Leites vs. Alvey: This fight is the second noted because it was the main event for the prelims and both fighters are ranked. An early leg kick messed up Alvey’s ankle and you could tell it affected him the whole fight. Leites got a key takedown in the second round and got enough control time to get the round win. In a lot of the third round Leites changed his whole demeanor and almost ran away the whole time. He kept backing up the whole round and would only stop to land a couple strikes and then back to backing up he went. Alvey should face Oluwale Bamgbose next because Alvey is a low rank and should switch to an unranked fighter next. Also, these two together would be a wonderful fight to watch. Leites should fight Uriah Hall next. Hall has been having it rough recently and they are about the same rank.
Perry vs. Ellenberger: Right off the bell Ellenberger got a clean double leg takedown, but was unable to keep Perry down. From there it was close until the second round. In the second, Perry landed an elbow that destroyed Ellenberger. Ellenberger was unable to stand for the official decision and it was reported he was carried out on a stretcher so we wish him a speedy recovery. We think Mike Perry should face Santiago Ponzinibbio next. He has won four in a row and is a KO freak. These two would be an explosive match.
Lauzon vs. Ray: In the first-round Joe Lauzon was putting on an absolute clinic, he could not be touched and did everything perfect except one thing. Going into the second Stevie Ray dominated because Lauzon gassed himself and was unable to do anything. Towards the end of that round Joe started to come back. In the third round, it was practically all Ray again and he picked up a decision win because of it. We agree that Ray should face Bobby Green. Regardless of his last fight, Green is a ranked-type fighter and he and Ray both should both start getting fights that will put their name in the hat.
Dodson vs. Wineland: I will tell you right off the bat that John Dodson won this by decision. No disrespect to Eddie Wineland because he did well, but Dodson was just way too fast for him to keep up with. Wineland attempted about 40 more strikes than Dodson and only landed less than half of what Dodson did. With that being said, we want Dodson to go against Jimi Rivera. Dodson deserves to move up a bit even though Wineland is ranked under him and Rivera is a perfect stepping stone to see where Dodson’s place is in this division.
St. Preux vs. De Lima: In this fight, De Lima spent a lot of time trying to check kick and maintain his distance sweet spot against Ovince St. Preux. In the second round, St. Preux took this fight to the ground and did very well with ground and pound. Then he won by submission via a Von Flue choke. Not only is it the first time I have ever seen it, but he is the first man to win with that twice in MMA history. Dana needs to resign OSP because that was the last fight in his contract and if he does he should fight Shogun Rua. They are close to the same rank and it would be a spectacular match no matter where it would go.
Sanchez vs. Iaquinta: In the co-main Diego Sanchez met an untimely end. In less than two minutes Iaquinta hit Sanchez with two separate knockdowns and the second-time Sanchez just crippled. Unfortunately, Iaquinta did not get a performance bonus which I believe to be deserved. Al doesn’t fight much because he isn’t getting paid what he would like to, but whenever he fights again I want him to fight Beneil Dariush.
Swanson vs. Lobov: Lobov took the first round with more strikes, a takedown and some ground control time. We were all surprised that Lobov took Swanson even though he only won the first round. Rounds two to five Swanson just took over. He landed more, got takedowns where Lobov did not and just overall looked better. Swanson won by decision and he should move on to Ricardo Lamas. Lamas is top 3 and that is where Swanson is looking to be, plus these two would easily get a fight of the night.