Written by J.R. Gordon at www.MMABuzz.com
Main event: Justin Houghton vs. Cameron Dollar in a 145lb. professional title fight. Round one was an all standing round with both fighters keeping their distance other than when closing in to strike. Houghton landed solid leg kicks and Dollar closed the round trying for a takedown. Round two was almost all standing with both landing jabs and Houghton still finding success with his leg kicks. Dollar shot once for a takedown that was defended. With just a few seconds left in the round Dollar trapped a kick and landed an overhand punch that dropped Houghton just before the bell sounded. Round three was also mainly standing with both fighters putting more power into their shots. Near the end of the round Dollar got a takedown and worked for an anaconda choke that Houghton defended until the bell ended the fight. The scorecards were read and the winner by split decision was Cameron Dollar.
Co-Main event: Chris Holland vs. Robert Martinez in a 170 lb. professional fight. The fighters both landed solid punches and each took them well. Three times Holland was able to get Martinez to the mat but each time Martinez worked back to standing. Holland again went for a takedown and the referee stopped the fight and took a point from Martinez for having grabbed the cage. When they restarted the fighters traded hard shots until Holland threw a hook that dropped Martinez. Holland followed Martinez to the mat, took full mount and flurried with strikes to get the KO win at 3:17 of round one.
Cody Mumma vs. Jeremy Osheim in a 205 lb. professional fight. The fighters battled almost all round for takedowns and on the ground each was able to work back to standing then take the other down. The action stopped and Osheim lost a point for an illegal back of the head strike. When the fight resumed Osheim got a takedown and ended the round striking from back control. Round two had Mumma getting the takedown but it was Osheim that secured back control and spent almost the entire round working GNP from back control while Mumma was kept busy with defending the strikes and working to escape. Round three had Osheim getting a fast takedown and working into side control, then back control. From the back Osheim was able to set in a tight body triangle and once he secured his position he flattened his opponent and flurried with strikes to get the TKO at 2:54 of round three.
Adam Stroup vs. T.J. Nunnaley in a 185lb. professional fight. The fighters worked in and out of the clinch with both flashing good kicks. Stroup threatened with a standing guillotine then scored a takedown to work GNP from side control and half mount. Nunnaley scored with a solid up-kick from his back before the fighters came to their feet and worked in the clinch to end the round. To begin round two the fighters again started with solid striking from the outside. Stroup set in a tight head and arm triangle when standing and the fighters fell to the mat. On the ground Nunnaley escaped the choke, took full mount and spent most of the rest of the round working GNP. Round three had Nunnaley scoring an early takedown off of the cage. On the ground off of his back Stroup pivoted his hips, threw up a leg and after rolling Nunnaley to his back he got the fight winning armbar locked in at :56 of round three.
The rest of the fights were in the elimination division.
J. Keven Hernandez vs. Isaih Patzowsky for the Fight To Win featherweight title. The fighters probed with strikes with Hernandez missing with several head kicks. The fighters slipped to the mat and Hernandez ended on his back with Patzowsky in his guard. Hernandez set in a tight armbar that Patzowsky defended, but Hernandez switched to a triangle choke that he closed off to win the title at 1:30 of round one.
Nick Clem vs. Toby Lopez. Round one was mainly the fighters probing with punches from the outside with Lopez being the faster and more accurate. In the clinch both landed knees. Round two had a bit of everything with the fighters landing from the outside, throwing knees in the clinch and each working takedowns and trying for submissions multiple times. Round three had early clinch work before Lopez got a takedown. Clem quickly got to standing and the fighters traded strikes against the cage. After separating Lopez shot for and got a takedown and the round ended with Clem looking for an omoplata that was defended until the bell ended the fight. The scorecards were read and the winner by split decision was Toby Lopez.
Chris Goetsch vs. Bo Arbanas. The fighters came out and traded solid punches. Off of a break Goetsch dropped Arbanas, but he got back to his feet and the fighters circled one another. Several good exchanges occurred with each landing stiff labs and Goetsch getting in several hard body kicks. Arbanas put together a combination that staggered Goetsch and he followed with a flurry to drop him. One or two follow up punches on the ground was all the referee needed to see to stop the bout giving Arbanas the TKO win at 2:38 of round two.
Nick Navarro vs. Andrew Katers. The fighters hit the mat early and the majority of the round had Navarro on top looking to secure position but Katers escaped several times to work GNP from the top. Near the end of the round they scrambled to standing and both landed good punches. Round two was back and forth action with a nonstop pace by both fighters. On the mat each spent time working GNP and controlling position and on the feet it was the same. Round three had Navarro landing a solid flurry of punches to start the round but Katers answered with a hip toss takedown that had him landing in full mount. Once there Katers flurried with strikes until he got the TKO win at 2:36 of round three.
Mark Taylor vs. Nick Brown. The fighters worked into the clinch where Brown dropped to the mat looking for a leg lock. Taylor defended but ended on the bottom. The fighters were stood when Brown landed an accidental but illegal strike to the back of the head. On the restart it went to the mat again and Taylor took side control to set up a far-side armbar that he secured for the submission victory at 2:30 of round one.
Jovanny Valles vs. Taylor Phillips. The fighters traded standing then went to the mat by way of a Valles takedown. On the mat Phillips scrambled and ended inside the guard of Valles to spend the rest of the round working GNP while Valles threatened with submissions off of his back. Round two had good striking from both before Valles scored a takedown and worked GNP from inside the guard of Phillips. Phillips showed an active guard and got position for a triangle choke which he closed off for the win at 1:27 of round two.
Nick Defoire vs. Ray Robbles. Robbles got a fast takedown and worked into back control. Defoire remained calm, timed his explosion and escaped to his feet. With Robbles still on the canvas Defoire stood over him and worked GNP including one big looping shot that scored him a clean KO win at 2:16 of round one.
Jorge Dominguez vs. Niko Gonzales. The fighters battled for a takedown early and Dominguez took full mount and worked GNP. With ten seconds left Gonzales pulled a backdoor escape and tried for a head and arm choke that was defended until the bell ended the round. Round two saw the fight again hit the mat early and again Dominguez secured mount. He used his GNP to set up an armbar that missed, but he transitioned to a triangle choke that he closed off for the win at 1:51 of round two.
“Of The Night” moments:
Submission of the night goes to J. Keven Hernandez for his title winning triangle choke that came off of a missed armbar attempt.
KO of the night goes to Chris Holland for his first round GNP KO victory.
Fight of the night goes to Adam Stroup and T.J. Nunnaley for their highly entertaining and technical back and forth fight that showcased the well rounded skills and heart of both fighters.
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