WSOF 12 results: Palomino crushes Gonzalez, Markes grinds out Butterfield
Official WSOF 12 results include:
Luis Palomino def. Lewis Gonzalez via TKO (kick and punches) – Round 1, 4:42
Ronny Markes def. Cully Butterfield via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Elvis Mutapcic def. Kelvin Tiller via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Brandon Hempleman def. Alexis Vila via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Sayles def. Bryson Hansen via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lucas Montoya def. Jimmy Spicuzza via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:11
Danny Davis Jr. def. Jorge Lopez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Adam Acquaviva def. Cody Maltais via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Bryson Gutches def. Soslan Abanokov via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:07Luis Palomino (23-9) may soon fight for a WSOF lightweight title after a devastating finish of a previously undefeated Lewis Gonzalez (9-1).
The bout served as the main event of Saturday’s “WSOF 12: Palomino vs. Gonzales” card, which took place at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and aired on NBC Sports Network.
Palomino was generally the aggressor to start, but Gonzales’ movement made it difficult for his opponent to land flush in the early going. Still, Gonzales always needed to take the fight to the floor, and he struggled to do that as Palomino quickly worked himself into range, using sweeps to keep his opponent off-balance as he delivered crisp punches.
Gonzales did finally score a takedown, but Palomino popped right back to his feet and continued to punish his opponent on the feet. With blood pouring down Gonzales’ head, Palomino popped him with several more stiff punches before a high kick saw the knee land flush. A pair of punches on the ground sealed the result as Gonzales wilted on the canvas. The end came with 18 seconds left in the first round.
In the night’s co-feature,Ronny Markes (15-3) smothered an overmatched Cully Butterfield (13-4) en route to a clearcut decision win.
Markes rushed forward with punches, moving into the clinch and taking the fight to the floor He quickly slipped around to the back, though Butterfield defended well as he worked to his feet. It didn’t matter, as Markes wrapped his body and threw him to the canvas again. Butterfield tried to stand when Markes moved for mount, but Markes again took him to the canvas and moved immediately to his back. Butterfield did well to defend this choke, but he was never able to mount any real offense, only survive.
Butterfield looked to wrestle in the second, but it quickly backfired, as Markes slipped around to his back. Butterfield patiently defended and turned inside, taking his turn in top position. It didn’t last long, as Markes slipped again to the back and looked to finish the fight in the final seconds with a barrage of punches from back mount.
It was more of the same in the third, as Markes transitioned easily to his opponent’s back. Butterfield did manage to open up a cut over Markes’ eye, and he also visually expressed his frustration by gesturing to the camera as Markes stayed on his back, but he simply couldn’t do anything to slow his opponent’s wrestling. At the end of the tedious affair, Markes was awarded a decision win, 29-28 on all three cards.