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Strikeforce 38: Ricky Legere Vs. Chris Spang

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Round 1: They touch gloves and Spang takes to circling on the outside. Legere scoops Spang up and promptly deposits him to the mat. Spang active from his back, preventing Legere from getting off with much more than short shots to the ribs. Spang unable to free himself, though he’s trying. Legere passes to side control. Spang recovers half and then full guard. This round has mostly been a stalemate, with Spang stifling Legere and vice versa. Spang kicks to his feet with just under fifty seconds to go. He fires off a head kick and sneaks in a few punches before Legere closes the distance again. Spang drops for the guillotine before the bell; it’s close but he makes it.

FightLine scores the round 10-10

Round 2: Spang more aggressive with his punches. He throws a lunging knee to the body that lands, but opens him up for the takedown. Legere presses him into the fence. More of the same from last round, with Legere riding it out in guard and Spang preventing him from getting off much offense. Legere passes to side control briefly, but Spang recovers quickly. The referee stands them up with under two minutes to go. Spang goes to work immediately, firing off a three-piece but getting a little to overzealous with a spinning backfist and leaving himself for Legere to dive in for the takedown. He picks Spang up after a brief battle for position against the cage and then slams him to the mat after carrying him like Matt Hughes. Once down, Spang latches up half guard and it stays there.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Legere

Round 3: Spang working straight punches to start and he stops a takedown by Legere. Spang putting his shots together, landing a hard knee to the midsection. Spang with a hard overhand right. Spang goes to the body. Legere goes for and gets the takedown though. Legere sitting in Spang’s guard, Spang doing well still to control his posture. The ref stands them up. Spang goes back to work, firing off punches and defending teh takedown. Legere is relentless though and drives Spang into the cage. Legere locks his hands and gets Spang down again. Spang gets to his feet again and avoids the takedown. He gets Legere’s back and slaps on a rear naked choke, but Legere defends. Spang high on his back as the round closes. Leger shakes him and takes side control, then mount.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Legere

Ricky Legere defeated Chris Spang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)