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January 17th was the first World Series of Fighting event of the New Year and the Main Event featured Jake Shields vs Brian Foster for a shot at Rousimar Palhares welterweight title. There was no Fight of the Year quality bouts, but there were a few really good fights that you should watch if you can catch the replay and missed it live.
1. Middleweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Trey Williams (2-1) vs Jamie Point (1-0)
RD 1: Point comes out throwing kicks right away. They clinch up on the cage and exchange some knees. After breaking the clinch Point lands some punches and they clinch again. Williams throws him down and hooks on an anaconda choke and puts him to sleep. Williams shows great sportsmanship by showing concern for Point and even helping wake him up.
Result: Trey Williams via Technical Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 3:52 of Round 1
2. Flyweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Taylor McCorriston (8-6) vs Donavon Frelow (3-0)
RD 1: They come out trading strikes and Frelow drops him and gets on top landing more punches. Frelow looks for a guillotine but loses position and they stand. They drop down with him again looking for the guillotine but he doesn’t have the position for it. They stand and McCorriston gets his back standing. McCorriston has a body triangle but Frelow is controlling the wrist and preventing any damage. Frelow escapes the position.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Frelow
RD 2: Frelow lands strikes and clinches up. With no activity the ref breaks them up. McCorriston lands some kicks. Frelow drops him with some punches and gets on top but is letting McCorriston recover while looking to improve his position and doing no damage. McCorriston is looking for a triangle so Frelow stands and lets him up. They trade strikes as the round ends.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Frelow
RD 3: They trade strikes but McCorriston lands one low stopping action. When they resume, they rush towards each other and exchange stiff jabs. They clinch up and McCorriston gets his back standing but a nice escape by Frelow. Nice body kick by Frelow. McCorriston shoots in and gets a takedown.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 McCorriston
My score card: 29-28 Frelow
Result: Donavon Frelow via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28)
3. Featherweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Jordan Rinaldi (8-4) vs Soslan Abanokov (4-3)
RD 1: Abanokov throws some kicks. Abanokov throws him down but Rinaldi scrambles and gets on top in side control. Some punches land for Rinaldi. Abanokov defends well.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Rinaldi
RD 2: Takedown by Rinaldi into side control. Nice job by Abanokov to escape and stand. They trade some kicks. Rinaldi takes him down and gets mount and lands punches but Abanokov survives the round.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Rinaldi
RD 3: Rinaldi takes him down and is looking for a reverse triangle and lands punches to the head that Abanokov really can’t block well due to the triangle. Rinaldi also looks for an armbar and gets it for the tap.
Result: Jordan Rinaldi via Tapout (Armbar) at 3:02 of Round 3
4. Welterweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Danny Davis Jr. (10-8) vs Adam Cella (6-2)
RD 1: Davis drops him with a cross but Cella is right back up and they clinch. The ref separates them and after a brief exchange they clinch again. Davis is working hard to get a takedown and finally gets it. The ref stands them and they exchange punches till the bell.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Davis
RD 2: Davis drops him but then lands an illegal kick to the head of a downed opponent and is deducted a point. They resume and trade some punches. Davis takes him down and lands elbows.
I scored RD 2: 9-9
RD 3: Both throw strikes from a distance and not landing. Davis takes him down but the ref stands them pretty quickly. Davis forces a clinch and works for the takedwon. He gets it after a while. Cella is trying to hold him close hoping to get stood up. Davis throws an occasional punch.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Davis
My score card: 29-27 Davis
Result: Danny Davis Jr. via Unanimous Decision (29-27/29-27/29-27)
5. Bantamweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Bryson Hansen (7-2) vs Rudy Morales (3-1)
RD 1: Hard leg kick by Hansen. Hansen forces a clinch and takes him down. Hansen tries to land elbows but most miss, however the one that landed cuts Morales by his eye. More elbows by Hansen and Morales is bleeding bad. The ref stops it to check the cut. They allow the fight to continue. Hansen ducks a punch and takes him down in side control.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Hansen
RD 2: Hansen takes him down quickly but isn’t doing much. Hansen postures up but isn’t throwing much. Morales throws some punches from the bottom but nothing real hard. Morales uses the cage to try and stand and is able to.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Hansen
RD 3: Hansen takes him down again and lands a couple elbows. Hansen gets his back but Morales is able to stand and they remain clinched. Hansen is trying hard to get it back down and is successful and has side control. Morales shrimps and pulls guard. Morales lands punches from the bottom and goes for a triangle but Hansen escapes.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Hansen
Result: Bryson Hansen via Unanimous Decision (30-25/30-26/30-27)
6. Middleweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Brendan Kornberger (6-0) vs Krasimir Mladenov (11-0)
RD 1: They trade a couple punches. Mladenov shoots in and forces a clinch. Trip takedown by Mladenov and he gets his back. Kornberger keeps trying to stand and Mladenov keeps dragging him back down. They stand and stay clinched. Nice throw by Mladenov and he gets side control. Nice job by Kornberger to stand and they are still clinched. Knees by Kornberger. They separate and Mladinov takes him down.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Mladinov
RD 2: Mladinov forces a clinch and takes him down and gets his back. After some punches land, they stand. Nice counter by Kornberger. Hard hook by Mladinov.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Mladinov
RD 3: Kornberger is doing a lot of feinting. Leg kick lands for Kornberger. They clinch and move to the cage. Mladinov takes him down but they are up quick. They clinch and Mladinov takes him down but they are right back up in the clinch. Kornberger lands punches. Mladinov takes him down right before the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Mladinov
My score card: 30-27 Mladinov
Result: Krasimir Mladinov via Unanimous Decision (29-28/30-27/30-27)
7. Lightweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Johnny Nunez (5-0) vs Joe Condon (11-7)
RD 1: Nunez takes him down right away. Some punches by Nunez. Nunez gets his back and looks for the rear naked. Nice job by Condon to fight it off and then stand. They clinch on the cage and trade some strikes. They separate and Condon lands an elbow on the break. They trade some punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Nunez
RD 2: They trade some strikes. Nunez gets his back standing. Nice elbow by Condon even though Nunez is behind him. Condon turns into him and they separate. Nice leg kick by Nunez. Nunez gets a takedown as Condon throws a lazy kick. They are up quick still clinched but then they separate. Nice leg kick by Condon that is answered by Nunez.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Nunez
RD 3: Nice counter hook by Condon. Nunez lands his own counter hook. Leg kick by Nunez. Both lands hooks. Leg kick by Nunez. Condon lands a combo. Hard leg kick by Condon. Nunez shoots in by Condon gets a guillotine and the tap.
Result: Joe Condon via Tapout (Guillotine) at 4:22 of Round 3
8. Welterweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Jake Shields (30-7-1, 1NC) vs Brian Foster (27-6)
RD 1: Nice counter by Foster. Leg kick and hook by Foster. Shields forces a clinch and they move to the cage. Takedown by Shields but they are right back up. Shields shoots in and takes him down and gets side control landing some hammer fists. Shields gets mount and looks for an arm triangle. Shields gets his back and the rear naked for the tap.
Result: Jake Shields via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:51 of Round 1
Submission of the Night: Joe Condon
Fight of the Night: Johnny Nunez vs Joe Condon