||09-27-2013 10:50 PM
You win attention...
Round one: Brooks throws a couple leg kicks early. Follows these up with a headkick. Alessio takes the center but Brooks landing. Brooks throws a step in knee that Alessio catches and turns into a takedown. Alessio in side control, but Brooks back to his feet quickly. Alessio looking for the single leg against the cage now. Alessio separates with a few punches. Brooks throws another kick, which Alessio catches for another takedown attempt. Brooks hits a nice switch. Alessio goes for a standing guillotine, but ends up on his back with Brooks in his guard. Brooks landing punches from guard. He lets Alessio up. Brooks with an overhand right and a takedown. Brooks spends remaining seconds of the round trying to advance from half guard, but the buzzer ends before he can get to mount.
Round two: Big kick from Brooks connects and Alessio goes for another takedown against the cage. He can't get it so they separate and Brooks lands a beautiful takedown. Brooks in half guard landing punches, but Alessio uses the cage to get back to his feet. Overhand right from Brooks. He's doing a great job circling away from Alessio's standup. Another jump-guard guillotine attempt from Alessio, but Brooks gets his head out with ease and is in the veteran's guard again. Ref stands them up quickly. Alessio charges forward and tags Brooks with a punch that briefly knocks him down, but Brooks gets another takedown. Brooks into full mount now. Alessio gives up his back and Brooks works for a rear naked. He can't get it in so he throws punches at Alessio's face until the bell.
Round three: Brooks with another headkick and an outside trip early that sends Alessio to his back again. Brooks landing left hands. Alessio tires to get Brooks into half guard, but Brooks negates it and ends up in side control. Brooks riding Alessio's back now. Alessio explodes and gets back to his feet though. Alessio's looking for a single let against the cage but Brooks defending well. Brooks with a knee in the clinch. Brooks turns him around, lands a big knee, gets on Alessio's back and starts reigning down punches. Alessio's face is a bloody mess. There's a nasty cut under his right eye. Brooks landing knees to the ribcage. The mat under Alessio's face looks like something out of a splatter movie right now. Brooks should have this 30-27.
Jimmy Smith announces Brooks will be rematching Saad Awad in the semi-final round of the Lightweight tournament. That should be a good one.
Final result: Will Brooks defeats John Alessio via unanimous decision (30-26) (30-27) (30-25)
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