Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
The Anaheim Honda Center was the hot-spot for a weekend of combat sports. The action began Friday Night, with Bellator #160, where MMA fan favorite, Benson Henderson, garnered a TKO win over an injured Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. Fans would later learn, “Pitbull” may have broken his calf (he) after unsuccessfully, checking his rival.
The end-of-week rush would continue Saturday night, with Premier Boxing Champions taking top- billing on Spike Sports. Robert ‘The Ghost” Guerrero (33-5-1, 18KOs) fought against a largely unknown Argentinian boxer David Emmanuel Peralta (26-2-1, 14KOs), in hopes of making his way back to title contention. However, Peralta had different plans; cloaking himself in National pride, fighting his way from taxi driver, to formidable rival.
Guerrero starts busy, sticking close body shots. Peralta, would not be the yellow brick road to Guerrero’s ascension. Using his height and reach, the Argentinian, initiated contact, cut off the ring, and landed successful upper-body blows.
By round 3, the brawlers would tussle in the corner, with back and forth action, resulting in a cut, on the right side of Peralta’s eye. In the 8th, the fighter’s legs would become entangled again; causing Peralta’s combo’s to sit the former 2-weight World champion, on the ropes.
Super Middleweight, Freddie “El Riel” Hernandez (34-8, 22KOs) snatched bragging rights in a Mexican-style showdown against Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (24-5, 20KOs). The first half of the bout saw Hernandez leading Angulo, in with his height and arm reach. By the 5th, Angulo stuck to his in- your-face approach never backing off, the Hernandez charge. Angulo would open a sweltering cut above Hernandez ‘s left eye, which did nothing to slow the ambitious 5’9 bruiser. “El Riel” would get the best of Angulo by never letting up on his punches, allowing judges to take stock, of the immense volume of landed punches. Scores were: 98-92, and 97-93×2
Unbeaten-Former Olympian, Terrell Gausha (19-0, 9KOs) continues his winning streak after stabilizing Steven Martinez (16-3, 13KOs). Martinez controlled the action during the opening rounds. However, during the last 4-rounds Gausha, would gain the point lead, landing cleaner, distinct punches. Scores were: 95-95, and 97-93×2