Amir Sadollah vs. DaMarques Johnson
Both welterweights come out firing before Sadollah slips on a kick about 20 seconds in. Johnson goes right to side control, but Sadollah pops back up. He cracks Johnson with a stiff straight right, but the follow-up low kick strays to the groin. Johnson needs only a few seconds to recover and they get back to it. Johnson catches a teep kick from Sadollah and shoves him to the floor. Johnson gets to half-guard briefly and Sadollah stuffs him back. Sadollah looks to be positioning his legs for a triangle, can’t find it, and instead settles for stifling Johnson’s offense. Johnson gets an elbow through, but Sadollah shoves him away and stands back up with two minutes to go. Sadollah digs a nice punch to the body, then a front kick. Johnson slips and falls backward into the fence, pops back up and goes for a takedown of his own. Sadollah defends and muscles Johnson in the clinch, driving a knee to the guy. Johnson scores a takedown, but Sadollah again gets back to his feet. Sadollah with a takedown of his own, spends the last 30 second trying to land shots on top, but only gets a few punches through.
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-10
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Sadollah
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-10
Johnson gets a nice knee to the body and Sadollah answers with a kick to the gut. Knees score for Sadollah now, and he swarms Johnson with punches against the fence. Johnson lands a few hands of his own in the exchange, but he’s the one who emerges with his nose bloodied. Similar to the first round, Johnson gets caught slipping on a punch and eats more knees to the ribs from Amir. Now it’s Sadollah with a takedown into half-guard, where he mashes Johnson with staple elbows at the base of the cage. Sadollah opens up with big punches, gets into mount, and Johnson rolls free. Knees to the body and rear from Sadollah as Johnson scrambles to his feet. Johnson is clearly gassed out as he gets dragged down again with two minutes left. Sadollah gift wraps the arm of Johnson and takes full mount, where he ends the fight with elbows to the face. Johnson taps to the strikes and referee Mario Yamasaki rescues him at 3:27 of the second round.