Styles, who’s steam rolled all previous competition, was finally tested a bit against Machado, who got back mount on him in the first round and sank in a deep heel hook in the second. But Styles calmly defended each time, eventually finding himself on top and unleashing some of his trademark ground and pound. Despite looking exhausted at the end of the second round, he came out and forced Machado up against the cage to start the third before firing off a dozen brutal punches that had Machado slumping to the canvas and the referee stepping in to stop the contest.
“I won’t lie, I was totally tired at the end of the second,” said Styles. “But when the third started, I was ready.”
Now training out of Animals MMA, it seems Styles is ready for the pro ranks as well.
Performance of the night, though, had to go to Lindsey Vanzandt for her third round stoppage of Jenna Fryer in a women’s 110 lb. muay Thai match-up. Vanzandt threw an impressive array of punches, kicks, sweeps and even pulled out a running superman punch off the cage (both MMA and muay Thai bouts held inside the cage), finally stopping Fryer with a front kick to the face. The 20-year-old Vanzandt is 1-0 in MMA and 2-0 in muay Thai but says her goal is to eventually turn professional as an MMA fighter.
Other bouts included:
- Mike Springwalt def. Fidel Alfonso by armbar in a BJJ match
- Ilya Kotau def. Joe Lowe TKO 1 in MMA
- Guy Croce def. Nick Spencer by decision in muay Thai
- Brendan Gonzalez def. Devin Bennet by choke in BJJ
- Tom Finch def. Mike Douglas Rd. 1 armbar in MMA
- Seth Cardillo def. Kojo Boten by dec. MMA
- Mike Crawford def. Mathew Zunga by dec. MT
- Dean Handcock def. Jake Hoffman TKO 2 MMA
- Danny Ngob def. Johnny Miranda dec. MT
- Bobby Fisher def. Bobby Blau TKO 1 Boxing
- Greg Berladini def. Andy Meyer Rd. 1 armbar MMA
- Jessica Hagerty def. Jody-Lynn Reicher dec. MT