Moosin rolls into Worcester, Massachusetts, tonight for the state's second major MMA event, and BloodyElbow.com is on hand at the DCU Center to bring you complete coverage, from the opening bell to the post-fight presser. The first undercard bout is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with the pay-per-view beginning an hour later.
Headlining the show is the match that (Polish) fans have been waiting for: five-time "World's Strongest Man" and MMA neophyte Mariusz Pudzianowski takes on former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in a super-heavyweight bout. In an exciting clash of two pound-for-pound ranked female fighters, Philly's Tara LaRosa meets Massachusetts native Roxanne Modafferi.
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Full card in the extended entry.
Round 1: Pudzian grabs Sylvia's leg tosses him to the mat. Sylvia pops back up and Pudzian muscles him against the cage. Referee Herb Dean warns the Pole immediately for grabbing the fence. No punches from Pudzian, just pure muscle as he works for another takedown. Sylvia breaks free and lands a glancing punch or elbow that cuts Pudzianowski toward the back of the head. Sylvia jabbing and pushing forward on Pudzianowski, landing knees from the clinch. Pudzianowski's hands are by his side already. Sylvia grabs a loose standing guillotine and spins Pudzianowski to the mat. Pudzian looking for an armbar, but Sylvia stacks him up and takes side control. 10-9 Sylvia.
Round 2: Sylvia working Pudzianowski with knees from the clinch, leg kicks and jabs. Pudzianowski flops to the mat and the crowd jeers. Sylvia decides to follow him down, takes side control. A few punches later, Pudzianowski taps and Herb Dean waves it off.
Tim Sylvia (26-6) def. Mariusz Pudzianowski (2-1) via TKO (punches) R2 1:43
Round 1: Big overhand left hand from Wiuff scrambles Barnes' circuits and puts him on rubber legs. Wiuff follows up with a barrage and Barnes falls on his ass against the base of the cage. It's a wrap.
Travis Wiuff (61-14) def. Josh Barnes (7-4) via TKO (punches) R1 0:34
Round 1: Lutter latches onto a single leg and doggedly goes after a takedown, pressing Natal to the fence for over a minute. Sapo finally breaks free and goes after Lutter with head kicks and teeps. Natal doubles Lutter over with a kick, then blasts him with a left hand. Lutter goes fetal and Sapo finishes it with hammerfists.
Rafael "Sapo" Natal (12-2) def. Travis Lutter (10-6) via TKO (punches) R1 4:12
Round 1: Yves clips Campbell with a short left hand early, Campbell answers with a stiff kick to the ribs. The pair trade leg kicks and tentative punches for the bulk of the round, until Campbell dumps Edwards with a takedown with 90 seconds left. Yves works a kimura briefly to get loose and back to his feet. Nice knee from Edwards, and Campbell has a trickle of blood coming from just beside his right eye. 10-9 Campbell.
Round 2: Both men hit the mat early, and Edwards jumps on Campbell's back. Quickly sinking both hooks in, Edwards now tries to free his hands for the rear-naked choke, but Campbell defends ably and flips over into guard. They pop back up and Edwards slams Campbell back down to the mat in brutal fashion with a "Rock Bottom." Campbell looks dazed momentarily as Edwards jumps on his back, but again he escapes the veteran's thug-jitsu. Back to the feet, Campbell begins lighting Edwards up, switching up punches to the face and body. They clinch against the fence and Edwards knees Campbell in the thigh from behind. 10-9 Edwards.
Round 3: Campbell ducks a flashy roundhouse from Edwards and the crowd "oohs." Edwards backs Campbell into the fence and lunges in with a knee, which Campbell narrowly avoids. Campbell botches a takedown and Edwards momentarily takes his back, but both men are too sweaty and Campbell quickly reverses into guard. One minute left. Couple glancing knees from Edwards and Campbell dives for a leg. Edwards sprawls well and maintains balance as Campbell pushes him to the fence. Edwards with one last, late takedown. 10-9 Edwards.
BloodyElbow.com scores the bout 29-28 Edwards.
Mike Campbell (9-2) def. Yves Edwards (37-16-1) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Round 1: Modafferi connecting with punches early on, until LaRosa ties up against the fence and works for a takedown with over-unders. Roxy defending well, but LaRosa trips her down eventually. Back to the feet, they disengage and LaRosa staggers Modafferi with a big right hand. Modafferi grinning at her opponent right before she tags LaRosa and jumps into mount. 10-9 Modafferi.
Round 2: Modafferi puts LaRosa on her back early, but can't do much with the position. Back on the feet, Modafferi working leg kicks and combinations. With a minute left in the frame, LaRosa explodes and charges Modafferi with haymakers that back the Mass. native into the fence. LaRosa scores a late takedown but can't advance past half guard. 10-9 LaRosa.
Round 3: LaRosa puts Modafferi down and muscles her against the fence. Short-distance ground and pound not working for LaRosa, so she tries to posture up, but Modafferi uses her lanky limbs to grab a loose triangle. Modafferi switches to an armbar, but with her back to the cage, she can't finish. Takedown attempt ends with both women on the mat with 90 seconds left. Modafferi on LaRosa's back, but not entirely so, and LaRosa's able to stand. She tries to jump on Modafferi's back for a standing RNC with seconds left, but it's too late. Really tough round to call. 10-9 Modafferi.
BloodyElbow.com scores the bout 29-28 Modafferi.
Roxy Modafferi (15-5) def. Tara LaRosa (18-2) via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Round 1: Huge "POLSKA!" chants erupt as the bouts begin. Jurkowski presses Lee against the fence and tries to wrestle him down, but the Korean fighter winds up on top and moves to side control. Jurkowski muscles his way back to his feet. Lee tries to trip Jurkowski up against the fence, but Jurkowski answers with short right hand which drops the Korean fighter. Jurkowski finishes seconds later with hammerfists.
Lukasz Jurkowski (15-9) def. Ho Jin Kim (7-7) via TKO (punches) R1 2:22
Round 1: Petz ties Johnson up against the fence, but can't complete the takedown. Johnson breaks free, puts Petz' back to the cage and starts throwing heavy leather. Petz circles out. Sloppy exchanges and Johnson's hands are by his side. Petz presses Johnson against the cage and the crowd boos. Johnson defends a few takedowns and finally breaks free, then starts swinging wildly. Petz catches Johnson with a nice overhand left as the frame expires. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 2: Minimal action through the first half of the round. When Petz charges forward, Johnson backpedals and Petz' wild swings catch Johnson's arms. Petz switches up with some leg kicks and body shots. Neither guy doing much damage. Again, Petz lands his most effective strike (overhand right) with seconds left in the round. 10-9 Petz.
Round 3: Petz' nose looking jacked up as the round begins. Johnson lands a few knees before Petz decides to press him against the cage again. Johnson breaks free. This is gonna come down to the last two minutes of the bout. And the last two minutes look a lot like the first three. This could go either way on the scorecards 10-10.
BloodyElbow.com scores the bout a draw.
Forrest Petz (18-7) def. Ralph Johnson (4-1) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Round 1: Lee connecting with kicks early on. Jorge Rivera sitting right in front of me, recording the fight on his camera phone and shouting advice at Lee. Oteri with a big takedown at the base of the cage, but Lee gets back to his feet and scores one of his own, sending the crowd into a frenzy. Oteri gets back to his feet and the two start lobbing bombs. Two minutes left. Lee drops a rushing Oteri with a straight right and pounces to finish, but Oteri uses his legs to create space and survive. With a minute left, Lee in side control pounding away. Oteri pushes him back to half guard. Lee looks for an arm-triangle but it's not there. The round ends and Oteri's motioning at his eye to his corner (Joe Lauzon). 10-9 Lee.
Round 2: Oteri sticks his hand out to open the frame and Lee slaps it hard and says "let's do it." Lee connecting at will on a bloodied Oteri, who's grinning back at him. Lee charges Oteri with a torrent of punches, Oteri falls to his back and the ref doesn't give Lee a chance to pounce. It looks like Oteri might have caught one in the eye, but it was probably a blessing.
Matt Lee (12-9-1) def. Brett Oteri (5-2) via TKO (punches) R2 1:46
Round 1: Lapsley charges right in and throws a wild haymaker that backs Belleton up to the fence, then grabs a bodylock and puts him on the mat. Lapsley puts his knee on Belleton's chest, grabs a leg and drops down for a kneebar. Belleton has no escape and taps quickly.
Anthony Lapsley (18-4, 2 NC) def. Fred Belleton (6-3) via submission (kneebar) R1 0:59
Round 1: Barry ducks a combination from Miocic, then tags him with a left hook. Barry working the straight jab now and he's already reddened the face of Miocic just two minutes into the bout. Now Barry bleeding from the nose as Miocic begins to find his range. Leg kicks from Barry, but his face is looking increasingly worse and blood's staining his chest and trunks. 10-9 Miocic.
Round 2: Miocic drops Barry with a single leg and pounces, stacking him up against the cage. Barry tries to defend, but Miocic piles on the punches, then hammerfists as Barry goes fetal. The ref finally steps in.
Stipe Miocic (2-0) def. Paul Barry (3-1) via TKO (punches) R2 1:32