Here we go!!!
Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi
Fernando Yamasaki oversees the action. The Brazilian crowd is raucous already, cheering wildly at every Marcello strike. Madadi charges forward with a one-two, Marcello answers by tossing out a few jabs. Madadi blocks a looping overhand right, then a high kick. Madadi misses with a superman punch. Marcello eats a big left hook, and another. Marcello seems a little shaken but he continues to pressure the Swede. 40 seconds left and Madadi takes Marcello down to the mat, but both fighters quickly stand back up. Marcello misses wildly with a spinning back kick and the crowd explodes.
Madadi the more active striker to open the second round but nothing lands flush. Marcello eats another looping right hook. Madadi works the body against the fence. Huge uppercut from Madadi nearly finds its mark. Both fighters are bloodied but maintaining their pressure. Madadi rocks Marcello with a massive right hand. Madadi unloads another salvo and Marcello turns his back and retreats. A minute to go and Marcello drags Madadi into his guard. Wow, quick stand-up from Yamasaki and the crowd voices their disapproval. Another furious exchange closes the round. Great fight so far.
Madadi connects with a wild right hook. Marcello eats it and continues to work his jab. Madadi changes levels and powers Marcello down with a double-leg. It's short lived and both fighters are quickly back on their feet. Madadi's face is a bloody mess, but so is Marcello's. Both men throwing with reckless abandon. Marcello nearly lands a crushing spinning back kick, Madadi takes a bow and the crowd boos. Madadi has Marcello on the ropes briefly, but a counter knee changes everything. Marcello starting to open up now. Thirty seconds left and Madadi has slowed down significantly. Marcello wings a few more shots out as the horn sounds. What a fight.
Cristiano Marcello def. Reza Madadi via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
30-27? Really?? I must have been watching a different fight.
Fight analysis courtesy of mmafighting.com