LEE KING VS. MARCUS LANIER
ROUND 1: This will be the first of two fights using five three-minute rounds. Lanier lands a leg kick and looks for the early takedown. King is pinned against the fence but fends off the takedown and lands some knees. Lanier continues looking for the takedown but King fights it off. The ref eventually resets them. King lands a solid knee and a right hook, but Lanier takes top position when the fight hits the mat. Not a whole lot of action, but King should get it 10-9 for defense and the late-round combination.
ROUND 2: A frantic pace to start the second round, and Lanier continues to work for the takedown. Lanier gives up his back with a single-leg takedown attempt, and King looks for the choke. Lanier briefly gets free, but King reverses the position and works from insider Lanier’s guard. King moves into sidemount, but Lanier powers out of it, stands, and slams King to the canvas. With 10 seconds left, Lanier takes his opponent’s back and then transitions into arm-bar submission. King is forced to tap just as the bell sounds to end the round. Marcus Lanier def. Ray King via submission (arm bar) at 2:59 of Round 2.
JASON HOUSE VS. LIAM McCARTY:
ROUND 1: The fighters trade leg kicks before McCarty counters with a stiff right that partially connects. They trade some more leg kicks before House connects on his own right punch. McCarty lands another leg kick that echoes through the arena. The crowd becomes restless, and as House goes to throw a leg kick, McCarty shoots for the double-leg takedown and puts his opponent on his back. House secures a triangle choke, but McCarty breaks free and then eats a couple up-kicks and then jumps back to his feet. McCarty lands another takedown and some ground and pound before the round ends. It’s a 10-9 round for McCarty for an entertaining start to this five-rounder.
ROUND 2: A frantic pace to start the second, and House scores the quick takedown. McCarty temporarily gives up his back but rolls back into guard. McCarty then rolls free and takes top position. Pushed against the fence, both fighters jockey for position. McCarty gives up his back but throws a backfist and now sits on top of his opponents and throws some short punches. House tries to break free and settles for putting his opponent in full guard. McCarty ends the round with some head and body punches. It should be another 10-9 round for McCarty.
Round 3: McCarty looks for the big punch and then connects on a body kick. House tries to drag his opponent to the mat, and after a little tugging, finally does. Stuck against the fence, House takes his opponent’s back and gets in a hook. McCarty rolls free, but House takes the mount position in the process. However, McCarty again breaks free, but House again reverses the position. It’s a back-and-forth ground battle. The ref restarts the action in the center of the cage. McCarty throws a big looping right, but House counters with a stiff left jab. McCarty gets another takedown and lands a forearm that cuts open House in the final second of the round. It’s a close one, but McCarty may have stole it at the end, 10-9.
The doctor stops it because of the cut. Liam McCarty def. Jason House via TKO (cut — doctor’s stoppage) after three rounds.
PATRICK CASTILLO VS. JAY WHITE
ROUND 1: Xtreme Couture’s Jay White enters the ring. If fights were won by looks alone, White’s the easy winner over the soft Castillo. Sure enough, White scores a quick takedown, but Castillo gets back to his feet before White scores another trip takedown. White clings onto an arm and looks for a kimura, and Castillo tries to flip out of it. White, though, hangs on and forces a tap-out after transitioning into an arm bar. Coach Randy Couture is one of the first in the ring to congratulate his fighter. Jay White def. Patrick Castillo via submission (arm bar) at 0:50 of the first round.
FREDDIE ESPIRICUETA VS. NISSEN OSTERNECK
ROUND 1: Espiricueta the kickboxer unloads a flurry of kicks before Osterneck is able to tie him up. Osterneck eventually forces the fight to the ground and lands in sidemount, but Espiricueta escapes back to his feet. Espiricueta throws a kick, but Osterneck nearly connects on a head kick. The two fighters exchange a series of strikes before Osterneck forces the fight to the ground. Osterneck hops into full mount and unloads a brutal barrage of punches. Espiricueta verbally submits, and the fighters quit. The ref, though, is unaware, but Espiricueta confirms he submitted, and the bout is halted. Nissen Osterneck def. Freddie Espiricueta via submission (strikes) at 2:30 of the first round.
CHRIS BOWLES VS. CORY MAHON
ROUND 1: Both fighters look conservative early on and appear content to stand and trade. Bowles connects on an overhand right that stuns Mahon and knocks him on his butt. Bowles swarms and works from the top position. Bowles looks for position, but Mahon keeps him tied up from the bottom and secures his opponent in full guard. The action slows, and the ref warns them to pick up the pace. Bowles postures up and rains down a few punches. Mahon may have taken a finger to the eye, but the fight continues. Bowles continues a series of short punches from top as he pushes Mahon into the cage. Mahon finally gets back to his feet and is now on the offensive. Bowles lands a couple combinations as the round ends. It’s all Bowles for a 10-9 round.
ROUND 2: Mahon lands a body lunch and partially connects on an overhand left. He then follows with a body kick. Mahon throws a combination of body punches before Bowles has had enough and forces the takedown. Bowles looks for sidemount, but Mahon keeps a leg tied up. Mahon looks for a kimura and secures full guard in the process. Bowles looks for openings, but Mahon keeps him tied up, and the ref steps in to restart them. Mahon throws a series of brutal knees to the body and forces Bowles to the mat. Working from sidemount, he eventually takes Bowles’ back and locks in a body triangle. Bowles rolls free, but Mahon snatches an arm and forces a tap-out that comes out of nowhere. Cory Mahon def. Chris Bowles via submission (arm bar) at 4:20 of the second round.
PETE SPRATT VS. TRISTAN YUNKER
ROUND 1: Yunker’s relentless with an early takedown and finally gets it 30 seconds in. Working from sidemount, he peppers Spratt with some short punches. Spratt, though, reverses the position and unloads punch after punch as Yunker’s pushed into the fence. Spratt lands one big punch that has Yunker gushing blood from under the left eye. One look at his face, and the ref stops it. Pete Spratt def. Tristan Yunker via TKO (cut) at 1:38 of the first round.
KRZYSZTOF SOSZYNSKI VS. ROBERT VILLEGAS
ROUND 1: A big leg kick from Villegas opens the round — and he follows with another and another. After a fourth and fifth, Soszynki looks for the takedown but can’t get it. Villegas lands another leg kick in the same spot, but Soszynki starts to throw his hands with short combinations. Soszynki throws a body kick, and Villegas follows with a kick that catches his opponent in the groin. Villegas throws a combination before the ref can stop it and let Soszynki recover. It doesn’t take long. Soszynki throws a body kick, but Villegas follows with a left hook. The action slows before Villegas throws a body kick and leg kick. Soszynki counters with his own. Soszynki grazes his opponent with a knee to the head as the round ends. With the early damage, it’s likely a 10-9 round for Villegas.
ROUND 2: Soszynki lands a combination and then scores a trip-takedown. Soszynki, though, grabs a leg and looks for the heel hook. Soszynki breaks free, and they’re back to their feet. Both guys look a little winded. Villegas is sloppy with a takedown defense, and Soszynki takes him to the mount. Soszynki gives up and allows his opponent to stand. Villegas is barely hit with a punch and falls to the ground. Soszynki lets him back up as the crowd boos. Soszynki again intentionally falls to the mat, and the crowd boos even louder. Soszynki throws punches and knees, and Villegas again falls to the mat with the slighest of strikes. The ref eventually calls the fight and has seen enough. It’s a very controversial and confusing ending. Krzysztof Soszynski def. Robert Villegas via DQ at 3:15 of the second round.
(Someone from the Villegas corner told MMAjunkie.com that the fighter may have suffered a broken foot.)
YVES EDWARDS VS. ALONZO MARTINEZ
ROUND 1: Martinez comes out swinging and lands a few punches. Back to the center of the cage, and the fighters trade punches. Edwards tries to throw a knee, but Martinez opts to drop to his back to avoid the strike. Edwards hops into sidemount, but Martinez reverses the position. Edwards, though, uses the butterfly guard and reclaims top position. After a lull in action, they’re restarted on their feet. Edwards misses on a headkick, and Martinez works from the top position. Edwards keeps him wrapped up, but Martinez starts to connect on some short punches. Martinez looks for the mount position and connects on some forearms strikes before the round is over. It’s a fairly close one, but it should be 10-9 for Martinez.
ROUND 2: Martinez checks a head kick but can only partially block a second. Edwards then connects on a right hook that drops his opponent, but Martinez gets back to his feet. Edwards keeps the pressure on, and takes Martinez to the ground. Edwards eventually takes Martinez’s back, throws a couple punches, and then locks in the rear-naked choke. Martinez continues to wiggle free for air, though. Edwards, though, switches arms, tightens the choke, and Martinez can no longer take it and taps out. Yves Edwards def. Alonzo Martinez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:04 of the second round.
FRANK TRIGG VS. EDWIN DEWEES
ROUND 1: Dewees works the kicks but connects on little before a couple crisp leg kicks. Trigg connects on a stiff body kick, but Dewees forced the fight to the ground when he catches it. Trigg works from the bottom and looks for the kimura, and Dewees is in obvious pain. Dewees, though, signals that he’s OK. Trigg keeps pulling, though, and Dewees is finally forced to surrender. Frank Trigg def. Edwin Dewees via submission (kimura) at 1:40 of the first round.
TIM KENNEDY VS. JASON MILLER
ROUND 1: Frantic pace to start the first round, and Kennedy checks a head kick for the quick takedown. Pushed against the fence, Miller eats a knee to the chest, and the ref stops it. The ref gives him a warning, and they’re restarted on their feet. The fighters eachange combinations before Miller lands a solid body kick. Kennedy counters with a combination. While standing Kennedy takes Miller’s back but can’t get in the hooks. Kennedy pushes Miller against the fence and stings Miller with a left hook. Miller responds with a right, but Kennedy waits for the body kick, checks it, and scores the takedown. Kennedy then works into mount and rains down a barrage of punches. Miller gives up his back and locks in a rear-naked choke, but Miller survives the round. It’s a 10-9 round for Kennedy.
ROUND 2: Miller starts to use his reach and works the jab, but he gets lazy in a takedown attempt, and Kennedy takes his back. Kennedy locks in his hooks and softens Miller with punches. Kennedy works the choke again, but Miller rolls out of it and takes top position. Pinned against the fence, Kennedy is now eating punches and forearms. Kennedy powers through and gets the fight back standing. Kennedy is now bleeding. Miller gets the fight back to the ground and works from the top. The ref steps in and stands it due tot he cut. It’s on the top of his nose and not near an eye, so the fight is continued. Kennedy lands an uppercut, but Miller pins him against the fence and then knees him to the head. The round comes to a close, and it’s 10-9 for Miller to tie it up.
ROUND 3: Miller scores a trip takedown and looks for the mount position, but Kennedy ties him up until full guard. Miller stands and looks to rain down a punch. Kennedy grabs a leg but can’t do anything with it. Kennedy is covered in blood, and the fight is stopped again for a doc check. It’s allowed to continue, and Miller lands a body kick. Kennedy clinches and wrestles Miller to the canvas and takes top position. Miller reverses out of it and begins to rain down some punches. The final minutes sees Miller continues the assault while Kennedy tries to hang on. It’ll be another (and decisive) 10-9 round for Miller. Jason Miller def. Tim Kennedy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).