MENU
#Conor McGregor #Dynasty of Heroes #UFC 211 #Justin Buchholz #Ramsey Nijem #Julian Lane #Cat Zingano #Nate Diaz #Twisted #Duane Ludwig #Fight One #Diaz vs. McGregor 2 #Jon Jones #MMA KINGS #Alexander Gustafsson


Surging welterweight prospect Nah-Shon Burrell rode a strong third round to a controversial split decision over James Terry at Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Jardine” on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

All three cageside judges scored it 29-28: Glenn Trowbridge and Marcos Rosales for the 21-year-old Burrell (8-1, 3-0 SF), Junichiro Kamijo for Terry (11-4, 6-3 SF), who exited the stage in obvious disgust.

Terry appeared to control much of the first two rounds with occasional overhand rights, superior work in the clinch and repeated takedowns, three of them in the first five minutes alone. Burrell was effective on his feet in spurts but looked lost on the ground and failed to establish much of an offensive rhythm in the face of relentless pressure in close quarters.

Perhaps believing he was behind, Burrell emptied his arsenal in round three, as he blasted Terry with everything from stinging right uppercuts and standing elbow strikes to knees, body blows and leg kicks. Still, Terry, a protégé of former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le, appeared comfortable with his effort as the fight closed. Rosales and Trowbridge disagreed with his assessment.

Gian Villante File Photo


Villante quickly defeated Smith.

Two-division Ring of Combat champion Gian Villante needed a little more than a minute to put away Trevor Smith in a light heavyweight encounter. It was over in 65 seconds.

Villante (9-3, 2-2 SF) shut down an initial takedown attempt from Smith, an All-American wrestler at Iowa State University, and went to work with his strikes. He smothered Smith (9-2, 2-1 SF) in the clinch and attacked with knees, a low kick and a stout left hand. A right hook put Smith in retreat mode, and Villante powered him to the ground. There, he fired off a series of hammerfists that called referee Kim Winslow into action.

The loss halted Smith’s streak of five consecutive victories.

King of the Cage mainstay Ricky Legere Jr. dealt Las Vegas-based Swede Christopher Spang his first professional defeat, as he captured a unanimous decision in a competitive welterweight bout. Legere (14-4, 1-0 SF) swept the scorecards by identical 29-28 counts.

Spang (4-1, 1-1 SF) simply could not stay on his feet. Scoring with repeated takedowns, Legere kept the fight where he wanted it with ground-and-pound and active top control. An athletic striker, Spang had his moments, including a tight first-round guillotine choke and a late third-round rear-naked choke, but not enough of them to make a difference.

Legere, who trains out of the Reign MMA camp, has won his last four fights.

Arizona Combat Sports representative Estevan Payan dissected Alonzo Martinez with clean, crisp striking en route to a one-sided unanimous decision in their 160-pound catchweight bout. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 30-27 for Payan (13-3, 1-0 SF), who has rattled off four consecutive victories.

Payan stung his foe with repeated jabs and heavy multi-punch combinations throughout the 15-minute encounter. The 29-year-old Rage in the Cage champion landed at a high rate and with authority, and, by the second round, had Martinez moving backward and shying away from contact. Payan stuffed and sprawled out of the Nebraskan’s attempted takedowns, and he punctuated his victory with a beautiful three-punch combination in the third round, as he put together a jab, right hook to the body and left hook to the head.

The defeat snapped a two-fight winning streak for Martinez (35-16-1, 0-1 SF).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt Official for UFC 212 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 4 views

Vitor Belfort's final fight inside the Octagon will be against former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt at UFC 212. read news >>

Skelly plans to give people what they want in Dallas

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

Chas Skelly will might Jason Knight on the FX prelims at UFC 211 in Dallas on May 13. read news >>

Daniel Gallemore Confident in His Abilities Against Daniel James at Victory FC 57 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

Daniel Gallemore (6-3) will seek to keep his winning streak going when he takes on Daniel James (6-2-1) in the Victory FC 57 main event on Friday. read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade: UFC 211 Countdown Video | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 15 views

Undefeated strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends against surging Brazilian powerhouse Jessica Andrade in the UFC 211 co-main event. read news >>

Watch Junior dos Santos Flatten Gabriel Gonzaga (UFC 211 Free Fight) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 7 views

Watch Junior Dos Santos face Gabriel Gonzaga during his 9-fight win streak to start his UFC career. Dos Santos faces Stipe Miocic in the main event at UFC 211. read news >>

UFC 211 prelims pre-event facts: Can Eddie Alvarez rebound from shortest 155 reign in UFC history?

  • 17 days ago
  • 10 views

Check out all the facts you need to know ahead of the prelims for UFC 211, which are headlined by a lightweight bout between former champ Eddie Alvarez and Dustin PoirierFiled under: Featured, News, read news >>

Rashad Coulter vs. Chase Sherman heavyweight bout moves up to UFC 211 prelims on FX

  • 14 days ago
  • 28 views

The preliminary card for Saturday’s UFC 211 event in Texas has (hopefully) finished shuffling, and the lineup once again is complete. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio Headline UFC Fight Night Glasgow | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 3 views

Welterweight contender Gunnar Nelson will take on surging Santiago Ponzinibbio in the UFC Fight Night 113 main event in Glasgow, Scotland. read news >>

UFC 211 results: Jason Knight thrashes Chas Skelly in third round for fourth straight win

  • 13 days ago
  • 10 views

DALLAS – Early on, Jason Knight made it clear he wouldn’t be one of Chas Skelly’s quick submission victims. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

James Vick Open the FX Prelims with a Bang! (UFC 211 Fight Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 13 days ago
  • 19 views

Check out James Vick's first round knockout of Marco Polo Reyes at UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2 on Saturday in Dallas, Texas. read news >>