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Jim Crute defeated Sam Alvey via TKO in Round 1
Middleweight Sam Alvey’s worst nightmare came true when he felt the fight was stopped prematurely in the first round as he was still defending and making his way up to his feet. It was a small error that caused Alvey eat a powerful right from Crute as he walked directly into it and dropped down. Crute decided to walk off but after witnessing Alvey stand up he resorted to finish him. Crute threw barrage of punches which Alvey was intelligently covering up and even showed his thumbs up to the referee. But the referee thought it was right to stop the fight. With this win, Crute keeps his record intact at 10-0.
Montana De La Rosa defeated Nadia Kassem via Submission in Round 2
De La Rosa walked into the enemy territory like it was just a walk in the park. With the entire nation to her support and an undefeated record Kassem looked promising. But the much experienced De La Rosa proved why she is a force to recon in this women’s division. Right off the bat, De La Rosa put on a relentless pressure and took Kassem down to the ground every time she tried to get back up. She completely dominated the Aussie on the ground and kept her pinned in several submission positions, but the verbal tap came in when she slapped an armbar from the bottom giving no room for Kassem to use her hands and tap. Kassem losses her first fight while De La Rosa picks up he fourth straight win.
Ricky Simon defeated Rani Yahya via Unanimous Decision
The bantamweight showdown between the veteran Rani Yahya and newcomer Ricky Simon turned out to be one of the most strategic fights of the main event. Simon knew he had to stay on the feet and keep Yahya overwhelmed with his strikes while the Brazilian BJJ expert had to take the fight to the ground and submit him. But for most part, both the bantamweights engaged in a standup war with each landing some big shots. Just when Yahya saw Simon getting the better of him in the wild exchanges, he decided to take the fight down but the Aussie just refused and forced Yahya to stand up. Simon rocked Yahya multiple times and dropped him, but could not finish the veteran. All of the nine takedown attempts by Yahya were stuffed and Simon ended up landing 61 significant strikes to secure his place in the judges’ book. With this big win, Simon improves to 15-1 with his eighth consecutive win.
Lando Vannata defeated Marcos Rosa Mariano via Submission in Round 1
Lando Vanata made a short and quick work of Mariano who looked like the shift of the fight to the co-main event got to his nerves. Vannata took the fight to the ground into his opponents domain and kept him there for good amount of the first round. Vannata secured a dominant position from the top and landed a pair of nasty elbows which caused enough damage and opened path to the Kimura. Vannata secured a submission win after five years as he improves his overall record to 10-3.
Israel Adesanya defeated Anderson Silva via Unanimous Decision
Feints, dodges, antics and trolling…that’s what we expected when the two best middleweights were set to collided inside the Octagon. Adesanya left no tactic from his book to stand toe-to-toe with the master of antics Anderson Silva and in the end they delivered a main event that was worth the hype. Adesanya relied heavily on his leg kicks in the opening round and landed a head kick as Silva pressed forward. Adesanya was all over Silva in the first round but the Brazilian legend came back aggressive in the second and put Adesanya in tight spots with his flurry of punches. At one point it looked like the fight could end anytime but both the fighters dodged bullets from each other and continued dance around. Silva completely dropped his hands and mocked Adesanya who landed some clean shots on his chin. In the end it was the accuracy and frequency of the stylebender which got him a clean victory. #6 ranked Adesanya now stands inline for a title fight, but against who? is the BIG question.
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