The next fight was a chance of redemption for Tyson Nam (12-5) who made his WSOF debut last March, getting knocked out by Marlon Moraes. He took on Cody Bollinger (14-2) in a featherweight bout and the WSOF debut for Bollinger.
Nam was touted as a top prospect after dispatching Eduardo Dantas at a Shooto event but now looks to make his mark for the promotion. Bollinger wanted to make a mark of his own and start his stint with the promotion strong.
Round 1: Bollinger did well to use leg kicks from Nam as a chance to throw punches of his own. He anticipated them well from that start. He locked in a nice plum clinch on Nam as well, making the most of it with knees to the head. Nam made a slight adjustment in his timing which stifled Bollinger’s success. Bollinger fell face first to the ground after an accidental trip. Nam thought he had hurt Bollinger and tried to finish. Bollinger got back to his feet and was completely normal.
Round 2: After a solid first round, Bollinger picked his shots well while not wasting any energy. Nam used his patience maybe a bit too much. He would only use singles without straining together punches, often standing well out of range. Bollinger fell down three times in the round, though he wasn’t hurt. A tough round to score and hopefully not one that makes the difference in such a close fight.
Round 3: A very slow third round was lacking urgency that was necessary from both men to ensure a win. In fact, it was such a close fight due to inactivity, some aggressiveness from either fighter could have easily swayed the judges in their favor. Both pulled punches on counters and didn’t make a great case for a title fight.
Official Decision: Cody Bollinger defeats Tyson Nam via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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