"First Blood" main-eventers Mike Campbell and Magno Almeida square off at yesterday's weigh-ins. Photo by Emily Harney.
Rhode Island's first sanctioned professional MMA event takes place tonight at Lincoln's Twin River Casino, and BloodyElbow.com will be on hand to provide live results and updates as Classic Entertainment and Sports presents "First Blood." The first fight of the evening is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Headlining the show is a lightweight scrap between WEC vet Mike "The Beast" Campbell and Brazilian transplant Magno Almeida. The undercard features unbeaten Bellator lightweight signee Saul Almeida and heavyweight knockout artist Lee Beane.
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Quick results; full liveblog after the jump.
Magno Almeida def. Mike Campbell via submission (rear-naked choke) R1, 4:03 Jarrod Johnson def. Lionel Young via DQ (elbows to the spine) R2, 3:04
Parker Porter def. Lee Beane via submission (rear-naked choke) R1, 2:36
Pete Jeffrey def. Saul Almeida via technical submission (guillotine choke) R3, 0:26
Luis Felix def. Joe Dechaves via technical submission (guillotine choke) R1, 1:04
Jose Adriano def. Todd Sweeney via TKO (elbow) R1, 1:45
Magno Almeida def. Mike Campbell via submission (rear-naked choke) R1, 4:03
Jarrod Johnson def. Lionel Young via DQ (elbows to the spine) R2, 3:04
155: Mike Campbell (8-2) vs. Magno Almeida (6-0)
Round 1: Referee Pete Rogers officiates the evening's main event. Campbell charges and misses on a three-piece combo and Almeida grabs underhooks. Almeida quickly drags Campbell to the floor and takes his back, much to the dismay of the crowd. Almeida has Campbell pressed against the cage with a body triangle as he works to secure the rear-naked choke. Campbell stands and dives forward, spiking Almeida's head into the mat, but can't shake him. Almeida keeps the body triangle and stays on Campbell's back as he stands again. The choke looks to be sinking deeper, Almeida pushing off the cage post with one foot for leverage. Campbell grabs Almeida's wrists and breaks the choke, but gets caught punching over his shoulder. Almeida whips his right arm around Campbell's throat, and again Campbell is able to loosen it. 90 seconds left. Almeida gets the choke one more time and this time it's deep. Campbell taps.
Magno Almeida (7-0) def. Mike Campbell (8-3) via submission (rear-naked choke) R1, 4:03
HW: Lee Beane (7-1) vs. Parker Porter (3-1)
Round 1: Porter tags Beane with a knee as he comes in for a single-leg, but Beane doesn't seem to feel it and continues to work the takedown. Porter defends with underhooks and shucks Beane off. Head kick from Beane misses, but he follows it up with a thudding round kick to the midsection. Nice knee from the clinch by Beane sends Porter looking for the takedown. Beane defends, but Porter catches a leg kick and trips Beane, sending the heavyweight crashing to the mat. Porter jumps on Beane's back, quickly sinks in hooks, then the rear-naked choke. Beane gets flipped over while trying to escape and has no choice but to tap.
Parker Porter (4-1) def. Lee Beane (7-2) via submission (rear-naked choke) R1, 2:36
155: Saul Almeida (7-0) vs. Pete Jeffrey (3-4)
Round 1: Almeida is just back from a couple months of training with Anderson Silva at Black House in California. Silva seems to have really rubbed off on "The Spider" (also Almeida's nickname), who enters to DMX and bows to Jeffrey before the start of the bout. Once the bell rings, Almeida flaunts a decidedly Silva-esque stance and flicks jabs and leg kicks at the shorter Jeffrey. Almeida initiates the clinch and lands a few glancing knees. Jeffrey goes low for a single-leg, but Almeida does well to stay vertical. A full minute later, Jeffrey finally drags Almeida down. Almeida looking for a triangle on Jeffrey, who's extremely low in the Brazilian's guard. Jeffrey pops his head loose and passes to the side, then north-south position. Jeffrey looks to have Almeida locked in a ten-finger guillotine near the end of the round, but relents shortly before time runs out. 10-9 Jeffrey.
Round 2: Almeida pushes Jeffrey into the fence and attempts to drag him down as Jeffrey elbows to the side of his man's head and punches underneath Almeida's arm. Referee Peter Rogers warns Jeffrey after one elbow comes too close to the back of Almeida's head for comfort. Almeida finally scores the takedown, but his head is buried in the stomach of Jeffrey, who's sitting comfortably against the fence and punching away. Jeffrey receives another warning for the sideways elbows, doesn't like it and takes his frustration out on Almeida's ribs with punches. Jeffrey sweeps with 90 seconds left and Almeida is looking worn. Now Almeida escapes and jumps on the back of the standing Jeffrey, looking for the rear-naked choke. Jeffrey gets loose and lands more shots from side control. 10-9 Jeffrey.
Round 3: Almeida is going to need a Silva-esque comeback to win this one. He comes out firing but rushes right into a guillotine. Jeffrey wrenches it and puts Almeida to sleep! Huge upset and the Rhode Island native Jeffrey is in tears.
Pete Jeffrey (4-4) def. Saul Almeida (7-1) via technical submission (guillotine choke) R1, 0:26
157: Luis Felix (4-5) vs. Joe Dechaves (3-2)
Round 1: Dechaves rushes Felix into the cage and works for a single-leg. (It's probably not good that the cage's fencing remains bowed out after the fighters clinch against it... right?) Felix snares Dechaves in a guillotine as he defends the takedown and it looks tight. Felix is wrenching and referee Gary Foreman looks on to see if Dechaves is still conscious. He is, but Foreman thinks otherwise and calls the bout. Dechaves is irate, and with good reason.
Luis Felix (5-5) def. Joe Dechaves (3-3) via technical submission (guillotine choke) R1, 1:04
185: Mat Santos (3-7) def. Stephen Stengel (4-8) via submission (kneebar) R1, 0:56
Stengel entered the cage first and slipped on the mat as he took a lap. He seemed quite perturbed and made sure the area was wiped thoroughly before the bout began. When it did, Santos lifted Stengel up and dropped him to the mat as the crowd roared for the long-time Rhode Island MMA vet. Stengel got to his feet, but Santos quickly dropped for a leglock and elicited the tap shortly thereafter.
155: Jarrod Johnson (3-5) def. Lionel Young (2-5) via DQ (elbows to the spine) R2, 3:04
After a slow first round dominated by Young's wrestling and sub defense, Young fouled Johnson with a pair of elbows to the spine as they stood up from a scramble in the second. Johnson collapsed to the mat and it was immediately clear that the fight wouldn't continue as the ringside doc checked him out and eventually waved it off.
"There will be a rematch," Johnson told the crowd. "This isn't how this ends. If it ends, it ends in a war and with someone getting finished cleanly."
135: Jose Adriano (4-2) def. Todd Sweeney (1-2) via TKO (elbow) R1, 1:45
Adriano bombed "Sunshine" from the start with knees from the clinch and relentless combinations against the fence. Soon after, the Brazilian took Sweeney down and mounted him, where he landed some punches and the fight-ending elbow (that's singular, not plural). The crowd didn't like the stop at all, and replay shows that not only was it premature, but the elbow may have landed to the back of Sweeney's head. Sweeney jumps up, outraged, and leaves the cage in disgust after giving referee Gary Foreman an earful.