Vinny “Pezao” Magalhaes vs Igor “The Duke” Pokrajac
The fighters clinched early on and Pokrajac pressed Magalhaes up against the fence. Magalhaes tripped Pokrajac and landed punches and elbows from the top. Pokrajac countered with elbows from the bottom, but Magalhaes transitioned to side control and attempted an armbar. Pokrajac defended well and wound up on top.
Pokrajac landed punches and Magalhaes countered with elbows from rubber guard. Pokrajac escaped the rubber guard and stood up. Magalhaes clinched, but ate an elbow to the jaw. Pokrajac punched to the body and landed a hard combination to the face that prompted Magalhaes to drop levels for a takedown before the bell. Close round. 10-9 Magalhaes, barely.
Magalhaes countered a takedown with a triangle choke attempt very early in round two. He got not lock on the triangle, but switched to an armbar and flipped Pokrajac over to his back. Pokrajac instantly tapped out and appeared to be in considerable pain.
Winner: Vinny Magalhaes by Submission (Armbar) at 1:14 of round two. He improves to 10-5-0, 1 NC.
T.J. Grant vs Evan Dunham
Dunham landed a series of right-left combos in the opening minute and Grant responded with a knee and a right hook. Big punches were exchanged and both fighters landed. Grant threw another knee and Dunham flurried to the body. Dunham began to bleed from above the right eye and more hard punches landed for both. The fighters began to taunt one another and Grant cracked Dunham with a right hook.
Dunham fired right back with left hands and the pace remained high as the fighters teed off in close. Grant remained the aggressor and repeatedly backed Dunham up to the cage. He targeted the body with punches until Dunham finally took him down. Grant scrambled and upkicked from the bottom. Dunham closed out the round on top while trying to pass to mount. 10-9 Grant.
The fighters picked up where they left off in round one with more punching combinations in the second round. A hard right cross landed for Grant and he followed with more punches as Dunham answered back with a combination. A knee opened a bad cut on the forehead of Dunham and Grant landed more right hands. Dunham began to bleed everywhere, but he continued to score with punches.
In the clinch, Dunham flurried with punches and a standing elbow. Grant backed him up with a counter one-two. Grant caught a kick and landed one of his own. Another big knee scored for Grant and Dunham urged him to bring it on. Dunham tripped Grant to the mat with 50 seconds to go and landed a knee and a right hand as Grant stood up against the fence. Close round. 10-9 Grant.
More big punches landed for both fighters in the final round and Dunham scored with a head kick. Dunham continued to bleed badly from the forehead, but he put together effective combinations of punches. Grant landed an uppercut and a right hook and clinched against the cage. Dunham shrugged him off and peppered him with jabs and one-twos. Grant landed a leg kick and a right hand to the body.
A hard one-two snapped Grant’s head back, but he quickly answered with a combination of his own. Punch after punch landed for both fighters and Grant landed a solid combination in close. Dunham threw body kicks and Grant caught one. Dunham attempted a head kick and Grant answered with a right cross. Dunham took Grant down and landed short strikes from the top until the final bell. Excellent fight. 10-9 Dunham.
Winner: T.J. Grant by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. He improves to 19-5-0.
Sean “The Punisher” Pierson vs Lance Benoist
Pierson pressed forward with punches in the early goings, but Benoist easily shrugged off a clinch attempt and began to target Pierson’s leg with kicks. Pierson dropped him with a counter hook and landed more punches as Benoist stood up. Pierson remained active with his strikes and he tripped Benoist to the mat after catching a kick.
Pierson punched from the top and avoided a triangle choke and an armbar. Benoist switched to an omoplata and the fighters scrambled to their feet. Both landed hooks over the top and Pierson flurried to the body. He badly wobbled Benoist with a left hook, but Benoist managed to regain his footing. Both fighters jabbed in the final seconds. 10-9 Pierson.
Pierson clinched in round two, but he was unable to take Benoist down and soon backed away. A counter right hook scored for Pierson as Benoist moved in and he reversed a takedown attempt from Benoist a moment later. Benoist tried to stand and Pierson controlled him with a front headlock. Benoist eventually stood and was dropped by a counter right.
Benoist quickly recovered and the fighters resumed exchanging punches. Benoist landed a leg kick and Pierson countered with a combination and a nice left cross. Both fighters landed power punches and Pierson backed up momentarily. A leg kick from Pierson was answered by one from Benoist. Close second stanza. 10-9 Pierson.
Benoist connected with two left hooks and a quick one-two combo in the final round. He kicked at Pierson’s lead leg and that set off another exchange of hooks. Pierson repeatedly scored with lead right hooks and he mixed in a standing elbow strike as Benoist threw looping punches. Benoist attempted a jumping knee, to no avail.
A leg kick landed for Benoist and Pierson jabbed in return. With just over one minute to go, Benoist hurt Pierson with a left hook and dropped him with more punches. He nearly finished Pierson with some vicious shots on the ground, but Pierson somehow survived a follow-up barrage of elbows and got to his feet. The round ended in a clinch against the cage. 10-9 Benoist. Could be a 10-8.
Winner: Sean Pierson by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. He improves to 13-6-0.
Marcus “The Bama Beast” Brimage vs Jimy “The Kid” Hettes
Brimage briefly dropped Hettes with an early left hook and the fighters exchanged kicks and punches soon after. Brimage landed another hard left and avoided a Hettes takedown. Hettes rushed in with a kick that strayed low, but action continued and Brimage flurried with punches. He kicked out Hettes’s leg and landed more punches after Hettes stood.
Brimage dropped Hettes with a left and swarmed with punches on the ground. Hettes recovered and the fighters returned to their feet. Brimage punched to the body, but he was clipped by a counter right hook. More power punches landed for Brimage, but he began to slow down. Hettes weathered the storm and landed a knee, but Brimage continued to tee off with punches. 10-9 Brimage.
Hettes missed with a head kick in round two and ate a barrage of punches for his efforts. Hettes clinched and took Brimage down into side control. He landed elbows from the top and tried to take Brimage’s back in a scramble, but lost the position. Back on the feet, Hettes landed a knee and a right hook. He dragged Brimage to the mat and took his back.
Hettes secured a body triangle and worked to set up a rear-naked choke. Brimage attempted to scramble, but Hettes retained back control. Hettes moved to mount and briefly landed punches. Brimage stood and landed a left hook. Hettes answered with a hook of his own and Brimage rushed forward with a flying body kick to close out the round. 10-9 Hettes.
Punches and body kicks were exchanged in the final round and Brimage threw overhand lefts. A clash of heads opened a cut near the top of Hettes’s head and he pushed forward with punching combinations. Both fighters connected with looping hooks and Brimage landed a leg kick. He fired off one-twos to the body and head.
Hettes closed the distance, but he ate a counter left hook in the process. Hettes remained the aggressor and he landed combinations, but Brimage was effective with his counters. He threw occasional leg kicks and kept his distance. Hettes jabbed and landed a looping hook just before the bell. Close final round. 10-9 Brimage, barely.
Winner: Marcus Brimage by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. He improves to 6-1-0.
Seth “The Polish Pistola” Baczynski vs Simeon “The Grin” Thoresen
Baczynski landed two left hooks and a body kick in the opening minute. The fighters traded leg kicks and both landed punches in close. An exchange of hard left hooks followed and Baczynski threw knees from a Thai clinch. A one-two and a leg kick connected for Thoresen and time was called after he was poked in the eye. The fight continued and Thoresen landed counterpunches and another leg kick. Seconds later, Baczynski floored him with a counter left hook of his own and the fight was stopped.
Winner: Seth Baczynski by KO (Punch) at 4:10 of round one. He improves to 18-8-0.
Mitch Gagnon vs Walel “The Gazelle” Watson
Both fighters landed left hooks early on and Gagnon floored Watson with a counter left as he pressed forward. Gagnon dove in with hammerfists on the ground and jumped on Watson’s back as he stood up. Gagnon dragged Watson back down and locked on a rear-naked choke. Watson tried to fight it off, but could not and was forced to submit.
Winner: Mitch Gagnon by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:09 of round one. He improves to 9-2-0.
Kyle “KO” Noke vs Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman
Punches were exchanged early on and Noke threw a head kick. He followed with a stiff jab and dropped Brenneman to his knees with a vicious right hook. Noke swarmed with more punches and referee Dan Miragliotta rescued a dazed Brenneman from further punishment.
Winner: Kyle Noke by TKO (Punches) at 0:45 of round one. He improves to 20-6-1.