In a battle of the TUF veterans season three’s Matt Hamill bested season two’s Keith Jardine.
Jardine started out looking sharper, keeping his opponent at bay with leg kicks and good movement. Round two began in similar fashion, but the complexion of the fight changed when Hamill connected with some heavy blows that opened up a cut below his left eye, followed up by a high kick, leaving Jardine dazed.
Hamill smelled blood, but as the two exchanged he got poked in the eye causing a stoppage, and though it was accidental Jardine was deducted a point. Rattled by the decision Jardine appeared to lose his composure and got into a brawl with Hamill at the restart that he came off second-best in.
Both men looked winded coming into the third round, but Jardine was considerably worse off and his work now had a feeling of desperation about it. He managed to land a few solid shots during the round but Hamill has a cast iron jaw and pressed forward regardless. With Jardine’s face now covered in blood and Hamill pushing the pace an otherwise close round, and the fight, was swinging in the wrestler’s favor.
One judge saw the fight as a draw despite Jardine’s point deduction, but the other two awarded Hamill the contest 29-27 to give him the majority decision victory.
Earlier in the evening wrestler Aaron Simpson made the mistake of brawling with a specialist in the that field, Chris Leben.
He paid the price when ‘The Crippler’ started landing heavy leather in the second round, sending him staggering across the cage to escape the onslaught and forcing the referee to call an end to the contest.
Before that Spencer Fisher and Denis Siver were involved in what was essentially a three-round kickboxing bout. In an extremely close fight Fisher just about did enough to win the first, while Siver’s rapid-fire kicks and right hand gave him the second.
The third was closer still, leaving the final decision in the hands of the judges. It could have went either way but in the end Siver had his hand raised.
In the opening bout of the main card TUF 11 bad boy Jamie Yager started off strongly against Rich Attonito, showing his fluid stand-up skills and doing well to stuff his opponents takedowns.
In the second his early work-rate appeared to be catching up with him, and as the round wore on and Attonito started to find a home for his strikes the fight seemed to go out of Yager, allowing Attonito to take him down and pound out a TKO victory.