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WSOF Preliminary Card
Isaac Gutierrez v. Victor Valenzuela
Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela stunned his opponent several times in the opening round, but Gutierrez was able to answer back with a solid left hook of his own. Valenzuela used his striking to set up a takedown to start the second round, and was able to take his opponent’s back. The referee looked close to stopping the fight several times due to unanswered strikes, but after battering his opponent, Valenzuela was able to lock up a rear naked choke for the victory.
Winner: Victor Valenzuela, 2nd Round Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jared Papazian v. John Robles
The bantamweights were friends heading into the match, but that didn’t stop them from exchanging heavy leather throughout the fight. Robles seemed to get the best of the striking exchange in a close first round, but Papazian was able to control the pace and land more significant strikes in the final two rounds. The judges scored the bout 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28, as Jared Papazian won the bout by unanimous to decision, improving his record to 2-1 since leaving the UFC.
Winner: Jared Papazian, 3rd Round Unanimous Decision
Antonio McKee v. Lewis Gonzales
The undefeated wrestler Lewis Gonzales took on UFC veteran Antonio McKee in a match where each competitor made their promotional debut. Most of the action took place on the ground, with each fighter dominating an early round. McKee worked a takedown in the first and attacked with submission attempts and ground strikes, while Gonzales used an arm-in guillotine attempt in the second to deliver strikes from a dominant position. Unfortunately, an accidental elbow to the back of the head of McKee led the referee to stop the fight early in the third round. In the case of an accidental foul stoppage in the third round, the judges must score the portion of the bout they had seen so far. Lewis Gonzales takes the technical decision.
Winner: Lewis Gonzales, 3rd Round Unanimous Technical Decision
Jorge Santiago v. Gerald Harris
The final fight of the preliminary card featured two former UFC welterweights facing off. Santiago had gone 1-5 during his three stints with the UFC, and entered the World Series of Fighting coming off a loss to Gunnar Nelson. Harris went to perform a powerful slam at the end of the first round, and Santiago hooked the top of the cage to prevent his fall. The referee rushed in, trying to stop the action, but Harris completed the slam and began raining down ground strikes. Harris claimed that his opponent verbally submitted in the waning seconds, but after some confusion the referee informed both competitors that a point had been deducted from Santiago, and the fight would continue. Harris was on top for the majority of the second, and his opponent was unsuccessful in finishing any submission attempts off of his back. Behind on the scorecards, Santiago looked to finish the fight with strikes in the final round, but he ultimately came up short. Harris earned himself a unanimous decision victory in his WSOF debut.
Winner: Gerald Harris, 3rd Round Unanimous Decision
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