Rodrigo Damm vs. Ivan “Batman” Jorge
Round 1: Jorge lands first with a left jab. He presses forward. He lands a left hand followed by an inside leg kick. Damm looking to counter. Damm lands an inside leg kick followed by one to the outside. Jorge delivers a lead uppercut. Jorge lands a heavy leg kick. Damm lands a counter left hand. Both landed by Damm landed better. Jorge answers with another hard leg kick. Damm lands one of his own. Jorge rushes in and lands a combination. He goes to the body with a right hand. Damm answers with a short left followed by a right. Jorge goes to the body with a right hand. Jorge lands a combination. Damm counters a leg kick with a right hand. Damm switches stances. Damm doubles up with the jab. Jorge answers with a right hand. They exchange jabs. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Jorge.
Round 2: Jorge presses forward to start the second frame. Damm counters with a shot to the body. Jorge delivers a right hand to the body. He lands an inside leg kick. Jorge continues to work the body of Damm. Jorge catches a finger to the eye and is given time to recover. He does and the fight is restarted. Damm lands a right hand. Jorge moves in and is met with a combination. Damm gets poked in the eye. He complains and is given time to recover. The referee wars that he’ll take a point away. The fight is restarted. Damm lands a right hand. Jorge answers with a left hand. He lands another that backs Damm up. Jorge lands to the body with a right hand. Jorge lands his jab. Damm delivers a combination. He lands a right hand. Damm presses the pace. Jorge delivers an uppercut. Jorge lands his jab. Damm continues to move forward. He lands a left hook. Damm is landing counter shots on the exchanges. He opens up a cut under Jorge’s right eye. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Damm.
Round 3: They meet in the middle of the cage. Jorge throws a leg kick and Damm takes him down. Damm gets Jorge in the crucifix position briefly. Jorge applies a d’arce choke. He cranks on Damm’s neck. Damm defends the submission attempt and gets back to his feet. Jorge moves in with a knee to the body. Damm delivers a combination. Jorge answers with a left hand. He looks for a takedown but Damm has none of it. Jorge looks for a takedown. Damm applies a kimura. He’s unable to get it but he’s back to his feet. Jorge presses Damm against the cage. Jorge lands to the body and Damm circles away. Jorge steps in with a stiff jab. Damm lands a right hand. Both fighters are fatigued. Jorge says he was kicked in the groin and he’s given time to recover. The replay was inconclusive. The fight is restarted. Jorge works for a single leg takedown. He can’t get it. Damm fires off a combination. He lands another. Jorge delivers a stiff jab. Damm presses forward. He lands a combination. Jorge lands a left hand off the break. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Damm.
The judges scored the fight for Damm by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 29-28.
“It could have gone to either of us. I knew he was a high level fighter. If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t have made it into the UFC. We put on a great show and everyone loved the fight. The judges are the ones who make the decisions and they saw it going my way.”
“I think I won. I won the first round and I lost the second. But I won the third and decisive round. I was attacking the entire time, went for the takedowns and he was just defending them. I really wanted to get the win in Santa Catarina. I’ve been living here for five years and I wanted to give this to the crowd. It didn’t happen this time, but I’ll try harder, perfect myself and give it my all in my next fights.”