Fight for the Troops 3 kicked off with four prelim fights that were streamed on Facebook and Youtube, and they were pretty entertaining overall. Two of the four fights were finished early, and a third provided a bunch of kickboxing action. Here's a rundown of how things went.
Derek Brunson defeated Brian Houston by submission (rear naked choke). 48 seconds of round 1
Brunson started very quickly with a big head kick that dropped Houston. Brunson immediately pounced onto his back and looked to sink a choke. Houston tried to battle out, but it was not to be and Brunson picked up the win in under a minute.
Seth Baczynski defeated Neil Magny by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
After some clinching in the opening round, Baczynski took Magny down and passed to mount. Combined with some solid striking on the feet earlier in the stanza, he was clearly ahead early. The second round saw a lot of clinching against the cage again, with referee John McCarthy breaking them up a couple of times. Baczynski once again landed the harder shots from distance though, and got another late takedown. The third saw Baczynski in control once again for the first half of the round, but Magny totally turned it around in the second half. He got two takedowns and battered Seth right up until the final horn. Baczynski barely held on until the end, but it was enough to get the W.
Yancy Medeiros defeated Yves Edwards by knockout (punches), 2:47 of round 1
Edwards got off to a great start, peppering Medeiros with short right hooks and catching him with a huge knee that had his opponent shaking his head and asking for more. The first half of the round was definitely in Edwards' favor, but it all turned around when Medeiros slipped a right and clubbed Yves with an uppercut. That sent Edwards sprawling to the mat, and a few more punches from Medeiros put him out cold.
Lorenz Larkin def. Chris Camozzi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Larkin got off to a great start early by dropping Camozzi with a straight right, but he let him up as Camozzi had recovered quickly. The rest of the first round was pretty even, with both men scoring with solid kicks and some power punches. The second was straight kickboxing for five more minutes with a bevy of kicks and a lot of action from both men late in the round. Camozzi got his licks in, but Larkin closed the stanza strong and Camozzi was bloodied up pretty badly. Camozzi looked to gas out a bit in the final round, giving Larkin the advantage with the striking. Camozzi couldn't get a takedown and got beaten up with straight rights and elbows. Overall the fight was very entertaining.