Round 1: Bowling lands some big right hands early, but eats a left hook from Trujillo. These guys are going for broke from the bell! Lots of one-two combos from both fighters, Bowling landing a little more frequently, but both man landing with power. Bowling storms in with a powerful combo, eats a couple punches as well, but then shoots, scoops Trujillo and plans him on the mat. But Trujillo immediately gets back to his feet and they start trading bombs again. Trujillo slips in a solid knee to the body. Trujillo storms Bowling, gut wrenches him from behind and trips him to the mat. Bowling tries to roll out, but ends up on his back with Trujillo in side control. They scramble, but Trujillo maintains control, driving knees into Bowling’s thigh. They pop up briefly, but hit the mat again, Bowling securing a guillotine choke, but unable to finish. He lets up and relocks the guillotine, but again can’t finish. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9.
Both men go back to the striking game, trading shots. Bowling scores a takedown, but they quickly return to their feet and begin throwing. Bowling is edging ahead again on the striking, landing with more combinations and more frequently than Trujillo. Trujillo really looks to be tiring. Bowling rocks him with several punches, eats a couple himself, but then drops down and plans Trujillo on the canvas once again, landing in half guard on top. Trujillo gets up to his feet, but eats a knee to the face before they separate. They trade shots for a bit before Bowling lands with a solid body shot. Trujillo starts landing more frequently, but Bowling diffuses him with a takedown. He gets Trujillo’s back and secures a rear naked choke. Trujillo gives a thumbs up and eventually escapes. He plants a couple knees – one in Bowling’s chest, but the other to his face with Bowling was on the mat. The referee takes away a point from Trujillo, but the ringside doctor stops the fight, saying that Bowling was knocked out and deemed unable to continue.
Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo deemed No Contest (Illegal Knees) at 4:57, R2