Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live results and detailed play-by-play as Golden Boy MMA makes their debut in the The Forum in Inglewood, California.
The headliner is a fight 12 years in the making. Chuck Liddell is coming out of retirement at 48 years old to take on his old nemesis Tito Ortiz in the third fight between the two. They competed against each other in 2004 and 2006, with Liddell coming out on top both times. But Ortiz has competed many times in the last decade, while Liddell has been out of the sport since 2010. The 43-year-old Ortiz enters the bout as a big favorite, but can he topple the man that he has never been able to beat before?
The rest of the main card features regional talent and former UFC fighters. The co-main event will see Tom Lawlor take his first bout since his UFC release, meeting Deron Winn.
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Round 1 – Long feeling-out process. Inside leg kick from Tito. Liddell with a pawing left. Liddell circling. Tito with an overhand right. Inside leg kick. Ortiz with a left. Liddell looks awkward. Tito taps him with a jab. Ortiz misses with a head kick. Liddell misses with the overhand right and falls down. Tito catches him with a shot as he comes up. Jab from Tito. Chuck’s really having trouble getting his footing. Inside leg kick from Liddell. Ortiz slips as well. Ortiz mocks Chuck and points at his own chin, inviting him in. Chuck misses with the right. Ortiz drops Liddell with a right and lands one more shot and Chuck is dusted. It’s over.
Tito Ortiz defaeted Chuck Liddell via KO (punches), round 1
Round 1 – Lawlor with a right. They clinch briefly. Winn with a big right. Head kick from Winn. Winn is backing Lawlor off but not really throwing a ton. Lawlor with a counter left. Now Lawlor taking the center, but he’s tentative. Winn lands a right that bloodies Lawlor. Not much happened overall. The crowd is booing for the first time tonight. 10-9 Winn.
Round 2 – Winn lands a shot that sends Lawlor to a knee. He doesn’t appear too hurt though. They exchange punches. Winn lands a straight right but eats a counter left from Lawlor. Big combo from Winn but Lawlor fires right back! Lawlor with another left. Win lands one of his own. Lawlor with another left that connects, but Winn responds with his own. Jab from Lawlor. They trade once again. Jab and overhand right from Winn. Superman punch from Lawlor but he misses. The fight Lis briefly stopped for either an eye poke or a cup check. The round ends shortly after. 10-9 Winn.
Round 3 – Round three starts with an eyepoke, this time to Lawlor. He doesn’t take long to restart. Counter straight left from Lawlor. They both land big shots. Winn gets a takedown for the first time. He’s working a front headlock with Lawlor on one knee. Lawlor pulls away and resets. Winn with a double leg takedown right into side control. Lawlor scoots back up after about 30 seconds. Winn with a jab. Winn begged off complaining about something, then went for a takedown. Lawlor secures a guillotine. Winn is sitting up and he pulls his head out. Winn’s mouthpiece was out, and the ref put it back in while he was in Lawlor’s full guard. He’s just holding onto Lawlor, who is visibly frustrated. Winn flurries at the horn. 10-9 and 30-27 Winn.
Gleison Tibau vs. Efrain Escudero
Round 1 – Tibau misses with a left hook. Tibau lands a big kick and they brawl. Tibau gets the best of it. He looks for a takedown but Escudero stays upright. They battle in the clinch. They trade knees. Tibau gets a takedown. He’s working in half but not doing much. Tibau gets to mount. He gave up position to look for a triangle which he didn’t secure, which was strange. Escudero lands an elbow right at the horn. 10-9 Tibau.
Round 2 – Escudero lands a right, but Tibau clips him back with a counter left. Escudero lands another hard shot and gets a takedown. Big elbows from Escudero. He continues to work from the top, landing decent punches here and there. Tibau gets up to one leg, then up comepletely. They’re back to boxing but they both look winded. Escudero looks for another takedown and eats a knee. Tibau ends up on top with Escudero on his knees. Tibau lands a few punches. Escudero grabs a leg, and then takes the back. Tibau is making fundamental mistakes here. They’re both on their knees, awkwardly battling for position. Tibau stands up but Escudero is still clinging to his leg. 10-9 Escudero.
Round 3 – Tibau scores with a straight left. Tibau scoops a single but can’t get Escudero to the floor. They jostle against the cage briefly. They both miss with multiple punches. Escudero with a few jabs. Tibau bullrushes forward but doesn’t land anything of note. Escudero with a light combo. Escudero scoops a single now, but he can’t get the takedown either. Tibau lands a few shots, but they’re not full power any more. Knee from Tibau to the breadbasket. Escudero with an elbow over the top. Tibau gets a takedown with a minute to go. Escudero elevates him with butterflies but can’t get him off. Tibau in half. He lands a few punches before the horn. 10-9 and 29-28 Tibau.
Gleison Tibau defeated Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Walel Watson vs. Ricardo Palacios
Round 1 – Frank Trigg is the ref, and he has a ref cam. Tepid start to the fight. Watson spins and misses, and Palacios lands two hard shots. Inside leg kick from Watson. They trade kicks. Huge overhand right lands for Palacios and Watson is stunned. He’s running away. He’s trying to fire back. Left lands for Palacios. Body shot. Another huge shot hurts Watson and he lands a kick as he’s going down. This is over.
Ricardo Palacios defeated Walel Watson via TKO (strikes), 3:56 of round 1
Albert Morales vs. James Barnes
Round 1 – Barnes looks for a quick takedown but can’t get it. Both mean land jabs. Leg kick from Morales. Barnes attempts another takedown. Can’t get it. Morales grabbed the cage though. They’re battling in the clinch. Barnes trying hard for the takedown and he finally gets it. Barnes has one of Morales’ arms trapped and he’s landing a few punches. Hard lefts ad an elbow. Morales finally gets his arm out and looks for a triangle. He secures it, but it’s arm-in. Barnes lands a few punches. Barnes spins out of the triangle and works in Morales’ full guard presses against the cage. Morales looking for the triangle again. Hard right hammerfishes from Barnes. Morales secoures the triangle again, a regular one this time. Barnes spins out again. Big left from Barnes. 10-9 Barnes.
Round 2 – Slower start to the second stanza. Barnes works and gets Morales to the floor. A couple of rights get through. Morales is on his hands and knees and Moraes is just sort of riding him. He ties up an arm with his legs in pseudo crucifix. He takes the back against the cage but he’s in an awkward position. He’s looking for a choke. Morales rolls over to hi back and gets full guard back. Morales looking for a triangle again, but the round is over. 10-9 Barnes.
Round 3 – Barnes with a jab. Takedown attempt is stuffed by Morales. Morales lands two rights. Morales lands a knee right as Barnes takes him to the floor. Barnes has an arm trapped again. He’s up high looking for an arm. He postures up and lands some heavy leather. Barnes takes the back with both hooks. Mount now. He lands a few shots but Morales squirms away and gets full guard back. Barnes jumps across with an armbar attempt. He peels Morales’ other arm off and cranks. It bends to a brutal position before Morales finally taps.
James Barnes defeated Albert Morales via submission (armbar), 4:09 of round 3
Round 1 – Cota Tmisses with a leg kick. Slow start. Another leg kick miss. They play a little patty cake. Silva hasn’t thrown anything in the first 90 seconds. Silva’s dancing and it’s weird. Cota comes forward with a body kick and looks for a takedown. They clinch and Cota lands some knees to the thigh. Old school foot stops. They restart in the middle. Silva finally throws a straight left but misses. Silva almost gets a takedown but Cota grabs the cage to stay up. As usual, no one cares. They clinch again. Cota with a bunch of knees. Silva with his own knee. Cota looks for a trip but can’t get it. They separate again and Cota lands a big overhand right. Back to the clinch. Flying knee. Okay. 10-9 Cota.
Round 2 – They start brawling and Silva drops Cota with a left hook. He jumps on and looks for the finish but Cota survives. Silva moves to mount and Cota gives up his back. Cota squirms away in a weird situation where Cota was grabbing Silva’s glove and he was rebuked by the referee. Silva lands two more punches and they clinch. Knee from Silva to the face. Cota is stalling. Silva reverses him and lands a seris of knees to the body. About 15 in a row. Cota lands a hard knee to the cup. Silva takes a minute or so to recover. Cota with a hard leg kick as Silva slips a bit. Silva enters the clinch and gets reversed. They separate. Silva misses with a spinning backfist. Another low blow right before the end of the round. Cota is deducted a point. He apparently took another point for the glove thing earlier? 10-7 Silva I guess?
Round 3 – They get to striking right away. Cota lands a shot but Silva fires back. They clinch yet again. Cota gets a takedown. Silva gets up quickly, then gets his own takedown. He secures an arm-triangle choke and the fight is quickly stopped. It doesn’t look like he tapped, and he didn’t appear to be out. Silva was still in half guard too. Not really sure what happened there, but it fit the theme of the fight.
Jay Silva defeated Oscar Cota via submission (arm-triangle choke), 2:13 of round 3
Prelims (6pm ET)
Johnny Cisneros defeated Dave Terrel via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Fernie Garcia defeated Joe Roye via submission (rear naked choke), 2:48 of round 1
Francisco Estrada defeated Jose Huerta via submission (rear naked choke), 2:47 of round 2
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