Jacob Volkmann vs. Efrain Escudero
Round 1: Referee Herb Dean calls a start to the fight and we’re underway. Volkmann moves in with a leg kick. They’re both on their toes. Escudero lands a leg kick. Volkmann goes for a takedown. Escudero applies a guillotine choke but Volkmann defends it. Volkmann stands above Escudero as Escudero throws upkicks. He dives down into Escudero’s guard. He moves to half guard and lands a couple of solid left hands. Escudero is active from the bottom but Volkmann able to control him and keep him down. Volkmann works the body and head. He sneaks in an elbow. Escudero unable to get off his back but hasn’t taken a lot of damage. Volkmann finishes the round by posturing up and throwing punches. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Volkmann.
Round 2: Volkmann wasted little time shooting for a takedown. Escudero applies a guillotine choke but Volkmann frees himself from the submission attempt. Volkmann finds himself in top position controling Escudero. Escudero gets back to full guard. Volkmann lands right hands to the body. Referee Herb Dean stands them up. Volkmann rushes in with a combination that misses. Volkmann drives forward for a takedown. He takes Escudero’s back against the cage. He slams him to the canvas. Volkmann works for a rear naked choke. He has both hooks in with a minute on the clock. Escudero turns into him. He’s free from the choke but not free from Volkmann. Volkmann lands punches. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Volkmann. He’s dominating Escudero on the ground.
Round 3: Volkmann closes the distance and lands a left hand. Escudero lands a knee to the body. Volkmann secures a double leg takedown. Escudero applies a guillotine choke and Volkmann gets out of it, just like in the first two rounds. Escudero rolls, giving up his back. Volkmann lands left hands to the side of his head. Escudero unable to do much. Herb Dean stands them up out of the blue. I don’t understand that stand up, but they’re back on their feet. Volkmann drives for a takedown. He works a single leg takedown as Escudero lands elbows to the side of his head. Volkmann continues to work for the single leg. Escudero applies a a north-south choke. Volkmann fights. Escudero switches to a guillotine. Volkmann survives. Escudero finished strong and was close to pulling off a submission. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Volkmann.
All three judges score the fight 29-28 for Volkmann.