Aaron Rosa's cut back down to 205 lbs. was successful as he dominated Arizona Combat Sports' team member Matt Lucas to a majority decision (28-28, 30-26, 30-26).
Rosa was able to get the better of Lucas on the feet in the first round of action, utilizing the clinch to do enough damage to sway the round in his favor. Lucas was able to use his wrestling skills to briefly take down Rosa early, but it didn't last as Rosa was able to escape to his feet and batter Lucas from range.
The second frame was similar to the first, although Lucas was able to land a couple of combinations early. Once again, Rosa beat up Lucas in the clinch, wearing out his opponent and scoring points with the judges. With seconds left, Lucas was able to secure a takedown. Unfortunately, he was deducted a point for dropping his mouthpiece for the third time moments beforehand.
Lucas, visibly beaten and tired, walked into Rosa's knees and elbows in the third. Lucas once again dropped his mouthpiece, the fourth time in the fight, with only a minute left in the round. Rosa continued to work over Lucas to the final bell, easily taking home the victory.
Rosa made his Octagon debut back in June at UFC 131, losing by technical knockout to veteran heavyweight Joey Beltran in the third round of action. He had previously amassed a 15-4 record outside of the promotion with notable wins over former UFC fighter Abe Wagner and Strikeforce veterans Devin Cole and Anthony Ruiz.
Newcomer Matt Lucas entered tonight's contest with a 14-2 record spanning a five-year mixed martial arts career. Most of his recent bouts took place under the Arizona-based Rage in the Cage banner, amassing a 5-1 record in his last 6 appearances.