INSTANT BREAKDOWN: BELTRAN VS HERERRA KICKDOWN 129

BY EVAN HERTZOG

BOUT#6: FRANCISCO BELTRAN (0-3) VS OSCAR HERERRA (3-2) AM. 125LBS

RD#1: Beltran is the traveling fighter in this one as he resides in Torrington Wyoming. Fighters touch gloves and look to trade early. Beltran lands first and forces Hererra into a takedown where Beltran reverses his position instantly. Both fighters engage in a near stalemate north south position. Beltran sweeps and moves to side control but only for a moment as Hererra shoots back to his feet. Beltran once again pressures Hererra against the cage and lands a nice combination. Hererra gets another takedown but it seems to be out of desperation. Hererra gets to the back of Beltran for a moment but Beltran makes his way out the back door as the first round comes to an end.

RD#2: Hererra throws a low kick early but Beltran checks it. Moments later a Beltran kick lands low on Hererra and the action is stopped for a minute while a warning to Beltran is given for the blow. Both fighters touch gloves in a sign of respect as the action picks back up. Beltran lands a high kick across the face of the bending Hererra that sends both fighters into a scramble. Beltran lands good shots from the top but Hererra hits a switch and reverses the position. This too only lasts a moment as Beltran works his way into the guard of Hererra. Beltran has an arm bar opportunity but loses it in the final ten seconds of the round.

RD#3: The third starts with both fighters embracing for a hug. That lasts one second. They separate and start to throw. Hererra lands his best shot in a swooping right hand that shows some power in it still for being the final round of a grueling fight. Hererra lands the takedown and takes the mount but only for a short time as Beltran reverses him and ends up in the guard of Hererra once again. Hererra reverses now and lands his best ground and pound of the fight so far inside the guard of Beltran. The fight ends with hammer fists landing from Hererra on top. Good fight. We wait for the scorecards to be read.

BELTRAN VIA SPLIT DECISION

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