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JON MADSEN VS. KARLOS VEMOLA
Round 1 - Referee Mario Yamasaki in the cage as the heavyweights kick off tonight's preliminary card action. Fighters circle early. Vemola throws a huge right hand that misses. He moves behind a kick, and Madsen wraps his right arm around the neck and pushes into the clinch. Nothing there, but Madsen lands a stiff right on the break. Vemola moves into the clinch. Madsen defends, and Vemola tries an armdrag. Madsen defends, and the fighters are back in the clinch. Madsen pushes his opponent into the cage, but there's little action. Halfway through the round. Fighters moving around the cage, but it's a stall in the clinch. Vemola loses his mouthpiece, and Yamasaki calls time. Vemola shoots in for a double on the restart, but Madsen stands him up easily. Madsen throws a few knees inside as he pushes the action against the cage. Yamasaki asking the fighters to improve position, and he calls a restart. Vemola throws another big right that misses, and we're immediately back in the clinch. This time Madsen moves it to the floor and sets up in half-mount. Less than a minute. Madsen setting up a side choke, but he's too close to the cage to squeeze it. Few short elbows from top to end the round, and MMAjunkie.com sees it for Madsen, 10-9.
Round 2 - Madsen takes the center and fakes a few forward movements. Vemola again looks to measure a big shot, but it doesn't come. Madsen pushes forward with a takedown. Vemola tries to turn and scamper away, but Madsen's second effort nets the takedown. Half-mount again for Madsen. Vemola's head against the cage. Madsen throws a few soft punches to the ribs as he crossfaces with an elbow, but it's a methodical pace. Two minutes in. Vemola shifts his hips to the side, but Madsen stays on top with well-executed pressure. Vemola is stuck. Madsen tries to secure Vemola's right arm across his own face, but Vemola pulls it free. Little action, and Yamasaki calls for a restart. Vemola slow to rise. Madsen stalks with a few straight punches. Vemola tries another massive right hand. Madsen blocks and clinches, but little action again. Another restart. Vemola kicks low and adds in a right over the top, but Madsen absorbs it and pushes forward into the clinch. Nothing happens there, and the round ends. It's another round for Madsen, 10-9, on the MMAjunkie.com card.
Round 3 - The crowd is restless as the third round begins, and rightfully so. Vemola misses with another powerful overhand right. Madsen bullrushes in, though Vemola pulls away. Vemola with a mid-level kick followed by a right. Vemola still loading up on homerun punches that aren't finding their mark. Madsen shoots in and falls into Vemola's guard. Madsen has controlled this fight on the canvas throughout, but it's difficult to gather what his intentions are once on the canvas. He's not interested in advancing, but he also isn't delivering much, if any, punishment from the top. Vemola works his back to the cage and sits up slightly. Vemola rolls to his left and looks for a kimura on Madsen's right arm. Two minutes left, and Yamasaki wants action. Crowd does too. Madsen does use Vemola's shift to switch out to side control. Vemola spins underneath into north-south, but Yamasaki wants a restart. Vemola tries to punch, and Madsen shoots in. Vemola grabs a standing guillotine, but he slips off as he falls to guard. Madsen sets up on top, but it's a quick restart as he does nothing with the position. Madsen circles away as time expires. They engage briefly in the final seconds, but it's the only action of the round. MMAjunkie.com sees it 10-9 for Madsen, and awards him the fight, 30-27. Jon Madsen def. Karlos Vemola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
FORREST PETZ VS. DANIEL ROBERTS
Round 1 - Referee Steve Mazzagatti in charge of the night's second contest. Roberts moves forward quickly. A few jabs pawed, and Roberts shoots in. Petz defends against the cage, but Roberts persists and pulls him down. Petz works back to his knees, but Roberts pushes him over. Petz works back up again, and they split. The two circle, and Petz lands a right to the body. Roberts' hands a bit low as he eyes the shot. Petz jabs, but it's blocked. Roberts sees the opening and lands a double-leg, though Petz pops immediately back up to his feet. Roberts pressing the action into the cage. Petz has underhooks and remains upright. Petz circles off and presses Roberts into the cage. Roberts breaks the clinch and slides away. Less than two minutes. Roberts shoots in again. Petz defends, but he's pushed down again. Petz looks frustrated as he looks up at the clock. Roberts pushes in and keeps Petz down this time. He looks at an arm-triangle and then shifts to the back. Roberts with both hooks in. Roberts locks the right arm around the neck for the rear-naked choke, though it looks to be on the chin. Petz throws a few punches backward, but he'll make it until the bell. MMAjunkie.com sees it for Roberts, 10-9.
Round 2 - Petz takes the center early. Roberts' hands at chest-level, but Petz can't pull the trigger. Petz does score with a few low kicks. Roberts chasing, and he walks into a punch as he shoots. He looks a bit staggered, but he survives as he clinches and moves away. Roberts shoots in for a single-leg and nearly eats another stiff right hand, though he persists with the takedown and brings Petz to the floor. Petz wraps his left arm around the neck, but Roberts slides under it and again takes the back. Both hooks in again as Roberts rolls to his own back. Roberts working back and forth with the arms under Petz's neck. Petz doing a good job of controlling the arms, and he spins into the move. In a scramble, Petz takes Roberts' back. Roberts pulls away, and Petz tags him with a combination. Roberts shoots in again with little energy, and Petz tags him a second time. Another takedown from a fatiguing Roberts does score, and he transitions briefly into side control. Petz scrambles up and lands his own takedown, but Roberts secures an arm-in guillotine. Petz again makes it to the bell. Closer round, but MMAjunkie.com still sees it for Roberts, 10-9.
Round 3 - Petz again opens with a low kick. Petz misses with a combination. Roberts stalking, but he has nothing in the standup. Petz lands a right. Petz firing shots that are mostly missing, but Roberts is not really throwing, and he doesn't seem to have the energy for another takedown. Petz lands another right hand. Petz bouncing, and he's circling away as he attacks. Roberts moving in, but he's really just moving into Petz's attacks. Roberts with a low kick, and Petz lands a left hook over the top that connects flush. Halfway through. Roberts finally shoots in, and he bearhugs a single-leg. He sets up in half-mount when they hit the floor, and Roberts delivers several short elbows and left hands from the top. Roberts walks Petz to the cage and throws a few short punches from the top. Petz works his back to the cage and tries to work to this feet. Roberts does a good job of preventing the move. Roberts lifts up and moves into mount. Petz tries to sweep, but Roberts' base is secure. The bell sounds, and MMAjunkie.com sees the late action from Roberts earning him the final frame, 10-9, and the fight 30-27. Petz might have earned the final round with the early standup success, but he won't take the fight. Daniel Roberts def. Forrest Petz via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).
DAVE BRANCH VS. GERALD HARRIS
Round 1 - Referee Herb Dean makes his first appearance of the night. Branch takes the center early as the two fighters open patiently. Branch dances on the outside while Harris keeps his head low. First strike comes 50 seconds in, and it's a big overhand right form Harris. Branch lands a nifty kick shortly after. Branch dancing on the outside. Harris rushes in, and both fighters exchange. Harris moves away and Branch fires a high kick that's blocked. Harris throws a few punches up top that miss as Branch moves away. Branch with his hands at his waist, and he tauntingly circles the left hand before scoring with a right. Harris returns fire and Branch stumbles. Harris just misses a big right hand as Branch pulls away. Harris lands a three-punch combo and moves into the clinch. Branch defends well against the cage and lands a knee to the gut. Harris continues to press forward. Branch lands a few elbows before Harris elevates and slams him to the floor. The round ends there. Close round that could go either way, but MMAjunkie.com sees it for Harris, 10-9.
Round 2 - Quicker start this time, but similar approach. Harris with a low stance in the center. Branch moving well on the outside, and he fires a right straight. Branch kicks high, though it's blocked. Harris shoots in and gets Branch to the floor. Branch with a closed guard, and his head is against the cage. Harris elevates and lands a few heavy shots from the top before Branch pulls him back down. Branch opens the guard and scrambles up, though Harris shoves him back into the cage. Branch lands a knee inside and spins off the cage. Two minutes left. Harris spins off and ducks in for a takedown. He gets his head under Branch's leg and upends him to the floor. Branch opens his guard for an attack, but Harris stands. As Branch follows, Harris tags him with a right. They reset, and Branch lands a solid strike before time expires. MMAjunkie.com sees the second for Harris, 10-9.
Round 3 - Similar approach from both fighters. Branch rushes in. Harris moves away, but Branch presses in and locks in a triangle choke while falling to his back. It's not quite in, but it's close, and Harris slams out of the hold. Branch doesn't want to stay on his back, so he pulls away and back to his feet. Harris tags him again as he moves away. Branch pushes into the clinch, and his left hand is wrapped firmly on the fence. Dean gives a warning then restarts soon after when Branch refuses to let go. Branch frantic, and he pushes forward. Harris spins away and pushes Branch into the cage. Branch jumps on to Harris looking for a standing guard attack, and Harris slams him to the floor. Branch is out cold immediately as his head slams into the mat. Harris looks to land a right, but he does the right thing and walks away. Spectacular finish. Gerald Harris def. David Branch via knockout (slam) - Round 3, 2:35.
KENDALL GROVE VS. GORAN RELJIC
Round 1 - Referee Mario Yamasaki returns to the cage. Traded jabs early as Grove circles to his left. Reljic with a high kick that misses. Reljic misses with two punches, and then each fighter fires off high kicks that are blocked. Reljic coming up just short against the lanky Grove. Reljic kicks low. Both fighters pushing, but neither has landed anything of real consequence two minutes in. Grove kicks high, but it's blocked. Reljic scores with a right to the body. Grove kicks to the legs. Halfway in. Front kick from Grove scores. Reljic with two overhand lefts and a high kick, but still not much scoring. The two clinch up and hit the floor, and it's Reljic on top. Grove lands a few elbows from underneath. Reljic rises, and Grove dumps him with a stunning upkick to the chin. Reljic pops right back up, and Grove tries to swarm. Reljic scampers away and clinches as he regains his wits. Reljic pushes into the cage. Traded knees inside. Grove scores again on the break, and it's a decent round that MMAjunkie.com sees for Grove, 10-9.
Round 2 - Reljic aggressive with his hands, but he's still coming up short. Grove moves in and eats a right hand. Grove pushes in again and eats a knee to the gut, but he winds up in top position. Reljic tries an omo plate from the bottom, but Grove spins through a few tense moments and pulls free. Reljic stands over his foe, and Grove fires up the upkicks again. Two score, though not quite as flush, and Reljic moves forward to top position. Grove active underneath and throws several elbows to the top of Reljic's head. Reljic stays in guard on top, but his offense is very limited. Crowd wants a standup, and they might be right. Reljic with nothing from the top while Grove is really the busier fighter, but it's not finishing-type blows. Grove starts to work his leg up, and Yamasaki stands them. Grove misses a high kick. Left hand from Grove. Reljic stumbles him with a low kick. They circle until the bell. Interesting round with the top position and submission attempt form Reljic, while Grove was far busier. MMAjunkie.com will give the round to Reljic, 10-9, but it's close.
Round 3 - Traded flurries early. Grove lands a nice right hand, but Reljic retreats. Grove wants to chase but pulls back. Reljic shoots in, but Grove stands him up. One minute in. Anybody's fight. Low kick from Grove. Straight from Grove. Grove pushing forward, and he lands a few looping hooks. Reljic pushes in. Grove grabs a guillotine and falls to his back, then feels he doesn't have it and stands up and delivers a knee before releasing the head. Slick sequence. Halfway in. Grove finds a straight again then a few knees from the Thai clinch. Reljic tough, and he continues to push in for a single-leg, but Grove defends against the cage and delivers a few right hands. Reljic continues to push into the cage, and he finally spins and throws Grove to the floor. Reljic in half-mount, and he immediately works on the pass. He gets it, and takes side control. Grove knees to the body from underneath. Reljic switches up to north-south then back to the side. Reljic on top, but Grove transitions out and back to his feet. MMAjunkie.com sees the final round for Grove, 10-9, and the fight for him as well, 29-28. We could see some wild scores, though. Kendall Grove def. Goran Reljic via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).
SETH PETRUZELLI VS. RICARDO ROMERO
Round 1 - Referee Steve Mazzagatti in the cage as the evening's Spike TV broadcast gets underway. Petruzelli with an early low kick. Romero rushes in, but Petruzelli slides away and tags him with a combination. Front kick from Petruzelli. Romero shoots in, but Petruzelli pulls away again. Right hand from Petruzelli, and he swarms. Petruzelli firing punches as Romero covers up and recovers. Quick clinch, and Petruzelli backs away and restarts. Petruzelli with two punches and a high kick that lands, though he slips and can't follow. Toss attempt and a scramble, and the pair resets. Romero pushing forward, though Petruzelli is throwing bombs. Romero moves to the back on the feet, and Petruzelli falls forward and turtles. Petruzelli swings to the top and fires off shots from his opponent's guard. Romero threatening with his legs, but Petruzelli just blasting away from the top. Another transition sees Romero pull top and move immediately to mount. Romero looks to attack the arms from the top, and Petruzelli rolls. Romero looks for a choke, but Petruzelli turns into it. Petruzelli sneaks away from the danger and drops Romero. Petruzelli pounces and delivers incredible double hammerfists from a standing position. Romero rolls underneath and moves to Petruzelli's back in the closing seconds. Amazing round of action comes to a close, and MMAjunkie.com sees it for Petruzelli, 10-9.
Round 2 - Traded jabs. Going to be interesting to see what's left in the tank of both fighter. Knee from Petruzelli drops Romero. He gets up, though he circles and staggers. Maybe an injury? Romero shoots in. Petruzelli rolls into a crucifix then a very high back position. Petruzelli on the left and looking for an armbar. Romero's arm looks trapped, but he spins to his knees and pulls it free. Romero now firing off rights to the ribs from inside of Petruzelli's guard. Blood dripping all over from Romero. Petruzelli fires elbows underneath. Romero posture and Petruzelli looks for a triangle, but Romero pops out easily and moves all the way to side control. Romero traps Petruzelli's left arm in a crucifix and delivers elbows to the head. Instead of maintaining the attack, he changes his focus to Petruzelli's right arm and lock in a straight armbar. Petruzelli taps with his left hand, and the right was tweaked horribly. Amazing fight. Ricardo Romero def. Seth Petruzelli via submission (armbar) - Round 2, 3:05.
BRENDAN SCHAUB VS. CHRIS TUCHSCHERER
Round 1 - Referee Herb Dean calls the evening's final prelim fight. Tuchscherer circles right on the outside. Traded right hands early, but Schaub gets the best of it. Schaub low in front of Tuchscherer, and he lands a jab. Big right hand drops Tuchscherer and Schaub swarms with a flurry of quick shots to the head. Dean watches closely and gives ample time for Tuchscherer to recover, but he's not going to. Brendan Schaub def. Chris Tuchscherer via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:07.
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