Sandor Escobar keeps on finishing fights.
Escobar was in danger of losing his belt, but he mounted his opponent and landed repeated strikes, forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight 1 minute, 44 seconds into the third round.
The Up & Comers 155-pound champion retained his title with a technical knockout victory against Danny Pena at Up & Comers 9 on Friday night at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.
“He was going for the takedown, but I ended up in the mount,” Escobar said. “It was good hip movement from me I guess.”
While Escobar retained his title, Josh Rojas became the promotion’s first 185-pound champion by outlasting Art Hernandez and winning via unanimous decision.
“I thought I had the first two rounds in the bag,” Rojas said. “My corner reassured me I did, so I went in trying to be cautious and not let him take me down.”
The most impressive and dominant victory of the night went to AKA’s Gabriel Carrasco, who needed just 1:25 to defeat Mario Banuelos via rear-naked choke.
In an exciting back and forth fight, Leopoldo Quezada defeated Larry Bumpus with a third-round guillotine choke.
Andrew Calvin outlasted John Gonzales II to win via unanimous decision.
The women put on a great show for the fans in an intense three-round bout. In the end, Anntonette Bernal defeated Dona Castro via unanimous decision.
And in the opening bout of the night, Edgar Loza overcame a slow start to defeat Alfonso Perez with a third-round technical knockout. It was Loza’s amateur debut.