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Lightweight Quarterfinal Bout
Thiago Michel vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy
Round 1: Tap of the gloves and we’re off. Nice hard left kick by Sarnavskiy, blocked well. Clean 1-2 and Thiago goes down but pops back up quickly. Sarnavskiy didn’t attack for the kill, perhaps a tactical error by “Tiger”. Slow paced fight but nice exchanges. It appears as if Michel is recovering well. Sarnavskiy breifly shot but nothing there. The exchanges continue and it appears as if Sarnavskiy is getting the better of them. Michel not moving enough, you the get the feeling another right of Sarnavskiy will land eventually. Michel is trying to get back into the fight but nothing is connecting on Sarnavskiy. Sarnavskiy catches a kick then lets it go. You can tell Tigers punches are heavier than Michels. This fight hasn’t gone to the ground quite yet. And just as I say that Sarnavskiy catches a kick and down they go. They’re back up in a clinch and this time Michel gets the trip and the takedown and goes the guillotine but time runs out. Didn’t look too serious anyway.
Fightline gives round 1 to Sarnavskiy (10-9)
Round 2: Sarnavskiy is throwing that right hand with bad intentions. Sarnavskiy shoots but Michel is fighting it well and they’re still fighting for position against the fence. Back up they go, still in the clinch and still up against the fence. Sarnavskiy quickly drops for the single but nothing there. Different kind of fight this round but it looks like Sarnavskiy wants this on the ground and finally gets the take down. Michel is attempting to get back up and he does momentarily. Sarnavskiy takes Michel down again and is trying to get Michel’s back. He’s got Michels back now and with one hook in and there’s the second hook. Michel is fighting off a rear naked choke and does so with the two on one. It looks deep and it’s sinking underneath the chin and there’s the tap.
Alexander Sarnavskiy defeats Thiago Michel by rear naked choke at 3:43 of Round 2.
Lightweight Quarterfinal Bout
Guillaume DeLorenzi vs. Saad Awad
Round 1: Off they go. Nice inside kick by DeLorenzi, answered by Awad. They’re throwing down, DeLorenzi gets stunned by a right hand, retreats a bit to recover but Awad stays on him. They’re against the fence and Awad goes left hand crazy and DeLorenzi goes limp for a quick second at the ref jumps in and thats it!!! Holy crap that was fast. I had to rewind my dvr recording to make sure I get this right. These two fighters came to throw down and it looked like this wasn’t going to the judges. Awad got the golden ticket for this bout after Pitbull withdrew and he’s made the most of it.
Saad Awad defeats Guillaume DeLorenzi by tko at :31 seconds of the 1st round.
Welterweight Feature Bout
Ben Lagman vs. Sam Quito
Round 1: They meet in the center and exchange a few jabs. Quito swings and misses. Lagman looks a bit nervous and shoots in. Lagman lets Quito back up. Classic left hook right body by Lagman lands cleanly on Quitos ribs. Quito tries the same and misses. Wild right hand by Quito but blocks well. Lagman looks like the better strker and lands a spinning back kick to Quitos body and pushes him back. Quito shoots and a nice whizzer by Lagman sends Quito to the bottom and Lagman is on top landing nice punches and elbows. There’s a pretty bad cut on Quito’s scalp/hairline. Ref calls time to check the cut. The doctor says it’s not too bad and they go back to ground. Time in. Quito goes for a knee bar and pars for it as Lagman lands lots of shot. Quitos stays at it and it looks deep. Quito might actually get it. Lagman does a nice job of escaping, with the help of a few heels to Quitos ribs. Another knee bar!! It looks bad, Lagman looks in trouble!! Wtf?? Ref stops the fight claiming Lagman was tapping. It did look like Lagman was in trouble but there’s confusion in the cage as Lagman and his corner. After replays, it did look like Lagmans was in serious pain. Lagman yelled out and it appeared as Lagman lightly tapped Quitos leg (Chael Sonnen style). Could’ve fooled me. It looks like he tapped to me.
Sam Quito defeats Ben Lagman by submission-knee bar at 3:54 of round 1.
Lightweight Quarterfinal Bout
Ricardo Tirloni vs. Will Brooks
Round 1: Tap of the gloves and they start throwing. Brooks looks like he the bigger Lightweight. Nice exchange, Brooks gets the better of it. Tirloni shoots in on a single, fights for it and gets it. Brooks doing s nice job of keep Tirloni from mounting him. Brooks gets back up and takes Tirloni down. Not sure if that’s a good idea considering Tirlonis experience but it’s looking good for him now. Tirloni closes guard and as soon as he opens it Brooks postures and lands a few rights. Tirloni threatens with a triangle that Brooks escapes. Tirloni is going for it again and again Brooks gets out. Jumping right hand and back into Tirlonis guard he goes. Brooks postures a bit more a swings some nice right hands but Tirloni does a nice job of avoiding them. Brooks ends the round on top and throwing, but missing, some nice right hands.
Fightline gives round 1 to Brooks (10-9)
Round 2: They meet in the center of the Miller Light logo and again they’re letting the leather fly, although not in a sloppy fashion. Brooks shoots in and after driving nicely, gets the take down with Tirlonis head up against the fence. Brooks is now working from inside Tirlonis open guard. Not much damage being done by Brooks but Tirloni isn’t doing much either. Brooks postures and lands a punch or two, but then lets Tirloni get back up for some reason. A little shocked but the way he took Tirloni down beofre, I get the impression he can now take Tirloni down at will. Which he does, only to get stuck in a guillotine that doesn’t look tight enough. Brooks defends it well and gets out of it. Brooks is pressing his head into Tirlonis face up against the fence. Again, Brooks stands in an attempt to pass Tirlonis guard but Tirloni threatens with a knee bar but Brooks defends it easily. Back to the feet they go. Brooks shoots, gets into a clinch and receives a knee to his compadres for his troubles. The ref gives Brooks the 5 minutes for recovery. As always, the fighter doesn’t take all 5 minutes and time in. It looks like the knee to the family jewels woke Brooks up as he’s on his tows bouncing around, landing a punch or two, but with hands low. Tirloni lands a nice punch they closes the distance for a clinch and they round ends with them up against the fence.
Fightline gives round 2 to Brooks (10-9)
Round 3: Again they meet on top of the Miller Lite logo and exchange a few punches, none of which land. A sloppy head kick by Tirloni but blocked easily. Nice 1-2 by Brooks and it lands perfectly. Tirloni lunges in with a left (telegraphed) misses and Brooks ducks it only to shoot right underneath it and take Tirloni down with a nice knee tap. Brooks has Tirloni on his back against the fence. Tirloni is a sweep from butterfly but Brooks defends it well and lands in Tirlonis open guard again. The pace of this fight has been somewhat high and they’re just now slowing down. Brooks moves to half guard them pops up to land a few punches. Tirloni rolls around to go for a leg lock but Brooks is too far away. So far away, that Tirloni gets back up. They get into another clinch and Tirloni lands a few nice knees, none look bad though. Brooks shoots on a double but takes the single instead and gets it. Tirloni is threatening with a triangle but Brooks is slipping out and gets out. Tirloni stay on his back and the round ends. That was a rough fight you guys. Very “workman” like performance by Brooks.
Fightline gives the 3rd round to Brooks (10-9)
Official Results: Will Brooks defeats Ricardo Tirloni by unanimous decision (30-27) on all cards.
Main event time ya’ll!!
Lightweight Quarterfinal Bout
David Rickels vs. Lloyd Woodard
Round 1: Yikes, no glove touch. It’s about get crackin’!! Woodard walks forward pushing Rickels back. A kick by Woodard lands but falls and Rickels attacks. But Woodard is able to get back up and into a clinch with Rickels. Woodard pushes Rickels into the fence and almost has his back. In fact Woodard has one hook it, but Rickels turns into him and gets that hook off. However Woodard still has Rickels’ back and lands a decent back suplex. Rickels gets to his knees and Woodard gets Rickels back with both hooks in. This looks bad for Rickels. Rickels defends the rear naked choke well. From the back, Woodard goes for the twister but loses position and lands on top inside Rickels open guard. Rickesl attempts a triangle off of his back, Woodard lifts him up and slams him down to get out of it. Back to open guard and Woodard passes Rickels guard rather easily. Rickels gets full guard back. Woodard postures and dives in with a nice right hand that looked partially blocked. Rickels goes for the armbar!! Oh Woodards gets out quickly. Crazy scrambles going on, lots of ground action. Rickesl on his back in half guard goes for a heel hook and now he’s stuck in a straight foot lock by Woodard. They’re playing footsie the ground where Woodard goes for a knee bar, but slips out and gets top position. Another scramble and Rickels stay on top. He stands and the round ends. Tough round to score.
Fightline gives round 1 to Lloyd Woodard
Round 2: They start throwing hard to start round 2 off. Rickels is moving forward, it appears as if Woodard is a bit tired. Rickels throws and lands a nice right hand, then a left hook. Rickesl fakes a shot and initiates a clinch up against the fence where Rickels lands a few knees. They break and back to the center of the cage they go. These guys are swinging, not technically, but swinging. Rickels goes for a front kick and gets jabbed in the process and falls to his ass. A tired Woodard pounces on him and rests for a few seconds in Rickels guard. Rickels goes for an armbar and it looks deep but Woodard manages to power out of it while keeping top position. Woodard tries to pass but lands in Rickels half guard. Rickels basically pushes Woodard off of him and gets back to his feet. They stay in the clinch against the fence with Woodard’s back against it. Woodard lunges with a knee but and Rickels avoids it easily. Rickels goes in for the 1-2 that lands well and a lands a quick body shot that seemed to have hurt Woodard. Woodard shoots and gets the double and lands in Rickels half guard again. Rickels momentarily threatens with a kimura but nothing on it. Butterfly guard by Rickels, he pushes Woodard off then lands a nice up kick that Woodard takes well. Woodard dives back into Rickels guard and the round ends.
Fightline gives round 2 to Rickels (10-9)
Round 3: Final round you guys. A fake head kick does nothing. Woodard looks real tired, he stayed on his stool until the bell rang. Rickels is landing a few kick, pretty hard kick and Woodard doesn’t check. Woodard pushes forward and gets stung by a nice 1-2. Woodard plays it off by waving him in. Rickels is cautiously attacking and lands another right hand, with a little less pop in it. Again Woodard lunges in with a jumping knee and eats a right hand the awakens the crowd a bit. Rickels seems to have found a formula that’s working, a simple 1-2. Every time he’s thrown it in this round, he’s landed it. They exchange a few more kicks but they look sloppy. Once more Woodard pushes forward and gets caught with the same 1-2. Rickels goes for a jab to the gut and the right on top and lands it. Rickels is picking Woodard apart with his boxing this round. Woodard is moving backwards a lot and Rickels lands another right hand, causing Woodard to reach for a clinch. Woodard drops for a single leg, gets it but lands in a guillotine. Nothing there, Woodard gets out easliy. Rickels threatens with a triangle but Woodard gets out of it, it didn’t look too deep to begin with. The round ends with Woodard on top.
Fightline gives round 3 to Rickels (10-9)
Official Results: David Rickels defeats Lloyd Woodard by unanimous decision. All three judges have it (29-28) for Rickels.
There you have it folks, all of the Lightweight quarterfinal bouts in the books. We have David Rickels vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy and Will Brooks vs. Saad Awad set for semifinal action.
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