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Round 1: They touch gloves and start to throw down. Martinez with a nice leg kick and a right hand that touches Riddle. Martinez doing well at negating Riddle’s reach, getting inside and landing powerful punches. Martinez with a hard left leg kick. Riddle throws a kick, but Martinez gets there right after, disrupting his attack and tagging him with a shot. Riddle is having to think through this one, as Martinez is throwing off his timing and landing frequently with solid shots and it’s showing in his hesitancy. Riddle tries to work a few kicks, but Martinez gets out of the way. Riddle moves forward, but Martinez stalls him again with a mean flurry. Riddle gets in a good left hand. Martinez lands a hard leg kick, and keeps the momentum in his favor until the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Martinez
Round 2: They touch gloves again and set up in the center. A minute in and it’s more of the same, Martinez dogging Riddle whenever he moves forward to engage. Riddle hasn’t shot for a takedown yet at all. Martinez with the cut kick. Martinez putting his hands on Riddle and Riddle is looking like he’s in over his head. Martinez cracks Riddle with a hard left hand. Martinez ducks a head kick and they briefly clinch, but Riddle shakes him off. Riddle lands a hard body kick. Martinez, who took this fight on short notice, looks to be slowing down some. Riddle with a stiff jab and another body kick. Martinez makes him pay on the counter with a flurry of punches. Riddle starting to put things together, he lands a pair of left body kicks to solid effect. Martinez not moving as much, but he’s still landing hard counters. Riddle coming after Martinez now, going after Martinez hard with punches and kicks both.
FightLine scores the round 10-10
Round 3: They touch gloves, Riddle looking juiced up to start this round. Riddle continues to do good work with his kicks. Martinez has clearly slowed and Riddle is taking over, but he’s definitely still in the fight, cracking Riddle with good punches when he can get past kicking range. Riddle lands a hard leg kick. Riddle is starting to run away with this now, just hammering a now flat-footed Martinez with kicks to the legs and body. Riddle hits the first takedown attempt of the fight. Martinez briefly works rubber guard, but Riddle defends and ends up taking Martinez’s back in a scramble. Too high on Martinez’s back, Riddle gives up the attempt and claps Martinez with a head kick on the break. Another takedown for Riddle. Riddle has Martinez against the fence now, pounding away with punches and elbows. Under a minute to go, but Martinez can’t control Riddle’s postures, leading to him getting beaten down until the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Riddle
Matt Riddle defeated Henry Martinez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)