Round 1 - Referee Steve Mazzagatti in charge of the evening's second bout. No touch of gloves - just wild hooks that mostly miss. Into the clinch quickly. Riley lands a few knees before breaking. Brammer misses a big left; Riley whiffs on a right. Pace settles. Brammer lands a kick to the body. Riley catches but can't counter. Traded straights, and Riley clinches and moves the fight to the cage. Brammer spins off, but Riley reverses again and lands a knee. Two minutes in. Riley tries again for the trip, but Brammer remains on his feet. THose feet received a Riley stomp. Brammer kick slow on a break. Riley misses a big left but lands a second. Crowd very, very quiet. Quick exchange, and Brammer gets caught low and needs a quick break. Riley aggressive on the restart. Neother fighter really in charge with a minute left. Riley kicks twice to the chest. Brammer shuffles his feet and invites an attack, which Riley gives. Brammer checking most of the attacks, but Riley moving forward. Close round at the bell, but MMAjunkie.com gives a slight edge to Riley, 10-9.
Round 2 - Both fihgters fresh to open the second. Brammer strikes a Thai pose. Riley pushing forwars, while Brammer content to counter for now. Neither doing massive damage. Riley scores with an outside leg kick the Brammer catches, but he eventually releases. Brammer lands a left hook and a low kick. Riley answers back with a low kick. Riley walks into a knee. Brammer lands two straights, and Riley moves into the clinch against the cage. Riley works for an outside trip, but Brammer remains up. Halfway through the round. Straight left from Riley and back into the clinch. Knee inside from Riley, and the fight finally hits the floor. Riley on the side in half-mount, but Brammer quickly gains guard. Riley not finding much room to posture. Brammer turns for an armbar, but Riley feels the danger and stands. Traded punches from both score. Riley kicks low, then he scores again high. Brammer catches the kick and pushes Riley away. Brammer tries to take the back of an off-balance Riley, but Riley defends and stalls until the bell. Another close round, but MMAjunkie.com awards it to Riley, 10-9.
Round 3 - Both fighers press to open. Riley lands a kick, but Brammer alertly catches and moves the fight to the floor. Riley threatens with a submission from the bottom, and Brammer stands. Riley again into the clinch against the cage. Riley with a trip and sets up in half-mount. Riley gets side control, but Brammer scrambles deftly up and back to his feet. Riley keeps the pressure up in the clinch, though he eventually backs away in a stalemate. Halfway through the final round. Brammer misses a Superman punch. Overhand left from Riley. Riley continues to move forward. Brammer kicks twice very softly, and Riley moves into the clinch yet again. Riley repeats his trip strategy. He's not doing much on the floor so far, but he's dictating the position. Riley with a few short qelbows, but Brammer scrambles to his feet. Riley immediately into the clinch. Brammer tries to control the head, but Riley pops it out immediately. Straight right for Brammer. Traded kicks at the end in some of the most powerful attacks of the night, but the bell rings. Riley immediately takes a victory lap. MMAjunkie.com awards him the third, as well, in a 30-27 win, though the fight was much closer than that score might indicate. Aaron Riley def. Joe Brammer via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
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