Shane Nelson isn't the biggest guy so he knew he had to stay away from a strike-fest with the much taller George Roop. The Hawaiian controlled the first two rounds with several takedowns and submission attempts. It was enough to earn a split decision (29-28 2x and 28-29) win over Roop.
He scored in the first by taking Roop's back and controlling him on the mat for nearly three minutes as he worked for a rear-naked choke. In the second, Nelson dominated Roop on the ground, twice mounting him and nearly finished the fight with a guillotine choke from the bottom. Nelson (11-3) was gassed in the third allowing Roop to maintain top control on the ground and grab the round. Nelson did lock on a heel hook with less than 15 seconds left in the fight but Roop (8-4) was saved by the end of the round.
"I knew he was going to push the pace. He's a tall guy so I tried to stay inside and keep him down, out jiu-jitsu him."
Nelson thought that he was close to scoring a finish:
"The guillotine was pretty close to being finished. The hell hook was pretty deep. A few more seconds would've tapped him."
The story of the next fight was told before the guys stepped in the cage. Tom Lawlor wrestled in college at Central Florida while Kyle Kingsbury played football at Arizona State. Kingsbury never had a shot as he was taken down at will in the first two rounds. Lawlor didn't do a whole lot on the ground but he controlled Kingsbury to the point where he couldn't do anything offensively. Kingsbury did score a bit in the final round when Lawlor laid around his legs for the majority of the round. Lawlor got the nod on all three judges' scorecards 29-28.
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