There were some impressive performances and enticing finishes.
It was a showcase for fighters who wouldn’t normally be introduced to a mainstream audience. Some took advantage of the opportunity, other didn’t.
Here are the fighters that jumped out at me.
T.J. Dillashaw again showed his talent by choking out Vaughan Lee. The Urijah Faber trainee pulled a rear-naked at the 2:33 mark in the first round. Dillashaw controlled the fight for its short existence. As soon as Lee relinquished his back, the fight was over. Dillashaw got his two foot hooks in as Lee stood.
Impressively enough, Dillashaw did not even get the elbow under Lee’s chin. You have to be a mighty strong fellow to submit a fighter on his jaw line.
Dillashaw is a legit competitor at Bantamweight, how legit, remains to be seen.
James Te Huna certainly has some heavy hitters. He introduced Joey Beltran’s face to his fist early and often. He bludgeoned Beltran in the first round but couldn’t finish. Beltran, in his first light heavyweight contest, showed his toughness and chin; he battled back in the second and third round. However, Beltran’s toughness was combated by Te Huna’s dominant 1st round and subsequent wrestling following rounds.
Te Huna secured a unanimous victory. Most impressive is that Te Huna broke his hand and foot in the first round.
Te Huna and Beltran earned “Fight of the Night” recognition.
Aaron Simpson showed me something too. He dominated the final two rounds of the fight with his wrestling. Moving down from Middleweight, he was too big for Kenny Robertson. Simpson could have been rewarded with a finish late in the 3rd round, when his punches rained down on Robertson.
Simpson garnered a unanimous decision and he deserved it.