||06-01-2012 07:48 PM
Round 1 - Referee Chris Tognoni oversees this lightweight matchup. Sicilia with his hands low and looking to unleash. Marcello trying to stay away from the early power. Sicilia continues to fire early power shots. Marcello drops for a takedown, but Sicilia pulls free. Marcello lands his own combination, but Sicilia is unfazed and continues to press. Marcello kicks the leg, but he's playing with fire early. Sicilia leaps in with a lead hook. Sicilia lands a right to the body, followed by a kick. He's stalking as the aggressor right now. Marcello slips on a kick, and Sicilia stands over him briefly before letting him return to his feet. Sicilia misses a few power shots, and Marcello drops down to the floor, inviting him in, but Sicilia stays away. Marcello holding his own in the standup game, but Sicilia seems to have the power advantage. Sicilia winging power hooks at every opportunity, but Marcello staying away. Round ends on the feet. Marcello struggling to get the action to the floor, and MMAjunkie.com sees the first for Sicilia, 10-9.
Round 2 - Sicilia opens again with power hooks. Marcello charges forward after landing a kick and tries to dive in on a leg. He can't earn a takedown, and Sicilia lands a few hammerfists before pulling free and resetting. Pace picks up, and Marcello walks into a right hand. Still, he fires back, and he tags Sicilia in return. Great flurry brings the crowd to its feet. Marcello doing damage, and Sicilia looks to be tiring quickly. Sloppy work inside from both, but the entertainment value is high. Sicilia leaps in with a left. Marcello is rocked and in trouble. Sicilia sees it and swarms with a knee to the body and a flurry of hooks. Marcello hits the floor, and Sicilia pounces with powerful right hands that land flush to the head. Tognoni watching as Marcello absorbs more damage, and he finally steps in to call the fight. Brutal finish. Sam Sicilia def. Cristiano Marcello via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 2:53.
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