At LFA 102 at Much On line casino Resort & Resort in Shawnee, Okla., Souza outworked Elijah Johns with a ruin up choice within the headliner. And within the co-main tournament, Rodrigues picked up a brutal knockout of Al Matavao within the 185-pound tournament semifinals to reach the final against Josh Fremd.
Strive results from the fights below.
In a fight of transferring momentum, Bruno Souza (9-1) bought previous Elijah Johns (7-2) with a ruin up choice within the principle tournament. Souza picked up a pair of 29-28 ratings. Johns bought a 29-28 of his possess.
Johns and Souza came out banging early with mammoth punches and kicks. Johns tried to get interior, however Souza worked kicks. A minute, Johns took Souza to the canvas, however Souza rapidly attacked with a guillotine choke and dilapidated that threat to come again to his toes.
In the second round, the momentum perceived to shift in Souza’s prefer. Johns struggled to land takedowns and Souza dilapidated that to search out success on the toes. By the quit of the heart frame, Johns’ face turned into plenty marked up and bloody, and Souza’s face didn’t appear to possess a impress on it.
Early within the final round, Johns again worked for a takedown, however couldn’t attain it and settled for a clinch on the cage for 90 seconds. He didn’t form worthy hurt, however he saved Souza’s offense at bay. When Souza finally broke free, Johns went after a takedown again – and finally bought it. Souza did his most efficient to not enable Johns to land a ton of offense, however by residing on my own Johns turned into a success the round. Once Souza bought again to his toes he managed to sneak in a choke that regarded deep until Johns popped his head out with a minute left. Souza had one other choke strive unhurried, however couldn’t attain.
The steal turned into the ninth straight, for Souza, a manufactured from Lyoto Machida’s group, all since losing his pro debut. Johns, a Fortis MMA product, had a five-fight a success saunter snapped.
In LFA’s middleweight tournament semifinal, Gregory Rodrigues (8-3) bought things accomplished against Al Matavao (7-4) – however presumably not the style that turned into anticipated. Though Rodrigues held a necessary measurement advantage, Matavao came out swinging for the fences. However lower than a minute in, Rodrigues took Matavao to the canvas to work his notorious jiu-jitsu. Matavao dilapidated a cage-take grasp of to steer certain of a takedown, however after a warning turned into taken down with ease by Rodrigues. A moment later, one other takedown place Rodrigues exact on his head – a pronounce in which many warring parties had been place out chilly.
Matavao survived the round and came out fast again within the second. However Rodrigues landed a mammoth bomb of a left hook on the toes and place Matavao on the canvas. The gritty Matavao bought again up, however persevered to eat punches from Rodrigues until his again turned into against the fence. Then one other mammoth exact uppercut place Matavao on his again aspect, and the fight turned into mercifully waved off.
With the steal, Rodrigues stepped forward to the middleweight tournament final to meet Josh Fremd for LFA’s 185-pound title later this 365 days.
Brandon Lewis (5-0) and Jimmy Meza (2-1) beat every other up for 15 minutes, and each and every walked out of the cage a runt bit worse for the place on. Meza, in particular, regarded as if it would possibly presumably maybe possess either hurt his arm or ribs, and Lewis turned into lower up plenty on his face. However after taking turns hurting every other for three rounds, Lewis stayed unbeaten and squeaked out a ruin up choice steal with nods from two of the three judges, 30-27 and 29-28. A dissenting enlighten had it 29-28 for Meza.
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Without a followers in attendance, Alberto Rodriguez (3-1) would possibly presumably maybe hear play-by-play instruct Ron Kruck relate his steal over Chris Mecate (1-1) turned into an upset. Rodriguez ran over and yelled, “That’s no upset.” From an odds-standpoint, it turned into – Rodriguez turned into a +340 underdog. Rodriguez had to eat a exact kick to the ribs a minute in, however he fired a exact hook at the same time and landed cleanly. Mecate hit the canvas, and Rodriguez, a Chicago police officer, pounced with punches on the mat to get the attain at the 1: 12 impress of the opening round.
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To launch the principle card, Haris Talundzic (2-0) held off Luis Iniguez (3-1) to steal a unanimous choice. After a stable first round from Talundzic with takedowns, Iniguez perceived to get thru unhurried within the second round with physique images. Maybe sensing Talundzic will be hurt, he tried a knee to the physique with instant time left within the frame, however couldn’t form ample to place Talundzic in distress. In the final round, Talundzic would possibly presumably maybe honest possess staved off any rally from Iniguez by landing more takedowns and defending Iniguez from doing more hurt on the toes.
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Cross, 9 p.m. ET)
- Bruno Souza def. Elijah Johns thru ruin up choice (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Gregory Rodrigues def. Al Matavao thru TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1: 02 – middleweight tournament semifinal
- Nikolay Veretennikov def. Steve Jones thru unanimous choice (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- Javier Garcia def. A.J. Cunningham thru unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Brandon Lewis def. Jimmy Meza thru ruin up choice (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Alberto Rodriguez def. Chris Mecate thru knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1: 12
- Haris Talundzic def. Luis Iniguez thru unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
- Andrew Claborn def. Archie Colgan thru knockout (elbow) – Round 3, 3: 49