Nurmagomedov tears up. Tibau looks rightfully incredulous when the winner’s name is read.
Melvin Guillard vs. Fabricio Camoes
Both guys swing punches early but connect with leg kicks on the outside. Guillard catches Camoes throwing and zaps him with a right hand, then sidesteps a charge from the Brazilian, who pushes from the middle toward the cage. Camoes dives on a single-leg behind a punch, drags Guillard to the ground, but Melvin is right back on his feet and gets away with a punch and a kick to the body. Guillard turns away another attempt to tie up and gives Camoes a punch inside for his trouble. Body kick from Camoes is caught and Melvin tries to rough him up on the fence. He can’t muster much and goes back to circling as Camoes looks to get inside. Camoes dives on a leg and Guillard steps way. Guillard gets tangled up and opts for a takedown of his own, with Camoes briefly considering a guillotine on the way down. Camoes turns it around and puts Guillard on his rear at the foot of the fence. Full mount for Camoes now with 45 seconds left in the round. The Brazilian slugs with punches and drops some hard elbows before appearing to grab for an armbar. Camoes gives up the arm and stays on top, but it’s too late and Guillard has his opening to stand. Camoes tries a spinning kick and gets caught with a punch from Guillard. The “Young Assassin” tries to pound out the turtling Moraes before the end of the frame but runs out of time.
Staying on the outside, Guillard looks for a single big right hand early in the middle round. Camoes throws combinations but isn’t finding his target with much success. Now, Camoes comes inside and Guillard is ready to counter with a straight right and a kick. Camoes latches onto a single-leg and Guillard tries to roll him, but Camoes pops back to his feet. Camoes picks the ankle and trips Guillard down, but the Jackson’s MMA fighter is right back up. Camoes gets double underhooks and Guillard dead-weights him, but Camoes finishes the takedown on the fence. Guillard uses the cage to get back up and drops Camoes with a left as Camoes goes for a spinning elbow. It’s almost a repeat of the end of the previous round, as Guillard works to finish the damaged Camoes with heavy leather on the ground until time runs out.
Guillard is clearly the fresher fighter as the final frame gets underway; Camoes throws a whiffing wheel kick and sucks in a deep breath after doing so. A wide left hook goes for Guillard and then a short left; the punches seem to be getting through but Guillard is only throwing single punches now, while Camoes doesn’t offer much in return. Guillard pulls up short on a few punches and shoves Camoes away, mindful of a tie-up or takedown attempt with 2:30 still remaining. Camoes comes forward now, throwing slow punches and kicks, clinging to a desperation single-leg with 90 seconds on the clock. Guillard shuts it down, as well as the next attempt from his bloody-nosed opponent. Camoes keeps after the next try and winds up on top of Guillard’s legs, trying to straighten out a kneebar. Guillard fends it off and we’re headed to the judges’ scorecards.
Official result: All three judges score the bout 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Melvin Guillard.
Ivan Menjivar vs. Mike Easton
Easton inches forward on his veteran opponent, feinting and twitching constantly. He ducks a head kick and tries to wrap up but Menjivar extracts himself from the situation and pops Easton with a right. Easton lands a few leg kicks inside and Menjivar motions that one grazed low, but the fight continues. Another head kick is blocked by Easton, and then he tags Menjivar with a left high kick of his own. Menjivar stays looking for the high kick, throwing two more, but both are blocked. A pair of spinning low kicks land for Menjivar now; Easton misses with his reply but pushes Menjivar away with a front kick. Easton pumps his jab, steps back from a Menjivar front kick and lands a shot to the body. It’s tit-for-tat in the last minute with Easton landing a leg kick outside and Menjivar going inside. Easton goes for a takedown in the closing seconds and gets denied on the fence.
Easton is keeping up a busy pace at the start of the second round, but neither man’s strikes are landing with much more frequency than they did in the opening round. Easton’s offense is mainly kick-based now while Menjivar looks to counter over the top, mixing in some low kicks off his back foot. The round is still very much up for grabs midway through. Easton lands an inside low kick, slips an overhand from Menjivar and returns fire with a right hand. Menjivar is continually being moved backward as Easton pushes forward, throwing punches and kick which don’t always land, but at least keep Menjivar from charging. Easton rips some hard hooks to Menjivar’s body in the last 30 seconds, finishing strong with a jump knee and an outside leg kick.
Easton continues pushing forward to start round three, now going heavy on the leg kicks which have accumulated to mark up Menjivar’s knees. Easton digs a right hook to the body again and gets clipped with the elbow of a spinning backfist. It doesn’t affect Easton, who stays up and keeps busy until hitting an easy takedown against the fence halfway through the round. Easton sits in Menjivar’s tight, closed guard, trying to punch and avoiding an armbar from underneath. Menjivar pushes off and they’re back on the feet. Menjivar appears to claim that he caught a front kick low but they keep working. One minute remaining now and Menjivar tries to dip inside with a hard right, only to be countered by an Easton combo. Easton flops to his butt on a botched leaping kick, misses a wheel kick, and the fight ends with Menjivar dipping inside to clinch.
Official result: The judges see it 30-27, 29-28 and 30-27, all in favor of the winner by unanimous... (Continues on next page)