TEAM CRUZ'S Myles Jury (9-0) VS. TEAM FABER'S Al Iaquinta (5-1)
Round 1 - Josh Rosenthal is your referee. Iaquinta moves confidently forward with punches. Jury trying to keep some distance and use a reach advantage. Iaquinta flurries, and Jury just misses on a head kick. Big punches exchanged on the cage, but both fighters seem to be OK. Jury still working kicks in the early going, but Iaquinta blocks most of them. Iaquinta still moving forward, cutting off the cage and landing a few big shots. Jury answering and thinks takedown, but it doesn't come. Jury lands another high kick. Iaquinta is firing back in an entertaining exchanges. Slapping high kick for Jury. He's closing in on the chin Iaquinta still landing with big punches, as well. Iaquinta staggers a bit on an exchange, and Jury shoots in for the takedown. Wild scramble in the end, and the two are a twisted mess on the floor as they try and Jury jumps to the back. He's trying to secure the choke, but it doesn't come. Good opening round, but looks like Jury probably took the frame.
Round 2 - Early shot to the groin, and Iaquinta takes a breather. Jury again with a high kick, but Iaquinta continues to walk forward and box. Jury kicking low and moving while Iaquinta stalks. Jury backfist lands, but he's clipped as he runs in to finish. Incredible back and forth. Jury scrambles away to recover. Iaquinta looks as if he's OK. Iaquinta stalking and kicks to the body. Jury looks like he's just trying to survive. Iaquinta bombing away. Jury moves inside and tries to walk to the back. He wraps his right leg in. Iaquinta turns in and survives. Jury backs away. Iaquinta trying to press in the final minute. Instead, it's Jury with a takedown. Not going to be enough to take the round though. We might be looking at three.
Score is tied, and the fighters head to a third frame for sudden victory.
Round 3 - With a long break between rounds, Jury looks to have some pep back in his step. Doesn't matter, as Iaquinta just swarms. Big flurry to start, and Jury covers up on the cage. Iaquinta lets him off the hook. High kick from Jury, but it's Iaquinta's punches doing the early damage. Iaquinta landing with more frequency. Jury doesn't look rattled, but he needs to pick up the frequency. Jury does land a right hand. Iaquinta stalking. Jury misses a high kick. Final minute. Iaquinta is controlling this round, and he knows it. He's wagging his chin, hanging his arms. Jury pushes hard in the end, but it's not going to be enough. Jury raises his hands, but Team Faber is the squad that is really going crazy outside of the cage. Their exuberance is justified, but just barely.
Al Iaquinta def. Myles Jury via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
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