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Cheick Kongo defeats Pat Barry by KO at 2.39mins of Rd1
Charlie Brenneman defeats Rick Story by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Matt Brown defeats John Howard by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Matt Mitrione defeats Christian Morecraft by KO at 4.28mins of Rd2
Tyson Griffin defeats Manny Gamburyan by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 29-29)
– Close fight between these two. Gamburyan appeared to get the better of the first round, scoring a handful of takedowns and also attempting several guillotine submissions without success. Griffin, making his featherweight debut, begins to turn the momentum in his favor in round two though, managing to keep the fight standing and wearing Gamburyan down with leg kicks. The third is fairly even, but Griffin appears to have the cardio advantage at this stage and just edges the action to earn a decision victory.
Javier Vazquez defeats Joe Stevenson by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
– Strange fight this one. Stevenson just never seemed to get going in his featherweight debut, spending much of the fight bobbing and weaving in front of Vasquez without throwing much offense. With Vasquez scoring takedowns in the first and second round he looked to be up on the scorecards going into the final round, yet Stevenson didn’t appear to have a sense of urgency and failed to capitalize on a tiring Vasquez in the closing stages.
Joe Lauzon defeats Curt Warburton by submission (kimura) at 1.58mins of Rd1
– Excellent performance by Lauzon as he drops Warburton early with a big left hook, follows up with some ground and pound and then cranks in a kimura that forces the tap. Strong contender for submission of the night here and Warburton’s shoulder may need some rehab as a result.
Rich Attonito defeats Daniel Roberts by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-28)
– Roberts put a lot into the first round, launching into Attonito with head kicks and knees, but without a great deal of success, and he expended a fair amount of energy in doing so. In the second he switched things up and went for an early takedown, eventually taking Attonito’s back and dragging him to the mat. ‘Ninja’ patiently looked to sink in a rear-naked choke, but Attonito survived and then turned the tables, putting Roberts on his back where he spent the rest of the round wearing him down with ground and pound. In the third Roberts looked to be running on empty and Attonito turned up the heat. A head kick dropped Roberts and as Attonito unleashed a barrage of strikes the fight was close to being stopped. The referee let the action continue however, and Roberts somehow made it back to his feet. He looked wobbly on his feet though and he did an admirable job to just make it through until the final bell.
Charles Oliveira defeats Nik Lentz by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1.48mins of Rd2
– This was a great fight, spoiled by an unfortunate refereeing oversight. The first round was a back and forth war with both man trading strikes on the feet and getting into a technical battle on the floor. Oliveria appeared to be getting the better of the stand-up, with his best work coming from knees from the muay thai clinch, and an uppercut mid-round which dropped Lentz. Oliveira was also looking very slick and comfortable with his BJJ from his back and appeared to have Lentz caught in a deep guillotine choke towards the end of the round. Lentz somehow escaped though and almost immediately dropped down with a guillotine choke of his own.
Then came the drama in round two as Oliveria poured on the pressure, but then in the heat of the moment kneed Lentz while he clearly still had his own knees on the mat. Unfortunately the referee missed it, though the crowd did not and began booing heavily. The illegal strike had clearly taken a toll on Lentz and Oliveria capitalized, landing another knee, legal this time, before taking him down and locking in the rear-naked choke for the finish. For now Oliveira gets the win, but it’s likely to be overturned by the commission after reviewing the footage. Hopefully that won’t gloss over the fact that Oliveria looked very good here.
Ricardo Lamas defeats Matt Grice by TKO at 4.41mins of Rd1
– We’re off to a good start in Pittsburgh with two first round finishes. Keeping the trend going was Lamas who came on strong in the closing stages of the opening stanza, stunning Grice with a head kick before firing off more kicks and a flurry of strikes to earn the TKO stoppage.
Michael Johnson defeats Edward Faaloloto by TKO at 4.42mins of Rd1
– Impressive showing from TUF finalist Michael Johnson here. In the early stages Faaloloto appeared to be landing the heavier blows, in particular repeated leg kicks, but Johnson stood his ground and as the round progressed he started to showcase his improving striking skills. Towards the end of the round good use of the muay thai clinch to deliver knees to the mid-section and head softened up his opponent before a left and right hook combination crumpled him to the mat, followed up with ground and pound for the finish.