Nickels Stops Vuckovic at Ring of Fire 32
BROOMFIELD, Colorado -- UFC veteran Mike Nickels (Pictures) overwhelmed Ring of Fire Europe
light heavyweight champion Vladimir Vuckovic in the
main event of Ring of Fire 32 at the Broomfield Events Center. With
an early takedown and quick transition to full mount, Nickels
unleashed a barrage of strikes. Forced to give up his back,
Vuckovic quickly tapped out due to rear-naked choke at 2:18 of the
A veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter 3," Nickels said that he hoped
the win would put him on track to a UFC return. In his last Octagon
appearance at UFC 73 nearly a year ago, Nickels fell to Stephan Bonnar (Pictures) with the same first-round
maneuver he triumphed with tonight.
In another featured bout, former TUF competitor Noah Thomas (Pictures) submitted Brett Roller in a featherweight
matchup. Early in the first round, Roller looked impressive,
landing a variety of strikes and getting the fight to the ground
where he executed an impressive slam. However, Thomas locked in a
tight triangle choke that Roller appeared to tap out to. Referee
Tim Mills did not step in to
call the fight and the crowd booed wildly. In the second round,
Thomas weathered another flurry of strikes to sink in a rear-naked
choke and secure victory at 2:03.
The fight that stole the show was a lightweight slugfest between
UFC veteran Luke Caudillo
and Torrance Taylor.
After a close first round, Taylor found his range early in the
second by landing an assortment of strikes, which included elbows,
knees, and spinning kicks. In the third, Caudillo immediately took
the fight to the ground, but Taylor secured top position and then
Caudillo's back. From there, Taylor secured a rear-naked choke and
the bout ended at 3:10 into the third round.
In the lone female fight of the night, local favorite Cat Albert
transitioned from the back to an armbar and forced her opponent
(Pictures) to tap out at 2:30 of the
first round. At the post-fight press conference, Albert called out
EliteXC superstar Gina
Carano (Pictures), commenting if only "she'd make
weight every once in a while."
Popular local welterweight Brandon Thatch continued his
winning ways, dispatching Mike Crisman at 38 seconds of the first
round with a flurry of punches and knees. With the win, Thatch
takes the Ring of Fire "Young Guns" welterweight title in
In other fights, Justin
Salas caught Max Smith
with a bomb in the first seconds of the fight then following up
with a huge slam. He finished Smith with a rear-naked choke at 1:26
of round one.
In another ROF "Young Guns" title fight, local favorite Kenneth
Seegrist won the middleweight title with a guillotine choke at 1:27
of the first round, while Brian Wood submitted Miguel Martinez in a
featherweight bout by guillotine choke at 1:05 of the first round.
In a technical ground fight, local light heavyweight Cody Donovan outclassed Weston
Duschen and secured an armbar at 1:16 in the third round to force
his opponent to tap.
In the lone heavyweight fight of the night, Jay Lester attempted to
overwhelm Brendan Schaub in the bout's first moments, but was
caught on the chin coming in. Schaub then attacked him on the
ground, forcing the referee to stop the fight at 30 seconds of the
In the fight to start the night, Sean Doherty submitted Dominick
Blanco with an armbar from the bottom at 20 seconds into the first
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