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Kalvin Hackney def. Jeff Robbins via TKO (strikes) at 2:12 of Round 3
Bill Friday def. Kenneth Porter via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:28 of Round 3
Anthony Gutierrez vs. Charlie DuBray
We begin things in the featherweight division, as Anthony Gutierrez takes on Charlie DuBray.
Gutierrez (4-0) was a semifinalist on The Ultimate Fighter 18, but weight issues kept him from competing. DuBray (12-8) enters the fight with two straight wins to his credit, both via finish.
Round 1: Gutierrez locks in a nice triangle while on the bottom, working to secure the submission less than a minute into the fight. He clinches and DuBray taps, though he gets up complaining that he didn’t. DuBray almost looked to be completely out, and you could see his hand tap on the leg of Gutierrez.
Anthony Gutierrez def. Charlie DuBray via submission (triangle choke) at :59 of Round 1
Kevin Croom vs. Bryan Goldsby
We head to the ranks of bantamweight, as Kevin Croom goes up against Bryan Goldsby.
Croom (14-4) is on a nine-fight win streak and already has his next bout lined up, as a victory tonight moves him into a title fight vs. Anthony Birchak in May for Maximum Fighting Championship.
Goldsby (17-15) has won his last four fights, including two by finish.
Round 1: Goldsby eats a knee to secure the takedown. Croom goes right to the butterfly guard while on his back. Nice scramble and we head back to the feet, as both tried for a kimura while on the ground. This time, Croom eats a kick to the body and shoots for a takedown, scoring with it. Goldsby has moved up against the fence, and is landing some nice elbows to the head, but Goldsby gets up and sweeps off, scoring his own takedown.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Goldsby
Round 2: Goldsby with a solid jab, and Croom scores with a takedown, advancing to side control quickly. Croom has opened up a cut over the right eye of Goldsby and remains in a strong position. You can tell Croom is landing elbows to the face, as it is covered with blood from Goldsby’s face. As he throws up a triangle, Goldsby is able to get to his feet. Croom, though, fires back with a power takedown. Goldsby gets up and is firing on all cylinders as the round comes to a close, taking advantage of a tired-looking Croom.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Croom
Round 3: Goldsby with two huge right hands to the head, and snaps off a quick left jab. More effective striking from Goldsby, who defends a takedown. Goldsby gets a little too out of control and Croom scores a takedown with three minutes to go. Croom hasn’t been able to do much damage in this position, and Goldsby has gotten his legs up. He is looking at the ref to stand them up. With a minute left, the ref stands them up and Goldsby comes out right after Croom. Goldsby fends off a takedown attempt once but can’t stop the second attempt and goes to his back as the round ends.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Croom
Kevin Croom def. Bryan Goldsby via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Eric Marriott
We head to the lightweight ranks next, as Kurt Holobaugh collides with Eric Marriott.
Holobaugh (11-2) has won two straight since his 2013 release from the UFC after a decision loss to Steven Siler. Marriott (22-7) has posted a 4-2 mark in his last six, with both losses being decision defeats.
Round 1: Holobaugh catches him up against the fence, landing a nice knee to the body. Another knee lands and Marriott has seen enough and powers off the fence. Holobaugh almost catches Marriott with a knee to the face inside the clinch. More body work by Holobaugh, who rocks Marriott and pounces. He has his neck, lands a knee to the face and releases the submission. Holobaugh still attacking, side kick connects and two more knees to the body. A knee to the head and Marriott shoots for a takedown. Holobaugh has his neck and has it locked in while in full-mount. He surrenders the choke and is in a strong position. Big cut opened up on Marriott, who eats a huge shot again. Looking for a kimura is Holobaugh, who transitions back to ground-and-pound.
FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Holobaugh
Round 2: We have a stoppage, as there was a low blow and a halt in the action. Holobaugh was looking for a kick to the midsection, but connected low and Marriott dropped. Marriott in top position after a kimura attempt by Holobaugh. Nice switch by Holobaugh to gain the top position now after Marriott wasn’t able to do much damage. However, Marriott has a possible leg lock with two-plus minutes left, but Holobaugh breaks free. Marriott still searching for a submission, taking punishment to the body in the process.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holobaugh
Round 3: Holobaugh coming out aggressive, taking advantage of an out-of-place Marriott and securing a takedown. He’s moved into a potential head-and-arm choke position with four minutes left in the round. Marriott is still swinging for the fences, goes for a leg lock but winds up on his back and eating several punches to the face. Just like that, Marriott lands a huge shot and drops Holobaugh. He pounces, but Holobaugh appears to have recovered and is in butterfly guard. Both guys are looking for a leg lock, but Holobaugh gains side control as we approach one minute.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Marriott
Kurt Holobaugh def. Eric Marriott via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Michael Kuiper vs. Matthew Riddle
Our co-main event features Michael Kuiper and Matthew Riddle doing battle at middleweight of former UFC fighters.
Kuiper (12-3) is looking to snap a two-fight losing skid, while Riddle (7-3) hasn’t lost a fight since 2011, with two of his four being changed to no-contests after failing post-fight drug tests.
Round 1: Kuiper comes in and drops levels, working for a takedown up against the fence. Riddle reverses and has him against the fence now. Riddle working a single-leg, switches back to a double-leg and scores with it, dragging Kuiper to the canvas. Riddle unable to get in any offense, stands up and Kuiper powers through with a takedown of his own. Riddle with the knees up high to defend. Riddle almost sneaks on an armbar to conclude the action.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Riddle
Round 2: Riddle with a takedown off a switch, transitioning to the back and looking to secure a body lock. Riddle gives up on the choke and moves to the full mount, dragging Kuiper over to the fence. Kuiper powers up and out, but Riddle catches him with a guillotine seemingly out of nowhere.
Matthew Riddle def. Michael Kuiper via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:29 of Round 2
Mike Ricci vs. Jorge Gurgel
We’ve reached the main event, as Mike Ricci does battle with Jorge Gurgel.
Ricci (8-4) is coming off a split decision loss to Myles Jury, while Gurgel (14-9) has dropped four of his last five – all of which came with Strikeforce.
Two things of note: Firas Zahabi left his announce position to corner Ricci, who walked to the cage with his sword.
Round 1: Gurgel with a huge right hand and Ricci responds, taking him to the canvas with a double-leg. Ricci landing some nice shots from the top position, including an elbow to the face. Ricci in complete control, landing some overhead elbows to the face as we approach the two-minute mark. Ricci continues to tee off, bloodying up Gurgel and the ref steps in. This one is all over.
Mike Ricci def. Jorge Gurgel via TKO (strikes) at 3:57 of Round 1