnished by an organization I’ve done nothing but sweat and bleed for over the last seven years of my life. If it takes me speaking up and encouraging other fighters to ban together to start getting fair treatment, then so be it.

UFC Matchmaker Mick Maynard called and offered the fight vs. Ray Borg. I thought [Sergio] Pettis was a more marketable name and on a longer winning streak. Mick went back to Dana, then came back and told us that I had no choice, it was going to be Ray Borg, not Pettis, and there were no other options. That was the command from Dana and company. This would mean that my only chance at PPV points at flyweight was vs. Ray Borg. I said OK, but it’s not fair to make that my only chance at PPV points, when Cody Garbrandt is saying he wants to come down and fight me at flyweight, which was the fight I wanted. We told Mick that to be fair we would take the fight, but [we] want PPV points for future fights at flyweight. Mick agreed and said it was fair and didn’t see any problem with that situation. Mick spoke to Dana and [UFC matchmaker] Sean Shelby, who then told him to deny giving me any future PPV points for all of my future flyweight fights. Further, I still had to fight Ray Borg and they were giving me no other choice. I accepted the fight with Ray and decided to deal with the unfair situation and despicable treatment by Dana and Sean after I succeed in breaking the consecutive title fight defense record in my next fight vs. Borg. Mick thanked me for accepting the fight, knowing that I was being screwed over and mistreated by Dana and Sean.

I wanted a reason for not being allowed any future PPV points. Sean Shelby called and told us how smaller fighters don’t sell, that UFC can’t make stars of anyone, and that a fight between Cody and I wouldn’t be a sellable fight. We disagreed. I think a fight between Cody and I would be popular if it was even given a small serving of the marketing efforts put into other big fights.

UFC has failed to market and promote me appropriately. Prior to my last fight, where I tied the record for the most consecutive successful title defenses, we waited to re-post UFC’s social media posts about me from their Facebook page. There weren’t any posts until a few days into fight week, then, there were a total of two posts. In comparison to others who they promote across their social media platforms, they failed to do their job in promoting me and that monumental event. In my recent conversations, Sean and Dana have confirmed UFC’s lack of desire to put any effort into promoting us.

In addition to the above, I want to address the lack of marketing and promotion of the flyweight division, even though Dana will claim otherwise. I would challenge that the UFC doesn’t even market the division. It’s been three years since the UFC launched three new divisions in two years (2012 to 2014) where they focused most of their marketing efforts to grow female mixed martial arts, which I understand. But, we are now three years post-launch, and the company continues to do the bare minimum in marketing the division well past the launch of these other divisions. As a fighter, I pay very close attention to the amount of marketing that goes into and around my fights and I can tell you that you’d be hard pressed to find much that has been done to promote me outside of TUF 24, which was minimal in comparison to other fights, fighters and shows. With me, the UFC chooses not to market the best fighter in the world and arguably the greatest fighter of all time. I can’t think of any other sports organization in the world that has the best player in the sport where the league, or the organization, doesn’t market that player to their loyal fan base to sell more of their product. Look at my track record for showing up to fights. Look at my track record of finishing fights. Look at my track record of getting fight night bonuses. Ask yourself if you think that if the UFC decided to truly put marketing dollars behind me that they couldn’t sell me or my fights.

Completely unrelated — and after the accepted fight vs. Ray Borg — Cody Garbradt injured his back and TJ Dillashaw said he wanted to fight me. Dana told me he wanted me to fight TJ, which I disagreed with for multiple reasons. First, TJ has never fought at flyweight and is unlikely to make the weight, which would then eliminate the possibility of breaking the title defense record. Second, they have already told me that a fight between Cody and I wouldn’t be sellable, so fighting TJ would have no monetary upside. Third, TJ is not a flyweight or a current champion in another weight class and was KO’ed by the flyweight whom I beat twice already. Last, Ray Borg and I already agreed to the fight, which UFC tyrannically demanded, while denying me any future PPV points.

After telling Dana my reasons, Dana angrily told me that I am fighting TJ, once again, with no other option or say in my career, and against the plans we had previously laid out. He went on further to say that if I didn’t take the fight against TJ, and drop Borg as the opponent, he would get rid of the entire flyweight division. He said, this is for TJ and I’m taking away TJ’s opportunity. That fact that he feels that what I should do in my career is for TJ, tells where his priority lies.

Sorry Dana, my career is about Demetrious Johnson and my goals of fighting the best current flyweights, breaking the record of title defenses, going after the bantamweight champion after I have broken the record, and making money for my family. My career is not about doing for Dana’s buddy, who is neither a bantamweight champion or flyweight contender. We ended by disagreeing and left it there. The next day, Dana went to the media and announced that I was fighting TJ Dillashaw, in an obvious attempt to bully me in the media and tarnish my reputation. I posted a short statement letting people know that I had not agreed to the TJ fight, but had already agreed to fight Ray Borg, as demanded by UFC.

Dana put up an interview stating that it was “insane” that I didn’t want to fight TJ, that “he makes the matches and that is the match he is making,” and, “You tell me why DJ doesn’t want to fight TJ,” trying to make it as though I am scared or ducking TJ Dillashaw.

Mick spoke to me to try to change the offer from Ray to TJ. I told Mick that I thought TJ should fight once in the division first, prove he can make the weight and get a win at that weight, then fight me if I wasn’t already busy with Cody. Mick agreed that it made the most sense.

Later Mick called again, as mandated by Dana, to try to make the fight with TJ and drop Ray. We told him that we didn’t think TJ would make the weight and the fight would be off since it would no longer be a title fight without TJ making weight. Mick said they guaranteed that TJ would make weight. We told him that since it was guaranteed by TJ and UFC was demanding and putting me in a bad circumstance, then it is fair that if TJ didn’t make weight, the fight would be off and I would still get my guarantee, plus TJ’s guaranteed pay. Mick said that Ray would be on the card and he could fill in if TJ didn’t make weight. We said, oh, then which one do I train for? I thought TJ guaranteed he was making weight. Is it a world championship with the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter on earth, or an amateur tournament where I don’t know who I’m fighting until I get there. Obviously there was no guarantee and they just wanted to push me to do something that they knew wasn’t a good choice for my career. The “guarantees” that they made had nothing to back them up and they were unwilling to give a real guarantee to compensate me for all the damage I put on my body preparing for a fight that may not happen. The fact that they said Ray will be a backup shows the lack of respect they have for what we go through in preparing for a fight at this level.

Mick went back to Dana and Sean, then came back and told us that they don’t agree with my request and I have to fight TJ with no guarantee to make weight or financial incentive if he doesn’t make weight. This is typical of the unfulfilled promises and bullying that has gone on through my UFC career.

In summary:

I agreed to their tyrannical demand to fight Ray Borg and Ray also agreed.

UFC has refused to give me PPV points on any future flyweight bouts, and has never given me any PPV points on previous bouts. My request was fair and the matchmaker in charge of the flyweight and bantamweight division agreed.

I gave UFC fair conditions to change the fight to TJ Dillashaw and they refused.

Dana and Sean have told me that they have no interest in marketing me or the smaller divisions, so when they say that I will make PPV money vs. Dillashaw, they leave out the fact that I have to hit certain numbers of buys, which will not be hit if they fail in marketing me like they have in my previous fights.

If TJ doesn’t make weight, I can’t break the record for the most consecutive title defenses and they have denied paying me in that circumstance.

Dana has made an effort to bully me in the media as well as in private, in order to get what he wants, even though it is not what is best for me or the sport.

If Dana says this will be a big PPV fight for me, and that they will promote it properly, then he can pay for it up front and explain to Ray Borg why he is being taken out of the fight that the UFC matchmaker in charge of the division put him in. Otherwise, it is just another lie and attempt to bully me to do something that Dana wants, but is not the right thing to do for the sport or my career.

UFC’s track record in making an effort to promote my fights, and Dana’s claim that this is a big chance for PPV dollars for me tells a different story than what Dana is stating to the public.

LFA 13: Holland vs. Millender Recap and Results

It was a landmark night for the Legacy Fighting Alliance. The promotion that was formed when the Resurrection Fighting Alliance and Legacy Fighting Championship merged together made its debut in Southern California on Friday night. LFA 13 was held at the Burbank Convention Center in Burbank California and aired live on AXS TV. The RFA had made a footprint in Southern California by hosting multiple high profile events and now the LFA is looking to make the print even larger starting on Friday.

The night was special as it marked the SoCal debut for the LFA but it was also the last broadcast for longtime AXS TV announcer Michael Schiavello who will be returning home to his native Australia.

The card was filled with Southern California fighters who all had a ton of support from the crowd in attendance. Because of that the night had intimate atmosphere while still maintaining the big fight feel. The fighters delivered on their end as the night saw eight finishes including a knockout of the year candidate by Dominick Reyes. The main event turned into a grind as Curtis Millender defeated Kevin Holland via a unanimous decision. Check out a round by round recap of the entire night below.

Main Card Results:

Curtis Millender def. Kevin Holland via unanimous decision

Round 1: Holland opens up with a combination of kicks and punches that miss. Millender misses with a kick and Holland lands a takedown but Millender quickly gets back up. Holland pushes Millender up against the cage before the separate. Holland pushes forward with strikes and shoots for a takedown. After a few moments pressed up against the fence Millender breaks apart. Holland continues to throw combinations of kicks and punches. Millender is patient and looks for the right opening to strike. Holland was the more active fighter in the first round but when Millender did land it carried more weight to it.

Round 2: Holland misses with a head kick and slips. He quickly gets back up and regains his composure. Millender still remains patient in looking for the right opportunity to strike. Holland lands a punch that stumbles Millender. Holland pounces but Millender has recovered before any damage can be done. Millender seems to have his feet under him now and lands a hard knee to the face of Holland. Holland ties Millender up against the cage. Millender breaks apart but Holland chases after him. Millender is coming the aggressor and lands a nasty combo of knees and elbows that rock Holland. Millender remains close and all of his strikes are coming in the pocket and are inflecting heavy damage to Holland.

Round 3: Millender has really taken charge of this fight. His strikes are compact and he wastes zero energy throwing them. Holland is the opposite as he has big whooping kicks and strikes and seems to have slowed down from the first round. Millender continues to stalk down his opponent at a deliberate pace. Holland shoots for a takedown but can only manage to push Millender up against the cage. Millender reverses and tries to get Holland in the muay Thai clinch. Holland tries for another takedown but almost gets caught in a guillotine choke. Millender lets go of the choke and starts to land strikes from the top. He lands multiple right hands before alternating with his left. The punches turn into hammer fists but before any serious can be done the bell rings signaling the end of the fight.

Karen Darabedyan def. Sam Liera via submission (rear naked choke) in Round 2 at 1:46

Round 1: Liera and Karen trade leg kicks to start the round. Both men seem to be pacing themselves as not much action is according in the opening moment of the fight. Karan finally lands a takedown and goes for a leg lock. Liera returns the favor but neither man has enough control for a submission. Karen gains control on the ground but cannot sink in any submission. Both men stand up but the bell rings before any action can take place.

Round 2: Karen shoots in for the takedown and lands it. He peppers Liera with strikes while trying to move into his guard. Karen postures up and lands a few more hard shots before repositioning. Liera tries to escape but gives up his back and Karen sinks in the rear naked choke for the submission victory.

Dominick Reyes def. Jordan Powell via KO (head kick) in Round 1 at 0:53

Round 1: Powell charges towards Reyes with wild strikes. Reyes does a good job avoid the attack from Powell. Powell continues to throw strikes but Reyes is able to counter. Reyes lands a few punches but Powell shakes his head in a taunting motion to Reyes. Powell drops his hands and Reyes lands a left kick to the head of Powell. Powell is out col before he hits the canvas. Reyes walks off in style as the crowd erupts in cheers.

Alonzo Menifield def. Khadzhi Bestaev via verbal submission (strikes) in Round 1 at 4:01

Round1: Menifield comes out swinging for the fences and catches Bestaev completely off guard. A right hand grazes Bestaev. Menifield follows it up with a leg kick. After a brief moment on the ground Menifield lets Bestaev stand up. The two trade wild exchanges before it gets taken to the ground again. Menifield is throwing wild strikes but the strikes that do land are hurting Bestaev. Bestaev is doing all he can to get the fight on the ground but Menifield lands heavy ground strikes. Whether on the feet or on the ground Menifield seems to be too much for Bestaev to handle. Menifeld continues to land heavy strikes from the top. Bestaev cannot handle it anymore and verbally taps.

Maikel Perez def. Trent Meaux via submission (rear naked choke) in Round 1 at 4:00

Round 1: Both men circle each other to start the fight. Perez lands a hard right that echoes in the building. Meaux ties up Perez and both men fall to the ground. The fighters get back to their feet but Perez has his foot on the pedal and charges towards Meaux. Meaux tries to avoid Perez but Perez grabs ahold of him and takes him to the ground. Perez gets the back of Meaux and land a neck crank. Meaux’s head is twisted into a nasty position before Perez is able to sink in the rear naked choke.

Herdem Alcabek def. Antonio Arroyo via submission (rear naked choke) in Round 1 at 3:51

Round 1: Arroyo and Alcabek waste little time and start exchanging. Arroyo goes for a flying knee that misses and Alcabek lands a takedown. Alcabeck attempts a kimura but Arroyo defends it well. Alcabeck lands in the guard of Arroyo and peppers him with punches to the ribs. Arroyo manages to push Alcabek off him but eats a hard right hand. Alcabek regains control on the ground and gets the back of Arroyo and sinks in a rear naked choke. Arroyo briefly attempts to stand up but Alcabeck tightens the choke and Arroyo taps out.

Kyler Phillips def. Johnny Quiroz via unanimous decision

Round 1: Phillips starts the round aggressive but missies with a spinning back kick. Quiroz takes control of the cage while Phillips bounces in and out with strikes. Quiroz is doing little in the round. Phillips lands with a spinning back kick. Phillips charges in and gets caught with a right hand by Quiroz that stuns Phillips. Quiroz does not go in for the finish and remains patience and is wasting little energy. Phillips lands a left cross that sends Quiroz back. Quiroz goes for a takedown as the round ends.

Round 2: Quiroz land a kick to the body to start the second round. Quiroz catches a leg kick from Phillips. Both men pick up the action to start the second round. Quiroz misses with a spinning back fists and gets taken down by Phillips. Phillips gets the back of Quiroz and sinks in both hooks. Quiroz does a good job of controlling the wrists of Phillips. Quiroz scrambles to his feet but gets taken right back down. Phillips throws some punches to prove to the referee that his is working. Quiroz is barely staying alive on the ground as Phillips is all over his back. As the final 10 seconds warning goes off both men get to their feet and have a small exchange before the bell rings.

Round 3: Phillips comes out aggressive and pushes Quiroz right up against the cage. He lands the easy takedown and gets the back of Quiroz. Phillips is picking up right where he left off in the second round. Phillips gets reversed but Quiroz cannot do anything on the ground and loses his position and winds up with Phillips right back on top of him. Quiroz is exhausted from carrying the weight of Phillips for almost two whole rounds. Phillips goes for a leg lock but cannot advance. The round comes to and end with both men having their legs tied up together.

Preliminary Card Results:

Dmitry Gerasimov def. Fabio Trindade via submission (darce choke) in Round 1 at 3:21

Round 1: Fabio opens the round with a leg kick. Dmitry rushes in and pushes Fabio up against the cage. After a small scramble on the ground both fighters stand up. After a few moments of inactivity Dmitry lands a kick to the head of Fabio. The kick stuns Fabio badly. His indicts tell him to take the fight to the ground but that proves to be a mistake. Dmitry lands on top of Dmitry and sinks in a darce choke. Fabio has no other choice but to tap out.

Vince Cachero def. Arnold Jimenez via submission (rear naked choke) in Round 2 at 4:46

Tommy Aaron def. Austin Wilson via KO in Round 1 at 0:18

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