Anthony Njokuani vs. Edson Barboza Jr.
Keith Peterson is the referee for the first Spike TV prelim. The lightweights come out whipping leg kicks at one another. Barboza thumps one to Njokuani’s body, then clips him with a right hand. Njokuani lands a left, but eats a brutal right hand that makes him tilt. Barboza doesn’t pounce and Njokuani survives. He slips a right from Barboza and lands a counter right of his own. Njokuani lands a front kick; Barboza retaliates with a punch that makes Njokuani check his mouthpiece. Njokuani is pawing at his left eye, where Barboza has been landing stiff jabs. Peterson steps in as if to pause the action, but then does not. Njokuani sneaking some jabs through, gaining confidence as the round wears on. Right hook connects for Njokuani, then another before the bell.
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Barboza
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Barboza
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Barboza