After a rocky first few weeks, Urijah Faber's team is getting things going a bit over the last few weeks. Michael Chiesa pulled off the big win last week for Team Faber and now Urijah looks to bump off season "bad boy" Chris Tickle of Team Cruz when he matches him up with Joe Proctor.
Tickle has been shown as having "attitude problems" toward the other team, his own teammates and even coach Dominick Cruz. He'll be looking to prove he's more than just talk tonight against Proctor.
Proctor is the taller and younger man as well as sporting a better record. All stuff touched on in Fraser Coffeen's great preview of tonight's fight.
Make sure to come back and check out all of tonight's action with us here at Bloody Elbow and stick around through the announcement of next week's fight at the end of the episode.
As usual, we'll share live thoughts on the show in the comments section but will provide blow-by-blow action of the actual fight right here in the main body of the post.
Chris Tickle vs. Joe Proctor - Round 1 - They trade jabs, Tickle tries to walk him down and uses a nice leg kick. Tickle using a flurry that all misses but he's the only one throwing. Proctor lands a shot an pushes Tickle into the cage but quickly gets tuned. Tickle landing a few punches after Proctor failed to catch his neck in a standing guillotine. Missed kick by Tickle. One-two combo by Proctor. Now he catches Tickle in a wild combination with a simple right. TIckle with a hard right hand of his own and now a nice left on the end of a combination where everything else was short. Left hook by Tickle makes Proctor stop trying to walk, forward. Proctor clinches and gets pushed into the cage. Poctor with a takedown and Tickle tries to jump to his feet but gets his back taken. Proctor pulls him down and sinks a deep rear naked choke. Tickle is fighting like hell but eventually is forced to tap out. Joe Proctor wins by submission (rear naked choke), round 1. Proctor yells a happy birthday to his dad into the camera while Tickle leans disappointed on the cage.
Next week's fight announcement: John Cofer vs. Vinc Pichel