We hope you didn’t miss this great night of fights in Duluth on Friday but if you did here’s the full wrap up:
Clayton Haley – Thunderhouse MMA vs Manuel Correa – Rodrigez MMA 147lbs
Clay throws a good combo that makes Manuel cover up and take a few body shots. Clay drops for a takedown and grabs a leg. Manuel holds him off for a minute but gets taken to the ground. Clay is on top in half guard and works to pass. Manuel sweeps him over into a front headlock. Manuel works some punches there and locks in a guillotine that looked tight. Clayton shakes him off and they scramble. Clay takes the back and leaps over for an armbar. Clay works for it till the time expires.
Round 2 Clayton lands a good leg kick and circles. Manuel returns with a jumping switch kick and misses. After a few seconds he tries again and gets taken down for his trouble. Clayton is on top in guard and works punches to the body in this amateur bout. Clayton is unable to pass and they trade body blows for the remainder of the round.
Round 3 Clayton circles and jabs. Manuel hasn’t hardly thrown a strike all fight. Clayton lands a leg kick. They clinch up a moment and Clayton lands a good right. Manel seems to recover quickly. They approach and trade some but Clayton is surely getting the better of the exchanges. Later in the round Clayton seems to wilt and Manuel has an opportunity to land some blows and take the round but can’t quite come up with enough.
Clayton Haley def Manuel Correa by unan. dec.
Cody Black – Gentry’s MMA vs Drew Moody – Full Throttle MMA 137lbs
Cody drops for a single leg quick and gets on top in half guard. Cody is able to pass to side control and tries to isolate an arm. Drew turns and tries to make space but Cody stays heavy on him. Cody is able to slip a leg over and gets the mount. Drew hooks a leg and gets it back in half guard. Cody attacks the neck for a choke as the round ends.
Round 2 Cody shoots for another takedown and they find themselves in a similar position. Cody works to pass and does to side control. Drew recomposes his guard and clamps down on Cody’s neck. The ref stands them up after some inactivity and Cody shoots for the takedown immediately. Drew puts up a high guard and forces Clody to pull back and up exposing an arm for Drew to work an armbar. Cody defends the armbar and finds himself nearly in a triangle. The round ends during that attempt.
Round 3 Drew nearly lands a head kick but gets taken down during his subsequent strike. Cody is in north-south on top, grabs a kimura, and moves to side control. Drew rolls over and turtles. Cody takes the back and works for a choke. Drew explodes and gets back to half guard momentarily. Cody passes to mount again and postures up for an armbar.
Cody Black def Drew Moody by unan. dec.
Tecia Torres – Knuckle Up vs Ivey Turner – Legacy Fight Club 118lbs
Tecia lands a body kick early and Ivey clears the distance to clinch up in the corner. Ivey works for a body lock to bring it to the ground. Tecia delivers some knees in the clinch and gets the neck for aguillotine. Tecia drags her to the ground and gets top position with the choke. Tecia tries to finish the choke bt Ivey escapes and gets on top in Tecia’s guard. Tecia puts up for an armbar and Ivey picks her up for 2 consecutive slams. Tecia tries for another armbar but Ivey stays on top until the round ends.
Tecia lands a big push kick in the first seconds. Ivey clinches up and walks Tecia to a friendly corner. Tecia tries to circle out and land knees but Ivey appears very strong. Tecia lands an unintentional knee to the head in this women’s amateur bout. Time back in and they clinch again quickly. Ivey lands the outside trip she’s been attempting but Tecia slips under and takes Ivey’s back. Tecis works for the choke on top and gets the tap after a few moments.
Tecia Torres def Ivey Turner by sub (RNC) 2:43 in rd. 2
Amika Olchovic – Grubel’s MMA vs Mary Matia – KBX Fitness 128lbs
Amika lands a push kick and solid jab early. Mary is a tank and takes the shots in stride. Mary hunkers down and machine guns strikes like she is accustomed to doing. Amika stays very busy in the clinch and keeps Mary from getting a rhythm. At range Amika has a very good jab and rocks Mary a time or two. Mary just keeps coming back but she’s getting struck more times and harder than I’ve seen in any of her fights.
Round 2 Mary keeps coming and tries to wear Amika out in the clinch. Amika lands a varied series of strikes and moves to evade. Amika slows down with kicks and really lowers the offensive output allowing Mary to machine gun her way to winning the round.
Mary backs Amika up to her corner and forces Amika to clinch with her as she delivers her trademark onslaught of punches. Amika gets some clinch work in to stymie the attack and they teeter back and forth with punches and clinch work. Tough fight to call with this last round being so close.
Mary Matia def Amika Olchovic by split dec.
Josh Cook – Chaotic Fitness vs Shea Taylor – Saraiva MMA 157lbs
Josh closes to clinch and maybe take it to the ground. Shea locks a guillotine but is slammed on his side and it’s a grappling match now. Josh is on top in half guard an tries to isolate an arm but switches quickly to a kneebar on his prosthetic leg! The fight is reset to standing after the leg is reaffixed. Shea closes with strikes and Josh drops for a takedown. Shea locks on a guillotine and Josh is forced to tap.
Shea Taylor def Josh Cook by sub (guillotine)
Stephen Upchurch – Knuckle Up vs Jake Pruitt – Legacy Fight Club 157lbs
Jake fights with open hands and throws big kicks and looping punches. Stephen closes and they trade a few shots. They land simultaneous hooks and stagger each other for a moment. Jake clinches up now and drives Stephen to the corner. Stephen turns him and drops for a double leg takedown getting the fight to the ground. Stephen is on top in the guard now and works to strike and pass. Jake is able to push Stephen off momentarily and Stephen goes to kicking the thighs of a downed Pruitt. Stephen drops to meet Jake on the ground and Jake turns to X-guard in an effort to sweep. Stephen pushes Jake head down to the mat and strikes until Jake presents the neck. Stephen locks in a guillotine and gets the tap for the victory.
Stephen Upchurch def Jake Pruitt by sub (guillotine) 3:20 in rd. 1.
Gerry Tena – Striker Fight Center vs Chris Cain – Fitness Edge MMA 144lbs
Gerry lands a stiff leg kick early and Chris shoots for a bodylock takedown. They scramble and exchange guillotine attempts quickly. Gerry is on the bottom now with Chris in side control. Gerry rolls him over and into his guard. Gerry works elbows from the bottom as Chris passes to side control and eventually the mount. Chris advances for an armbar and Gerry is able to roll with him and end up on top. They scramble, Gerry approaches and Chris goes for a leg lock. They jockey around for position and scramble again. These guys are all over the place. Chris is able to pass again all the way to north-south. Gerry turns to recompose his guard and Chris ends up on top in half guard. Gerry eats a big elbow and blasts up to sweep to top position. He lands a punch or two before the round ends.
Round 2 Gerry loads up a big punch and they close again. Chris drops low for a takedown and Gerry is able to sprawl effectively the first two times before he’s taken down. Gerry has Chris in his full guard now. Gerry has a butterfly hook in and as Chris moves out transitions to a nice armbar that gets really close. Chris defends and is back on top. Gerry turns for another smooth armbar attempt that ends in a triangle attempt. Chris defends really well by turning his body and ends in side control again. Chris passes to mount but only for a moment. Gerry moves him off but is mounted again quickly.
Round 3 Chris closes and Gerry hits an arm circle takedown to end in half guard on top for the first time this fight. He postures up and lands some hard punches and elbows. Chris turtles and Gery lands more strikes. Gerry rolls him over and attacks an arm for an armbar. Chris defends end is in Gerry’s guard. Gerry struggles to get top position, Chris tries an anaconda choke, misses, and gets Gerry’s back with one hook. Chris tries to seal an arm-triangle as the final bell rings.
Chris Cain def Gerry Tena by unan dec.
Andrew Higgins – Fusion MMA vs Jacob Hebeison – Iron Clutch Fitness 137lbs
Andrew has light step, very Dominic Cruz and circles Jacob with kicks. Jacob replies with a stiff shot of his own but goes back into defensive mode. Andrew stalks him across the ring with a combo, Jacob counters, and Andrew drops for a takedown. Jacob is able to stuff it and they circle around some more. Andrew goes for a flying knee and Jacob snatches him down to the ground. Andrew goes for a heel hook, Jacob a toe hold, and Jacob turns to land on top in Andrew’s half guard. They scramble to stand when Jacob grabs Andrews neck for a guillotine. Andrew survives and is in Jacob’s guard. Jacob is able to technical stnace up and end the round standing over Andrew landing elbows and solid punches.
Round 2 Jacob feints some and throws a hard right that gives Andrew pause. They trade some jabs and Jacob fires a takedown from 6 feet out landing a double leg takedown in his corner. Jacob postures up and lands a shot that makes a solid thud with Andrew’s head on the canvas. Jacob maneuvers between side control and north south to deliver more elbows. Andrew is taking a beating but uses his legs to defend himself. Jacob attempts a fight-finishing armbar that he misses by inches and Andrew finishes the round on top. A dominating round for Jacob.
Round 3 Jacob lands a stiff leg kick that slows Andrew down pretty good. Andrew is having a tough time finding his spot now and reaches with his punches. Jacob rushes in and lands another big takedown. Jacob maintains a high half guard and works more punches and elbows that are hurting Andrew, this could be stopped at any second. Aaaand a full minute of punishment later Andrew maintains his composure and gets guard, then works for a knee bar when Jacob gives up a leg. Jacob defends and gets back on top in the half guard he was able to deliver all that punishment from. Jacob hops up and works a far-side arm bar that turns into a kimura.
Jacob Hebeison def Andrew Higgins by sub (kimura) 4:41 in rd. 3.
Ronnie Rogers – HIT Squad vs Diego Saraiva – Saraiva MMA/Team Octopus 150lbs
Ronnie comes up and lands a few punches ending with a strong sweep. Ronnie leaves him on the ground and they get back to standing. Ronnie favors some leg kicks here, Diego hasn’t thrown much yet. Ronnie stalks Diego down and throws combos. They clinch up and Diego goes for a guillotine. Ronnie is able to pop his head out and stands over Diego. Ronnie lets him stand and they circle again. Diego lands a leg kick and Ronnie returns the favor. Ronnie tags Diego and he follows up with a combo. Diego taunts for more. Diego lands a solid body kick just as the first round ends.
Round 2 Diego backs up and when Ronnie lands a punch, Diego covers up to block a few, perhaps to wear Ronnie down. Ronnie gets 2 more chances like that but lands no major damage. Diego is kicking the body and legs. This seems to be an overall strategy to wear Ronnie down, enticing him to strike with taunts. Diego has had 2 failed takedowns this round so far, double legs that Ronnie is flat stuffing. Diego lands a right punch and high right round combo that momentarily staggers Ronnie. Diego pursues but Ronnie recovers quickly. Diego has certainly kept Ronnie guessing late in this round with oddly timed counters and covers up but Ronnie is seemingly outstriking Diego.
Round 3 Ronnie catches a kick and lands a right to put Diego down. Lots of showboating and taunting now that these guys are really hating on each other. Their strikes are similarly varied with straight punches and kicks to the body and legs. Diego seems fresher at this stage but we’re not seeing the urgency you’d expect from a guy that is probably losing the fight. Diego lands a stiff jab in the later minutes and Ronnie has taken to flashy kicks for the benefit of the judges and fans. Ronnie retreats straight back with his chin in the air which could be a problem if Diego moves forward enough. Diego gets another shot stuffed and weathers another 4 punch combo while covered up. Diego may now be landing more strikes but they appear to be about even. Diego has a failed takedown and upkicks from the ground. 10 seconds clack and the fight is over soon after.
Ronnie Rogers def Diego Saraiva by unan. dec.