– UFC 111: PELLEGRINO EXCITES HOMETOWN CROWD

by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
It took Kurt Pellegrino nearly two full rounds and the survival of an early scare, but “Batman” didn’t disappoint his home state crowd at UFC 111 in Newark, N.J.

Fabricio Camoes, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Royler Gracie, took a standing Pellegrino’s back early in round one and secured a rear naked choke. Pellegrino looked to be as near to finished as one could get before he dove forward, driving Camoes head into the mat, jarring him loose.

He turned the tide and ground and pounded his way to the end of the round.

In round two, it was all in the New Jersey fighter’s favor. He immediately took Camoes to the mat and started with a relentless assault of ground and pound. Camoes, towards the end of the round, attempted to scramble out from under Pellegrino, but got caught from behind.

Batman swooped onto the Brazilian’s back and immediately cinched in a rear naked choke that left Camoes no choice but to tap out.

The victory upped Pellegrino’s streak to four straight. He hasn’t lost since early 2008 to “Ultimate Fighter Season 5” winner Nate Diaz.

Pellegrino now will likely be stepping into some contender match-ups, trying to work his way to a title shot against UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn.