Brandon Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Soszynski comes out throwing leather and clips Vera with a right hand. “The Truth” shakes it off and fires a body kick to the liver that backs up Soszynski. Vera kicks the leg and sneaks in a knee to the body. Soszynski’s aggression has stopped since absorbing the sharp blows to the body. Soszynski ties up with Vera and pushes him to the fence. Vera gets his back off the cage and lands a right hook to the body. Vera switches from an orthodox stance to southpaw. He reverts back and unloads a head kick that is blocked. Soszynski bulldogs forward and Vera holds him with an underhook. Vera breaks free and lands a clean inside-low kick. Soszynski shoots and it’s stuffed. Vera lands a standing-left elbow at the bell.
Soszynski goes to the clinch early in the second stanza. Vera works to gain a Thai plum, but Soszynski backs away before a knee is aimed at the chin. Soszynski throws a left-hand lead and Vera connects with a jab while showing good head movement. Soszynski rushes forward and there is a clash of heads that knocks Vera’s mouthguard to the floor. Referee Herb Dean steps in to replace the safety device and the fight is back on. Soszynski runs forward and Vera works a standing guillotine. He lets it go and gets an uppercut in to the chin of the Canadian. Soszynski drops levels for a double and drags Vera to the floor. Vera quickly gets to his feet and the clinchfest resumes.
Vera goes to work on the lead leg of Soszynski with low kicks. Soszynski attempts a double and Vera defends with a kimura. Soszynski has double underhooks against the cage, but is turned by Vera, who trips his foe to the floor. Vera, from half guard, lands a few punches and Soszynski stands. Vera connects a knee to Soszynski’s cup. Dean gives the wounded a short reprieve and the action is back on. Vera slips in a right-hook lead. Vera has outclassed Soszynski from the opening bell with superior foot and head movement. Vera kicks the body and leg in the disappointing bout’s final moments.
30-27 across the board for Vera.