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Brandon Tarns vs. Drew Montgomery
Due to traffic, I missed most of this fight, however Montgomery beat Tarns at 4:22 in Round 3 via TKO (Doctor’s stoppage due to a cut)
Mike Cook vs. Carl Seumanutafa
Round 1: Seumanutafa took Cook to the ground early. Cook was able to mount Seumanutafa and land some hard punches. When they got back up, Cook back suplexed Seumanutafa to the mat that ended up knocking Cook out and Seumanutafa was able to get on top and land some straight hard punches to the face to the alread knocked out Cook.
Winner via TKO (strikes) at 3:39 in Round 1: Carl Seumanutafa
Doctors attended to Mike Cook after the fight and Cook looked in bad shape.
Wilson Reis vs. Bryan Caraway
Round 1: Caraway connected with some solid strikes early. Reis was able to take Caraway to the ground. I’d score it 10-9 Caraway although it was a pretty even round.
Round 2: Caraway knocked Reis silly early in the round and started hammering him. Reis was able to get out of it, it looked like it was almost over for a minute. Reis was able to take Caraway to the ground. The fight stayed on the ground and the crowd started booing with the lack of action. While Reis controlled most of the ground, Caraway did the most damage with the exchange at the beginning so I score it 10-9 Caraway.
Round 3: Reis took the fight to the ground again and once again, the crowd started booing. They got back up and Caraway landed a punch and a good knee, but Reis took him back to the ground. 10-9 Caraway.
Winner: Wilson Reis via unanimous decision (All three judges scored it 30-27) Wow, I was way off. The crowd booed the hell out of that decision.
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Travis Galbraith
Round 1: Halfway into the round Cavalcante scored some huge knees that rocked Galbraith. Cavalcante was able to ground and pound Galbraith and the referee stopped the fight.
Winner: Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante via TKO (strikes) at 3:00 in Round 1
EliteXC Heavyweight Championship
Antonio Silva vs. Justin Eilers
Round 1: Silva connected with some good punches early on. The fight went to the ground and about 2 minutes in, referee Herb Dean stood them up and deducted a point from Silva due to strikes to the back of the head. Eilers landed a couple of good jabs at the end, but it was Silva’s round, 9-9 Silva due to the point deduction.
Round 2: Silva rocked Eilers right away and knocked out Eilers’s mouthpiece. Herb Dean looked like he wanted to stop the fight so Eilers could put it back in but Silva was wailing away at him. Silva kept connecting and Dean waived him off giving Silva the win and making him the first EliteXC Heavyweight Champion.
Winner and new EliteXC Heavyweight Champion via TKO (strikes) at 0:19 in Round 2: Antonio Silva
Shayna Baszler vs. Cristiane Cyborg
Round 1: Cyborg came out swinging and took Baszler down early. Cyborg maintained control of the round. 10-9 round for Cyborg.
Round 2: Cyborg started the round off connecting with a series of punches to Baszler, eventually knocking her down. Cyborg motioned for her to stand up and then connected with more punches and a hard knee. Cyborg got Baszler and kept connecting before apparently knocking her out. Cyborg started celebrating but Steve Mazagatti told her that he hadn’t called the fight yet. That just led to another minute of punishment for Baszler, before Cyborg finished her again.
Winner via TKO in Round 2 (strikes): Cristiane Cyborg
EXC Welterweight Title
Jake Shields vs. Nick Thompson
Round 1: Shields took Thompson down almost immediately and got Thompson in a guillotine a minute into the round, forcing Thompson to tap out.
Winner via submission (guillotine) at 1:03 in Round 1 and new EXC Welterweight Champion: Jake Shields
Nick Diaz vs. Thomas Denny
The ovation for Diaz (who is from Stockton) was insane, one of the loudest pops I’ve heard for an MMA fighter. It was Kimbo after beating Tank Abbot loud.
Round 1: The two traded blows early. Denny landed a good kick and took Diaz down, but they were quickly back up. They went back to the ground and Diaz went for an armbar, but Denny popped out. They kept exchanging blows and Denny looked dazed. Denny hit a leg kick on Diaz but was spent and fell down from it and Diaz went in on the attack peppering Denny with shots to finish the round. Great first round! 10-9 Diaz.
Round 2: They started the round swinging with Diaz getting the better of it. He knocked Denny to the ground and nailed him with a flurry of punches prompting referee Josh Rosenthal to stop the fight.
Winner via TKO (strikes) in Round 2: Nick Diaz
EXC Middleweight Title
“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (c) vs. Scott Smith
Round 1: The two started off standing and then got into the clinch. Everything Lawler was dropping was being answered by Smith. Lawler hit some nice kicks late in the round. In the last minute Smith came out with an impressive flurry of kicks and punches which stole the round for Smith. 10-9 Smith.
Round 2: It started off as a slugfest. Smith got a cut on the forehead. Both men were doing damage here. Finally Lawler knocked Smith to the ground and dropped some good shots and knees to the body prompting referee Herb Dean to call it.
Winner via TKO (strikes) at 2:25 in Round 2 and still EXC Middleweight Champion: “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler
David Douglas vs. Marlon Matias
Round 1: Matias and Douglas started swinging for the fences right off the bad and Douglas caught him with a big right, knocking Matias to the canvas. Douglas then landed a flurry of punches and the fight was stopped just seconds into Round 1.
Winner via TKO (strikes) at 0:12 in Round 1 : David Douglas
Jeremy Freitag vs. Anthony Ruiz
Round 1: The fight started standing and Ruiz got the better of it. Late in the round Ruiz was able to take Freitag to the ground and tried for an armbar and went for a guillotine but Freitag was able to pop out to finish the round. 10-9 for Ruiz.
Round 2: Freitag came out swinging and landed some hard shots on Ruiz. The round was mostly spent on the ground with Freitag having Ruiz in a headlock. The rest of the round was Ruiz trying to secure a rear naked choke on Freitag. 10-9 Ruiz.
Round 3: The fight was spent mostly on the ground with Freitag dominating but he was unable to put Ruiz away. 10 – 9 Freitag.
Winner via unanimous decision (29-28): Anthony Ruiz