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Mike Hayes vs. Steve Banks – Round 1 -Hayes trying to circle while the bigger man stalks him. Big leg kick from Banks. Banks with some bully moves to push Hayes around and do a little damage with a right hand. Hayes coming up short with the right hand. More leg kicks from Banks. Hayes is having a lot of trouble with the size here. Banks keeps going back to the leg kicks and now misses with the head kick. Banks just keeps landing the leg kicks and Hayes can’t really get the right range to land his hands. Finally a right hand from Hayes as the round ends. 10-9 Banks on my card. Round 2 – Hayes finally lands a nice left hand early in the second round. Hayes is doing a much nicer job getting inside this round but Banks is doing some work in the clinch. Big leg kick from Banks seemed to bother Hayes. Banks just keeps going back to the leg, it’s very good work but he’s starting to gas now. Banks went for a takedown but couldn’t finish it. Hayes landing a nice flurry here and Banks is too tired to do anything to defend. Hayes drives through a takedown and he’s on top now. Banks is avoiding punishment so far. The round ends right as Hayes gets to mount. 10-9 round for Hayes and I’ve got it even going into the third with Banks badly gassing. Round 3 – Head kick lands for Banks. Leg kick now. Right hand for Hayes. More work to the legs by Banks but Hayes lands two solid punches. Solid right hand for Hayes and a few body shots to follow. Banks with a nice elbow from the clinch. Hayes is controlling the positioning of the round so far and that’s probably got him ahead halfway through the round. Flurry of punches from Hayes now. Right hand by Banks. Hayes with a takedown now with a little over a minute left in the fight. The round ends and it was 10-9 Hayes for a rather disappointing 29-28 win on my scorecard. Official Scorecards: 29-28 across the board for Mike Hayes. Mike Hayes wins by unanimous decision.
Megumi Fujii vs. Sarah Schneider – Round 1 – Left hand from Schneider lands but not hard. Now Fujii with the takedown. Body triangle from Schneider from the bottom. Fujii picks her up and slams her back down and the ref stands them up. Flurry of punches from Fujii and then Sarah tries a spinning backfist and Fujii dives under for the takedown. Now to mount. Schneider manages to survive back into guard. Schneider back to the body triangle and Fujii beats her up a little to get it released. The round ends and it was a pretty clear 10-9 Fujii round. Round 2– Schneider tries to take the back and get a choke in but Fujii ends up on top in her guard. Big punches from Fujii and she keeps working. Ref stands them up, and they go right back to the ground. Fujii spending the entire round on top doing a little damage and getting yelled at by the ref for not working enough. 10-9 Fujii. Round 3– Schneider throws some punches early but nothing much comes of it. Takedown from Fujii. Fujii in side control and now full mount. The ref tells her to work pretty much the second she gets mount. Fujii wins by TKO after unloading punch after punch with Schneider unable to escape. Megumi Fujii wins by TKO (punches), round 3.
Pat Curran vs. Toby Imada – Round 1 – Leg kicks early from Curran. Right hand counter by Imada. Right hand by Curran and now a few punches in return from Imada. Imada pushes him against the cage now and he’s looking to get it to the ground. Imada working knees to the body and leg from the clinch. Inside trip by Imada and Curran scrambles back to standing. More knees to the legs in the clinch by Imada. Left hook from Curran spins Imada and now they’re back to distance. The round ends and I’d probably give it to Imada based on control. Round 2 – Hard two punch combo early for Curran. Now a good body kick. Again Imada with a takedown and again Curran just stands right back up. They’re clinched up against the cage again and Imada is going back to the knees to the legs. The ref restarts them and Imada continues trying to push forward. Both men landing leg kicks now. Right hand lands for Curran. Nice leg kick from Curran. Right hand lands for Imada and now a combination. 10-9 Imada again. Curran needs to finish to win on my card. Round 3 – Imada continues to force him to walk backward which is throwing Curran off. Right hand lands har for Imada. Right hand lands for Curran on the inside but for some reason Curran doesn’t follow up. Imada is cut now. Imada shoots in and can’t get the takedown. Curran keeps going backward, he can’t win the fight like this. Imada with a head kick. Curran is giving the fight away here as he has his opponent cut and is being the passive fighter. Takedown from Imada with 20 seconds left and that should do it. The round ends and I have it 30-27 Imada. Official Scorecards: 29-28 Curran, 29-28 Imada, 29-28 Curran. Pat Curran wins by split decision. That ranks among the worst decisions I have ever seen in my life. That is so ungodly bad I have no words.
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