BY EVAN HERTZOG
BOUT#8: JAKE CHATHAM (4-1) VS JAKE SAGE (DEBUT) AM. SUPER HW TITLE FIGHT
RD#1: Our only heavyweight fight of the evening is in the super heavy weight category. These are two big guys and they start throwing hard early and often. Chatham lands a big straight that sends Sage to the canvas early but he recovers and gets back to his feet. Chatham is controlling the fight as he clinches Sage against the cage and works the body repeatedly. Short knees are now landing for Chatham but Sage finally separates. Sage lands a jab and moves Chatham to the cage for the first time in the fight so far but it is too little too late as the ten second clacker sounds for the end of the first round.
RD#2: Sage starts the second with a nice lower leg kick but Chatham closes the distance and forces Sage to the cage once again. The knees are coming earlier now from Chatham but Sage gets separation and lands a flurry of punches as Chatham continues to move forward for the clinch with his head down. They decide to trade and Sage lands a couple nice shots and a big knee. Sage lands a big uppercut to end the round that opens a cut over the left eyebrow of Chatham.
RD#3: Our final round starts and they stand in the middle trading jabs. Sage seems to be the fresher fighter at this point but Chatham has a lot of power still late in the fight but has given up on the grappling for the time being. Sage now throws a left and closes the distance but this is in Chatham’s favor as he has proven to be the better grappler and forces the reversal on Sage. Sage gets separation and lands three more shots before being tied up along the fence again. Chatham seems to be comfortable with the fight riding out in grappling position but they separate for the final ten seconds and throw hands until they end up against the cage during the final bell. Tough fight to judge.
SPLIT DECISION VICTORY FOR JAKE SAGE IN HIS DEBUT