Team Lesnar's Chuck O'Neil (8-3) vs. Team Dos Santos' Javier Torres (2-0)
Dana does the intros, referee Herb Dean gets us started, and we're underway.
The fighters paw their jabs. Both look for an opening, and Javier lands a front kick. Chuck answers with a high kick. Chuck moves forward with lunging punches and then puts his opponent against the cage. Chuck tries for the trip-takedown, but Javier fights it off and reverses to deliver a couple knees to the body. The fighters jockey for position while clinched and trade the occasional knee. The fighters trade punches on a break and reset. Javier closes the distance, and they clinch again against the cage. Javier again fends off the trip-takedown and reverses. Chuck again tries for a takedown, but Javier has them figured out. The fighters trade knees and continue jockeying for position with underhooks. Javier then tags Chuck with an accidental knee to the groin, and a timeout is called. Chuck is good to go shortly afterward, and we restart in the center. Both wing punches that miss, and Chuck misses with a head kick and spinning back kick. Javier lands a body kick, and Chuck answers. Javier moves in with punches, but they're now fighting from distance. Chuck snaps off a nice low kick and follows it with a body kick. He then lands a nice counter shot as Javier moves in. Chuck clinches and looks for the takedown, but Javier fends it off again. Javier reverses the position, and they trade knees and punches. They break and close out the round trading more knees from the clinch. It's an extremely close first round that could go either way.
Both fighters get words of encouragement between rounds. But both coaches know the second round is pivotal and encourage them to push it.
A touch of gloves gets us started. The fighters trade low kicks, and Chuck lands a nice right. Javier answers with a quick left. The fighters remain in the center and wing punches. But they close the distance, and Chuck looks for the takedown. Javier, though, gets the better position and forces the fight to the mat while in side mount. He looks for a choke on his way up, but Chuck fights it off and then gets his own takedown while landing in half guard. Chuck looks to improve the position and then isolates an arm. He throws body punches to aid the process and wants the kimura. Chuck continues working it but can't keep the wrist lock he needs. He throws more punches to the ribs and stays at it. Chuck, though, finally is forced to abandon it. Javier looks for the escape, but Chuck keeps him pinned to the canvas. He again looks for the sweep but is shut down, and Chuck drops elbows from the top before again working for a submission once he secures the arm. Javier desperately looks for the sweep and finally gets it, but Chuck locks on an arm-triangle choke and torques it from the kneeling position. When he rolls to his back, Javier tries to defend but is finally forced to tap out.
Brock is ecstatic that Chuck stuck to the game plan. Chuck is pleased that he went out and performed like he knew he could. Dana is just happy that someone could negate Javier's sometimes-boring style.
"I close my mind and don't listen sometimes," Javier admits. "That's what happened this time."
Team Lesnar is ecstatic, and Dana is pleased things are evened up.
He then immediately announces the quarterfinal pairings:
Clay Harvison (Team Lesnar's No. 4 pick) vs. Ramsey Nijem (Team Dos Santos' No. 4 pick)
Chris Cope (Team Lesnar's No. 5 pick) vs. Shamar Bailey (Team Dos Santos. No. 1 pick)
Chuck O'Neill (Team Lesnar injury replacement) vs. Zach Davis (Team Dos Santos. No. 5 pick)
Tony Ferguson (Team Lesnar's No. 3 pick) vs. Ryan McGillivray (Team Dos Santos. No. 2 pick)