The crowd was bolstered by a large contingent from serving paratrooper Marshman’s regiment, and the atmosphere was cranked high in anticipation of the fight. Both combatants set off at a furious pace, with Marshman trying to find his range, while the experienced Watson picked him off with punches and kicks. “Kong” had the better of some vicious exchanges, but also suffered a cut above his eye for his troubles.
The second stanza continued in the same fashion, with both men looking to land big shots. Marshman continued to push forward despite taking a number of tasty leg kicks, but Watson’s more varied arsenal brought the beginning of the end.
Watson kept his gold.
In addition to his normal evil clown makeup, Colin Fletcher walked to the cage with two gimps on leashes for his co-main event bout with Jason Ball. The man they call “Freakshow” is best known as submission artist, whereas Ball is currently enjoying success as a pro boxer. Fletcher opted to keep the fight standing, however.
Showcasing his muay Thai skills, the 6-foot-2 lightweight from Sunderland kept out of Ball’s punching range as he found the target with his leg kicks. This pattern continued until the final round, when Ball pushed the pace and began to enjoy more success. The pair put on a grandstand finish, trading hellish punches for the closing 10 seconds before warmly embracing. All three judges saw it 30-27 in favor of Fletcher, a man who is creating a buzz inside and outside of the cage.
In earlier action, Golden Glory’s Jason Jones was declared the winner when a cut on Przemyslaw Mysiala’s head began discharging blood in the style of Lake Geneva, forcing an end to the light heavyweight scrap at 3:51 of the opening frame.
Mysiala gushed plasma.
Jake Murphy gave David Round a wrestling lesson before signing off with a rear-naked choke in the second frame of their lightweight bout. From the moment Round threw a kick early on and was taken to the canvas by the American, the writing was on the wall. The bloody mess on Round’s face was testament to the efficiency of Murphy’s earlier elbow attacks.
Late replacement Patrick Vallee defied the odds to upset the highly-touted Andrew Punshon at middleweight. Both men played their part in a hugely entertaining grappling contest, but it was the man from Paris who made the most convincing submission attempts. The end came in the second round when Vallee applied an armbar. After a spirited escape attempt, Punshon accepted the inevitable and tapped at the 2:16 mark.
Hometown boy Tom Breese towered over Cornishman Mark Tucker and bossed their welterweight fight from the start. Tucker took a lot of punishment, but hung in there until a brutal knee to the body folded him in half at 1:40 of the second round.
After a couple of close rounds, Antanas Jazbutis came out firing like a small, Lithuanian Cung Le in his lightweight fight with Dale Hardiman. Despite dominating the final frame and throwing a selection of outrageous kicks, Jazbutis was a loser on the scorecards [29-28, 29-28, 29-28] -- a decision that was roundly booed by the crowd.
For long periods, 35-fight veteran Matt Ewin forced Lee Barnes to fight at his pace and looked to be grinding his way to a decision until Barnes caught him in a guillotine in their welterweight tussle. With only three seconds left on the clock in round two, Ewin was forced to tap, and internet forum legend “Leeroy” celebrated with a series of strongman poses.
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