Southgate, MI- The main event of the evening featured another high profile match-up in the flyweight division. WXC newcomer Eric ‘Showtime’ Shelton took on Jesse ‘Prime time’ Bazzi for the final bout of Warrior Wednesday VIII.
Shelton with a low kick to start. Then a big counter hook from Shelton as Bazzi moved in. Shelton missed a high kick. Then a low kick by Bazzi which Shelton countered with a nice right. Both land as Bazzi moved into the pocket.
Shelton with another combo as Bazzi moved forward. Then a right by Bazzi and low kick. Left hook by Shelton then Bazzi circled away to reset. Big knee by Shelton. Then a low kick by Bazzi.
Big right by Bazzi then a straight right by Shelton. An back axe kick just missed by Shelton. Then a body kick by Shelton as Bazzi answered with one of his own but Shelton hit a left.
Spinning back fist by Shelton then a spinning kick by Bazzi but both missed. Big right by Bazzi then a straight right by Shelton. An back axe kick just missed by Shelton. Then a body kick by Shelton as Bazzi answered with one of his own but Shelton hit a left. Round 1 of our main event ended with Bazzi and Shelton standing at range.
Both guys avoided shots well to start as Shelton then got a one two in. Bazzi with a body kick then some big shots inside the clinch as Shelton scrambled for a take down. He got it to the ground and was then on top in butterfly guard.
Shelton was still working on top in full guard. Bazzi was controlling the posture well and not allowing Shelton to get off on his striking. Ref then stands them up. Both get a right in then a 1-2 by Shelton. Then a right by Shelton followed by Bazzi with a left.
Straight right landed for Shelton. Good combo from Shelton as Bazzi landed a counter hook. Jab by Shelton then a right. Both missed on some big shots as the second round ended. One more to go.
Bazzi worked for a take down and Shelton stuffed it. Shelton added some knees to it as they work from the clinch. Bazzi hit a combo after they break. Then Shelton changed levels as Bazzi countered with a choke. Shelton worked out and got the take down.
Shelton looked to pass and pinned a leg to move into half guard. Shelton was landing some elbows on the inside as Bazzi moved back into full guard with some shots of his own. Shelton tried to pass again and got side control briefly then Bazzi recovered guard.
Shelton continued to work from the top in full guard. Shelton ended the round on top in full guard trying for head shots and trying for the mount. We head to the judges score cards for the final time tonight.
Officially Eric Shelton defeats Jesse Bazzi by unanimous decision (30-27 x2 and 29-28). For the full results of Warrior Wednesday VIII, click here.