land another before being shoved off. He shoots wide on a double-leg and Carvalho sprawls against the fence. Elkins digs an underhook and connects with a couple right hands before separating. Carvalho backs Elkins off with a chopping outside leg kick. Single-leg attempt from Elkins doesn’t work, so he stands and pushes Carvalho against the fence briefly. Carvalho misses with a whipping right high kick midway through the round. Elkins is looking more tentative as Carvalho threatens with speedy counter left hooks. A right hand on the cheek staggers Carvalho, who wobbles just a little before being set upon by Elkins with a grazing left and a right straight. Carvalho falls to the ground for a split second, just long enough for ref Yves Lavigne to jump in and halt the contest. “Pato” is immediately on his feet, protesting the stoppage, but it’s too late. Darren Elkins is awarded the win via TKO at 3:06 of round one.
Patrick Cote vs. Bobby Voelker
Voelker swings heavy right hands early while Cote looks to dip in and out, picking at the American with quick punches. Cote scores with a few solid right hands before being wrapped up and pressed into the fence by Voelker, who is immediately reversed. Cote takes the outside with an underhook and uses his free right hand to pepper with short punches. Voelker turns him around, but Cote gets right back to the outside position. Cote separates with a level elbow and makes Voelker flinch as he steps in the pocket to strikes. He ducks a pair of Voelker punches and comes back with a glancing right hand. Cote lands two hard outside leg kicks before the welterweights wrap up again. Voelker trips Cote to the ground with 2:00 left in the opening round, and Cote closes up his guard. Cote swings his legs around, trying for an armbar on Voelker’s left arm, can’t get it. Voelker postures up in Cote’s closed guard and Cote drills him with some hard elbows from the bottom. Another armbar attempt yields nothing and Cote instead tries to push Voelker away. Voelker stays on top, his head controlled by Cote, who looks for another armbar. Voelker pulls his arm loose to finish on top.
Cote stuns Voelker with an uppercut but the American stays on his feet and throws hands in return. Outside leg kick lands for Cote, who backs out of range of the swinging Voelker. Now an outside leg kick from Voelker connects. Cote is ready for the next one but can’t find his mark with the right-handed counter. Short hook to the body from Cote is followed by a left up top. Voelker rushes Cote into the fence and is quickly spun around. Cote takes a step back and unloads with about 10 punches, though some go off the arms of Voelker, who covers up under fire. Voelker comes forward, throwing wide hooks that back Cote into the fence. Cote wants the clinch and uses it to get outside and separate. Cote lands a leaping jab; Voelker responds with a knee, eats a right hook and lands another sharp knee up the middle. Cote puts Voelker on the fence with an underhook and Voelker grabs the Thai plum. Cote explodes out with a body-head combo, and he’s sporting a nasty cut on the inside of his left eye as Voelker connects with another knee. Back on the fence they go, Cote on the outside. Voelker lands a palm strike before tossing Cote to the floor, but Cote pops back up. Voelker comes forward to land a left hand and sprawls on a takedown attempt just before the horn.
A left hand from Voelker has Cote staggering backwards early, and Voelker rushes to try and finish the job. Cote recovers quickly and pins Voelker to the cage, slowing the pace with a single-leg attempt. Cote lets him go, misses with a leaping knee. They clinch on the fence, Cote taking the outside position as Voelker tries to slip out. Cote separates with a standing elbow, but Voelker comes right at him and rocks him with another left. A level-change from Cote is greeted by another Voelker knee, and Voelker hits a takedown at the base of the cage after Cote tries to hold him there again. Hard right-handed hammer-fists come from Voelker on top as Cote tries to pivot for an armbar. Cote gets to his feet for a second, but Voelker has his leg hooked and puts him right back down. Cote stands again and Voelker again throws him to the canvas. Cote grabs Voelker’s left arm and throws up his legs but doesn’t have the angle. Just over one minute left in the bout and Voelker has Cote stuck on the fence as they stand, then double-legs him down again. Cote’s armbar attempts aren’t even coming close now as Voelker mashes the Canadian’s face with punches and elbows from the top. Cote is covering up by the end, just trying to avoid Voelker’s steady stream of left hands before the final horn.
Official result: All three judges score the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Patrick Cote.
Colin Fletcher vs. Mike Ricci
The lanky Fletcher opens up on his back foot, flicking out long outside leg kicks. Ricci nearly connects with a left high kick, Fletcher comes back with a kick to the body. Ricci comes forward to strike and gets picked off by a Fletcher right hand. Ricci backs Fletcher toward the cage, where the “Freakshow” pushes Ricci off with a front kick to the body. Fletcher catches a kick and strikes back with a combo up top. Fletcher is connecting with lots of leg kicks but there’s not much behind them as Ricci is standing at the end of the Englishman’s range. Ricci sticks a jab and backs away from another Fletcher kick. An inside leg kick catches Ricci low and the Canadian takes a moment to recover. They get back to work and Fletcher taps him with a jab before Ricci lands a body kick. Fletcher catches a kick and rushes Ricci into the fence for the last few seconds.
Ricci catches a kick and puts Fletcher on the ground early. Fletcher tries to throw up his long guard as they work at the base of the cage, but... (Continues on next page)