Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Frank Trigg were both victorious last night in their respective bouts, setting up a potential rematch of their ICON Sport middleweight title bout that took place just one year ago.
The 6,754 that packed into the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas saw a main event between Miller and Tim Kennedy live up to expectations as a very competitive bout. Kennedy came away with the first round on the scorecards, using superior striking and wrestling to keep Miller at bay. Kennedy came close to ending the fight when he secured Miller’s back and had an extended amount of time to try and sink in a rear naked choke. The opportunity was foiled when the horn sounded to end the round.
Both fighters came out of the gate firing away with punches and kicks to start the second. Kennedy (8-2) once again took control of Miller (20-5) from behind but Miller was able to reverse the position and put Kennedy on his back. Miller fired away with punches and elbows that opened up a nasty cut on the bridge of Kennedy’s nose. “Mayhem” started to pull away in the final stanza after securing an early takedown.
Kennedy’s cut was checked by ringside doctors on two different occasions but the bout was permitted to continue both times. The fight was restarted on the feet by the referee after the second check of the cut and gave Kennedy the opportunity to take Miller down. However Kennedy was unable to generate much offense because of multiple submission attempts by Miller. Miller rolled Kennedy to his back and pounded away on his opponent until the end of the fight. The judges convened and their scorecards all matched up as Miller was awarded a well-earned unanimous decision, finally avenging a loss to Kennedy earlier in his career.
When asked who he would like to take on in his next fight, Miller hysterically stated that he wouldn’t mind fighting HDNet Fights owner and famed billionaire Mark Cuban for each other’s wallets. While Cuban won’t be standing across the cage against Miller in his next fight, Trigg most likely will be.
Trigg made a return to active competition after a brief hiatus and quickly submitted Edwin Dewees early in the first round.
Trigg (16-6) was forced to fend off a flurry of head and leg kicks from Dewees (34-11-0-1) while attempting to cut the distance between him and his opponent in hopes of a takedown. Trigg was able to catch one of Dewees kicks and then took advantage by shooting in for a takedown. While falling to the mat, Trigg took hold of Dewees left arm and locked in a kimura. Dewees tried to get out of the hold but Trigg rolled him over to increase the pressure and Dewees had no choice but to tap out.
After the fight, HDNet Fights matchmaker Guy Mezger acknowledged that a potential bout between Miller and Trigg could be part of the promotion’s next event in February.
The card was filled with alumni of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, including two former title contenders in Pete Spratt and Yves Edwards.
Edwards overcame a lackluster first round to come back and finish off Alonzo Martinez with a rear naked choke in the second round.
Martinez (20-9) surprised Edwards (31-13-1) early on in the fight when he rushed Edwards with flurries of wild punches and kicks. Martinez then scored a takedown and was able to control Edwards from the top position while landing some effective ground and pound. Edwards came out looking like a completely different fighter at the start of the second, picking Martinez apart on the feet. A left high kick and a right cross stunned Martinez and allowed Edwards to take him down. From there the two exchanged positions on the ground until Edwards took Martinez’s back and submitted his opponent with a rear naked choke.
Spratt made quick work of Tristan Yunker, a promising welterweight that the UFC has had their eye on but may not anymore since Yunker has lost his last two fights.
A brief exchange on the feet led to Spratt stuffing a Yunker takedown attempt. Spratt (17-10) rolled Yunker (11-7) to his back and secured side control, which allowed Spratt to pound away with sharp punches and elbows. The blows ended up cutting Yunker over his left eye. After a few moments, Yunker informed the official that the blood was giving him vision problems and the bout was abruptly halted with Spratt being named the winner.
Marcus Lanier def. Lee King - Submission (Armbar)
Liam McCarty def. Jason House - TKO (Cut)
Jay White def. Patrick Castillo - Submission (Armbar)
Nissen Osterneck def. Freddie Espiricueta - Submission (Strikes)
Corey Mahon def. Chris Bowles - Submision (Armbar)
Krzysztof Soszynski def. Robert Villegas - Disqualification
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