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[VIDEO] Justin Baesman Survives Early Onslaught, Defeats Daniel Roberts in WAR MMA 1 Main Event

Props to Zombie Prophet for the fight video.

If you were curious as to how different a night of fights being put together by Nick Diaz would be from a typical night of fights heading into last night’s WAR MMA 1, the short answer is “not too much (yet).” Despite some rule changes designed to prevent stalling and a one point deduction due to timidity during Cody Gibson vs. Darin Cooley¬† – this is right around where you can insert your own Stockton Rules joke – seven out of twelve bouts went to decision. This isn’t to say that the fights were boring, but rather, that the special rules didn’t make much of a difference.

The main event of the evening saw UFC veteran Daniel Roberts take on Justin Baesman. The fight looked like it was in danger of being stopped just seconds into the first round, as Roberts caught Baesman’s kick, took him down and began punching away. But Baesman hung on, and survived the subsequent choke attempt, to get back to his feet and earn two takedowns by the end of the first round.

The second round saw Baesman continue to outwork Roberts, who was visibly spent from his opening efforts by this point. Roberts would earn a takedown of his own at the start of the third round – and spend most of the round in top control – but in the end it wasn’t enough to convince two of the three judges that he did enough to win the fight.

Full Results from WAR MMA 1:

Justin Baesman def. Daniel Roberts via split decision
Evan Esguerra def. Caleb Mitchell via unanimous decision
Clayton McKinney def. Mike Persons via unanimous decision
D.J. Linderman def. Mike Hayes via unanimous decision
Cody Gibson def. Darin Cooley via third-round TKO (3:46)
Roy Boughton def. Mike Martinez via verbal submission (toehold) (R1, 0:28)
Dominic Clarke def. Chris Quitiquit via second-round TKO (doctor’s stoppage, 0:37)
Marcel Fortuna def. CJ Marsh via submission (side choke) (R2, 2:40)
Anthony Tatum def. Joey Cabezas via split decision
Adrian Adona def. Beau Hamilton via second-round TKO (doctor’s stoppage, 5:00)
Mike Ortega def. Jordan Powell via split decision
Derek Brown def. Aziz Rashid via unanimous decision

So what was your impression of WAR MMA’s first event? Do you feel the fights were worth whatever you donated to watch them? Let us know what you think.


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Mr_Misanthropy- June 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm
keepyahguessing- June 24, 2013 at 8:46 am
cant wait for the fight pay to be released
Fried Taco- June 24, 2013 at 8:35 am
It was nice of them to allow bong hits inbetween rounds, though.
Fried Taco- June 24, 2013 at 8:31 am
As long as Linderman won, Kimbo will be happy.
cman- June 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm
As a Diaz promotion the actual results will not be decided until Monday after film bitch assness is determined and losing fighters accept or reverse results.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- June 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm
Can't complain about free fights. Hope it does well and keeps Diaz from publicly speaking or fighting his own fighters.
algiersheadkick504- June 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm
Ehh it was a first event ill give it a couple more events before I can really say anything. One fc is getting better and better their first few events were okay but they developed