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Kid Nate filling in for Brent Brookhouse (I hear there are a lot of titles on the line, oh wait...): And we're live on Versus.
Eddie Wineland vs. Will Campuzano Wow, Wineland is only 25. He's had a lot of ups and downs in a short time. Round 1 Campuzano comes out and takes center cage. He's firing but not connecting save for leg kicks. Wineland moving well, hands low. No one looking for the clinch or take down. Wineland catches a leg kick and lands a hard right to the face. Wineland checks a leg kick. Campuzano missing. Wineland moving all over the place creating very weird angles. Another caught kick, punch counter from Wineland. Leg kick from Campuzano lands. Hard right lands and drops Campuzano. Again Wineland was teeing off a leg kick from Campuzano. Another leg kick caught and Campuzano gets thrown down in the final 0:10. BloodyElbow scores it 10-9 Wineland.
Round 2 Campuzano winging and missing with punches, lands a leg kick and a jab. Wineland may be slowing, lands a right. A combination. Leg kick from Campuzano. Jab from Campuzano. Right to the face of Campuzano. Wineland still making him miss. They trade a right straight for a leg kick, again. They're exchanging, not much landing clean. Body kick from Campuzano lands, Wineland catches it but doesn't counter. Leg kick from Campuzano. Superman punch starts a combination that hurts Campuzano! Wineland follows him down and pounds away but Campuzano stands up! Incredible to survive that. Campuzano fires with knees and kicks. Wineland hurst him again. Forces him back. Again Campuzano fights back. Then he eats a brutal body shot to the sternum and drops him. A brutal downward right hand to the cheek finishes it. Eddie Wineland by TKO.
(Brent Brookhouse back in the driver's seat)
Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Downes - Round 1 - Horo with the leg kick and now Downes is trying to work from the clinch but Horodecki is looking for the takedown, and he gets it. Horodecki slips on a very tight guillotine in a scramble. Downes is staying calm and looking to shake out and he manages to get out. They're standing with Horodecki pushing him into the cage. Horodecki gets another takedown and transitions to mount, Downes gives up the back in an attempt to escape and now is fighting off a choke. Downes manages to escape and now is in dominant position but Horodecki manages to stand up. The round comes to an end and it was a clear 10-9 round for Horodecki.
Round 2 - Horodecki busting him up with strikes early in the round and Downes is throwing awkward looking strikes back without landing anything significant. Beautiful spinning kicks to the body by Horodecki and Downes is hurt. Downes has nothing for him on the feet here. Horodecki with a takedown, they scramble back to standing and it's more of the same with Horodecki going to both the body and head. Great four punch combo to the body and head and then a three strike combo to the head and legs by Horodecki. 10-9 round again for Horodecki, close to a 10-8.
Round 3 - Downes coming out aggressively but it's mostly wasted as it's Horodecki landing the telling shots including a great kick to the body. Horodecki with a big takedown and he moves to the back quickly. The rear naked choke is sunk in and it's all over. Chris Horodecki wins by submission (rear naked choke), round 3.
Josh Grispi vs. LC Davis - Round 1 - Davis tries to counter a leg kick with a two punch combo but comes up short. Grispi keeps going back to the leg kicks. Head kick attempt from Grispi just misses. Davis is having trouble getting close enough to land his hands.More leg kicks from Grispi and a nice front kick that lands. Davis with a big double leg and Grispi spins his hips and has a guillotine choke locked in. Davis is out! Davis went out cold from the choke. Josh Grispi wins by technical submission (guillotine choke), round 1.
An undercard bout was shown between Erik Koch and Bendy Casimir. Koch won via first round triangle choke.
Mark Hominick vs. Yves Jabouin - Round 1 - Leg kick from Yves. Head kick just misses now. Yves is extremely quick here but Hominick lands a nice right hand counter. Yves kieeps throwing kicks to the leg and head. Nice body kick from Yves and now Hominick lands a counter right. Right hand lands again for Hominick. Nice body kick from Hominick and one from Yves in return. Right hand from Hominick. Yves keeps throwing strikes non-stop, not everything is landing but he's making it hard on Hominick. Right hand lands for Hominick again. Spinning back fist from Yves now. Nice jab from Hominick. Left hand from Hominick. Now a right hand lands. Spinning back fist from Yves misses this time but a body shot lands. Back to the leg and now a nice head/body combo from Hominick. The round ends and despite what the commentary may have made you believe it was fairly close, but a 10-9 Yves Jabouin round still.
Round 2 - They start out with a couple quick punches from Yves and now a combo from Hominick backs him up. Wow, spinning elbow lands for Jabouin. Hominick with a hard punch. Left hand lands hard for Hominick. Body shot from Hominick hurts Jabouin badly and Hominick is landing some follow up shots. Yves with a spinning back elbow and now Hominick is landing big shots again. Yves lands a shot and Hominick goes down. Yves follows him to the ground and Hominick sweeps him into mount. Hominick landing some big punches from on top. Yves has nothing for him on the ground and the referee stops the fight. Mark Hominick wins by TKO (punches from mount), round 2.
Jamie Varner vs. Kamal Shalorus - Round 1 - Hard leg kick about 30 seconds in from Shalorus. They exchange and Varner just misses with a hook. Big head kick from Varner lands. Right hand lands for Varner. And another. Both men land hard right hands now and Kamal with the body kick. Right hand lands flush for Varner. Hard leg kicks from Shalorus. Varner keeps landing his punches, it's a good round for him aside from the leg kicks. Varner with a big shot and Shalorus is hurt. Varner gets sloppy tring to close and Shalorus recovers as he avoided damage. Now Shalorus shoots for the single and Varner avoids. Body kick from Shalorus and then an accidental eye poke. They're still going and they exchange big punches. The round ends and it was 10-9 Varner on my card.
Round 2 - Left hook from Varner. Leg kicks from Shalorus. Varner with a nice hook. Low blow by Shalorus on an attempted leg kick. Break in the action to recover. Hard two punch combo from Varner lands. Shalorus is showing a very good chin. Another low blow from Shalorus. This time it results in the loss of a point. Kamal keeps throwing the hard leg kicks. Kick lands for Varner and Shalorus is hurt badly. My cable then cut out for the rest of the round. Looked to be a 10-9 round for Varner though.
Round 3 - I come back to Varner on the ground after eating another low blow. For some reason ref Josh Rosenthal doesn't take a point even though he should as he established the point deduction with the last foul. Poor reffing there. They're back to fighting and Varner keeps throwing punches even though he is clearly hurting from the low blow. Shalorus with a takedown now. He hasn't been able to do much damage yet though. Shalorus using open hand strikes to the ribs and Varner keeps tying him up and avoiding damage. Varner tries to scramble but can't get up but then he uses the cage to reverse back to standing. The round ends and it was a 10-9 round for Shalorus (should have been 9-9 had the ref done his job), making the fight 29-27 on my card.
Official scorecards: 29-27 Shalorus, 29-27 Varner, 28-28 draw. The fight is ruled a draw.