Roseville, Calif.'s Griffin was on fire from the start, walking through impressive power punches to land combo after combo on the Team Alpha Male fighter. It looked as though “Max Pain” was going to finish the bout with strikes on the mat in the opening frame, but Andrews survived the early onslaught to rebound in the second frame.
The champion Andrews spent a good portion of the round controlling Griffin against the fence and working ground-and-pound, but it was also the last time Andrews was close to having the upper hand in the contest.
Andrews answered the bell for the third looking visibly gassed and Griffin took over from there. The 27-year-old Griffin danced around and countered Andrews attempts at power shots with stinging combos each and every time, riding his superior gas tank to the championship and earning scorecards of 50-45, 50-45 and 50-47.
Despite earning the tidy decision, Griffin's left eye appeared badly damaged from Andrews' power shots. “I can't see a motherf---ing thing right now!” he mused in his post-fight interview.
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Fili's aggression paid off.
“I want to cry, fighting is my life,” said an emotional Fili, before inviting the crowd to his house for an afterparty.
Avila unloaded body shots on the journeyman early before picking up the So Cal fighter with a double-leg, carrying him to the middle of the cage, slamming him and going to work from side control. “The Shark” then hopped on Smith's back and pounded away on him until referee Dan Stell called a halt to the action at 3:52 of the fight. With the win, Avila improves to 11-1.
Venikov seemed in control most of the fight, stalking the Bay Area on the feet before putting him on the mat. However, when Venikov missed an attempted neck crank on the floor, Baesman swept him, took his back and sunk the rear-naked choke for the win, upping him record to 12-3. Venikov falls to 3-1.
At 165 pounds, Turlock, Calif.'s “Lethal” Lewis Gonzales did not live up to his nickname against Oregon's Emanuel Sanchez, relying on top position grappling and top control to coast to three 30-27 scores and a unanimous decision victory, making him 8-0 as a professional.
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Fili and Avila made it a good night for
Team Alpha Male's trophy case.
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