Octagon Buzz Live Coverage – EliteXC: Lawler vs. Smith II

EliteXC: Lawler vs. Smith II

EliteXC: Lawler vs. Smith II

Welcome to Octagon Buzz‘s live coverage of the EliteXC: Lawler vs. Smith II card, which is coming to you from the Stockton Arena in Stockton, CA.  The first fight will start at around 6:15 PM (EST)/3:15 PM (PST). Don’t forget to join us at POST A COMMENT and remember to hit the F5 or REFRESH button so you can get the most up-to-date action from the card.  So sit back and enjoy the card!!!

Drew Montgomery vs. Brandon Tarn

Round 1– A good sized crowd at Stockton Arena.  Herb Dean is the referee of this bout.  Tarn leaps in, but caught a knee before the fighters clinch.  Tarn scores a takedown, and works from Montgomery’s guard.  After a brief lull, Tarn stands then jumps in with a leaping punch back into guard.  Tarn rains punches, stands briefly, then moves back to guard.  Montgomery works a high guard, but Tarn continues to work the ground and pound.  Tarn moves back again and Montgomery follows. A kick and several straight rights land for Montgomery. Tarn looks rocked, and eats a knee.  A clinch, and the fight moves to the ground, with Tarn again on top.  Octagon Buzz scores this round 10-9 Tarn.

Round 2 – Tarn eats a stiff right to open, but is again able to work to the ground and into Montgomery’s guard. Tarn drops punches as Montgomery covers.  Tarn postures briefly, then continues to work methodic ground and pound.  Tarn stands again and tries to pass Montgomery’s guard, but is unsuccessful.  Slow action, and referee Herb Dean stands them up.  Montgomery stalks Tarn, lands a few stiff rights, and Tarn looks very uncomfortable on his feet.  Tarn is able to clinch, however, and again works the fight to the ground. This fight has certainly taken on an old-school striker vs. grappler feel. Dean stands the fight again, and the round ends.  Octagon Buzz gives the round to Tam again, 10-9.

Round 3 – Tarn shoots immediately, clinches, and scores yet another trip takedown. A familiar position ensues, and the crowd yells for an immediate stand-up. Tarn stays just active enough to prevent Dean from standing, and the boos rain down. Dean finally obliges, and Montgomery lands another big strike before Tarn clinches again.  This time Montgomery is on top and the tables are turned. The crowd is fully behind Montgomery.  Tarn rolls, Montgomery grabs a choke, but Tarn rolls into Montgomery’s guard.  Once settled in, it is obvious that Tarn is cut badly. Dean stands up the fighters, and the blood is pouring all over Tarn. Montgomery wipes his hands across his blood-spattered body and smiles.  The doctors clear Tarn and the fight restarts with Tarn in Montgomery’s guard.  The blood is gushing from Tarn’s head. Tarn is trying to work the ground and pound, but the blood is soaking both fighters. Dean keeps a watchful eye on the slowing fighters, and has had enough, waving off the contest. Drew Montgomery defeated Brandon Tarn (TKO- Cut), 4:22 of Round 3.

Mike Cook vs. Carl Seumanutafa

Round 1 – Cook connects with two outside kicks before Seumanutafa dumps Cook to the mat.  Cook reverses into mount, but Seumanutafa wrangles Cook into his guard. The pair get to their feet, Seumanutafa is bear hugging Cook from behind.  In the scramble to the ground, Cook is knocked unconscious with a slam.  Carl Seumanutafa defeats Mike Cook (TKO – strikes), 3:39 of Round 1.

Wilson Reis vs. Bryan Caraway

Round 1 – Reis stalks, but Caraway catches with a few jabs early. Reis answers back with a leg kick, then grabs a leg and works Caraway to the ground.  Reis passes to Caraway’s half-guard, and then to side-control. Reis postures and delivers several punches, then mounts Caraway.  A scramble for an arm and Caraway escapes and stands.  On the feet, Caraway is again able to land a few punches with his reach advantage.  Reis again closes the distanc, bringing the fight to the floor and sets-up in half-guard.  Reis works to mount and then to Caraway’s back when he tries to roll.  Caraway stands up and sneaks out the back door.  On the feet, Caraway stalks, but Reis uses head movement to avoid strikes then works it to the ground, where the round ends.  Octagon Buzz gives the round to Reis, 10-9.

Round 2 – Reis and Caraway fall quickly to the mat but Caraway stands, lands a nice kick and follows Reis to the ground. Several punches follow, but Reis is able to hang on and eventually sweep Caraway.  Reis starts in half-guard then to side control, before Caraway again earns half-guard then guard. Caraway works a closed guard and Reis appears to be catching his breath.  A quick transition to side control for Reis, who grabs a crucifix position briefly before transitioning to north-south.  Another scramble and Caraway stands, but Reis wants to stay on the mat.  Reis tries a trip, but Caraway is able to reverse the throw and winds up on top.  Caraway rolls, looking for an arm but misses.  Reis lands a few blows, and is now working from top.  Reis jumps to the back, misses the choke but lands a nice knee. The round ends; Octagon Buzz gives the very close round to Reis, 10-9.

Round 3 – Caraway lands a few crisp straights, and two knees before Reis can tie him up and trip him to the mat. Reis works from half-guard, landing a few short punches before Caraway earns guard. Reis continues to look to pass, and gets to half-guard before the crows yells for the stand-up. Reis rolls, and Caraway ends up on top, before another sweep sees Reis on top. Caraway then scrambles out, stands, and punishes Reis with a few punches before Reis again works to the floor. With a minute remaining, Reis is controlling positioning, but the crowd is not pleased. Caraway rolls, then stands as time is expiring. Reis is slow to rise, but Caraway is quick to pounce. Another strong attack by Caraway, but quickly neutralized by Reis. The fight will go to the judges.  The fight comes to an end amidst boos raining from the crowd at Stockton Arena.  Octagon Buzz scores Round 3 10-9 Reis.  Wilson Reis defeats Bryan Caraway by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Rafael Cavalcante vs. Travis Galbraith

Round 1 – Galbraith flashes a kick but holds it. Feijao answers with a leg kick. A clinch and then Cavalcante lands several knees. Galbraith answers with a punch, then seperates. Quickly back together in a Thai clinch, and both fighters score inside.  A bit of a stall before Cavalcante scores a nice trip. Cavalcante ends up on top, but Galbraith is quickly back up.  Both fighters content to work from clinch, while the crowd is getting uneasy. Cavalcante scores a huge right then knees that stun Galbraith.  Galbraith then fires back, but Cavalcante charges through and follows up with more attacks from the clinch. Cavalcante drops Galbraith, then follows up quickly forcing the stoppage of the bout. Galbraith is slow to rise, and the stretcher is brought out.  Rafael Cavalcante defeats Travis Galbraith (TKO – strikes), 3:01 left in Round 1.

Antonio Silva vs. Justin Eilers

Round 1 – Silva stalks Eilers and lands a leg kick as Eilers counters with a punch. Eilers circles Silva, leads with a right and moves away.  A jab from Eilers then a counter from Silva. Quick exchange from both fighters.  Silva shoots in and drags Eilers to the ground.  Eilers turtles up and Silva lands several rights.  A few catch the back of Eilers’ head and referee Herb Dean deducts one point from Silva.  A restart on the feet and a few punches are traded before Silva works to the ground again.  Eilers works back to his feet.  Heavy hands by Silva and some quick jabs from Eilers.  Silva pushes Eilers against the cage and lands knees to the body inside.  Missed punches by both and back to the center.  Nice left from Eilers.  A few more quick shots from Eilers, capitalizing on the speed advantage as the round ends.  Octagon Buzz scores Round 1 9-9 (including the one point deduction from Silva).

Round 2 – Silva attacks with his first one-two combo and Eilers’ mouthpiece goes flying away. Silva lunges forward with knees and more punches, Eilers turns then crumbles on the cage. Referee Herb Dean lets it go a few seconds more just to give Eilers the shadow of a doubt, but this one is all over.  Antonio Silva defeats Justin Eilers (TKO – strikes), 4:41 of Round 2.  Antonio Silva is the new EliteXC heavyweight champion.

Shayna Baszler vs. Cristiane Cyborg

Round 1 – Cyborg comes out banging with kicks, knees and punches.  Baszler gets a trip takedown and goes to a kneebar.  She transitions to a toe hold, but Santos escapes to her feet.  Cyborg stands over her opponent throwing left handed power shots.  The Brazilian enters Baszler’s guard and attacks the face with short hammer fists. The three-minute round ends.  Octagon Buzz scores the first round 10-9 Cyborg.

Round 2 – A leg kick by Baszler. Cyborg works damage from the Thai clinch. Baszler is unable to take Cyborg down and Cyborg makes her pay with kicks. Crisp, hard strikes by Cyborg, then a knee.  Cyborg backs Baszler into the corner, and drops her with heavy hands.  Baszler crumbles and Cyborg sprints away to celebrate. Referee Steve Mazzagatti, however, has not waved off the fight, and Baszler says she wants to continue.  A confused Cyborg obliges and the destruction continues. Baszler shows heart, is dropped again, and Mazzagatti finally ends the bout.  Cristiane Cyborg defeats Shayna Baszler (TKO – strikes), 2:48 of Round 2.

Jake Shields vs. Nick Thompson

Round 1 – Shields opens with a body kick then shoots in, scores the takedown and moves quickly to mount. Thompson uses his legs to push off the cage, but can’t quite escape. Shields stays in mount, then reaches down and secures the guillotine forcing Thompson to tap.  Jake Shields defeats Nick Thompson (guillotine choke), 1:03 of Round 1.  Shields wins the first EliteXC welterweight title.

Nick Diaz vs. Thomas Denny

Round 1 – The vast majority of the crowd is on their feet, as chants of “2-0-9” echo through the building. Thomas Denny proves very unpopular, as his announcement is met with a chorus of boos. Thunderous cheers erupt when it’s Diaz’s turn. Denny rushes to Diaz, and starts swinging. Diaz swings back and is already talking.  Denny lands a good right, and Diaz is content to trade.  Diaz grabs a kimura in a clinch, and rolls to the ground.  Denny works free, and moves to Diaz’s back.  The fighters stand, and Diaz holds Denny’s leg. Diaz releases, and in a Thai clinch, both fighters exchange.  Diaz works the body frequently, holding Denny against the cage.  Denny is wobbly, but battling back.  Diaz is landing from the outside, and scoring knees from the clinch.  Denny is battling but gets tagged.  Denny is dropped and Diaz pounces, but Denny survives as he is saved by the bell.  Octagon Buzz scores this round 10-9 Diaz.

Round 2 – Denny throws, but Diaz counters quickly.  Heavy shots drop Denny and Diaz follows with a bit of showboating and heavy hands from his feet, forcing referee Josh Rosenthal to call the bout.  Diaz made quick work of Denny, as expected.  Nick Diaz defeats Thomas Denny (TKO – strikes), :30 of Round 2.

Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith

Round 1 – Smith pushes the pace early while Lawler backs away cautiously. A missed high kick by Lawler. Smith pushes forward with a kick and flashes a smile.  Now they’re toe-to-toe trading briefly before Lawler begins to stalk Smith.  A clinch and both fighters trade knees.  Lawler lands a kick to the body and Smith answers with a high kick.  Lawler lands a few heavy punches, backing Smith against the cage.  Lawler is now scoring more frequently, but still patient in his attack. Lawler throws high kicks, while Smith pushes forward but mostly misses. More exchanges as the round closes.  Octagon Buzz scores the round 10-9 Lawler.

Round 2 – Smith cuts Lawler on top of the head with a standing elbow and the slugfest is on.  Both fighters landing power shots.  The cut on Lawler’s head is pouring crimson fluid.  From a Thai clinch against the fencing, Lawler lands two hard knees to the body that drop Smith to the canvas.  Lawler kicks the body twice and punches the head, forcing referee Herb Dean to save Smith from further damage.  Robbie Lawler defeats Scott Smith (TKO – strikes), 2:55 of Round 2.

David Douglas vs. Marlon Mathias

Round 1 – Mathias charges across the ring, swinging for the fences.  Mathias avoids then counters, connecting flush.  Mathias is rocked and Douglas senses the finish. Mathias pounces and unloads rapid-fire shots from on top of Mathias, forcing referee Josh Rosenthal to halt the bout early.  David Douglas defeats Marlon Mathias (TKO – strikes), 2:48 of Round 1.

Jeremy Freitag vs. Anthony Ruiz

Round 1 – Both fire punches and miss. Ruiz lands a nice right but Freitag answers. Freitag shoots but Ruiz defends and lands a nice right hand.  Freitag stays persistent in the takedown.  Freitag switches to a Thai clinch, and lands a few nice knees.  Ruiz answers with knees of his own, but a slow pace forces a seperation.  On the restart, both fighters score with the hands.  Freitag then cathches an accidental low knee and is given time to recover. Once restarted, Ruiz charges in. Freitag reverses the clinch and gets a choke nearly in, but Ruiz slips out.  Freitag scores a trip and winds up in half mount.  Ruiz rolls, but Freitag follows and works again to the back.  Ruiz controls an arm on defense and is eventually able to work free.  Freitag immediately grabs a guillotine, but Ruiz pops out and the round ends. Octagon Buzz scores this round 10-9 Freitag.

Round 2 – Ruiz moves in behind punches, but both fighters look tired. After a clinch, Ruiz separates and begins to land some heavy shots.  Freitag ties him up, and Ruiz trips him to the mat.  Ruiz works from top but Freitag is able to sweep and roll to side control.  Ruiz controls Freitag’s head from the bottom, and Freitag switches to mount.  Ruiz tries to roll out, but Freitag secures the back.  Freitag rolls to his own back, and wraps the hooks around Ruiz.  Ruiz again defends well but is trapped in the position.  Ruiz quickly rolls in an opening, and moves to Freitag’s guard.  Ruiz slides out to side control, and begins to land several punches.  Freitag sits up and the round ends. Good finish to the round by Ruiz.  Octagon Buzz gives Round 2 to Ruiz, 10-9.

Round 3 – Ruiz again moves in behind punches, and secures a takedown.  Ruiz lands several punches from top before Freitag rolls, looking for an arm.  Freitag locks it in, but Ruiz rolls effectively, and escapes to end up on top of Freitag.  Ruiz lands several heavy elbows to Freitag’s back.  Both fighters stand and look very tired.  Ruiz lands another accidental low blow and Freitag winces.  Referee Steve Mazzagatti halts the bout momentarily.  Freitag is ready quickly.  Ruiz again shoots immediately, and lands on top.  Working from Freitag’s half guard, Ruiz postures up landing blows. Freitag works for an arm, but Ruiz again defends effectively.  Ruiz works from side control, dropping several right hands, just as the round ends.  Octagon Buzz scores this round 10-9 Ruiz and the bout 29-28 Ruiz.  The judges score the fight the same, as Anthony Ruiz defeats Jeremy Freitag, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

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