||05-12-2012 04:02 AM
TEAM FABER'S JOE PROCTOR (7-1) VS. TEAM CRUZ'S JAMES VICK (4-0)
Round 1 - Referee Steve Mazzagatti oversees the two fighters. They circle tentatively to start. Vick begins to close the distance and stalk with strikes to various levels of a retreating Proctor. Vick is controlling the center in the early going, and Proctor seems to be struggling with a reach disadvantage. Two minutes in, and the fight has a moderate pace. Proctor dives for a shot, but Vick stands him up and pulls away. Vick looking to box, but Proctor does land a nice right hand. Vick is unfazed and keeps pushing forward. Vick has been the more active fighter, but Proctor is starting to find his range with heavy shots. Vick picks up the pace as his corner calls for combinations. He's landing with kicks and scores a straight left. Vick flurries in the final minute. Both fighters touch gloves at the close, and it's a tight round in an evenly contested fight thus far. MMAjunkie.com likes Vick, 10-9.
Round 2 - Proctor opens aggressive in the second, diving forward with right hands. Vick pulls away to reset his distance and work a strong jab. Vick's nose is bleeding pretty steadily, which could certainly sway some judges' opinions. Proctor shoots in for the takedown. He gets it, but Vick stands immediately. Proctor secures the neck while the two stand, but he doesn't score the choke, and Vick manages to get the fight o the floor and land in side control. Surprisingly, he stands back up, giving up position. Proctor follows, and they resume the striking game. Vick continues his plan of striking on the outside. Proctor responds with aggression as he looks to work inside. He gets to a clinch with a little more than a minute left. Vick pulls away without taking any risks. Final minute, and both coaches want their fighter to push.Proctor lands a few big shots, and the pair closes in a rabid frenzy. Vick thinks he's won, but Cruz warns to be ready for a third. MMAjunkie.com gives it to Vick, 10-9, awarding him the fight 20-18.
After commercial, the decision comes in.
James Vick def. Joe Proctor via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18).
Vick admits the submission attempt was tight, but he was willing to go to sleep before he would ever tap. The victor and first "TUF: Live" semifinalist wishes his mom a happy Mother's Day, and we get ready for this week's second quarterfinal fight.
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