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Vazquez takes the center of the cage while Sanchez circles on the
outside. Sanchez comes forward with a leg kick before moving away.
Vazquez counters a Sanchez combination with a left hand. The
flyweights tie up and Sanchez gets underhooks and pushes Vazquez
against the cage, where he lands short punches to the body. Vazquez
responds with knees. The separate and Sanchez continues to try to
work inside the reach advantage of Vazquez. Sanchez presses forward
and is dropped by a Vazquez counter. Vazquez transition’s to
Sanchez’s back in a scramble and he has a little more than a minute
to work. Vazquez secures a body triangle and he lands some left
hands to the head of Sanchez. Vazquez alternates punches to the
head and body as Sanchez defends the choke. The round ends that
way, with Vazquez landing punches attached to his foe’s back. 10-9
Sanchez presses the action early and forces the clinch. Sanchez
drops for a double leg and gets it. Sanchez moves to side control
and applies pressure with a crossface. Sanchez is looking to set up
a brabo choke, but he can’t find the proper position. Sanchez lets
go and lands a pair of elbows to Vazquez’s face. Sanchez stands up
in Vazquez’s guard and transition’s to his foe’s back. He’s landing
left and right hands to the head while attempting slide his left
arm under Vazquez’s chin. Sanchez remains content to chip away with
punches and hammerfists while applying hip pressure. The round ends
with Sanchez doing more of the same, landing punches from Vazquez’s
back. 10-8 Sanchez.
Vazquez whiffs on a multi-punch combination to begin the frame.
Vazquez shoots and takes his man down near the fence. Sanchez
stands and Vazquez has a rear-body lock, looking to take the back.
Sanchez propels himself off the cage and rolls. The flyweights are
stuck in a stalemate and referee warns them to improve. Sanchez
frees himself and ends up in Vazquez’s guard. Sanchez passes to
half guard and lands some ground-and-pound. Sanchez connects his
hands and rolls in an attempt to set up a choke, but Vazquez
scrambles back up. They’re standing with 2:00 to go. Vazquez lands
a left hook that backs up an aggressive Sanchez. Sanchez closes the
distance and pushes Vazquez against the fence. Sanchez gets a
takedown and goes back to work with ground-and-pound. Sanchez
floats over Vazquez’s back and continues to land punches. The
Jackson-Wink MMA rep remains attached to Vazquez as the final horn
sounds. 10-9 Sanchez (29-27 Sanchez).
Joby Sanchez def. Manny Vazquez via Unanimous Decision (29-27,
29-27, 29-27) R3 5:00
Byrd lands a pair of leg kicks to start the action against his
taller foe. Byrd goes up high with a kick but it’s blocked. Byrd is
focusing on Pickett’s lead leg in the early going. Pickett changes
levels and gets Byrd to the canvas near the cage. Pickett is on
Byrd’s back with both combatants against the fence. Now, Pickett is
working from half guard, but Byrd stands and tries to break
Pickett’s grip. However, Pickett is able to turn and take Byrd
right back down. Byrd is up again but he can’t shake Pickett.
Pickett drops for a single leg with about 2:00 as Byrd defends.
Byrd digs an underhook and pushes his opponent against the cage and
into the fence. They separate briefly before Byrd lands a takedown.
Pickett stands and dodges a huge punch from Byrd on the break. Byrd
ties up Pickett and lands a spinning back elbow. Pickett quickly
changes levels for a takedown but Byrd ends up on top, where he
fires off a few quick punches. Byrd then passes to side control and
secures an arm-triangle choke with about 10 seconds remaining, and
Pickett goes unconscious just before the horn sounds.
Charles Byrd def. Jamie Pickett via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Turcios comes out throwing a variety of kicks. Salmon tags his foe
with a left hand. Salmon finds the range on another left hand and
then follows up with a hard one-two that just misses. Turcios goes
with a couple high kicks that Salmon blocks. Salmon slips a punch
and lands a right hand. Salmon continues to walk his foe down,
remaining composed. Salmon lands a couple uppercuts in an exchange.
Turcios lands a body kick but Salmon catches it and answers with a
right hand. Turcios is bleeding near his right eye. Salmon steps in
an finds the range on another left hand. Turcios is still throwing
kicks but not with the volume and energy as he did earlier in the
round. Salmon catches a kick and counters with a right hook. 10-9
Salmon lands a left hand following a Turcios low kick. Another
straight left form Salmon connects. Turcios lands an inside and an
outside leg kick, but to little effect. Salmon goes to the body
with a left hand. Salmon counters a body kick with a right hook.
Turcios shoots for a takedown but Salmon sprawls and shoves him
away. They trade near the fence and Salmon lands a couple hooks to
the body. Salmon continues to stalk Turcios, landing left hands and
right hook counters. Turcios lands a high kick and then has kick to
the chest blocked. Salmon stops another takedown try and lands an
uppercut followed by a kick to the body. A two-punch combination
lands for Salmon. A body kick by Turcios lands but is caught by
Salmon and Turcios misses a follow up elbow. 10-9 Salmon.
Turcios presses forward and eats a counter hook for his troubles.
Turcios is probing with low kicks but he continues to eat counters
from Salmon. A right hook from Salmon sends Turcios tumbling to his
seat. The Team Alpha Male product pops right back up. Turcios
shoots for a takedown and shoves Salmon into the fence. He lets go
of the legs, resets and tries again. He can’t get Salmon down and
they continues to tried strikes in the clinch. Salmon lands a nice
counter uppercut with his back to the cage. Turcios ups his
aggression near the fence, landing punches and knees before tying
his man up. Salmon counters Turcios with a left hand. Turcios lands
a kick to the body and eats another counter hook. They continue to
trade before Turcios pushes Salmon into the cage. Salmon lands a
couple knees in close before they separate. Salmon is throwing big
punches as the round counts down. 10-9 Salmon (30-27 Salmon)
Boston Salmon def. Ricky Turcios via Unanimous Decision R3
Rebello strikes first blood with a left hand. After a feeling out
session, Rebello lands another quick left hand. Rebello just misses
a head kick and Anyanwu continues to pursue, pawing with his jab.
Rebello snaps an outside leg kick. Anyanwu isn’t pulling the
trigger much halfway through the round, while Rebello is landing
quick punches periodically. A couple left hands land for Rebello.
Anyanwu misses a two-punch combination and Rebello answers with a
leg kick. Anyanwu finally finds the range on a right hand and
Rebello fires back with a straight left. Anyanwu is stalking and he
catches a high kick and dumps Rebello to the mat. He isn’t able to
do much with the position before time expires. 10-9 Rebello.
Anyanwu continues pawing away at the outset, and Rebello pushes him
back with a front kick. Finally Anyanwu pushes forward and lands
some power punches against the fence. Rebello answers and Anyanwu
moves out of danger. Anyanwu goes to the body with a straight right
hand. Rebello connects with an uppercut on the chin, maybe his best
punch so far. Anyanwu keeps coming and briefly traps his foe on the
fence with a combination. Rebello shakes off a body shot and lands
a right hook to the body of his own. A straight left connects for
Rebello. Anyanwu lands a couple punches near the fence. He backs up
and slips a straight right from Rebello and then lands a massive
right hand over the top. It lands flush and Rebello falls to his
back. Anyanwu pounces and unloads with hammerfists and punches on
the mat for the finish.
Azunna Anyanwu def. Greg Rebello via KO (Punch) R2 3:04
The featherweights begin by trading leg kicks. Holobaugh takes the
center of the cage but Besssette lands a glancing right over the
top. Holobaugh hurts Bessette with a right and flurries against the
fence. Bessette covers up and they reset. A right lands clean for
Holobaugh. Bessette slips a punch and lands a nice right hand.
Holobaugh appears unaffected. They trade leg kicks and Holobaugh
just misses a head kick up high. Bessette lands a hard outside leg
kick. Holobaugh lands a one-two near the fence. Bessettes nose and
face is reddened, showing the effects of the damage from Holobaugh.
Holobaugh hurts Bessette with a couple right hands over the top and
rushes his stunned foe. When Bessette covers up, Holobaugh flurries
on the body, getting his opponent to drop his hands. When that
happens, Holobaugh rips a right hook to the chin and Bessette
tumbles forward to the canvas. Referee “Big John McCarthy
immediately steps in to wave off the bout.
Kurt Holobaugh def. Matt Bessette via KO (Punch) R1 2:59