TEAM CARWIN'S MIKE RICCI (7-2) VS. TEAM NELSON'S DOM WATERS (5-1)
Round 1 - Steve Mazzagatti is the referee. Southpaw Ricci is sharp early with punches and kicks as the pair feels each other out. His movement is sharp, and he's quicker than Dom as he delivers a few powerful kicks to the body. Dom looks for a few takedowns that don't get even remotely close, though he does land a front kick to the face. Dom continues to walk forward and look for opportunities to strike, but Mike is obviously the quicker fighter in the opening round. The pair moves into the clinch in the final minute, and Do pushes in from the outside. He's unable to really capitalize on the position, and the round ends against the cage.
Round 2 - Dom changes the momentum of the fight with an early takedown. Mike exposes his back as he climbs to his feet, and Dom latches the body and keeps the fight in a clinch against the cage. Another takedown comes shortly after, and this time Mike is forced into guard. Mike works to get to back to his feet as Dom stays tight on the body. Dom isn't doing a ton of damage, but he is controlling the entirety of the frame as time ticks away. He score another takedown with 90 seconds left, but Mike pulls immediately back to his feet. Mike then breaks the grip and reverses the flow with his own takedown. Dom gets back to his feet and immediately switches off the cage and on to his opponent's back in the final minute. Mike looks unconcerned about any submissions, but the round ends there, and it looks like we're heading to a third.
Round 3 - Judges agree with the split in the opening two rounds, and we go to sudden victory. Dom shoots in for a takedown and brings Mike to the floor after avoiding a guillotine choke. Mike scrambles to his knees and then sweeps Dom to his back and sets up in top position. Roy Nelson begs Dom to get back to his feet. He seems to have an opportunity when Mike postures, but he doesn't capitalize. Dom threatens with a triangle choke, but Mike easily pushes the legs aside and again establishes his position. With time winding down, Roy continues to press Dom to get off his back. Unfortunately for him, Mike remains heavy on top and controls the action. Dom brings his legs high again in the final seconds, but he can't establish any real threat. When the bell sounds, it looks like Mike has done enough to take the fight. As it turns out, he has.
Mike Ricci def. Dom Waters via unanimous decision.
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