Marez, Duarte Victorious in Primal MMA Debut
[8/12/2007] Tijuana, Mexico, August 11 – Primal MixedMartial Arts’ inaugural event, “The Next Level”, wentoff with a bang. Nearly 2,000 MMA fans packed the ElForo Jai Alai Palace to enjoy the promotions firstever show.
In the main event, Chris “Monster” Marez (5-1) stoppedVince Lucero (18-13) by TKO (kicks) at 1:36 in thethird round. Marez, 6’2” 280 pounds, and Lucero, 6’2”285, slugged it out for three rounds of excitingaction, each man landing several solid punches.However, in the third round the accumulation of Marez’effective leg kicks rendered Lucero unable tocontinue.
In another featured fight of the evening, Shaw “QuietStorm” Bias (11-5) was defeated by Tijuana’s AntonioDuarte (7-1). Bias controlled the early rounds,securing several take downs over a patient andtechnical Duarte. However, in the later rounds Duartewas the more effective striker and was successful indefending against Bias’ takedown attempts. After fiverounds the fight went to the judges who unanimouslyscored the fight in favor of the hometown favorite,Duarte.
The undercard was highlighted by a thrilling battlebetween Edgar “Motor” Osorio (5-1) and Ryan “Bones”Bixler (13-3). In the very opening seconds of thebout Bixler landed a devastating right cross thatfloored Osorio. It looked as if the fight might endearly, but Osorio regained his composure and held onto Bixler in his guard. Osorio, the native of Oaxaca,Mexico, reversed Bixler and took his back for a momentbefore Bixler regained the top position again. Afterfive rounds of intense competition the Judgesunanimously declared Bixler the victor, as he had usedhis strong wrestling to control the dominant positionfor a majority of the fight.
Chris Marez def. Vince Lucero by TKO (kicks) 1:36 R3
Antonio Duarte def. Shawn Bias unanimous decision
Kenny Ento def. Jesse Taylor (triangle choke) :37 R1
Ryan Bixler def. Edgar Osorio unanimous decision
Poppies Martinez def. Billy Terry (rear-naked choke)2:00 R1
Jordan Clissold def. Alex Gooden by KO (spinningback-fist) 2:44 R1
Kisack Monroy def. Gerson Sanchez (rear-naked choke):56 R1
Jose Casillas def. Larry Jackson by TKO (strikes) 1:36R2