The four-fight preliminary card got cut short when Sean Loeffler was forced to withdraw with an injured ankle just moments from his scheduled appearance against Buddy Roberts.
The three-fight preliminary card delivered decent action, but ended in fireworks when Jonathan Brookins knocked out Vagner Rocha.
Here is your recap followed by the official preliminary card results:
Brookins vs. Rocha:
Rocha throws a kick to the body to start the round but Brookins catches and goes for the early takedown. A brief scramble and the two go back to the standup. Both fighters keeping a good pace but Brookins is the one backing his opponent up. Rocha goes for a body lock to take him down but forced to pull guard. Brookins landing punches from the top and knocks Rocha out a few right punches later. The bout ends officially at 1:32 with Brookins hand raised via knockout.
Kuivanen vs. Salas:
The two start the round with a touch of gloves and Salas seems to be the aggressor early. 30 seconds in Salas shoots for the takedown but it’s stuffed. Around the four-minute mark Kuivanen starts to loosen up and finds a home for a high kick. More kicks and posturing from both until Salas lands a takedown around the two minute mark but can’t capitalize. Kuivanen gets back up with a minute left and the two return to the striking game. Salas closes the round with a solid double with about five-seconds left on the clock, but the buzzer sounds. Overall an uneventful but competitive round.
Second round opens and a lot of movement but the first punch doesn’t land until 30 seconds in and it’s delivered by Salas. Salas drives forward with a takedown attempt and instead pushes his opponent to the cage with four-minutes left. Kuivanen able to circle out and they go back to striking. Punches from both sides thrown, but none landed and they now enter the midpoint of the round. A little short right hook lands for Salas and he seems to be the more accurate puncher of the two in this round. Salas lands the takedown with two-minutes left but his opponent gets right back up. More posturing, but no real notable action for the remainder of the round. At this point you have to give the edge to the more aggressive Salas, but still, this fight is nothing to write home about.
Salas opens up the third with a big body kick. Salas seems more aggressive once again. 30 seconds in and he lands a big double leg against the cage and follows his opponent to the ground. Kuivanen uses butterflies but can’t get Salas off him. Salas finds himself in a heel hook but escapes and gets back on top of his opponent. Salas continues to land punches from top position and we are two minutes into the final frame. Kuivanen stands back up but Salas uses a front headlock to bring him back down. They stand midway through the round and Kuivanen’s face is bloodied. A left, right combo thrown by Kuivanen but Salas ducks under for the takedown, he is not successful and the two return to the center. With one minute left Salas lands another huge takedown and lands in side control. Kuivanen gets back up with 10-seconds left, but it’s too little too late. Salas walks away with an easy win in the third round. The final score on the judges’ scorecards are 30-27/30-27/29,27 for Salas
Magalhaes vs. Means:
These two fighters kick off tonight’s action and off the bat the first thing you notice is a huge size advantage for Means who is six-foot-two- inches and he uses that size well against his five-foot-nine opponent.
The first round starts off with a long feeling out process. Means uses his reach and striking advantage well to set the pace of the fight. About three minutes in he lands a big knee and drops Magalhaes. He followed him to the ground and tried to slap on a choke but his Brazilian counterpart defended well and got back up. The round concludes and the damage delivered by Means is starting to show via a bloody faced Magalhaes.
The second round opens up very much like the first. Means using his reach and superior striking to land shots from the outside and keep his opponent backing up. Two minutes in and no real significant action taking place. Magalhaes then shoots for a takedown that Means defends and the two reset back in the center. Two minutes left and Means yells at his opponent to “Come On!!” However it’s obvious Magalhaes isn’t comfortable with engaging.
With 30 seconds left Means lands a big body shop that drops his bloody opponent, follows him to the mat once more, but unable to finish. The round ends. This fight is so far, about as one-sided as you can get.
Means open up the third with a bit more pressure. Magalhaes has no answer for the range and striking. A minute into this final frame and Magalhaes shoots for another takedown but Means sprawls out of it. More of the same throughout the course of the round. With two minutes left in the fight Means lands another big body shot that drops his opponent, but he decides to do nothing with it and asks for Magalhaes to be stood back up. Magalhaes shoots for a takedown but pays for it big with some huge strikes (elbows and punches) from the position, drops him but allows him once again to get back up. This fight is going to decision and Means is the obvious victor. Final score from the judges is 30-27/30-26/30-26 for Means.
PRELIMINARY CARD: (Facebook)
Jonathan Brookins def. Vagner Rocha via knockout Round 1, 1:32
Sean Loeffler vs. Buddy Roberts FIGHT CANCELLED LOEFFLER INJURED
Justin Salas def. Anton Kuivanen via unanimous decision 30-27/30-27/29,27
Tim Means def. Bernardo Magalhaes via unanimous decision 30-27/30-26/30-26