A rugged Texan journeyman and a 13-year MMA veteran, Davila needed
only seven seconds to put Larson away Saturday night before a crowd
of 3,167 at a scaled-down Target Center. “Big Head” scored with a
devastating right hook to the jaw that collapsed Larson, forcing
referee “Big” John McCarthy into action as Larson laid on his back,
eating repeated hammerfists from Davila.
With the upset win, Lubbock’s Davila is now 20-10 as a pro, while
the 33-year-old Larson falls to 33-6. Davila is 6-1 in his last
seven bouts, having beaten three UFC veterans -- Larson, Pete Spratt and
Sincaid -- in that period.
In the evening's co-feature, “The Ultimate Fighter” and Strikeforce
veteran Paul Bradley
easily outclassed journeyman Eddie Larrea,
earning a first-round submission win.
As usual, Bradley was precise and methodical with his attack. The
Minnesota Martial Arts Academy fighter shot a double-leg takedown,
moved to half-guard, and secured an arm-triangle choke with
Though Bradley made the mistake of getting rolled to his back, it
didn’t matter: Larrea was still helpless and was forced to tap at
2:54 of the first round. The win marked the third consecutive
submission victory for “The Gentleman.” The former Iowa Hawkeye
wrestler is now 16-2 in his career.
The two men felt each other out early, exchanging punches and top
position throughout the first round. Speer found success in the
middle frame with kicks to Romero’s body. However, Romero answered
with a takedown and ground strikes which bloodied the nose of the
UFC vet, making for a tense final period.
Speer continued with his kicking offense chopping the lead leg of
“The Mean Bean.” Recognizing his disadvantage on the feet, Romero
took Speer to the floor, but Speer showed off his grappling,
working for a triangle choke and a kimura in the final 60 seconds.
The last minute salvo sealed it for Speer, who took scores of 30-27
and 29-28 twice to earn the unanimous decision.
The closing minute of the bout saw Speer work for a triangle and a
kimura; neither came to fruition. However, it was enough for him to
secure the win via decision as Andy Kemp scored
the bout 30-27, and Joe Fipp and Doug Manning had it 29-28, giving
the 26-year-old Speer his 19th pro win.
Elsewhere, Taylor Falls, Minn.’s Melvin
Blumer shocked the Target Center by stopping WEC veteran
Buck in the first round to capture the Cage Fighting Xtreme
Blumer, 29, capitalized off of a Buck kick to wrestle his foe to
the floor. From there, Blumer moved to mount, securing a mounted
Blumer then utilized an assault of elbows to force Buck
unconscious. Referee McCarthy halted the onslaught just 72 seconds
into the round.
Blumer's two-minutes-younger identical twin, Marvin
Blumer, also tasted success on the evening, as the bantamweight
“Bash Brother” used constant submission attempts to snare North
Dakotan Jeremy Stetz
in an armbar that ended the fight at 2:49 of the first round.
WEC veteran Jeremy Lang
made quick work of “Suga” Shane DeZee in
a bizarre catchweight contest. Originally set to be contested at
middleweight, the bout was changed to a 208-pound affair when Dezee
came in 23 pounds over the 185-pound limit.
Despite the unusual occurrence, Lang overcame the weight
differential and an early cut to stop the Burnsville, Minn., native
with a rear-naked choke in just 38 seconds. Dezee told Sherdog.com
after the contest that his weight indiscretion was the result of
being hospitalized during training camp for dehydration.
Bellator bantamweight tournament veteran Travis
Reddinger walked through Brainerd, Minn.'s Rocco
Maggorie. Reddinger took top position early on and had little
to worry about from there. Reddinger took over the bout with
punches and elbows, allowing him to pass guard and secure a
rear-naked choked at 3:30 of the opening frame.
Minnesotan featherweights Mitch
Jackson and Gabe
Greenberg went back and forth on the floor for nearly 15
minutes, but it was Jackson who triumphed, catching his opponent
with a guillotine at 4:22 of the final round.