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Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Joe Warren - Round 1- Quick takedown to side control by Warren. Joe stands up for a positional adjustment and Karakhanyanuses it to roll into a kneebar and then a heel hook. That looks deep, but Warren fights out of it. Warren almost getting armbarred now and he escapes again. Warren sliding to half guard now. Warren doing a little damage from the top now. Karakhanyan continuing to look for submissions off the bottom as he stays calm. Warren avoids a triangle attempt and keeps working the body. Karakhanyan scrambles to standing, lands a leg kick and gets taken back down. Warren stands over him and takes an upkick. The round ends and it was 10-9 Warren on takedowns and some ground and pound but he never had Karakhanyan in any sort of trouble. Round 2 - Karakhanyan looks for the takedown early. Karakhanyan with a DEEP guillotine and Warren manages to shake loose. Huge throw from Warren and he has Karakhanyan's back. Karakhanyan spins looking for a leg and misses it. Karakhanyan with a deep armbar now, Warren grimmaces and somehow manages to escape. Warren throws some illegal knees to the spine of Karakhanyan. Warren throwing knees to the thigh and body of Karakhanyan. The round ends with Warren throwing a few punches but I think Karakhanyan should get the nod on the cards with two very close to finished subs. I've got it even going into the third. Round 3 - Karakhanyan tries to punch and Warren with a slam. Back to standing, Karakhanyan lands a big knee and Warren takes him back down. Warren is bleeding from the knee. He's landing punches and Karakhanyan stands up. Warren with another takedown and he's back to throwing knees to the leg. Warren drops and Karakhanyan grabs another VERY TIGHT guillotine. Warren manages to escape yet again. That was a very deep choke. Karakhanyan finishes the round with a few solid clean punches, a kick and a knee. I know it's not the way the fight will actually get scored but Karakhanyan was the only one that did damage or came close to finishing that round so I gave him the fight 29-28, but fully expect three 30-27 cards for Warren. Official Scorecards: 30-27 across the board all for Joe Warren. Takedowns are so much more important than damage or deep submission attempts on the cards that it just isn't funny.
Wilson Reis vs. Patricio Pitbull - Round 1 - Nothing meaningful early in the round. Pitbull avoids going to the ground and Reis lands a leg kick. Left hand counter by Reis lands. Pitbull misses with a punch and Reis takes him down. Reis trying to pass guard and Pitbull trying to keep it with a half butterfly. Reis finally passes to half guard. Pitbull scrambles and reverses to end up on top. Punch lands for Pitbull. Reis escapes and looks for the single to get it back down. The round ends and it was very close with neither man doing much by way of damage or important control. One of the very few times you'll see me score a round 10-10 (although I'm sure Reis got the nod on the judges cards for the early takedown and a little more time on top). Round 2 - High kick from Pitbull is blocked. They clinch up and as they separate Pitbull lands a flying knee and Reis caches his leg to try for a single leg. As Reis holds the leg Pitbull uses a couple jumping knees to the head and Reis lets go of the single. Hard body kick from Pitbull. Pitbull lands a pair of hard punches and avoids the takedown attempt again. Body kick from Pitbull lands again and a leg kick from Reis. Flying knee from Pitbull lands. Another knee lands for Pitbull. Reis bleeding next to his left eye. Reis shoots and eats a knee. The round ends and it was a clear 10-9 Pitbull round. Round 3 - Left hook from Pitbull and as Reis locks up with him Pitbull uses it for a takedown of his own. Reis trying to sweep and Pitbull stands up. Right hook from Pitbull and a body kick, now another right hand. Leg kick from Reis. Reis shoots and a beautiful sprawl from Pitbull. Reis is chasing and missing strikes now. Pitbull countering with right hands. Flying knee just misses. Body kick from Pitbull is caught by Reis and get gets the takedown. Pitbull uses half guard to create space and stand back up. Pitbull on top now landing a few punches. They stand up with 10 seconds and the round ends. I scored it for Pitbull giving him a 30-28 win. Official scorecards: 29-28 across the board, Patricio Pitbull wins by unanimous decision.
Jay Silva vs. Hector Lombard - Round 1 - Hector Lombard comes out, lands a flurry of punches and Jay Silva is unconscious 6 seconds into the fight. ...yikes. Hector Lombard wins by KO, round 1.
Christian Fulgium vs. Charlie Rader - Round 1 - Rader landing some nice strikes and stumbles Fulgium with a jab. Takedown from Rader and he starts to land elbows. More big punches and elbows from Rader. Rader is just pouring it on now. Fulgium stands up and Rader trips him right back down. Rader starts landing big left hands and Fulgium is out. Charlie Rader wins by TKO (punches), round 1.