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Andrei Arlovski defeats Devin Cole by KO at 2.37mins of Rd1
Arlovski claimed a quick TKO win over Cole in the main event, landing an overhand right above Cole’s temple mid-way through the round that toppled him to the mat. Arlovski followed him down and landed a few more punches that forced Cole to turtle up before the referee stepped in to end the bout.
Anthony Johnson defeats D.J. Linderman by KO at 3.58mins of Rd1
Johnson looked the dominant fighter from the start in this one, and in the early minutes had Linderman hurt with a head kick, and swept him off his feet with a leg kick too. All well and good, but my goodness, this one was all about the devastating finish. After an exchange Johnson backed away claiming that he’d been poked in the eye, but the referee told the wincing fighter that he hadn’t noticed it and so they’d have to fight on. Linderman had no intentions of letting him off the hook so he pressed straight forward, only to be met with a powerful short right hand from Johnson that knocked him out instantly, sending him face first onto the canvas. A highlight reel knockout if ever you’ll see one and that could well have booked ‘Rumble’ a spot back in the UFC.
Marlon Moraes defeats Miguel Torres by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
Moraes showed off some slick muay thai striking tonight as Torres again logged in a performance that seemed to be a shadow of his former self. Moraes had a strong first round, making good use of his kicks and capitalizing when Torres was knocked off balance with a kick of his own – pressing forward with a flurry of strikes that seemed to have the former WEC champion hurt. He then threw him to the floor, but Torres immediately went looking for a leg lock which nullified his offense. The second round was a little more even, but Torres still wasn’t making hi mark in any particularly meaningful way and came off second best in the most heated back-and-forth striking exchange in the round, stumbling backwards to the mat briefly after being clipped with a shot. In the third Torres began to swing for the fences at times, but more often that not just missed his target. Towards the end Moraes looked to score points on the judges scorecards by securing a takedown. It was a risky decision as Torres is dangerous from his back and was fishing for submissions, but while he was actually getting off the better offensive striking from his back he couldn’t get ahold of one of his limbs before the final bell and so Moraes rightly emerged as the winner.
Tyrone Spong defeats Travis Bartlett by KO at 3.15mins of Rd1
As expected Spong was just leagues ahead of Bartlett in the striking realm in this fight. Within the first minute Spong had already dropped him with a powerful head kick. Spong could have finished him then, but he let him stand back up and then toyed with Bartlett who was offering no resistance whatsoever. He started to dig punches to the body and vicious knees, before finally landing a perfectly placed right hand to the jaw that practically lifted Bartlett off his feet as he crashed down to the mat, and that was that. A nice debut for K-1 star Spong, though Bartlett looked out-of-shape and out of his depth here.
Tyson Steele defeats Gregor Gracie by TKO at 4.52mins of Rd1
Brian Cobb defeats Ronys Torres by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Steve Carl defeats Ramico Blackmon by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2.11mins of Rd1
Note: For some strange reason known only to themselves, WSOF aren’t broadcasting the next two prelims via their live stream. Instead they are now replaying the fights from earlier on. We’ll let them off since this is their debut event, but that’s a big error in judgement. Unfortunately it means we won’t be able to offer a recap of the next two bouts, but we will post the results and shall resume normal service once the main card begins!
Josh Burkman defeats Gerald Harris by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Burkman produced a solid performance tonight to earn a decision win over Harris. In the first round Harris was a little slow off the blocks and Burkman was the busier fighter, throwing some effective knees and mixing up his kick techniques while also managing to secure a takedown on his opponent. Burkman continued to look the better striker in the second round, but Harris had his best spell in the latter stages of the round as he got ahold of Burkman’s neck and made a prolonged attempt to apply a standing guillotine choke. He must have spent around a couple of minutes trying to force a tap that never came, but it might have been enough to sway the round in his favor regardless. In the third Harris started with a little more urgency and was throwing leather with more purpose, but he slowed as the minutes ticked down and Burkman started to turn the screw, clipping him with a right hook that seemed to put Harris on his knees, and then ending the round putting him on the mat and achieving full mount, then taking his back.
Gesias Cavalcante defeats T.J. O’Brien by submission (heel hook) at 1.03mins of Rd1
Cavalcante wastes no time in taking O’Brien down and rolling for one of his legs, finally settling for a heel hook which he cranks on to produce the tap.
David Branch defeats Dustin Jacoby by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)