– NOGUEIRA WINS BY TKO AT AFFLICTION PRELIMS

by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The Affliction preliminary show kicked off the action for the promotion’s second broadcast, but the competition in the ring led to a number of decisions, as well as the timing running late, not allowing a planned fight between Jay Hieron and Jason High to air during the HDNet Fights show.

In the prelim main event, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was able to exact revenge for the first loss of his career, as he knocked out Vladimir Matyushenko in the second round.

A lackluster first round haunted both fighters as Nogueira and Matyushenko both struggled to get their footing and land any real strikes. Neither competitor tried for a takedown during the initial five minutes.

In the second, Matyushenko actually caught Nogueira with a good punch that buckled him a little bit, but the Brazilian was able to recover quickly. As the round continued, Nogueira got his rhythm back and started throwing knee strikes, one of which caught Matyushenko flush, putting him on the mat.

Referee Doc Hamilton rushed in to stop the fight, declaring Antonio Rogerio Nogueira the winner in the second round.

“He did very well, but I did better,” Nogueira said after the fight.

Miletich trained fighter, L.C. Davis, picked up an important win in the featherweight division, defeating another top 145-pound in Bao Quach after a hard fought 15-minute battle. Davis kept his composure through a tough first round that saw him almost caught in a rear naked choke, but he survived as time ran out.

Cardio and pressure were Davis’ biggest weapons as he continuously pushed the pace on Quach, getting good takedowns followed up by powerful punches. In the end, Davis scored a unanimous decision win, the 13th victory of his career.

Albert Rios was able to pull off a unanimous decision win in his bout against Antonio Duarte in a featherweight contest. The first round saw Rios get into some trouble as Duarte dropped him with a right hand, while also fighting off two solid guillotine attempts. Eventually, Rios got into a rhythm, landing solid strikes and takedowns en route to a 29-28 score on all three judges’ cards.

In the first bout of the preliminary card, Brett Cooper picked up his fifth win in a row with a knockout over Patrick Speight. Cooper stayed aggressive with his stand-up throughout the contest, and eventually landed a big right uppercut that put Speight down and out for good.

Preliminary Bouts:
-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Vladimir Matyushenko by TKO (Strikes) at 4:26, R2
-L.C. Davis def. Bao Quach by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at 5:00, R3
-Albert Rios def. Antonio Duarte by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at 5:00, R3
-Brett Cooper def. Patrick Speight by KO (Punch) at 4:10, R2