Alberto Crane. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In Rage in the Cage’s first-ever event outside of the state of Arizona, the performances of two UFC veterans went from one side of the spectrum to the other as skilled grappler Alberto Crane scored a first-round submission win over Adrian Valdez while Drew Fickett was upset by Richard Villa.
Crane quickly scored a takedown against Valdez in the opening seconds of their bout. He then put his superior submission skills to work, locking in an armbar. Valdez was able to fight out of the hold but an attempt to stand back up saw him get caught in a guillotine that eventually forced him to tap out.
Meanwhile Fickett, who reportedly had troubles cutting weight prior to the fight, came out strong in the first round. He continually landed an array of strikes and had Villa’s back for the rear naked choke in the closing seconds of the round. However Villa rebounded in the second, dropping Fickett with a right hand and then pounding away with a number of unanswered strikes until the referee was forced to stop the fight.
Complete results from the event:
Richard Villa def. Drew Fickett - TKO (Strikes)
Alberto Crane def. Adrian Valdez - Submission (Guillotine)
Danny Martinez def. Felipe Chavez - Submission (Guillotine)
Marciano Wilson def. Dickie Chavez - DQ (Illegal Knee)
Mike Valdez def. Carlos Lopez - TKO (Strikes)
Ryan Kelly def. Jerome Martinez - Unanimous Decision
Jen Babcock def. Raechel Megahan - Submission (Arm Triangle)
Josh Lanier def. Josian Smith - Submission (Armbar)
Travis Degroat def. Robert Montiel - TKO (Strikes)
Eric Saavedra def. Jeff Horlacher - Submission (Guillotine)
Richard Hale def. Jeremiah Martinez - KO (Punch)
Rafael Freitas def. Eric Buck - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Zack Mathews def. Mano Otero - Submission (Armbar)
Quinn Mulhern def. Blue Edwards - Submission (Triangle)
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