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Bellator 117: Larue Burley Vs. Cliff Wright, Jr.

bellator 117

Larue Burley vs. Cliff Wright, Jr.

Another prospect takes to the cage next, as Larue Bradley (3-0) meets up with Iowa native Cliff Wright, Jr. (8-5).

Round 1: Burley is a fighter out of Power MMA, which has produced some exceptional stars as of late. Wright opening up with some kicks to the lead leg as Burley is trying to find his distance. Good exchange from both men. Burley with a big takedown and looking to advance his position. Wright trying to secure a choke from the bottom with his legs, throwing up a triangle attempt with three minutes to go. Burley is too strong and breaks it, landing a night right to the face. Burley just holding Wright down, as Wright throws up against triangle attempt. Wright appears to have it and Burley is fighting hard, and gets out. Wright with a nice elbow that connects and takes Burley down.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Burley

Round 2: More aggression by Burley, who knocks Wright off his feet and is on top. Potential heel hook for Wright, as Burley grabs on the cage and is warned. He slips out, though, and is in control. Wright still searching for a submission as Burley folds him up. Big kick by Burley and he asks for Wright to be stood up. Wright’s hands are very low, as he just misses getting tagged with a flying knee. Both men look fatigued and don’t have a lot on their strikes. Wright nearly lands with a Superman punch and is in side control. Burley working to get to his knees. Wright lands some big blows and scores with another takedown to end the round on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Wright

Round 3: Buley lands with a serious of rights and Wright is trying to stand and take them. Some swelling and blood around the nose area of Wright and Burley lands to the body. Burley catches him with a left and Wright spins around, running from the onslaught. Two straight body shots from Burley and Wright is in pain. Burley drops him and lands a huge knee to the body. Another and Burley is teeing off. Straight right gets through, kick to the leg and another straight left. Back kick from Burley, but he has given Wright time to recover. Great battle, as Burley lands another right. Wright tries for a takedown by winds up with Burley on top of him with two minutes to go. Burley landing some big lefts and rights from the top. Big hammerfists from Burley with just seconds left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Burley

Larue Burley def. Cliff Wright, Jr. via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)