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The broadcast is live. First fight up shortly.
Dan Hornbuckle vs. Steve Carl – Round 1 – Carl pushes forward, shoots and gets a pretty quick takedown. Carl walks him into the cage but Hornbuckle spins back. Hornbuckle keeps trying to work for a kimura from the bottom and it’s making Carl focus on defending rather than attacking. Hornbuckle throws his legs over and finishes the Kimura. It’s used as a sweep and now he locks it in from the top and Carl is forced to tap out. Beautiful technique from Hornbuckle who is using the tournament to prove that he can fight off his back and be successful. Dan Hornbuckle wins by submission (kimura), round 1.
Ryan Thomas vs. Ben Askren – Round 1 – Askren with a body lock takedown into half guard. Thomas regains full guard. Tries tor a leg lock but Askren uses it to pass to side. Pas to mount and then Thomas uses it to suck a leg in for half guard. Full guard regained now. Rubber guard by Thomas but Askren passes to side. Askren with an armbar attempt and Thomas avoids, dives for an armbar of his own and ends up back on bottom with Askren in half guard. Mount by Askren, Thomas sweeps, they roll and Askren is back in mount. Thomas trying to control here and avoid damage. Armbar attempt from Askren and Thomas avoids and ends the round on top landing punches. 10-9 round for Askren. Round 2 – They trade punches and Thomas gets a takedown. A few punches from Thomas and they scramble. Thomas looking for a leg lock but Askren manages to avoid and end up in side control, then full mount. Askren landing shots and Thomas gives up his back. Thomas prevents the hooks from getting in and rolls back over. Askren in side with the crucifix. Some punches landing now for Ben. Full mount now. Thomas gives his back and then back to mount. Walks the cage to get out the back door. Thomas is looking for a kneebar again but Askren defends. Thomas really needs to give up on that kneebar. Askren mounted again. Thomas gives up his back again but then back to mount. Back given again. the round ends and it was a clear Askren round. Round 3- Thomas lands a few punches and a clear knee to the chin of Askren and then they’re back to the ground with Askren on top in side control. Crucifix again. Some damage and Thomas scrambles, looks to be moving to good position but tries for an armbar instead and ends up on bottom. Askren to mount, now back control, now mount. The round ends and barring the worst judging in the history of the sport he should have at least a 30-27 win. Official Scorecards: 30-27 across the board. Ben Askren wins by unanimous decision.
Diego Saraiva vs. Joe Soto – Round 1 – Saraiva with a solid jab early and then they hit leg kicks at the same time. They go to the ground with Soto on top. both guys land some shots but Soto is doing some nice ground and pound from the top. Saraiva landing some punches from the back but then eats some big shots. Omoplata attempt from Saraiva but he can’t finish it and is still on his back. Saraiva active off his back but he’s not going to win the round with Soto on top landing punches. Soto throws some elbows and there is a bad cut on the forehead of Saraiva. He’s bleeding very heavily. The round comes to an end, it should be 10-9 for Soto. Round 2 – There will not be a second round as the doctor has stopped the fight due to a very deep, very nasty cut. Joe Soto wins by TKO (doctor’s stoppage, cut), Round 1.
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