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Referee John English starts the action. Erickson
sticks his man with a leg kick and a jab but slips during a head
kick attempt. Lemke is the man moving forward, but he is eating
shots until he connects with a solid one-two that snaps Erickson’s
head back. Erickson presses his foe against the cage and lands with
a nice flurry, but Lemke is unfazed and presses forward, landing
with a pair of hard right hands. Lemke lands with a violent knee
and a hard right hand to the mouth that staggers the 25-year-old,
sealing the deal with a straight left that puts his man on the mat
and signals English to stop the bout.
Lemke stopped Erickson in round one.
Officially, the end comes 2:50 into the first round, giving Lemke a
technical knockout victory.
Referee Kevin McDonald kicks off the contest. Murdock takes the
center of the cage and connects with a nice knee before putting
Raio on his back and unloading with ground-and-pound that is mostly
blocked. Murdock charges ahead with punches and then catches his
foe with a beautiful knee as Raio shot for a double-leg. The man
from Michigan unloads with punches and elbows from the
knee-on-belly position and transitions to side control, where he
drops more punches before returning to his feet. McDonald tells
Raio to stand, and the crowd favorite bulls forward with a hard
combination before eating a counter right hand in retaliation.
Murdock has slowed down considerably in the round’s final minute,
but he is still picking his shots from the outside as the first
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-8 Murdock
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-8 Murdock
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-8 Murdock
Raio lunges forward to begin the second round but
can’t find a home for his one-two. Murdock counters with a body
kick, but “First Class” is much more aggressive so far and catches
his faster opponent with a big right hook at the end of the flurry.
Raio retaliates with a knee and a hard right of his own. The pace
has slowed midway through round two, but Murdock quickly mixes up
his attack with a double-leg takedown. After cracking Raio several
times from top position, Murdock stands, giving McDonald a moment
to have the cage-side doctor examine a cut on Raio’s forehead.
Murdock cracked Raio.
The man from Maine is OK, and the action is soon restarted. Murdock
catches a kick and dumps his foe to his back, landing in half-guard
for just a few seconds before McDonald stands them up to finish the
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Murdock
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Murdock
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Murdock
Raio’s right eye is badly swollen to start the third round. Murdock
continues to strike from the outside, landing a fast knee to Raio’s
dome and charging forward with more punches. Raio has no answer for
Murdock’s speed, which he uses to land a spinning back kick before
scoring with another takedown. After sitting in half guard for some
time, Murdock cracks his man with a nasty elbow and pounds him out
with a series of hard right hands, forcing McDonald to wave off the
contest 4:01 into the final round.
Referee John English starts the middleweights, and
Pacheco moves forward with a solid one-two and forces Pierre to the
mat. “The Juggernaut” easily passes to side control and snatches a
keylock, forcing Pierre to tap out in just 1:54.
Pacheco quickly tapped out Pierry.
Referee Dan Miragliotta starts the light heavyweights, and
Mucitelli rips his man with a body kick and a knee to the ribs
before Dillingham bulls him up against the cage. “Crazy” squirms
away from a body lock attempt and grabs a rear waist lock, dripping
the pro debutant to the mat and then mounting him. Dillingham is in
serious trouble here, but he won’t give up, even as the New Yorker
rains down violent punches and elbows on his face. Mucitelli gives
up mount in favor of an armbar attempt, which he manages to secure
by going belly-down, forcing Dillingham to tap out at 2:48 of round
Referee Kevin McDonald will oversee the forthcoming middleweight
action. Hermansson scores with a body lock takedown to start the
bout. Butcher places him in guard and frames up what appears to be
a tight triangle choke, though the Norwegian is able to withstand
the pressure for quite a long time, even forcing Butcher to briefly
switch to an armbar attempt before locking up the triangle once
again. This time, the 28-year-old finds his squeeze, pulling
Hermansson’s arm across his face and eliciting a tap 2:24 into the
Page demolished Sanders with one blow.
Referee John English kicks off the welterweight showdown, and the
fighters touch gloves to start the fight. Page immediately hops on
his bicycle, avoiding his aggressive opponent. “Venom” circles off
the cage and crushes Sanders with a straight right hand that causes
the man from Maine to crumple to the canvas and assume the fetal
position. English waves the bout off just 10 seconds into round one
as Page looms over his fallen foe.
The middleweights touch gloves after referee Dan Miragliotta starts
the contest. Vitkay charges forward with a body kick and then lands
a nasty knee to the head that floors Peterson. Though the
31-year-old bounces back to his feet, “The A-Town Ogre” charges
forward and lands another lunging knee before pulling guard and
putting Peterson to sleep with an arm-in guillotine just 18 seconds
into the bout.
Referee Kevin MacDonald starts the welterweight
contest, and Davis whiffs on a body kick after taking the center of
the cage. Both men gauge distance for the first minute, but neither
lands anything of consequence as the pro-Davis crowd chants
“Marcus.” Davis is still the aggressor, though Spiritwolf bulls
forward with a double-leg attempt that is stuffed by the
39-year-old. Davis lands another body kick and counters a
Spiritwolf low kick with a straight left. “The Irish Hand Grenade”
attacks but gets clipped by a left hook that makes him dive for
Davis vs. Spiritwolf ended prematurely.
As both men regain their base, Davis launches a solid knee directly
to Spiritwolf’s groin. The Strikeforce vet writhes in pain while
the Lewiston, Maine, crowd chants “bulls---” for one reason or
another. Spiritwolf takes his full five minutes, and MacDonald asks
him several times if he can continue, but the Californian cannot
stand. MacDonald waves the fight off, ruling the bout a
Referee Dan Miragliotta kicks off this heavyweight
confrontation. The men touch gloves and gauge distance until
Martinez suddenly explodes with a three-punch combination that puts
Wiuff on ice skates, finishing his flurry with a left that floors
the 85-fight pro. The result is academic at this point, as the
ProElite vet pounds away at a defenseless Wiuff against the cage
until Miragliotta halts the onslaught just 18 seconds into round
Martinez teed off on Wiuff.
Referee Kevin MacDonald stands in charge of this Season 7
lightweight tournament final. The men touch gloves, and Jansen
connects with a pair of low kicks. Held pursues with a nice right
hand and cracks the American with a hard pair of uppercuts as
Jansen tries to lock up a Thai plum. Held pins his man against the
cage, but Jansen swings him around before the young Pole separates.
Midway through the frame, both men are swinging hard in the center
of the cage, but Held appears to be getting the better of the
exchanges. Held lands another right straight and then an uppercut
before securing the clinch. Jansen rips a hard kick and then a knee
to the body, and Held takes a big breath before firing off a sharp
one-two. The men jockey for position against the cage, and Jansen
shucks off a double-leg attempt before breaking to end the
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Held
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Held
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Held
The lightweights again touch gloves to begin round
two, and Held quickly hits a double-leg takedown and effortlessly
passes the American’s guard. Jansen recovers, however, and uses a
guillotine to sweep the Pole. Held immediately rolls for a heel
hook, however, transitioning to a toe hold and Jansen rolls with
him while pounding away with ground-and-pound. Jansen then slips
his leg out of the hold and mounts the 21-year-old. Held bucks and
recovers half-guard before swiveling for another leg lock
Jansen outpointed held to clinch a title shot.
Jansen again defends well and pounds on his opponent, now mashing
with elbows from half-guard. Jansen is forced to defend yet another
attempt at a kneebar and then a heel hook, but he escapes easily
this time, dropping bombs to the body and head of the Polish
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Jansen
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Jansen
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Jansen
Jansen launches a low kick to begin round three, and Held looks to
be fatigued now. Jansen lands a left hook and a right uppercut
before chopping away with another low kick. Another straight right
and a low kick land for Jansen, and the 33-year-old connects with
two more sharp uppercuts. Held fires back with a right hand and
scores with a double-leg. Jansen hits a switch, however, and
regains his vertical base. Held tries another takedown, but Jansen
stuffs it and lands on top in half-guard, where he pounds away with
punches and elbows. Held uses an omoplata to set up a toe hold in a
beautiful exchange before transitioning to an inverted heel hook
attempt. Jansen manages to squirm out of each of the attempts and
makes the Pole pay with more punches and elbows. Held fires a pair
of hammerfists from the bottom and throws up his legs for another
omoplata as the bout comes to a close.
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Jansen (29-28 Jansen)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Jansen (29-28 Jansen)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Jansen (29-28 Jansen)
Official Scores: 29-28 Jansen across the board.
Jansen takes the unanimous decision.