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Welterweight Tournament Final Fight: Bryan Baker (18-3) vs. Karl Amoussou (15-4-2)
Quick start after fighters touch gloves and Amoussou gets Baker down after a quick scramble, takes his leg and forces him to tap from a leg lock.
Winner via Submission (inverted heel hook) at :56 in Rd 1 Karl Amoussou
Amoussou wins the welterweight tournament and will face Champion Ben Askren for the championship.
Welterweight Feature Fight: Paul Daley (29-12-2) vs. Rudy Bears (14-10)
Showing each other respect to start the round, low kick by Daley misses, and Bears lands an outside leg kick. High kick by Daley misses but sends Bears backing up. They clinch and Bears drops for a takedown while Daley has his back against the cage. Daley clinches and lands two knees to the grill of Bears, then connects with a let hook dropping him, then following up with punches as referee Troy Waugh steps in to stop the fight.
Winner via KO in Rd 1: Paul “Semtex” Daley
Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Fight: Emanuel Newton (18-6-1) vs. Attila Vegh (26-4-2)
Newton lands some low kicks, as Vegh circles then lands a kick to the body. More kicks by Newton, and Vegh goes in for a clinch but Newton pushes him away and lands a body kick, and a knee to the body. Outside leg kick by Newton, and he keeps Vegh on the outside using his reach advantage to land low kicks to the outside of Vegh’s thighs. Vegh’s right thigh is already very red from the kicks of Newton. They clinch, Vegh gets a takedown for a brief second, but Newton works back to his feet. Both guys exchange punches in close, with Newton landing more kicks that send Vegh backing up.
CageJunkies scores the Rd 10-9 for Newton.
Nice turning side kick by Newton that finds it’s mark to start the round. He follows it up with a head kick as his corner yells to him to push the pace. Both fighters circling, and Newton’s back is against the cage, as Vegh tries to land combinations on the inside. Newton circles out, then throws more punch/kick combinations. Both fighters in the center of the cage, they both land quick flurries of punches as this is turning into a pretty good slugfest. Newton tries to keep the center, and lands more jabs then follows it up with a couple kicks. Vegh lands a punch that seems to rock Newton as the round ends.
CageJunkies scores the round 10-9 for Newton.
Both fighters are content with standing in trading to start the last round, Newton takes his back then throws Vegh down, but Vegh lands some hard knees that stun Newton. Back to the center of the cage, and Newton lands a jab-right hand combination. Vegh lands a couple 1-2 combos of his own. Left jab by Newton followed by an 0verhand right. Overhand right-uppercut combination by Vegh finds it’s mark. Newton goes in for a takedown, but Vegh defends well and stays on his feet. Newton pushes Vegh to the cage and lands a right knee to the head of Vegh. He then connects with a solid overhand right and more sidekicks to end the round.
CageJunkies scores the round 10-9 for Newton
Winner via Split Decision: Attila Vegh (Completely disagree with that decision by the way, as does almost of the people in attendance.)
Regardless, Attila Vegh advances in the Light Heavyweight tournament and will face Travis Wiuff.
Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Fight: Tim Carpenter (9-1) vs. Travis Wiuff (67-14)
I would just like to start of by saying Travis Wiuff is the biggest Light Heavyweight I’ve ever seen. Coming out they clinch right away, Wiuff pushes Carpenter up against the cage, the Carpenter drills him in the nuts. Referee gives Wiuff plenty of time to recover. They restart and Wiuff catches Carpenter’s kick and takes him down. Wiuff working short punches and elbows from Carpenter’s full guard. Wiuff trying to create space from top position to lands some significant punches and elbows. Wiuff lands shots to the ribs of Carpenter and a couple pitter-patter punches, but nothing too significant.
CageJunkies scores the Rd 10-9 for Wiuff
Wiuff takes Carpenter down right away, and works ground and pound from full guard. Carpenter doing a good job of controlling Wiuff’s head and uses good wrist control as well. Carpenter looks like he’s trying to throw his legs up for a triangle, but the seasoned Wiuff defends well. Ref stands them up, and Wiuff clinches with Carpenter against the cage. Wiuff picks Carpenter up, walks him all the way across the cage and slams him, landing in his full guard. Ref wastes no time standing them up. They clinch again and Carpenter lands a couple solid knee to the body of Wiuff. Wiuff presses him against the cage and takes him down as the round ends.
CageJunkies scores the round 10-9 for Wiuff.
Both guys come out swinging big, and clinch yet again, with Wiuff getting the takedown. More of the same as Wiuff lands short punches to the head and body from top position. Carpenter tries to use the cage to spin out from under Wiuff, but the bigger Wiuff continues to control Carpenter on the ground. Wiuff landing some big punches with less than a minute left in the fight. Carpenter tries to land some punches from the bottom as the round ends.
CageJunkies scores the Rd 10-9 for Wiuff
Winner via Unanimous Decision (30-27): Travis Wiuff
Welterweight Feature Fight: Waachiim Spiritwolf (9-10-1) vs. Marius Zaromskis (17-6)
Both fighters come out aggressive, with Spiritwolf looking for a takedown but Zaromskis backs away. Low kicks by Spiritwolf are finding their mark. Zaromskis pushing the pace now, with Spiritwolf circling and trying to counter with punches. Nothing landing so far. Left hook by Spiritwolf connects. It looks like something is wrong with Spiritwolf’s hand, he might have broke it. High kick by Zaromskis sails over Spiritwolf’s head. Both fighters are content to stand, trying to find their range. Zaromskis bleeding above his left eye. Spiritwolf with a low kcick, then as the round ends, goes in for a takedown and eats a knee for his troubles.
CageJunkies scores the Round 10-9 for Spiritwolf
Zaromskis trying to find a hand for his overhand right, Spiritwolf swinging widly telegraphing his punches, then goes for a takedown. Zaromskis stuffs it, and lands a kick to the body. Spiritwolf lands a left hook, then an overhand right. Leg kicks by Spiritwolf, Zaromskis looking tentative as his corner yells to him to let his hands go. Zaromskis lands a nice straight left, and Spiritwolf tries for a bodylock takedown, but isn’t successful.
CageJunkies scores the Round 10-9 for Zaromskis
Zaromskis lands a nice 1-2 combo to start the round. Both fighters still seem pretty fresh going into this 3rd round, as opposed to their previous fights. Spiritwolf using in and out movement to get inside and land punches, as Zaromskis lands a couple kicks to the body. Not much action and crowd is booing, but it’s obvious both fighters are looking for a knockout. Head kick by Zaromskis lands, then Spiritwolf shoots in for a takedown and Zaromskis ends up on top, back to their feet and thats all she wrote.
CageJunkies scores the round 10-9 for Zaromskis
Winner via Split Decision : Mario Zaromskis
Catchweight Feature Fight: Jason Carapelluci (6-2) vs. Paul Barrow (4-2) Winner: Paul Barrow via submission (Rear naked choke) at :46 of Rd3
Catchweight Feature Fight: Ben Saunders (13-5-2) vs. Brian Warren (18-15-1) Winner: Ben Saunders via TKO at :22 of Rd1
Welterweight Feature Fight: Kenny Moss (5-2) vs. Raul Amaya (9-1) Winner: Raul Amaya via verbal submission (strikes) at :30 of Rd2
Featherweight Feature Fight: Matt McCook (8-5) vs. Shanon Slack (4-0) Winner: Matt McCook via Split Decision
Welterweight Feature Fight: Julien Williams (2-1) vs. Ryan DeRocher (3-3) Winner: Julien Williams via Submission at 1:32 Rd 2