Originally Posted by Lotta
Last saturday :
"Team USA West, led by owners Roy Engelbrecht and Steve Bash as well as head coach Colin Oyama, showed the world it's here to contend for a title in 2009 following its 3-2 upset over Brazil Naja. A new star was born in Team Quest's Dave Jansen, who improved to 8-0 by recording an impressive unanimous decision over former Rio Heroes star and cult Vale Tudo legend Flavio Alvaro. Using a strong mix of combination striking and takedowns, Jansen left little doubt in the minds of the supportive audience after the fight went to the judges' scorecards. Despite suffering three facial lacerations during the fight and in spite of accepting the bout on just eight days notice after Brian Cobb was signed by the UFC, Jansen recorded a decisive unanimous decision with his breakthrough effort that made him the talk of press row.
Brazil Naja evened the score to 1-1 following Eduardo Pamplona's unanimous decision victory over Maui's Dylan Clay. Clay, a professional grappler who also holds a 2-0 record in pro Muay Thai, more than held his own with the vastly more experienced Pamplona. In a back and forth battle, Clay forced the bout to go to overtime in the third round. Unfortunately, the aggressive Clay ran out of steam and was TKO'd at 2:48 of round three after finding his arms trapped underneath Pamplona and being physically unable to defend himself from strikes. A veteran from the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, Reggie Orr let everyone know that he intends to be one of the premier middleweights in the M-1 Challenge following his split decision victory over the 9-2 Juliano Belgine. With Team USA up 2-1, the pressure was on Raphael Davis to clinch the win for Team USA against Jair Goncalves.
Davis, an IFL veteran and one of the world's top rated submission grapplers, displayed improved standup skills by recording a first round TKO just four minutes and five seconds into the fight. With Davis' win, Team USA managed to secure a victory on its home turf during its inaugural performance. Brazil Naja saved some face by cutting the win to a 3-2 margin following Jose Franca's split decision victory over former EliteXC heavyweight veteran Carl Seumanutafa.""