Paul Hughes and Jordan Vucenic ended up expected to produce a single of the best bouts of the “Trilogy Strikes Back” series, and the two featherweight contenders didn’t disappoint, as Vucenic (7-1) handed Hughes (6-1) his 1st vocation defeat right after their bout went to a split selection.
Immediately after a hectic opening spherical for equally guys, it was Hughes who went back again to his corner the happier man after dominating the scrambles on the canvas and ending the round with a flurry of strikes.
Vucenic came again strongly in Round 2 and related with some solid strikes, switching from potent human body kicks to rapidly, straight punches. But Hughes’ strikes appeared to carry the better menace, with the Irishman seemingly delighted to wander via “The Epidemic’s” strikes in purchase to land his personal. Vucenic also tried to lock up a standing arm-triangle choke, but Hughes did well to prevent him from using the pair of them to the mat to finish the submission.
Just after an icy staredown from throughout the cage, the pair established to perform in Spherical 3 with each males heading for the complete. Hughes continued to load up on his strikes, but Vucenic matched him virtually strike for strike. The pair also seemed effectively-matched on the canvas as they scrambled for supremacy on the mat. Then, at the time the motion returned to the ft, equally adult men swung for the fences in a past-ditch try to land a late knockout blow.
The battle went all the way to the scorecards, however, with Vucenic earning the split-final decision nod from the judges with scores of 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 right after three extremely-aggressive rounds.
Razor near! 😲 Jordan Vucenic battles to a split conclusion get over Paul Hughes in the major win of his profession!
What. A. Fight. pic.twitter.com/rOPrdAbaA5
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) December 12, 2020