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Tonight’s curtain jerker will take place in the light heavyweight division.
Round 1: No glove touch for these two. Lucas misses on two telegraphed left hands. Lucas closes the distance and shoots for the takedown; Rosa avoids. When Lucas does complete the takedown, Rosa quickly returned to his feet. Lucas lands a few punches using the collar tie, Rosa returns with an uppercut. Rosa moves in behind a punch combo and Lucas shoots for the takedown. Rosa defends it and ends up with his back on the fence, Lucas leaning on him. Lucas separates and lands a right. They tie up again, with Lucas again pressing Rosa into the cage. Some dirty boxing from Rosa now. Lucas spits out his mouth piece and they break for a moment. When they return to action, both men dig in and throw punches, but Lucas shoots for the takedown in short order. Rosa defends and pecks at Lucas with elbows and punches while he continues to fight for the takedown. A pair of nice knees land for Rosa. Rosa fighting off Lucas’ takedown attempts while landing short strikes. At the ten second mark, Rosa pours it on Lucas, who closes the distance and forces the tie up.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Rosa
Round 2: Rosa tries a high kick that’s blocked. Lucas ducks a punch and hits the takedown, Rosa immediately rises to his feet; Lucas keeps him pinned to the cage. Dirty boxing from against the cage, Rosa getting the best of it. Lucas leaning on Rosa against the cage, eating short shots from Rosa. Lucas is warned for grabbing the fence. Rosa threatens with a standing kimura and forces Lucas off of him. Lucas lands a hard right hand on Rosa. They tie up again and Rosa lands a few punches before grabbing the plum and landing a knee. Rosa with some more shots in the clinch. The fight is halted again for Lucas’ mouthpiece falling out and referee Big John McCarthy docks him a point. Lucas hits the takedown and lands in half guard. Rosa gets to his feet before the bell.
FightLine scores the round 9-9
Round 3: They touch gloves for the final round and Lucas comes out swinging. Lucas putting some punches together, but he closes the gap and presses Rosa into the cage. Rosa with some good work from the clinch, landing elbows, punches and knees. Rosa with an elbow on the break. Rosa with a knee and some dirty boxing, another knee. Rosa turning it up, landing some nice punches and good knees. Lucas turns him into the fence though, leaning on his legs. Rosa fights free and lands a hard inside leg kick. Rosa tagging Lucas up with knees and punches while he moves forward and tries to close the distance. Lucas’ mouthpiece falls out again and is warned again. They work from the clinch, Rosa landing punches and knees from the position. Rosa keeping the pressure on, landing a volley of strikes when they break. He stuffs the takedown and ends the round on top.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Aaron Rosa
Aaron Rosa defeated Matt Lucas via majority decision (28-28, 30-26, 30-26)