A fairly lackluster night of fights, with the exception of one bloody brawl, was capped off in dreadful fashion, as Dean Lister stalled his way to a decision loss against Thales Leites in the main event. Employing no apparent gameplan, other than getting the heck out of town, Lister landed a few punches here and there, but mostly refused to engage on the feet and played defense on the ground. Piece of cake for Leites.
The co-main event was slightly more entertaining with Jason MacDonald searching for submissions against the stronger Solomon Hutcherson. Hutcherson controlled most of the fight, but failed to mount sustained offense, while MacDonald was constantly busy and inflicted more damage when he was able to escape the grasp of Hutcherson. The result was initially announced as a Draw (with scores of 28-28, 29-28 Hutcherson, and 29-28 MacDonald) which caused confusion among the crowd and announcers. The Madman Scorecard had the fight 30-27 for MacDonald. The fighters left the ring and the next fight was underway before it was reported that a mistake had been made and the result was actually a Split Decision win for MacDonald.
In the fight that started the chain-of-boredom that ended this show, Ryan Jimmo won a decision over Emanuel Newton, after spending most of the fight having to play getaway from Newton. Newton used his superior grappling to clinch and control, but Jimmo got in enough offense otherwise to secure the unanimous decision victory.
In the Madman Fight of the Night, Bryan Baker and Art Santore painted a 3-round bloody masterpiece. Baker cut up Santore's face something fierce in the first round. Thankfully, the doctors allowed the fight to continue and Santore came back to take the second round on two judges' scorecards. With the fight even in the third round, both fighters slowed a bit, and Baker was able to secure himself the victory with his superior athleticism. An absolutely amazing performance from Art Santore. I think we'll be seeing Baker in the UFC in the not-too-distant future.
Dwayne Lewis knocked out Marvin Eastman with 2 seconds left in the first round. Eastman was likely ahead on the scorecards but ate a nasty punch that sent him to la-la land. Lewis continued to pounce on Eastman like a madman in the literal sense, he continued to throw punches at Eastman's lifeless body even as the ref was physically intervening. Lewis' actions were highly disgraceful and borderline criminal. It wasn't out of bad blood that Lewis did this, it seems more like he was so amped on adrenaline that his body literally could not stop, but his actions here were dangerous and highly inappropriate.
In the opening televised bout, Jesse Juarez outpointed Joe Christopher in what amounted to a borderline lay-and-pray performance against a tired opponent. Christopher showed moments of greatness, transitioning slickly for submissions, and Juarez displayed excellent defense, but Christopher gassed hardcore, mouth agape and literally flopping to the canvas. Bad overall showing by both fighters really.
In preliminary action, Billy Hua got his first MMA win, after an 0-3 start to his career. Hua blasted Kenny Hamilton for the TKO. Ryan Machan stumbled at first, but reversed fortunes against 'Ragin' Kajan Johnson, choking him out in what would end up being the quickest win in a night full of decisions. Without Dean Lister's FAIL of a main event performance, the Goat of the Night award would've went to Ryan Fortin, who either broke or severely sprained his ankle during his pre-fight warm-up run around the ring! He tripped on the rope and injured himself before the fight even began. To his credit, Fortin sucked it up and fought into Round 2, before getting choked out in his heavyweight bout with Nick Penner.
Complete Results and Madman Awards after the Break