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Old 03-20-2011, 12:39 AM
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Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau
Round 1
Herb Dean is in charge of the first of two Facebook prelims. Both men are just feeling each other out in the first minute. The southpaw Tibau pops Pellegrino with a short left hand. A moment later, the Brazilian rushes in and grabs at a single-leg. Pellegrino defends and winds up with his back to the cage. They split after a bit of dirty boxing and go back to feinting and pawing. Pellegrino connects with a one-two and eats another left from Tibau in return. The lightweights still look tentative with two minutes left in the round. Now Pellegrino looks for takedown and Tibau defends. Pellegrino gets muscled into the fence again and tripped to the floor. He stands back up and shoots on Tibau, but is stifled again. Pellegrino breaks free of Tibau’s clinch and lands a right hand before the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Tibau
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-10

Round 2
Both fighters are letting their hands go a bit more in the opening moments of the second frame, though neither is gaining an advantage. Pellegrino raises his arms, Diaz style, to rile Tibau, to no avail. They resume the slower pace of the first round. Tibau gets through with a one-two; Pellegrino lobs an inside leg kick. With just over three minutes on the clock, Pellegrino opens up with a combination that stuns the Brazilian and takes Tibau to the mat. Pellegrino landing shots from half-guard, looking to pass as the hometown crowd explodes. Tibau is grabbing at Pellegrino’s arms to slow the pace and Pellegrino lays a forearm across his neck. Pellegrino still can’t pass, but is doing well to hold Tibau on the floor. Tibau appears to be bleeding from the mouth and near the eye, and it’s stained Pellegrino’s bleached hair. Tibau finally breaks loose with 40 seconds on the clock. He slugs Pellegrino with a one-two, but Tibau looks to be slightly drained as the round expires.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino

Round 3
Tibau comes out swinging, the cut near his left eye seemingly repaired for the time being. He contemplates a single-leg, but doesn’t get far with it. Head kick from Tibau is blocked. Pellegrino has the center of the cage, but isn’t throwing through the first 90 seconds. He finally comes forward and gets clipped by Tibau’s left hand. Pellegrino bleeding from the nose now as Tibau pushes him into the fence. “Batman” pushes out and they’re back to trading. Tibau is throwing the same right-left hook combo over and over, but not finding much success. Tibau zaps his man as Pellegrino comes in for a takedown. Tibau stuffs and reverses, taking Pellegrino to the floor and passing to side control. Pellegrino quickly works out of the bad position and tries for a single-leg against the cage with 90 seconds to go. Tibau racking up short left hands as Pellegrino digs for the takedown. Pellegrino opts to let go and soon finds himself on the receiving end of a Tibau single-leg. Tibau desperately pounds from guard as the fight winds down. Pellegrino stands and has his back taken, then rolls for a kneebar at the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Tibau (29-28 Pellegrino)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Tibau (29-28 Tibau)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Tibau (29-29 Draw)

Official scores: One judge scores it 29-28 for Kurt Pellegrino. However, the remaining two judges score it 29-28 in favor of Gleison Tibau, the winner by split decision.
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