Another episode of “Fight Master” went off last night and with it, 2 quarterfinal fights that had something for everyone.
First up was a bout between two welterweights, 22 year old (6 & 1) Cole Williams (Team Couture) and 28 year old (6 & 0) Nick Barnes (Team Shamrock). In brief, here’s how the fight went: The bell rang, the two came out and touched gloves, there was 4 seconds of movement at which point Barnes through an outside low-kick and Williams countered with an overhand right, which landed. Barnes went down and Williams followed him to the ground delivering punches, with the referee stopping the fight the 22 seconds into round 1; Cole Williams, winner, round 1 by TKO (punches).
The second fight in the line-up was a bout between two more welterweights 33 year old Mike Bronzoulis (15-5-1) and 30 year old Chris Lozano (10-3). Where the first fight of the card was a quick affair, the second was not.
Bronzoulis & Lozano had become “friends” on the show, but when it came time for Lozano to pick his fight (the) Team Shamrock member did his MMA math and figured that his friend (Bronzoulis / Team Couture) was the easiest path for advancement in the tournament, and based on that, Lozano picked Bronzoulis. For his part, Bronzoulis didn’t appreciate the selection and what was a house-friendship, quickly turned sour.
Without blowing the ending for those that missed it last night, I can tell you this much, the fight required a sudden-death third round and both fighters gave it their all.
Again, Fight Master gaves us one of those fights that had it been on a UFC card and in front of a large audience, the fans would have been standing on their feet and cheering it on; Dana White would probably have given locker-room bonuses to both fighters.
In the end, the fight itself was a unanimous decision victory for…(hit play on the video to find out).
*Note: If you’re interested in the show and would like to follow it, then please be adivsed that Fight Master has been moved from its original Wednesday night airings and is now broadcast on Thursday nights, on SPIKE TV.