Brian Stann vs. Rodney Wallace
Wallace charges in for a takedown on the “All American” from Scranton, PA. Stann gets back up. Wallace charges in again, fists swinging, chin out and Stann avoids trouble. Stann mounts an attack and Wallace slips under to score another takedown. Stann is right back up but Wallace still has his leg and is working to take this back to the ground. Stann gets free and lands an elbow in the pocket. Stann fakes a right and lands a leg kick, then another. Wallace just suplexed Stann and sent him head-over-heels to the mat. Stann is back up. Wallace gets another takedown. Wallace lands a few elbows as the round ends.
Wallace scores with a pair of leading jabs and looks for another takedown. Stann fights it but loses the battle. Stann gets up and then scores a takedown of his own. Stann is looking to posture up as lands a few body shots. He creates space and lands a bomb, then moves to side control. Wallace regains guard. Stann lands a couple nagging elbows. He postures again and lands another big one, Walalce gets ahold of Stann’s leg and rolls into a kneebar. Stann has a relatively good position and Wallace won’t be able to crank the knee bar. Stann adjusts and gets out of trouble.
Wallace gets another takedown. As Stann looks to walk back up, he gives up his back. His face looks calm as he works his way out of trouble and back to his feet. Wallace is not letting go of this takedown thing and continues to look for a way down to the matt. Stann lands some knees inside the clinch and then exchanges a few blows with Wallace. Stann fires off a leg kick that almost goes clean through Wallace’s left leg. Wallace gets a takedown. Stann is back up, with Wallace agaisant the fence. The crowd is pleading for knees, but Stann isn’t interested. Stann defends a takedown attempt, but with 30 seconds left, he’s going to need more than that to win this decision. They exchange blows to end the round and Stann lands some clean blows. This will be close to call.
The unanimous decision comes back for Brian Stann.
Justin Wren vs. Jon Madsen
After an early exchange, Wren already has some marks on his face. He’s got a little bit of blood coming from his left eye now. These boys are swinging for the fences and Wren looks for a hard right but misses. Madsen lands one on the jaw. He catches him again with a right. A fierce exchange opens up and it’s tough to tell who came out on top. Wren counters and attack and lands a nice left. Wren gets sloppy and eats one. Wren fires a body shot right to the liver of Madsen.
Hulk Hogan just walked into the arena with TNA President Dixie Carter. She’s hot. Oh yea, there’s a fight. Madsen lands one and Wren smiles back, loving it. Wren has blood dripping from his ear now and he looks for an overhand right that glances Madsen’s face. Madsen connects with right. They’re starting to look tired, but as the ends Wren chases down Madsen and fires with everything he’s got but he cant find the finishing blow.
Wren is getting sloppy but he’s still got a lot of power behind his fists and lands a clean one on the chin of Madsen. Wren sticks his chin right out, goading Madsen to take it. Good thinking. Wren might be pulling away on the score cards now. Madsen lands a clean one but it seems to piss off Wren and he goes a little nuts. Technique is pretty much nil at this point but both men are trying to finish this. Wren shoots in for a takedown, doesn’t get it, Madsen scores.
That was a sloppy, but exciting, fight with big bombs and heart.
The split decision goes to Jon Madsen and the reaction from the crowd is mixed. I tend to agree with the folks who are in Wren’s corner but no one asked me.
Darrill Schoonver vs. James McSweeney
The “Tities” jokes are flying from the stands. McSweeney is really firing off combos on Schoonover. He must be angry about something. Schoonover looks for a takedown to get away from McSweeney’s attack and James lock in a guillotine. Darrill pops out. Darrill is now on top and in half guard. Darrill is landing some body shots but James rolls out and lands on top of Darrill. He’s looking for the Roy Nelson crucifix and Darrill gives up his back. James loses it and Darrill regains guard. James backs away and Darrill gets up. Now Darrill seems upset and tees off on James. Great way to end the round as Schoonover fought back from a tough opening.
Darrill is in the offensive early and James doesn’t like it one bit. Darrill catches one from James and goes down, he’s on his back but James is standing in front and won’t let him up. James finally steps into Darrill’s guard and lands some blows. McSweeney takes his back but Darrill sweeps and gets on top. McSweeney rolls right back. As Darrill tries to get up, James sails in a knee to the downed Schoonover but thankfully it misses. McSweeney gets a full mount, Darrill gives up his back and the bell rings.
James lands a knee from inside the clinch, then an elbow. Now some kind of slap boxing match seeme to be breaking out, McSweeney gets a hold of a leg and takes Darrill to the mat. He’s got side control but does nothing with it. Darrill tries to work back to his feet and gets knocked back. The referee stands them up. These guys don’t have much energy left. James keeps sending off front kicks to keep Darrill away, then lands a head kick, followed by a right and has Darrill stunned. He puts Darrill on the mat and finishes it with one more shot. The referee steps in to call the TKO.
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