Otis Petit def Adam Davis, r2 armbar
Round one was wild, lots of position changes, some big strikes by both guys, just wild exciting action. Both guys had their moments but Davis did more damage with gnp if I recall. In r2, Petit was trying to secure a triangle from the bottom, but was able to transition to armbar and get the tap.
Austin Ward draws John Hooley
another wild fight, r1 was close, maybe slight edge to Hooley based on a couple sub attempts. R2 was all Hooley who had several near submissions. R3 was a complete 180 as Ward thoroughly dominated the standup, clubbing Hooley all around the ring. Hooley was wobbled for most of the round but never went down. Judges scored it a draw with one judge giving each fighter the nod.
Sebastian Rodriguez def Donovan Evan, r2 tapout to gnp
These two big boys spent most of the first round clinched up landing big bombs on the inside. I seem to remember Evan rocking Rodriguez with a punch mid round. R2 however was all Rodriguez who got Evan down and pounded him, throwing several hard knees to the body as well. From my vantage point it looked like Evan tried to tap out about 3 seperate times.
JD Stanley def Eddie Blackburn, r2 tapout to gnp
Blackburn refused to touch gloves at the start of the fight, and Stanley made him pay severaly for it. Blackburn was rocked with a punch, then taken to the mat. Stanley busted him up a bit and they stopped it to check the cut, but Blackburn wanted to contiue. R2 was more of the same and Stanley was really starting to unload, Blackburn was finally forced to tap.
Ian Loveland def JT Horner, r1 heel hook?
This was a great fight, just as expected. Both guys are terrific young prospects with undefeated records. Horner had the edge early as a couple times he had Loveland in very bad positions (some sort of neck crank that was almost like a guillotine, but instead he was crucifixing the arms which appeared to put a lot of pressure on Loveland's neck.) Loveland kept his compusure and battled out each time, and came back with some attempts of his own. Both guys fought aggressively and the action was very fast, up down, subs, the whole 9 yards. With about 30 seconds to go Horner tried some sort of foot lock, and they got into a battle of footsies. Loveland was able to escape but secure some type of footlock of his own. Horner appeared to be trying to hang on, just about to tap...he started to tap and right at that moment the bell sounded ending the round. The referee immediately signalled that there was a tap and that the fight was over. From where I sat, what it looked like was that Horner tapped once, then heard the bell and put both hands in the air trying to show that he wasn't tapping, but that one tap was enough and Loveland was declared the victor. Great bout, though I wouldn't mind a rematch.
Chad Nelson def Paul Morris, KO kick r1
This fight should have broken some records as perhaps the fastest fight in history. Both men sprinted to center and Nelson immediately caught Morris with a high kick flush. Morris slumped to the canvas, and Nelson jumped on him, pounding away. The official time was 6 seconds, but I don't think it took more than 2 seconds for the kick and Morris to hit the mat.
Cam Ward def Dave Cochran, r1? rear naked choke
Cochran is the first guy who's been able to force Ward into some standup, but Ward seemed to hold his own. They traded heavy shots for a short while in mid round, but eventually they went to the mat and stayed there. Ward is always going for subs and this fight was no different. He was able to get Cochran's back and securing the rnc, bringing his record to a very impressive 7-0.
Nelson and Ward will now meet up at next Sportfight to determine the #1 contender at 155.