UofMMA Fight Night 8: Prefights

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Fight 1 – Julio Lopez vs. Kurt “The Hurt” Eberhard
The first fight of the night was the debut fight for both Eberhard and Lopez. Based upon the cheers during their respective introductions, Lopez seemed to be the crowd favorite of the match.  While there were no standout moments during the match, Lopez impressed the crowd by defeating Eberhard with a submission in the first round.

Winner: Julio Lopez via TKO

Photo by Kevin Phoenix

Photo by Kevin Phoenix

Fight 2 – Josh Travaglio vs. Lance “Vanquish” Lee
Travagli showed true determination in this round by constantly going on the offensive against Lee during all three rounds. While Travaglio was able to take down Lee successfully, Lee held his ground on the ground by nearly putting Travaglio into submission several times. Lee also showed his striking skill by landing several clean blows to Travaglio (including a well landed right hook) in the later rounds.

Winner: Lance Lee via decision

Photo by Kevin Fenix

Photo by Kevin Fenix

Fight 3 – Hugo Aranda vs. Gilbert Nakatani
Aranda landed a well timed front kick to Nakatani’s face early in round one. Unfortunately, Aranda was caught off guard when Nakatani recovered quickly and brought Aranda down. Nakatani then unleashed a barrage of punches that would force the referee to stop the fight. Not too shabby for Nakatani’s debut fight.

Winner: Gilbert Nakatani via TKO

Photo by Kevin Fenix

Photo by Kevin Fenix

 

Fight 4 – Juan Orta vs. Juan Vasquez
Vasquez with the “go big or go home” mentality went all out with multiple high kicks towards Orta. Orta, however, not intimidated by the big moves and patiently waited for the opportunity for a takedown after the big kicks. Unexpectedly, Vasquez demonstrated how well he can fend off Orta with his legs while lying on his back. Near the end of round 2 Orta was able to overcome Vasquez’s ground defense and if he had more time could have possibly won via submission. Round 3 became a slugfest with the Juans going mano-a-mano until the round ended.

Winner: Juan.. Orta via decision

High kick by Vasquez. Photo by Kevin Fenix

High kick by Vasquez. Photo by Kevin Fenix

Fight 5 – Albert Veloz vs. Sergio “Surge the Kid” Perez
Both of Veloz and Perez were roughly the same build with similar fighting records. The biggest question for the match was who wanted it more.While both fighters were trying to gauge each other at the beginning round one, Perez took the initiative during the ground battle and was able to defeat Veloz via submission.

Winner: Sergio Perez via TKO

Photo by Kevin Fenix

Photo by Kevin Fenix

Fight 6 – Michael “Lazer” Reyes vs. Chris “Baby Bear” Rodriguez
Reyes and Rodriguez are prime examples of why weight is only a number. At 195lb not many would expect these fighters to move very quickly, but Reyes would prove these people wrong. Reyes’ speed almost made Rodriguez seem like he was standing still. Rodgrieuz had a strong determination to go in for takedown, but it was not enough to get through the speed of Reyes’ hands. Reyes was able to land several clean blows to Rodriguez’s face in round one which would soon take effect on Rodriguez, leading to Reyes winning via TKO.

Winner: Michael Reyes via TKO

The Lazer hitting his mark. Photo by Kevin Fenix

Reyes’ punch that resulted in a broken nose. Photo by Kevin Fenix

Fight 7 – Antonio Lopez vs. Craig “The Grasshopper” Plaskett Jr.
Plaskett had the height and reach advantage for this fight but this did not stop Lopez from closing in on Plaskett with his speed. The first round consisted of good blows from both sides with Lopez attempting to take away Plaskett’s legs with several low kicks. Round two the low kicks began to take effect on Plaskett with Lopez landing a clean right hook to the face. In the last 30 seconds of the third round, Lopez unleashes a flurry of punches to win via TKO. Looks like the grasshopper still has a lot to learn.

Winner: Antonio Lopez via TKO

Takedown by Photo be Kevin Fenix.

Takedown by Plaskett. Photo be Kevin Fenix.

Fight 8 – Milton Arguello vs. Julio Santa Cruz
Both fighters came in pretty even during the first round. Arguello was able to land a clean kick to the body and attempted to end the match with an armbar before the time ran out. Santa Cruz turned the tables in round two by finding the holes in Arguello’s defense by landing low kicks and several blows to Arguello’s body. Arguello comes back in round three after recovering inbetween rounds but easily tires out and becomes overpowered by Santa Cruz. While Arguello held strong throughout the fight, it was his own fatigue that would give the Santa Cruz the advantage the win the match.

Winner: Julio Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz with a front kick. Photo by Kevin Fenix

Santa Cruz with a front kick. Photo by Kevin Fenix

Fight 9 – Ryan “The Lion” Lilley vs. A.J. Bryant
Bryany and Lilley started off the fight strong. Both fighters landed several low kicks to their respective opponent with neither showing weakness. When the standing battle didn’t seem to be a stalemate, they went to the ground. Lilley was on the offensive by being on top of Bryant for most of the ground fight. Tables turned when Bryant attempted to stand up which would unfortunately be his mistake for the match as it gave Lilley more leverage for a rear naked chokehold.

Winner: Ryan Lilley via TKO

Photo by Kevin Fenix

Chokehold. Photo by Kevin Fenix

Fight 10 – Scorpio Sky vs Jose Jovel
The moment Sky saw an opportunity, he took it. After several low kicks that made Jovel’s legs buckle, Sky went in for the takedown. Jovel did his best to fight him off and even turned things around by ending up on top of Sky. Jovel would several punches Sky’s way in an attempt to win via TKO. Sky however stayed calm and cool and completed an armbar after catching one of Sky’s arms mid-punches. While the crowd showed their dislike for Sky’s victory, Sky did not let the jeers affect him and continued to celebrate his own way in the ring.

Winner: Scorpio Sky via TKO

Sky with the suplex

Photo by Kevin Fenix

 

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