Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat hosts its inaugural event tonight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Wheatland, California. MMA Sucka brings you live coverage of this event and many more.
In the main event, Jack Duffy (5-0) takes on Jesse Tafoya (4-4) for the promotion’s flyweight title. California’s Duffy is a member of Team Alpha Male and looks to bring another belt to one of the more notable gyms in MMA. The 26-year-old is known for his finishing ability; he’s yet to need the judges in his five pro bouts. In fact, Duffy has yet to make it out of the first round. He is a tall flyweight with an aggressive style seeking to end his opponent’s night as quick as possible. Despite his notable knockout power, he does great work in the grappling department. this will be Duffy’s first fight after a significant layoff.
Jesse Tafoya makes his way to California in hopes of spoiling the hometown hero’s night. The eight time pro MMA veteran is on a three-fight win streak, two of which have come by first-round stoppage. His last bout was his most impressive as he knocked out Keaneo Moyer with an elbow just 13 seconds into the fight. Like Duffy, Tafoya is a considerably quality grappler with notable punching power. In the 26-year-olds eight bouts, he’s been to the judges scorecards just twice. Despite being a pro for just four years, he is a veteran of a total of 21 MMA bouts. Overall, fight fans are in for a treat as two lightning fast flyweights battle for gold.
Co-headlining the card is a welterweight bout between Fay Bursell (4-1) and Lamar Reed (8-5). Burrell is a native of Washington and is a veteran of five pro bouts. The team Ivan product has two knockouts to his record and makes his first walk to the cage in over three years tonight. Despite the layoff, the 35-year-old has won four straight bouts including a win over notable grappler John Simon. Burrell is known for his fight IQ and intelligence in the cage. He may not be the most aggressive, but he’s patient and will go for the kill when needed. He’s in for his toughest test to date in Lamar Reed.
Reed is a veteran of 13 pro MMA bouts and has been a pro for over 10 years now. Like Bursell, the 33-year-old has won four of his last five, finishing two by way of stoppage. Reed has shared the cage with UFC veteran Lewis Gonzalez and has a submission win over TUF 17’s Mike Persons. In those 13 pro bouts, Reed has only let the judges get involved three times. He’s finished six of his eight wins by stoppage, all of which by first round finish. It’s no secret Reed will come out banging, it’s a matter of how well Bursell can weather the storm. This is a fight the judges could be out of the picture in, so don’t blink.
Also on the card are UFC veteran Teruto Ishihara (10-9-3), exciting prospect Jairo Chavez (2-0), Cage Warriors vet Eimar Hernandez (2-0) and Team Alpha Male’s Michael O’Leary (2-1).
Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat Results
Live on UFC Fight Pass (6pm ET/3pm PT):
Teruto Ishihara (11-9-3) def. Jose Hernandez (4-5) via TKO at 2:53 of Round 2
Lamar Reed (9-5) def. Fay Bursell (4-2) via Submission (Neck Crank) at 1:45 of Round 1
Jairo Chavez (3-0) def. Chuck Campbell (3-2) via TKO at 3:05 of Round 3
John Buttner (2-1) def. Chris Inocencio (2-4) via Submission (Rear-naked Choke) at 2:25 of Round 3
Mike Tubera (2-2) def. Chris Stone (0-1) via TKO at 3:34 of Round 1
L.J. Portée (4-4) def. Eddie Davila (1-1) via TKO (Injury) at 5:00 of Round 2
Eimar Hernandez (3-0) def. Rafael Hernandez (1-3) via TKO at :29 of Round 2