Carla Esparza vs Sarah “White Tiger” Schneider
Referee for this bout is John McCarthy. Esparza looked to strike early on and threw a one-two and a body kick. She attempted a takedown and Schneider stayed on her feet. Schneider took Esparza down and moved to mount. Esparza kicked her off and battled back to her feet.
Esparza reversed a throw attempt from Schneider and landed on top in mount, but Schneider spun into a heel hook attempt. The fighters stood and Esparza landed a nice combination. Schneider shot in for a takedown and wound up on the bottom. She used rubber guard to control Esparza’s posture, but Esparza managed to create space to land punches. The close round ended with Esparza on top. 10-9 Schneider by a very slim margin.
Esparza was aggressive with punches in the second round and the fighters teed off in an exchange. Esparza got the better of it and countered a takedown with a rear-naked choke attempt. Schneider sat up to defend and Esparza wound up in side control. She moved to mount and unloaded with punches that forced Schneider to give up her back again. Schneider stood briefly and Esparza dragged her down again.
From the back, Esparza landed punches until Schneider exploded out. Esparza retained top position and continued to pepper Schneider with strikes. Schneider scrambled and locked on an inverted triangle choke. Esparza freed herself and punched from a modified scarf hold position. She transitioned to Schneider’s back and punched with her right hand until the fight was stopped.
Winner: Carla Esparza by TKO (Punches) at 4:28 of round two. She improves to 7-2-0.
Nicdali “The Night Queen” Rivera-Calanoc vs “South Valley’s Own” Angelica Chavez
Referee for this bout is Chuck Wolfe. Big punches were exchanged right away and Rivera-Calanoc backed Chavez up to the cage with a hard flurry. She tried to throw Chavez to the mat, but Chavez defended. The fighters clinched against the cage until Rivera-Calanoc backed away. Chavez landed a front kick to the face, but she was badly hurt by a combination and dove in for a takedown.
Rivera-Calanoc wound up on top and landed a series of punches while pinning Chavez against the cage. Rivera-Calanoc landed short punches and maintained top position. Chavez tied her up and prevented Rivera-Calanoc from landing much in the final minute. Good opening round. 10-9 Rivera-Calanoc. Close to a 10-8.
Rivera-Calanoc rocked Chavez again with punches in round two. The fighters clinched against the cage and River-Calanoc broke free with a flurry that ended with a nice right hook. She clinched once more and avoided a guillotine choke attempt. Chavez briefly reversed position and ate a right hand. She pulled guard and Rivera-Calanoc struck from the top. Chavez looked to set up an armbar and Rivera-Calanoc postured up to escape. She stayed on top until the bell. 10-9 Rivera-Calanoc.
Rivera-Calanoc rushed in with punches to open the final round and the fight returned to the clinch, but Chavez reversed and pressed Rivera-Calanoc against the fence. Rivera-Calanoc turned her around and Chavez threw knees. Chavez tried for a hip toss, but fell to her knees and wound up on the bottom. She nearly secured an armbar, but Rivera-Calanoc punched free.
Rivera-Calanoc stood and passed to side control. She landed elbows and Chavez punched from the bottom. Chavez took Rivera-Calanoc’s back in the final minute and worked for a rear-naked choke, but Rivera-Calanoc turned into her guard. Chavez locked on an armbar in the dying seconds, but time expired. 10-9 Rivera-Calanoc, barely. Strong comeback from Chavez late in the fight.
Judge David Clifton saw the fight 30-27, while judges Henry Gueary and Victoria Miller-Pence both scored it 29-28 for the winner, Rivera-Calanoc.
Winner: Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. She improves to 8-6-0.
Raquel “Rocky” Pennington vs Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras
Referee for this bout is Michelle Drake Browning. Moras looked for an early takedown against the cage and eventually got it. She struck from the top, but Pennington swept and took over top position. Moras tied her up and prevented her from landing anything while working for an armbar from the bottom. Pennington defended until the bell. 10-9 Moras.
Moras took the fight to the mat again in round two, but Pennington swept by using an omoplata and landed some hard punches from the top. The fighters scrambled and Moras tried to take Pennington back down. She wound up on the bottom and Pennington was effective with more ground and pound. In the late stages, Moras shot in for another takedown and Pennington defended with strikes on the ground. 10-9 Pennington.
Moras quickly took Pennington down in the final round and worked from half-guard. She landed short punches, but the fighters were stood up after a lull in the action. Pennington landed a knee and sprawled out of a takedown attempt. She kicked at a downed Moras’s legs until Moras stood up. Moras fell after a short left hook counter, but got back to her feet and ate a head kick that landed solidly. She tried to take Pennington down, but wound up on the bottom. 10-9 Pennington.
Judge David Clifton saw the fight 30-27, while judges Henry Gueary and Victoria Miller-Pence scored it 29-28 for the winner, Pennington.
Winner: Raquel Pennington by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. She improves to 2-1-0.
Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke vs Suzie “La China” Montero
Referee for this bout is Chuck Wolfe. After an exchange of knees, Duke took Montero down against the cage. She landed short punches from the top and Montero postured for a triangle choke. Montero nearly swept into mount and switched to an armbar. Duke managed to escape and wound up on top. She tried for an armbar of her own and rained down some huge punches in the final seconds. 10-9 Duke.
Duke landed a barrage of knees in round two that forced Montero to cover up. She took Montero down and punched from side control. Duke stood and landed more punches before settling into Montero’s guard. She stayed on top and tried for a kneebar before the end of the round. 10-9 Duke.
The final round began with an exchange of hard punches and knees. Montero countered a takedown with a heel hook attempt. Duke easily avoided danger and punched to the head and body. She landed numerous punches until the fight was finally stopped.
Winner: Jessamyn Duke by TKO (Punches) at 2:32 of round three. She improves to 1-0-0.
Jocelyn “Lights Out” Lybarger vs Cheryl “Kid Chaos” Chan
Referee for this bout is Michelle Drake Browning. Lybarger scored an early takedown, but Chan got back to her feet and landed a knee. She tried for a guillotine choke, but Lybarger escaped. Chan landed a combination and another knee, but Lybarger tripped her to the mat. Lybarger punched from the top until shortly before the bell. Close round. 10-9 Lybarger, barely.
Chan landed a knee to open round two, but Lybarger took her down and landed short punches from the top. She postured up and landed more punches and elbows as the round progressed. Lybarger landed big hammerfists and passed to side control before the bell. 10-9 Lybarger.
Lybarger opened round three with a combination and took Chan down. Chan locked up an inverted triangle choke from the bottom and elbowed Lybarger’s ribs. Chan tried to isolate Lybarger’s left arm and landed more elbows. Lybarger answered with knees to the body. Chan punched at the side of her head and body until the bell. 10-9 Chan.
Judges David Clifton, Henry Gueary and Victoria Miller-Pence all scored the fight 29-28 for Lybarger.
Winner: Jocelyn Lybarger by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. She improves to 1-0-0.
“Lightning” Liz McCarthy vs Jessica Philippus
Referee for this bout is Michelle Drake Browning. McCarthy landed a big combination early in the fight and continued to dominate the striking exchanges. Philippus scored a takedown and struck from the top, but was deducted one point for an illegal knee to the head. On the restart, McCarthy dropped Philippus with a right hand and followed with more punches. Philippus stood and McCarthy dropped her again soon after. McCarthy attempted a guillotine choke before the bell. 10-7 McCarthy.
Between rounds, the bout was stopped due to Philippus’s badly swollen left eye.
Winner: Liz McCarthy by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 5:00 of round one. She improves to 1-0-0.