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Shelton vs. Adam
Snook Round 1
Both fighters meet in the center of the cage, with two right inside
low kicks connecting for Snook. Shelton grabs a punch and then
drops for a battle of ankle locks. Shelton is in guard, landing
punches until he is pulled back in a deep closed guard. Shelton
locks on a deep arm triangle and Snook submits at 2:45 of the
Larkin Round 1
Referee Jason Herzog starts the first featherweight quarterfinal.
The men touch gloves and begin circling. Foster tries a big
overhand left but whiffs. Foster then cuts Larkin with a kick that
Larkin ducks into. Foster controls with a front headlock. Larkin is
bleeding badly, but he escapes. Foster barely dodges a head kick.
Foster circles left and stuffs a Larkin takedown. Larkin stands and
executes a beautiful outside trip, nearly securing Foster's back
before Foster escapes back to his feet. Larkin lands a leg kick and
looks much more comfortable now. Foster catches another leg kick
and takes Larkin down. Quickly, Foster locks up a guillotine and
pulls guard as Larkin tries to escape. After a brief struggle,
Larkin taps out at 3:15 of the opening period.
Straus vs. Nazareno
Malegarie Round 1
Jason Herzog kicks off this second featherweight quarterfinal. The
men touch gloves, and Malegarie closes the distance. The Argentine
takes him down, secures his back and locks up a body triangle.
Straus is defending the rear-naked choke well and is trying hard to
turn into Malegarie's guard. Malegarie's back control is
suffocating, but he cannot cinch the choke. Now out of the body
triangle, Straus explodes and ends up in top position. Malegarie
immediately locks up a guillotine and switches to an anaconda
choke, using it to sweep the American. Straus scrambles and picks
Malegarie up, slamming him to the floor. Both men are now back on
their feet, and Malegarie secures the Thai plum, landing some nice
knees to the body. Sherdog.com sees it 10-9 Malegarie.
Round two begins, and Straus lands a nice inside leg kick before
dropping Malegarie with a beautiful left straight. Straus pounces,
but Malegarie immediately dives on a leg for a kneebar. Straus
scoots out, but Malegarie crawls on top and looks for a kimura from
north-south. Malegarie then tries an arm-in-guillotine as Straus
tries to get to his feet. Straus pops his head out fairly easily,
however. Malegarie stands and takes a couple of punches as he
gathers his base. Malegarie lands an inside leg kick, and Straus
drives for a takedown. The Argentine defends well, however,
circling off the cage. Another inside leg kick from Malegarie.
Straus answer with a head kick that is blocked. Straus throws
Malegarie on his face from the clinch, but the jiu-jitsu fighter
springs back to his feet and dives for a single from the clinch.
Malegarie lands a nice right hand on the break. Straus pops
Malegarie with a jab from the center of the cage and lands a nice
straight left hand. Accidental low blow clips Malegarie, but he's
OK. 10-9 Straus.
Both men are soaked with sweat as round three begins. Malegarie
lands two more leg kicks to Straus' lead thigh. Straus retaliates
with a straight left hand and then a body kick. Malegarie closes
the distance and picks him up with a high-crotch. He can't finish
the slam, but eventually gets the takedown. Malegarie passes to
half guard, but Straus bucks as he passes and the American is back
up and landing punches and knees. Malegarie isn't hurt, though. As
Straus locks up a front headlock, Malegarie escapes and cracks him
with a left hand. Straus lands a body kick, and they clinch. Straus
controls his foe against the cage, but Malegarie pummels and
reverses the position. Straus cracks him with a body kick and then
eats a knee as he secures a double leg. Malegarie is back up,
though, and both men are trying hard to steal the round. Malegarie
digs for a takedown, but Straus defends and scores a small takedown
of his own. Malegarie is back up, though. Both men swing, and the
bell sounds. 10-9 Straus (29-28 Straus).
Official scores: 29-28 across the board for Straus, winner
by unanimous decision.
George Round 1
Herzog is once again in charge of the action. George leads with a
left hook as he circles right. Reis comes out southpaw and wings a
left hook that whiffs. He follows up with another left, and this
one does not miss, landing squarely on George's chin and buckling
his knees. Reis then dives for a single and scores the takedown.
After some ground and pound, George gives his back and Reis takes
advantage. Reis slips his forearm under George's chin and applies
the required pressure. George signals the referee for help at 2:09
of the first round.
Karakhanyan vs. Patricio
“Pitbull” Freire Round 1
Herzog starts the last bout of the evening. Georgi lands a
tentative inside leg kick. Freire moves forward and throws a
one-two. Karakhanyan leaps forward, but he gets caught in a body
lock. Georgi escapes and lands a leg kick. Freire retaliates with a
kick of his own. Pitbull drives forward and elevates Georgi, who
defends by pulling guard and trying for a guillotine. Freire
defends and slams him, but Georgi pops back up. Georgi lands a nice
combination, but Freire shrugs him off and scores a takedown.
Pitbull is landing shoulder butts from Georgi's guard. Karakhanyan
stands and digs for a takedown of his own. Freire defends, and
Karakhanyan lands a foot stomp. Pitbull lands a leg kick and tries
for another takedown as the round expires. 10-9 Freire.
Freire opens round two with a nice left hook and then jumps wildly
at Georgi. The two clinch, and Karakhanyan presses the Brazilian
against the cage. They separate, and Freire checks a leg kick.
After both men swing wildly, they clinch once again against the
cage. Herzog warns the fighters to provide some action. Freire
lands two nice knees to Georgi's torso. George tries for a
takedown, but Freire's defense remains strong. The Brazilian slaps
Georgi twice on the back and then escapes a hard single-leg
attempt. Freire counters a Karakhanyan jump kick with a straight
right hand and then sprawls beautifully before taking Georgi's
back. Georgi defends well as the bell rings. 10-9 Freire.
Pitbull rushes ahead and clinches to start the final frame. Georgi
whiffs on a big right hand, and Freire counters with a nice left
hook. The Brazilian lands a straight right and then crumples his
foe with another sweet left hook. Freire pounces, and Herzog pulls
him off of a defenseless Karakhanyan at 56 seconds of the final