Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke
Round 1: They touch gloves and Clarke takes the center of the cage. Clarke lands an outside leg kick. Iaquinta inches forward. He catches a kick and lands a right hand that knocks Clarke down. Iaquinta follows him to the canvas. Iaquinta works from the half guard position. Clarke throws elbows from the bottom. Iaquinta postures up and dives in with a right hand. Iaquinta lands a left hand. He postures up and delivers a solid right hand. Iaquinta lands two left hands to the body. Iaquinta landing more shots. Clarke gets to his feet. Iaquinta stays on him and takes Clarke down. Iaquinta works to take Clarke’s back. He land short left hands. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Iaquinta.
Round 2: Iaquinta lands his jab to start the second round. Iaquinta throws a front kick. Clarke catches it and tries to take Iaquinta down, but Iaquinta gains top position. Clarke applies a d’arce choke as Iaquinta looks to pass his guard. It’s tight. Iaquinta goes out. Clarke wins by submission.
The official time of the submission was 0:57 of the second round.
“I tried to stay long and keep my range out there while I was feeling him out but he clipped me and my legs turned to jelly. He wouldn’t give me any space and I really had to fight to recover. He caught me with an elbow in the back of the head and I tried to survive the round. Once we were back on our feet and he threw a leg kick I started feeling more comfortable because Thai boxing is what I love to do. I threw a hard right and hurt him but I was a little anxious coming in and got out of position. He went for a Von Flue choke but I was able to turn him and sink in a little choke of my own. I knew I had that d’arce right away. That’s my money move. I heard him gurgling and my coaches yelling out to grab his leg. I felt him go out and I couldn’t be happier for the win. I’m ready for a real run at this title. It’s my time.”
“I was doing well up to that point. I got caught so what can I say.”