Jesse Juarez bested Manuel Rodriguez at CFC 18. | Photo: Chris dela Cruz
Rodriguez's best chance for victory came in the first round, as he locked on a seemingly tight anaconda choke and rolled twice before Juarez was able to loosen the hold and slide out, landing on top in Rodriguez's half guard.
The second round started in much the same way as the first, as Juarez secured a takedown against the cage and Rodriguez tried to work off his back. However, he was cut off at the pass each time he tried to improve his position.
Juarez threatened with arm-triangle chokes on top but could not find a finish. By the start of the third round, it was plainly obvious how this fight was heading, as the process repeated for the remaining rounds, albeit at a slower pace than the first couple of frames. Periods of inactivity marred the final rounds, but the action that did occur belonged to the Bodyshop Fitness Team product, who earned the unanimous nod.
"Manny, you're an unbelievable fighter," Juarez said following the decision. "It took a long flight to get here two days before; sorry about how the fight ended. I'll try to get here sooner next time."
C. dela Cruz
McKee took it to Bradney.
Bradney was able to shut down the first couple of takedowns from
the renowned wrestling practitioner but eventually succumbed to the
third round. "Mandingo" dished out some knees to Bradney's
hamstrings while inside his guard before passing directly
into full mount.
As the clock ticked, it looked as if Bradney was going to survive the round, but he gave up his back and McKee quickly locked in the choke. The tap came at 4:54 of the first round.
The 41-year-old McKee's win comes after his first loss in more than seven years, a split decision defeat to Jacob Volkmann in the UFC in January.
C. dela Cruz
Whittaker is still undefeated.
Whittaker took the back seamlessly and locked in a tight rear-naked choke that looked likely to finish it. However, the bell sounded shortly after, giving Nelson a chance to reset.
Nelson emerged from his corner with venom, swinging hard and fast, and Whittaker was happy to indulge him.
However, Whittaker was smart to change levels and take down his opponent into half guard. Both fighters threw elbows from top and bottom, until Whittaker again stepped over for armbar and sank it, this time ending a fantastic fight that raised the crowd to its feet.
The end came at 4:40 of the second round for the 20-year-old Menai, Australia, native, now 7-0 in his young career.
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