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Ruiz starts fast and lands a big right cross that puts Castro on
his back. Ruiz immediately follows him down and unloads with
punches and elbows. Castro tries to defend, but Ruiz postures up
and drops hammerfists; Castro isn't taking a ton of damage but he's
flopping around, defenseless. Referee Jason McCoy steps in and
saves Castro just 1:17 into the first round.
Frausto opens with a push kick, and follows with three quick
one-two combos that land flush. Hallinan clinches against the
fence, but Bellator’s 115-pound champion spins away from her.
Hallinan pushes Frausto back into the fence, but she is reversed
again and Frausto pins her to the fence. “The Warrior Princess” is
working against the fence, digging good knees into the body from
the clinch. Referee Josh Rosenthal splits the women up. Frausto is
working her strikes from the outside, bloodying up Hallinan’s nose.
The champ throws an errant spinning back fist that misses. Frausto
comes back with a hard, clean left hand. However, the punch she’s
really looking for is a monster overhand right. Unfortunately for
her, she can’t seem to put the punch on Hallinan. With time ticking
down in the first, Hallinan decides she’s done with the striking
and presses Frausto back into the cage until the round expires.
Sherdog.com sees the opening frame 10-9 for Zoila Frausto.
Frausto leads with a left to the body, and Hallinan again presses
her against the cage. Frausto turns her around and starts with the
knees against the cage. Frausto lands a good inside elbow from the
clinch. Hallinan seems content to clinch against the fence, but has
had very little offense to show for it. The champ is pressing the
action, landing knees to the legs and body. Action slows with
Frausto's back to the fence. She disengages and glances with a knee
on the break, and Hallinan wraps her up again. Back-and-forth, the
women trade position against the fence. Frausto finally gets some
distance and lands a series of hard knees to the body, followed by
a stiff left-right combination. Frausto is clearly trying to land
big and finish, while Hallinan looks content to just hang on.
Frausto lands a hard overhand right and the crowd roars to end the
second round. Sherdog.com sees it 10-9 again for Zoila Frausto.
They come out swinging to start round three. Hallinan is all over
the place, winging away, until she finally pushes Frausto into the
cage. However, the Bellator champ quickly escapes. Hallinan lands a
short left when Frausto looks to shoot, and again clinches up.
Frausto cracks her foe with another hard clinch elbow. The action
slows, and Josh Rosenthal separates the women again. Hallinan is
finally showing aggression, but Frausto is countering with clean
shots. The women clinch up again, and Frausto gets busy with her
knees and elbows. The action slows, and Rosenthal breaks them
again. Frausto lands a left to the body, and follows with a big
overhand right. Hallinan punches to the body, and Frausto grabs the
Thai clinch. The action slows as the final horn sounds. Sherdog.com
sees the final frame 10-9 for Zoila Frausto, and awards her the
All three judges -- Abe Belardo, Jackie Miller and Marcos Rosales
-- see the bout 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Zoila
Hornbuckle vs. Brent
Hornbuckle quickly pops Weedman with a jab and catches a kick. He
drags Weedman down and hops into mount, but Weedman regains half
guard. The Kentucky product holds onto a leg and gets on top in the
ensuing scramble. Hornbuckle throws his legs up immediately and
looks for the triangle. Weedman does a good job defending and sits
in Hornbuckle’s closed guard with three minutes to go. "The
Handler" leans to his right, doesn’t see anything and falls to his
back. Offense from both men being largely stifled by the close
quarters. Hornbuckle grabs hold of Weedman’s right arm and swings
his hips for the armbar. When he can’t get that, he transitions for
a triangle choke. Weedman has his left hand in there, loosens it up
and eventually slips out. They scramble to the feet and Weedman
lands a kick to the body, then glances with a side kick. The
welterweights clinch against the fence and Weedman tosses the
former Bellator tournament finalist to the mat. With 20 seconds
left, Weedman dives for an armbar on Hornbuckle’s right arm.
Hornbuckle is in trouble, but he fends it off to the end of the
round. Sherdog.com sees the opening frame 10-9 for Dan
Weedman is cut above his eyelid as the second round begins and the
men exchange kicks. Hornbuckle shoves his man into the fence and
they trade hard knees. Both men are already looking a bit tired as
they swing huge haymakers with 3:45 to go. Hornbuckle scores with
knees to the gut and left hands as Weedman lands front kicks and
punches to the body. Weedman has a kick caught and falls to the
ground, and Hornbuckle gives chase, jumping on his back. Weedman
struggles and shakes Hornbuckle, who goes to guard and again hunts
for the triangle. Hornbuckle sweeps and Weedman transitions to a
heel hook, falling back. The fighters are at the base of the cage
and Weedman does not have the space to finish, try as he might to
torque the limb. Locked in the position, the men swing their heels
at one another’s bodies. Now Hornbuckle goes for a toe hold of his
own, Weedman goes back to his lock, and the two reach a stalemate.
They disengage and Weedman winds up on top, then gets to mount with
20 seconds to go. He tries for a last-second rear-naked choke, but
can’t get the tap before the bell. Sherdog.com likes the second
round 10-9 for Brent Weedman.
Hornbuckle opens the final round strong with combinations and kicks
to the body. He certainly looks the fresher man. They tie up and
Hornbuckle gets the advantageous position against the fence. He
takes Weedman’s back standing and drives knees into his right
thigh. Weedman rolls forward and tries for a kimura. It doesn’t
materialize and "The Handler" jumps on Weedman’s back, sinking in
both hooks. Punches come over the shoulder as the tired Weedman
tries to roll free. It doesn’t look like Weedman is going anywhere
with two minutes still on the clock. Suddenly, he twists and stuffs
Hornbuckle to half guard. Hornbuckle lands punches from the top as
Weedman scrambles up. He doesn’t quite get to his feet before
Hornbuckle puts him on his rear again. Weedman considers a
guillotine and then falls back to look for a triangle. Hornbuckle
instead stacks him up and throws bombs downward. The pair get to
their feet at the bell and Hornbuckle drives one last knee to
Weedman’s body. 10-9 Hornbuckle, as Sherdog.com has the bout 29-28
for "The Handler."
All three judges -- Abe Belardo, Jackie Miller and Marcos Rosales
-- see the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Brent
Weedman. The crowd's reaction to the decision is mixed, and
descends into boos for the Louisville, Ky. native.
Hawn vs. Jim
Hawn immediately rushes Wallhead with punches and shoves him into
the fence. He breaks with an uppercut and the judokas go back to
swinging. Wallhead clips Hawn with a right hook, throws an inside
leg kick. Hawn answers with an outside thigh kick of his own. He
slaps a right high kick off Wallhead’s neck and shoulder, just
missing the mark. Hawn slams the outside of Wallhead’s right leg
with kicks and digs to the body with punches. Left hand over the
top lands for Hawn, who is getting his strikes off better than his
opponent and now ducking Wallhead’s punches as well. Two minutes to
go and the two seem content to stand. Another hard low kick from
Hawn and a follow-up left hand. The left jab is working for Hawn as
well. Wallhead lands a one-two, but Hawn is counterstriking well
and moving faster. Hawn lands another just-blocked head kick and a
back fist just as the round closes. Sherdog.com sees it 10-9 for
Wallhead nearly trips Hawn to the mat when he chops his leg out
with a low kick. Hawn stays up, though, and goes straight back to
his approach from the first round: ducking inside for combinations
and slamming leg kicks from the outside. Wallhead is throwing more
this round, but landing with the same infrequency. He pops Hawn
with a left hand and catches a kick, but Hawn spins away. Hawn
keeping busy with thigh kicks and combos, and drives a flush
straight left down the pipe. They trade low kicks and tie up, with
Hawn landing an uppercut and Wallhead a knee to the guts. The next
thigh kick from Hawn buckles Wallhead’s left leg and the Englishman
drives forward for a takedown. Hawn defends and it’s back to
throwing hands. "Judo Jim" rushes forward and ties up again, and
again it yields nothing. Wallhead’s right eye is bloodied by the
end of the round, which Sherdog.com again scores 10-9 for Hawn.
Even boxing exchanges in the opening minute, with the difference
being more hard Hawn low kicks. Wallhead paws at his bleeding eye
and catches a body kick from Hawn as both men throw straights. The
left hand is Hawn’s primary weapon now, while Wallhead is upping
his leg kicks. Hawn presses forward and keeps the combinations
coming, paying particular attention to Wallhead’s bloody eye.
Referee McCoy steps in and calls time, as Wallhead’s mouthpiece has
fallen out. It’s quickly replaced and action restarts. Wallhead
shoots a single-leg and Hawn whips him to the ground. From closed
guard, Hawn pounds at the ribs of Wallhead, who is tying up tight.
They stand with just over a minute left and fall into the familiar
punching rhythm. It’s Hawn moving forward down the stretch. Hawn
lands the last dozen or more punches in the bout and finishes with
a kick to the body. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 in the
American’s favor and the bout 30-27 for Rick Hawn.
Judges Abe Belardo and Jackie Miller see the bout 29-28, while
Marcos Rosales sees it 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision,
Hieron vs. Anthony
They circle one another and Lapsley shoots. Hieron tries for a
guillotine, but it's not happening. Hieron gets a takedown and
follows Lapsley down against the cage. The UFC vet is working for a
choke, and pounding with his left hand. Lapsley rolls to escape and
Hieron takes his back. Lapsley tries to defend by rolling, and
Hieron takes full mount. Hieron is staying patient from full mount.
Lapsley rolls again and Hieron slaps on a rear-naked choke. Lapsley
isn't quite belly down, making the choke hard to see. After a
moment, people start yelling, "He's out!" Referee Josh Rosenthal
stops the fight, but Lapsley, who is clearly not out, immediately
protests. The premature stoppage comes at 3:39 of the first
Good vs. Chris
The fighters come out circling, starting slowly. Lozano attempts a
takedown and eats two uppercuts. The Cleveland native dances
backward around the cage, already showing the results of Good’s
punches on the left side of his face. The action slows and Good
starts landing leg kicks, and then follows with a good one-two.
Lozano is still dancing away looking for an opportunity to counter.
He lunges in with punch flurries, but Good evades. Good lands a
good straight right, then an inside leg kick. It’s a slow first
round, but Sherdog.com sees it for the former Bellator champion,
Lyman Good, 10-9.
Good answers a leg kick with a left and a right. The former champ
gets the clinch and presses the undefeated Lozano against the cage.
Lozano muscles his way free. Lozano is swinging single punches, but
Good is answering with combos. They clinch against the cage again.
When they separate, Good lands a big overhand right. The former
champ lands another right and Lozano's mouthpiece flies out a good
10 feet away. Good has him against the fence with double underhooks
and Lozano is wincing in pain, his left eye almost closed. Herzog
breaks them, and restores Lozano's mouthguard. Good lands another
right hook. Lozano's left eye is closed, and he's simply circling
away from Good. The 10-second warning sounds and Good rushes in and
lands a big slam at the horn. 10-9 Good, again.
Lozano is wincing and blinking due to his injured left eye, but
Good looks fresh. Good clinches, grabs a left leg and takes the
fight to the floor, but quickly lets Lozano up. Lozano follows a
lunging right with a guillotine attempt that goes nowhere. He tries
to dig the choke in deeper, but Good escapes again. Back on the
feet, Lozano is throwing everything he's got. He throws a strong
leg kick and eats a right from Good. The former champ drags him
forward and lands two uppercuts as Lozano stands. Good easily
sprawls off a takedown attempt. Good takes his back standing and
Lozano drops for an armbar. Good takes his back, flattens him out,
and throws some rights. He looks for a rear-naked choke, but can't
get it, and finishes the round with rights to the side of Lozano's
head. Sherdog.com sees it 10-9 Good, and 30-27 overall.
Judge Jackie Miller sees the bout 29-28, while Abe Belardo and
Marcos Rosales have it 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision,
Herrick shoots, gets a takedown and lands in half guard, but
quickly opts to stand back up. Bender lands a good straight right.
Herrick answers with a clean one-two on the chin. He presses Bender
against the fence and lands a jumping knee and a right to follow.
Bender trips Herrick and lands in half guard. He lands some lefts
to the body. Herrick is tying him up, but can't stop Bender's pass.
Herrick scrambles, but Bender grabs a tight guillotine that forces
Herrick to tap out at 3:42 of the first frame.
Both men start tentatively, circling around the cage. Spiritwolf
fires a combo that misses. Jara fires a straight right that drops
Spiritwolf, and "El Cucui" pounces. Jara locks on a guillotine
choke and Spiritwolf seems to tap, but referee Josh Rosenthal
doesn't acknowledge it. Jara is working for the choke, but
Spiritwolf pulls free. Spiritwolf stands, and as Jara gets back to
his feet, he slams him to the floor. Jara now stands back up and
gets bullied against the fence. Spiritwolf lands a sharp right that
puts Jara on the mat this time, as the Strikeforce vet pounds away
in Jara's guard. Jara is cut and swollen from Spiritwolf's
relentless punches and elbows. Jara escapes to his feet and the
round ends. The crowd goes nuts. Sherdog.com sees the opening round
10-9 for Waachiim Spiritwolf.
Jara is battered and not engaging. Spiritwolf stalks him around the
cage, attacking with leg kicks. "El Cucui" tries to clinch and eats
three right hands. Both fighters look tired, but still swing wild
punches. Jara looks to be bleeding from his right ear now as well
as his left eyebrow. Spiritwolf tries a double-leg against the
fence that is stuffed. He disengages and lands a hard right.
Spiritwolf is working for the double-leg against the fence again
when the bell sounds. 10-9 Spiritwolf again on the Sherdog.com
Spiritwolf charges in but can't land anything clean. Jara is
looking for the home run punch. Spiritwolf misses with multiple
lunging hooks. They exchange and Spiritwolf lands a big left that
staggers Jara. "El Cucui" is game and keeps advancing, though he
looks spent. Jara misses a left and staggers. He tries to clinch
and Spiritwolf presses him against the cage. They split and
Spiritwolf lands a left on the way out. Jara is covered in blood.
They trade huge rights to the jaw. Sweat and blood fly as they wing
punches at the bell to raucous approval. Sherdog.com sees it 10-9
Spiritwolf, awarding him the bout 30-27 overall.
Marcos Rosales sees the fight 29-28 for Jaime Jara. However, Jackie
Miller has it 29-28 and Abe Belardo has it 30-27 for the winner by
split decision, Waachiim Spiritwolf.