Stevens (left) tapped to a John Cholish kneebar. | Dave
Cholish earned the Renzo Gracie
Jiu-Jitsu team another impressive submission victory, as he tapped
Stevens with a kneebar 3:57 into round two of their preliminary
lightweight tilt at Strikeforce/M-1
Global “Fedor vs. Silva” on Saturday at the Izod Center in East
Cholish opened with a flurry, throwing a Superman punch before
landing a perfectly timed round kick that bloodied Stevens’ nose.
The jiu-jitsu ace capitalized on the shot, taking down Stevens and
working from top position. “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 alum
escaped the position but did not stay on his feet for long, as
Cholish scored another takedown and worked ground-and-pound as the
first round came to a close.
The second frame also belonged to the Renzo Gracie
pupil, as Cholish took the fight to the floor once again, dropping
punches from Stevens’ guard. Though Stevens briefly latched on to
Cholish’s back during a scramble, the submission specialist quickly
reversed the position, rolling through and isolating Stevens’ leg
before torqueing a fight-ending kneebar.
Meanwhile, Igor Gracie
displayed the beautiful technique for which his family is famous in
his welterweight scrap with Jon Salgado, as he locked up a
head-and-arm choke and relieved the Team Energy product of his
consciousness in the second round.
After a brief exchange standing, Gracie charged forward and bullied
Salgado against the cage. He dove for a single-leg takedown, turned
it into a power double-leg, hoisted his foe above his head and
slammed Salgado to the canvas. Salgado gave up his back almost
immediately, and Gracie academically sank his hooks before locking
up a body triangle. Though “Greco” managed to prevent the
rear-naked choke, he delivered a blatantly illegal backward head
butt to Gracie's face, eliciting only a warning from the
Round two looked strikingly similar, with Gracie hitting a
double-leg takedown and passing to mount. This time, however, there
would be no escape for Salgado, who found himself in a vice-like
arm-triangle that put him to sleep at 3:04 of the second round.
Elsewhere, Sam Oropeza
Carlo-Clauss in an undercard welterweight duel, earning a
technical knockout at 4:10 of the first frame.
Oropeza (top) lit Carlo-Clauss up.
Oropeza controlled the action early in round one, clinching and
pressing his bearded opponent against the cage while working knees
to the body and head. The Philadelphia Fight Factory product also
used his length in the stand-up, whiffing on multiple high kicks
before stopping a Carlo-Claus takedown. Though Carlo-Claus fought
hard to secure a single-leg takedown, it was not to be. Oropeza
secured the mount, taking his opponent’s back and unloading with
A 145-pound contest between Josh
LaBerge and Anthony
Leone turned into a bloody mess, as the cage-side physician
stopped the bout between rounds one and two after LaBerge
disfigured Leone’s nose with a knee from the clinch.
Round one saw both fighters score with strikes, as LaBerge took the
center of the cage while Leone used movement and picked his spots.
After both men did some damage on their feet, Leone shot for a
takedown. After stuffing the attempt, LaBerge buckled his opponent
with a massive knee that smashed the WEC veteran’s nose and
ultimately spelled doom for Leone.
Though the Team Bombsquad product scored a takedown to end the
frame, the doctor ruled between rounds that he could not continue
due to his broken nose. LaBerge, a Bellator Fighting Championships
alum, has rattled off six consecutive victories.
In the opener,
AMA Fight Club product Jason
McLean earned a split decision victory over Pellegrino MMA
representative Kevin Roddy
in their preliminary featherweight contest. After three close
rounds of back-and-forth action, McLean was awarded the split
verdict, 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29. McLean, a Ring of Combat veteran,
has posted four wins in five appearances.Reader comments are active below. Register an opinion by signing
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