3rd Rounds a Charm
Ricardo Lamas vs. Bill Algeo
Bill Alego just couldn’t get his plan to come through. It seemed he wanted to keep the fight standing up, and it certainly had its moments of exciting exchanges, but when it went to the ground Lamas ran the show. Algeo just couldn’t separate himself enough for a win. Lamas always had an answer, and once he realized he could win on the ground he kept the fight there. Solid performance from Ricardo.
Result: Unanimous Decision for Ricardo Lamas
“Boxed” Her In
Alexa Grasso vs. Ji Yeon Kim
This fight certainly changed dramatically as it progressed. Kim walked down Grasso in the first, and even landed a couple shots that looked impressive, but it was never anything too dramatic. The 2nd was a paradigm shift however, Grasso completely owned the round from start to finish, and landed a lot of big shots. Grasso even cut Kim, and in between rounds Kim looked like she’d been in a fight. The 3rd round was also all for Grasso, especially when she took the fight to the ground. Grasso did herself a lot of favors with this win.
Result: Unanimous Decision for Alexa Grasso
Robbie Lawler vs. Neil Magny
This was just a top to bottom breakdown of one of the best this business has ever seen. Lawler looked lost and confused in the octagon. Magny not only had answers for everything, he barely let Lawler ask any questions. Magny had almost 2 full rounds of ground control in this fight while he got his shots in. Magny proved why he is 2nd all-time in wins by a Welterweight, with only GSP to beat, and he will.
Result: Unanimous Decision for Neil Magny
King of Serbia
Anthony Smith vs. Alexsander Rakic
Rakic’s genius was his leg kicks in this fight. He landed them early, often and with force. Smith even went down after a pair of leg kicks toward the end of the 1st round. Smith attempted to switch things up in the 2nd by going for a takedown, not only did it fail, but Rakic turned it into a spot in top position for himself. He kept Smith down for the entire round. The third showed that Smith’s left leg was clearly hurt after the barrage of leg kicks from Rakic. Rakic got Smith down again and Smith seemed to just not have the strength to get himself back up. MMA continues to spread across Eastern Europe, and we may have found its first King of the new generation.
Result: Unanimous Decision for Alexsander Rakic